From October, 2012

Help Us With a Beer/Steak Pairing!

We’re so excited to be collaborating with Tri-Tip Grill, which has locations in Grand Central Terminal and Rockefeller Center. Owner Dave Kassling has generously offered to give us a steak to do some beer pairing experimentation. One of the signature menu items at Tri-Tip Grill is a whole tri-tip steak you can take home and cook yourself. The beef is aged for 21 days, applied with a secret rub, charred on an open flame, then smoked in a wood chip smoker for two hours. The meat comes with instructions on how to cook and carve. So, help us out! We’re going…

Founders Beer Brunch

The Farm on Adderly in Ditmas Park Brooklyn will feature Founders Brewing this Saturday October 20 at 2 p.m. for a beer brunch. The three-course bunch will be $40 per person. The final pairings have not been released but the restaurant has stated that the ever popular Breakfast Stout will be one of the pairings. The Farm on Adderly is a restaurant that dedicated to the sourcing their ingredients locally and Founders brews some of the most consistent beers available. As big proponents of brunch, we hope that pairing beer with brunch becomes a trend.

Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival

October 13th from 4 to 11 p.m. the Hudson Hop & Harvest Festival will be held outside Peekskill Brewery’s new location. Harvest festivals this time of year tend to follow classic Oktoberfest themes of German beer, sausage, and music, so we are happy to see one that is a collaboration between local breweries and farms. Regional breweries, homebrewers, and Hudson Valley breweries like Captain Lawrence, Peekskill, Defiant, Keegan, and Newburgh will pour their harvest ales, octoberfests and pumpkin ales alongside fare from restaurants like Birdsall House that will collaborate with local farms. The location right next to the Hudson River should be beautiful this time of year. Unlike many…

Free Beer Tastings at Grand Central Terminal!

Throughout this month and into next, Michael Jordan’s The Steak House N.Y.C at Grand Central Terminal is holding a “Fall Tasting Series” on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., with complimentary beer and light snacks – pieces of house made pretzel and sausage. The tasting series has already featured Left Hand Nitro Milk Stout and Samuel Smith Oatmeal Stout. Here’s the list of upcoming tastings: October 10: Full Sail Session Black Lager October 17: Ommegang Rare Vos October 24: Blue Point Oktoberfest October 31: Chimay Red November 7: Sierra Nevada Tumbler November 14: Hoegaarden This series is a great way to taste…

Bronx Brewery Celebrates First Year

At the end of September, The Bronx Brewery celebrated its first anniversary with a party at Blind Tiger Ale House and the release of a new beer: a Zinfandel Barrel Aged version of its flagship Pale Ale (left). It’s been an exciting year for the brewery, founded by General Manager Chris Gallant and Head Brewer Damian Brown. Its Pale Ale has been widely acclaimed, receiving a BevStar bronze award from Beverage World Magazine and most recently landing a spot in Time Out’s top ten drinks in NYC. Originally self-distributed by Gallant and Brown, the pair inked a deal with Union…

German Casks at Jimmy’s No 43

One of the more special Oktoberfest celebrations this year will be held at Jimmy’s No. 43 from October 5 through 7.  The bar will be featuring rare German gravity casks (these tend to pour with more carbonation than their English counterparts) like Kellerbiers, Landbiers, and Zwiekelbiers  from the Bamberg region of Germany. These are sessionable styles that are hard to find in the United States and add a different dimension to the German beer styles that many drinkers find to be boring. During the weekend you’ll be able to get a plate of three wurst (German sausage) with sides and…

Beer Cheese Soup

Two people sent me this recipe for beer cheese soup (thanks Hanna and Mary!) so clearly, I had to make it. Also? Beer cheese soup? Yes. You can find the full recipe here. I modified it by using red and green peppers, and decided to use an IPA instead of a wheat beer. In this case,…

Beer we got in Chicago

Two weeks ago we took a mini-road trip to Chicago for a wedding. So many people thought we were crazy for driving, but it was actually quite pleasant. We stopped in Cleveland to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame along the way. The Midwest is a great place to go to try new beers. The region is teeming with great brews that never make it to New York City. Because we drove we had the opportunity to bring back beer in the car, and we sure loaded up. For beer shopping we went to a Binny’s Beverage Depot…

The Diamond, Greenpoint

Of all the bars that have the Good Beer Seal, The Diamond in Greenpoint was our favorite. We were pretty surprised we loved it so much, too, because from the outside it doesn’t look like much. But then you walk inside to a retro, beachy-feeling from the bright decorations, shuffle board, and curved bar. The back patio is pretty sweet – it’s got a gondola in it. The beer selection is solid with both American craft beers like Brooklyn Blast and quality imports like Reissdorf Kolsch (available in traditional trays) on the tap and bottle lists. The beer menu is…

BK Pour

The fall season of festivals is continuing October 6 with The Villiage Voice’s BK Pour. The festival will be held at One Hanson Place, the former Williamsburg Savings Bank, one of the more unique event venues in Brooklyn with soaring ceilings and teller windows on the ground floor and a gigantic vault in the basement. The list of breweries is impressive with local favorites like Captain Lawrence and the Bronx Brewery being joined by regional breweries like Harpoon and Dogfish Head. Interestingly there will be several cider makers at the festival. Food will be featured from Der Schwarze Koelner, Lucky Chili, Lola Bistro,…