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Before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles inhabited New York City's enigmatic subterranean world with an unparalleled, pizzatastic panache—or more realistically, according to my editorzZz, prior to the advent of refrigeration—brewers in Brooklyn (and beyond) dug tunnels and caves underground to ferment their lagers in a cool, controlled climate. This demode conditioning process was employed by the now-defunct Nassau Brewing Co. in Crown Heights, named Budweiser Brewing Co. at one point, which operated until 1914....
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...
Having spent more than a decade writing about music, I’m well aware of the degree to which Internet-based hype can affect public opinion. In the first half of the 00’s, this story played out time and time again: a young band would catch the ear of a small handful of influential bloggers, who would then turn around and share their discovery with their ever-growing readership, and because technology allowed word to spread so quickly,...

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