Oct
22
6:00 PM18:00

Not Your Beer 101: Victory Brewing

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Join us for a hands on evening of beer education and conversation with Victory cofounder Bill Covaleski and Joshua M. Bernstein, the author of Drink Better Beer. You can expect a pairing of the world's best beer styles with an informative food pairing to accentuate your understanding and appreciation of Victory beer.

Tickets: free!

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Much Ado About Nothing
Oct
24
6:00 PM18:00

Much Ado About Nothing

Top Hops

Learn how to Drink Better Beer with one of America’s foremost beer experts—uhh, me? I guess!—as we toast the publication of his new book and celebrate the cutting edge of craft with Athletic Brewing’s award-winning non-alcoholic beers, featured in his book.  Check out the buzzless buzz with a blind-tasting contest—can you figure out the ABV of beers with and without alcohol?—and a Q&A with Josh and Athletic cofounder Bill Shufelt. There will be prizes, yes there will, but everyone's a winner for attending. $25 for blind-taste test, sexy glassware, and Joshua's new book.

Tickets: They’re right here!

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Nov
5
6:00 PM18:00

Drink Better Beer with Joshua M. Bernstein

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Tonight, I’ll be hanging with the folks at Philadelphia’s Drexel University for an event in their fall author series. Tickets are $25, and include a copy of the book (a $25 value!) and plenty of beers. We’re going to dive into the evolution of two styles: the IPA and the wild and sour beer. Going to be F-U-N.

Ticket link!

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Nov
7
6:00 PM18:00

Book Smart at Allagash Brewing

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Making beer is easy. Making great beer, time and time again, is tough. On this special tour and talk, join Allagash sensory specialist Matthew Davis and Drink Better Beer author Joshua M. Bernstein on a behind-closed-doors look at how Allagash transforms grains, hops and yeast strains into flawless beer. Prepare yourself for tank-fresh beers and the chance to test-drive your sensory skills.

Your ticket will include a copy of Drink Better Beer!

Tickets: $35.

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Nov
9
1:00 PM13:00

Park Slope Homebrew Tour

Oh dang! Has it really been 10 years since I started the homebrew tours?

Oh dang! Has it really been 10 years since I started the homebrew tours?

This fall is the tenth (!) anniversary of the homebrew tour, that little idea that's since become a tradition in New York City and elsewhere. I used to love (love!) running tours every three to four weeks in the heyday of 2010–2015, when we were visiting the homes of the folks that would go on to open up Strong Rope, KCBC, Finback and more.

But time is in shorter supply these days. Luckily, though, the excellent Brett Vanderbrook—brewer, actor and bartender extraordinaire—is going to help me escort folks to the next generation of brewers, starting on...

WHAT: Park Slope Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Park Slope, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $35. They go on sale Thursday, October 10, at 12 p.m.

This walking tour will take us across Park Slope, Brooklyn. We'll meet Terry di Paolo, who strives to create fresh, balanced beers. Expect beers such as hefeweizen and pale ale punched up with Citra, as well as surprises. Surprises!

Next, we'll meet Ken Zammito, who uses a tiny three-gallon (!) system to crank out a dizzying variety of beers, including wild-fermented ales and pale ales. Lastly, we'll visit Peter Alston, a Cleveland, Ohio, native who favors beers like well-hopped saisons and a nut brown ale that's perfect for fall.

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Nov
14
6:30 PM18:30

Drink Better Beer and Eat with Bryan & Josh

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For today’s craft beer drinker, the expansive universe of beer is evolving at lightning speed! Like trends of any kind, it’s one day you’re in and the next day, you’re out.

The world of craft beer used to be all about high-ABV brews, 750ml bottles and aggressively hoppy IPAs. Who cares about calories? Cans—meh. Light beers…no thank you! But now, craft beer lovers are actively seeking low-calorie and canned options. They’ve got the CRAZE-ies for those hazy IPAs! And they love sours—the more mouth-puckering the better! With time, consumers’ tastes and preferences have, and will, continue to change. In response, brewers must push the boundaries on aroma, taste and ingredients to try and remain relevant.

