Happy April! Do you need an excuse to drink? Probably not. But if you're looking for one, we've got you covered. This month brings an eclectic assortment of beer-filled events, so you actually have no excuse not to drink up.
NYC Beer Week is nearly upon us, and the festival calendar continues to fill with amazing offerings around the city. From February 21 to March 2 New York will be the home to an international crowd of beer lovers, who will be celebrating the craft at tap takeovers, tastings, and beer-paired dinners. ... More >>
Martin Cyran's parents ran a Polish restaurant on Greenpoint for years, serving a neighborhood of people who, like themselves, had immigrated here. But when that spot -- called Happy End -- shuttered, Cyran decided to take over the address, and he's working on installing a restaurant he hopes will a ... More >>
Finding a suitable beer when you can't consume barley or wheat is a challenge. But when there's an opening in the market, wait around long enough, and someone will fill the void. When Albany-based Steadfast Beer Company co-founder Jeremy Hosier decided to do just that, he wanted "to take gluten fre ... More >>
Next time you find yourself at the LIC Flea & Food in Long Island City and you've sifted through your share of vintage dresses and antique furniture, you might consider rewarding yourself for your hard work with a pint at Rockaway Brewing Company, which is located just around the corner--behind the ... More >>
Far out on the West Side, somewhere between the river and the most inconveniently located UPS Customer Service Center in Manhattan, there lies one of New York City's few true brewpubs, 508 Gastrobrewery. But despite the fact that it's somewhat difficult to access, resident beer guy Chris Cuzme doesn ... More >>
Sipping Grimm Artisanal Ale's From the Hip Belgian Blonde, made with organic, hand-seeded rosehips is a good reminder that summer isn't quite over yet; the hazy golden-hued ale pairs well with a muggy Brooklyn afternoon. But just like the season, this brew's heyday is winding down. Like all of the b ... More >>
Yes, Pig Island is what it sounds like
Boozy block party
Good news, beer lovers: We've firmed up the date of the third annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, an event that will bring together more than 100 craft brewers from our fair state and beyond. The party hits Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene on October 12, and while tickets go on sale to the g ... More >>
Almost as soon as we published our list of the 10 best breweries in NYC(-ish) last week, a number of this city's craft beer aficionados took to the comments section and Twitter to discuss our ranking order and point out omissions they perceived as particularly glaring.
As we perused our Get Real Presents Craft Beer Passport, plotting how we'd consume the 39 craft beers it entitles us to, we noticed a spot we'd never heard of before: The Jeffrey, listed at 311 East 60th Street. So we did some digging and learned that the spot's the work of the team behind Long Isla ... More >>
Pre-Prohibition New York City was flush with the fermenting, bubbling, steeping barrels of brewing beer, but it was several decades after Repeal Day before the boroughs began making a beer industry comeback. Today, though, local breweries are in the midst of a revival, and New York now ranks fourth ... More >>
The folks behind Bed Vyne, a sweet little wine shop on Tompkins Avenue in Bed-Stuy, have sojourned into the world of beer. Last weekend, they quietly opened Bed Vyne Brews, a craft beer shop and tavern, in the space next door.
Drink beer, save an animal
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 >>
Greenwood Park has a novel fence constructed of shipping skids. Sandwiched between Green-Wood Cemetery and the Prospect Expressway, Brooklyn's latest beer garden, Greenwood Park, began life as an auto garage. The building reflects this, with the roll-up doors still intact. Outside, picnic tables a ... More >>
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York Style: American IPA Serving style: Bottle Location: Little Pond Campground in the Catskills, which is somewhere upstate outside of the city. Don't ask me to explain it more than that. Cost: A fellow camper brought it, and I swip ... More >>
THE GOOD BEER FEST RETURNS
[See More Beer UP: Dogfish Head Raison D'être | Firestone Walker Double Jack IPA | Wolaver's India Pale Ale] Have beers you want me to try? Sound off in the comments! Stoudts American Pale Ale from Adamstown, Pennsylvania Serving style: Bottle, poured into glass Location: My apartment Cost: $1 ... More >>
Hold the exhaust fumes
This week: Brooklyn Summer Ale
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Soon after we posted our list of the city's 5 best beer halls, we got word from Bowery Boogie that Paulaner Brewery, the Bavarian brew giant, is planning to open a massive flagship beer hall on the Bowery.
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 >>
Thomas Barris Like many, Thomas Barris first learned about beer in college. Unlike many, Barris' education wasn't confined to frathouses and rubber funnels: He took some time away from school to travel Europe, where he learned about the Continent's cuisine and drink. There, he also got gigs o ... More >>
Photo courtesy Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban Time to drink some beer, ja!We've got beer on the brain, and not just because Brooklyn Pour is coming up. No, we're getting excited for Oktoberfest, which begins this coming Saturday and which will last through early October. In the sausage-a ... More >>
Eataly opens a beer garden high in the sky
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.
The Belgian beer renaissance is here
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 >>
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.
zavracky.comJake ZavrackyJake Zavracky is living the dream: tending bar by day and making music by night. Or is it the other way around? In any case, when he's behind the bar at Lowlands, the beer garden that opened in Gowanus earlier this year, he aims to please. What's on tap that's season ... More >>
Officials are moving forward with plans to replace the dated bar cars on Metro-North Railroad's Connecticut trains with new cars that look more like a sit-down pubs on wheels. [Wall Street Journal] VinPerfect, a new type of screw cap that regulates air into the wine bottle, joins the synthet ... 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 >>
An update on Eataly, the artisanal Italian food juggernaut set to descend upon West 23rd Street sometime this summer: MadParkNews learns that the 32,000-square-foot emporium's rooftop brewery-restaurant will be a combination of two American and two Italian craft breweries. The American brew ... 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 >>
"Do you mind if we talk in here?" Jimmy Carbone gestures to his narrow basement kitchen at Jimmy's 43, outfitted with hot plates, metal racks holding dishes, and wooden chopping boards. Carbone already has the onions out, waiting to be diced for a peperonata he's making for this evening's Ho ... More >>
So many beers, so little time
As many of you know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Summer Blow-out BBQ Hope Lounge July 29, 7-11 p.m. Join Sam Mason of Tailor for a Summer Blow-out BBQ this Wednesday at Hope Lounge. There'll be $5 plates of me ... More >>
Hardcore brewing dudes make peanut butter beer in an NYC tenement apartment