Bell’s Double Two Hearted

Bell’s Two Hearted India Pale Ale is one of those beers that almost everyone has tried and almost everyone still loves, year after year. It’s also one of the beers that triggers the ol’ nostalgia nerve whenever it’s brought up. Can you remember the first time you tried one? I can! And just like all…

New Brewer: Little Blind

There’s a new brewer in town! Little Blind is the brainchild of Drew Bombard, a new gypsy brewer in the booming New York beer scene. Bombard started off as a microbiologist, but soon took his science skills to Colorado’s world-famous New Belgium Brewing. Now he’s using his love and knowledge of microbes to brew his…

NEW ALLAGASH CANS!

I discovered craft beer about a decade ago when a local bottle shop opened near my apartment. During those formative years, I had no idea which beer I liked, so I would just indiscriminately pluck random bottles of all different styles from the shelves to create a random mixed six. One of the first beers…

Other Half’s Pastrytown Festival

Other Half’s Pastrytown was probably the most anticipated beer event to ever hit New York City—and it exceeded my expectations. One of the trendiest styles of beer—the pastry stout—was in the spotlight for one glorious and gluttonous day at Industry City in Brooklyn. Beer blogger Alex Kidd of DontDrinkBeer famously coined the name for the…

TapRm.com Review: A New Online Craft Beer Service for New York

As the craft beer industry grows larger, more breweries have focused on serving their local community and fans, rather than looking to distribute far and wide. That presents a problem for craft beer nerds … cough, cough … enthusiasts who have an insatiable appetite and are always looking to try the newest and tastiest brews…

Welcome to NY, Toppling Goliath!

Ever since I first tried a beer from Toppling Goliath Brewing Co., from Decorah, Iowa, I’ve been hoping for the day when their beers would become available in New York. And that day has finally arrived! Thanks to Sarene Craft Beer distributors, I got to try some super fresh cans and bottles of some of…

Happy 5th Birthday, Other Half!

It’s hard to believe that five years have passed. I’ll always remember the first Other Half beer I ever had the pleasure of drinking. It was at Pony Bar, in the Upper East Side. I walked up to the bar and saw “Other Half – Green Diamonds” illuminated on the digital menu board. I asked…

Big Alice Valley of Ashes

It’s not often that a brewer in New York City releases a barleywine. So when I heard that Long Island City’s Big Alice Brewing released a bourbon barrel-aged barleywine, called Valley of Ashes, I knew I had to try it—and I’m really glad I did! This 12.8 percent beast was aged for one year in…

Bells Bourbon Barrel-aged Expedition Stout 2018

One of the best parts of the growing national beer scene is getting to try beers that were once only available at breweries. We’re very lucky in NYC to have a huge distribution network that just keeps getting bigger. I’ve wanted to try Bells Bourbon Barrel-aged Expedition stout since it was first released in 2016…

Goose Island Sofie Paradisi

Black Friday is almost over. We just shared our Bourbon County reviews with you, but saved one more beer from Goose Island: Sofie Pardisi. We used to seek out this super refreshing saison back in 2012 and 2013, when it was commonly featured during Goose Island tap takeovers around the city. We loved enjoying it…

Black Friday at Top Hops!

Black Friday is coming up fast so here’s the info for Top Hop’s (94 Orchard St, New York, NY, 10002) annual Black Friday event! SAVE THE DATE. It’s here! Once again, Top Hops is your NY home for the 2017 bottle release for Goose Island Bourbon County Brand Stout. The All-Important Details! – At 9…

2017 Bourbon County Reviews

Black Friday is almost upon us and for beer nerds that means Bourbon County Brand Stout time. We got a chance to try this year’s lineup and we’re excited to share our reviews. Spoiler Alert: These beers are awesome! 2017 Bourbon County Brand Stout, 14.1-14.7% BCBS is back and once again it’s as incredible as…

All Things Chicago at The Wilky – 5/20

The Wilky (108 Patchen Ave, Bed Stuy, Brooklyn) is celebrating All Things Chicago on Saturday 5/20 starting at 2pm   ✓ Delicious Chicago Beers ✓ Chicago-Style Dogs ✓ Italian Beefs ✓ Shots of Malort Tap list so far: ★ Goose Island -2013 Bourbon County Brand Stout- bourbon barrel-aged stout from 2013 -Lolita- Belgian-style ale aged…

Perrin Brewing Company NYC Launch

Michigan’s Perrin Brewing Company will start distribution in NYC next week! I’ve heard a lot of good things about their beer—especially their No Rules bourbon barrel-aged imperial porter, brewed with coconut and turbinado sugar. I can’t wait to try their stuff! Check out a list of their launch beers below. We’ll be posting some reviews…

Go To Jester King Brewery

Go To Jester King Brewery By Eric Sturniolo Photos by Annie Shustrin and Eric Sturniolo When in Austin, eat tacos, eat breakfast tacos, eat BBQ, and go to Jester King Brewery. About a 30 minute drive southwest of Downtown Austin, into the Texas Hill Country, sits Jester King. Founded in 2010, Jester King focuses on…

The Wilky’s First Wilkyversary Party!

