From August, 2012

Beer & Cheese: A Happy Combination

Last night we headed over to the Brooklyn Brewery for a beer and cheese pairing event featuring Murray’s Cheese. Cheese buyer Aaron Foster led the gathering, describing the cheese-making process and what we should look for when making a great match up between the two. Our favorite moment from the night? When Foster joked, “Little Miss Muffet, sitting on her tuffet, eating her curds and whey? Terrible cheese maker.” In correct cheese-making, you separate the curds and whey, not eat them together. Pairings: Goat cheese from Westchester with Sorachi Ace Sheep’s milk cheese from the Basque region with Brown Ale…

Beer Table Giveaway Winner!

You guys, remember that Beer Table giveaway we had? Well, we actually did pick a winner, but didn’t get a chance to announce it here (we’ve been a tad busy). We want to congratulate Nancy Cardenas! She was picked randomly from the commenters on our #beeradventure recap post (the comments didn’t carry over on the move). Nancy won a Family Meal dinner at Beer Table (sans drinks), worth $200, for up to eight people. Sweet! Thank you so much to Justin Philips, owner of Beer Table (and Beer Table Pantry), for contributing this awesome prize! (We literally picked randomly. We wrote…

Pacific Standard, Park Slope

Continuing our Good Beer Seal bar posts is Pacific Standard in Park Slope. Pacific Standard on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is a haven for west coasters, specifically from Berkley and Oakland. The bar is covered with Cal Berkley and Oakland A’s memorabilia. The bar regularly has cask ale and a draft list that features west coast brewers like Green Flash and 21st Amendment alongside local brewers like Carton and Sixpoint. It’s comfortable to hang out in – the back portion of the bar has a bit of a dorm room feel to it, with bookshelves and old couches. If…

Bronx Brewery’s New, Limited Release

Last week the Bronx Brewery released its second beer, a RyePA, with a party at Randolph Beer in Nolita. It was a great turnout at the party; the rye was tapped within a couple of hours. The new beer, the brewery’s second release, was also on cask. At first glance the RyePA doesn’t seem all that different from the original Pale Ale but after a deep smell and a few sips you can clearly see the direction that brewer Damian Brown has taken his new version of a pale ale. With rye making up 25% of the malt in the brew there is a…

Pints for Prostates Charity Event: Sept 16

On Sunday, September 16 from 2 to 6 p.m. BeerUnion’s own John Kleinchester will be hosting a Pints for Prostates charity event at Barcade in Jersey City, NJ. September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness month. Pints for Prostates is an organization that raises awareness about regular health screenings “through the language of beer.” If you donate early to this event, you have the chance to get a pint of Founders KBS! On beertography.com: I’m going to have a table set up at the door. A $1 donation will get you a blue “Livestrong” style wristband that you need to wear for…

Voodoo Vanilla Shakes

Recently I came across a recipe for beer milkshakes using chocolate stout and chocolate ice cream. Which sounds delicious. I began thinking about what beers could go well with different flavors and was stumped on vanilla. Then last week I tasted Rogue’s Voodoo Bacon Maple Ale – inspired by Voodoo Doughnuts – and thought it a little too out there to drink the whole thing, but that the flavors would work well in a beer milkshake. With vanilla! The beer is slightly overpowering, so I didn’t want to add too much to the mix. I started with two cups of…

Sunday PicNYC on Governors Island

Local food vendors and Sixpoint are teaming up again for Sunday PicNYC (the end of summer followup to 5 Boro PicNYC) on Sunday September 2 from 11:30-4:30 on Governors Island (pictured above). The location is great and the pairing of Sixpoint with food from vendors like Jimmy’s No. 43, Korilla BBQ, and Melt Bakery should be a nice low-key way to enjoy some beers outside without the crowds and general chaos of many outdoor beer festivals. The $20 ticket includes three beer or wine tickets for the Sixpoint Beer Garden and live music. Food is pay as you go.

BrewYork XII

BrewYork XII: a meetup of beer fans to drink and wax lyrical about some awesome brews. Good beer, good food, good friends, good fun. Thanks, everyone!

4th Ave Pub, Park Slope

Continuing our series of Good Beer Seal bar posts, we have the 4th Ave Pub in Park Slope. The 4th Ave Pub has a great beer and bottle list with a mix of imports and american craft. We especially like the Belgian styles available both from traditional Belgian brewers and American brewers like Allagash on the bottle list. What really makes this place special is the outdoor patio. You open the back door and walk down a flight of stairs into a different world of green space and picnic tables. If the weather’s not too hot or cold, definitely enjoy a pint…

Pick of the Weekend: Saison Weekend at Brouwerij Lane

Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint will host a saison weekend with a mix of American craft beers and imports. Their backyard should be a good place to spend one of the last weekends of summer if the rain holds off. Recently saisons, a Belgian farmhouse style, have been among the most popular new beers from breweries. Here is the beer list: Cigar City Table Saison Victory Helios Perennial Saison De Lis Brasserie Dupont Foret Nogne-O Bridge Road India Saison Stillwater Kopstootje