From February, 2013

The Last Few Days of Beer Week

Beer Week is almost over. Check out events for the last few days: Friday March 1 Founders All Day IPA Release party at The House of Brews 6 p.m., 302 West 51st St. Dogfish Head Tap Takeover at Rye House 5pm, 11 W 17th St. Saturday March 2 aPORKalypse Now at Alewife NYC, Tickets are $40 Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree & Brunch at Jimmy’s No. 43 12 to 3 p.m., Tickets are $35 Sunday March 3 Sour Sunday at Rosamunde Sausage Grill, 285 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn Beer Dinner With Brooklyn Brewery at Murray’s Cheese Bar 5  to 7 p.m., 264 Bleecker St., $75 – led by Garrett Oliver of Brooklyn Brewery…

Beer Sessions Radio Celebrates Three Years

This evening Beer Sessions Radio, a New York City-based show on Heritage Radio Network hosted by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No 43, will celebrate its third anniversary. The show has featured brewers, bar owners, writers (including us!), and many others from the beer industry since 2010, exploring everything from beer politics to brewing techniques and the city’s best bars in a laid back and unpretentious way. Check out today’s episode with Dave Brodrick of Blind Tiger, Ed Berestecki of Mugs Ale House, Julia Herz from the Brewers Association, Josh Schaffner, a founder of NY Craft Beer Week, and James Tai.

NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash

Last night Beer Week kicked off with a party hosted by the NYC Brewers Guild at Galapagos Art Space in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn. Breweries in attendance included Brewers Guild members Brooklyn Brewery, 508 Gastrobrewery, the Bronx Brewery, KelSo, Heartland, Sixpoint, La Birreria, Shmaltz, Rockaway Brewing Company and Chelsea Brewing Company. The city brewers were joined by a bunch of other New York breweries including Peekskill, Captain Lawrence, Greenport, Empire, Ommegang, and Ithaca. Here are some beer highlights: We were excited to see City Island Beer Company on hand with its Pale Ale (now there are three breweries operating…

Beer Cooking Catastrophes

Apparently the theme of our latest column installments is struggle. Sometimes you’ve got to dump a batch of beer. Other times, when you experiment with beer in your food, you’ve got to dump that too. Too-Sweet Strawberry Since the Voodoo Vanilla milkshake experiment went so well, why not try it with another beer/ice cream combination? Strawberry and peach flavors go well together, so I thought I’d try making a shake with strawberry ice cream and Dogfish Head Festina Peche beer. The problem with this combination was the ice cream. Almost sickly sweet, no amount of Festina Peche would save it.…

BEER WEEK Weekend Events!

New York City Beer Week starts on Friday, Feb 22 and goes through Sunday, March 3! We’ve got a larger list of awesome events here. Below are the weekend picks. Friday February 22 Horseheads Brewing Night 6 to 9 p.m. at City Swiggers, 320 East 86th St. Founders Tap Takeover at The Courtyard Ale House, 40-18 Queens Boulevard (just off the 7 Train at 40th Street) Saturday February 23 Saxual Healing Imperial Stout Bourbon Barrel Release at 508 Gastrobrewery, 508 Greenwich St. Rare & Barrel-Aged NY State Breweries Tasting at The Bronx Ale House, 216 West 238th St. Peekskill Brewery…

NYC Beer Week Picks

After a over a year of anticipation New York City’s Beer Week returns Friday under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild. There are three main events during the week: the Opening Night Bash at Galapagos Art Space on Friday (sold out), Brewer’s Choice at City Winery on Wednesday, and the Closing party on Sunday March 3 at La Birreria. These are sure to be great events, especially Brewer’s Choice which pairs local food producers with local and regional brews. If you want something a bit smaller or more intimate there are tons of beer dinners and tap…

TØRST, Greenpoint

We’ve recently seen an influx of great beer bars into neighborhoods like Crown Heights and Greenpoint, places that were previously beer deserts. In fact, Greenpoint is home to Torst, a bar that might be more obsessive about caring for their quality beer than any other in the city. If the tap list and draft system are the indicators of a bar’s quality, Tørst’s position at the top is solid. The bar is has a specially designed “flux capacitor” that individually sets the temperature and carbonation for the 36 taps. Drafts are usually poured in two or three different amounts for…

Beer and Bacon returns to Jimmy’s No. 43

After the inevitable beer and chocolate pairings for Valentine’s day we suggest going with some salty bacon this weekend. Starting at noon on Saturday, Jimmy’s No. 43 will be serving bacon and Belgian beer until 3 p.m. Guests will be guided through brunch with a selection of bacon, pork, and green market pretzels paired with 10 Belgian beers. Tickets are $45 not including tax and tip.  

Hurdles in Homebrewing

A homebrewer’s journal, by John Kleinchester There’s nothing better in the world than brewing your own beer at home and having it actually come out well. Being able to hand a glass to a friend and have them really like it, only to be shocked that you’re the one that made it? It’s euphoric. But the pendulum swings both ways. Nothing can prepare you for that fretful day when, yes, you’ve made something that just isn’t good enough to justify drinking. This happened for me this past weekend and I had to decide if I needed to dump a batch…

Catfish Bar and Restaurant

A recent addition to the Crown Heights bar scene has been Catfish, located at 1433 Bedford Ave. between Park and Prospect Place. After persevering in the face of some local opposition (apparently some residents in this particular segment of Crown Heights thought a bar would disturb the peace)  the bar opened in January and has been serving up craft beer from its 16 rotating taps, often from local breweries like Captain Lawrence and Victory. You’ll be sure to find some Abita on draft, too. The food menu is inspired by New Orleans eats, featuring mainstays like gumbo, po boy’s, and…