Friday, January 23, 2015

Big Brew NY Festival Returning To Westchester

Big Brew NY is returning to the Westchester County Center in White Plains, NY on Saturday, February 7th. WFAS AM in Westchester, our Presenting Sponsor, will broadcast live from the Festival.

Time Out New York called Big Brew "one of New York's Best Beer Events".

There will be over 250 styles available during the General Admission session and an All-Cask VIP Session featuring 20 Casks (presented by Craftsman Ale House of Harrison, NY). Casks are already confirmed from New York and local breweries such as Barrier Brewing, Black Hog Brewing Co., Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Great South Bay, Greenport Harbor, KelSo Beer, Plan Bee Farm Brewery, Rushing Duck and Sloop Brewing. Craft Beer lovers will not want to miss a rare opportunity to sample so many beers poured from casks.

And to add to the excitement, Half Time – the World’s Biggest Beer Store —will be giving away thousands of dollars worth of beer and prizes at Big Brew NY, including a 60-second shopping spree at their Mamaroneck store.

And Big Brew NY is safe and easy to get to from Manhattan; a 30 minute train ride on Metro North (with the station directly across from the County Center) and buses stop directly in front.

VIP ticket holders Additional Benefits include:

* An extra hour of tasting
* All-Cask Session presented by Craftsman Ale House featuring 20 Casks from local and national breweries (available to VIPs throughout the entire session)
* Beer-infused dishes (served during VIP extra hour) presented by Mambo 64 of Tuckahoe, NY and prepared by Chef Arlen Gargagliano, Owner & Chef. Her dishes will be made exclusively with Broken Bow Brewery beers

BEER LIST (to date):

SESSION TIMES: 5pm – 8:30pm (VIP extra hour 4pm -5pm)
SESSION PRICING: Take Advantage of Early Bird Pricing (prices go up two weeks and one week before Fest): VIP - $85     General Admission - $60     Designated Driver -$10
Tickets are available online at:

All tickets include unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass. Partners for the event include WFAS AM 1230, Half Time, DeCicco Family Markets, Craftsman Ale House, Mambo 64, Westchester Magazine and intoxiKate.

For information, contact Allison Kohler, JMK Events, at 973-927-2794

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Adirondack Brewery To Host Outdoor Beer Festival

Featuring All Barrel Aged Brews

January 15, 2015 – Lake George, NY – The Adirondack Brewery will be hosting their Annual Festival of Barrels on Saturday January 24th, from 2-5pm at 1 Canada Street in Lake George Village, just south of the Adirondack Pub & Brewery. 

Festival of Barrels, now in its 4th year, has become a “must-do” winter event in the North Country.  Combining blazing bonfires, live music and barrel aged beer; this outdoor event is perfect for the beer connoisseurs and those suffering from cabin fever.  Adirondack Brewery will be sampling 10 different barrel aged beers including Fat Scotsman aged in Makers Mark barrels, Imperial Red aged in Jim Beam barrels, Sour Blonde and Imperial Stout aged in Jack Daniels barrels.  There will also be an array of guest NYS breweries sampling their finest barrel aged brews; Saratoga Brewery, Keegan Ales, CH Evans Brewing Co., Other Half Brewery and Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets cost $35 in advance and can be purchased at or in person at the Adirondack Pub & Brewery during business hours, day of event tickets are $40.  Tickets include over 20 barrel aged beers to sample, a wide variety of snacks, a souvenir tasting glass, live music and a totally unique outdoor winter experience.  Designated driver tickets are free and do not include beer sampling.

A few key points to remember if attending Festival of Barrels:
- This is a festival of big, strong beer.  Sample responsibly and bring a designated driver or plan ahead for a safe ride. 
- This is an outdoor event, there will be bonfires, but you should dress for winter in Lake George.  Snow pants, boots, hats and gloves are recommended. 
- The Adirondack Pub will be closed during festival hours. 
- Parking is permitted on Westbrook Rd, Sewell Street, Adirondack Pub parking lot and the Café Vero parking lot.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Brooklyn Brewmasters Series

Brooklyn Brewery's Brewmaster's Reserve Series is a line of draft only beers that are released every four months or so.  They are one time creations and are only available while the batch lasts (some Brewmaster's beers have come back as permanent or seasonal offerings at a later date).  This line of beers is one of our favorite in the entire state and since they disappear quickly, we have kept a history of the beers that have come and gone.     

