From June, 2012

Brooklyn Homebrew Opens Web Store

New York City homebrewers can rejoice today knowing that they no longer have to schlep their equipment and ingredients on long subway rides to support local local brewshops. Brooklyn Homebrew, a favorite among homebrewers in the city, opened their new webstore today where everything from hops to kegging equipment is available. The website also allows you to purchase tickets to classes held at the brewshop.

Pick of the Weekend: Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival

Following up their American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory in March, Handcrafted Tasting Co. is hosting their first outdoor event with the Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival in Williamsburg this Saturday. The location should be simply stunning, especially for the night session as the sun sets over the Manhattan skyline with temperatures forecasted in the 70’s. Once again there is an impressive beer list of primarily American craft beer. Local breweries are taking the opportunity to bring some of their most refreshing and highly regarded beers like Sixpoint Apollo, Greenport Harbor Summer Ale, Keegan Ales Old Captial, Brooklyn Brewery…

This Saturday: Bronx Brewery Tasting at the Beer Here Exhibit

The Bronx Brewery Brewer Damian Brown and General Manager Chris Gallant will be at the “Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History” exhibition this Saturday offering up their Pale Ale (and maybe a new beer!) for attendees to taste at 2 and 4 p.m. Purchase tickets here. Brown and Gallant started the Bronx Brewery last March. Based in the Bronx, they contract brew their Pale Ale at Cottrell Brewing Company in Connecticut. They released a bourbon barrell-aged version of the beer this past April.

The Good Beer Seal Now in All 5 Boroughs

Last night, bar owners, brewers, bloggers and beer enthusiasts packed into Jimmy’s No. 43 to celebrate eight new bars being awarded the Good Beer Seal. In Manhattan: Earl’s Beer and Cheese, Dive Bar and Idle Hands; in Brooklyn: 61 Local, Sycamore and Pine Box Rock Shop; and in Staten Island (for the first time), Adobe Blues and Killmeyer’s. Check out a list of all the bars that have the Seal here. Together they organize Good Beer Month, coming up in July. Good Beer Seal bars are decided by a committee of beer writers. To be awarded this distinction, 80 percent…

Seminars at This Weekend’s Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival

The Brooklyn Waterfront Beer Festival is coming up this Saturday, get your tickets here (they’re $10 cheaper in advance than at the door!). There are two exciting seminars that will take place at the event, here are the details: Women in Craft: Moderated by Mary Izett, president of the New York City Homebrewers Guild, columnist for Ale Street News and My Life on Craft blogger, this panel will feature KelSo co-owner Sonya Giacobbe; Jesse Tabac, brewery agent for Greenpoint Beer Works and KelSo; and Olivia Cerio, Brand Manager for Empire Brewing Company. They will discuss how women are shaping the craft beer…

Glassware: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck

As far as beer enthusiasts, go, we don’t think we’re so bad. But we do insist on drinking our beers out of glasses. When given a bottle or can, we always ask for a glass, because in it you get the full aromas and tastes that come out of the brew. The array of glasses can be overwhelming if you don’t know what to choose from. When we started our collection, these are the three we went with first: Pint: The go-to, catch-all, glass. If you were to get one glass, this would be it. It’s for your pale ales,…

Pick of the Weekend: 51st Street Block Party for Gnome Week

So it’s Gnome Week (the 30th anniversary celebration of Brasserie D’Achouffe) and to commemorate the occasion, The Stag’s Head and BXL East will be offering up brews from the Belgian brewer as part of the 51st St. block party between 2nd and 3rd Ave. If you have at least three (make sure you hydrate well) beers you can take advantage of some giveaways including glassware, T-shirts etc. The current beer list includes: Art of Darkness Gnomegang Adoration Duvel Single La Chouffe

The History of Keegan Ales

Keegan Ales will be on hand tasting their beers at the New-York Historical Society’s “Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History” exhibition on June 9 at 2 and 4 p.m. Did you know that Keegan Ales was started in 2003 when Tommy Keegan took over the home of now-defunct Woodstock Brewery? According to the historical society, when Woodstock’s business began to fail, it took out some municipal loans on its brewery. Eventually the city of Kingston took the equipment as collateral, but the landlord couldn’t get the property off his hands. “I worked out a deal with the city to buy the property and…

Sixpoint Lets Fans Choose Autumnation Hops

Last year Sixpoint Brewery created quite a buzz around Autumnation, their canned fall seasonal wet hopped and made with pumpkin. Sixpoint flew in freshly harvested (wet) hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington for the brew. In order to get the desired effect from the hops, wet hops usually need to be used within hours of harvest. This year Sixpoint is asking their fans to choose what hop variety to use in the brew on their website. In case you haven’t tried many single hop beers or done some advanced homebrewing, Sixpoint has provided a description of the five possibilities:…

Upcoming Beer Dinners

One of the great things happening in the New York beer scene is all the beer pairing dinners coming up. In the past couple of weeks three restaurants announced upcoming beer dinners. Tomorrow, Monday June 4 Perilla will host Evil Twin Brewing as part of their Monday night gypsy brewer series. The menu will feature turkey scrapple, pork loin and chocolate caramel tart paired with Mad Dog Pale Ale, Ron and the Beast Ryan (a saison), and Imperial Biscotti Break. From June 6 to 9, Cafe D’Alsace will have a fixed beer pairing menu to help celebrate Brasserie D’Achouffe’s 30th anniversary. Beer…