The Wilky in Bed Stuy is turning one! The Wilkyversary festivities are this weekend, Saturday-Sunday January 14-15, starting a 2PM. Their 18 taps will be filled with rarities, awesomeness, and one-offs- including KCBC Wilkyversary #1, a pomegranate sour brewed with The Wilky team. There will also be free bottle pours and free presents given out hourly…

Top Hops 5th Anniversary Party!

Top Hops in the Lower East Side will be celebrating its 5th Anniversary this coming Friday, January 13! Big Surprise! … they will have some amazing stuff on tap—including the debut of Top Dollar, the new Mosaic-hopped IPA that Barrier is producing exclusively for Top Hops—only available there and at Barrier’s tap room in Oceanside.…

2016 Bourbon County Review

Bourbon County Brand Stout Just like 2015’s vintage, this year’s BCBS is very smooth for being so young. A fresh bottle tastes as if it was already aged in the bottle for a year or more—the alcohol is very well hidden and there’s no barrel heat—just delicious vanilla notes from the bourbon barrels that complement…

Best of the Homebrew Takedown

Best of the Homebrew Takedown By Eric Sturniolo Remember the local craft beer scene in New York City five years ago? Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint… it’s a pretty short list. Today, craft beer and local breweries are exploding in the city, and much of it is thanks to homebrewers. Some of my favorite new breweries (Grimm…

Best of the Bottle Share

Best of the Bottle Share By Eric Sturniolo We recently hosted a bottle share at The Wilky, a new (and great) craft beer spot in Bed Stuy, Brooklyn. We were lucky to have a lot of cool people bring a lot of amazing bottles. The standouts, whether for pure quality or uniqueness, are below.. happy…

Jack’s Abby Coming To NYC!

Jack’s Abby Coming To NYC! By: Eric Sturniolo We are thrilled to announce that Jack’s Abby will soon start distributing both keg and package in New York City. Launch events are currently being set up for Mid-April at the best beer bars in the city. We’ll keep you posted on the wheres and whens! Jack’s…

Beer Hero: Ambulance Brew House

Beer Hero: Ambulance Brew House By Eric Sturniolo Ah, suburbia. Strip malls, white picket fences, and now a bar with one of the best tap lists in the NYC area. There’s a lot that makes Ambulance Brew House great, and one amazing thing that makes it immediately worth the trip up to the ‘burbs: a…

2nd Annual Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival

New York City, a brewing wasteland just a few years ago, is now brimming with awesome, city-made beer. To celebrate this, the Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival has brought together 14 of the NYC area’s best up and coming brewers. There will also be local food trucks like Carpe Donut, Bill’s Balls, and Sweet Chili.…

Not Your Father’s Root Beer… Floats!

Not Your Father’s Root Beer… Floats! By: Eric Sturniolo We never thought it possible, but Not Your Father’s Root Beer by Small Town Brewery is now available in New York City! It’s still hard to get, but if you put some work in, you’ll be able to snag a bottle or two at the better…

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek

Drie Fonteinen Oude Kriek By Eric Sturniolo Ah, spontaneous fermentation. The trademark of Brussels-area breweries like Cantillon and Drie Fonteinen. Drie Fonteinen produces their own wort (about 70% of their total production) and buys the rest from different breweries in Belgium. After the wort is cooled in a…coolship, it’s left exposed to the air, allowing…

Hair of the Dog – Bourbon Fred – 2013 Edition

Hair of the Dog – Bourbon Fred – 2013 Edition by: Eric Sturniolo One of my favorite breweries ever (and certainly the most unique) is Hair of the Dog, and after aging this for two years, I couldn’t wait any longer to open Bourbon Fred. “Regular” Fred is aged for 6 months in oak barrels.…

Three Floyds – Space Station Middle Finger

Three Floyds – Space Station Middle Finger By Eric Sturniolo Hard to find in New York City (ok, maybe a bit impossible), I was lucky to get my hands on Three Floyds Space Station Middle Finger, one of the best pale ales I’ve ever had. It’s what every good pale ale should be. Hoppy (but…

Hill Farmstead Clara – 2013 Edition

This may be hard to believe, but after 2 years of aging, Hill Farmstead Clara is still… amazing! The brewery describes this beer as a grissette, which is a French style extremely similar to a saison: crisp, low-alcohol, summery, wheaty. Clara hits all the marks and more. Tastes of wheat, lemon, and yeast, with a…

2015 Funk ‘N’ Sour – One Mile House

This Saturday, May 16th will be a good one for NYC sour beer lovers. One of our favorite bars, One Mile House, will have a truly epic tap/bottle list starting at 3pm. Details below! Tap List Cantillon Brewery Iris Bell’s Brewery, Inc. Wild One Allagash Brewing Company Century Ale Allagash Currant Affair Barrier Brewing Co.…