Sampler Tray: A Few Sips of New York Beer News
A sampler tray at San Francisco’s Triple Voodoo Brewery and Tap Room (Photo: Chris O’Leary)
The summer is winding down, but the beer scene in New York is just heating up as everyone returns from their vacation spots for the fall. So for those who need to catch up, we’ve got a wrap-up of the latest bits and bites from the New York beer scene in this summary. Among them, the city’s eighth new brewery this year in a familiar place, two important beer openings this week, and a brand new seasonal offering from a brewery poised to open its tasting room soon.
Brooklyn Pour returns September 27th
Mark your calendars for September 27th: tickets are on sale for the fourth annual Brooklyn Pour. The Village Voice's beer festival will again take place at the majestic Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene, this time a little earlier in the fall. As in years past, it’ll feature over a hundred different beers from dozens of breweries from around the corner, across the country, and around the world. A ticket gets you three hours of unlimited tasting from 3-6pm, access to a food court in the venue’s famed bank vault, and live entertainment. This year’s charitable partner for the fest will be Lifebeat.
First Look: Scoping Out NYC’s Newest Craft Beer Spots
Because the city can’t seem to go a week without a new beer spot opening, First Look is our roundup of the latest places to open that specialize in craft beer - bars, restaurants, and stores. This week, we take a look at four new spots from the Upper East Side to Brooklyn.
NYC Brewers Guild to rock the block off at “Blocktoberfest”
This block may not look like much now, but come September, it’ll be full of beer and revelry. The New York City Brewers Guild will hold their first-ever block party, a fundraiser for the Guild and New York City Beer Week, on Saturday, September 20th. And it’s on a block that already sees lots of beer: the block of Waverly Avenue between Atlantic Avenue and Fulton Street in Clinton Hill that houses KelSo Beer Company. It’s called “Blocktoberfest,” and it’ll be one of your last times to enjoy a great local beer outside before it cools off.
The farce of the word “harvest”
These beers have already appeared on shelves in New York City, long before their ingredients are actually harvested.
The early release of pumpkin beers has drawn our ire many times (too many times, one might say). This year, we saw pumpkin beers on the shelves as early as June, and argued that brewers might as well blow up the whole seasonal beer calendar and just make them year-round.
But we noticed another trend in craft beer this year — one that’s a sign that “seasonal creep” has practically encouraged dishonesty: gross misuse of the word “harvest.”