Tagged craft beer

Building a Brewery From Scratch

“People want to see hard work, they don’t want to see a new brewery show up. They want to see something that grew from a seed,” says Rich Castagna, founder, owner and brewer of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery in Queens. This philosophy could not be more true in his case. Castagna and his family have…

Pacific Standard, Park Slope

Continuing our Good Beer Seal bar posts is Pacific Standard in Park Slope. Pacific Standard on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is a haven for west coasters, specifically from Berkley and Oakland. The bar is covered with Cal Berkley and Oakland A’s memorabilia. The bar regularly has cask ale and a draft list that features west coast brewers like Green Flash and 21st Amendment alongside local brewers like Carton and Sixpoint. It’s comfortable to hang out in – the back portion of the bar has a bit of a dorm room feel to it, with bookshelves and old couches. If…

Pick of the Weekend: Saison Weekend at Brouwerij Lane

Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint will host a saison weekend with a mix of American craft beers and imports. Their backyard should be a good place to spend one of the last weekends of summer if the rain holds off. Recently saisons, a Belgian farmhouse style, have been among the most popular new beers from breweries. Here is the beer list: Cigar City Table Saison Victory Helios Perennial Saison De Lis Brasserie Dupont Foret Nogne-O Bridge Road India Saison Stillwater Kopstootje

Adobe Blues, Staten Island

Getting back to our posts on the Good Beer Seal bars is Adobe Blues, the very last one we visited. This bar was one of the biggest surprises from our adventure. It has a small but well-rounded tap list and an extensive, reasonably priced bottle list. Bar manager Ryan Barker curates the beer and tries to refresh the list regularly to keep things interesting. As with other Good Beer Seal bars, we found that the staff was very friendly and generally knowledgeable about what they were serving. The bar runs a styles club where customers are guided through different beer…

Pick of the Weekend: 12th Anniversary at Zum Schneider

This Sunday Zum Schneider in the East Village celebrates its 12th anniversary (impressive in a city where there’s constant bar turnover). There will of course be traditional German beers like Schneider Weisse and Reissdorf Kolsch to pair with Bavarian foods. A live oompah band will play and a pig will be roasted on a spit.

Bronx Brewery Releasing New Beer: Rye Pale Ale

Later this month, the Bronx Brewery team is introducing a new beer, a Rye Pale Ale. “We wanted to stay within the pale ale category and introduce a beer that showcases another member of the grass family,” said Head Brewer Damian Brown, in an email message. “The unique spicy flavors of the ryle compliment and balance some of the woody, piny and spicy aspects of the top hop varieties in this beer – Crystal and Chinook. Our goal is to brew relatively big and assertive beers, but ones that are balanced and subtle enough to remain easy drinking.” This beer,…

Sixpoint Brownstone Ale Now in Cans

The steady march of Sixpoint beers into cans (or, as Sixpoint calls them, NanoKegs) will continue with Brownstone, a well-balance and smooth brown ale. While Brownstone is not as easy to find on tap as Bengali Tiger or Sweet Action, it is a favorite among craft beer bars in Brooklyn who undoubtedly love the name’s reference to the historic Brooklyn homes. As fans of canned beer and of Brownstone Ale we are excited to see how this turns out. Cans have been vaunted for their ability to protect hop character in styles like Pale Ales and IPAs but have not…

Next Week: RockHops Craft Beer Festival in NJ

It’s a bit of a hike from NYC (Mercer County Park, NJ) but RockHops Craft Beer festival, Saturday, August 11, is one of the more unique we’ve seen as of late. A combination craft beer and music festival, RockHops will feature an impressive beer list curated by John Kleinchester of Beertography and beer author John Holl. The list will include New Jersey’s own Carton Brewing as well as several breweries that you can’t find in New York like Schlafly, Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. Holl and Jeff Cioletti, editor of Beverage World Magazine, will lead seminars on how the music and…

Pick of the Weekend: International Beer Day at Idle Hands

Idle Hands on the Lower East Side is one of the few places in New York celebrating International Beer Day on Sunday, August 5. All craft beers normally priced $8 and under will be $3 from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. International Beer Day was founded in 2007 and is run by Jesse Avshalomov and Even Hamilton. It was created to help celebrate and appreciate brewers and bars that help bring drinkers quality beer. 334 celebrations in 193 cities in 46 countries are scheduled this year. So this Sunday, wherever you are, enjoy a pint (or four!).

AleSmith IPA for #IPADay

Last year we acknowledged #IPADay by drinking through Sam Adams’s Latitude 48 deconstructed IPA limited release variety pack. Then we had a bunch of other IPAs. This year, we’re doing a little AleSmith IPA. Just the one bottle. Look how we’ve evolved (read: we’ve had too much drunkenness lately).