Monday, February 23, 2015

Two New Long Island Breweries Will Debut at Nassau's Spring Craft Beer Festival

February 23, 2015-Uniondale, N.Y.  Starfish Junction is proud to announce that the 9th Annual Spring Craft Beer Festival will be returning to Nassau Veteran Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, Long Island, N.Y. on Saturday, March 21st.  More than 50 craft breweries will be in attendance, pouring samples of their finest brews-more than 100 in all. Tickets for the Festival are on sale now at the event website  This is a 21+ event.
“With more than 100 beers available for sampling, this year’s festival is going to be our best fest yet,” said Joe Chierchie, event manager for show producer, Starfish Junction.   Sought-after breweries such as Blue Point Brewing Company, Great South Bay Brewery, Port Jeff Brewing Co., and Chicago’s Goose Island Brewery will be holding special timed releases of their rarest ales.  Due to their limited supply, these special beers will only be poured at designated times and available for tasting on a first-come, first-served basis.  Thousands are estimated to attend the event and the festival is trending for a sell out this year.  A silent disco, sponsored by Shipyard Brewing Co. will add to the day’s festivities as will the Beer For Brains sports memorabilia art auction fundraiser conducted by Grand Stand Sports.

Making their festival debut from Farmingdale, NY will be two new nano breweries, 1940's Brewing Company  and Po’Boy Brewery.  The Spring Craft Beer Festival “will be our first large venue show and we are excited to be a part of it,“ said Charlie Becker, owner, 1940’s Brewing Company.  “We have been to the show as ticket holders and home brewers but to be here as a professional craft brewer is a big step for us,” added Becker.  The festival will also feature seminars on topics as varied as pairing beer with chocolate; homebrewing; and cellaring & aging beer.

The Spring Craft Beer Festival raises money and awareness for organizations such as The Beers for Brains Foundation and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  The event is sponsored in part by, Long Island’s local beer calendar. 

The festival will be divided into two (2) sessions. Session I will take place between 12:30 pm and 4:00 pm; Session II will be held from 5:30 pm to 9:00 pm. Valid photo ID is required upon entry and all attendees must be 21+. Tickets are available for purchase online in advance of the event at for $45 each; Designated Driver tickets are $12.  Tickets are limited.  If the event is not sold out, tickets will be available at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum box office and on event day for $55. For more information and to purchase beer festival tickets, visit the event website at

Friday, February 13, 2015

Peekskill Brewery Announces New Head Brewer As Jeff O'Neil Departs

Peekskill, NY- Peekskill Brewery is pleased to officially announce Matthew Levy will be taking the helm at Peekskill Brewery as the new Head Brewer in March 2015. Levy has been a part of the PB Brewing Team since the summer of 2014 where he immediately began brewing PB favorites such as NYPA,  which recently took silver medal in the Pale Ale category at the 2014 Great American Beer Festival.  
Levy grew up in Briarcliff Manor and began his career as a summer intern at Captain Lawrence Brewing Company. “I couldn’t be prouder of Matt for getting the job. I still remember him as an intern before he could even legally drink! He is a great guy and makes great beer,” says Captain Lawrence Owner Scott Vaccarro. 
Levy apprenticed in each phase of the brewery, packaging draft and 750 ml bottles, cellar work, and brewing. Through his experience at Captain Lawrence and Vaccarro’s recommendation he got a job at Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales in packaging that he held until graduating from the University of Michigan. Still in close contact with Scott, he was offered a job initially for the bottling line at Captain Lawrence’s new facility and then moved up to a brewer. He then joined the Peekskill team and has been producing exceptional product. 
The future holds excitement at Peekskill Brewery and it’s Riverfront location “....I’m really looking forward to seeing (and tasting!) what Matt does at PB. His resume speaks for itself, he’s a great young brewer who has really risen to the occasion so far. He even grew up locally. Peekskill is lucky to have him, and their customers will be in good hands,” says Brewer Jeff O’Neil.  
Peekskill Brewery will continue its commitment to quality and freshness. They are currently transitioning from Brewer Jeff O’Neil who will finish his 3-year stay at Peekskill Brewrey in March. “Matt is the next generation of our industry. He is very talented and is going to be a large part of writing the next chapter in Peekskill Brewery’s book,” says Peekskill Brewery owner Keith Berardi.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ithaca Beer Co. Packaging Redesign Signals Expansion of a New Era

Ithaca, N.Y. – February 12, 2015 – Growing New York State craft brewer Ithaca Beer Co. completed a thorough packaging redesign with the January release of its Spring seasonal Daydreamer Kölsch. The redesign was applied to all of Ithaca Beer Co.’s core and seasonal 6 pack brands and features a livelier, more energetic and fun look with vibrant colors and subtle graphic accents. The graphic style of each package emphasizes individual brands while streamlining the umbrella Ithaca Beer Co. brand identity for a cleaner, more identifiable look in an ever crowded retail environment.

While the design of the labels and 6 packs has changed, the outstanding ales in the bottles have not changed a bit. Ithaca Beer Co. brewers strive to maintain and improve the high quality standards that have garnered their beers high accolades by loyal customers as well as popular online beer rating services Beer Advocate and Rate Beer. Flower Power has been consistently ranked as the top India Pale Ale in New York State by Beer Advocate.

Ithaca Beer Co.’s package redesign signals an even larger transition for the 16 year old brewery. This winter, the 5th largest craft brewery in New York State broke ground on a 24,000 square foot expansion at its 5 year old facility located at the southern end of Ithaca. The expansion is largely designed to accommodate Ithaca Beer Co.’s continued double digit growth. Ithaca Beer Co.’s production grew by 39% in 2014 to roughly 24,000 barrels. A barrel is 31.5 gallons and is the equivalent of two half kegs of beer. The brewery anticipates an additional 25% growth in 2015 – a rate that outpaces the national average of 18% according to the Brewers Association.

The majority of the Ithaca Beer Co.’s expansion will focus on added fermentation, conditioning and packaging equipment to accommodate the brewery’s growing production demands. The expansion will also include doubling the size of its farm-to-table Taproom restaurant kitchen, a barrel aging room and more office space. Completion of the project is targeted for late 2015.

Ithaca Beer was founded in 1998 by Dan Mitchell in a retail storefront on Route 13 just south of Buttermilk Falls State Park. Ithaca Beer has grown steadily since its inception with brands including Flower Power IPA, Apricot Wheat Ale, Cascazilla Red IPA and Green Trail IPA. Mitchell built the brewery’s new facility on Ithaca Beer Drive in 2011.


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.