Fermented Tees

Fermented Tees is a new source for homebrew and craft beer t-shirts. They offered to send me one of their shirts for review so I chose the Add More Hops homebrew shirt.

Add More Hops

The graphic is screen printed on a Gildan 100% cotton shirt and is a bit more green to my eye than the photo on their product page. With NYC Craft Beer Week approaching, I’m looking forward to wearing this soon.

Check out fermentedtees.com for this and other t-shirts and even a wrench bottle opener.

The 5th Annual New York City Beer Week is February 22 – March 3, 2013

I’ll be posting more on this in the next week, but here’s the press release for now.

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5th Annual New York City Beer Week
February 22 – March 3, 2013

NYC’s Top Craft Brewers, Celebrity Chefs, Beer Bars and Acclaimed Restaurants
Join Forces for the Premier Craft Beer Spectacle of the Year!

Opening Night Bash @ Galapagos Art Space, NYC Brewer’s Choice 2013, Celebrity Chef Food & Beer Pairing Dinners @ Resto/Applewood/Murray’s Cheese Bar/Blue Smoke, 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival, Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree, HE’BREW Beer @ Eugene Mirman Comedy Show (Jewish Museum), 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Fest, Split Thy Skull XIV, Urban Oyster Tours, Closing Party @ La Birreria at Eataly, and Much More

Featured Tap Takeovers:
NY State Beers @ Idle Hands Bar & Taproom 307
NY State Barrel-Aged Beers @ Bronx Ale House
Kelso Brewery @ Sycamore
Goose Island Beer Co. @ Dive Bar

New York, NY – January 23, 2013 – Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week (February 22 – March 3, 2013) will bring together 12 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, tons of beloved NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. Celebrated events such as NYC Brewer’s Choice 2013, The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Fest, and The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival will return as part of this year’s Beer Week. The week also features brand new boutique craft beer events, celebrity chef food & beer pairing dinner menus, educational tours, and ambitious tap takeovers from NYC Guild Brewers and beyond. For more information, stay up-to-date at: newyorkcitybrewersguild.com.

Three signature Beer Week events include: Opening Night Bash at Galapagos Art Space, Feb. 22; NYC Brewers Choice 2013 at City Winery, Feb. 27; and the Closing Party at La Birreria at Eataly, Mar. 3. Below you will find detailed information for the three Signature Events, as well as a list of additional special events happening during the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week.

5th Annual New York City Beer Week Signature Events:

*Fri., Feb. 22, 2013: NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash @ Galapagos Art Space (16 Main Street, Brooklyn, 7 pm – 10 pm, $45)
-Ticket price includes an official NYC Beer Week 2013 tasting glass, and unlimited beer tastings from over 20 American craft breweries. NYC Brewers Guild members and other acclaimed breweries will pour their latest craft beers. To see a full list of breweries, and to purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite: NYCBeerWeekOpeningNight.eventbrite.com

*Wed., Feb. 27, 2013: NYC Brewers Choice 2013 @ City Winery (155 Varick Street, NYC, 6 pm – 10 pm, $60)
-Join 20+ brewers who will each personally pour his/her most special beers alongside a thoughtful food pairing provided by NYC chefs and artisanal food producers. Dave Broderick (Blind Tiger, Beer Sessions Radio) and Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43) carefully curate the list of brewers and food purveyors to present their favorite specialty beers and artisan treats. Scott Vaccaro, owner/head brewer of Captain Lawrence Brewing, is the keynote speaker. Additional info is available at: brewerschoice2013.eventbrite.com

*Sun., Mar. 3, 2013: NYC Beer Week Closing Party @ La Birreria at Eataly (200 Fifth Ave, NYC, 12 pm – 4 pm)
-The official closing event will showcase various beers from NYC Guild Breweries paired with food selections from Eataly’s lunch menu. It’s a pay-as-you-go event; there’s no fixed price. Reservations can be made via UrbanSpoon.

Beer Week Special Events:

*Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013: HE’BREW Beer Presents Eugene Mirman @ Jewish Museum NY (1109 5th Ave, NYC)
-Shmaltz Brewing is the official beer sponsor for the Eugene Mirman comedy show at the Jewish Museum New York, as part of the Wind Up event series. Various selections in the HE’BREW Beer line-up will be available for purchase.

*Sat., Feb. 23, 2013: Bronx Ale House Presents Rare & Barrel-Aged NY State Breweries Tasting (216 W. 238th Street, Bronx)
-Beer list will feature rare and barrel-aged beers from NY State breweries.