Join Dogfish Head Brewing Ambassador Bryan Selders and our pal Joshua M. Bernstein, one of America’s foremost beer journalists, at Dogfish Head’s Chesapeake & Maine on Thursday, Nov. 14, for a night of craft beer and culinary excellence. Throughout the evening, Bryan and Josh will chat about the evolution of craft beer, speaking in-depth about various industry trends, as they guide guests through an unforgettable five-course sensory experience. Each of the five small plates served will be thoughtfully paired with a deliciously off-centered ale, and each pairing will bring to life a topic for tasty discussion. Josh will also share points from his new book, Drink Better Beer, as Bryan discusses Dogfish Head’s place in the current craft beer landscape and explains how consumers’ ever-changing preferences affect Dogfish Head's off-centered ales.

Tickets are just $50 per person and include five small plates, five preselected beer pairings, one beer-cocktail pairing AND a copy of Josh’s book Drink Better Beer. To get your tickets, click HERE!

Course 1: Buffalo Monkfish Bites with diced celery and house ranch
Pairing #1 - 90 Minute IPA - Our most critically-acclaimed beer and one of America's first Imperial IPAs. This continually hopped Imperial IPA has a powerful malt backbone and pungent, but not crushing'y bitter, hop flavor. - 9.0% ABV
Pairing #2 - Horkin' Heapload - This cask-conditioned imperial IPA was brewed with Delaware-grown barley malt and flaked corn. Atop its base of soft, pillowy malt are massive amounts of fragrant, American hops for resinous, citrusy, piney and tropical sensations in every sip. To make this Dogfish Head Brewpub exclusive, we needed a whole lot of everything ... you might say a Horkin' Heapload. - 8.3% ABV

Course 2: Indian Brown Ale Stuffed Mushrooms with bell pepper, Chapel Hill aged cheddar cheese and herbs
Pairing - Indian Brown Ale - Brewed the way we used to make this off-centered ale back in 2003, this boisterous brown ale meets well-hopped IPA is chock full of aromatic dark malt and organic brown sugar, and is liberally dry-hopped for your imbibing pleasure. - 7.2% ABV

Course 3: Ocean City Seared Scallops over a fall orchard salad with roasted butternut squash, honey crisp apples, pickled red onion, almond, goat cheese, shallot and honey vinaigrette
Pairing American Beauty Hazy Ripple IPA - This Grateful Dead-inspired, unfiltered IPA is brewed with the ancient heirloom grain spelt to cast a ripple of haze and is dosed with a special yeast designed to liberate hop aromatics. - 7% ABV

Course 4: Wild Maine Blueberry Cobbler with house-churned vanilla ice cream
Pairing - Right Loose - In the recesses of our brewery lies the Sour Patch, where we cultivate our "Wooden... it be Nice" series. It's a brewer's playground for experimenting with wild yeasts, barrel aging and the infusion of culinary ingredients. Right Loose is a blend of a dark and a blond base beer that's fermented with Brettanomyces & Lactobacillus, and aged for 12 months in used red and white wine barrels. Finished with heaps of wild Maine low-bush blueberries, it is then bottle conditioned for a bright and effervescent carbonation. - 7.2% ABV

Course 5: Caramel Smith Island Cake
Pairing - Suddenly Pals - A beer cocktail made with a mix Dogfish Head Distilling Co.iAlternate Takes: Volume 2, Whiskey Finished in Palo Santo Marron Ale Barrels, Palo Santo Marron-Punkin Ale syrup and lemon juice, and finished with Suddenly Comfy, an Imperial Cream Ale made with all the trappings of a great apple pie


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Nov
18
6:00 PM18:00

Drink Better Beer: A Talk With Joshua M. Bernstein and Sam Adams Brewers

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Craft beer is booming and selecting your favorite style has somehow become a daunting task. Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Drink Better Beer, is here to help! Join Josh and one of our brewers in our Barrel Room for a flight of brewery-exclusive beers and a talk on the vast, fast-evolving industry of craft beer. They’ll discuss how to navigate new styles and pairings, the quest for freshness and consistency, and the eternal question: Can an IPA ever have too many hops?

Ticket link!

