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    October 3, 2014

    Where to Celebrate the Final Days of Oktoberfest in NYC

    With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 10, 2014


    Get a taste of the islands’ little-known beer culture

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    August 25, 2014

    Taste Rare Japanese Craft Beers For One Night Only

    Japanese beer is so much more than Asahi and Sapporo. In 1994, deregulation of the Japanese beer market set off an explosion in the craft beer scene. Twenty years later, the gastronomic arena is simmering again, with a vibrant resurgence in craft brewers and drinkers. Trouble is, these well-rounded, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    July is Good Beer Month, So Take Advantage of These Events

    Did you know that July is Good Beer Month? Now that you do, you have no excuse not to celebrate. Even if you're taking a vacation this month, there are so many beer-focused happenings that you'll be sure to find a way to get your brew on. And, if these events aren't enough for you, consider purchasi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Here's Why You Should Try Shandy

    If you want to spark derision from a bunch of craft beer snobs, just mention the S word: shandy. The most basic of beer cocktails, the shandy combines lemonade or another non-alcoholic drink with beer to create a low-ABV summer sipper. It's been gaining in popularity for the last couple of years, an ... More >>

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    May 30, 2014

    Here Are the Best Beer (and Cider) Events in June

    With Memorial Day behind us, the summer beer festival season can officially begin. Here are four great opportunities to kick off your hot-weather drinking, all taking place in the month of June.

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    May 27, 2014

    Why You Should Head to Staten Island to Visit Flagship Brewing Company

    It's official: New York City is brewing in every borough. Thanks to the recent opening of Flagship Brewing Company (40 Minthorne Street, Staten Island) on Staten Island, now even residents of "the forgotten borough" can enjoy truly local beer. Headed up by three SI natives, the brewery aims to becom ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    Taproom 307 Celebrates Women in Beer

    Beer Week is rolling into New York City and as part of the celebration, Taproom 307 (307 Third Avenue, 212-725-4766) will host a Women in Beer Night on Monday, February 24. The evening will be an opportunity for female beer lovers to network and taste over 40 beers, all brewed or sold by women. Hayl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    NYC Craft Beer Winter Harvest Festival Returns

    Once upon time, New York was a major beer producer. Prohibition, though, in addition to wiping out fun, destroyed the Empire State's role as a leader among beer regions. Now, our great city appears to be angling for a comeback. Along with breweries in every borough and some great brewpubs, we have b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2013

    A Look at New York's 2013 Great American Beer Festival Winners

    Fifty thousand people descended on Denver, Colorado for the 2013 Great American Beer Festival, a massive showcase of everything happening in brewing in this country that took place October 10-12. The event also pits beers against each other in competition, and this year, 4,000 beers from big and sma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2013

    Three Brothers, a Pale Ale, and a Brewery: City Island Beer Company

    The craft brewer's life is a busy one, especially during October when the all-important Oktoberfest beckons from Germany. The tradition has endured for more than two hundred years, drawing in more than six million people annually, and making it the world's largest beer festival. While imitations hav ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Oktoberfest Events and Living Colour Party: What To Do This Weekend

    Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Whatever your fall vice may be, pumpkins don't have to be all of them. In fact, if you haven't had a chance to strap on some lederhosen, this weekend is a good time to catch some last minute Oktoberfest fever. Here's a look at a few ways to ring in Oct ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2013

    Brooklyn Pour Is Two Weeks Away--More Breweries and Food Announced

    We're less than two weeks out from the Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, which descends on Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place, 718-783-5437) in Fort Greene October 12. Our VIP tickets are sold out--but there are a few more general admission slots available, and today brings more info that should t ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 18, 2013


    Drink up at Randall’s Island

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    September 17, 2013

    Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster to DJ Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

    Well this is sure shaping up nicely: Our annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival, wherein 100 (!) breweries offer beer thirsty patrons an unlimited taste of their product, has just added some megawatt DJ talent. Marissa Paternoster of the bands Noun and Screaming Females (who we gushed about in our ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 11, 2013

    Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC Brings Deutschland to the Bowery

    There is a new microbrewery opening at 265 Bowery, but don't expect to find scrappy, Warby Parker-wearing brewmasters hanging by the tap. This brewery makes real German bier, and it comes by way of an international brand: Paulaner Brauhaus & Restaurant NYC may be the first Paulaner International bra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2013

