Bronx Brewery’s brewhouse arrives, moves brewery closer to reality

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Walking up to the second-floor office at the Bronx Brewery this week would make someone think they entered the wrong building. A disheveled office the staff had used since moving into their new space last year was completely gutted, refinished, and empty. It’s one of many improvements brewer Damian Brown highlighted when we visited recently.

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TAP New York returns to Hunter Mountain this weekend

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Spring kind of crept up on us, and while it seems like just yesterday we were still skiing in the Catskills, it’s time for New York State’s biggest craft beer event of the year: TAP New York at Hunter Mountain is this Saturday and Sunday, and tickets are still available.

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New Brews: Local brewers churn out new offerings

Time for another edition of New Brews, where we tell you about the new beers arriving on draft lines and beer store shelves around the city. In this edition, we stay all-local with the official Queens Beer Week beer, and new offerings from brewers in Brooklyn and The Bronx.

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Queens Beer Week kicks off today

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More than half of the new breweries to open in New York City in the past three years have opened in Queens. So it’s not surprising that the borough that now boasts the most breweries is hosting its own beer week. Queens Beer Week will run today through 27th, and the event lineup is chock full of great beers and surprises.

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As craft beer grows, challenges mount

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Author Michael Pollan makes the keynote address during last week’s Craft Brewers Conference in Denver. (Photo: Chris O’Leary)

At this point, the story is familiar. As Brewers Assocation director Paul Gatza and economist Bart Watson presented their annual State of the Industry Report at the Craft Brewers Conference in Denver last week, the drum-beating about craft beer’s continued growth was deafening. With double-digit growth in the craft segment for the last four years, it’s easy to imagine that the Brewers Association’s stretch goal - 20% market share of all beer volume by 2020 - is achievable. But the industry stands now at 8% market share, and there are noticeable hurdles to overcome before craft beer can reach a tipping point where it’s a part of the American mainstream.

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