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New NYC Brewers Guild takes over craft week

NEW YORK — The New York Craft Beer Week will have something different when the fifth annual event kicks off next month.

Founder Josh Schaffner has passed the baton to the newly-formed New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG) which will announce the festival’s schedule on May 22 when it holds a debut event at the Brooklyn Brewery in the Williamsburg section.

Tickets for the May 22 event are $75, which covers a souvenir tasting glass and unlimited samples of each brewery’s offerings. Food will be provided by Guild members Eataly Birreria and 508 GastroBrewery. An additional $50 will result in a discounted year-long individual Guild membership to the NYCBG. Regular membership after the festival will be $75. You can get tickets online.

Other members of the NYCBG are the Bronx Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Co., Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Co., Shmaltz Brewing Co. and the Sixpoint Brewery.

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Posted by on April 29, 2012 in Beer Event, Festival, NYC


‘Maifest’ in the works at NYC’s Pier 81

NEW YORK — It’s nearly “Maifest” time, when each year World Yacht turns Pier 81 into an outdoor beer garden for the afternoon.

The event is scheduled for noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12, rain or shine, and will include beer, food and live music.

But, what good is being on the water without being … well, on the water? So, an optional hour-long cruise on the Hudson River from 2 to 3 p.m. will be available.

“Maifest” is a German festival marking the celebration of spring. German beers such as Paulaner and Hacker-Pschoor, including Mai Bock, will be available along with German-inspired foods such as sausages, classic and chicken bratwursts, hot dogs, hamburgers and uber pretzels.

Music will be provided by Die Spitzbaum, and the professional German dance troupe Schlierachtler Stamm will perform.

Tickets for pier admission only are $15, tickets for pier admission and the cruise are $20. They can be purchased online. Food and drink tickets will be available for purchase onsite.

Pier 81 is located on West 41st Street on the river.

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Posted by on April 10, 2012 in Beer Event, Manhattan, NYC


Manhattan Cocktail Classic is gearing up

NEW YORK — Dresses are being purchased and suits pressed as drinks fans get ready for the 4th annual Manhattan Cocktail Classic.

The decentralized program will offer more than 100 events in celebration of cocktails and culture from Friday, May 11, through Tuesday, May 15, at various venues throughout the five boroughs.

The term “various venues” certainly applies. Among scheduled sites are bars, art galleries, restaurants, theater, museums, libraries and many others.

The event is run by Lesley Townsend and is not affiliated with any suppliers, distributors, media channels, or other entities.

The opening night gala once again will take place at the main branch of The New York Public Library and the five-day Industry Invitational will take place across the street at the Andaz 5th Avenue Hotel.

The events run the gamut from educational to experiential, such as the light show shown above. Ticket prices vary depending on the specific event. The Gala will be $150; others will range from $25 to $150. They are available exclusively online.

[Photo courtesy of Belathée Photography]

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Noteworthy drinks deal at Manhattan’s Oceana

NEW YORK — Most of us are always on the lookout for bargain deals, so this one should resonate with a lot of people.

The seafood restaurant Oceana has come up with a special “Wine & Dine” offer for Sunday visitors.

Begining at 4 p.m., the restaurant offers unlimited wine or beer for $25 per person when ordering from the three course pre-theater menu at $49 per person or purchasing any entrée. (You can see all the current menus here.) This might be an even more tempting offering when the Oceana Patio opens this Sunday.

The restaurant also has a new, ongoing event as well as a fundraising offer.

Every Saturday night is “Hot Jazz,” with bands playing three sets from 9 p.m. to midnight. Two-drink minimum for those who show up just to listen rather than dine. This Saturday will feature the Ryan Hayden Trio featuring Stacy Dillard.

Oceana also is offering the “Heartland Julep” cocktail ($12) through Kentucky Derby Day (May 5) to benefit the American Red Cross to aid those affected by recent tornado devastation in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. Kentucky-based Michter’s has donated the whiskey that will be used. The cocktail includes Michter’s American Whiskey, Sicilian pistachio liquor, pineapple juice, lime juice, mint, a splash of house-made chipotle syrup.

Oceana is located at 120 West 49th Street in the McGraw Hill Building, between 6th and 7th avenues. Phone: (212) 759-5941.

