Saturday, December 28, 2013

BRONX ALEHOUSE

 
December 28, 2013 · 3:00 PM
 
 
(Past Event)

I'm leading a hike/walk thru Van Cortlandt & Tibbets Brook park, tomorrow morning.
We'll be hitting the Alehouse around 2:30-3pm.
Come grab some good food & brew with us. Menu & Beer List @ http://bronxalehouse.com/
If you want to join us on the hike (it's an EZ & flat 8 miles) meet us at 240th & Broadway entrance to VC park @ 10am.
 
What they said:
 
Paula - I'm glad I attended yesterday. Everyone I met is awesome and I don't give compliments easily. btw Bronx Alehouse had a nice selection of beers including 3-1-2 and Erdinger. Hope we'll go there again in 2014. Take care of that shoulder, Steve.

Saturday, November 23, 2013

The Day Has Arrived. And Time.. Is.. UP!

The Day Has Arrived. And Time.. Is.. UP!

(Past Event)
  • November 23, 2013 · 1:00 PM
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The Day of the Doctor / Dr. Who 50th Anniversary Party and Special Live Screening.

Join us at the only bar in the Boros with a Real Tardis! Whovians unite at this Steampunk/Dr Who/Nerdgasm Galore bar, featuring live music, burlesque, all the fanboy & fangirl themes you can think of, and just damn fun!

In addition to the movie screening, there will be a bar sponsored Costume contest & Dr. Who Shadowbox raffle. So bring your bow-tie, your fez, your stetson and your favorite Who props and outfit, and have a fun time geeking out with us!

NOTE: I have a strong hunch the bar will soon enough be packed for this. The *normal* opening time on Saturday is 3pm. For *this event only* they are opening at 1pm. Be on time, or even better, a few minutes early.

Afterwards, for the die-hards, there will be a LIVE CONCERT! At 7pm.. welcome: Time Crash, flying in from Chicago for a 1-night show.

More details on their Facebook event page @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1430883037124163/

What they said:

STEVE H. - Wow.. They cut the line off just as I got there! Alternate bars are : 706 Bar across the street (706 Washington), Beast @ Vanderbilt / Bergen, Branded Saloon @ Vanderbilt / Bergen and Sharlene's @ Flatbush / Park-Sterling. Sorry folks.. This Day got insane way early!

Monday, October 14, 2013

UPRIGHT!

UPRIGHT Brew House
 
     


Wednesday - Let's enjoy hump day at the Upright Brew House!

This relatively new craft beer bar is located in the West Village and does have an impressive beer list. See beer list here: http://tinyurl.com/mjefeoo

So come out and catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

DIRECTIONS: Take the A,B,C,D,E,F,M to West 4th street walk west on W.10th Street, passing Bleeker Street, then making a right on Hudson Street.

DRIVING and Other DIRECTIONS: http://maps.google.com

Parking is atrocious, but not impossible. Please adhere to parking regulations. Payment for meters or private parking garages on your own accord.

For more information on the Upright Brew House, you can visit their website at:
http://www.uprightbrewhouse.com

The Morning After:

Upright Brew House is...Upright. A fantatic and cozy joint that offers great coffee and a decent selection of craft beers. Not the cheapest but fair for the area.

Recommended for good friends, couples and the sorta mature.
 

Sunday, September 8, 2013

BROOKLYN WORT 2013!


BROOKLYN WORT was WORTH IT!



Homebrewers showing their best, some better than beers out there and some whose beers should stay in the basement.

The BELL HOUSE in Brooklyn, New York did a fantastic job hosting this event.

Beer drinkers of any level would appreciate the craftmanship that this year's participants put into their work!

For $40 dollars, you get a ballot which get's signed off of course when you make your rounds. You get more than your money's worth! Not only do you get to taste these above average homebrews, you get.... MEATBALLS (meat or vegetarian) from ZITO'S Sandwich Shop in Brooklyn http://zitossandwichshoppe.com!

SPECIAL GUEST was Joshua M.Berstein, the author of "The Complete Beer Course".

Very well organized, the venue knew how to handle a large crowd!



...AND THE WINNERS ARE...

Brooklyn's Wort 2013

PEOPLE'S CHOICE
First Place  - Abbie Apostal *Zenith RyePA 
Second Place - Harris Effron *Ryebiscus Red Ale
Third Place - Casey Wolnowski *Agave Wheat (Thumbs Up)

JUDGE'S CHOICE
First Place - Simon Tepas *Sunset on the Gowanus
Second Place - Matthew Job *The Prankster:A Stout of Shady Character
Third Place - Jess Huckemeyer *Batch 5

Saturday, July 20, 2013

DISTILLERY SATURDAY

Support local NYC!
 
Williamsburg is home to a winery, a brewery and a distillery.
 The New York Distilling Company
We went on a tour at the New York Distilling Company and had samples of their up and coming Gin.
 
