Winners of the Good Beer Seal and committee members pose with Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 and the city’s proclamation of July Good Beer Month
In a ceremony last night at 82 Mercer, the Good Beer Seal committee announced ten new bars as inductees. These bars will now proudly display the Good Beer Seal, which certifies bars that don’t just merely offer craft beer, but celebrate it. In addition to adding several bars in the five boroughs, the committee chose five bars outside of the city - in nearby New Jersey and on Long Island - that were also worthy of the seal.
Anyone else manage to snag tickets to the Great American Beer Festival? I was able to get tickets during the members only pre-sale yesterday, and luckily my friends and I didn’t have any trouble. I know a lot of people did though, but fear not! I hear it’s not too difficult to get tickets from Stub Hub or other such places, as people end up being unable to attend or end up with extras.
The Beer Gods have smiled upon me!
This is my first time attending GABF and I’m so beyond excited!!! I’ve been wanting to go for a few years now. I’ve also never been to Denver so I’m very excited about that too, though not sure how much I’ll be able to explore with all the festivities going on (no complaints about that though!). I’d love to hear what people think. Have you ever been to the festival? Any tips, dos/don’ts etc.?
Thanks to Marble Brewery, Breaking Bad fans don’t have to wait to revel in the fate of Walter White. On August 8, the Albuquerque, New Mexico-based brewery will be releasing two commemorative beers celebrating the epic fifth and final season of the show.
This is so cool! Almost makes me wish I lived in Albuquerque! Also, so psyched for Breaking Bad’s final season!!!
When I found a recipe that called for beer to steam the clams in, I was beerious…to say the least. I love steamed clams because they are fun to eat and I think they’re delicious! I soaked 24 fresh clams for an hour in salty water to release any sand or grit from the sea they were holding onto. In the meantime, I minced a few cloves of garlic and sautéed it with a little butter before adding a bottle of Shipyard’s Longfellow Winter Ale that had been hanging around in the fridge waiting for an opportunity like this. Longfellow is an English Porter with a sweet, malty flavor and dark brown color. Porters aren’t my favorite so this was the perfect chance to see what else it could do.
New York’s Good Beer Month kicks off today! Each year, July is a month to embrace craft beer culture and all the things that make beer great in New York. There’s been a proclamation from the mayor, so this thing is no arbitrary celebration.
There will be beer events throughout July to celebrate Good Beer Month, including three at WNYC’s Greene Space as part of their “Craft Beer Jam.” It all kicks off tonight with parties and deals to celebrate the release of the Craft Beer Passport, and continues straight through until July 31st. Here’s a full rundown of the month’s events, with more to be announced soon:
Millennials aren’t just one of the key demographics for craft beer; many of them are also mobile app builders. Cassandra Daily, a newsletter that features “relevant trends and cool social happenings of the day” noted on Thursday that these two millennial favorites are coming together in the form of craft beer apps and tools.
Interesting, I’ve never heard of any of these apps.
In case you hadn’t realized it, there’s a whole lot of brewing going on in Southern California. Don’t believe it? Read the New Yorker. The magazine has put together a slick interactive map that illustrates the dramatic growth of the craft beer industry.
The first weekend of June, I traveled to Boston, MA for the American Craft Beer Fest. I had wanted to check out this festival for the past few years, ever since I first heard about it, so I was very excited to finally go! My sister and her husband live in Boston and were my hosts and festival companions for the weekend.
It was crazy hot on the east coast last weekend, and we had to wait in line in the sun for about 40 minutes before the doors opened. The organizers decided to open the doors about 10 minutes early because of the heat, which was much appreciated by all! The festival was held at the Seaport World Trade Center, which is an awesome space for a event of this size. It never felt too terribly crowded despite the 5,000 people who were in attendance.
The Rogue was an awesome pale ale, brewed with 100% Oregon ingredients. The Widmer Brother’s Gose was really good, with a cloudy pink color (from the hibiscus I was told) and a floral taste. I don’t think I had ever tried a gose before and I think this was a good place to start! When I saw the name of the DC Brau Imperial IPA I knew I had to try it. It was pretty strong, but at 9.2% ABV that’s what I was expecting. I also love that they named the beer to celebrate the Mayan apocalypse that wasn’t on Dec. 21, 2012.
All in all, the festival was a great time. We managed to hit up all the breweries we wanted to and got to sample some great new beers. I’m already excited to go back next year!
The beer industry was abuzz during this year’s Craft Brewers Conference as Pennsylvania’s Sly Fox rolled out a new innovation in beer packaging - the “360 Lid.” The can, developed by Crown Holdings, allows the entire top to be pulled off a beer can so that the drinker can experience the full aroma and flavor of the beer. Already, the brewery has produced cans of their new Helles Lager and the Pikeland Pils with the 360 lid that have been distributed in Pennsylvania. But those beer drinkers excitedly looking for them in New York will be faced with a harsh reality: here, the cans are illegal.