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Posted by on April 9, 2012 in Cuisine, Manhattan, NYC


‘New York Drinks New York’ begins today

From The Wall Street Journal

NEW YORK — For the next several days, the streets will be awash with Riesling from the Finger Lakes. Or if not exactly awash, at least there will be lots of places where it will be given away.

That’s because several dozen vintners from all over the state will be donating their time — and their wine — to a cause called “New York Drinks New York.”

The drinking officially begins Friday [today] at various retailers around town and culminates in a grand tasting at Astor Place Wines on Monday night that will feature dozens of wineries pouring a couple hundred wines. Tickets to the grand event cost $25, but the tastings around town are free and information on the various wineries as well as the list of participating retailers in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn (alas, there are none on Staten Island or in the Bronx) can be found at online.

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Posted by on March 9, 2012 in Brooklyn, Manhattan, Marketing, Queens, Wine


Manhattan condo offers 24-hour veggie juice bar

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NEW YORK — Apartment buildings in New York are famous for their crazy luxuries. But, with doormen and gyms now de rigueur, new offerings need to turn things up a notch if they want to get noticed. And to that end the new Madison Jackson building, once upon a time P.S. 12 in the LES, takes the (vegetarian) cake. Because in addition to “a 24-hour doorman, concierge, organic laundry, and alteration services” as well as a gym offering “cranial sacral therapy,” the building has its own “24-hour vegetarian organic room service.” Yes, really.

Of course the building, a block below the Williamsburg Bridge at 371 Madison Street, isn’t just about juice bars and organic laundry. There are duplex 700- to 1,500-square foot loft-like apartments (starting at $542,000) to sell here! But considering the building took nearly 30 years to go from school to condo, you’d think the developer would have made the actual apartments sound more appealing. If you don’t mind low-ceiling sleeping lofts (“not suitable for basketball players”) and cheaply finished kitchens (“to keep costs low”), this one is for you. And who needs a Viking range, anyway? You can always order a juice!

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Posted by on February 13, 2012 in Manhattan, Non-alcoholic Drinks, NYC


NYC targeted for state wine campaign

NEW YORK — The New York Wine & Grape Foundation began putting extra effort into promoting New York wines in the Big Apple last year. This year will be no different.

A new campaign called “New York Drinks New York” will be held through the first quarter of this year, centered on New York City. The multi-pronged campaign is for wine trade, media, and consumers, intended to set the stage for a long-term effort to raise awareness about the quality of New York wines.

The program of activities will include “cellar visits” by media and trade representatives to the Hudson River Region, the Finger Lakes, and Long Island; a multi-day market visit to New York City by the 38 participating wineries; in-store tastings at city retailers; an advertising campaign; and a dedicated website going live February 1. The Foundation also will introduce a new logo specifically designed for the initiative. The signature event will be a grand tasting at Astor Center in Manhattan on March 12, featuring wines from the 38 participating wineries.

The calendar of activities:

January 22: Cellar visit to Hudson River Region (trade and media)
January 29-31: Cellar visit to the Finger Lakes (trade and media)
February 19-21: Cellar visit to the Finger Lakes (trade and media)
February 26-27: Cellar visit to Long Island (trade and media)
March 8-10: In-store tastings at participating retailers (general public)
March 12: Grand tasting of New York wines at Astor Center (trade, media, and general public)

“We’re not urging New Yorkers to buy New York wines because they’re local, but because they’re high-quality products at reasonable prices” said Jim Trezise, president of the Foundation, “but the added benefit of buying really good, affordable New York wine is that these consumers are also supporting their own state economy.”

All New York wineries were invited to participate. Those that decided to do so, by region:

Finger Lakes – Anthony Road Winery, Atwater Estate Vineyards, Chateau LaFayette Reneau, Dr. Konstantin Frank Vinifera Wine Cellars, Eagle Crest Vineyards, Fox Run Vineyards, Glenora Wine Cellars, Heron Hill Winery, Hosmer Winery, Inspire Moore Winery, King Ferry Winery, Knapp Vineyards & Winery, Lakewood Vineyards, Lamoreaux Landing Wine Cellars, Pleasant Valley Wine Company/Great Western Winery, Red Newt Cellars, Sheldrake Point Winery, Standing Stone Vineyards, Swedish Hill Winery, Thirsty Owl Wine Company, and Wagner Vineyards.

