• Blogs

    July 8, 2014

    Grimm Ales Celebrates One Year of Gypsy Brewing

    Last year, Lauren and Joe Grimm pioneered what may become the next trend in craft brewing when they launched Grimm Ales, a commercial "gypsy brewery" focused on single-batch artisanal beers. We checked in with the husband-and-wife team at home (where they're aging beer in two wine barrels) just afte ... More >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Here Are This Week's Four Best Happy Hour Specials in NYC

    If you didn't notice, May is almost half over, and you're a little more than a week away from Memorial Day weekend. Celebrate by toasting at one of these four happy hours.

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    This Week's Four Best Food and Drink Events

    This week's eclectic line-up of events includes war stories about the craft beer uprising and a unique Kiwi dinner to celebrate Anzac Day, a holiday in New Zealand and Australia.

  • 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 >>

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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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    Brooklyn Brew Shop to Join the Brewery Ranks

    Brooklyn Brew Shop is one of the only places in New York City that provides easy-to-use brew kits for homebrewers. "Making beer is not difficult. It requires little space. It will save you money, and taste better than what you find in most stores," the shop's website boasts, encouraging others to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2013

    Local Pumpkin Beers to Usher in Fall

    We officially ring in autumn this weekend, which means it's time to start indulging your seasonal obsessions like apple picking, scarves, and decorative gourds. It also means that the market is flooded with pumpkin-infused everything, and if you've already gotten your fill of lattes (we wouldn't bla ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2013

    Top Hops Rolls Out a Series of Beer Classes

    We find that most trips we make to Lower East Side craft beer shop and bar Top Hops are educational--owner Ted Kenny has culled an impressive community of serious beer-lovers on both sides of the bar, and drinkers and pourers alike are more than willing to engage in a discussion of styles, brewers, ... More >>

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    September 4, 2013


    Yes, Pig Island is what 
it sounds like

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    August 28, 2013


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  • Blogs

    July 26, 2013

    What's Happening This Week: Alphabet City Beer Cruise, Bushwick Block Party & More

    From Riesling cruises to restaurant weeks (month)--not to mention the chance to try multiple kinds of barbecue--July has been a busy month if you're into food, and the action continues this weekend. With a pair of craft beer parties and a Peruvian Independence day celebration, there's plenty of acti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 16, 2013

    Pick Up a Get Real Craft Beer Passport, Drink 39 Pints for $30

    We're right in the thick of July Good Beer Month, and whether you're a craft beer amateur or aficionado--or a total novice who just likes drinking cheaply--you might consider this sweet deal to carry you through the rest of the (very hot) summer: Buy a Get Real Craft Beer Passport for $30 and you'll ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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.

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2012

    What's Happening: Latke Festival and Cheese Ball

    Monday, December 10 Fourth Annual Latke Festival Celebrate Hanukkah at BAM with 17 restaurants including Fatty 'Cue and Veselka, as they fry up some of the best latkes in the city. Tickets are $55 and include drinks. 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2012

    Brooklyn Brewery Finishes Expansion, Expects 100,000 Barrels of Beer

    A bright yellow crane stuck out against the Williamsburg waterfront on Tuesday morning as it installed three 25-foot-long fermenters in the Brooklyn Brewery on North 12th Street. This week marks the third and final phase in the Brooklyn beer company's expansion plan that was announced in February 2 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2012

    Great Lakes Burning River: Beer UP Visits Michigan, Land of Microbreweries, And Drinks Beer From Ohio

    Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Cleveland, Ohio Style: Pale Ale Serving style: Bottle Location: On a deck in the woods in Michigan Cost: I have no idea because I found it in my uncle's cooler. (Thanks, Gary!) ABV: 6.0 %

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    May 16, 2012


    Googa what? Googa who?

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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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    November 22, 2011

    Taste Testing Saranac's Shirley Temple in a Bottle

    While food shopping at Polpette (254 Fifth Avenue, Park Slope, 718-399-8800) recently, we chanced upon a soda we'd never seen before: Saranac's Shirley Temple. Having drunk many a Shirley Temple in our youth (gotta train for cocktail consumption early in life!) we were excited to see the beverage in ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    Where to Drink During Oktoberfest; Red Wine Good for Hearts, But Not for Blood Pressure

    ​Eric Asimov finds himself rather underwhelmed by New Zealand Pinot Noirs. [NY Times] Fast-food chains like Starbucks and Burger King have started serving booze, but others say it's not worth the hassle. [NY Times] A roundup of spots to celebrate Oktoberfest includes Zum Schneider in the Eas ... More >>

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    September 27, 2011

    The Lower East Side Gets a Little Beer-Happier

    Just what the LES needs: more beer.​Top Hops (94 Orchard Street), a craft beer shop-slash-tasting room is gearing up to announce itself to the Lower East Side. A few more details on the concept have emerged: it will specialize in American craft and select imports and offer growlers. If you're ... 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 >>

