Boulevard Hits NYC!

  We’ve been hoping for a long time that Boulevard Brewing Co. from Kansas City, Missouri, would come to NYC … and, finally, our wish has come true! And they’re making a big splash with a ton of awesome events this week starting TODAY! There are a ton of opportunities all over the city to…

What’s Brewing: Third Rail Beer

What’s Brewing: Third Rail Beer By Eric Sturniolo     I had my first taste of Third Rail beer at the Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Fest, and I’ve been hooked since. Third Rail Beer is an NYC-based brewery owned by a trio of native New Yorkers — Brewmaster Loren Taylor-Raymond and co-owner Larry Koestler grew up…

Holiday Gift Idea: The Case For Beer

With the holidays fast approaching, we’ve found the perfect gift for the craft beer lover in your life (or for yourself!): The Case For Beer. Each box comes with 12 beers in custom packaging, with selections hand-picked by 9 different craft beer locations/bars throughout the United States. In New York City, the selection is curated…

Made Of Beer Bakery

Made Of Beer Bakery By Eric Sturniolo I try not to just drink beer, but eat it too. I’ve had chocolate made with beer, beer made with dougnuts, and crackers made with beer and beer ingredients. An interesting new take on this concept is Long Island’s Made of Beer Bakery. This homegrown bakery uses spent…

NYC Craft Beer Festival Autumn Harvest

We’re excited for another NYC Craft Beer Festival! What could be better than having it on Halloween?!? More details below. Experience Top-Shelf American Craft Brewing GRAND TASTING: From the established craft brewers to the mid-majors and up-and comers, the diversity and creativity of the Craft Brewing Community has proven to be limitless.  For our Grand…

Almanac Comes To NYC

Almanac Comes To NYC By: Eric Sturniolo After loving them from afar, we are so excited to have San Francisco’s Almanac Beer available in New York City for the first time ever. The week of September 15th was a busy one, with release parties at Rattle N’ Hum, Blind Tiger, Bar Great Harry, Torst, Bondurants,…

Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival

Brooklyn Local Craft Beer Festival By: Eric Sturniolo It’s a great time to be a beer drinker in New York City. Not only do we enjoy countless amazing beer bars, but we get to experience a renaissance of local craft brewing. From the pioneers to the upstarts, NYC brewers are pumping out delicious beer at…

Floyd Eats: Brewer’s Grain Beer Crackers

Floyd Eats: Brewer’s Grain Beer Crackers By: Eric Sturniolo One of our favorite things about beer is how it can replace and surpass wine in food pairings. A stout with chocolate, a saison with dinner, an IPA with spicy food… the list goes on and on. Beer is also extremely versatile when paired with cheese…

Carton Boat Beer

By: Eric Sturniolo Carton Boat Beer Atlantic Highlands, NJ Pale Ale – 4.20% ABV This local pale ale is a sessionable treat. A session beer refers to the fact it has lower alcohol, so you can have several in a ‘session’ without any annoying side-effects like alcohol poisoning. Boat beer is the flagship of Carton,…

Gotham Goes Sour with Almanac Beer!

We are huge fans of Almanac Beer Co. and we’re so excited they’re coming to NYC! Here are some launch events next week: Almanac Beer NYC Launch Tour Rattle & Hum 5pm, Tuesday September 16th . Blind Tiger 5pm, Wednesday, September 17th . Bar Great Harry 5pm Thursday, September 18th . TØRST 7pm Thursday, September 18th…

Westbrook Mr. Chipper

Westbrook Mr. Chipper Mount Pleasant, SC Flanders Red Ale – 6.80% ABV By: Eric Sturniolo This Flanders red ale (named from the Flanders region of Belgium) is aged in red wine barrels for 2.5 years. It pours a hazy dark red, with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The taste is sour and very tart…

Beer Hero: Joey Pepper

Beer Hero: Joey Pepper By: Eric Sturniolo follow us on twitter@WheresTheBeerNY   If you’ve been to Torst or Luksus (if you haven’t…go!), you know Joey Pepper. Bartender, host, homebrewer…how many people have a beer named after them? Joey Pepper does, and that’s why he’s a Beer Hero. Where’s The Beer NY: We first met at…

Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison

Grassroots Brewing Arctic Saison Anchorage, AL Saison/Farmhouse  – 6.00% ABV By: Eric Sturniolo Grassroots Brewing, an offshoot of the best in the world (literally) Hill Farmstead, is a collaboritve effort between Shaun Hill and many collaborating breweries. As opposed to Hill Farmstead beer (brewed on site in Greensboro Bend, VT), Grassroots beers are typically brewed…