Long Island – Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Bedell Cellars, Channing Daughters, Macari Vineyards, Martha Clara Vineyards, Palmer Vineyards, Paumanok Vineyards, Raphael Vineyard, and Wolffer Estate Vineyard.

Hudson River Region – Benmarl Winery, Brotherhood Winery, Clinton Vineyards, Millbrook Winery, and Stoutridge Vineyard.

Niagara Region —
Leonard Oakes Estate Winery and Spring Lake Winery.

Thousand Islands — Thousand Islands Winery.

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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Marketing, NYC, Wine


• NYC Whole Foods adds tap room

NEW YORK — As of today, Whole Foods can underline the world “whole” when it comes to its Time Warner Center location.

On Tap, a new room offering 10 beers and eight wines all on tap, opened today at the 10 Columbus Circle spot. It also is offering sandwiches, olives, fresh-baked pretzels and other small edibles.

If you’re reading this today, you have until 8 pm. to get there for free samples of food and drinks.

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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Beer, Manhattan, NYC


• ‘Joy of Sake’ offering 300+ labels

NEW YORK — Curious about sake? What is billed as the largest sake tasting outside Japan is coming to town.

“The Joy of Sake” will be held Friday, October 21, offering 326 varieties, 171 of which are not available in the U.S. It features premium sakes submitted as entries to the U.S. National Sake Appraisal, a rigorous blind tasting held every year with 10 judges from Japan and the U.S.

The event also will include a selection of traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine tastings, with appetizers presented by 12 New York restaurants.

Tickets are $90 per person, available by phone at (888) 799-7242 or online. The venue is the Altman Building at 131 West 18th Street in the Chelsea neighborhood.

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Posted by on October 6, 2011 in Manhattan, NYC, Sake, Tasting Event


Planning for National Sake Day

NEW YORK — Most spirits have a day or a month dedicated to them, even if the dedication has to be created by public relations folks. So, why should sake, the iconic Japanese drink, be any different?

October 1 is Nihonshu no Hi, or National Sake Day, traditionally the day brewmasters across Japan begin the process of producing their sake. It will be celebrated in various ways at various venues in this country. At Haru, the eight-location group of modern Japanese restaurants (seven in the city, one in Boston), specialty sake-based cocktails and flights will be the order of the day

The sake-based concoctions include:

Mr. Beam’s Sake Cider ($12) – A seasonal special served during autumn and winter, created with Jim Beam Black, Reiko Cold Sake and fresh apple cider.
Ultimate Saketini ($12) — A girls-night-out cocktail, created with Ultimat Vodka, sake and plum wine, served “up.”
Sake Runner ($10) — A reminder of the tropics, created with sake, rum and “island delights.”
Cherry Blossom ($12) — Created with Svedka Cherry Vodka, Nigori Sake, Peacu puree and cranberry juice.
Harupolitan ($12) — A spin on a classic cocktail, created with TyKu Liqueur, Ichiko Shochu, pineapple juice, orange juice, sour mix and Contrieau.
Top Flight Sake Flight ($19) — A tasting of Kaori, Kira, Wakatake and Kubota (only at Sake Bar location).

You can the rundown on food offerings, various drinks specials, and locations of the Haru spots online.

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Posted by on September 15, 2011 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, NYC, Sake


• Brooklyn Oenology offering the ‘cure’

BROOKLYN — Wine always is a treat, but it’s immeasureably better when paired with food. And, that’s the idea behind “Snacks and Sips,”

The event is scheduled for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, August 27, at Brooklyn Oenology‘s tasting room. The winery is working with Scott Bridi of Brooklyn Cured, whose food items now are being carried in the tasting room.

Sandwiches will be made to order, each featuring at least one ingredient now permanently available at the tasting room. Sandwiches will include such creations as the “Bomb Mi” made with Brooklyn Cured Country paté,  Brooklyn Cured smoked pork rillette, seasonal pickles, cilantro and sriracha, and a specialty BLT with an array of colorful heirloom tomatoes, Brooklyn Cured bacon, and shisho aioli. Vegetarian options also will be available.

