Monday, April 22, 2013

Dieu du Ciel! at Blind Tiger and Spuyten Duyvil

Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas, the brewers from Dieu du Ciel! in Montréal roll into town for a big event at Blind Tiger and a smaller one at Spuyten Duyvil. It's the beer highlight of the holiday season. But they weren't able to make it in 2012 so there was a void in the beer universe. Now, to rectify that, J-F, Stéphane, and company will be here this week with special beers and brewpub exclusives. The list for each night is different so I highly recommend hitting up both nights.

When:  Wednesday, 24 April, 3pm onwards
Where:  Blind Tiger, 281 Bleecker St.

The beers:
  • Grande Noirceur - imperial stout, 9% 
  • Fortunella - kumquat ipa, 7.2% 
  • Pionnière - imperial black ipa, 9.5% 
  • Chaman - imperial pale ale, 9% 
  • Basse Messe - kölsch, 5% 
  • Péché Mortel - imperial coffee stout, 9.5% 
  • Péché Mortel Bourbon - aged in bourbon barrels, 9.5% 
  • Solstice d'Hiver - barleywine, 10.2% 
  • Neuvaine - amber ale brewed with and wormwood and fennel, 8%  
  • Pénombre - black ipa, 6.5% 
  • Mea Culpa - india cream ale, 6% 
  • Purgatoire - old-style porter aged in red wine barrels, a collaboration with Trou du Diable, 10.2% 
  • Isseki Nicho - imperial dark saison, 9.5% 
  • Cornemuse - scotch ale, 8% 
  • Equinoxe du Printemps cask - scotch ale with maple syrup, 8% 
  • Grande Noirceur cask

When:  Thursday, 25 April, 5pm onwards
Where:  Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Les bieres:
  • Morality - American-style IPA, 7.2%
  • Péché Mortel 11th Anniversary - imperial coffee stout brewed with special coffees, 9.5%
  • Symbiose 4 - sour beer aged in oak barrels, 6%
  • Solstice d'Hiver Bourbon - barleywine aged in bourbon barrels, 10.2%
  • Revenante - smoked porter, 6%
  • Wallonade - Belgian blonde, 4.2%  

Monday, April 8, 2013

Mikkeller Week at Adobe Blues

Adobe Blues loves Mikkeller so they're featuring the brewery all this week, starting on Monday, 8 April. It's lovely weather out there so why not take the ferry over to Staten Island. Adobe Blues is an easy bus ride from the ferry terminal and is located at 63 Lafayette Avenue.

Here's the selection:

On draft 
  • Koppi - coffee IPA
  • Wheat is the New Hop - collaboration with Grassroots Brewing, brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces
  • Monk’s Brew - 10% a Belgian-style brown ale 
  • Hop Burn Low - imperial pilsner
  • 1000 IBU - 9.6% hoppy, hoppy, hoppy IPA 
  • Sally's Field - Belgian blonde aged in chardonnay barrels
  • Spontankriek - cherry lambic  
  • Spontanframboos - raspberry lambic 
  • Chipotle Porter
  • Barrel-Aged Monk's Brew - aged in red wine barrels with raspberries
  • Black Buffalo - 19.3% imperial stout aged in Buffalo Trace bourbon barrels
  • Gypsy Tears - collaboration with Stillwater Artisanal Ales and Fanø Bryhus, a hoppy stout fermented with brettanomyces 

Tuesday Tasting with Tom Oliver of Oliver's Ciders

When:  Tuesday, 9 April, 7:30 pm
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What:  $20 for 6 samples

This week's Tuesday Tasting is a special one because Tom Oliver, of Oliver's Cider and Perry, will be the guest speaker.  He'll be discussing and we'll be sampling 3 of his traditional ciders and 3 of his perrys, including the award-winning Gold Rush, a collaboration with Greg Hall of Virtue Cider.

The old farm in Herefordshire where Oliver's Cider House sits has been producing cider and perry for at least three centuries. Not much has changed there in that time.  Tom uses only fresh (mostly hand-picked) unsprayed fruit, with minimal intervention. Cattle and sheep graze the orchards year-round, providing nitrogen and natural weed prevention.
The pears and apples he uses are picked at full ripeness, sometimes stored to mature further, then washed, milled and, whenever necessary, macerated. Then they are pressed and fermented by wild yeasts and aged in old oak barrels for up to 10 months, before being blended and then bottled.

Seating is limited so to guarantee a spot, it is recommended to arrive early.