Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Thursday Tap - Kissmeyer Stockholm Syndrome DIPA

Recently, Jimmy's No. 43 started up a "Thursday Tap" series. Every Thursday at 5pm, they'll tap a special keg or cask. Beers will range from rare casks to new beers to small batches brewed by some of Jimmy's favorite breweries. Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

This Thursday, 29 March, they'll be tapping a keg of Kissmeyer Stockholm Syndrome, a 9% double IPA that is heavily hopped with 50% American hops and 50% New Zealand hops for a dry yet intensely fruity flavor. As Anders Kissmeyer says, "the explosion of citrus, passion fruit, peach, and apricot flavours wraps up the intense hop bitterness in a highly seductive way. Think: 'this is my idea of the ideal fruit bowl.'"

Brewer Anders Kissmeyer is from Denmark and was a co-founder of Copenhagen's Nørrebro Bryghus. He started out as a quality controller in the labs of Carlsberg and his travels took him to the US where he had a revelation at the Brooklyn Brewery when he met Garrett Oliver who opened up a new world of beers and brewing to him. On his return to Denmark, Anders was determined to apply his new-found knowledge to Danish beer culture. Carlsberg dismissed his ideas as a "naive dream" so he left to pursue this dream with Nørrebro. He has since moved on to his own project, and like fellow Danish brewer Mikkel of Mikkeller, he does not have an actual brewery. Anders travels around to other breweries to brew his beers and often brews collaborative brews as well. Stockholm Syndrome was brewed at the Sigtuna Brygghus in Sweden.

Kissmeyer was featured as one of the best new-to-New York breweries in Time Out's beer issue.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Dieu du Ciel! Weekend

This weekend, we're very pleased to welcome back Stéphane and Luc from Dieu du Ciel! in Montreal.  This award-winning brewpub and brewery is one of the best in Quebec. They've sent some regular favorites along with lots limited beers and brewpub-only kegs for us to enjoy.

On Thursday, Stéphane and Luc will stop by the DeCicco's store in Brewster on their way down to NYC. DeCicco's has generously allowed them to take over all 12 of their taps so if you're in the neighborhood, come by to fill up a growler or 2. 

When:  Thursday, 15 March, 5-8 pm
Where:  DeCicco's, 50 Independence Way, Brewster, N

The beers: 

  • Péché Mortel - imperial coffee stout
  • Aphrodite - cocoa & vanilla stout
  • Dernier Volonté -  abbey blonde 
  • Corne du Diable -  IPA
  • Rosée d'Hibiscus - hibiscus wheat
  • Route des Epices - rye beer with peppercorns
  • Blanche du Paradis - witbier
  • Solstice d'Hiver - barleywine
  • Rigor Mortis de Table - abbey single
  • Décibel - extra pale ale
  • Rescousse - alt
  • L'Herbe à Détourne - tripel hopped with Citra

Then all weekend long, starting on Friday, Jimmy's No. 43 will be pouring beers from Dieu du Ciel!  On Saturday, there will be beer dinner with Stéphane and Luc. Swing by at any time for beer or come on Saturday night for dinner or just to hang out with the brewers.

When:  Friday 16 March - Sunday 18 March
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What:  pay-as-you-go

On draft (selections vary day by day):
  • Péché Mortel Bourbon - bourbon barrel aged version
  • Blanche Neige - strong belgian wit with cinnamon and cloves
  • L'Herbe à Détourne - tripel with Citra hops
  • Rigor Mortis ABT - quadruple
  • Rigor Mortis Blonde - abbey blonde
  • Pénombre - black IPA
  • Baraque - American pale ale
  • Basse Messe - kölsch
Rare bottles (available all weekend): 
  • Péché Mortel Bourbon
  • Rigor Mortis ABT, 2010 vintage
  • Solstice d'Hiver, 2010 vintage - barleywine
  • Equinoxe du Printemps Bourbon - maple scotch ale, bourbon barrel aged

Dinner:  Saturday 17 March, 6pm
What:  $45 prix fixe for 3 courses (vegetarian option available) paired with 3 beers (Blanche Neige, Rigor Mortis ABT, and Pénombre).

Tickets are available on line here or you can make reservations by calling 212-982-3006. 

A trip to New York would not be complete without a trip to Spuyten Duvyil, long-time supporters of the brewery. And with weather this warm, you can leave your tuque at home and enjoy your beers in the back yard. 4 of the 6 drafts are brewpub-only exclusives!

