Posts Tagged“beer”

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Columbus Day weekend welcomed the first incarnation of the Adirondack Coast Wine, Cider & Food Festival to The Crete Civic Center in Plattsburg, NY.  A small but well designed showing by local vendors of fermented beverages, foods, and handmade crafts was met by a much larger and very enthusiastic North Country crowd of the curious. Foul weather helped to drive folks inside for the event, after a growing season that was drier and warmer than most on record. Apples suffered in some places due to late spring frosts, but for grapes that survived the nip, it was an incredibly good  ripening year. No matter the quality of this 2012 vintage, it was clear that from the several hundred people in attendance that there was pent up demand for what is already being produced on the western shores of the Lake Champlain Valley. This should have been the second year of the…

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By Mark Tichenor, Rochester Beer Correspondent Color matters in the beer world. It’s a disappointing truth, but some people make snap judgments about, and shy away from, some styles just because of the color of the brew. It’s ironic because of the inherent self-deprivation; tragic because some drinkers who turn up their nose at all liquids not obsidian black would miss out on as wonderul a beer as Naked Dove Brewing Company Helles. Helles is the iconic golden lager style of Munich. It’s the rejuvenator you get a liter of when you drag your jet-lagged tourist butt into the Hofbräuhaus. It’s proof that a beer’s hue isn’t always an indicator of character, body or flavor. The Helles offered by Canandaigua, New York’s Naked Dove Brewing Company indicates a deep grounding in Bavarian brewing tradition. You get that in the first whiff. The aroma hints at freshly baked bread and green…

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By Julia Burke, Beer Editor On behalf of the NYCR Beer Team, I’m proud to announce that our “Beers of the Year” program has grown to ten nominees this year.2011 was a huge year for growth and exciting change and we are thrilled to recognize these outstanding breweries, scattered all over the state, for crafting some amazing brews. The following beers represent numerous styles (and riffs on styles), brewing philosophies, techniques, and ingredients but all demonstrate a commitment to quality that makes us proud to say we’re from New York. Western New York breweries: Southern Tier Brewing Company XXIPA Southern Tier Brewing Company Choklat Three Heads Brewing “The Kind” IPA Custom Brewcrafter’s Brewing Company Signature Series Krysztoff Porter Central New York breweries: Brewery Ommegang BPA Horseheads Brewing, Inc. Hot-Jala-Heim Ithaca Beer Company Brute Downstate New York breweries: Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Captain’s Reserve IPA Brooklyn Brewery Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen Weisse Southampton…

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By David Flaherty, New York City Correspondent “Why craft beer and oysters?” I asked. “Because those are the two things I know best,” Shane replied. New York City. For those of you who don’t call this crazy place home, you really can’t understand the small town feel of this place. “The what?!,” you ask dumbfounded. I said, the small town feel—community, routine, rhythm, familiar faces and integrity. You may not know it from the outside, but NYC is a patchwork of neighborhoods, a mosaic of people with different backgrounds and passions, all stepping up to the same deli counters, walking the same grocery aisles and sitting down at the same familiar bar stools. It’s these comforts that help release the steam on the pressure cooker. Were you to wander through Times Square for more than an hour, you might just implode. One needs the neighborhood here. I, myself, haunt the…

By Julia Burke, Beer Editor BeerAdvocate, perhaps the most respected voice in the craft beer world, publishes a list of the “Top 50 American Breweries” as chosen out of 1,400 breweries and brewpubs across the United States. In 2007, a small Western New York brewery appeared on the list amidst the Russian Rivers and Stones of the world — Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. Exciting as it was, the listing came as no surprise to the devoted band of followers Southern Tier has earned over the years — fans who will drink whatever Southern Tier brew is on tap at the local bar, who love the original lineup (especially the classic IPA) but also enjoy the brewery’s long list of creative, innovative and sometimes downright insane specialty beers. Word travels fast, and as Southern Tier has made a name for itself in bigger, more offbeat brews, demand…

By Kevin Burns, Beer Columnist The leaves are changing and the weather is getting cooler. While these signs mark the arrival of fall to many people, I know it is Fall when Oktoberfest and Pumpkin Ales start to show up on the shelves of beer stores.   This week's beer review is fo Saranac Octoberfest Lager from the F.X. Matt Brewing Company.   Saranac's Octoberfest poured a dark copper color with a two-finger width of white head. The nose is pleasant, and well balanced with malt up front and distinct hop aromas underneath. There is a faint trace of spices as well.  The body has a smooth malt flavor with crisp hops underneath, and a spicy characteristic. The finish was pleasant, with mild hops and a mild bitterness.  There was some lacing left on the glass. Overall, this is a really good beer. It is fairly complex for the style but blends well together and very well balanced.…

I'm not a big cocktail or spirit guy (though I do enjoy a little Bourbon with some regularlity). No, when I'm not drinking wine, beer is what you'll find in my glass most often. I probably drink as much beers as I do wine actually, because: They come in single-serving packages I can enjoy it without feeling compelled to pull out my notebook My beer knowledge pales in comparison to what I know about wine, and that's okay with me. In some ways, I prefer it that way. But, the geek (and my beer-loving buddy Woody) seem to be changing that. I used to be into only one or two styles of beer, but little-by-little, I'm learning to appreciate and even like most any style. All that said, my go-to favorite is still India Pale Ale (IPA). I'm a 'hop head' which is interesting, because I know several winemakers who…

By Donavan Hall, Beer Columnist Lenn asked me to write a year-end post and I've been mulling over what you might be interested in hearing about.  I could give you a list of all the great locally brewed, Long Island beers that I've tasted this year. I could tell you which ones were my favorites, but in the end such lists and recommendations reflect a personal taste. They might prompt you to try something new, but ultimately you'll have to decide for yourself what you like. So, instead, I'd like to tell you about what I've been thinking about this past year. I've been covering the Long Island beer scene for three years now and I'm happy to report that the state of craft beer is still improving; however, the landscape is changing. With Southampton's deal with Pabst for nation-wide distribution we suppose we are witnessing the success of one…

By Donavan Hall, Beer Columnist While I've been off promoting my new book, The Beer Hall Guide to Long Island, the beer scene has been moving and shaking.  There are many opportunities coming up and going on where the beer-curious drinker to find and taste some excellent beers and to improve their beer knowledge.  The Long Island Beer and Malt Enthusiasts are now hosting a series of beer "study" sessions (once a month on a Thursday, see the Long Island Beer Calendar) where beer experts and novices come together at one table to taste and discuss the history and qualities of a particular beer style. Long Island also has a beer tradition that I've not seen in other parts of the county (at least at the level that we take it): pumpkin ale season. Each September the Island's breweries release their take on a pumpkin flavored ale and we can't…

Home brew champion and LENNDEVOURS contributing columnist Donavan Hall has been inviting me to local beer-related events for some time now. In fact, he’d say that it’s been 4 years. I’m not so sure that it’s been that long, but it had been way too long before I finally took him up on it and attended Firkin Friday at Deks in Rocky Point, NY on Friday night. Those in attendance enjoyed the Smuttynose Shoals Pale Ale on cask, as well as several other terrific brews. It was a pleasure to meet fellow members of the Long Island Beer & Malt Enthusiasts as well. I’m new to the group, but the level of beer knowledge and passion was inspiring to say the least. I’m proud that I was their for the first ‘kicked’ cask too. It was all gone by 10 p.m. The next Firkin Friday is scheduled for Friday, February…