From April, 2014

Ballast Point at Bondurants

We’re channeling the warm California weather this weekend to help get us through this wet and cold week with Saturday’s Ballast Point Day Drinking event at Bondurants. On May 3 the bar will have a complete tap takeover of its 25 tap lines from Ballast Point Brewing Company  of San Diego, CA. The brewery makes the well-regarded and very popular Sculpin IPA, among many others. With 25 lines going up there are sure to be some special releases available. Bondurants is among the latest batch of bars on the Upper East Side to start serving craft beer. The bar opened earlier this…

Learn How to Brew with Bridge and Tunnel

Queens Beer Week rolls on this weekend with lots of events, but we’re looking at one in particular. Joanna Carpenter from Braving the Brew will cohost a homebrewing class with Rich Castagna of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 26 at Astoria Beer and Brew. The class will take attendees through the basics of brewing. Castagna, a native of Queens who founded Bridge and Tunnel in his garage, made the jump from homebrewing to professional brewing in 2012. Bridge and Tunnel is among the city’s smallest brewers, producing hard-to-find brews like the Angry Amel Dunkelweizen…

Queens Beer Week Starts Friday

This Friday marks the beginning of the first-ever Queens Beer Week (QBW). With six breweries making beer in the borough – all of which have opened up in the past two years – and a burgeoning bar scene, Queens is at the forefront of craft beer growth in New York City. The event was put together by Dan Bronson of Astoria’s Crescent and Vine, with help from beer consigliere Tommy Ortega, manager at Sunswick 35/35, also in Astoria. “The inspiration for QBW started from a meeting of a few beer bars in Queens, namely Crescent and Vine, Sunswick, and Queens…

Taproom 307 Homebrewer’s Brunch

Taproom 307 will be hosting a brunch this Saturday, April 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for homebrewers. For $25 you can share your homebrews, enjoy brunch and receive a glass for tasting others’ homebrews. Taproom 307’s Beer Sommelier Hayley Jensen and Chef Stephen Durley will be serving some of their creations during the event. Attendees will be able to submit their picks for a People’ Choice Award; voting will be held at 3 p.m. The winner will get their brunch for free.

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Pickle Shack, Gowanus

By Meredith Heil There are some bars that begin as rumors, mere whisperings amongst beer savvy friends and  industry enthusiasts, subtle hints as to when and where the alleged joint will pop up. Pickle Shack – Dogfish Head founder and craft beer rockstar Sam Calagione’s newest Brooklyn-based outpost – was one of those bars. Pickle…

Taking the Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour

This story has been updated to reflect the closing of Paulaner Brauhaus As the craft beer movement grows and expands, many enthusiasts have called for a return to a beer culture focused on local breweries – a landscape that looks similar to the period prior to Prohibition. New York City  has a unique and strong beer history. Neighborhood tour company Urban Oyster, since its launch with the Brewed in Brooklyn walking tour, has always sought to view current beer trends through a historical lens. How did breweries fit into communities? How did immigrants impact brewing and drinking? Now Urban Oyster’s NYC…

SingleCut Kicks Off NY Beer Month at Idle Hands

NY Beer Month at Idle Hands Bar in the Lower East Side kicked off on Wednesday with a $10 Wednesday tasting featuring SingleCut Beersmiths and The Who (hosted by the duo here at BeerUnion). Bar owner Dave “Rev” Ciancio created an all-time mix of The Who songs and paired some with the brews. Participants got samples of Keith, Billy IPA, 19-33 Queens Lager, and Kim, along with a shot of Jameson and tater tots. NY Beer Month will continue throughout April at Idle Hands, and we’ll be hosting tastings on April 16, 23 and 30. Reserve your spot for any…

Newburgh Brewing Company

Our book tour for Beer Lover’s New York continued last weekend, when we made a trip upstate to Newburgh Brewing Company. Founded in 2012 by Paul Halayko and Chris Basso, a former brewer at of the Brooklyn Brewery, the brewery is located in an old paper box factory in the sleepy upstate town of Newburgh. We set up in the substantial taproom, which also hosted a cornhole tournament, and enjoyed some tasty brews – Basso’s cream ale is spot on, and the new ICA (India Cream Ale) is pretty great too. Thanks so much to Paul and Chris for having…

Westeros Feast at Jimmy’s No. 43

For Game of Thrones and Ommegang fans (or anyone, really), Jimmy’s No. 43 is the place to be this Sunday, April 6. Jimmy’s will have a keg of Fire & Blood, the latest release in the Game of Thrones beer series from the central New York brewery. The $55 tickets are available here. And the dinner starts at 7 p.m., so odds are you’ll be back home in time to catch the season 4 premiere.