General Admission: $15

• Intimate talk with Joshua M Bernstein and one of the Samuel Adams brewers

• Flight of four brewery-exclusive beers

Book package: $30

• Intimate talk with Joshua M Bernstein and one of the Samuel Adams brewers

• Flight of four brewery-exclusive beers

• Copy of Drink Better Beer (a $25 value!)

The talk will be followed by a meet-and-greet in the Tap Room. Space is extremely limited so grab your tickets now.

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Sep
19
6:30 PM18:30

MIlk & Hops Ramen Bar: Book Party and Ramen Pairing

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Drink Better Beer, beer guru Joshua M. Bernstein's latest book, is an attempt to make sense of the dizzying modern beer world by interviewing the minds moving the industry forward. Drink Better Beer features the must-know insights of more than 100 professionals, including competition judges, sensory experts, master brewers, and more.

Milk & Hops Ramen Bar is celebrating the release with a beer & ramen pairing event. Josh will share some words on the book, the emerging trend of joining craft beer & ramen, and whatever else is on his mind. We'll be pouring some beers that rarely show up in New York City along with some local favorites.

This event is 21+. Please have valid ID.

Ticket link is…here!

Your $35 ticket includes the following:

  • A copy of Drink Better Beer (a $25 value)

  • One of our Ramen bowls ($15 to $17 value)

  • One featured draft ($8 to $9 value)

  • 10% Off any to-go retail beer purchases made on 9/19/19

Featured Breweries:

  • Citizen Cider

  • Cloudburst

  • Fiddlehead

  • KCBC

  • Lawson's Finest Liquids

  • Logsdon Farmhouse Ales

  • Mast Landing

  • Singlecut

  • Toppling Goliath

MORE TO BE ANNOUNCED!

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Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Let's Get Wild! The Drink Better Beer Release Party and Wild East Debut

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Hello! It's been a minute, hasn't it? I've been a wee bit busy writing stories and, well, writing another book. Another book? Indeed! I spent much of the last year writing Drink Better Beer, my attempt to help folks make sense of our dizzying modern beer world by interviewing more than 150 people, creating a book-length guide to beer today. It's fun! And I used puns.

To celebrate—and lo, after writing another book I could stand to celebrate—we're throwing a special kind of book-launch party.

WHAT: Let's Get Wild! The Drink Better Beer Release Party and Wild East Debut
WHEN: Tuesday, September 17, 7pm–10pm
WHERE: Wild East Brewing, 623 Sackett Street (between Third and Fourth Avenues), Gowanus, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $35 for a book (a $25 value!) and drinks; $25 for drinks alone. Tickets go on sale Thursday, August 15, at 12 p.m.

The release will double as a first look at Wild East Brewing, a brand-new Brooklyn brewery set to debut this fall. The brewery, run by the trio of Lindsay Steen, Tyler March and Brett Taylor (a homebrew-tour veteran), embody many of the principles that I discuss in Drink Better Beer: embracing the taproom model and using, well, wild yeast to differentiate itself.

Tonight, you'll be among the first people to sample Wild East's beers—expect a Czech-style pilsner, mixed-fermentation saison, fruited Berliner weisse, farmhouse blonde and a New England IPA—in their brand-new 7,000-square-foot brewery and taproom, outfitted with several towering oak foudres that'll be the heart of the brewery's wood-aging program. (The brewery is set to open this fall.)

As for me, I'll be signing copies of my book, saying many words, drinking beer, saying even more words and swearing that, man, I can't imagine writing another book anytime soon.

Moreover, we'll have beers from fellow Gowanus brewery Strong Rope, as well as a first taste of the gins from Halftone Spirits—a new distillery also set to open in Gowanus.

Beers, books, cocktails! What could be better? Well, the folks from Groundlings Pizza Co. will be on site selling their so-dang-good Neapolitan-style pizzas.

This might be the best September 17, 2019, of your life.

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Mar
10
4:00 PM16:00

PA Homebrew Hang

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Today, I’m headed back to Tröegs for its inaugural PA Homebrew Hang. Thirty-five homebrewers from four local clubs will showcase their brews, each of which began life as Troegenator wort that they got from the scratch brewhouse back in January. From there, they will offer their own take on the brewery’s classic double bock. We can't wait to see what they come up with!