When:  Sunday 18 March, 12 pm onwards
Where:  Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

What:  pay-as-you-go

On draft:
  • Rigor Mortis ABT - abbey-style quadruple
  • Péché Mortel - imperial coffee stout
  • Grande Noirceur - Russian imperial stout
  • Caserne 30 - smoked weizen
  • Basse Messe - kölsch
  • Wallonade - Belgian blonde 

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Brew Like a Pro with Nøgne Ø

We're participating in a very exciting event this weekend which will be both educational and fun:  Bitters & Esters in Brooklyn will be hosting 2 homebrewing classes on Saturday during which we'll brew a clone of Nøgne Ø's Porter. 

Can't fit this in your kitchen, can you?

When:  Saturday 10 March, 2 sessions:  10 am - 2:30 pm and 3pm - 7pm
Where:  Bitter and Esters, 700 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn

What:  $65 per class (fee includes a free sample of the beer at the release party in April)
Classes are limited to 15 people per session; purchase your tickets here:
Session 1:
Session 2:

If you're not familiar with Bitters & Esters, it is a new brew-on-premise/homebrew shop in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. For those of us with cramped NYC apartments and tiny stoves, this is a godsend. Owners John and Douglas say that not only are they the first and only BOP in the City but also in New York State! What took you so long?? 

Once a month, they hold a class that not only teaches the fundamentals of homebrewing but which brews a clone of a commercially released beer. The previous 4 classes have featured domestic breweries so we're honored that Norway's Nøgne Ø has been chosen as the first international brewery to be cloned. It makes perfect sense:  brewmaster Kjetil Jikiun started out as a homebrewer and the brewery is still a big supporter of homebrewing in Norway. This Saturday's class will replicate Nøgne Ø's Porter, a 7% roasty, chocolatey porter brewed with American hops.   

We will brew this porter following the recipe generously provided by the brewery and once the beer is ready, there will be release parties at the end of April where the clone will be poured side-by-side with the commerical brew. Your class fee includes a ticket for a free sample of the clone brew at any of the release parties. Brewer Kjetil will be in attendance at the release although he will not be attending the brew session on Saturday. Tim Stendhal of Union Beer and myself will be leading you through class. Whether you are a novice or experienced homebrewer, this is a fantastic way to learn about the brewing process on a nifty 30 gallon electric HERMS system. AND, most importantly, they do the cleaning up. No more spraying the entire kitchen with a hose, trying to clean out the mash tun! The release of the clone can be a real eye-opener as to how difficult it is to clone a beer due to the many factors involved, even if you follow the recipe exactly.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Night of the Imperials - Wednesday, 7 March

It's back! Blind Tiger's Night of the Imperials event. It was on hiatus for a year or so to give your livers a chance to recover but they decided that it was time to challenge you again.

When: Wednesday, 7 March, 3pm onwards
Where:  Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker St.
What:  pay-as-you-go

You can find the full beer list here: but what we'd like you to know is that of the 3 imported beers, 2 of the imperials are from the Shelton Brother's kingdom. While we often espouse lower abv beers that don't knock you upside the head, or off your bar stool, that's not to say that we can't appreciate a big beer. The name of the game is Balance, my friends. Give us a complex brew with a range of supporting characters that evolve in the glass instead of a snifter of fusel alcohol or a pint of hop juice and we'll camp out on that bar stool.

Come on by the Blind Tiger and try the multi-country Mikkeller/Three Floyds collaboration, Boogoop, a buckwheat wine, conceived in the US and Denmark and brewed in Belgium, or Xbeeriment Black Force One, a Danish smoked imperial stout.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Sibling Rivalry - Mikkeller vs. Evil Twin Tuesday

When:  Tuesday, 6 March, 2-10 pm (beers discounted from 6-10pm)
Where:  Bar Great Harry, 280 Smith Street, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go

The fine folks over at Bar Great Harry have put together an epic showdown featuring the beers of twin brewing brothers Mikkel (Mikkeller) and Jeppe (Evil Twin).  Neither of these Danish brewers has his own brewery but they make plenty of beers! The winner of this event? It is certainly going to be you, the beer drinker.

The beers:
  • Mikkeller I Beat yoU vs. Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA
  • Mikkeller To From Via vs. Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout
  • Mikkeller Monk's Brew vs. Evil Twin Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados
  • Mikkeller Wet Hop Kellerbier vs. Evil Twin Södermalm Hipster Ale