From October, 2014

NYC Craft Beer Fest – Autumn Harvest

This weekend, celebrate Halloween (and the day after) with The Hand Crafted Tasting Company’s NYC Craft Beer Festival, the Autumn Harvest. The event will take place at the Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) over three sessions, one on Friday, October 31, from 7 to 10:30 p.m.; and two on Saturday, November 1, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., and 6 to 9:30 p.m. The first hour of the three sessions will be exclusive to VIP and Connoisseur ticket holders. Of course, costumes are encouraged on Halloween, with cash prizes awarded for the top three costumes. Read more about the festival here. Tickets are available here.

Celebrate the Holiday Season with Beer

It’s that time again, when the weather gets colder, sales crop up everywhere, and plans are made to celebrate the season with colleagues, friends and family. May we suggest including a little beer in your holiday plans? Sitting down for a guided beer tasting, visiting a brewery, or making the beer yourself are all good ways to celebrate the season. Urban Oyster Private Beer Tasting A private beer tasting conducted by the beer experts at neighborhood tour company Urban Oyster can be done in your home, office, or at a partner venue around the city. Tastings can be booked in one of…

Affligem in NYC

With the explosion of high quality American craft beer, international brands have been itching to get in on drinkers looking for better beers with more flavor. Affligem, a Belgian Abbey Ale that can trace roots back to Medieval times, is getting a new push from its parent company Heineken in select American markets, including New York. We were recently invited to a tasting event they held at Suit Supply in SoHo to show off the beer and the emphasize the luxury market that they are targeting. In particular they showed us what they called the beer’s “pouring ritual” that separated the “body”…

Ninkasi at Covenhoven

  Covenhoven, the Crown Heights bottle shop and bar, will host a tap takeover over with beers from the popular Oregon brewer Ninkasi. Ninkasi made a limited entry into the New York market this past summer. Saturday’s event will feature six beers from Ninkasi: Total Domination IPA The Believer Double Red Tricerahops IPA Imperiale High Gravity Stout Vanilla Oatis Oatmeal Stout Dawn of the Red IRA

Barcade Crawl

Barcade Brooklyn was founded ten years ago, and since then four more outposts have opened: two in Manhattan, one in Jersey City, and even one in Philadelphia. The group of bars has brought classic arcade games and high quality craft beer together. Think how much better you would be at Contra or Double Dragon after a few brews. John Kleinchester of Two Roads Brewing, Beertography, and our homebrew columnist is teaming up with Chris O’Leary of Brew York will lead drinkers on a Barcade crawl Saturday October 18, that will take them to all five locations. The group will leave New York…

Hops Hill, Clinton Hill

By Meredith Heil Hops Hill is perched on the corner of Waverly and Fulton Street, smack dab in between both Clinton-Washington C Train exits – a prime location for attracting Clinton Hill’s thirsty after work crowd. The cozy taproom evokes a cool calm – very Brooklyn -–with its thick, rectangular marble bar, raw plank shelving, subtle jazz-and-soul soundtrack and glass-enclosed bare bulbs dangling from the ceiling. The space is intimate – besides the ample bar, there are just a few tables in the window and a handful of stools beneath a narrow rail. The taps are unmarked, and a tall…

Charlie Papazian Coming to NYC

Charlie Papazian is a legend in the beer world, especially when it comes to homebrewers. He is the Founder of the Great American Beer Festival, President of the Brewers Association, and Founder of the American Homebrewers Association, but it might be his book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing that has had the biggest impact on the beer community. It has helped inspire and guide generations of homebrewers, many of whom turned pro. Papazian’s influence on American beer and homebrewing is undeniable, and his appearances in New York City area are rare, so it’s incredibly exciting that he will be visiting our city at the end of this…

Brooklyn Wort

Brooklyn Homebrew’s festival is back again this Sunday October 12. The festival will feature 30 homebrewers competing for $1,000 in prize money. The $45 ticket includes a taste of the 30 homebrews and a plate of food from Solber Pupusas.  Not only will you get to taste some delicious beers from some of New York’s best homebrewers but you will get a chance to check out the space that will soon open as Threes Brewing in Gowanus. Attendees will have a chance to vote for the People’s Choice Award which includes $250. An impressive panel of judges that includes brewers, authors,…

Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival

This fall has been teeming with festivals in and around the city. While many of you may be feeling some festival fatigue, this weekend’s Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival from Five Borough Beer Corp is looking to provide a different than usual experience. Instead of presenting attendees with an overwhelming array of beers from brewers throughout the country, they will be focusing exclusively on New York’s local brewers. Some of the city’s newest breweries, like Third Rail Beer and Flagship Brewing, will be joined by brewers from Long Island and Westchester. The hope is that attendees will get to spend…