Cofounder John Trogner will be in attendance to kick off the evening with a few opening words. I will be on hand to share anecdotes, chat with attendees, and sign copies of his book, after which guests can enjoy sampling the finished homebrews. Additionally, Tröegs draft beer and bites from the Tasting Loft menu will be available for purchase during the event. 

RSVP here.

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It Takes Two: Homebrew, Cheese and Charcuterie in the Historic Crown Finish Caves
Dec
1
1:00 PM13:00

It Takes Two: Homebrew, Cheese and Charcuterie in the Historic Crown Finish Caves

Crown Finish Caves!

Crown Finish Caves!

WHAT: It Takes Two: Homebrew, Cheese and Charcuterie in the Historic Crown Finish Caves
WHEN: Saturday, December 1, 1 pm.
WHERE: Crown Finish Caves (925 Bergen Street, Crown Heights, Brooklyn) 
TICKETS: $60. They go on sale Friday, October 26, at 12 p.m. (I hate charging this much for tickets, but this event is really, really expensive to run. And we only have 70 tickets.)

There's no better place to explore the intersection of dairy and drinking than Crown Finish Caves. Here in Crown Heights, an 1850s brewery's subterranean tunnels--where cool lagers once aged 30 feet beneath the streets--has been transformed into a cheese-aging wonderland. 

For our annual underground event--one of the rare chances to visit Crown Finish Caves--we're going to sample three cheeses: the unpasteurized Barnburner smoked cheddar, Alpine-style Tubby fashioned from raw cow's milk and Bufarolo, a washed-rind cheese made from water buffalo milk.

Each cheese will be assigned to two homebrewers (six sets in total, see below), who will each brew a beer designed to be its perfect pairing. Mix and match, which pair best? Moreover, we'll be serving welcome pilsners and lagers from Five Boroughs Brewing, as well as sausages that a master charcuterie maker fermented just for you. Also: there will be sourdough bread! 

The brewers, bakers, sausage makers and Crown Finish Caves affineurs (translation: the folks that skillfully age the cheese) will be on hand to answer all questions. Your host is me!

It's a warm welcome to the holiday season, set in the coolest location in town. Space is limited to 70 tickets. The experience: not to be repeated. Because that would be boring. 

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BREWERS

Paired With Tubby: 

Roman Goyenko: The software engineer's interest in fermentation started with his mother, who ran a bread factory's lab, and his father, who made wine and fermented sauerkraut. Roman started brewing two years ago, his hobby fast turning into addiction.  Roman has placed first in several homebrewing competitions, and his favorite styles are European lagers and hoppy beers.

Kat Watt and David Taylor: Kat and David started homebrewing in 2012, when they impulsively bought a Brooklyn Brew Shop kit from Whole Foods. Years later, they're still excited to experiment, whether it's brewing a new style, attempting a new process or adding different hops or fruit to a recipe. Along the way they’ve had failed experiments, flooded kitchens and delicious successes. When not brewing, Kat plays with cats professionally and David argues with computers.

Paired With Washed Bufarolo:

Randall Leazer:  Despite his wholesome Midwest upbringing, Randall chose to run away to the big city to become a commercial photographer. During a sojourn in London, he stumbled upon cask ale and some heavy casseroles! After learning that beer doesn’t have to be pale yellow and exploding out of a silver can, he sought out flavorful exception, in turn learning to homebrew in 2012. Most of his closet experiments have been mixed-fermentation Belgian styles. 

Pia Sen and Russell Smith: Pia and Russell started brewing in 2012 and are mostly focused on brewing classic styles, sometimes with a twist (an unexpected favorite is a blonde ale based on the flavors of Indian ice cream). Russell got interested in brewing, in part, thanks to the wide selection of craft and rare brews at dearly departed neighborhood gem, Eagle Provisions. Pia got interested in it as a way to explore the mysteries of fermentation and take the creativity of cooking in a new direction. A class at Brooklyn Homebrew was one of their earliest dates. 

