Category Archives: Beer

First Annual Beer Month Kicks Off With Grill-Off at Water Taxi Beach

There had to be a month devoted to local beer making and imbibing, right?  And what better month than July?  That’s assuming the sun comes out, it gets hot and steamy like a normal  NY summer–and it stops raining.  A tall order, I know, given that, weather-wise, we’ve turned into Portland, OR,

water-taxi-beachSlow Food is using the occasion of Good Beer Month to drum up support for some worthy food causes. Water Taxi Beach in Queens will be the site July 21 of the great “Local Grill-Off,” the Good Beer Month kickoff featuring featuring hot dogs and such, not to mention suds from Red Hook’s  Six Point Brewery.

Here’s the info:

When:  July 21 (Tuesday), from 4pm-8pm (rain or shine).

What: The signature event of the first annual Good Beer Month will be the “Local Grill-Off” at Queen’s Water Taxi Beach benefiting the Slow Food NYC Harvest Time program. Harvest Time supports edible Victory Gardens, Student Farm Stands, and Good Food and Nutrition Education at schools in East Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Williamsburg.

Cooks will battle it out for the title of Good Beer Month Grill-off Champion, preparing their creative takes on traditional, and not so traditional, grill fare.. burgers, sausages, hot dogs.. produced from animals raised sustainably and humanely on regional farms. Six Point Brewery will serve up brews.

Good Beer Month will showcase great, neighborhood good beer bars and outstanding local breweries. Events will benefit non-profit organizations, including Slow Food NYC.

Where: Water Taxi Beach, Queens

How Much: Buy tickets at:
$30 Slow Food Members/$35 Non-members
Ticket cost does not include beverages.

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Father’s Day: NY Beer and Chocolate Class

Father’s Day chocolate cupcakes. Photo by  Sugar Daze (f/k/a LittleMissCupcakeParis) via Flickr.

What Dad doesn’t love beer and chocolate?  You can pair the two in a special Father’s Day class. Or if your Dad is a cocktail maven, sign him up for a class on how to mix classics like the Grasshopper and the Pink Lady.

Take a look at these Father’s Day ideas:

Is that Chocolate in My Beer?

What: An afternoon of chocolate and beer. You’ll learn about the many varieties of cocoa beans and chocolate, how the Aztec and Maya discovered chocolate, and how to make your own chocolate bars from the bean. Learn all of this with Nat Bletter, who has studied and made chocolate for over 5 years.

In the class everyone will participate in making chocolate bars from scratch after a short talk on the history of chocolate with some tastings, and you’ll go home with recipes and a bar of chocolate.

Where: Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 East 7th street (downstairs), Manhattan

When: Sunday, June 21, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Who: Jimmy Carbone, owner of Jimmy’s 43, fine beer aficionado and originator of the Good Beer Seal of Approval will pair Nat’s homemade chocolate with a selection of artisanal beers.

How Much: Admission: Slow Food Members – $30
Non members – $35
Tickets: Available on-line only at
Proceeds will go towards Slow Food NYC’s Harvest Time in Schools Program.

The Evolution of Cocktails Post Prohibition through Today

What: Prohibition was a boon to cocktail culture as we know it.  But many of the era’s delicious concoctions have since fallen out of fashion. Rediscover iconic cocktails such as The Grasshopper, The Pink Lady, and others. In this hands-on workshop you’ll find out how to craft these historic libations while learning the fun, factual and mythical back-stories on the ghosts of cocktails past, and how their recipes have evolved over time.

Who: Mixologist Charles Hardwick of Blue Owl Cocktail Room

Where: Location: The Study, The Astor Center, 399 Lafayette St. at East 4th St.  212 674 7501

When: Sat, Jun 27th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

How Much:
$65.00.  Click here for tickets.

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Beer: New Brewery Set to Open in Greenport, LI


On the North Fork of Long Island, a new type of tasting experience is in the works—and it isn’t happening at the area’s vineyards.

Beer drinkers, welcome to wine country.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company

Final touches are being added to the Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, set to open in mid-June in the Long Island seaport village. On tap will be free tastings of three different types of suds—a pale ale, an IPA, and a porter.

Co-founders John Liegey, 45, and Richard Vandenburgh, 46, emphasize that their operation is not a brewpub, but a working brewery. Suds fans can watch the process of beer making at the brewery, which is situated in a renovated Greenport fire house.

“We’re the antithesis of Budweiser,” says the ruggedly handsome Vanderburgh, who along with co-owner Liegey, brims with enthusiasm for the craft of artisan beer production.