Russian River Sanctification

Russian River Sanctification Santa Rosa, CA American Wild Ale – 6.75% ABV By: Eric Sturniolo Sanctification, like all Russian River beers, is basically impossible to find in NYC. But we love this brewery (in fact, their Pliny the Elder is my Desert Island Beer), so we work hard to find them. This is fermented solely…

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale

Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale By: Eric Sturniolo Prairie Artisan Ales Prairie Ale Tulsa, OK Saison/Farmhouse – 8.20% ABV As their self-proclaimed biggest fans in New York, we’ve tried most of Prairie’s beer that’s available in New York City. Birra, Puncheon, Bomb!, Bible Belt, and now Prairie Ale. And…surprise! It’s amazing. I had a glass…

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

Logsdon Farmhouse Ales By: Eric Sturniolo We like beer. And farms, apparently. On my trip to Portland, Oregon, I was lucky to visit Logsdon Farmhouse Ales in Hood River, about an hour and fifteen minute drive east of Portland. It’s reminiscent of the more famous Hill Farmstead Brewery in Vermont. Both are small (really small),…

NYC Craft Beer Festival: Summer International

If you like craft beer and live in New York City, the NYC Craft Beer Festival is a great way to try  awesome beer from around the world. With about 150 craft beers to choose from, you’re bound to find a new favorite in the bunch. Last weekend’s “Summer International” event included a global sampling,…

The Willows Family Ales – Family Ale

The Willows Family Ales – Family Ale The first beer released by Heath Glover’s The Willows Family Ales, Family Ale, is one of the best new sours we’ve had. If you read our blog, you know we are crazy about the beer coming out of Tulsa, Oklahoma, specifically by Prairie Artisan Ales. Heath started out…

The Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival: Summer 2014

We had a blast at Growler & Gill’s Lower Hudson Valley Craft Beer Festival this past weekend! How could you not have a great time on a gorgeous 80-degree Saturday in the beautiful suburbs of Rockland County, surrounded by more than 50 of the country’s top craft brewers? (Click here to check out our “NY Bottles”…

Prairie Artisan Ales Puncheon

Prairie Artisan Ales Puncheon By: Eric Sturniolo Our Tulsa, Oklahoma obsession continues with yet another new to New York City bottle from Prairie Artisan Ales. The 25.4 oz bottles (at 7% ABV) cost about $14 around the city. It’s a farmhouse rye ale aged in oak barrels, with wild yeast strains. It has a funky…

Wynkoop Brewing Rocky Mountain Oyster Stout

This beer wants you to suck on its balls…literally. Denver and much of the West is land locked, so if you want Oysters out there, you’re not getting your Little Neck ocean based variety locally. Out West, people eat Oysters fished from the Rocky Mountains. Well, not fished so much as cut off from a…

Beer Hero: Beer Dreamer

Beer Hero: Beer Dreamer By Eric Sturniolo Note: FREE SHIPPING FOR OUR READERS!! Use discount code WTBNY Beer goes with everything. Ramen. BBQ. Cheese. German. Pie. Chocolate… With this in mind, Jordan Elpern-Waxman started Beer Dreamer, a company that mails subscribers the best beer and food pairings available. Think of it as a beer club,…

Crooked Stave Hop Savant (2013/Batch 2)

To completely misquote Muhammad Ali, this beer is “Tart like a lemon juice, and bitter like a bee sting.” This week, I am pleased to bring you another Colorado brewed beer, but one that you can find in NYC now! Back in April I visited the Crooked Stave brewery, which only brews sours and is…

One Mile House Wild Beer Fest

    If you like sour beer, last weekend’s Wild Beer Festival at One Mile House (Lower East Side) was the best place to drink them. Some of the highlights included Ithaca Brute, Allagash Avance, Peekskill The Aristocrats, and Crooked Stave Surette (see full list below). We spoke with One Mile House’s owner Gerard Leary…

What’s Brewing: The Willows Family Ales

What’s Brewing: The Willows Family Ales By: Eric Sturniolo We first learned about the Tulsa, Oklahoma beer scene from Chase Healey, owner/brewer of Prairie Artisanal Ales. The scene is small, but growing, and the distribution is slowly making its way to NYC (see our story on Prarie’s new-to-NYC Birra here). A great new addition to…

Prairie Artisan Ales Birra

Prairie Artisan Ales Birra By: Eric Sturniolo I fell in love with Prairie Artisan Ales when I visited Torst for their Bible Belt release party, where I had my first taste of Bomb, Prairie Ale, and Bible Belt (a collaboration with Evil Twin). Unfortunately, Prairie wasn’t being distributed in New York City yet, but owner/brewer…

