Don’t Miss events in the NYC area…

2nd Annual Kimchi-Eating Contest, Chef Line-Up For Cook Out NYC™

Cook Out NYC™—the ultimate outdoor cooking and country fair event—will see the return of Mama O’s Super Spicy Kimchi-Eating Contest, a competitive eating event set to rival Coney Island’s famous contest. Competitors will gather on Saturday, July 7th, as a part of Kimchipalooza and Cook Out NYC™’s two-day “all grill” event taking place on beautiful Colonel’s Row on Governors Island, July 7th-8th from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (both days). In addition to the 2nd Annual Kimchi-Eating Contest, Mama O’s Premium Kimchi will be holding kimchi demos and celebrity chefs will give tips on how to cook with kimchi.

Other features of Cook Out NYC™ include:

·         Fossil Farms burger cook-off with sustainable meat—beef, ostrich, lamb, chicken and goat—sourced from family farms; participating will be Chef Ian Kapitan of Alobar, Chef Adriano Ricco’s team from STK OUT, Mesa Coyacan, and Chef Jeremy Bearman’s staff from Rouge Tomate;

·         More than 20 BBQ and grilling stations (samples guaranteed until 2 p.m.) with offerings from John Brown’s Smokehouse, Blind Tiger, Jimmy’s No. 43, Rich Pinto Catering, High Point Farms, Tortilleria Nixtamal, King Phojanakong of Kuma Inn and Umi Nom, a Hot Sauce & Wings cooking station, rooftop garden salads by Brooklyn Grange and Growing Chefs, others;

·         A hot dog competition (decided by popular vote) with six stations featuring Sabrett’s Hot & Spicy Hot Dogs with toppings from Sir Kensington Ketchup, My Friend’s Mustard, Sabrett’s Classic Onion Sauce, Chili from Lucky 777 Chili, a kimchi dog, and a special entry by Chef Josetth Gordon.  

The featured event of July Good Beer Month. Cook Out NYC™ also offers custom beers by exclusive beer sponsor Sixpoint, which will be bringing back July Good Beer Month’s special “Signal” Smoked Pale Ale, along with Sehr Crisp Pils and five other brews. A stage with live music will feature local blues/bluegrass/Americana bands.

The event’s community and charitable partners include Just Food’s Farm School, Family Cook Production’s Teen Battle Chef, and Kingsborough Community College. Tickets on sale now at .


Stone Brewing Coming to NYC

Hi –  TGIF! 5 Napkin Burger is bringing Stone Brewing Company to Astoria with a special beer dinner featuring this highly regarded San Diego brewery.  The Stone Brewing line-up is….Levitate, Stone IPA, Arrogant Bastard Ale and even their Stone Smoked Porter!  To match theses incredible brews Executive Chef Andy D’Amico is creating a special menu just for this evening and even making items with the beers.  The menu includes Beer Belly & Eggs, Grilled Chipotle Shrimp, Tempura Fried Vegetables and Cheddar Tots with Beer Mustard followed by Porter, Ale & Gruyere Soup, choice of Pimento Cheese Burger or Veggie Burger, and Smoked Porter Creme Brulee for dessert.

The dinner will begin at 7pm with an informal cocktail reception where guests will mingle with the brewer and dine on passed appetizers.  The evening will then proceed to a seated 3-course dinner and every bite of food will be expertly paired with a different libation (totaling four throughout the evening).     

The dinner is a real bargain at $35 (including tax and gratuity!). To purchase tickets, please visit:  5 Napkin Burger is located at 35-01 36th Street at 35th Avenue.  For more information please call 718.433.2727 or visit  Please help spread the word to our fellow beer lovers and hopefully you can make it too.  


News from the Rockaway Brewing Co. …

The first and the last

by rbco

There is some dispute as to whether or not Rockaway Brewing Company is the first brewery in Queens since New York was a beer haven in the 40’s. We’re working on settling that. But in the mean time we think we’ve found the last brewery that existed in Queens back then. The brewery pictured above existed under the name Burke brewery until 1949 and then Guinness took over in 1954. We’re still investigating this …

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New RBCo. article

by rbco

Just in time for the start of summer, a new microbrewery is opening in the neighborhood with plans to pour its beers there and at a seaside bar in Rockaway Beach, the owners said.

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Ska Ale?

by rbco

Music is a key ingredient in our daily beer brewing recipe. It smooths out a day of hard work, motivating us to keep trudging on… We’ve recently received the designs for our new logo and corporate identity, and it all looks great. But if I had my way this (above) would be the label for our first brew.

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First commercial brew!

by rbco

It’s been a few weeks since we installed the two barrel system in LIC. We did a hot water run, we did a run at half capacity, and just yesterday, while you were out enjoying the beautiful weather, we were holed up in the brew cave running our first commercial batch.

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Some good beer news from PA…

RAISE YOUR GLASS: A ‘microbrew meander’ at Yardley’s fifth annual beer festival
Yardley News Sat, 23 Jun 2012 05:08 AM PDT
YARDLEY – I love beer. And when I say I love beer, I love real beer. It has to have depth, quality, a soul. Good beer has the ability to charm.

Maybe the end of the MA/NY beer war…

New York’s craft breweries bubble on thanks to tax credit deal
Innovation Trail
By Ryan Delaney, WRVO The FX Matt Brewery makes several types of beers, including Saranac ales and lagers, at its Utica, NY brew house.


National Homebrewers Conference Shines in Seattle

Boulder, CO • June 23, 2012—After 34 years, the National Homebrewers Conference continues to wow attendees with in-depth seminars, fun social events and great homebrewed beer. Seattle, Wash. hosted the event for the first time, where visiting homebrewers enjoyed the local flavor, from the Emerald City’s famous local beer, all the way down to the Grand Banquet menu, which gave a nod to the region’s excellent seafood.

Read the complete press release.