Paired With Smoked Cheddar:

Scott Aufderheide: Scott started brewing in his college-dorm closet in 2012. His beers weren't great, but the parties thrown with homebrew were a hit. After a brief hiatus, he picked up brewing again when he moved to NYC in 2016. Scott loves learning more about all the intricacies of fermentation, testing different techniques and combining flavors to make an awesome drink. While he does love a good beer, Scott's primary homebrew focus is mead. P.S. Scott works as a software developer at a visual effects studio, creating imagery for commercials, TV shows, and movies. The combination of creative and technical challenges are also what drew him to homebrewing.

Sheri Lyn: Sheri became interested in craft beer while traveling in Europe in 2007. Tasting the local brews was a great way to engage with a new culture and develop a palate for different styles. Sheri went to Australia in 2010 to pursue a Masters degree in environmental management and international development, a subject otherwise known as "drinking beer with Australians." While in Australia, Sheri volunteered at a family-run brewery and hop farm, and has a passion for brewing using locally grown ingredients whenever possible. Sheri started homebrewing in 2011 and draws inspiration from global ingredients like fruit and spices found at Brooklyn's diverse markets. In 2015, Sheri cofounded the Brewminaries homebrew club, which is now the largest homebrewing club in New York City. The Brewminaries help each member brew better beer through group brews and experiments. Sheri loves how beer brings people from all cultures and backgrounds together!

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Crafting Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Crafting Beer: Traditional Techniques, Modern Brews

Japan Society

Over the past few decades Japan has developed a formidable craft beer scene, but before that, Japanese brewers spent centuries perfecting the brewing of sake. Today, American beer brewers have started to turn to Japan for inspiration, drawing on traditional sake brewing techniques and creating unique new hybrid beverages. At this talk, Joshua M. Bernstein, beer journalist and author of Homebrew World: Discover the Secrets of the World's Leading Homebrewers, traces how Japanese sake techniques and producers are influencing today's beer trends. Moderated by Akiko Katayama, food writer and host & producer of “JAPAN EATS!”. 

Tickets are $35 and can be purchased through the Japan Society website.

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Oct
20
1:00 PM13:00

Carroll Gardens Homebrew Tour

It’s me! Nine years ago.

It’s me! Nine years ago.

WHAT: Carroll Gardens Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, October 20, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Homebrewers' homes in Brooklyn.
COST: $35. Tickets go on sale Friday, September 14, at 12 p.m.

Today, we’re touring three set-ups in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn. You’ll start by meeting Brett Vanderbrook, who has been brewing beer since 2010, focusing on German tradition and cranking out tasty beers with just four simple ingredients—no lactose-laced milkshake IPAs at this stop. He loves the transformative nature of fermentation, savoring the subtle—and not-so-subtle—shifts as wort becomes beer.
 
Next, we’ll say hey to Nick Meyer. He started homebrewing 15 years ago in San Francisco before moving to New York City, his hobby accompanied by a wife and two kids. Today, they all happily coexist in Brooklyn, and Meyer has dedicated brewing space outfitted with handcrafted plumbing contraptions. They help Meyer, a professional chef and partner in Greenwich Village shop Some Good Beer, brew everything from Belgian-style tripels to funky wonders, lagers and pinpoint British-style pints.
 
Lastly, we’ll visit Adam Petherbridge and Jacob Ide. Former roommates, the friends found a perfect way to spend way too much time together--brewing beer. Over the last year, the friends have rapidly transitioned from extract to all-grain brewing, a compact brew kit to a room’s worth of gear. It’s incredible how much one can do in a Brooklyn apartment (or two). Adam loves to brew all kinds of beer, but if he had his druthers he’d be making spontaneous and wild beers on a farm somewhere, and Jacob would probably have a barrel-aged stout program.
 
Want more? You got it! We’ll end across the street from Folksbier to keep the shenanigans going.
 
Your guide will be Sheri Lyn. And she is awesome.

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Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Beers and Ciders Are Taking Over
Sep
15
12:00 PM12:00

Tickled Pink: Why Rosé-Inspired Beers and Ciders Are Taking Over

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Rosé wine has ridden a pink steamroller across the drinking landscape, becoming a poster child for breezy good times – no matter the season. This panel partners brewers and cider makers, breaking down why they’re inspired by wine’s hottest style and how they’re using fruits, flowers and souring bacteria to put personal spins on rosé’s cultish brand of fruity refreshment.