NY Bottles: Growler & Gill

  By Andrew If Growler & Gill was around when Eric and I lived in our hometown, Rockland County, New York, we would have been drinking like kings (see Eric’s Beervolution post). But whenever we’re back in town to visit our parents, we always make time to stop by what we believe is the best…

Nunu Chocolates

Nunu Chocolates By Eric Sturniolo In my beer-obsessed world, it’s become the go-to pairing for pretty much everything. Beer and ramen? Delicious. Beer and BBQ or German? Amazing. Beer and cheese? Obviously. Beer and pie? Actually, yes. So, why not beer and chocolate? And why not beer in chocolate? Nunu Chocolates, located on Atlantic Avenue…

Telluride Brewing Co. Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale

Telluride Brewing Co. Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale By: Josh Roberts This beer is made from Snow Melt, or what Coloradans call “Water.” But it’s the Rye and hops that really stand out when you peak behind the Bridal Veil. The combination gives this Pale Ale an almost IPA quality. There’s the piney and citrus…

What’s Brewing: Stillwater Artisanal Ales

What’s Brewing: Stillwater Artisanal Ales By: Eric Sturniolo   Brewer/founder Brian Stillwater’s brewery Stillwater Artisanal Ales, a Ratebeer top 100 brewery in the world 4 years in a row, combines beer, art, and music into one exciting brand. I got a chance to speak with Brian about his beer, his plans, and his gypsy brewer…

NY Bottles: St. Gambrinus

NY Bottles: St. Gambrinus By: Eric Sturniolo St. Gambrinus is known as the patron saint of beer and an icon of brewing. The bar, on Atlantic Avenue between 3rd and 4th Avenues in Brooklyn, does his name proud. With 16 taps, over 200 bottles, lots of seating, and some delicious snacks, St. Gambrinus is a…

Beer Audit

Beer Audit By Eric Sturniolo It’s Tax Day. Time to count your money. But more importantly, time to count your beer. A few months ago, I cleared out a closet of old paint cans and random junk. Now it’s my beer closet, NYC’s version of a beer cellar. It’s filled with stouts, sours, old ales,…

Sierra Nevada’s Beer Camp Across America Festival

After the unfortunate circumstances of last year’s THE Festival in Portland, nobody was really sure if another organizer would tackle the mess of craziness that is Maine’s antiquated approach to beer regulation.  But miracles happen, especially when beer is involved. Sierra Nevada just announced a 7-stop series of festivals they’re calling “The largest craft beer celebration…

Beer Hero: Ben Grace

Beer Hero: Ben Grace By: Eric Sturniolo I like beer. My friend Ben Grace really likes beer. He just had his 1,000th unique beer in a 2 year span. If you’re thinking “I can do that,” remember, it’s 1,000 unique beers. That’s 1.37 different beers every single day. 9.6 unique beers every single week. For…

What’s Brewing: Grimm Artisanal Ales

Joe and Lauren Grimm brew the beers they want to drink. That might sound obvious for any brewer, but most big breweries are often forced to make the beers that everyone else wants in order to support their costs, to meet consumer demand, or to compete. “I wouldn’t want to make something that I wouldn’t…

Wheat is the New Hops: A Grassroots/Mikkeller Collaboration

This collab has been around for a while but I keep coming back to it because it’s just so darn succulent.  Witness: It was gone before I could take a photo of it in the glass: Shaun Hill, the philosophizer genius behind Hill Farmstead – recently profiled in the New York Times – works as Grassroots…

Beer Hero: Greg Avola of Untappd

Beer Hero – Greg Avola of Untappd By Eric Sturniolo If you drink craft beer, you’ve used the mobile app Untappd. If you haven’t, get it. From their site: “Untappd is a new way to socially share and explore the world of beer with your friends and the world. Curious what your friends are drinking…

Perennial Artisan Ales: Saison de Lis

A gorgeous Belgian Ale brewed with Chamomile flowers. When brewers add ingredients that might seem arbitrary – like chamomile flowers – the results can veer into novelty.  That’s not the case with Saison de Lis.  Perennial Artisan Ales crafted this delicately balanced Belgian saison with a slight French sensibility.  Picture a field of chamomile stretching to the…

Bible Belt Release Party at Torst

By: Eric Sturniolo Here in New York City, we’re not so familiar with Prairie Artisan Ales (Tulsa, Oklahoma). I made sure to head to Torst for the release party of their collaboration beer with Evil Twin called Bible Belt, and luckily they had lots of other Prairie stuff on tap. Since Bible Belt is a…