Friday, February 27, 2015

New Brew Friday- NYC in the House

Today marks the end of NYC Beer Week but really the fun has just begun.  That's because all those wonderful breweries have started to bottle/can their beers.  So it's entirely possible to crack open an amazing NYC beer in the comfort of your own living room.  Here's a few I'm especially excited about.

The Finback Barrel Aged BQE is a big espresso imperial stout brewed with chocolate from Mast Brothers in Brooklyn and coffee from Native Coffee Roasters in Queens.  It's a pure NYC original and the thick bourbon flavor is perfect for this cold winter weather.  The two cans on either side are from Other Half Brewing, a session pale ale Super Fun on the left and the Double IPA Green Diamonds on the right.  These will be a permanent addition to my picnic supplies once spring finally arrives.  Cheers!

Other Half Brewing
195 Centre Street
Brooklyn, New York

Finback Brewery
78-01 77th Avenue
Queens, New York

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blue Smoke

BBQ and beer just naturally go together so it only makes sense that Danny Meyer's Blue Smoke has a great draft list.

The most recent visit Bells Hopslam was on tap; a tropical,piney Double IPA with a long bitter finish sweetened slightly with honey.  This is a big, bold beer that stands up well to saucy bar food like the Blue Smoke Chipotle Chicken Wings.

These are big, hefty wings; more smokey than spicy with thick, creamy blue cheese dressing on the side.  It's a match made in heaven.

Blue Smoke

116 East 27th Street between Park & Lex
New York, NY 10016

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Brunch at The Blind Tiger

Let's keep celebrating NYC Beer Week with a little bit of brunch and beer....two things always in fashion at The Blind Tiger.  Most people don't realize this but early Sunday afternoon is one of the best times to visit the Tiger. The epically large crowds have yet to arrive, sunlight streams in on the tables up front and it's the only time you can get an order of Chef Tommy's special Beer Battered Pancakes

He switches them up a bit each week with ingredients like citrus and cinnamon but you can always expect three extra fluffy pancakes with a side of sweet Bourbon Barrel Aged Maple Syrup.

The Spanish Breakfast is also a menu staple; eggs, chorizo and manchego with a spicy saffron aioli served omelet style or on Ciabatta.  It's delicious on it's own but we always like to add a little extra meat because it's just not brunch without bacon.

And of course order a beer!  With over 30 draft beers on constant rotation there's always something new and exciting to try out.

The Blind Tiger
281 Bleeker Street
New York, NY 10014

Monday, February 23, 2015

It's NYC Beer Week!

The annual celebration of all things sudsy in the city began on Friday, but don't worry if you missed the weekend kickoff.  There's still a ton of great events to check out.  Here's my picks for the week ahead:

  • Beer Sessions Radio Presents Rare Beer Week Dinner- Guest Chef Matthew Garelick will be creating a five course dinner paired with "wild" beers at Jimmy's No. 43.  Courses include Pastrami Tuna with pickled plum, pumpernickel, and pomegranate mustard paired with The Bruery Oude Tart and Smoked Short Ribs with cellar vegetables, prune and dosa paired with De Dochtar Embrasse. 
  • Other Half Brewing Takes the Jeffrey- One of the most exciting new breweries to come out of NYC this year takes over the taps at The Jeffrey.  If your a fan of IPA's you won't be disappointed in their beers, specifically the 1st Anniversary IPA and All Green Everything. 
  • The Bruery at Fool's Gold- Here's your chance to try out a multitude of Bruery beers before committing to the big bottle.  The list includes Tart of Darkness, Rueze and Smoking Wood in addition to some special bottles from Patrick's stash. 
  • Barrel-Aged Sours with Perennial at Bar Great Harry- The folks from Perennial will be coming all the way from St. Louis for this event with a list that includes Abraxas, Sump and 4 Happiness, a special collaboration beer with Side Project.  
  • Split Thy Skull XVI- It's hard to believe this weekend long event is already going into its 16th year.  Once again the list looks insane...slow and steady win the race at this one.

Friday, February 20, 2015

New Brew Friday- NYC Beer Week Kickoff

NYC Beer Week kicks off tonight with Opening Tap 2015!   Over 40 bars and restaurants citywide will be showcasing one rare/unique beer to be tapped at 7:00 PM.  So it's entirely possible you can stay warm and avoid the MTA's Winter Weather plan at your local bar!  Here's a few worth checking out:

  • Alewife- BFM Bon Chien 2014
  • Barcade Chelsea- Westbrook 4th Anniversary Chocolate Almond Imperial Stout
  • DBGB- Firestone Walker Stickee Monkee
  • The Jeffrey- Cantillon Fou Foune (9:00 PM tapping)
  • Kiabacca- Sixpoint Lock N Load
  • Double Windsor- Firestone Walker Parabola
  • Pony Bar UES- Bronx Tequila Barrel Aged Pale Ale
  • Spuyten Duyvel- Cantillon Gueuze Bio 2014
  • Beer Culture- Transmittor Cask Conditioned Saison dry hopped/ Ottos Supreme
  • The Gate- Hair of the Dog Adam 2011