Appearances and Events

Tickets on Sale for Jimmy's Homebrew Jamboree

Jimmy's Homebrew JamboreeLast year's Jamboree was a packed house. And awesome.

More than five years ago, I ran my first homebrew tour. Since then, I've watched New York City's homebrew scene blow up, with many of my former hosts (Finback, SingleCut, Transmitter) going on to open up their own breweries. And more are on the way. To celebrate the bounty of local brewers, as well as get a sneak-peek at the next generation of brewery owners, I've organized Jimmy's Homebrew Jamboree. The gist:  Every square inch of Jimmy’s No. 43 will be filled with homebrewers pouring their creations.

For the third edition, I've enlisted 16 of my favorite brewers (many of whom are planning to go pro) to make special beers for the event. Expect IPAs, double IPAs, Belgian ales, saisons, oatmeal stouts and the odd sour. The variety will be as endless as the beers are delicious.

In addition to unlimited beer, you’ll be well fed too. Jimmy’s is providing a smorgasbord of goodies including: mini cheeseburger sliders, kielbasa, Sigmund’s soft pretzels, grilled cheese and veggie tacos.

Tickets are limited and will sell out. Update: we're sold out.

Event: Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree, Take Three When: Saturday, February 21, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. Where: Jimmy’s No. 43 (43 East 7th St.), East Village, Manhattan Tickets: $35 until February 3. $40 afterward. Buy them here. Sorry, we're sold out.

Hear, Hear (Me) on Good Beer Hunting and Beer Sessions

BERNSTEIN_GBH Lately, there's been a strange phenomenon: Folks have been feeding me loads of beer, then letting me talk on the radio. Fools, I know, but all in good fun. If you're craving my voice and thoughts, you can listen to me on Good Beer Hunting's latest podcast, as well as Beer Sessions Radio. On Beer Sessions, we talk extensively to Rockmill Brewery's Matthew Barbee, who runs one of the country's finest farm-focused breweries.

Talking About the GABF and My Book

During the Great American Beer Festival, I attended a sour-beer brunch (tough life, I know) at City, O' City, a terrific vegetarian restaurant. As luck had it, my dining companion was Pete Rowe, a great beer writer from San Diego. Pete was both reporting on the festival and filming it for a local TV station. He asked me to babble on camera about the festival, the future of beer and my book. Here's the result. You can't even tell I'm hungover! [brightcove vid=2753168693001&exp3=34444171001&surl=,AAAAA5PNMME~,K3tOT-PuafvzbyjXyjNt9yD6nKAeNlgk&w=350&h=244]

Radio Is in Session


Jimmy Carbone on Beer Sessions Radio.

Last night, I appeared on the excellent, suds-soaked show Beer Sessions Radio with an all-star cast of beer-industry pros: Evil Twin's Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, Bierkraft's Ben Granger, Jimmy Carbone and Alex McDonald from New Hampshire's gruit-focused Earth Eagle Brewings.

In between knocking back cans of Heady Topper and plenty of delicious Evil Twin ales (the Femme Fatale Brett was an excellent wild yeast–fueled IPA), I had enough brainpower to discuss Craft Beer New York. Curious? Take a listen.

Strange Brewed Awakening: Now on Sale!

Want a beer, eh?

My friend Gabriel likes movies. And beer. And gobs of grilled food too. The synthesis of all these elements is known as BBQ Films, a fun-loving outfit that hosts one-of-a-kind nights throughout our fair metropolis. For his latest film night, he and I combined our thoughts, Volton-like, and devised Strange Brewed Awakening.

On June 2, at a secret spot in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, I'll be helping BBQ Films host one heck of a hullabaloo featuring loads of donuts, rare beers, the movie Strange Brew and copies of Brewed Awakening sold for a super-duper discount. Curious? Nab tickets here. UPDATE: To get $20 tickets, use the code keeprickcompany.

Recent Radio Appearances

Well! Now that life is slowing down a smidgen after the whirlwind that was my book launch and my honeymoon (two weeks in Vietnam and Thailand—huzzah!), I can finally get kind of caught up on all my recent sonic appearances. If you feel like listening to me talk, talk and talk (sometimes quite drunkenly, mind you), here are a few of my latest blabbings:

Beer O'Clock (11/12//11) I jaw with Beer Goddess Lisa Morrison on her weekly Pacific Northwest radio show.

Brewing Network (12/4/11)  While I was in California for my December tour swing, I stopped by the Brewing Network headquarters on dropped some science on craft beer trends and blowing a shofar. For serious.

