Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New York. Show all posts

August 13, 2013

A Rare Beer Club Tasting: Best Served Chilled with Cheese and Good People

Rare Beer Club Tasting
The Rare Beer Club offers some
hard-to-find libations.
The Rare Beer Club puts hard to find and limited release beers in the hands of craft beer fans. They were kind enough to send me a few bottles, so I invited some Asheville beer folks over to try the club's summer releases. Included in the lineup were collaborations from some of the United States' favorite brewers, as well as a saison from one of the world's most highly regarded producers of the style.

First, a little more about the club...

October 25, 2012

GABF Recap: Part 2

The remainder of the Great American Beer Festival and the long weekend in Denver was a blast. A little hazy, a little rough on the body, but packed with good food, good times, and great beer. (Read Part 1 here.)

Friday

The Kitchen's Portobello Sandwich with a
Denver Beer Co. Summer Ale.
After some much needed sleep and lots of water, Friday began with another trek up the Cherry Creek Trail towards downtown. I stopped in for lunch at the Kitchen, located on the corner of 16th and Wazee St. in LoDo.

Anticipating that some veggies might help soak up the beer ahead, I opted for the Portobello Sandwich. Locally-baked ciabatta with sautéed red onions, gouda cheese, house-made hummus, and greens -- the sandwich was fantastic! The mushrooms, onions, and greens were all regionally sourced and organic. The sandwich was accompanied by house fries (from organic Idaho potatoes) and homemade ketchup. (Homemade ketchup? Gotta try that!) Some Denver Beer Company Summer Ale washed it down. Awesome.

Heading to the festival a little early, I walked around the convention center for a bit sans crowd and snapped some photos.

August 14, 2012

Craft Beer in Cans: 9 to Try Today

Photo: CraftCans.com
You may have noticed an increase in the number of canned craft beers on the market lately. The benefits of canning are numerous:
  • Cans reduce the amount of light that can hit the beer, potentially "skunking" those delicious hop compounds
  • Cans weigh less than glass, reducing cost transportation costs
  • Cans are more recycled than glass and plastic
  • Cans go where glass can't, poolside, on a hike, or to a music festival for example
Some may question whether canned beer tastes the same as it's bottled counterpart, but I know for a fact that there are some very good canned beers out there.

Here are nine craft beers in the can to look out for:

August 7, 2012

Videos: The World of the Pink Elephant

On the blog today, a series of mini-documentaries from Delirium Brewery out of Belgium. They make the famous Delirium Troemens, a Belgian strong ale at 8.5%, labeled with the iconic pink elephant. Perhaps you've tried it.

The videos highlight urban culture, providing commentary on some of the ways we cope with the all-too-often oppressive urban environment. One of the big trade-offs of living in a city is the exposure we get to artists and creative types.

Sure, the videos are pretty blatant marketing, but at least it's cool marketing. I'll take these 2-minute videos over the mindless crap thrust upon us by the big guys any day.

July 23, 2012

Book Review: Eat the City

a book about local food producers in New York City
A Tale of the Fishers, Foragers, Butchers, Farmers, Poultry Minders, Sugar Refiners, Cane Cutters, Beekeepers, Winemakers, and Brewers Who Built New York
Book by: Robin Shulman
Review by: David Ackley

“Food is culture. Food is an art the economy will sustain.” - Tom Mylan, butcher, from Eat the City

Today’s fascination with craft beer is very much part of a larger local food movement. In addition to enthusiasm for local breweries, there is also great interest in locally-produced, artisanal products of all kinds, from wine, cheese, and honey, to vegetables, bourbon, and beef. But who are those people on the other side of the table at the farmer’s market? Who are the people tending urban gardens and working behind the bar at the local brewery?

May 6, 2012

Announced: World Beer Cup 2012 Winners

This just in:

Winners of the 2012 World Beer Cup, a.k.a. "the Olympics of Beer Competition," have just been announced by the Brewers Association.  Brewers around the world are surely celebrating with a Sunday brew!