Glasses of BOE wine will be 10% off the normal price with purchase of a sandwich, as well as 5% off two or three bottles and 10% off four or more bottles of BOE wine.

“We are excited to begin a new, and hopefully long, relationship with Scott Bridi and his amazing, Brooklyn-made products. His philosophies on eating, buying, and producing local fit perfectly with BOE’s attitude towards winemaking,” says Alie Shaper, winemaker and owner of Brooklyn Oenology Winery.

BOE is located in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, at 209 Wythe Avenue. Phone: (718)  599-1259.

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Posted by on August 12, 2011 in Brooklyn, NYC, Tasting Event, Wineries


• ’21’ Club revamping cocktail lounge

NEW YORK — The revered ’21’ Club is in the process of converting its current lounge area into a 10-seat bar with what management says will be a “casual vibe.”

The project is expected to go into high gear in August when ’21’ is closed for its annual summer vacation. The mid-September opening of Bar ’21’ will have more than a new look. For the first time ever, the restaurant will serve tap beer, and patrons will be seated on bar stools instead of the usual upholstered chairs.

The history of ’21’ Club is a true New York one. According to the establishment, construction of the townhouse at 21 West 52nd Street got under way in 1871. On December 31, 1929, speakeasy-operating cousins Jack Kriendler and Charlie Berns unhinge the wrought iron gate that had been the portal to No. 42 and installed it three blocks north at 21 West 52nd Street. They open Jack and Charlie’s ’21’ Club in the wee hours of New Year’s Eve.

On December 5, 1933, Prohibition is repealed. In 1934, Charlie creates ’21’ Brands, a liquor importing/distilling/distributing company. Its first salesman is then-aspiring English actor David Niven. Over the ensuing years, the restaurant/nightclub becomes a New York classic, drawing the cream of show business.

In 1985, ’21’ is sold for the first time, to financier Marshall Cogan. Ten years later it is sold to Orient-Express Hotels. In 1997, its famous Wine Cellar is remodeled, becoming a major private dining rooms in the city. In 2002, the new Upstairs at ’21’ restaurant opens on the first floor.

’21’ Club still is located at 21 West 52nd Street in Manhattan. Restaurant reservations: (212) 582-7200.

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Posted by on July 31, 2011 in Manhattan, Nightclub, NYC


• $50 Four Seasons martini for charity

NEW YORK — You’ve got just three weeks to get a $50 martini at the iconic Four Seasons Hotel.

Why, you ask, would you want to? Simple.

The hotel bar Bar is marking the 50th birthday of Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts by offering a handcrafted Imperia Vodka Martini decorated with 24K gold leaf, served in a Steuben Verve crystal martini glass for $50. You get to keep the glass and know that $25 of each cocktail will be donated to GrowNYC.

That’s a hands-on non-profit agency that works to improve city life through environmental programs that transform communities block by block and empower all New Yorkers to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations. For 40 years, GrowNYC has been providing access to fresh local food for all New Yorkers as well as creating and maintaining green spaces and community gardens.

The Four Seasons is located at 57 East 57th Street. Phone: (212) 758-5700. The promotion will end on Sunday, August 14.

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Posted by on July 24, 2011 in Cocktails, Fundraiser, Manhattan, NYC


• Saison-style beer tasting in NYC

NEW YORK — Saison style brews originally were low-alcohol pale ales made seasonally in farmhouses in the French-speaking region of Belgium during harvest season. Modern versions, made in some parts of Europe and in the U.S., generally have an average range of 5-8% abv.

If you’re interested in trying this comparatively rare style, The Stag’s Head at 252 East 51st Street will be serving a sampling of saison-style beers, including Sierra Nevada’s Abbey of New Clairveaux collaboration, Ovila Saison, North Coast’s LeMerle, Ommegang Hennepin and Pretty Thing’s Jack D’Or, paired with summer snacks.

The event is set for 6-8 p.m. Wednesday (July 20). Tastings are free. Regular-size pours of the beers will be available for $6-$7.

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Posted by on July 17, 2011 in Beer, Manhattan, NYC, Tasting Event


• The return of the Copacabana

NEW YORK — OK, first things first. It’s not on East 60th where the original was. And, it’s not on 34th Street and 11th Avenue where it once was. But, dammit, the Copacabana is back!