For Feast Portland, I'm moderating the Tickled Pink panel featuring an all-star cast including Thomas Bleigh (Square Mile Cider, Portland), Chad Yakobson (Crooked Stave, Denver), Trevor Rogers (de Garde Brewing, Tillamook) and Ryan Burk (Angry Orchard, NYC).

Tickets are still available, should you care to come and drink your body weight in rosé-inspired beer and cider. 

 

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Pints and Pages: Homebrew World in San Diego
Aug
22
6:30 PM18:30

Pints and Pages: Homebrew World in San Diego

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Tonight, I'll be down in San Diego. Join me for a beer—or four—and an exciting talk on homebrewing and the future of beer. This conversation with Josh will also include a panel of homebrew experts including award-winning homebrewer Nick Corona and White Labs Inc. R&D technician Benjamin Aldrich.

Tickets: click here!

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Homebrew-to-Pro Tour: Homebrew World Edition
May
12
1:00 PM13:00

Homebrew-to-Pro Tour: Homebrew World Edition

Strong Rope

To celebrate the release of Homebrew World, we're going to run a really fun tour that'll take us into the homes of homebrewers who have made the professional leap. 

We'll start the tour at Svend Lindbaek's home, meeting the man behind the Hudson Valley's Svendale Brewing. He'll be opening a tasting room in Brooklyn this year, and this will be one of your earliest chances to try some of his pilsners, stouts ands IPAs.

From there, we'll walk over to Jason Sahler's apartment. Jason was on some of my earliest homebrew tours, and he's now the brains behind Strong Rope Brewery. After drinking beers at his house, we'll walk over to our final stop, Strong Rope, where you'll get another pint of beer—and a copy of Homebrew World.

COST: $35. Tickets can be bought here. There's also a $25 option for no book. 

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Homebrew World Release Party at Fifth Hammer
Apr
22
12:00 PM12:00

Homebrew World Release Party at Fifth Hammer

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Join me at Queens' spanking-new Fifth Hammer for my book-release party for Homebrew World. It'll be free to attend, though we'll have crazy deals. $25 will get you my book (a $25 value!), a pint of special collaboration beer and access to the homebrew lounge, where seven of my favorite brewers will have made ferments just for you to drink and drink and drink. Each book purchase gets two folks access to the lounge. And we may also have massive foam fingers. Because: why not. 

Here's the Facebook event page.
 

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First Things First: A Spring Bash Starring the Best Breweries You've Yet to Meet
Mar
23
7:00 PM19:00

First Things First: A Spring Bash Starring the Best Breweries You've Yet to Meet

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Tickets: $15. They go on sale Tuesday, March 6, at 12 p.m.

New Yorkers like to be first. The first to eat at a restaurant. The first to see a band. The first to drink a beer. Tonight, at an old warehouse in seafaring Red Hook, not too terribly far from the water, youll get a chance to try beer from some of the latest and soon to be greatest breweries to enter the local market. 

To start, Brooklyn's Folksbier and Threes will be on hand, as well as Suarez Family Brewery, to roll out the welcome mat with their pinpoint lagers and IPAs. Then, you'll be treated to some of the city's first tastes from a trio of breweries.

We'll meet the fine folks of Fair State, Minneapolis finest purveyor of pale ales, pilsners and more. Then, you'll drink the top beers from Fox Farm, a Connecticut brewery making waves for their unfiltered pilsner, robust porter and flavor-charged hazy IPAs. Lastly, well toast to Torch & Crown, a new entrant to New York City's beer scene helmed by a veteran from New Jersey's cultish Kane. 

Additionally, Folksbier will sling their killer tacos (for carnivores and vegetarians alike) served on Tortilleria Nixtamal's top-notch corn tortillas. (Food purchases will be additional.)

The price? A pittance to cover the cost of the kegs and ice. The point is to make new beer friends, the kind that will be steady drinking companions in New York City tonight and for all future nights to come.

 

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Brooklyn Homebrew Tour
Mar
3
1:00 PM13:00

Brooklyn Homebrew Tour

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WHAT: Kensington and Ditmas Park Homebrew Tour
WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 1 p.m.
WHERE: Kensington and Ditmas Park, Brooklyn (address
TICKETS: $35. They'll be available Friday, February 2, at 12 p.m.