“We’re not commercially driven but the story of what beer could be,” he adds.

Initially, the brewery will be open for tastings from Thursdays through Sundays. Along with free tastings, the brewery will fill you your growler, too, for around $10-$14 per refill.

So what’s a microbrewery doing in wine country? I always thought wine—not beer—was what the North Fork of Long Island is all about.

Beer is “a complement not a conflict” to the wines grown in the area, insists Liegey.

On this sunny May day, I watched as the two men, friends since college, worked feverishly to complete the transformation of the boxy fire station into a brewery. The sound of hammers and saws filled the air, which smelled of sawdust and plaster.

Upstairs on the second floor is where the grain will be milled. On the first floor, loom three huge stainless steel fermenting tanks, each one holding 930 gallons. A glass partition will divide the viewing room from the space with the beer making activities. Vintage touches, like the original tin ceiling, will remain. (One reasons for the do-it-yourself initiative is that the partners closed on the building on Sept. 17—two days after Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Money has been tighter than expected.)

The pair of beer makers, along with head brewer DJ Swanson, hope that local farmers will start growing hops for their operation. And, eventually, they want to sell Greenport Harbor Brewing Company beer to local restaurants and retailers.

But for now, it’s all about tasting the new beers.

It’s ” not a place that’s a drinking establishment,” Liegey emphasizes.  It’s “not unlike a farm stand: you look at the produce and say I’ll take that that looks good.”

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street

New Beer Garden to Open in LI City

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New Beer Garden to Open in LI City

Just in time for summer, a new beer garden is about to open in Long Island City.  The 18,000 square foot Studio Square will open in May with a cash-only self-serve menu featuring German bratwurst, Certified Black Angus
hamburgers, beef and chicken kebobs, and pulled pork sandwiches.

With both indoor and outdoor bars, the place will serve over 15 imported, domestic and craft beers on draft, including German favorites such as Spaten and Franziskaner. There will also be wines and spirits as well as  housemade
Sangria on tap.

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Yankees Roll Out Food Options at New Stadium


One thing I won’t miss about the old Yankee Stadium is the food. Here’s a rundown of what kinds of grub to expect at the new ballpark.

Feel like stadium standards?  There are hot dogs and beer, of course.  Feel like junk food?  From Carvel to Dunkin’ Donuts, you won’t be disappointed.  There are fine dining options too–though why you’d want a white table cloth experience at a ball game is beyond me.

The regular season opener is April 16.


  • There wil be 25 permanent concessions stands and 112 portable locations.
  • Butchers from Lobel’s will prepare prime, dry-aged steaks to be served in various locations in the Stadium. Steak sandwiches will be sold as well.   (Left-field concourse, Field Level.)
  • There’s  a food court on the third-base side of the Field Level, a Main Level beer garden and a Bleachers Café in center field.


o Bazzini nuts

o Carl’s Steaks

o Carvel Ice Cream

o Cracker Jack

o Famous Famiglia Pizza

o French’s Mustard

o Hebrew National

o Heinz Ketchup

o Mike’s Arthur Avenue Italian Deli, featuring zeppoli and antipasto

o Nathan’s Famous, serving hot dogs in natural casing

o New York Pretzel

o Premio Sausage, serving grilled coiled sausages

o Poland Spring Water

o Tyson chicken

o Utz Potato Chips

o Boar’s Head made-to-order deli sandwich stand, including soups and salads

o Brother Jimmy’s BBQ

o Dunkin’ Donuts Coffee

o Highlanders traditional ballpark food, including hot dogs with sauerkraut and “pushcart” onions

o Johnny Rockets

o Lobel’s of New York

o Moe’s Southwest Grill

o Otis Spunkmeyer

o Pepsi Cola Products, including Lipton Iced Tea, Tropicana Lemonade and Gatorade

o Tommy Bahama’s Bar serving mixed drinks

o Turkey Hill Ice Cream

o Garlic Fries stand

o Latin Corner, serving hot-pressed Cuban sandwiches, nachos and burritos

o Noodle Bowls stand with other Asian-inspired items

o Soy Kitchen sushi and salads

o Triple Play Grill, offering beef and chicken sliders, and Lobel’s steak sandwiches

o Melissa’s, a traditional farmers market, carrying fresh fruits and vegetables

o Various Glatt Kosher options

o The Big Apple stand, offering candy, caramel and chocolate-dipped apples

o Dale and Thomas popcorn stand

o Kids Cart with items, such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, milk, small hot dogs and Kozy Shack Pudding

Full Service Dining:

o The Hard Rock Cafe

o NYY Steak

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