For those of us of a certain age, the Copa was the height of New York nightclub fashion back in “the day.” The headwaiter, Manny, lived across the street from me in a Long Island suburb, and his status was as great as that of any rock star in those days before the term “rock star” was the epitome of fame. His wife, Eleanor, ran the coat check concession and even she was at least a minor deity.

The Copa dancers, the fascinating orchestras, the pretty-good-for-a-nightclub food, the fantastic cocktails … . It was all a whirl of colors, flavors and fashion. Barry Manilow’s anthemic “At the Copa” hit some years afterward captured a bit of the excitement.

Last night, the Copacabana officially opened in its new Times Square location with Willie Colón as the headliner.

This spot at 268 West 47th Street, in the former China Club space, is the fourth Copa reincarnation. It’s on the fourth floor with a dance club, restaurant, rooftop cocktail/dining space. A VIP room is scheduled to open in September.

The Copa dates to 1940, when it opened at 10 East 60th Street, welcoming such performers as Frank Sinatra, Nat “King” Cole, Tito Puente and others over the years.

The new Copa is offering live Latin music nights on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays and has revived its famed Copa Dancers, guys and gals specializing in everything from salsa to merengue to bachata and cha-cha-cha.

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Manhattan, Nightclub, NYC


• French cheese and hard cider tasting

NEW YORK — The noted cheese buyer Martin Johnson, owner of Joy of Cheese, will offer a class with tastings of prime French cheeses and hard ciders at the 92nd Street Y on Thurday.

Attendees will explore a line of alcoholic ciders ranging from dry to sweet and with geographic backgrounds from Upstate New York to England to the Basque provinces, matching each cider with an appropriately summery cheese.

The 92Y Uptown is located at Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street. Reservations for the class, at $42 per person, may be made online

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Cider, Manhattan, NYC, Tasting Event


• Finger Lakes/Brooklyn pickling connection

The Mackenzie boys at Finger Lakes Distilling like to branch out. In addition to their numerous spirits, they have been working with Brooklyn Brine to create a line of food products sold at their Schuyler County facility.

The first product was Whiskey Sour Pickles. Now, the two companies have teamed up to create Whiskey Barrel Sauerkraut.

Brooklyn Brine, which creates a variety of products using produce from New York State growers, ferments hand-cut cabbage with lemons and spices in Finger Lakes Distilling oak whiskey barrels. The finished product has gone on sale at the distillery gift shop for $9. The products also are available at Brooklyn Brine’s online store.


Finger Lakes Distilling, located in the town of Burdett, is owned by Brian McKenzie and Thomas Earl McKenzie — related only through business.

In addition to the new food product, they also announced they have named Glenn Grottenthaler “tasting room captain.” He has been working at the tasting bar since it opened in July of last year and is leading the tasting room team.

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• Belgian Beer Fest set for Manhattan

NEW YORK — To many beer fans, Belgium is the motherland of brewing. For them, and others interested in the genre, the inaugural Belgian Beer Festival will be a go-to event.

Get Real NY, an event production company, will present the two-day festival on Friday and Saturday, July 8-9, at the historic Altman Building.

It will include all-you-care-to-consume Belgian-style brews and homebrews, live music, interactive tasting panels and Belgian food. It will feature more than 100 brews from domestic and foreign craft breweries at home and abroad — Lambics, Sours, Trappists, Dubbels, Tripels, Quads and Gueuze.

General admission is $85, which includes a souvenir glass, unlimited tasting pours, a fest beer guide, unlimited food sampling, live music and tasting panels. VIP tickets at $115 will include that plus one-hour early access to the festival, admission to a VIP tasting room featuring several rare and hard-to-find beers and access to brewery tasting panels and discussions.

The beer and food lineup will be continually updated on the festival website. The Altman building, located at 135 West 18th Street, is a special events space that long housed the now-defunct B. Altman department store.

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• New Bronx breweries importing beer

BRONX, NY — Scotch aficionados, known for being among the snobbiest drinkers, have nothing on beer überfans. Among the latter, the search always is on for new, craft brews.

Thus, the buzz in beer circles that a pair of beers from New York City’s Bronx borough — where Rheingold, its last surviving brewery, closed in the ’60s — will be in select bars this summer has been growing.

