Beverage Manufacturing

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    September 23, 2014

    Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer

    New York City is not exactly a friendly place to launch a brewery. Space that's large enough to hold equipment is scarce, and what exists is expensive. But for Larry Koestler, Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich, opening elsewhere was not an option -- all three of them were born and raised in ... More >>

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    August 8, 2014

    Nobletree Delivers Groundbreaking "Estate" Coffee

    A New York original is set to enter the city's coffee scene. Helmed by a true New Yorker (OK, by way of New Jersey), Nobletree will introduce a new business model, advance the Red Hook revival, and upset the balance of the city's specialty coffee scene.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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

    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 >>

  • 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

    September 19, 2013

    Shmaltz Brewing: A Rejewvenation Worth Drinking To

    For most people, a spiritual awakening may lead to charity work, renewed membership in a local synagogue or church, or a large donation to a good cause. But Shmaltz Brewing Company founder Jeremy Cowan is not most people. And for him, it meant something very different: beer.

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    September 4, 2013
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    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

    July 24, 2013

    Rouge Tomate's Pascaline Lepeltier: "The More I Learned About Hospitality ... The More I Realized That What I Really Loved Was Wine"

    Some of the best sommeliers in NYC are female, and these ladies not only know their wine, they effusively share their knowledge with customers and friends without any of the pretension often (rightly or wrongly) associated with that, ahem, other species of somm. I caught up with six of these women t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2013

    5 Best Locally Made Beers for July 4 According to Bierkraft's Joe Tracy

    Beer is a longstanding July 4 tradition, and an ice cold brew sounds especially good in this hot and sticky weather. You have lots of options when it comes to stocking your cooler, so we tracked down Joe Tracy, cellar manager of Brooklyn's craft beer mecca Bierkraft, who gave us his top five picks f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2013

    Maison Premiere's Lisa Giffen Shares a Wine Secret: Drink Savoie

    Food and wine are natural companions, so I'm polling some of New York's most illustrious chefs to find out what kind of wine they are drinking off and on the job. After establishing they actually drink wine (a surprising number prefer beer!), I'm asking a few questions to find out who's got a pencha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Aussie Wine Got Good! Here's Where to Drink it in New York

    If your last memory of Australian wine was an overripe Shiraz, erase it! The new breed of Aussie wine is leaner, more structured, and food-friendlier than before, and heading to New York thanks to a wave of young, dynamic winemakers and importers. Gordon Little and his fiancee Lauren Peacock of Lit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013


    Sample spring's best beers

  • Blogs

    November 12, 2012

    Two Weeks After Sandy, Can Red Hook Winery Be Saved?

    A few weeks ago, I wrote about celebrating the new Brooklyn wine trail. Both Brooklyn Oenology and Brooklyn Winery, featured in the story, were relatively unscathed by Hurricane Sandy. But Red Hook Winery is located right over the water, nearly at the end of Pier 41, and the facility was completely ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    5 Great Wines Under $15: Whites

    ​The Pinot Blanc from Alsatian Winemaker Louis Sipp will set you back only $11.96. A couple of days ago I suggested five bottles of red wine you could readily find at Astor and elsewhere under $15 that tasted more expensive than they were, and would appeal to nearly anyone who simply likes w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    The Other Beer Book Out Now: Shmaltz's Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah

    A Shmaltz-y tale.​There's a very big book about beer that's making waves right now. But a smaller book on beer is also making the rounds. Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, by Shmaltz Brewing founder Jeremy Cowan, is a small business memoir that celebrates kosher (and not-so-kosher) craft beer.

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    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2011

    Bottoms Up! The Final Round of Beers for Brooklyn Pour Has Been Released

    See you there on October 15​Brooklyn Pour is less than a month away, and while we know you're eagerly counting down the days, here's some more info to get you even more pumped for the Village Voice's first ever craft brew tasting event: The final round of beers has just been released, and we'v ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    Beer Companies Tap Latino Market; Hamptons Bar Sells More Beer Than Yankee Stadium

    ​Big beer companies are looking to tap the Hispanic market. MillerCoors is rolling out bilingual packaging and sponsoring a Mexican soccer league; Anheuser-Busch is spending more on Spanish ads and sponsoring Cuban-American rapper Pitbull's fall concert tour. [Wall Street Journal] Cocktail b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    'Very Old' Cognac Sells for $70K; Ice Cube Becomes Spokesman for Coors Light

    ​Breuckelen Distilling Co. and the Brooklyn Distilling Co. have settled their trademark-infringement lawsuit out of court, although the terms were not revealed. [NY Post] A bottle of Rémy Martin cognac called the Louis XIII Grande Champagne Très Vieille Age Inconnu sold for 50,000 euros ($7 ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: St. Paddy's Day in Brooklyn; Austrian Wein

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! St. Patrick's Day The Vanderbilt March 16, 17 & 18 Chef Saul Bolton teams up with Dogfish Head Brewery for a celebration of traditional Irish cooking with a Nouveau ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    What's Happening This Week: Sake Tasting, Natural Winemakers' Week

