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…

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…

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…

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…

Beer and Food at Whole Foods Gowanus

By Eric Sturniolo   Three heirloom tomatoes.  One bushel of kale.  Four amazing beers fresh from the tap.  That was my day (minus the tomatoes and kale; I can’t cook) at the new Whole Foods in Gowanus, Brooklyn.  In the huge, shiny store, I focused on the beer and the cafe. To start your beer…

Good Sucks

Eric:  Lagunitas Sucks is back in NYC after what seems like a year-long wait.  An imperial IPA, it’s extremely hoppy and bitter.  This year’s batch actually tastes more bitter than before.   Like most of my favorite IPAs, I taste grapefuit, citrus, and pine with a huge citrus smell.  Open it and walk a few…

!!!Amazing IPA Alert!!!

Andrew: The first time I tried a beer by the Swedish brewery Omnipollo was at The Festival this past summer. I actually spoke with Henok, founder and brewer, and he told me about all of the beers they were pouring (while we waited in the long line to try Cantillon’s Zwanze). He was a really…

Review Timez!

Eric:  Last night I was lucky enough to have some really rare and incredible Hair of the Dog beers.  But first, some other stuff I’ve had recently: Friday night was IPA night (with a sour break)- Stone 17th Anniversary Götterdämmerung IPA is made with German and German-inspired hops and malts.  Maybe because of that, it…

Collaboration Follow-upz

Andrew:  I tried the Stone Coconut R&R IPA tonight. It is a very solid IPA. Great tropical fruit. I just don’t get any distinguishable coconut taste. I’m sure it adds to the flavor of the beer, but I just don’t taste coconut itself. Next (and currently 🙂 ) is the Maine Beer Company/Nogne-O Collaboration Time…

Reading Is Hard, Lists Are Fun, and This List is Wrong

Eric:  If you’re like me, you’re illiterate, but slowly grasping how to read.  I’ve gotten most words down, but when they are put together in sentences and paragraphs, my head starts to hurt and I give up and drink beer.  This is why lists are great.. who needs all those unnecessary sentence words?! But lists,…