Given the expansion in the number of small brewers around the state, the impending emergence of items from the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company sounds fascinating. But, there is a catch the average beer drinker may not know about. Neither company is brewing its beer in the Bronx.

The Bronx Brewery, which has been operational less than 24 months, is making its beer at the Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT. And, newcomer Jonas Bronck’s is brewing by contract with an undisclosed Upstate brewery. Both plan to eventually actually make their beer in the Bronx.

For those lacking a knowledge of the Bronx, the borough was named for Jonas Bronck (1600–1643), a Scandinavian immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Netherland. He sailed up the East River in June 1639 on a ship called De Brant Van Troyen (The Fire of Troy) and acquired a piece of land from the Weckquaesgeek Indians. That land was known as Bronck’s Land, then Broncksland, then Bronck’s and, finally, the spelling morphed into Bronx.

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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Brewery, Bronx, NYC


• Iconic Elaine’s closing up shop

NEW YORK — Elaine’s, the iconic Manhattan bar and restaurant that was known as much for its clientele as its food, is closing next week.

Founder Elaine Kaufman died on December 3, 2010. Diane Baker, the restaurant manager, inherited the business and said she would try to maintain it as long as possible. That effort lasted barely six months.

Elaine’s was located at 1703 Second Avenue. Among its regular patrons was Woody Allen (shown with her at right), one of numerous celebrities — many in the literary world — Kaufman protected from paparazzi who seldom bothered anyone because of her admonitions.

“It’s kind of a cliché, but it really is the end of an era,” Stephen McFadden, a regular at Elaine’s and an owner of another bar, McFadden’s Saloon at 800 Second Avenue, told The New York Times. “It was a full-blooded clubhouse. There isn’t a place in town that I think comes close to it right now, and as hard as the waiters and everyone tried to keep it going, it was like a wonderful candle that went out.”

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Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Bar/Tavern/Lounge, Manhattan, NYC


• ‘UK Beer Weekend’ an unusual event

NEW YORK — There are certain countries where brewing is so deeply embedded in the culture and history that they can’t be pried loose. The United Kingdom is one of those.

Jimmy’s No. 43, located at 43 East 7th Street in Manhattan, will be offering a broad range of Brit brews during the “UK Beer Weekend” scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 11-12. More than 20 small-production English and Scottish beers will be featured, including limited vintage and cask beers. Admission covers tasting of all the beers, as well as typical pub-style snacks such as cheeses, sausages, bacon, and bread.

Sessions to choose: Friday, June 10, 2 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, June 11, 1 to 4 p.m. The $35 admission is for one of the two events. Advance reservations are required.

The tasting lineup:

Firkins (more to be announced)

Harviestoun Old Engine Oil


Harviestoun Bitter & Twisted
Harviestoun Old Engine Oil
Thornbridge Hall Jaipur IPA
Thornbridge Hall Raven Black IPA


Burton Bridge Empire India Pale Ale
Burton Bridge Old Expensive
George Gale & Company Conquest Ale Masterbrew
George Gale & Company Millenium Brew
George Gale & Company Prize Old Ale
Hambleton Ales Nightmare Yorkshire Porter
Hambleton Ales Toleration Ale (Gluten Free)
Harvey & Son A. Le Coq’s Imperial Extra Dbl Stout
Harvey & Son Elizabethan Ale
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Calvados – Matured in Calvados Casks
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Lagavulin Casks – Matured in Lagavulin Casks
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Willoughby’s Finest Reserve Port – Matured in Reserve Port Casks
J.W. Lees Harvest Ale in Willoughby’s Rayoso Cream Sherry – Matured in Cream Sherry Casks
J.W. Lees Manchester Star 1884
J.W. Lees Moonraker
RCH Brewery Old Slug Porter
RCH Brewery Pitchfork Bitter
Thornbridge Halcyon Green Hop
Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
Thornbridge Kipling South Pacific Pale Ale
Thornbridge St. Petersburg Imperial Stout
Wye Valley Brewery Dorothy Goodbody’s Stout

Possible extras

Special vintage J.W. Lees Harvest Ales and George Gale’s Prize Old Ales

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• NYC Beer & Brewery Tours coming up

NEW YORK — The craft beer renaissance that is sweeping the city is centered in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn, in keeping with the city’s brewing history.