 
Based on the sample, expect a smooth start, then on the way down a turbulence of strong and clean flavor.
 
 
  

 
 Although relatively small for the industry, this facility is considered “massive” for Williamsburg.
It is beautiful, organized and modern.
 
 
The NY Distilling Company makes their own Gin, but has craft beers available at their “SHANTY” bar.
 
 There is live music on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm.
Photo: Blue grass at the NY Distillery!
 They have a small offering of beers, but they are good beers.
We were fortunate enough to enjoy some brews and live blue grass music after our very informative tour.
The Shanty is known more for their cocktails and their gin…so, we were slightly out of our element. Unfortunately, they do not have any food available and food options are similar to that of food options in a desert – so come fed and full if you do plan on coming here.
(Two of us were smart enough to sneak in a couple of Hot Dogs from Crif Dogs Brooklyn before coming to the NY Distilling Company  - BTW, the hotdogs were absolutely delicious – which was no surprise).
***After consuming beer and gin, many of us developed ulcers and needed some food ASAP!***
 
We attempted to go to the Meat Ball Shop, but the wait was long and we were now in a state of emergency and our people needed to get food in them. There were recommendations on where to go, but our fearless leader, STEVE H., saw the conditions of our people and made the command decision of going next door to……SWEET CHICK!  
 
Our leader had led us to waffles and chicken heaven!
Photo by Steve H

None of us were familiar with this New American fried chicken joint, but the aroma that was emanating from Sweet Chick wrapped her arms around us and comforted us into this warm and quaint restaurant. Their woodsy, country d├ęcor granted us relief from the NYC heat wave and stress of starvation.
In only a few moments, we were seated and noticed immediately, that they had beer!
In fact, they had a rare find – GENNY LAGER – aka Genesee Red Lager.
Photo by Steve H
Most of us, of course, ordered the chicken and waffles and….

Photo by Steve H
HOLY SHIT! IT’S FUCKING GOOD!
Their butters alone was phenomenal!
Foodie Alert – I know many of you may be a little skeptical about fried chicken in Williamsburg, but you have to try it. Yes, it’s heavy, it’s rich, but not over done with sodium or underdone like the type of “fried chicken” you would find in most upscale restaurants. Like Goldilocks would say, “Ahh, just right!”
For more information on Sweet Chick, you can visit their website at:     http://sweetchicknyc.com
After a happy dinner, we follow our noses (literally – the wonderful scent of Italian sausage and fried oreos fill the air) to the annual Mt.Carmel fair.
This was truly the best way to end a great day – a carnival!
Photo by Steve H
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See you at the next bar....
 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Randolph Beer and One MILE House

We went to Randolph Beer
(not to be confused with The Randolph – same owner though).            
Randolph Beer is situated in between Nolita and the Lower East Side.
Randolph Beer offers patrons an incredible selection of American craft beers and impressive “New American” pub grub that foodies can give a nod to.
 
Try the fish and chips!
 
Is this place a craft beer drinker’s oasis?
No, but Randolph Beer can hold its’ own amongst the contenders coming into the NYC craft beer boxing ring. What makes Randolph Beer stand out, is it’s location….had this place been one block closer to the Lower East Side, this atmosphere would have been completely different!
Because Randolph Beer is closer to Nolita, this establishment is filled with wine drinkers who like to dabble with craft beer ideology and cocktail zealots who want to expand their quench palettes. Craft Beer aficionados may find this place a little stuffy and can find themselves annoyed at listening to patrons asking the bar tender what kind of craft beer it is they’re drinking, where it’s from and how it’s made.
Or, if you’re not sitting at the bar, you won’t be able to hear yourself scream because you will be exposed to dangerous levels of music decibels.
BUT…it’s a great place.
For more information on Randolph Beer, you can visit their website at:  www.randolphnyc.com
After Randolph Beer, we mosey on over to our one of our very favorite spots….
One Mile House!
 
The craft beer list is double in size compared to Randolph Beer and offers patrons, not only American craft beers, but also many of the locally talented craft beers coming from Long Island, Upstate and the Five Boroughs!
Foodie Alert – yes, come here for their infamous Bacon Matzo Balls!
Why do we love this place?
Great beer, delicious, unique food and great environment!

Yes, it is LES, just a couple of blocks away from Nolita…
One Mile House is appeasing to the hipsters and craft beer enthusiasts!
 It’s one of the few places, where the two can happily co-exist and that’s because of this establishment's earthy ambience. 
Just like their Bacon Matzo Balls, a contradiction that works.
For more information on One Mile House, you can visit their website at:

 

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Craft Beer?

If you just wanted to know...
 
What is a Craft Beer?
 
 
 Photo by Steve H
 
Basically - a beer from a limited supply.
 
 (Not a limited edition from a large brewery)
 
Example: A microbrewery can only produce so much of a product because of it's smaller size, capacity and capability, thus making their product rare and depending on the quality, more in demand.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

ALFIE'S

Craft Beer in Hell's Kitchen?
 