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    June 21, 2011

    Bourbon Boom Boosts Kentucky Distilleries; S.E.C. Stops Crowdsourced Buyout of PBR

    ​Kentucky bourbon distilleries have spent at least $150 million expanding their facilities as demand for bourbon explodes in the United States and across the globe. [Daily Mail] Ten of the city's best beer shops suggest 10 of their favorite brews. [Grub Street] The S.E.C. stops two ad execs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Jamie Oliver Gets Flavored Milk Banned in L.A.; Ferran AdriĆ  Teams Up With Pepsi

    ​Superstar chef Ferran AdriĆ  is forming a new partnership now that El Bulli is about to close ... with PepsiCo. [Eater] Jamie Oliver wins one for the kids as the Los Angeles Unified School District decides to ban flavored milks. [LA Times] Twenty coffee experts gather in Santa Marta, Colomb ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    The Holy Grail of Bourbon; Silly Cocktails

    ​Buffalo Trace's Single Oak Project may be the Holy Grail of bourbons: it was aged in barrels made from 96 hand-selected trees. [Washington Post] BAMA Vodka is donating all profits from its May and June sales to help victims of the storms that raged through Alabama in April. [Sacramento Bee] ... 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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    June 17, 2010

    The Fourth Annual NY Brewfest Will Bring a Lot of Beer to Governors Island This Saturday

    NY Brewfest​Craft beer will get yet another moment in the sun this Saturday, when Brewfest descends upon the grassy expanse of Governors Island. The festival will celebrate its fourth year with suds from breweries including Brewery Ommegang, Ithaca Beer Company, Spaten, Duvel, Captain Lawrence ... More >>

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    May 11, 2010

    Gary Vee Flying High with Virgin America; White Dog Has Its Day

    ​Gary Vaynerchuk designed Virgin America's new in-flight wine program, and his Wine Library TV show is slated to be aired during flights. In addition, an in-flight wine tasting with the online wine personality is planned for the summer in First Class. [PR Newswire] White dog, or unaged whiske ... More >>

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    April 19, 2010

    Saxelby Cheese and MIL Kimchi Will Make Beautiful Fermented Music Together

    Say cheese.​Mother in Law's Kimchi's Lauryn Chun is not shy about pairing her fiery fermented cabbage with unexpected partners -- last November, she did a wine and kimchi tasting, and tomorrow, she'll collaborate with Anne Saxelby to pair kimchi and cheese.

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    March 23, 2010

    Chinese Winemakers Go High-End; Anheuser-Busch to Make More Beer with Less Water

    ​After years of producing cheap, bad wine, Chinese winemakers are creating high-end offerings, catering to a an increasingly affluent and sophisticated Chinese consumer. [Wall Street Journal] Christie's has announced it will auction Pablo Picasso's portrait, "The Absinthe Drinker," for betwee ... More >>

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    February 22, 2010

    Eataly Promises "The Craziest and Amazing Brewery in the World"

    ​ 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 >>

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    February 2, 2010

    Hangar One Really Deals in Brandy; The Peanut Board Pushes Booze

    ​Thanks to establishments like Bierkraft, growlers -- 64-ounce glass vessels for transporting beer -- have become the accessory of the moment, and not just for beer geeks. [NY Times] Brandy has always been the goal of the makers of Hangar One vodka. They've been aging brandy for the past 20 y ... More >>

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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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    October 6, 2009

    Booze News: Anheuser-Busch Launches Wheat Beer; Lonely Men Like Gin & Whiskey

    ​ Following in the footsteps of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today, Zagat has launched its own wine club in collaboration with Direct Wines. The Zagat Wine Club will deliver a new specially selected mixed case every three months. [Zagat] With wineries being hit just as ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    What's Happening This Week: Craft Beer Week & New Amsterdam Market

    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! Queens County Farm Dinner Queens County Farm Museum September 10, 6-10:30 p.m. Join Top Chef alum Camille Becerra and former owner of San Francisco's SPQR Danie ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009


    So many beers, so little time

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    June 18, 2009

    City's Public (and Maybe Private) Drinking Down

    The new Zagat New York City Nightlife Guide is out, and its survey indicates that citizens are not hitting the bars and clubs like they used to. Zagat finds 56 percent of survey respondents going out less, 38 percent finding cheaper places, 27 percent ordering fewer drinks, etc. Given the economy, ... More >>

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    April 8, 2009


    The buzz on silver screens

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    March 25, 2008


    Drink up with 52 award-winning breweries

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    The World's Strongest Beer

    Sam Adams' record-breaking brew: Actually a fine spirit?

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