Beer expert Charlie "The Pope of Foam" Bamforth explains the art and science of brewing beer in just five minutes. Bamforth is a serious beer buff -- the professor at UC Davis teaches "Malting and Brewing Science" and filmed the video at the school's pilot brewery. See Bamforth's tips after the jump ... More >>
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Monday, February 25 Cassoulet Festival at Back Forty West Peter Hoffman will hold the annual Cassoulet Festival at Soho's Back Forty West starting at 6:30 p.m. Alex Raij of Txikito, Mike Laarhoven of Back Forty, Shanna Pacifico of Back Forty West, Nick Anderer or Maialino, and Tom Mylan of the Meat ... More >>
We may be thousands of miles away from Munich, but that won't stop us from celebrating Oktoberfest. The 16-day Oktoberfest festival will be held from September 22 to October 7. Located at 1 Penn Plaza, OktoberfestNYC will feature almost 10,000 square feet of total festival space, including tented be ... More >>
Beer UP typically examines a craft beer from a small brewer somewhere in the United States. Among many others, I've written about the Left Hand Milk Stout, the Founders Red Rye, and the Troegs Troegenator, but before I continue forward on this quest to drink every brewer in the country, I decided th ... More >>
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Both spring and soccer season are in full swing, which means that it's time to head to the city's German beer halls for some communal revelry, large-screen sports watching, liter steins of beer, and hearty snacks. Below you'll find our favorite German beer halls in the city.
After years of working as a bartender and a marketing guy for Anheuser-Busch, Ted Kenny decided to test out his beer chops by opening up a store of his own on the Lower East Side, Top Hops Beer Shop (94 Orchard St., 212-254-4677), where you can grab a pint to stay or a growler to take home. Of cours ... More >>
Sterling PublicationsA beer a day will keep the doctor away, right?While the craft-beer movement might have had its start out West, there's now no shortage of quality breweries here in New York. Just ask Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening, a new book all about the origins of the ... More >>
The craft beer movement, once the province of homebrewers and so-called "beer nerds," has become so mainstream that you'd be hard-pressed to find a bar in New York City that doesn't have at least Brooklyn Lager on tap. But where do you go when you want to find the absolute best brews in the ... More >>
It's no secret that the New York craft-beer scene has exploded in the last decade or so. With so many great local breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint, Kelso, Captain Lawrence), it stands to reason we'd also have a bunch of great beer bars. So, what makes for a good beer bar? A large select ... More >>
photo by Michael Harlan TurkellGarrett Oliver makes beer a companion.When an editor at the Oxford University Press first approached Garrett Oliver, brewmaster at Brooklyn Brewery, about doing The Oxford Companion to Beer, he politely declined. Having already written a book, the prospect of su ... More >>
Eataly opens a beer garden high in the sky
Herr Doug DarwinOK, so maybe we're feeling a little beery these days, what with Craft Beer Week on its way. That, and a new beer garden opening, like, every other week. We caught up with Doug Darwin, from Loreley, the new-wave German beer hall that started it all. Darwin has been with Loreley ... More >>
Landfelddt / FlickrBottoms up!While there is no greater craft beer event this autumn than the Village Voice's own Brooklyn Pour, beer geeks should get pumped for New York City's fourth annual Craft Beer Week, occurring from Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 25. With almost 100 bars a ... More >>
ChickNo boys allowedTruth be told, we're a little wary of alcoholic beverages marketed exclusively to women. So when we read about Chick, a just-released beer marketed at the female demographic, we were skeptical at best. What's wrong with regular beer? So we called up founder Shazz Lewis t ... More >>
When d.b.a. owner Ray Deter died earlier this month from injuries he sustained in a bike accident, he left behind a wife, two sons, and countless friends. Next Monday, some of them are holding a benefit in his memory.