Yes!
 
It's True!
 
ALFIE'S
 
Alfie's is a Craft Beer bar in Hell's Kitchen that dares to deviate from the traditional Irish Pubs that dominate the neighborhood!
 
 
The staff is wonderful!
 
We like coming here because of the friendly service!
 
Alfie's is still learning to walk when it comes to Craft Beers, but they are learning fast, soon enough they'll be running.
 
The owner, managers and staff are always looking to learn about craft beers and what brews they can bring into this part of the city that can satisfy the Hell's Kitchen crowd.
 
This blog does not talk about beers per say, we blog about the beerplotations of our group...

AND...
 
Alfies is a great find!
 
Decent beer menu.
 
BUT,
a beautiful and cozy atmosphere that makes for a great night out with friends or even going out on a Match date.
 
Hells Kitchen has some catching up to do when it comes to craft beer bars, but we're sure Alfie's will help lead the way.
 
DIRECTIONS: Take the N, Q, R to the 57th/7th Ave stop OR the B, D, E to 7th Ave
For DRIVING or other directions, please go to: http://maps.google.com
 
For menus and more information on ALFIE'S, please visit their website at:

Monday, May 27, 2013

BEANTOWN

BOSTON!
 …Or should we say BAH STAHN…we’ll just stick to “Boston”.
We planned a Boston beer adventure for the Memorial Day weekend.
Day 1
This adventure starts out with hotdogs!
 Photo by Steve H

NEW GUIDA'S Restaurant

484 Meriden Road, Middlefield, CT 06455 in Connecticut claims to be one of state’s best “10” inch hotdog. Not a 6 inch or an entire foot of hotdog, but 10 inches! They can stake such claim because their hotdogs are extraordinary. Finding "New" Guida’s was purely accidental, in search of gas and failing at finding one, the foodie Gods bestowed upon us a gem along our path to Boston.

With only drops of gas left in the tank, we knew it was more important to fuel the human tank, and since we got off the highway and find ourselves in the middle of nowhere…low and behold….HOTDOGS!
It was adorable and attractive! This little food shack immediately caught our attention and drew us in.
   Photo by Steve H
We were too famished to read what was plastered all over this establishment about having the “Best Hot Dogs in Connecticut”. Initially, we ordered lunch specials (which were delicious but not meeting our craft beer stomach standards of portion) after having some food in us and regaining some our senses, we finally noticed the their big claim….SO…we had to do it and have these great hotdogs!
Photo by Steve H
We highly recommend New Guida’s Restaurant for those who ever finds themselves in this part of town for whatever reason.
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We make our way to Boston, or actually, we make our way to Cambridge where we will be having staying during the trip and where we will be having our first beer of the weekend.
LORD HOBO
92 Hampshire St  Cambridge, MA 02139
 Amazing hamburgers and of course and impressive selection and offering of local New England beers. 
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CAMBRIDGE BREWING COMPANY
1 Kendall Square #100  Cambridge, MA 02139  
New England beers have that extra crisp to them.


They have outstanding brews and amazing concoctions, such as their "Banryu Ichi" - the offspring between the mating of a beer and a sake! 
Photo by Steve H
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IMPROV BOSTON
40 Prospect St  Cambridge, MA 02139
Photo by Steve H
 These guys are awesome and they got to pick on Mr.Steve H., the fearless leader of Craft Beers and Brews.

The "VICTIM"

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Day 2
ASGARD
350 Massachusetts Ave  Cambridge, MA 02139
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We decide to do touristy things...
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We weren’t that pathetic….we did NOT go to CHEERS! 
  ....and then....
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 we had dinner at
The BARKING CRAB
88 Sleeper St  Boston, MA 02210
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The LAST DAY, on our last day, we had brunch in Cambridge, then we decided to travel to Salem, Massachusetts to do our tourist thing and look for witches and brews.
The MIDDLE EAST
472 Massachusetts Ave  Cambridge, MA 02139






Not what one would think. The Middle East is an eclectic, hipster bar – restaurants – music-venue (yes, all that in one). We came here for Brunch and they did satisfy Craft Beer belly standards.
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SALEM
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Beer and Wine shop -  Meades, wines and beer local to the area and only available in the area. We are ready to go in and start the shopping spree…until a young Australian man, an employee stops us in our tracks and gently breaks the news to us….In the State of Massachusetts, alcohol is not allowed to be sold on Memorial Day. Yes, we were there ON Memorial Day and we cannot buy alcohol!
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SALEM BEER WORKS
278 Derby St Salem, MA 01970
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Delicious!

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www.beerworks.net   
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We concluded the trip with strolls throughout the town and buying souvenirs from T-Shirt shops.
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Until next time…which should be at Foley’s NYC, Alfies and a rescheduled The Randolph……

FOLEY'S

ALFIES