Now, fans of such brews will be able to sample artisanal beers from four local brewers as well as get a first-hand look at how craft beers are made. They also will be served appropriate snacks and food pairings.

To top it off, they will be driven to the breweries in a tour vehicle that seats up to 20. The tour will begin at Chelsea Brewery, Chelsea Piers (Pier 59) in Manhattan, with drop-off stops made as requested at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, Grand Central Terminal, Empire State Building, Union Square/Heartland Brewery, and Chelsea Brewery.

The tour will cover Chelsea Brewery, Spuyten Duyvil, Brooklyn Brewery and Bohemian Hall. The tour will begin at 11:45 a.m. and last 4-5 hours. No one under age 21 is permitted to participate. Advance reservations are required for every date the tour is offered (listed on the website along with ticket details.)

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• NYC beer crawl home-y affair

Beer crawls can be short or long. Seldom are they intimate. That’s why this posting on the Beer Menus website struck me as so interesting:

“Despite New York’s gnat-size apartments, NYC homebrewers refuse to let space limitations detract them from their mission: crafting some of the city’s tastiest beer. On this tour, you’ll venture inside the homes of three of Manhattan and Brooklyn’s finest amateur brewers, who will display their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, open up their stash of superlative beer. There will be several stops throughout the afternoon. Bring a Metrocard. And eat a big lunch. Your guide is NYC beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein.”

Tickets are available online.

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• NYC ‘restaurant week’ for wine lovers

NEW YORK — By now, you’ve probably gotten the hint: Restaurant weeks are in, everywhere in New York State. So, anything resembling another one needs a hook to get noticed.

80 Sips Challenge” has that hook. The event, created by the wine industry digital media company Bottlenotes Inc., will run from Monday, May 16, through Friday, May 27. It’s being billed as “a restaurant week for wine lovers.” During the 12-day “week,” wine enthusiasts are encouraged to sample six wines at their choice of more than a dozen New York restaurants.

The event was conceived by Bottlenotes founders Alyssa Rapp and Kim Donaldson as a spinoff of their “Around the World in 80 Sips” national event series. At those events, held several times each year in major cities across the U.S., up to 800 consumers taste 80 or more wines from the world’s top and emerging wine regions.

The “80 Sips” idea was tried in a pilot program in Chicago in January, but the New York event is the official launch.

To complete the Challenge, participants must leave a tasting note and rating for each of the featured wines — Brancott from New Zealand, Conway from California, and Esterhazy from Austria — and any wine from the region of Roussillon in Southern France online. is the restaurant reservation coordinator for the event.

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Posted by on May 9, 2011 in NYC, Restaurants, Tasting Event, Wine


• ‘Brooklyn Uncorked’ goes off on Tuesday

BROOKLYN — A reminder for fans of beers, beers and more beers. The 5th annual “Brooklyn Uncorked” event, with a boost from the Long Island Wine Council, will be presented from 6 to 9 p.m. next Tuesday (May 10).

The venue is the Brooklyn Academy of Music at 30 Lafayette Avenue. The event always features New York State wines — mostly from Long Island — plus pairings from some of the city’s well-regarded chefs and food makers.

Among the wineries that will be pouring:

Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard
Bedell Cellars
Bouke Wines
Brooklyn Oenology
Brooklyn Wine Co.
Channing Daughters
Croteaux Vineyards
Gramercy Vineyards
Grapes of Roth
Jamesport Vineyards
Long Island Merlot Alliance
Macari Vineyards and Winery
Martha Clara Vineyards
Mattebella Vineyards
Old Field
Osprey’s Dominion
Palmer Vineyards
Roanoke Vineyards
Scarola Vineyards
Sherwood House
Shinn Estate
Sparkling Pointe
Suhru Wines
Waters Crest
Wölffer Estate

“Brooklyn Uncorked” was conceived as a way to bring Long Island wine country to the city. And it worked in collaboration with the Edible East End, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan groups with their emphasis on food and wine.

Tickets are $40 per person. Check availability online.

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Posted by on May 7, 2011 in Brooklyn, Cuisine, NYC, Tasting Event, Wine


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