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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