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Upper West Side: Riverside Park Marks 400 Year Hudson Celebration

Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.
Photo by Juanfrans via flickr.

Everybody’s celebrating the 400th anniversary of Henry Hudson’s sail up the river that now bears the Dutch explorer’s name. What better place to mark the the event than….Hudson Beach Cafe in Riverside Park at 105th Street?

On Sunday, you can drop into the cafe, down some oysters and take a peak at the river. There’s beer to drink and things for the kids to do too. And if you want your dog to join in the festivities, there’s a dog park right across the way.

Here are the details.  For other Hudson-related events in the park this weekend, click here.

Riverside Park Oyster Festival 2009

Saturday, September 12; 3 – 9 pm
Hudson Beach Cafe (105th Street in the Park)

Celebrating 400 years along the Hudson River. Enjoy freshly shucked oysters, beer, great food, activities for children, and live music all day at the Hudson Beach Cafe. Admission is free; food and drink can be purchased.

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North Fork, LI: Greenport Brewery Opens

Photo:  Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Photo: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Long Island beer lovers and visitors to the North Fork, take note: Greenport Harbor Brewing Company has opened for business.

Photo:  Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

Photo: Greenport Harbor Brewing Co.

These are not suds for whimps; Greenport Harbor’s beer is very hoppy. But I especially loved the Summer Ale, which is light and fruity. Head Brewer DJ Swanson told me he injects honey into the summer brew after its filtered. That probably accounts for the slightly sweet taste. Other offerings include Harbor Ale, which is like an English pale ale, and a deep, rich IPA, with faint caramel notes.

You can bring your own growler or buy one at the brewery.

Prices:

  • Free tastes
  • Growler plus beer–$17
  • Growler refill–$12
  • Glases, 4 oz ($3.75) and pint ($6.00).

Hours: Friday-Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. While the Brewery isn’t officially open during the week, Swanson will fill up your growler if you stop by.

For more on Greenport Harbor Brewing Company, click here.

Greenport Harbor Brewing Company
234 Carpenter Street
631-477-6681
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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: www.brownpapertickets.com/event/71753
$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 BrownPaperTickets.com
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

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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
631-477-6681
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