From February, 2014

NYC Beer Week: Halfway Through

We’ve reached the half way point in NYC Beer Week, one of the most fun but also exhausting weeks for beer fans in New York. So we’re taking this moment to look back at the first half: Friday night the week kicked off with the Opening Bash at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The NYC Brewers Guild hosted hundreds of beer drinkers in celebrating local and regional brewers. Some of the most talked about beers came from new brewers like Finback Brewery, Other Half Brewing, and Gun Hill Brewing. The event could have benefitted from some more food but…

NYC BEER WEEK

It’s NYC Beer Week. Events are during the week and also on the weekend. Here’s a list of ones we think will be fantastic. Here’s a full list of events. Pick one (or two, or three) and celebrate New York City beer. Friday, February 28 NYC Craft Beer Festival – Spring Seasonals Friday Evening Session: Hand Crafted Tastings is bringing their beer festival back to the Lexington Armory with 75 brewers, many of whom will be local or regional. Advance tickets start at $55 for General Admission and range up to $125 for the Connoisseur Lounge. Women & Beer First: A craft beer ladies…

Transmitter Brewing Coming Soon to Queens

Queens is becoming the borough to beat in terms of number of breweries. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company and Finback Brewery will soon be joined by Transmitter Brewing, a small operation based out of Long Island City. Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi founded the brewery with a focus on traditional and farmhouse ales. They’re going to sell their beers through a Community Supported Beer (CSB) program, where people can purchase shares of the brewery and receive regular allotments of beer in return. BeerUnion caught up with Kolb and Accardi, and here’s what they…

Drink Local: NYC Beer and Brewing History

When we moved into Crown Heights almost four years ago, there was really only one bar to get good craft beer. Fast forward to now, and we not only have about six more bars to choose from, we’re also getting a bottle shop. A bottle shop. Within three blocks of our apartment. Be still our hearts. Dubbed Covenhoven, the soon-to-open shop in Crown Heights welcomed a crowd this Monday during Beer Week, for a panel discussion about NYC beer and brewing history. Moderated by Meredith Heil, founder of the Beerded Ladies blog (and a contributor to BeerUnion), the panel featured…

Beer Lover’s New York Book Launch Party

On February 18 we held a launch party for our book, Beer Lover’s New York, at Brooklyn Brewery. It wound up being a sold out event. We were completely blown away by the enthusiasm and support for this new venture of ours. Thank you everyone who came! It was a fantastic time. Here’s a look: Photos by Robin Stevenson

Moving On From a Difficult Batch

A homebrewer’s journal, by John Kleinchester So my last homebrew column was a bit of a bummer. My very first lager that I invested a lot of time and effort into ended up being a pretty big disappointment. As with any homebrew that isn’t good, the best bet is to just set it aside and let it mature and hope against hope that it just needs more time. I did just that with the lager and in doing so I ended up taking a little bit of a break from brewing. It was really intentional, but looking back on my…

Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour

It’s an exciting time for craft beer in New York City. In the past few years, over a dozen breweries have opened, and there are a bunch more in the works. So it’s fitting that this coming Beer Week, Urban Oyster is launching a NYC Brewery Tour by bus, the first of its kind in the city. “New York is due to have a proper bus tour of breweries,” says David Naczycz, founder of Urban Oyster, a neighborhood tour company that offers a handful of beer tours. “We probably would have launched this tour sooner had there been more breweries to…

Two Roads Brewing Co. Launching in NYC

“Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” No doubt you are familiar with these lines of Robert Frost’s famous poem, The Road Not Taken. But did you know they were the inspiration for the naming of Two Roads Brewing Co., based out of Stratford, CT? Two Roads, which opened at the end of 2012, will be distributing its beer to New York City starting this Tuesday, February 18. Two Roads is founded by Brad Hittle (former Chief Marketing Officer at Pabst who also worked…

Glorietta Baldy, Bed-Stuy

By Meredith Heil Brothers Ben, Seth and Mike Wiley are no strangers to Brooklyn beer bars. In 2006, the boys opened Bar Great Harry in Carol Gardens, a 20-tap joint that quickly became the late-night spot for local hopheads. Geeky masterpiece The Owl Farm and the laid back, airy Mission Dolores followed, both now integral parts of Park Slope’s ample craft beer scene. In 2013, the brothers ventured east, seeing potential in a dark, neglected storefront on a shadowy stretch of Franklin Avenue in Bed-Stuy. Nestled beneath the elevated shuttle train is Glorietta Baldy, the neighborhood’s newest craft beer den…

Sunday Roast at Tørst

Tørst is already well known for having one of the best beer menus in the city but if you want more food than a cheese plate – thought it is a substantial one – a reservation for a tasting menu at Luksus is required. Recently the bar instituted a new Sunday Roast that is available from 1 to 6 p.m. every Sunday. The meal is comprised of roasted pork shoulder, pickled red cabbage, cranberry beans, and rapini, perfect for the cold weather we have been having. The plate costs $15 with the option of adding an Evil Twin Brewing Low…