The NYC Craft Beer Festival was in a part of town that I’ve seldom been to; Lexington Avenue in the 20′s, right across from Baruch College. It was held at the 69th Armory (aka Lexington Armory). It still amazes me as a life long New Yorker that works in Manhattan daily that I can still end up in areas where I feel like I’m a guest in my own town. That’s just how big New York City is and why I love it here. Lexington Armory is simply huge, the hall/gym/auditorium where the main beer stands were set up was ranging. The ceiling had to be dozens of feet above our heads. Continue reading NYC Craft Beer Festival: Winter Harvest 2013
The Christmas shopping season is upon us and beer lovers are hoping to find some items under the Christmas tree as well. What better gift than a way to transport beer, keep it fresh and keep it cold? Grizzly Coolers and Hydro Flask have you covered with the Grizzly 16 cooler and the Hydro Flask […] . . . → Read More: Hop Press: West: A Cooler and a Growler Walk Into a Bar
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A brief announcement to begin this article. Scheduling has been tough lately and the Saturday Beer of the Week post isn’t working. So beginning today, the Beer of the Week will be posted on Monday morning. So keep an eye for the post every week when you get back from your weekend. Might as well get right to it then. The Beer of the Week is Heretic Brewing’s Evil Cousin Imperial IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Heretic Brewing Evil Cousin
With Thanksgiving around the corner, it’s time to reach for a beer that can handle the job of satisfying your thirst through hours of football, pre-meal snacks, and, of course, the main event, dinner. With so much to do, it’s time to get to it. The Beer of the Week is Marin Brewing’s Three Flowers IPA. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Marin Brewing Company Three Flowers IPA
I’ve shared my love of porters with all of you before. They are a natural fit for the damp weather rolling into the Bay this week. It’s only fitting then, that at this year’s Great American Beer Festival that a local brewery took home some hardware thanks to their porter. With storm clouds on the horizon, I prepared myself for the coming weather and cracked open a bottle. The Beer of the Week is Drake’s Black Robusto Porter. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Drake’s Brewing Black Robusto Porter
Last winter, Sonoma County’s Economic Development Board injected itself into the craft beer world with a survey handed out at the Pliny the Younger release at Russian River Brewing. The seed was planted that day and this week, we saw that seed sprout in the form of the Sonoma County Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference held at the Hyatt Vineyard in Santa Rosa. The announcement of this event generated excitement to the tune of a full house, but would that seed and sprout be able to bear fruit? Continue reading Sonoma County Beer, Cider and Spirits Conference 2013
RateBeer.com is the largest online resource for beer reviews, among other beer related items. Lately, the company has begun getting into events. This past weekend, RateBeer hosted the RateBeer Gallery 2: Beauty From a Barrel featuring a hand-selected list of barrel-aged beers from local breweries as well as some of RateBeer’s favorites from around the country. Continue reading RateBeer Gallery 2 – Beauty From a Barrel
Along the California coast, the days are still bright and warm but there are signs of the seasons changing. The evenings quickly bring out the jackets and have beer lovers looking for comforting winter warmers. This weeks beer fits both the California November days as well as the much cooler evenings. The Beer of the Week is Karl Strauss Brewing Fullsuit Belgian Brown. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Karl Strauss Fullsuit Belgian Brown
A buysy weekend found me back in Berkeley, walking down memory lane as I caught a Cal football game for the first time at the renovated Memorial Stadium. It only made sense then that I turn to a beer that not only came into the craft beer world at the samew time as I had discovered “microbrews” (Fall 1997), but also one that I recall from those early years of finding my way as a beer drinker. The Beer of the Week is Speakeasy’s Prohibition Ale. Continue reading Beer of the Week: Speakeasy Prohibition Ale
Duvel’s recent acquisition of Boulevard Brewing has been the big news of the past few weeks within the craft beer world. Numerous questions surround this deal so it’s best to look back at what has happened in the past with these breweries and the industry and hope to see if we can gain any insight into what is likely to come. Continue reading Duvel and Boulevard: Where have they been and where are they going?