Month / August 2011

 NY Craft Beer Week Launch   The fourth annual New York Craft Beer Week is set to begin on Friday, September 16th and last through Sunday, September 25th. Last year it was blamed for introducing thousands of people to the hundreds of craft beers available today on the market in New York. This year the […]

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Lunch at 61 Local   The map above gives the names of only a few the beers available at 61 local a very beer friendly bar on the corner of Bergen Street and Smith Street in what is called Cobble Hill Brooklyn. The afternoon that I was there I chose to sample the Caddywompus English […]

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Blue Point Brewing Co. ‎ 161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772-3304 (631) 475-6944(631) 475-6944Blue Point Hoptical Illusion Preface: This 12 oz. bottle of Blue Point Toasted Lager was purchased for $2.50(USD) at Peas & Pickles Grocery in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY. There was date number on the neck: “1651 23:18 7E” You should probably also […]

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Today is the 28th of August in the year 2011. Here in New York City the wind has stopped, leaving a rather pleasant breeze. The rain has ceased, leaving little more than flooded areas that seem to always catch the worst of a drenching rain. It is a Sunday. On Sunday afternoons it is time […]

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BREWS: Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen Ayinger Oktober Fest-Märzen, will be arriving at a store, bar or restaurant near you soon.  Look for it (retail beer finder) by the beginning of September. Oktober Fest-Märzen is an märzen – full-bodied, rich lager with a malty bouquet and richness that stops short of sweetness. Color is deep amber-gold and […]

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Esters are the fruity character found in some ale. Certain yeasts will throw more esters than others. These aromas are acceptable in most ale but not acceptable in clean lagers.  For example, that banana aroma/flavor you get from a Hefeweizen? In the case of Hefeweizen, the yeast produce copious amounts of the ester iso-amyl acetate, […]

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On a warm September night the folks from Stella Artois visited New York where they held a competition for bartenders from the area to compete in their nine-step perfect pour, a process developed by Stella Artois. It is a complex process developed, I am sure, to ensure the reputation of the beer. Before the actual […]

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On a recent Saturday night I had the chance to revisit Colonie, a local restaurant, for the third time in a month. It only has three beers on draft, and six more by the bottle, but they are all served at the right temperature and in good beer-clean (not washed with the rest of the […]

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Blue Moon Brewing Co. 13th and Ford Street Golden, Colorado, 80401 United States phone: (800) 642-6116(800) 642-6116 FREEPreface: In 1992 I was working as an editor with the Beverage Network, a trade-book publication for the beverage alcohol industry. One afternoon, in the springtime as I remember it, the publisher and I sat down with Peter Coors. […]

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Yesterday afternoon I was going through the many files on my “F” drive that contain photographs of beer, breweries, beer bottles, beer labels, fermentation tanks, conditioning tanks, pubs, bars and taverns. The picture above was found in a file that had nothing to do with beer. The picture was labeled “000.jpg”… It was not tagged […]

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