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Beer dinners, those ever-so-popular coursed out tasting and learning experiences--think small plates of finger foods or heavier, saucy numbers passed around family style, each dish painstakingly paired with the host brewery’s latest IPA or Porter and set to a running commentary--are kind of having A Moment right now. Generally speaking, however, the food, usually of the Belgian, German or New American persuasion, is never the true star of the show at these events--it’s...
When I was in college, my roommate and I used to routinely sneak into the movies downtown, hoodie-wrapped 40s of Olde English and Ballantines nestled deep into our backpacks. We’d sit patiently, dying of thirst and eyeing the bulging, unzipped bag at our feet, until the theater went dark and the first round of previews exploded onto the screen. The trick was to wait until a loud sound--a car crash, roaring laughter, a booming...
I’ve been a huge proponent of canning for years, ever since popping the top off my first Dale’s Pale Ale over a decade ago. The method keeps precious beer fresh, bubbly and free from damaging sunlight, and the aluminum can’s size, durability and recyclability results in a much less environmentally harmful product. And with increased access to mobile canning units, breweries both large and small--or tiny, in the case of many NYC upstarts--are now...
Last week, Jimmy Carbone, one of New York City’s most vociferous craft beer advocates, ushered in this year’s class of Good Beer Seal award-winners in a brief ceremony held in the cavernous back room of his East Village pub, Jimmy’s no. 43. The sudsy celebration marked the end to the Good Beer Seal’s jam-packed and overwhelmingly successful July Good Beer Month, the yearly 30-day period devoted to all things craft beer evangelism, and recognizes...

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