Savoir Faire
Released: December 2008

Blunderbuss Old Ale
Released: January 2009
ABV: 8.2%

Intensified Coffee Stout
Released: March 2009
ABV: 8%

Cuvee de Cardoz
Released: June 2009
ABV: 8%

Sorachi Ace
Released: July 2009
ABV: 7.5%

Manhattan Project
Released: September 2009
ABV: 8.5%

Released: December 2009
ABV: 7%

Cookie Jar Porter
Released: January 2010
ABV: 7.8%

Dark Matter
Style: Brown Ale
Released: March 2010
ABV: 7.5%

Buzz Bomb
Style: Braggot
Released: May 2010
ABV: 8%

Detonation Ale
Style: Pale Ale
Released: August 2010
ABV: 9.2%

Cuvee Noire
Style: Belgian Stout
Released: October 2010
ABV: 8.7%

Main Engine Start
Style: Abbey Single
Released: February 2011
ABV: 6.2%

The Concotion
Released: May 2011
ABV: 7.6%

Style: Pale Ale
Released: August 2011
ABV: 4.8%

The Companion
Style: Wheat Wine
Released: September 2011
ABV: 10%

Mary's Maple Porter
Style: Maple Porter
Released: January 2012
ABV: 6.9%

Gold Standard
Style: Kellerbier
Released:  May 2012
ABV: 6.2%

Fiat Lux
Style: Belgian Witbier
Released:  August 2012
ABV: 6.1%

There Will Be Black
Style: Black IPA

Released: November 2012
ABV: 7.5%

Silver Anniversary Lager
Style: Doppelbock

Released: March 2013
ABV: 8.6%

Scorcher #366
Released: April 2013
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 4.5%

Fire & Ice
Released: October 2013

Style: Smoked Oatmeal Porter
ABV: 7.2%

Hammarby Syndrome
Style: Swedish Strong Ale
Released:  February 2014
ABV: 8%

Style: Aussi-Spiced Saison
Released:  May 2014
ABV: 8.4%

Style: Strong Weizenbock
Released:  August 2014
ABV: 7.8%

Style: Quadrupel
Released:  November 2014
ABV: 9.9%

Friday, December 19, 2014

Ithaca Beer Co. Releases Daydreamer American Kolsch to Kick Off Their 2015 Seasonal Program

Ithaca, N.Y. - Ithaca Beer Co. kicks off its 2015 Seasonal offerings with Ithaca Daydreamer, an American style Kolsch. Originating from Cologne (Köln), Germany, the Kölsch style was historically only brewed along the Rhine (Rhein) River and fairly light in alcohol at 4.5-5.5% abv.

Daydreamer offers the unique character of traditional German Kolsch yeast and the blend of Pilsner, 2-Row, and German malts resulting in a pleasantly fruity, bready and slightly sweet aroma. While traditional Kolsch beers are typically lower in alcohol, we punched up Daydreamer to a warming 7% a.b.v. But despite Daydreamer’s strong a.b.v. backbone, the complex blend of malts, hops and yeast provide a smooth and clean mouth feel for a clean, easy drinking experience. Daydreamer pours near clear, vibrant yellow in color and with a white fluffy head.

Head of Brewing Operations Andrew Hausman says “We wanted to make a Kolsch that stood out from the rest, but can still be identified by its traditional German heritage. There are several secrets, with the yeast being the most special. The challenge for us was working with a rare yeast from Köln that requires a high degree of skill and craftsmanship. We've been astounded by the results since day one. The unique fruity complexity is unlike anything we've ever created.”

Ithaca Daydreamer will be available on draft in bars and restaurants and in 12 oz. bottle 6 packs in stores until early Spring.


Friday, November 7, 2014

Fifth Game of Thrones Beer Is Coming Soon

In 2013 Brewery Ommegang teamed up with HBO to release a line Game of Thrones inspired beers.  Since then, four beers have been released and all four have been critically acclaimed.  Below is the press release from Ommegang announcing the fifth beer in the Game of Thrones series.  Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison is set to release in Spring 2015.  You can find our reviews of the previous four Ommegang Game of thrones beers here, here, here and here.      

(COOPERSTOWN, NY) On the HBO series Game of Thrones, things are often not what they seem. There may be no better example than the three-eyed raven - which in Bran Stark's dreams and visions is a bird. But as Bran discovers in the season four finale, the raven is actually a mysterious old man whose body is fused with the roots of a weirwood tree beyond the wall. Just like the mythical creature, the next beer in the Game of Thrones series from Brewery Ommegang is not exactly what it appears to be. Three-Eyed Raven Dark Saison Ale is a saison, but it's also a dark ale. And it will be available spring 2015 when the hit show returns for its fifth season.