*Feb. 23 – 26, 2013: d. b. a. Brooklyn Presents The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival (113 N. 7th Street, Brooklyn, cash bar)
-More than a dozen specialty casks will be tapped simultaneously over the 4-day festival. The event will include the “Mega Beer Raffle” fundraiser featuring lots of rarities and vintage bottles. All raffle proceeds will benefit the family of the late Ray Deter, founding partner of d.b.a.

*Feb. 23 – Mar. 2, 2013: Urban Oyster Tours
-Brewed in Brooklyn Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2, 2013 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $60)
-Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of Williamsburg: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (1 pm – 4 pm, $65)
-Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of East Village: Feb. 28 (3 pm – 6 pm, $65)
-Brewery, Winery, & Distillery Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $70)
-Tickets available at urbanoyster.com, 347-618-8687

*Mon., Feb. 25, 2013: Blue Smoke Presents Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner (Battery Park City: 255 Vesey Street, NYC, 7 pm, $80)
-Blue Smoke and Captain Lawrence Brewing come together for a standout beer dinner showcasing a special food & craft beer pairing menu.

*Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Resto NYC Beer Dinner w/ Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing (111 East 29th Street, NYC, 7 pm – 10 pm, $70)
-Executive Chef Preston Clark will design a 3 – 4 course food pairing menu with standout craft beers from Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing. Resto will shape the menu to uniquely compliment beers from these fine local breweries. Selections will include Funky Jewbelation (Shmaltz), Hop Manna (Shmaltz), White Aphro (Empire), and Golden Delicious (Captain Lawrence).

* Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Applewood Beer Dinner w/ Kelso Beer Co. (501 11th Street, NYC, 7 pm)
-Kelso Beer Co. and Applewood will incorporate all facets of the beer production process into this farm-to-brewery-to-table dinner. It’ll feature 5 – 6 courses with dishes such as Beer Poached Sausages, Beer Braised Short-ribs, and even some brewery fresh spent grain pretzel rolls sweetened with malt syrup from the brewery. Kelso Beer List: Pils, Nut Brown Lager, Rauchbier, Pale Ale, and Cabernet Aged Industrial IPA.

*Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Sycamore Presents Kelso Brewery Night (1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, 7 pm, cash bar)
-Kelso Beer Co. will showcase their latest craft beer releases.

*Wed., Feb. 27, 2013: Idle Hands Bar Presents NY State Breweries Tasting from Ommegang, Barrier Brewing & more + Bourbon (25 Ave. B, NYC, $10)
-Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

*Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013: Dive Bar Presents Goose Island Tap Take Over (732 Amsterdam Ave, NYC, cash Bar)
-Goose Island Beer Co. will showcase their latest craft beer releases.

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Get Real Beer & Alewife Presents “The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now” Local Beer and Pork Festival (5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City, 12 pm – 10 pm, $40)
-“aPORKalypse Now” will feature 10 pigs, all local breweries, cask ale, beer and food pairings, and a special VIP hour. Additional info is available at: aporkalypse13.eventbrite.com

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Jimmy’s No. 43 Presents Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree (43 East 7th Street, NYC, 12 pm – 3 pm, $35)
-Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree will be hosted by craft beer author Josh Bernstein (Brewed Awakening), and will feature 14 homebrew creations curated by Bernstein and Jimmy’s No. 43 brunch treats.

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Taproom 307 Presents NY State Breweries Tasting (307 3rd Ave, NYC)
-Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

*Mar. 2 – 3, 2013: Mugs Ale House Presents Split Thy Skull XIV (125 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, cash bar)
-Mugs Ale House will pour around 20 beers each day that are 8% ABV and over. The 2-day event will feature a cask of Blood Brothers IPA, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery for their 20th Anniversary. Lineup will be announced soon at mugsalehouse.com.

*Sun., Mar. 3, 2013: Murray’s Cheese Bar Beer Dinner w/ Garrett Oliver (264 Bleecker Street, NYC, 5 pm – 7 pm, $75)
-Join Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Murray’s resident cheese expert Aaron Foster for a 5-course beer dinner at Murray’s Cheese Bar. Dishes will feature ingredients from Murray’s and be paired with some very special, even “non-existent,” Brooklyn Brewery beers. With Garrett and Aaron sharing their humor and wealth of knowledge as the courses roll out, this event is a treat for both your tastebuds and intellect.

The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city. The 5th Annual New York City Beer Week continues a beloved citywide celebration of the breadth of exceptional craft beers from around the region and around the world!