Lukas Svoboda: call him 'master.'Upon hearing of the new Czech restaurant Hospoda, and its all-Pilsner Urquell draft-beer program, you may have been puzzled. Isn't a beer hall nowadays supposed to dazzle with the obscurity and sheer choice when it comes to what's on tap? At Hospoda, one beer ... More >>
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Could there be a better dude bar than Barcade in Williamsburg? Not only is it filled with vintage video games, it also boasts 25 beers on tap and the official Good Beer Seal for carrying quality American craft beers. If you're not a beer geek, don't worry, the staff here is very nonjudgmenta ... More >>
kunstgymszbadde.comWatercolor of Hofbräuhaus around 1919 by fledgling Munich art student Adolf Hitler. He would soon be using the beer hall to stage Nazi rallies. When I was an elementary school student in Minneapolis, German was a required subject. It was a German part of the country, t ... More >>
Wayne ChowaniecGood Beer NYC's David CichowiczThis Thursday is Saint Patrick's Day, which in New York is less of a celebration of Irish culture than it is an excuse to guzzle green beer and demand kisses from strangers. Might we suggest forgoing the tinted lager this year and instead opting f ... More >>
Chronicle BooksA glimpse of 480 different beersEveryone appreciates a cold brew on a hot day, but it takes a true beer lover to amass a collection of 480 different beer cans. And John Russo is that man. Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans is a just-published book from Chronicle that showcase ... More >>
apol3/FlickrDrink it, live it.Between pickles, New Amsterdam, and the Grub/Hester Street festival, there are already plenty of ways to stuff your face this weekend. And now, in honor of Oktoberfest, here are two more.
In Astoria, you can do both
If you're still recovering from Craft Beer Week, then you might want to avert your eyes: in two weeks' time, should all go according to plan, Good Beer NYC will open on East 9th Street.
Jeremy CowanJeremy Cowan started Shmaltz Brewing Company back in 1996 out of his San Francisco apartment. Now, the beer is brewed in upstate New York and includes the line of HE'BREW craft kosher beers and Coney Island Craft Lagers. Cowan is busy this week as NYC Craft Beer Week is in full sw ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Victory Beer Dinner Colicchio & Sons Tuesday, September 28t at 7:30 p.m. In honor of NYC Craft Beer Week, Colicchio & Sons will host a beery pairing dinner with Dow ... More >>
As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Mystery Dinner Spina Restaurant Tuesday, July 27 at 7:30 p.m. As part of its Mystery Dinner series, the restaurant will offer a $65 four-course pairing menu featuri ... More >>
Astoria's Bohemian Beer Garden. Last week we named the 10 best places to drink outside; our top three are the Frying Pan, Me Bar, and Bohemian Beer Garden. Today, Eater has a list of the seven worst places to drink outside, including Radegast Hall and Beer Garden, the Bowery Hotel, and Dos C ... More >>
Suemedha SoodBrooklyn Homebrew plies its wares. New York City's only homebrew supply store, Brooklyn Homebrew, opened Tuesday in its new Gowanus location on 8th Street at Third Avenue. Up until now, the store has been operating out of a one-bedroom Sunset Park apartment--the home of owners Da ... More >>
Fork in the Road's recent "Our 10 Best Beers" has spawned a lively discussion thread on Beer Advocate, the website and magazine beloved of many American beer drinkers.
When we got the idea to do Our 10 Best Beers, little did we realize what a shark tank we were jumping into. While wine drinkers, cocktail swillers, and those that drink their spirits neat are a very vocal and cantankerous bunch, the vast majority of beer fanciers just sit back, foamy quaff i ... More >>
Josh Bernstein spells it all out. On a gorgeous Sunday afternoon, 23 beer lovers met in Sunset Park to embark on a day of heavy drinking. Waiting for everyone to arrive, beer writer Joshua M. Bernstein held a sign he made out of trash that said, "Hey! It's a HOMEBREW TOUR." Bernstein playe ... More >>
yumsugar.comMiller High Life may have billed itself the "Champagne of Beers" back in 1903, but that was before a handful of breweries started making actual champagne-style beer. Most beers made with saccharomyces bayanus, the champagne yeast, are ales. Lager yeast doesn't agree with champagne ... More >>
Re Ale from Birra del Borgo Provini, a new Italian restaurant in Park Slope (opened by the owners of Bar Toto and Bar Tano), serves standards with a Roman focus, like bucatini alla amatriciana (hollow spaghetti in a tomato, onion, and guanciale sauce). But the real draw is the Italian craft b ... More >>
At the Fancy Food Show's Food Fete last night, we discovered this craft beer from San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery. Watermelon wheat beer has just become available in New York in the last two weeks. The brew is an unappetizing-sounding mix of wheat beer fermented with fresh watermelon and add ... More >>
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