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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

Pie Beer Night at Mission Delores

Eric:  Pie and Beer.  A classic pairing.  They go together like goat cheese and crack.  Lucky for me, a great Brooklyn beer bar, Mission Dolores, had a Pie Beer Night!  There were six different pies, made locally by Four and Twenty Blackbirds, with recommended beer pairings. The bar is in Park Slope/Gowanus on 4th Ave…

Trip To Portland, OR

By Eric Sturniolo Simply put, Portland is beer heaven. Tons of breweries, great bars and bottle shops, local and inventive food, and mountains, hiking, parks, and hot springs. If you head west, use this as a guide to squeeze every last drop of beer from the city. I went straight from the airport to Apex,…

Random Beer Reviewz

Andrew: I checked out Pony Bar’s website last night and saw that they had a beer from Carton called Something Like Sandy wild stout. The brewery was making this beer when the storm hit and it was left fermenting longer than expected because of the storm. Here’s a link to the video the brewery made…