From November, 2013

Samuel Smith at Malt and Mold

Things are quiet this week on the beer front with the Thanksgiving holiday but if you are staying in the city you can get a taste for the historic and traditional Samuel Smith Brewery from England that also dabbles in organic brews at Malt and Mold. The free tasting (complete with free cheese) will be held on Saturday, November 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. The tasting will include the classics from the brewer and some free cheese. Here is the beer list: Oatmeal Stout Organic Chocolate Stout Winter Welcome Nut Brown Ale Organic Cider

Bell’s Brewery To Come to NYC

The headline is true, Bell’s Brewery, acclaimed producer of beers like Two Hearted Ale, an IPA, and the summer seasonal Oberon, plans to launch in New York City on February 10. The brewery entered the New York market with distribution upstate in early 2013. Bell’s announced the expansion into New York City on its blog yesterday with Laura Bell, Vice President of Bell’s Brewery, quoted as saying “We are excited to round out the state after an overwhelming response for our beer in Western and Upstate New York.” Union Beer Distributors will distribute in New York City and their parent company…

NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest 2013

This past weekend the Hand Crafted Tasting Company returned to the Lexington Ave Armory to hold the NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest edition. The team here at BeerUnion curated the beer list, and we focused on New York brewers as much as possible. Brewers in attendance from our state included: The Bronx Brewery, Sixpoint, Brewery Ommegang, Southern Tier, Fire Island Brewing Company, Ithaca Beer Co., Lake Placid Brewing Company, Harlem Brewing Company, Radiant Pig Craft Ales, Wagner Valley Brewing Company, Steadfast Brewing Company, Middle Ages Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Alphabet City Beer Co., Great South Bay, Upstate…

Pints for Prostates Fundraiser a Success!

This past Sunday we held a fundraiser for Pints for Prostates at Jimmy’s No. 43, along with John Kleinchester, our homebrewing columnist extraordinaire and writer/photographer of the Beertography blog. We raised over $500 for the cause! Thanks to the amazing people who stopped by to support. We’d also like to thank the following people who were absolutely instrumental in this event: Jimmy Carbone, who hosted us at Jimmy’s No. 43 and gave us several amazing raffle prizes. 508 GastroBrewery brewer Chris Cuzme and Fuhmentaboutit host Mary Izett for generously donating a beer and mead, respectively. John Holl for donating a…

Harlem Brewing

With all the collaboration in the craft brewing industry sometimes it’s easy to forget that brewers are businesses in a competitive market. They battle it out in stores and bars for tap handles and shelf space. With this has come the occasional trademark dispute and New York breweries have participated in several this year. Earlier this year Narwhal Brewery changed its name to Finback Brewery (not open yet) after a trademark conflict with Sierra Nevada’s Narwhal Stout; and Sixpoint Brewery issued a cease and desist to Renegade Brewing in Colorado for their canned beer Ryetous, which Renegade then changed to…

The NY Beer Guide for Thanksgiving

As you get ready for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday here are some New York beers to pick up that will make spending time with family and friends that much more enjoyable. Ithaca Cold Front – Ithaca’s Fall seasonal combines a Belgian yeast strain with roasted grains for a deep brown color and sweetness that balances the spice character of the yeast. Pair this one with stuffing (particularly if there is sausage in it) or roasted vegetables. Rockaway ESB – This is a good example of a traditional English style that would be easily accessible for family and friends that you’re…

NYC Craft Beer Festival and Pints for Prostates

Before traveling for the Thanksgiving week New Yorkers have a couple of great options for craft beer events this weekend. Hand Crafted Tasting Co. will put on its NYC Craft Beer Festival Winter Harvest on both Saturday and Sunday. Two sessions will be held on Saturday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and 7 to 9:30 p.m. and one on Sunday from 4 to 6:30 p.m. General Admission tickets are almost sold out for both Saturday sessions but there are still tickets available for Sunday’s session. Connoisseur Lounge tickets are still available for all three sessions. The beer list (curated by BeerUnion)…

Brewers Guild Fundraiser for Beer Week 2014

On December 5, at Brooklyn Brewery, The New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG) will hold a winter fundraiser for NYC Beer Week 2014 (Feb. 21 – March 2, 2014). Tickets cost $40 and get you unlimited tastings of rare brews from NYCBG members. This event not only raises money for the upcoming Beer Week, but is also a benefit for City Harvest, so bring a non-perishable food item. Here’s a list of beers slated to be poured: 508 GastroBrewery: Imperial DarmStout (collaboration brew with Ray Darmstat of St. Gambrinus) & Honey Brew Brew Bronx Brewery: Pale Ale, Black Pale Ale…

Bitter & Esters Brewshop 101

When someone finds out we’re beer writers, the first question they usually ask is, “So do you make your own beer?” I understand where this comes from. Beer is delicious, obviously, and making it is miraculous for someone who hasn’t ever brewed. Unfortunately, our answer to that question is always, “Not lately…” or “Well… we don’t have a batch going at the moment.” Of course, we have homebrewed. Giancarlo, in fact, used to brew quite frequently. I like to say I dabble. My hesitation when it comes to brewing is completely because of the mess. We have a small Brooklyn…

Tavern 29, Gramercy

The best part about Tavern 29 is its service. Owner Cróine O Halloran and Cara Tallon, director of its beer program, make sure to keep the servers and bartenders trained and knowledgeable about all the beers on the bar’s 24 rotating taps. They are adept at beer recommendations and offer valuable opinions, as well as in depth tasting notes. Tavern 29 is a craft beer bar and restaurant on 29th St in a one of those gray area neighborhoods of Manhattan. Dubbed the NoMad district, the bar is in the Gramercy/Flatiron/Kips Bay region, on 29th between Park and Madison. With…