From May, 2012

The Pony Bar, Upper East Side

Yesterday afternoon we went up to The Pony Bar‘s new location in the Upper East Side (1444 1st Ave. at 75th St.), which opened Tuesday. When we were there (about 3 p.m.) it wasn’t too crowded, with a steady stream of customers filtering in and out. The bartenders told us that at the grand opening the day before it was filled to the brim. We love The Pony Bar’s mission to only offer American beer, and while we were there we enjoyed a Brooklyn Brewery Gold Standard, Stoudt’s Karnival Kolsch, Flying Dog Sour Cherry and Kelso Cabernet Barrel Aged Sour…

Goin’ Whole Hog

As you may have guessed, we love pork and beer. So we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to attend DBGB’s Extrava-CAN-za Whole Hog Feast featuring just that combination. But this time the beer was in cans. We had never been to a beer dinner featuring cans. Beer sommelier Jon Langley’s inspiration for the meal was simple: “We love cans. We’re throwing a bunch into copper pots and letting people have at it.” It was a laid back and comfortable affair, held family style. The beer was out in copper cooking pots and poachers that acted as ice buckets. Sixpoint was…

Bronx Brewery Joins Botanical and Community Gardens For Urban Hop Project

In a news release, The Bronx Brewery today announced a partnership with The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), a number of Bronx-based community gardens, and the Cornell Cooperative Extension on an Urban Hop Project, bringing hop growing to New York City. A group of Bronx community gardens, including  in NYBG’s Bronx Green-Up program, have planted 125 Cascade hop plants this spring to be grown and harvested for a special Urban Hop beer. The beer will be brewed and released by The Bronx Brewery later this year.  “I’m very excited to work with these community gardeners and develop a beer that…

The Evolving Bar Scene on Franklin Ave in Crown Heights

Many of you know that when we moved to Brooklyn almost two years ago we came from the Bronx, where we had limited options to enjoy craft beer. We used to have to travel an hour or so for a good beer bar. No longer! At that point, Franklin Park was the neighborhood place to go. Labeled a “Beer Garden,” it has outdoor and indoor space with two bars and a pretty standard, locally focused craft beer selection. Since then, Franklin Park has been joined by three new places on Franklin Avenue alone: Barboncino, a wood oven pizza restaurant and…

Tomorrow: Whole Hog Feast at DBGB Featuring Sixpoint Cans

DBGB (Chef Daniel Bouloud’s new restaurant on the Bowery where “the French brasserie meets the American tavern” ) is having a beer and food Extrava-CAN-za featuring pork and Sixpoint cans tomorrow night. It’s exciting to see a beer dinner showcasing brews in cans. The menu – a Whole Hog Feast – will start with house-made charcuterie, move on to Chef Olivier’s Pennsylvania Green Village Farms slow roasted Provencal suckling pig, then finish with a flaming vanilla, pistachio and raspberry baked Alaska. The dinner starts at 7 p.m. and it’s $80 per person, call 212.933.5300 to reserve. DBGB is located at…

Pick of the Weekend: Declaration of Beer Independence

The Manhattan Cocktail Classic begins this weekend and mostly focuses on hard liquors. But this year beer will grab some of the spotlight with the Declaration of Beer Independence event put on Saturday by Terroir Wine Bars. The group will be leading attendees through four great breweries: Captain Lawrence, Two Brothers, Left Hand, and 21st Ammendment. Each brewery will have their flagship beers as well as some of their more experimental brews to go with a wide range of foods. For more details visit David Flaherty’s (Operations and Bar Manager at Terroir) blog Grapes and Grains. The event runs from…

A Visit to Keegan Ales

This weekend we visited our good friends Rhinebeck, and while we were there spent an afternoon at the Keegan Ales brewery in Kingston, about a 20-minute drive away. Greeted by a friendly bartender and patrons, we sampled a flight of all the Keegan beers: Old Capital, Hurricane Kitty, Mother’s Milk,  Joe Mama’s Milk and Black Eye. Mother’s Milk (a milk stout brewed with lactose sugar) is a consistent beer we have enjoyed before. Jo Mama’s Milk is Mother’s Milk brewed with coffee and brown sugar (it tastes almost like a milkshake). We really liked this beer – the coffee flavor was great…

Hot News Brewing in NYC

The Craft Brewers Conference, not surprisingly, was the scene of some important NYC beer news. Brooklyn Brewery President and co-founder Steve Hindy is selling his voting shares in the Brooklyn Brewery. He owns 50 percent of the voting shares in the brewery, reports Brewbound, which gives him the ability to appoint board members and make hiring decisions. The others 50 percent is owned by the Ottaway family, which will have 1o0 percent of the voting shares once Hindy sells them. Read the full report here at Brewbound, which also relates that Hindy will remain the company president and focus on…

Captain Lawrence Bottles

Some of the most exciting small local breweries often focus their early attention on draft beers. Not much of a problem if your local bar regularly carries them or your favorite beer store has them on tap for growler fills.  But, if you were looking to share that brewery with friends or have one of their beers at home on your couch you were out of luck. With their expansion into a new brewery in Elmsford NY, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company has added a bottling line. We were excited last month when bottles of Freshchester Pale Ale, Captain’s Kolsch and…

Pick of the Weekend: Where the Wild Beers Are

If last weekend’s April Sours at Jimmy’s No. 43 has you craving sour beers, or you’re still looking for a chance to try some, you have the chance this Saturday with Where the Wild Beers Are. The event will be held at The Gutter in Williamsburg, Brooklyn from 1 to 5 p.m. It’s essentially a well-organized bottle sharing event. Participants will need to bring $10 and a sour beer with them and are required to register the beer on the event’s website. Each participant will receive ten drink tickets per 750ml of beer they bring. The event promises to be…