From November, 2012

NYC Craft Beer Festival

This Saturday is the new date for the NYC Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest (rescheduled due to Hurricane Sandy). The large beer list has some great cold weather beers like Founders Breakfast Stout, Keegan Joe Mama’s Milk, and Sixpoint Otis. The list includes some other interesting beers like Dogfish Head’s Ta Henket (based in Middle Eastern flavors and Egyptian yeast), an IPA and Black Ale from Dark Horse Brewing (a newcomer to the NYC market), and the Bronx Brewery Rye Pale Ale. The festival’s Connoisseurs Lounge will be featuring rarer beers like Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, The Bruery Autumn Maple,…

Barrier Brewing Making Progress in Recovery

One of the breweries most impacted by Hurricane Sandy was Barrier Brewing. Shortly after the storm they posted a picture to Facebook showing damaged equipment and stating that the brewery was essentially destroyed. It was disheartening to see a brewery that experienced such a meteoric rise suffer such a set back, but true to form, the brewery is already making significant headway in their recovery efforts. They have posted a few pictures of the recovery to their Facebook page and optimistically stated that they might be back in operation by the end of the year (quite a feat considering the…

Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43

Tomorrow, Saturday December 1, Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 East 7th St. in the East Village) will hold the 3rd Annual Battle of the Belgians, starting at noon and running until 3 p.m. For $45 in advance or $50 at the door you can enjoy the following beers (list isn’t finalized): From Switzerland: BFM XIV (La Quatorze, 14th Anniversary Beer) BFM Bon Chien 2011 BFM Cuvee Alex le Rouge BFM Spike & Jerome’s BFM Anniversary Series: Cuvee du 7eme BFM’s Jerome Rebetez will be pouring their beers.  From Belgium: De Dolle Dulle Teve 20L keg Achel Brown Smisje Catherine the Great…

Founders Bolt Cutter hits NYC

Founders is continuing its popular Backstage Series with a 15th anniversary Bolt Cutter, a 15% ABV barley wine. The beer is a blend of a barley wine, some of which has been aged in bourbon barrels, some of which in maple syrup bourbon barrels and some not at all. The brewery then aged the beer in bottles and kegs since July. The name “Bolt Cutter” carries some sentimental value for the owners who once bought a pair of bolt cutters when their lenders threatened to chain up the brewery. The beer has already hit beer stores and started selling out.…

NYC Craft Beer Festival to Collect for Sandy Victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, The NYC Craft Beer Festival’s Winter Harvest Edition was delayed until Saturday, December 1. The festival’s team decided to add a relief supply drive to the event and are asking attendees to bring some much needed supplies to families and areas that were devastated by the storm. As a result of the postponement the festival has also been moved to the Basketball City venue at Pier 36 just off the FDR Drive. Despite the postponement and venue change, the festival still has an impressive line up of beers and speakers. As to be expected the…

Black Friday at The Gate

To help you recover from over-stuffing yourself on Thursday and the craziness that at the malls, The Gate is putting on their own version of Black Friday with some inky black beers. The list has a wide variety and runs from Firestone’s bitter Wookey Jack Black Rye IPA to Riverhorse’s 2010 sweet Oatmeal Milk Stout. The event will begin at 7 p.m. and is pay as you go. Here is the full list: Great Lakes Blackout Stout 2009 Stone Sublimely Self Righteous River Horse Oatmeal Milk Stout 2010 Hoppin’ Frog Boris the Crusher 2008 Troeg’s Dead Reckoning Porter Firestone Walker…

Bronx Brewery at Jimmy’s No. 43

The beer community is continuing to show support for hurricane relief with several events a week to support areas like Rockaway or Red Hook. Friday November 16, The Bronx Brewery will be at Jimmy’s No. 43 serving their consistently solid Bronx Pale Ale. The profits from each pint will go towards hurricane relief for the Rockaways. Although no beer list has been announced, Bronx Brewery events are usually the best place to get a hold of one of their special brews like the Pale Ale on cask or the Rye Pale Ale.

Election Night Parties!

It’s Election Day and by most accounts this race will be a close one. As is to be expected there are several bars hosting election night parties to help you celebrate – or mourn – the results as they come in. Many are taking the opportunity to combine their events with relief for areas impacted by hurriane Sandy. Here are some local events: Bar Great Harry – Watch the election while your dollars go towards rebuilding the businesses of Van Brunt Street in Red Hook Beer Authority – Join the Sixpoint crew as they watch the results come in. Mission Dolores  – The…

Visit a NY Brewery!

It’s been a rough week for local breweries, 508 Gastrobrewery, Barrier Brewing, The Bronx Brewery, Sixpoint, and the Coney Island Brewery Company all had at least some, and in some cases major, flooding from hurricane Sandy. So this weekend we suggest taking the time to appreciate the breweries that are in the area. There are some great breweries for you to support and here are a few with their weekend hours: Blue Point Brewing, Saturday 12 to 7 p.m. 161 River Ave Patchogue NY Brooklyn Brewery, Saturday 12 to 8 p.m., Sunday 12 to 6 p.m. 79 N 11th Street Brooklyn NY Captain Lawrence, Saturday 12…

Mission Dolores Sour Election Night

This campaign has been pretty heated and will finally end on Tuesday night (hopefully). Mission Dolores has felt pretty sour about the whole campaign so on Election Day from 7 p.m. until someone is declared the winner, they will have a line up of some great sour beers: Cisco Lady of the Woods Cuvee des Jacobins Rouge St. Louis Gueuze Fond Tradition Rodenbach Grand Cru The night will end with free shots of bourbon: Bulleit Bourbon if Obama wins, 4 Roses if undetermined, and the cheapest bourbon they have if Romney wins. No matter who wins the election, the bar will be…