Aleheads (1/13)Half in my cups off of Mission Street Pale Ale and a few fat fingers of Rittenhouse Rye, I spoke at length on the future of craft beer. Listen to the future!

Brewed Awakening NYC Book Release!

Oh, yes. It's time to celebrate.

Come join drinkers and thinkers at the City Reliquary as they proudly host my book-release party for Brewed Awakening. To celebrate, we’ve enlisted expert homebrewers Fritz Fernow and Dan Pizzillo to craft one-of-a-kind ales for the party. In addition, Rich Buceta will debut suds from his forthcoming SingleCut Beersmiths (get a taste before he launches next year!), and Barrier Brewing will have a rare beer on tap too. Want more? Your entrance enters you into a raffle to win beers from Brooklyn Brewery.

Since mankind can’t live on beer alone (oh, how we wish we could!), we’ll also be serving up hors d’oeuvres courtesy of Frankies 457, as well as goodies sizzled on the grill. Come thirsty. Come hungry. Leave with a full belly and a book. I will sign it. Heck, I’ll sign anything. Anything.

Details: WHEN: Tuesday, November 1, 7pm–10pm WHERE: The City Reliquary (370 Metropolitan Avenue, near Havemeyer Street). It's a few blocks off the L at Lorimer Street. TICKETS: $10 for unlimited food and beer; $25 for unlimited food, beer and a book. If you purchased a book online, feel free to bring it for me to sign.

How to Meet Me at the Great American Beer Festival

Though it's early in the morning, I need a beer to calm down the butterflies in my stomach. More than 18 months after the journey to create Brewed Awakening began, the book is ready to be released to the world. Though it's not officially hitting shelves till November 1, I'm headed to Denver on Thursday morning to pre-release the book at the Great American Beer Festival.

If you've never been, the GABF will blow your beer-loving mind—or at least your liver. Over the course of three days, more than 400 breweries dispense more than 2,000 different kinds of beer. Trying them all is a foolhardy mission, not that some attendees don't give it the ol' college try.

Last year, I wandered the beer-soaked aisles sampling ales and lagers to my stomach's discontent. This year, I'm going to be signing books, submitting to interviews and hosting parties. If you're headed out to Denver and want to nab a book or just say hey, here's my schedule for the weekend:

Thursday, September 29: Denver, Colorado 8 p.m.–9 p.m. Brewed Awakening signing at the Great American Beer Festival

Friday, September 30: Denver, Colorado 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Brewed Awakening signing at the Ghost Plate & Tap. Come get warmed up before the GABF! We're going to be pouring a special dry-hopped ESB dosed with oak chips and raffle off a not-yet-released, barrel-aged Breckenridge brew.

Friday, September 30: Denver, Colorado 8 p.m.–9 p.m. Brewed Awakening signing at the Great American Beer Festival

Saturday, October 1: Denver, Colorado 3 p.m.–4 p.m.; 8 p.m.–9 p.m. Brewed Awakening signing at the Great American Beer Festival

Saturday, October 1: Denver, Colorado 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. Brewed Awakening signing at the Corner Office, which is right around the corner from the Colorado Convention Center. New Belgium will be pouring special brews, and there will be dirt-cheap deals on delicious food. You will need to eat, yes you will.

All That We've Met

I am not used to being on the other side of the tape recorder. Ever since I was a teenager, I've been the one chronicling people's lives, telling their stories. But with Brewed Awakening coming out (have you pre-ordered your copy yet?), I've taken to sitting on the other side of the table, answering all questions asked. It's a bit jarring. See, as a writer you're in charge of the story. You're able to tailor a tale to your specifications, control the narrative. It's the perfect career for a control freak. But now I have to relinquish control. My story is in other people's hands.

To wit, this interview from Pauline Pechin. For her online series All That We've Met, she interviews folks with stories to tell, lives that don't unfurl in a straight line. Over two-plus hours, she asked me lay down my life story, covering everything from fossil collecting as a kid to a stint as a porn editor in my early, eminently misguided twenties.  If you have an extra 20 minutes to spare, give the tale a read. It's me, bare on a flickering page. And for the record, do I really say "like" that much? Check it out here.

Lit Crawl Reading

Hey, fine readers. Saturday, September 10, marks the newest installment of Lit Crawl, which drags word lovers from venue to venue to hear authors read. At 6 p.m., I'll be heading to Jimmy's No. 43 to read a few words about beer, the art of gettin' drunk and the ensuing shenanigans. Come check it out and kick back an IPA or three with me. The full details are here.