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Sake Tasting EN Japanese Brasserie Wednesday, March 2 at 6 p.m. The Sake Export Association is hosting an evening of rice wine in the West Village for $50 ($40 in a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Dogfish Head Brewery's Sam Calagione Talks About His New Beer TV Show: Do Not Expect Fistfights and Crying

    Sam Calagione's nine-year-old daughter owns part of the brewery. Will be popular in high school.​ Sam Calagione, the head brewer at Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware, might look like a frat boy and sound like a total dude, but he's one of the biggest geeks around when it comes to beer. His new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2010

    What's Happening This Week: Wine Dinner, Beer Dinner

    As you may know, our weekly dining and drinking newsletter features all the coolest epicurean events in the city. Sign up for it here! Opus One Wine Dinner David Burke Fromagerie Monday, October 6 Enjoy a five-course meal paired with wines from the renowned Opus One winery for $135 per person. The ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2010

    New Aperitifs to Hit the U.S. Market; Wine Grapes Warn That the Planet is Heating Up

    ​If you agree that red wine glasses have big, flat bowls to maximize exposure to air and white wine glasses are narrower to keep the wine cold longer, then you know you don't have to be a snob to buy into fancy glassware. [Salon/Food] Bonal from France and Cocchi Aperitivo Americano from Ital ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2010

    PepsiCo Is Taking Sugary Beverages Out of Schools Across the Globe

    Corn syrup knows a world with no boundaries.​Although New York's proposed soft drink tax faces an uncertain future, PepsiCo has taken a decisive step in placating some critics who equate its products with a slow, liquid death: This week, the company announced its plans to remove its sweetened ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Sarah Palin to Give Address at Wine and Spirits Convention

    APSomeone give this lady a glass of wine​Ca-ching! That's the sound of Sarah Palin cashing in. Her multi-million deal with Fox doesn't stop her from traveling around the country to make appearances, for which she reportedly charges $100,000. In fact, this spring Palin will be the keynote speak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2009

    Wine Enthusiast Follows Our Lead, Names Top 25 Beers

    Things people like: beer and lists​The end of the year (and the decade) approaches, and with it, the season of lists, lists, and more lists. Maybe the folks at Wine Enthusiast were inspired by Our 10 Best Beers feature--the magazine has just rolled out its picks for the 25 best beers they tast ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2009

    Costco Takes Manhattan; Long Island Scallops Make a Comeback

    ​iVillage has launched a new food site,, specifically targeted at "women on the go." The site will feature blogs, recipes, photos and video content, as well as content by Gail Simmons and restaurateur Donatella Arpaia. [WWD] Costco got its first Manhattan location on Thursda ... More >>

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    November 3, 2009

    Booze News: Protein-packed Vodka & Terroir Debunked

    ​A new vodka is being launched out of San Francisco. And it's packed with protein. Devotion Vodka is the "first-ever 80-proof, four-column-distilled vodka with the benefits of [added] protein made in the United States." Patent pending. [Reuters] In other vodka news, Absolut and Smirnoff are g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Fork in the Road on the Road: Rioja's Only Official Single-Estate Wine

    ​It's Rioja Restaurant Week in New York, which means that some 100 restaurants around the city are offering special dining deals, like $25-50 prix-fixe menus plus a glass of Rioja wine, or a 20 percent discount on a bottle. Coincidentally, Fork in the Road just happens to be on the road in Rio ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    September 15, 2009


    A thorough search for clues and booze

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    The Winemakers: The 'Big Brother' of Wine

    The Winemakers is coming to PBS this fall, a six-part reality series shot in Paso Robles, California, that pits 12 wannabe winemakers against each other. The contestants include a lawyer, a teacher, and a marketer, who must compete in such challenges as working a crush and pouring in a tasting roo ... More >>

  • News

    August 11, 2009

    What Do You Have To Do To Get a Bottle of Wine Around Here?

    Why you still can't buy wine with your groceries in New York

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2009

    Booze News--Absinthe Makes a Comeback Despite Tasting Awful; Drinking Cheap Beer in a Bad Economy Benefits Big Breweries

    The Wall Street Journal looks at the absinthe releases and re-releases of the last couple years, since the "green fairy" has been re-legalized. Despite the interest in the wormwood liqueur, its flavor profile is new to the American palate and difficult to appreciate. [Wall Street Journal] Now that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Booze News--A New Beefeater Gin & Mezcal's Cult Following

    A new study suggests that patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who drink wine before their diagnosis have a reduced risk of relapse or death. The five-year survival rate was 70 percent for wine drinkers and 65 percent for non-wine drinkers. [US News via Alcademics] Randall Grahm, the winemaker at Bon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    More Wining

    paul goyette @ Flickr Governor Paterson's proposal to widen wine sales throughout the state has gained yet another endorsement, this time from Newsday. A number of local newspapers have championed the idea, which would allow grocery stores in New York State to sell wine, a right that stores in 35 st ... More >>

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    October 4, 2005

    An End to California 'Chablis'

    Does it matter that new American wines can't be labeled with regional affiliations?

  • Film

    March 15, 2005

    Punch-Drunk Love

    Filmmaker-sommelier Jonathan Nossiter uncorks a vintage wine-industry exposé

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