From December, 2013

Shiner Mac & Cheese

I am a sucker for mac and cheese. I’ve tried it all over NYC, because when I see it on a menu I’m powerless over it (my favorite, in case you’re wondering, is the truffle mac & cheese at Spitzer’s on the Lower East Side). But beer mac and cheese? Never had it. So when I was flipping through John Holl’s cookbook to see what I should make next, and I came across a recipe from Pike Brewing Company for Kilt Lifter Mac & Cheese, it was over. I had to make it. The dish uses Scotch ale. When shopping…

NYC Craft Beer in 2013

2013 was quite a year for the New York beer community. Throughout the city and surrounding area quality beer is on the upswing. Here are ten of the biggest things from 2013: 1. New York’s number of breweries continues to soar at an exciting rate. Each has its own place in the city’s beer community. The latest batch of new breweries includes nomad brewers, nano brewers, contract brewers, and traditional brick and mortar brewers. Here are some that opened in 2013: Big Alice Brewing Other Half Brewing Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC Dykman Beer Co. Grimm Artisanal Ales City Island Beer…

Celebrate the Solstice at Jimmy’s No. 43

Saturday marks the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. Jimmy’s No. 43 is turning the dark day into a celebration with beers from Spain. Starting at 3 p.m. Spanish beers from the importer Iberian United will be pouring. At 7 p.m. you can join in the prix fixe dinner where Iberia United reps will pair some of their beers with a Spanish tapas menu from guest chef Louise Leonard. Ticketsfor the dinner are $65 and include the food and beer. The bar will also be celebrating a christmas tradition from Spain called Caga Tió, that features a yule log…

Sixpoint Holiday Concert and Beer Festival

Coming up this Saturday, December 14, is the first annual Sixpoint Holiday Concert and Beer Festival. Held by Sixpoint Brewery, SubCulture and the Anything Anything Radio show, the event will feature live music and sampling of 12 different types of Sixpoint beers. It is a benefit for The Humane Society of New York. The festival will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at SubCulture, located at 45 Bleecker St. (at the corner of Lafayette) downstairs. Music acts haven’t been announced yet but according to the event website, will be “a great up-and-coming R&B-based boogie-woogie rock group as [the]…

Holiday Gifts for Beer Geeks

Looking for a gift for the special beer lover in your life? Want to subtly offer someone suggestions for what to get you? We present the BeerUnion Gift Guide for 2013: Holiday Gifts for Beer Geeks. 1. The Blue Dot BeerUnion hops pendant* is beautifully made, and a great way to show off your beer love. Read more about it here. 2. We received this beer and food pairing calendar as a gift last year. It’s well made and looks good on our wall. And offers some delicious, seasonal beer pairings. 3. With 155 recipes the American Craft Beer Cookbook by…

Belgium 2 Brooklyn 8

Mugs Ale House hosts their eighth Belgium 2 Brooklyn weekend festival this week. On both Saturday and Sunday the bar will serve up some of the best Belgian style beers they can get their hands on from around the world. Beers like Dieu De Ciel Isseki Nicho, Grimm Rye Abbey, Het Nest Barrel Aged Dead Mans Hand Bourbon Imperial Stout, and Corsendonk Xmas 2012 will be pouring during the weekend. You can review the full beer list on the bar’s website.

Hot Hennepin Beef Stew

When we were getting ingredients ready to make the Belgian Endive with Gruyere and Prosciutto, from John Holl’s cookbook, we were pondering what to do with the rest of the bottle of Ommegang Hennepin. We could have drank it, of course. And we did drink some, of course. But we were making beef stew that night anyway, so we decided to improvise and throw some beer into the mix. Your own recipes for soups, stews, or chilis, would be great places to incorporate some beer into your cooking. This is a hearty entree, perfect for the cool winter evenings we…