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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Smell the Funk

Andrew: Tonight I had my first beer from a relatively new brewery Prairie Artisan Ales called ‘Merica. They are based in Oklahoma, making this the first beer I’ve ever had from Oklahoma, too … I think. This is a farmhouse saison, and by farmhouse, I think they mean “entire farm,” because it is unbelievably funky.…

!!!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…

Dinner at Luksus

(note: The menu/beer pairings change often) Andrew:  Eric and I had a lovely dinner at Luksus, a small restaurant hidden in a back room of Torst in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, New York. The food was very good. Don’t go super hungry because they serve very small portions—I didn’t mind because it was all very tasty and the…

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…

Beer Frenzy Friday

Eric:  A leisurely stroll to deposit checks at the bank become a spontaneous beer buying frenzy.  I don’t remember most of it since I blacked out from the excitement, but two stores and $120 later, I have this: Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse  x 3 Maine Beer Company MO Maine Beer Company Zoe Firestone…

In the spirit of the BrewBoyz: Collaboration Beers

Andrew: One of the more recent trends in craft brewing is collaboration. That’s when two or more brewers from different breweries work together to create a beer recipe. On rare occasions, brewers actually blend two completely unique beers together to make a new hybrid, mutant beer. I’ve recently picked up a bunch of collaboration beers…