From August, 2014

Chow for Now Summer! At SingleCut Beersmiths

Summer 2014 is winding down, and SingleCut Beersmiths in Astoria, Queens is ending it with a bang. On Sunday, August 31, from noon to 10 p.m. there will be BBQ, live music, limited release beers and raffles. Music will start at 1 p.m. with Beecher’s Fault; JD Patch; 2/3 Goat, Cooke with a possible appearance by SingleCut’s own The Green Gallows. From the event page on Facebook: “It hurts to say goodbye to this amazing Summer we’ve had, but what better way to do it than with beer and food!” Word.

Berg’n Beer Hall Open in Crown Heights

The team behind the widely successful Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg have opened a new outpost of beer and food: Berg’n, in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood. Food vendors are located on the right side of the giant, former garage space. Ramen Burger, Asia Dog, Pizza Moto and Mighty Quinn’s will be serving up their popular eats, plus a few new items from expanded menus. Patrons can eat and drink at communal tables indoors and out. And of course, there’s the bar, which lines part of the back wall, and features 12 taps, a selection of bottles, cocktails and Brooklyn Soda Works…

Third Rail Beer Launching at One Mile House

Saturday, August 23 at 5 p.m., New York City drinkers will have their your first chance to try brews from Third Rail Beer. The city’s newest brewery, founded by Loren Taylor-Raymond, Kaitlyn Haubrich, and Larry Koestler, will debut its beer at One Mile House on Delancey Street. Their first two beers will be Bodega American Pale Ale and Field 2, a Belgian farmhouse ale.

NY Pro-Am Brew PIT

Brooklyn-based homebrew shop Bitter and Esters recently paired up five homebrewers with five pro-brewers, and this Saturday, August 9, taste the inspired brews at Crown Heights bottle shop Covenhoven. Tastings will be held in two sessions: 1 to 3 p.m. and 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $25 and are available here. Read the feature story about this collaboration on BeerUnion here.

Good Beer 2014

Last week Edible held its annual Good Beer event to close out July Good Beer Month for 2014. A celebration of local food and beer, the event kicked off with Jimmy Carbone distributing the Good Beer Seal awards. The Good Beer Seal was established by Carbone – owner of Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village – as an indicator for patrons that a bar not only has great craft beer, but also supports the New York City beer community. This year the number of bars have have the seal grew to 59. They are located in all five New…

NY Pro-Am Brew P.I.T. with Bitter and Esters

Many professional brewers started out as homebrewers. A new initiative by brewing shop Bitter and Esters, NY Pro-Am Brew P.I.T. paired homebrewers with local craft brewers: Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewing,Singlecut Beersmiths, Sixpoint Brewery and Yonkers Brewing Co. The homebrewers toured the breweries and chatted with brewers about their Philosophy, Inspiration, and Technique (aka P.I.T.). Then they brewed a beer inspired by the meeting. On August 9 Crown Heights bottle shop Covenhoven will pour the beers they brewed, alongside a beer of the professional brewer’s choice. “The inspiration for P.I.T. came out of a meeting with our friend and customer Robert Sherrill,” said John LaPolla,…

Big Alice Brewing to Expand

Big Alice Brewing Company, New York City’s smallest brewery, is getting big. Sort of. The tiny Queens-based brewery has been brewing some of the most interesting and creative beers around from its tiny 10 gallon system since last year. It sells its brews through a CSB (Community Supported Beer) program, in which shares are purchased in exchange for an allotment of bottles. This month the brewery announced that it will be expanding to a 5 barrel brewing system. The equipment is scheduled to arrive next week, so we should be seeing significantly more beer from Big Alice soon. We caught…