Monthly Archives: January 2013

Creative brews at LI Nano Cask Festival

Creativity was on display at the 4th Annual Long Island Nano Cask Festival. Held at the Rocky Point Beach Club on Jan. 26, this relatively intimate beer event run by Rocky Point Artisan Brewers featured nine brewers and twice as … Continue reading

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6 NY brewers among 76 picked to pour at Savor event in NYC June 14-15

A half dozen New York breweries are among 76 from across the nation selected by lottery to pour at Savor, An American Craft Beer & Food Experience, to be held in New York City on June 14-15. Brooklyn Brewery, Bronx … Continue reading

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Hurricane Sandy collaborative relief beer, Surge Protector IPA, makes debut

The culmination of 13 weeks of effort involving a group of Long Island brewers has come to fruition. The group’s collaborative beer, Surge Protector IPA, makes its debut today (Jan. 22). Proceeds from sales of the beer will go to … Continue reading

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Jan. 25, a fine night for Scotch whisky and haggis to mark Bobby Burns Day

Every Jan. 25, Scots celebrate the life of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns. Whether in Scotland or elsewhere in the world, they take the time for a wee dram of whisky as they carry out the long-standing tradition of reciting … Continue reading

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Glenmorangie adds a 1993 ‘virgin’ American oak single malt, Ealanta

Fans of Glenmorangie single malt Scotch whisky will soon have something  to cheer about: a new expression to sample, Glenmorangie Ealanta, part of the distiller‘s Private Edition range. Scots Gaelic for “skilled and ingenious,” Ealanta is a 19-year-old Glenmorangie that’s … Continue reading

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Jan. 26 Long Island Nano Cask Festival to feature many one-off brews

One of my favorite small time beer fests is almost upon us — the Long Island Nano Cask Ale Festival. Sponsored by Rocky Point Artisan Brewers, this Jan. 26 festival features a small group of small brewers pouring unique brews in … Continue reading

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Draft magazine taps 3 Manhattan beer spots, 3 in Brooklyn among best in USA

 Three Manhattan beer establishments and three in Brooklyn  made Draft magazine’s 2013 list of American’s top 100 best beer bars. The list was released today (Jan.  15). The complete list is available at the magazine’s web site. In Manhattan, the … Continue reading

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New Yorkers offer Jan. 15 toast to beer import pioneers Vanberg & Dewulf

Do you remember the first time you had Duvel? How about Saison Dupont, Rodenbach, Scaldis or Boon? Without Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield we may never have had a chance to try any of these classic Belgian beers. Back in … Continue reading

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My top imported brews of 2012

When was the last time you has a British beer?  Or a German or a Czech? Have Belgian brews eluded you? With few exceptions you’ll be lucky to find one or two imports on tap at a good beer bar, … Continue reading

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My top 10 U.S. craft brews of 2012

Hundreds of beers have slipped through my lips during preceding 12 months, so it’s not easy picking out favorites, but out curiosity forced myself to revisit my tasting notes to see what I imbibed. I found quite a few American … Continue reading

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