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Let’s face it: Thanksgiving in New York City is always a hot mess. Whether you’re hosting wide-eyed in-laws in your tiny apartment, lugging armloads of artisanal treats onto a sardine tin-style MetroNorth train or attempting to coordinate four consecutive Friendsgivings spanning three different boroughs, it’s enough to make even the most temperate of urban dwellers turn to drink. This Thanksgiving, after days spent dodging dopey parade-goers and ‘bow throwing Whole Foods shoppers, give thanks for...
THERE IS NO BETTER TIME OF YEAR than the fall for drinking beer. Sure, there are people who will espouse the virtues of summertime drinking, what with the baseball games and backyard BBQs and all that, but this line of thinking is somewhat outdated, failing as it does to reflect the breadth of styles currently being offered by craft breweries. As temperatures begin to drop, and qualities like “refreshing” and “sessionable” become less important,...
The newest installment in Founders Brewing Company’s extremely popular Backstage Series, which features limited-run 750mL bottles of mildly experimental beers, is Dissenter, an 8.7% ABV Imperial India Pale Lager, or IPL. It’s a style that, unlike the ubiquitous India Pale Ale, or IPA, not a lot of people have had, because it’s a style that not a lot of breweries produce. Simply put, lagers are more difficult to make than ales, requiring more attention...
Last weekend, hordes of thirsty beer nerds funneled in through the gaping garage door of Crown Heights bottleshop, Covenhoven. They were all there, souvenir cups in hand, to get their fill of some of the city’s latest and greatest draft beers. But this wasn’t your standard Saturday beer fest shit show. This was the New York Pro-Am Brew P.I.T. (Philosophy. Inspiration. Technique.), a friendly collaboration-cum-competition pairing local homebrewers with some of the five boroughs’ best...