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    September 26, 2014

    Here Are Your New York State Breweries at Brooklyn Pour

    A friendly reminder that Brooklyn Pour hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn) from 3 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 27 (though if you secured a VIP or Early Entry ticket, you get in before the doors open). For one more hour, General Admission tickets are $55; you'll be able to buy ... More >>

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    September 23, 2014

    Reminder: Brooklyn Pour Is This Weekend

    At long last, Brooklyn Pour is nearly upon us, and come Saturday, you'll have the chance to taste more than 100 beers from over 70 breweries. You'll need a ticket, though, if you don't already have one, so consider this your reminder to buy entrance before the price increases at the door.

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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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    September 16, 2014

    Here's Our Final Line-Up for Brooklyn Pour Plus a Handy Map

    In less than two weeks, Brooklyn Pour, our annual beer tasting event, will descend on Skylight One Hanson, bringing dozens of samples of craft beer to ticket holders. We're close to selling out, but you still have time to buy your pass. Check out our final line-up of vendors plus our handy map of th ... More >>

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    September 10, 2014


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

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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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    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 >>

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    August 19, 2014

    Even More Breweries Announced for Brooklyn Pour

    We promised to bring you dozens of beers, and we've now confirmed a total of 39 brewers for our fourth annual Brooklyn Pour beer tasting festival, which hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 718-783-5437) in Brooklyn on September 27. We're set to announce 25 more entrants today, a co ... More >>

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    August 12, 2014

    More Breweries Confirmed for Brooklyn Pour

    When all is said and done, we'll have announced dozens of breweries confirmed to participate in our fourth annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, but we're rolling out our participants a batch at a time in lead-up to the event, which hits Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn, 718-783-5 ... 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 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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    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 >>

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    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 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 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 >>

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    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 17, 2013

    More Reasons to Go to Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

    Have you purchased your ticket for our Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, going down on October 12 at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene? Get on it: VIP tickets--which get you early access to brews plus admission to a private lounge--are nearly sold out, and general admission tickets are going quick ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    More Brewers Named for Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

    Have you picked up your tickets for our upcoming Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival? If you're still waiting to pull the trigger, this might entice you: We've got whole new batch of breweries to reveal that will be pouring beer alongside the sneak peek line-up we told you about last week.

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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 >>

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    August 20, 2013

    Sneak Peek at Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival Line-Up; Tickets On Sale Tomorrow

    Attention craft beer fiends: Here's your friendly reminder that tickets for our annual Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival go on sale tomorrow at noon, and you'll want to scoop yours up so you can join us at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene on October 12 for more than 100 craft brews plus food and o ... 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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    March 27, 2013


    Sample spring's best beers

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    September 5, 2012

    Brooklyn Pour Announces Second Round of Brewers

    After announcing 40 brewers a couple weeks ago, Brooklyn Pour has added its second round of brewers, bringing the total so far to 60, already breaking last year's total. The event takes place on Saturday, October 6th, and you can find tickets at the Brooklyn Pour website.

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    August 21, 2012

    Brooklyn Pour Announces First Round of Brewers

    [See More Events: BLT Cooking Class, Iron Chef Contestant Menu | Drink the City] Fellow beerheads, take heed! The Village Voice's second annual beer festival Brooklyn Pour has announced 40 of the 100-plus craft brewers at the event, which takes place on Saturday, October 6 at Skylight One Hanson. P ... More >>

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    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 13, 2012

    SUN & SUDS

    Bring your thirst to the waterfront

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    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 28, 2011



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    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 >>

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    September 15, 2011

    More Beers Released for Brooklyn Pour, VIP Tickets Sold Out

    Cheers!​Planning on getting tickets for Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice's craft beer tasting event extravaganza? Well, you best be getting a move on it, since VIP tickets are now gone, and general admission ones are selling quickly, with only a limited supply left. Need a push to snap into ... More >>

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    September 8, 2011

    The Beers They Are a-Flowing at Brooklyn Pour

    Don't wait! Get your tickets today!​If you haven't already purchased tickets for Brooklyn Pour, the Village Voice's craft beer extravaganza happening on October 15 at Skylight One Hanson, you better get a move on things. VIP tickets are almost sold out, and general admission ones are flying f ... More >>

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    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 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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 1, 2011

    The Most Interesting Man in the World Just Got More Interesting; Lagers Go Dark

    ​Dos Equis is the first beer brand to reach the coveted milestone of 1 million 'Likes' on Facebook, thanks largely to the awesome Most Interesting Man in the World ads. [BusinessWeek] This Super Bowl Sunday, will you be drinking ale or lager, craft beer or Coors? Beer industry insiders weigh ... More >>

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    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 >>

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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 >>

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    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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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    September 15, 2009


    A thorough search for clues and booze

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    July 15, 2008
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