The Village Voice partners with The New York City Brewers Guild for the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week. The official Beer Week website will launch in connection with The Village Voice in January 2013.

About the NYCBG:
The New York City Brewers Guild is a pending 501[c]6 non-profit founded to advance New York City’s brewing industry – and thereby lessen human misery. Guild breweries include Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Co., City Island Brewery, La Birreria at Eataly, Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery and 508 GastroBrewery.

Hospoda NYC Drink Writers Happy Hour

Last night I attended a media event at Hospoda here in NYC where they showcased their unique draft system by pouring Pilsner Urquell and couple Brooklyn Brewery beers. Hospoda has been on my restaurant list for a while and while their food gets rave reviews what caught my interest, when I first heard about them almost a year ago, was their draught system they call the Bohemian Beer Quadrunner. They use this to pour Pilsner Urquell in four different ways, each giving a different flavor.

Four different Pilsner Urquell pours. Sweet (top left), Slice (top right), Creme (bottom left), Neat (bottom right).

Four different Pilsner Urquell pours. Sweet (top left), Slice (top right), Creme (bottom left), Neat (bottom right). Images courtesy Hall Company.

As soon as I walked in I was handed a small glass (not the mug pictured above) that was mostly foam and told to drink it quickly. Since I’m always up for a drinking challenge (and they were providing beer and snacks) I obliged. My first thought was this tastes like it was poured out of a nitro tap. My second was that this was sweet, without the bite I normally associate with Pilsner Urquell. As I later learned, they use standard CO2 but their tap system aerates the beer and the bartender can vary the flow coming out to create anything from a standard pour to the foamy “Sweet” I just had.

Hospoda Draft System

I moved through their other Urquell pours, each one with less head and creaminess: Slice (four fingers of head); Creme (normal head–the classic way of pouring a Czech pilsner I was told); and Neat (no head). It was definitely an interesting way to taste the same beer and I’d recommend getting flight and enjoying all four.

Hospoda worked with Pilsner Urquell to create the “cold shipped express” initiative to get the beer from the brewery in the Czech Republic to the US in just two weeks, refrigerated throughout the journey. They take their beer seriously and the attention to detail in pouring, serving, and caring for the beer is noticeable. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the bar that houses the Quadrunner with a plexiglass floor in front of it that looks down into their spotless, well-organized beer and wine cooler.

After the Urquell I decided to try Brooklyn Brewery’s current Brewmaster’s Reserve, There Will Be Black, a hoppy black ale I had a month or so ago at the brewery. I liked it there and also when poured through Hospoda’s Quadrunner. Was it better? Worse? I have no idea since I don’t have tasting notes or a memory to speak of. After only serving Pilsner Urquell since they opened about a year and a half ago, why add Brooklyn Brewery’s beers? Hospoda started by purchasing a sixtel of Brooklyn Lager to try on the system and invited the owners and brewmaster Garrett Oliver to stop by to taste it—where they noted it tasted as fresh as it does from the brewery when poured through the Quadrunner.

If you are looking for a good, interesting beer experience that you can’t get anywhere else in the US along with some great Czech-inspired food I’d definitely check it out. There’s something for both the beer geeks and foodies in your party.

Disclaimer: At this event I and the other attendees received complimentary: beer and snacks from Hospoda; a complimentary mug from Pilsner Urquell; and a complimentary bottle opener from Brooklyn Brewery.

Shmaltz Jewbelation Sweet 16

The Shmaltz Sweet 16 has been out a few weeks now and I’ve been able to acquire said beer. If I was more serious about my self-given title of Beer Blogger–and life in general–I’d call this a review. Instead, I think semi-drunken-interweb-blog-ramble-thingy will suffice.

According to my astrology chart this is the 16th in their anniversary series. As much as it pains me, I’ll leave aside the Sweet Sixteen jokes and just tell you that like the last four or five Jewbelations I’ve had, this is worth the time, effort, and injury of repeatedly putting it in the lowest hole in your head. If this isn’t your mouth hole, adjust accordingly (and tell me all about it or post to Craigslist missed mouth hole connections and I’ll surely find it).

What makes this special? How about 16 malts and 16 hops in 16 additions? Did I mention it is like sucking the sweet malt nectar from a nubile nymph’s nipple? Of course I didn’t. Because I’m a gentleman. That’s why.

The long of the short (or however it goes) is that you should get this if/while you can. I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Unless you don’t like good things. Which, while it would explain why you read this blog, isn’t a way to live your life.