Month / June 2013

This is the first of a series of pieces that will be called “Work In Progress”, “Between Service”, and “Dinner Rush”… “Work in Progress” will introduce you to a bar, pub, restaurant or tavern recently visited by BeerBasics. “Between Service” will feature interviews with the folks who run the place and focus on what they […]

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It seems that even China has a growing Craft Beer movement: The latest news is about the second annual China Craft Beer Festival being held today in Beijing. The folks at CNN also are covering Beijing’s microbrewery boom. For my Canadian readers in TO… the local press is running a story on Where to Learn […]

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Let me set the scene… It is a beauty afternoon in a semi-chic area of Manhattan. I am seated at a bar that opens out onto a sidewalk patio where six patrons are seated at “high tops” enjoying cocktails and beers. The bar itself is empty and the young but beer-savvy chap tending bar makes […]

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As I am sure you are aware, this is not the first time BeerBasics has taken up this subject. A fine editorial offering on why beer is for breakfast can be found here… Why Stout with Steak and Eggs . My all-time favorite stout and steak story will take you to Montreal and you will […]

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(Gratuitous “beer picture”…) (L-R: Sierra Bigfoot ‘98, Hardy ‘92, Hardy ’08, Courage RIS ’93, Sam Adams Tripple Bock ’95) Thank you Sam @samswaterfront  for a tasty “Father’s Day” gift… Yesterday, the sixteenth day of June twenty thousand and thirteen in the presently accepted calendar used by the majority of the persons who inhabit the North […]

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Beer is for adding to the enjoyment of life. It adds meat to discussions, spice to conversation and pause for refreshment. I offer the following two instances that, without that beer, would not have been as memorable as they were. The first is a plate of Shrimp and Grits as served up for lunch recently […]

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Philly Beer Week Wrap Up The beer was flowing at Philly Beer Week 2013 according to Philly’s beer-maven “Joe Six Pack”… it’s worth a read “Joe Six Pack’s favorite beers from Philly Beer Week 2013”. Beer is Mixing it Up As summer approaches beer is mixing it up. That is to say beer has caught […]

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Favorites are both easy to come by (if you have limited choices it’s no contest) or quite difficult to determine (if you have a world of choices), If you are luck you will never have a favorite because something better comes along and there you go. Nevertheless, I am going to present what I feel […]

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For those of you in the New York City area… There are five beer and food events in June you do not want to miss.    SAVOR is next weekend (June 14 & 15) in NYC  The event is put together and run by the Brewers Association and held at the Altman Building in Manhattan, it’s […]

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Over the years I have divined the fact that the best time to visit a place that I have never been to before is “between services”, from two in the afternoon to four o’clock. That is when the shift changes. This is when I can catch the gossip and listen in on how the lunch […]

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