Beers
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Oyster Bay Brewing Company IPA

Reviewing IPAs can become quite redundant.  They’re all hoppy, bitter, citrusy, whatever.  I love the style, but it’s prevalence at the beer store can be overwhelming.  There are multitudes of styles, with brewers using ...



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Brooklyn Brewery Sorachi Ace

This little 750 ml beauty comes from Brooklyn Brewery. One of the brewery’s regional sales reps and I were discussing local distribution on the East End of Long Island at an event back in the spring. He mentioned that some ...



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The Summer Session: Southampton Publick House Biere de Mars

The literal translation of the French phrase, “Biere De Mars,” is “Beer of March.” Traditionally, this farmhouse-style beer is made in early spring with the first harvest of grain, and then aged before release. The br...



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The Summer Session: The Bronx Brewery Bronx Pale Ale

I’m admittedly not a big fan of “summer” beers. Ales and lagers that are part of a summer beer program are usually over-the-top with citrus flavoring and other adjuncts.  The malt profile in these beers, whether it wheat...



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Southampton Publick House 2013 Russian Imperial Stout

Russian Imperial Stouts, like India Pale Ales, are named after the region they were originally shipped to, rather than where they were brewed.  The flavors and alcohol content of these styles (that we have grown to love as con...




Woodcock Brothers Brewery Porter

I first tasted Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company’s prototype porter back in May, when the brewery was still in its planning stages and brothers Tim and Mark Woodcock were still homebrewers — rather than owners of Niagar...



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Whole Foods Market-Harpoon Brewery “Saison Liaison”

You can’t mess with Saison. Seriously, don’t even try. You meet a frothy glass of it in an alley, promptly throw down your wallet, bow your head, take a few cautious steps backward, and run. And, just recently,...



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Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

A beer-loving friend recently asked me to recommend a book on beer and food pairing. I pointed her in the direction of Brooklyn Brewery brewmaster Garrett Oliver’s classic The Brewmaster’s Table, the definitive tome on beer...



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Peak Organic Brewing Company Local Series: New York

Peak Organic Brewing Company isn’t a New York brewery –– it calls Portland, Maine, home. But their beers are so consistently good that I forgive them. Now they’ve gone and made a beer with New York ingredients, which, f...



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Review: Community Beer Works “The Whale”

By the time Community Beer Works opened for business this spring, hype surrounding Buffalo’s new nanobrewery had been building for months –– after all, not only would this be Buffalo’s first new brewery since 2000, but ...