Three-Eyed Raven is the fifth beer in the partnership between HBO and Brewery Ommegang. Like its predecessors, the beer is inspired by themes and plot points from the award-winning HBO series. As season four wound down, the storyline of Bran and the three-eyed raven reached a shocking climax that portends dark and momentous events in store for the people of Westeros. A dark take on the classic saison style seemed most appropriate for the latest beer.

"A dark saison is a style that we've been intrigued with for a while now and one that's open to a broader stylistic interpretation," said Mike McManus, Brewery Ommegang's Innovation Manager. "When we zeroed in on Bran's storyline with HBO, we knew this was the perfect opportunity to brew something with many different characteristics and attributes - a beer that's not truly one thing or another. It is definitely the most unique beer in the series to date, which is very exciting."

"Going into season five, Game of Thrones is bigger than ever, and we've learned very quickly over the past four beer releases that fans of this show are thirsty for Ommegang's innovative and carefully conceived brews," said Josh Goodstadt, Vice President of Global Licensing at HBO. "We're certain those fans will be just as surprised by the complexity of Three-Eyed Raven as they were by Bran's discovery at the end of season four."

Three-Eyed Raven is brewed with a carefully crafted mixture of specialty malts, including malted rye, midnight wheat (provides depth of color but not the roasty flavor of a dark beer), and dark candi sugar. It's hopped with Hallertau Spalt Select, Tettnang, and Bravo hops, which give the beer a spicy, fruity character. A fair amount of late-addition hops are added for character. Three-Eyed Raven is fermented and bottle-conditioned with Ommegang's signature house yeast.

Saison qualities dominate Three-Eyed Raven with fruity esters, clean floral hops aromas, a light malt character with just a hint of roast and a pleasant yeastiness in the taste, and a crisp finish with lingering herbal hops and dry rye notes. The label art, which features the three-eyed raven, was created using an actual concept design illustration from the series.

Previous beers in the highly successful collaboration include: Valar Morghulis Dubbel Ale (available now), Fire and Blood Red Ale (spring 2014), Take the Black Stout (fall 2013), and Iron Throne Blonde Ale (spring 2013.) The first three beers in the series completely sold out and Valar Morghulis is well on its way, despite being brewed at nearly 4x the volume of Iron Throne.

Three-Eyed Raven will be available nationally this spring (exact launch date still TBC) in time for the season five premiere of Game of Thrones. The 7.2% ABV ale will be available on draft (sixth-barrels) and in corked bottles (25.4 ounces). The recommended retail price is $9.50 per bottle.

About Brewery Ommegang
Brewery Ommegang, part of the legendary Belgian brewery Duvel Moortgat, opened in 1997 to craft-brew fine Belgian-style ales. Ommegang brews seven ales year-round, as well as an extensive and imaginative range of seasonal and specialty ales. The beers have won a national following by connoisseurs of fine beer and are distributed in 43 states and internationally. Ommegang is located on a 136-acre farmstead in Cooperstown, New York, USA and offers free daily tours and inexpensive tastings as well as a 100-seat café, a well-stocked brewery store, and an annual calendar of public events. Ommegang is open every day of the year except for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, and New Year's Day. For more information, please contact, call 1-800-544-1809, or visit Follow Ommegang on Facebook:, Twitter: @BreweryOmmegang, and Instagram: @BreweryOmmegang

About HBO Global Licensing
HBO Global Licensing officially licenses the HBO® brand for the development and merchandising of innovative product lines inspired by the network's award-winning programming. With products created around hit series like Game of Thrones® and True Blood® as well as classic series like The Sopranos®, Sex and the City®, and Entourage, items include fashion apparel, figures, jewelry, digital and CD soundtracks, prop and costume replicas, games, books, and beverages, as well as exclusive, premium collections in partnership with upscale, designer brands. Merchandise can be purchased in retail stores nationwide, at, and at the groundbreaking HBO retail hub, the HBO Shop®, located at 42nd and 6th Avenue in New York City. HBO Global Licensing products are also sold internationally across Europe (, Asia and Australia. 

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Citi Field Set To Host Bacon and Beer Classic

NEW YORK – Move over baseball…make way for two other American classics as bacon and beer take center stage at the home of the New York Mets this summer. What could be more American than beer and bacon at the ball park?

