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…