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    September 19, 2014

    Zwanze Day Arrives in New York

    It's here. It's beer. It happens once a year. This Saturday, September 20, marks the release of the venerable Zwanze. And although it sounds like some sort of infectious disease to be desperately avoided, craft beer connoisseurs line up by the thousands to experience this rare Belgian lambic produce ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Here Are More Breweries at Brooklyn Pour, Plus Our Featured DJ

    We hope you had a nice Labor Day weekend, and that you survived your first productive day back in the office in, oh, about three months. We bet you could use a drink. So let us tempt you with Brooklyn Pour, our beer tasting event that is now just a little over three weeks away. It's time to buy your ... More >>

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    July 23, 2014
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    July 7, 2014

    Why You Should Head to Hoboken to Try These Belgian-Style Italian Craft Beers

    Chances are, even here in the greatest city on earth, you haven't tasted much craft beer from Italy. It's a small category to begin with and, with the exception of Eataly's Birreria, not a well-known one Stateside. But now, you can get a taste of Italian beers brewed Belgian-style -- if you're wil ... More >>

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    June 23, 2014

    A Sip of the Summer International Beer Festival

    This past weekend, thousands of thirsty New Yorkers stormed the Lexington Avenue Armory for a massive beer festival. The NYC Craft Beer Festival - Summer International featured more than 75 breweries pouring over 100 beers and ciders. While there was a robust showing of New York and other domestic c ... More >>

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    June 18, 2014

    Find Complex, Hop-Centric Brews at Other Half Brewing Company

    Lurking on the fringe between Red Hook and Gowanus is one of New York City's newest breweries, an industrial space with a pocket-sized taproom featuring a mounted kudu head and a bar that once went on tour with the Rolling Stones. Other Half Brewing Company (195 Centre Street, Brooklyn; 347-987-3527 ... More >>

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    May 6, 2014

    What Are the Secrets to Great Homebrewing?

    Wednesday, May 7, marks the 27th National Homebrew Day, and this past Saturday, homebrewers across the United States gathered in shops and other venues for the Big Brew, which is exactly what it sounds like. At Bitter and Esters (700 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn), homebrew enthusiasts gathered to mak ... More >>

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    May 2, 2014

    New Beer Alert: Finback Brewery Opens in Glendale

    Ever been to Glendale? Unless your grandmother lives (or is buried there), chances are you haven't. But now you have a reason to venture beyond Myrtle Avenue into this overlooked pocket of Queens: Finback Brewery (7801 77th Avenue, Queens), the latest craft beer-maker to join the borough's growing r ... More >>

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    April 28, 2014

    How the Five Boro Craft Beer Fest Supports Local Agriculture

    A beer festival that offers dozens of different brews from local producers? That's a good thing. Throw in the fact that a local charity benefits from all the imbibing and suddenly it's a great thing. The Five Boro Craft Beer Fest, held Friday night at Studio Square (35-37 36th Street, Long Island Ci ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2014

    The Best Beer Events in April

    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.

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    February 19, 2014

    Where to Celebrate NYC Beer Week

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2013

    BrewCrate Brings Monthly Homebrew Kits to Your Front Door

    "Interest in craft beer and homebrew is at an all-time high," write the proprietors of BrewCrate, a brand new New York-based brew-kit delivery system. "New breweries are opening at a rate of over 1 per day in the US, but very few would-be homebrewers make it past the first batch," they note, claimin ... More >>

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    November 7, 2013

    The Brew Inn Opens in Greenpoint Next Week

    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 >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Steadfast Beer Company and its Gluten-Free Beer

    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 >>

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    September 20, 2013

    A Brew With A View: Rockaway Brewing Company in Long Island City

    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 >>

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    September 16, 2013

    Behind the Beer at 508 Gastrobrewery, One of the Only Brewpubs in NYC

    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 >>

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    September 12, 2013

    Grimm Artisanal Ale Makes a Business of One-Off Brews

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    August 21, 2013


    Boozy block party

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    July 22, 2013

    Reader: Hopefully the List of the 10 Best Breweries in NYC Is in Random Order

    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.

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    July 19, 2013

    Alewife Team Opening Two New Beer Bars in Manhattan and a Brewery in Brooklyn

    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 >>

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    July 15, 2013

    The 10 Best Breweries in NYC(-ish)

    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 >>

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    June 27, 2013

    Bed Vyne Brews Brings a Craft Beer Shop and Tavern to Bed-Stuy

    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.

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    June 13, 2013

    Craft Beer Convention, LIC Flea, Jazz Age Lawn Party: What to Do This Weekend

    The weekend is almost here, and if you're looking forward to spending quality time with dad on Sunday, check out the roundup of offbeat food-related Father's Day activities we posted yesterday. If you're weekend isn't revolving around celebrating Dad--or if he's game for non-Father's Day-related out ... More >>

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    March 28, 2013

    Learn How to Brew Beer in Five Minutes

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2012

    Getting Drunk in the Rain in the Catskills

    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 >>

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    July 6, 2012

    Stoudts American Pale Ale: Let's Hear It for Some Good Ol' Fashioned Jingoism

    [See More Beer UP: Dogfish Head Raison D'ĂȘtre | 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 >>

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    June 13, 2012

    SUN & SUDS

    Bring your thirst to the waterfront

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    May 23, 2012
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    May 17, 2012
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    April 25, 2012


    Who's the best homebrewer in Brooklyn?

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    March 15, 2012

    Top Hops' Ted Kenny on Growlers

    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 >>

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    February 1, 2012
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    December 3, 2011

    L'Asso Pizza's Thomas Barris on Beer

    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 >>

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    September 15, 2011

    Eduard Frauneder and Wolfgang Ban on Oktoberfest, Austrian Food, and Tag-Teaming in the Kitchen

    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 >>

  • Dining

    September 14, 2011

    The Wild Brew Yonder at Birreria

    Eataly opens a beer garden high in the sky

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    July 28, 2011

    On August 1, Raise a Glass to Ray Deter

    ​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.

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    June 29, 2011


    The Belgian beer renaissance is here

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    April 27, 2011

    A Thumbnail History of Munich's Hofbrauhaus

    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 >>

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    October 14, 2010

    Co. and Frankies Spuntino Offer Opportunities to Drink Beer This Weekend

    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.

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    October 7, 2010

    Good Beer NYC Coming Soon to East 9th Street

    ​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.

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    August 19, 2010

    Jake Zavracky of Lowlands Talks Happy Hour, Booze in Beer & the Allure of Miller Lite

    zavracky.comJake Zavracky​Jake 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 >>

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    July 26, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Mystery Wine; Good Beer

    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 >>

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    June 11, 2010

    Eater Names Seven Worst Places to Drink Outdoors

    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 >>

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    January 20, 2010

    Beer Brewers Take Heart: Brooklyn Homebrew Opens in Gowanus

    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 >>

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    November 18, 2009

    Jimmy's No. 43's Jimmy Carbone Talks Good Beer, Cassoulet Cook-offs, and Loving the Locavores

    ​ "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 >>

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    October 8, 2009

    Kasteel Cru: A Real Champagne of Beers​Miller 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 >>

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    February 4, 2009
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    August 16, 2005

    Hopped Up

    Hardcore brewing dudes make peanut butter beer in an NYC tenement apartment

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    March 1, 2005
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