Cannonball Productions brings the Bacon and Beer Classic ( to Citi Field for a unique doubleheader on July 26The Brunch session runs from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., followed by an Evening session from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fans can attend one – or both – but need a ticket for each session. VIP ticket-holders will be admitted one hour earlier…an extra hour of beer and bacon!

A one-of-a-kind event, the Bacon and Beer Classic at Citi Field is part of a national series of events hosted by major league baseball stadiums across the country. Fans can get a taste of history as they walk through the stadium sampling craft beers and special bacon-inspired treats prepared by local chefs. There’ll also be live music to dance to, interactive games to bring out the inner kid in all, and plenty of cooking demonstrations and beer schools where everyone – from expert to novice – will learn a thing or two about bacon and beer.

“This certainly won’t be a run-of-the-mill experience for guests. The Bacon and Beer Classic brings together the best in local food, brews, and entertainment,” says Cannonball Productions and Bacon and Beer Classic founder Kate Levenstien. “Because New Yorkers are such die-hard sports fans and so knowledgeable about craft beer and gourmet food, we’re thrilled to be hosting our next event at Citi Field in July.”

The starting lineup for New York’s event is strong, and continues to grow. Already, more than 80 area restaurants and breweries have signed on, with each brewery serving at least two of its most celebrated brews. Restaurant chefs are being challenged to prepare their most delectable bacon-inspired dishes. Attendees can expect to taste several bacon classics and bacon creations they've never seen (or tasted) before.

To keep track of all the tasty treats, guests can download a mobile application that not only lets them vote for their favorites, but provides useful, interactive features for use during the event. After each session, votes will be tabulated and awards presented to restaurants and breweries.

Cannonball Productions ensures the experience is local by partnering with businesses and groups that provide the best the area has to offer, including D’Artagnan, its gourmet bacon provider. The event’s charity partner is Citymeals-on-Wheels ( which unites volunteers from the Greater New York City area. Citymeals-on-Wheels provides a continuous lifeline of nutritious food and human company to New York’s homebound elderly, last year delivering two million weekend, holiday and emergency meals to 18,000 frail and aged residents.

The Bacon and Beer Classic is an all-inclusive event, with guest receiving a souvenir Bacon and Beer Classic cup.  General admission tickets are $59 each. VIP experience tickets are available and provide access to a variety of exclusive privileges, including, but not limited to: one hour-early entrance, access to VIP areas on the warning track and inside the dugouts, and exclusive brew tastings.

For event information, please visit To purchase tickets online, go to  TheBacon and Beer Classic is on Facebook at


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NYC “Brews” Brothers Introduce Oren's Daily Porter

(New York, NY) — Heartland Brewery founder Jon Bloostein and brother Oren Bloostein (Oren’s Daily Roast)— both owners of  multi-unit New York City beverage  businesses— have combined their love for beer and coffee to create Oren’s Daily Porter, a limited edition bottled ale available at all Heartland Brewery locations this month.
The Bloostein Brothers began brewing in 1986 when Oren started roasting green coffee in the back of a tiny store on 1st Avenue and 81st Street. Brother Jon followed in 1995, opening the first Heartland Brewery on Union Square, and winning three medals at the Great American Beer Festival shortly after opening.
Working closely with Oren, Heartland Master Brewer Kelly Taylor created a porter recipe with English and American malts, using Oren’s Sumatra coffee.  “Sumatra is the world's most full-bodied coffee,” says Oren Bloostein. “We have been purchasing Sumatra coffee since we opened—it’s the best, cleanest, sweetest Sumatra around.” Oren’s Daily Porter is great as a stand-alone beer, a dessert beer, or with chocolate or smoked ribs.
The full-bodied and herby flavor of the Sumatra coffee will complement the beer, and add to the uniqueness of the brewing process. “We’re adding the coffee in two different stages,” says Kelly, “in the kettle for flavor, and then in the fermenter for aroma.”
The Bloostein brothers are excited to share this collaboration with the public. “How we each found ourselves producing two of the world’s most popular drinks,” says Jon Bloostein, “is a mystery to both of us (and our mom), but the common denominator is water, which is why the charity we’ve chosen to give the proceeds to makes so much sense.”
One dollar from the sale of each pint of Oren’s Daily Porter will go toward the International Rescue Committee’s efforts to provide clean water to the people of Ethiopia; a cause that both brothers have supported for years.
Heartland Brewery is a collection of five NYC brewpubs, and Oren’s Daily Roast is a group of ten Big Apple-based coffee stores.
To learn more about Heartland Brewery, visit
To learn more about Oren’s Daily Roast, visit
To learn more about The International Rescue Committee, visit