Special shout outs to some of the breweries from my travels:
  • Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, Richmond, VA
    • Category 6: Herb and Spice Beer
      • Bronze Medal: Hardywood Gingerbread Stout
  • Blue Mountain Brewery, Afton, VA
    • Category 17: American-Belgo-Style Ale
      • Silver Medal: Blue Reserve
  • Devils Backbone Brewing Co., Roseland, VA
    • Category 35: Vienna-Style Lager
      • Gold Medal: Vienna Lager
  • Boscos Brewing Co., Memphis, TN
    • Category 52: German-Style Pale Wheat Ale
      • Gold Medal: Boscos Hefeweizen
  • Revolution Brewing, Chicago, IL
    • Category 66: English-Style Summer Ale
      • Gold Medal: Cross of Gold
    • Category 94: American-Style Stout,
      • Gold Medal: Rise American Stout
  • The Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
    • Category 79: British-Style Imperial Stout
      • Bronze Medal: Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

It's a big world of beer out there!  Check out the full list of winners here.


May 2, 2012

Awesome Video of the Day

I remember traveling around Germany when I went to Oktoberfest in 2006.  Drinking a .5L Erdinger Weiss-brau in Munich, where they've been making beer for hundreds of years... it's an experience I won't soon forget.

In today's newsletter from Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery, founder Shane Welch and brewmaster Jan Matysiak take us for a ride through Bavaria, which some might call the birthplace of beer as we know it -- i.e., beer made with hops.  The video celebrates the release of Apollo, a wheat ale made with a traditional Bavarian yeast and filtered for clarity.  In Deutsch, a kristalweizen.

Crank the video in HD, if you dare...


Anyone up for Oktoberfest 2013?  Hell, how about 2012?

April 5, 2012

Excellent Infographic

I think it's telling me something:



Design by Melissa Schmechel Motzkin of Darlingville.com, winner of the Sixpoint Brewery Beer is Culture Contest.

February 2, 2012

New York, Mark Your Calendars

This exhibition looks fantastic! I wonder if they'll let you drink while you go through...

Click below for details:

Beer Here: Brewing History of New York

September 27, 2011

There's a New Brewery in NYC

I just found out from Twitter that's there's a new brewery in the Big Apple.  The Bronx Brewery started production this summer with their flagship Bronx Pale Ale (6.3% alcohol).  Has anyone tried it yet?

Click here for a list of where your can find it.

I wonder how the Brooklyn Brewery feels about the competition...


June 23, 2011

NY Times: It Doesn't Get More Local Than This...

Check out this article on homebrewing on the NY Times website.  This guy has a pretty intense set-up, but you can get started homebrewing for less than $100.  Over time, you'll end up spending less than you do getting your beer at the supermarket.  Not a bad way to save some money during a recession.

Need a Six-Pack? Hit the Basement

June 20, 2011

Brooklyn, NY: Brooklyn Brewery

Passing through New York City after the American Craft Beer Festival, one of the things I wanted to do was visit the Brooklyn Brewery. I'd just finished the book Beer School by the founders of the brewery, so I was excited to see the results of their efforts.

Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge was a feat in itself - it must have been 100 degrees that day - so we were hot and thirsty once we got there. Situated in a very hipster part of Brooklyn called Williamsburg (coincidentally, the name of my hometown), the Brooklyn Brewery wasn't much more than a couple of brick warehouses - at least from the outside.

We were allowed to first wet our beaks on four of Brooklyn's beers. Our tour guide Justin led us through a sampling of their East India Pale Ale, Summer Ale, Local #2, and a Brewmaster's Reserve Concoction based on a cocktail called a Penicillin: scotch with lemon and ginger. They replicated those flavors by using British peat-smoked malt (to get the smokiness of Scotch) as well as lemon and ginger in the brewing of the beer. Prior to this tasting, I'd only had the Lager and Brown Ale, so I was glad to see that Brooklyn had some variety and the guts to push the boundaries a bit.

Now that we were cooled down and loosened up, Justin showed us through the brewhouse, pointing out the fermentation tanks, the canning and kegging lines, where the brewery was planning to expand, and giving us a little history along the way. Cool fact: the guy who designed the iconic I NY trademark, Milton Glaser, also created the logo for the Brooklyn Brewery.


After the tour, we went back to the tasting room and had a few more beers, enjoying the Pilsner, Brown Ale, and another glass of the EIPA.  I can't think of a better remedy for the New York City heat.  Believe it or not, most Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. So get out there and support your local economy. Check out this website to find a brewery near you.

The Brooklyn Brewery tasting room.
Beer from the Brooklyn Brewery can be found in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC.

Internationally, Brooklyn Brewery distributes to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Pretty impressive!