    Where You Can Find Rare Japanese Craft Beer in NYC

    Expressing exactly how much the Japanese love beer is not easy, even if their reputation for drinking the stuff is not as established as the Belgians with their beer monks and centuries of brewing history, the Germans with their claim on the world's oldest brewery and Oktoberfest, or the Americans w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Annisa's Gregory Fellows Chats Wine, Cocktails, and His Favorite Bars

    Gregory Fellows began working with chef Anita Lo at her Greenwich Village restaurant Annisa seven years ago, and he fell so in love with the experience that he gave up his plans to follow a career in political science to stay on board. He never looked back. He's been serving at the spot ever since, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2013

    Why SAVOR Is a Must-Do Event for Both Beer Geeks and Beer Novices

    This weekend, beer enthusiasts will descend upon the Altman Building for SAVOR, a craft beer and food pairing event traditionally held in Washington, D.C., that's coming to New York City just this once. "It's been a really neat adventure for us to jump to New York for this year," says Julia Herz, th ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013


    Sample spring's best beers

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    February 25, 2013

    Back Forty West Hosts a Cassoulet Festival Tonight, and More Great Events

    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 >>

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    October 17, 2012
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    September 20, 2012

    OktoberfestNYC: 6000 Square Foot Beer Garden 16 Day Festival

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2012

    Budweiser: Why It's My "King"

    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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    June 15, 2012

    Wolaver's India Pale Ale: Hey, It Ain't Bad, But...

    Our weekly examination of, well, beer.

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    April 20, 2012

    Our 5 Best German Beer Halls

    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.

  • Blogs

    November 4, 2011

    Five New York Beers You Need to Try, According to Joshua M. Bernstein, Author of Brewed Awakening

    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 >>

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    October 14, 2011

    Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ 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 >>

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    October 13, 2011

    Tomorrow: Our 10 Best Beer Bars

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2011

    Brooklyn Brewery's Garrett Oliver On The Oxford Companion to Beer

    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 >>

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    September 8, 2011

    Loreley's Doug Darwin Talks German Beer, Oktoberfest and Why He No Longer Enjoys Shotgunning Cheap Domestic Suds

    Herr Doug Darwin​OK, 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 >>

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    September 7, 2011

    Craft Beer Week Coming Soon to New York City

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Chick Beer Founder Shazz Lewis Dishes on Making Girly Brews

    ChickNo boys allowed​Truth 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 >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Draft Master Lukas Svoboda On Czech Beer, Good Head, and His Year's Supply of Free Pilsner Urquell

    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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    June 23, 2011

    Barcade's Joe Stickney Talks Craft Beer and the Best Video Games to Play While Drinking

    ​ 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2011

    David Cichowicz of Good Beer NYC On Ales That Make You Pucker and Brews with Less Booze

    Wayne ChowaniecGood Beer NYC's David Cichowicz​This 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 >>

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    February 23, 2011

    Beer: A Genuine Collection of Cans Shows One Man's Love of Suds

    Chronicle BooksA glimpse of 480 different beers​Everyone 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    October 13, 2010


    In Astoria, you can do both

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    October 1, 2010

    Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing Company Talks Geektoberfest, Jewish Celebration & How Sour is the New Bitter

    Jeremy Cowan​Jeremy 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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Beery Dinners, Bouillabaisse Banter

    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 >>

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    December 29, 2009

    Fork in the Road's Beer List Spawns Discussion Thread on 'Beer Advocate'

    ​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.

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    December 4, 2009

    Our 10 Best Beers

    ​ 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 >>

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    November 9, 2009

    Beer Here! A Report From the Brooklyn Homebrewers Tour

    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 >>

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    September 8, 2009

    The Early Word: Provini for Italian Beer

    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 >>

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    June 30, 2009

    Drink this--Watermelon Beer

    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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    March 25, 2008
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    March 25, 2008


    Drink up with 52 award-winning breweries

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    September 13, 2005

    Hop State Pride

    A roundup of New York's great microbreweries

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    May 10, 2005
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    May 4, 2004

    Garden Party

    Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you

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