New Brewer: Little Blind

There’s a new brewer in town! Little Blind is the brainchild of Drew Bombard, a new gypsy brewer in the booming New York beer scene. Bombard started off as a microbiologist, but soon took his science skills to Colorado’s world-famous New Belgium Brewing. Now he’s using his love and knowledge of microbes to brew his…

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…

The Wilky’s First Wilkyversary Party!

The Wilky in Bed Stuy is turning one! The Wilkyversary festivities are this weekend, Saturday-Sunday January 14-15, starting a 2PM. Their 18 taps will be filled with rarities, awesomeness, and one-offs- including KCBC Wilkyversary #1, a pomegranate sour brewed with The Wilky team. There will also be free bottle pours and free presents given out hourly…

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…

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…

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 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”…

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…

The Wild Side: American Sour Beers

You might remember those old Keystone Light “bitter beer face” commercials—some guy takes a sip of harsh (gross) beer that makes his face implode. Today many craft brewers are making beer known as wild or sour beers, with the goal of making you pucker up. The term “wild” comes from the wild yeasts that ferment…

Goose Island Takeover at Top Hops Redux

Eric:  It was a typical Wednesday night in BrewBoyz land.  We went to Top Hops for a Goose Island sour ales release party. They had brand new bottles called Halia and Gillian, as well as a great tap lineup inlcuding Lolita, Sofie Paradisi, Bourbon County Stout, Bourbon County Coffee Stout, Bourbon County Cherry Rye, and…

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…

Bad goose! Bad!

Eric:  Sour beers are one thing.  I can even handle beer with spices.  But a sour beer made with spices and salt? No thank you.  What’s that? You enjoy drinking salt water?  But you’d like it even more if it also had the sourness of 10,000 lemons?  Then this beer, a gose is for you!…

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…

Sour Beers: My Take

Eric: In an effort to continue weaning myself off my IPA addiction, I’ve been tasting more and more of Andrew’s precious gross sour beers. But they are actually pretty good! I even drank a whole glass all by myself, like a big boy! This happened on July 4th, at Torst, which is an amazing beer…

Sour Beers: Refreshing for Summer

Andrew: A good friend of mine  is visiting for the holiday. Big surprise—we drank beer when he came to visit yesterday! He was looking in my fridge and noticed that I had some beers he’s never heard of and I explained that they are sour beers. He was like, “Whaaaaaaa’?” And I was like, “yuh,…