From October, 2013

Cask Fest at d.b.a. Williamsburg

With fall weather setting in it’s a perfect time for some cask ale. Fortunately for us, Alex Hall, one of the top cask ale experts in the country calls the city home. From Friday, November 1 to Monday, November 4 he will be running d.b.a. Brooklyn’s cask ale fest. The event will have 15 rare and unusual cask ales available at any given time throughout the three days. Past events have highlighted some of the traditional British styles that are served on cask as well as casks that brewers use to experiment with different hops or interesting ingredients. Casks at…

KelSo Pilsner Can Misses the Mark

KelSo Beer Co. joined a growing craft beer trend this month with the release of its pilsner in 12 ounce cans. In most cases we think the canning wave has been a good one for craft beer with its protection from light, and the fact that cans don’t weigh as much as bottles. Craft beer cans are also fun conversation starters: “I’ve never had a beer this good out of a can!” So we were pretty excited when we heard that KelSo Pilsner, brewed in Brooklyn, would also be canned at Greenpoint Beerworks in Brooklyn on a mobile canning line…

Halloween Picks

Halloween is just around the corner and the city will have plenty of costume parties where you can enjoy some great craft beer. Here are a couple for the weekend and a couple that will take place on Halloween. Saturday October 26th Alewife NYC: The Long Island City bar will be hosting a costume party this Saturday October 26th. The beer list will focus on pumpkin and Oktoberfest beers, whose season of availability is coming to a close. There might even be some ciders left from this week’s NY Cider Week. Prizes awarded for the best costumes. Atlantic Avenue Halloween Pub…

Brooklyn Pour 2013

The Village Voice’s annual Brooklyn Pour event took place on October 12 at Skylight One Hanson in Brooklyn’s Fort Greene neighborhood. Skylight One Hanson is the moniker for the historic, restored Williamsburg Savings Bank, once the tallest building in the borough. Three Heads Brewing out of Rochester was picked as the fan favorite for its Kind IPA and Rochestafarian Wee Heavy Scotch Ale, with NYC’s own 508 GastroBrewery taking second with Beauty Booty Blonde and Love Jones, both blonde ales. Our intrepid homebrewing columnist John Kleinchester was on hand presenting about awesome beertography and hosting a beertography contest. Take a…

Harvest Beer and Cider Sessions

This Saturday, October 19, starting at 1 p.m., Cider Week NY kicks off at Jimmy’s No. 43 with a Harvest Beer & Cider Sessions event. Though mostly focused on ciders, beer brewers will be in attendance. Rich Castagna, founder and brewer of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, will hold a beer seminar at 3 p.m.. U.S.-based “farmstead” ciders like Original Sin and Clifton Dry will be poured alongside fresh-hopped and seasonal brews. A limited number of tickets, which cost $50, are available here. A handful of northeast regional ciders will be available at this event, which is a walk-around tasting: Harvest Moon…

Bethel Woods Craft Beer Festival

This past weekend we traveled to the Catskills for a short vacation. Since it’s pretty much impossible for us to go anywhere without participating in some sort of beer-related event, we went to the inaugural Bethel Woods Craft Beer Festival, which was held at the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts. The Center is at the site where Woodstock took place. The festival was a great showcase for New York beer, and we were happy to see breweries representing all regions of the state. Great NYC brews from Sixpoint, The Bronx Brewery and City Island Beer Company were poured. And…

Queens: A Hotbed of Brewing in NYC

In the past few years brewing in New York City has exploded. And it shows no signs of slowing down. Check out this report on Brew York about some of the new operations expected to open in the near future. Basically, it’s an exciting time for NYC beer. So who would have thought Queens would be the epicenter of beer growth in the city? Certainly not us. We don’t get to the borough just north of us very often. But there are really good reasons to visit. Here are some of them. Rockaway Brewing Company Contrary to what its name…

Brooklyn Pour 2013

Brooklyn Pour, the annual beer festival from the Village Voice, returns to One Hanson this Saturday October 12. The venue is the old home of the Williamsburg Savings Bank with ornate decorations and a soaring ceiling on the first floor. The event will feature beers from some of the best local brewers like Barrier, Bronx Brewery, Sixpoint, and 508 Gastrobrewery. Dogfish Head, Victory, and Smuttynose are some of the popular regional brewers you’ll also find there. Some of NYC’s great beer people will give presentations during the festival. Our very own homebrew columnist and founder of the popular blog Beertography…

NYC Craft Beer Fest: Winter Harvest

The weekend before Thanksgiving this year, fit in some last-minute beer drinking fun before holiday craziness sets in. The Hand Crafted Tasting Company is back this November 23 and 24 with it’s winter seasonal festival: Winter Harvest. Taking place at the Lexington Avenue Armory, this time around the festival will be split into three sessions. Two on Saturday the 23rd (2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m.) and one on Sunday the 24th (2 to 4:30 p.m.). “Our NYC Craft Beer Festival guests most-loved venue is the Lexington Armory. And due to the fact that building codes have…

Oktoberfest at Mission Dolores

October is here, and the Oktoberfest celebrations continue (traditionally it starts in September and ends in early October) Mission Dolores on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope will host its an Oktoberfest event on both Saturday October 5 and Sunday October 6. The event will feature some rare German gravity cask beer and fest beers but there will also be pumpkin ales and ciders available. Keep an eye on their website for tap list updates as we get closer. In true Oktoberfest style the folks at Mission Dolores will grilling up some sausages in the courtyard.