Monthly Archives: July 2012

Limited quantities of Chimay 150th anniversary ale to arrive in September

A special bottling of Chimay ale, marking the 150th anniversary of the Trappist brewery’s founding, is expected to hit U.S. markets in September, but availability will be limited, according to brand ambassador Luc “Bobo” Van Mechelen of Manneken-Brussels Imports, the Austin,Texas-based … Continue reading

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Remy Cointreu buys Islay’s Bruichladdish distillery

Remy Cointreu has acquired the fiercely independent Islay single malt Scotch whisky brand Bruichladdich, marking the French spirits giant first move into the rapidly growing premium single malt Scotch whisky market. The companies announced the £58 million ($89.9 million) deal … Continue reading

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Mark your calendar for the GABF, other beer festivals in NYC, NJ, Long Island

The Great American Beer Festival, the granddaddy of American beer festivals, enters its fourth decade when the doors to Denver’s Colorado Convention Center on Oct. 11. The three-day event, which this year is expected to draw almost 50,000 attendees, brings … Continue reading

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Unusual beers, but little fizz at cask fest

A hot summer afternoon, apparently, is not a good time to do an indoor cask ale festival, judging by the sparse attendance at the recent Get Real Presents Cask Ale Festival at Alewife Queens. I estimated some 50 beer lovers … Continue reading

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New York Gov. Cuomo signs law benefitting small breweries

today signed into law a measure that retains tax benefits for New York State’s small brewers and exempts them from annual fees imposed by the State Liquor Authority.
 Cuomo traveled to Utica, home of F.X .Matt Brewing Co., to sign … Continue reading

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Inventive fare, Belgian brews at a beer dinner at Long Island’s The Good Life

I’ve been to many a beer dinner over the years, but never to one of the monthly soirees at Long Island’s The Good Life, which are well-regarded among beer aficionados on Long Island and typically sell out well in advance. … Continue reading

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New York City celebrates its beer scene

It’s July Good Beer Month in New York City, a celebration of the city’s breweries and drinking establishments, sponsored by the Good Beer Seal group of craft beer bars. The celebration includes special beer-related events throughout the city. Among the … Continue reading

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An American-style IPA, other craft beers, with an Italian pedigree

Strolling the exhibits at the recent New York Bar Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, amid the rows of booths where wines, whiskeys and bar gadgets were offered, a table full of jet back beer bottles caught my eye. … Continue reading

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3 new gin discoveries

Making gin is like painting a blank canvas. It’s a collage of flavors. And some new micro distillers, I‘ve found, are painting with a colorful palette. Recently, I discovered some new flavorful renditions of this spirit, whose origins can be … Continue reading

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Beer impresario Patrick Donagher brings his talents to Alewife Queens

Open since last October, Alewife Queens was the third bar created by the partnership of Michael Bewley, Daniel Lanigan and Bryan Palombo and their first in New York City.  The others are Alewife Baltimore in Maryland and Lord Hobo in … Continue reading

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