Despite New York's gnat-size apartments, NYC homebrewers refuse to let space limitations detract them from their mission: crafting some of the city's tastiest beer. On this tour, you'll venture inside the homes of three of Brooklyn's finest amateur brewers, who will display their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, open up their stash of superlative beer. 

Today's walking tour will take us to Ditmas Park and Kensington, where we'll pop into a trio of homebrewers' homes. Homebrewing maestro Sheri Lyn will be your host, escorting you to the homes of...

Carrie Soom

Carrie started brewing in 2014 with her former roommate, based on a shared interest in cooking and drinking. Over the years, she started brewing more often and experimenting with more styles/flavors, leaning toward saisons with fruit. Carrie likes to make beers inspired by the people, places, and things she loves (like a Mother's Day IPA for her hop-head mom, or a beer inspired by Ulysses S. Grant's favorite party drink). Brewing in a small space is a fun challenge (aside from the cleanup) and has forced her to be creative in brewing as well as equipment storage. Carrie thinks one of the best parts of homebrewing is sharing beer with friends who don't brew and having them look at you like you're a literal wizard.

Pia Sen and Russell Smith

The twosome started brewing in 2012 and focus on classic styles with a twistan unexpected favorite is a blonde ale based on the flavors of Indian ice cream. Russell got interested in brewing, in part, thanks to the wide selection of craft and rare brews at the dearly departed Eagle Provisions. Pia's interest was piqued by the opportunity to explore fermentation and take the creativity of cooking in a new direction. Bigger batches are brewed in a 10 gallon mash tun and kettle, smaller batches using the "brew in a bag" method. Fun fact: One of their earliest dates was a Brooklyn Homebrew class.

George and Rachel Zeiss

George and Rachel have brewed at their homebrewery, "7A," since 2014. The 7A system slowly grew from 1-gallon batches in a 5-gallon pot with mostly brew in a bag to using a 10-gallon kettle and cooler mash tun system. Rachel is the current president of the Brewminaries Homebrew Club, and George and Rachel have been members since 2015. Starting with kits, they made their way to crafting their own recipes. No style or flavors are off limits--that's the point of homebrewing! They love to play with old favorites like their Chocolate Chipotle Stout and add, say, coffee beans or a pungent dry-hop to their kölsch. When George and Rachel aren't sharing their beers with friends and family, they love to participate in every possible homebrew charity event! Beer names tend to be puns on their favorite pop-culture references, because who doesn't love good wordplay!?

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Jan
27
12:00 PM12:00

Life's a Beach: A Beach-Themed Bash Starring Rockaway Beach's Favorite Beers and Food

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WHAT: Life’s a Beach: A beach-themed bash starring Rockaway Beach's favorite beers and food
WHEN: Saturday, January 27, 12 p.m.
WHERE: Rockaway Brewing (46-01 5th St., Long Island City)
COST: Free! (Except for the beers and food that you’ll so want to buy.)

January might be the least wonderful time of the year. After all the holidays have gone away, we’re stuck with cold days of endless grey, dreaming of warmer times and a return to the beach.

Summer is a long way off, but today we’re going to bring the best of Rockaway Beach to Rockaway Brewing. The sun-starved crew will cook special batches of summery IPAs like Muscle Beach (With a Sweater), as well as tapping Tacoway Beach to cook up its famously crunchy fish tacos.

Better still, we’ll have photo booths set up and DJs spinning sweet, summery tunes. Come dressed your finest tropical shirts, nose painted white with a streak of zinc, while watching surfing movies unspool in the wall. We’ll have…prizes? Sure, we’ll have prizes for the finest costume.

For one wintry day, at least, life will be a beach.

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CAN JAM! 4th Edition
Oct
29
12:00 PM12:00

CAN JAM! 4th Edition

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday! This weekend, I’m partnering with Brooklyn’s @threesbrewing for our fourth edition of Can Jam, featuring some of the country’s most cultish canned beer. As always, the fun starts at noon, the event is free to attend and cans will just be $6 apiece. We’re not releasing the full list till later this week, but rest assured we’ll have rarities galore. Also: do I dare bring another beer bong? Only one way to find out!

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