Good Beer 2014

goodbeer3Last 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 York City boroughs, Long Island and also New Jersey. Here are this year’s inductees:

ABC Beer Co.—Bottle shop on Avenue C in Manhattan’s East Village.
Crescent & Vine—Bottle shop in Astoria, Queens.
Malt & Mold—In Manhattan’s Lower East Side, known for its beer and cheese tastings.
One Mile House—Bar and restaurant in Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
St. Gambrinus—Bottle shop in between Brooklyn’s Fort Greene and Cobble Hill neighborhoods.
The Good Life—Bar and restaurant in Massapequa on Long Island.
The Sampler Bushwick—Bottle shop in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighborhood.
Tørst—Fine beer bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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Representatives from the newest Good Beer Seal bars pose with Carbone, back row center.

The event, held at 82 Mercer in SoHo, had some delectable eats. Macaroni and cheese croquettes, chili, flatbread pizza and of course shrimp rolls from Luke’s Lobster, were just some of the standouts. However, we’d be remiss if we didn’t admit to a little disappointment in the beer offerings. New York mainstays like Brooklyn, KelSo, Sixpoint, Blue Point, Heartland, Ommegang and Greenport were all on hand. But pouring alongside them were non-New York, non-craft options like Guinness and Pisner Urquel. Make no mistake, we think these beers is great in their own right, but for an event called Good Beer that’s “gathered some of the best craft breweries around,” we really would have liked to see more local options. We have so many great breweries opening up in New York City, it seemed like a missed opportunity to us.

We do have to mention, though, that the New York Brewer’s Association brought the folks from Good Nature Brewing, a small operation in Hamilton, NY, that was one of the first adopters of the Farm Brewery Law. Founded by husband-and-wife team Matt Whalen and Carrie Blackmore (pictured below), we first sampled Good Nature beers when we were researching our book. Since they don’t normally distribute this far downstate, we were so excited to be able to taste some of their great brews in NYC.

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A friend remarked to us during the event that it should have been called “Good Food.” We tend to agree with this sentiment.

Here are some images from the event:

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Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver pouring the newest in his Brewmaster’s Reserve series: Weizenhammer

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