Friday, September 20, 2013

Italian and Spanish Beer Launch

When:  Saturday, 21 September, 12 pm onwards
Where:  Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

What:  pay-as-you-go

We're launching several breweries new to New York on Saturday at Spuyten Duyvil. Coming from regions not traditionally known for brewing, they're brewing some pretty amazing beers. You like session beers? We've got you covered. Hop monsters? Yup. Roasty, malty beers?  Those, too. From Italy, they'll be pouring beers from Brewfist and Toccalmatto and from Spain there will be a selection from Naparbier and Marina.

On draft:
  • Toccalmatto Re Hop - American-style pale ale with Cascade hops 
  • Brewfist Spaceman - west coast style IPA with Citra and Simcoe, 7% 
  • Brewfist Czech Norris - imperial pilsner with Saaz hops
  • Naparbier Naparpils -  malty traditional pils with  just the right amount of hop finish. Drink gallons of it in the back garden! 
  • Naparbier Hopdoom -  11.5% imperial IPA. Deceptively easy to drink with tropical fruit notes. Do not drink gallons of it. 
  • Marina Costa Brava - citrusy, fruity, aromatic pale ale, 4.5% 

In bottles:
  • Toccalmatto Skizoid - American-style IPA hopped with Columbus, Chinook, and  Centennia, 6.2% 
  • Toccalmatto Zona Cesarini - amber-colored pale ale hopped with Pacific Gem and Sorachi Ace, giving a huge tropical fruit character, 6.6% 
  • Toccalmatto B Space Invader - black IPA with Galaxy hops 
  • Brewfist 2Late - aromatic imperial IPA
  • Brewfist Caterpillar - rye pale ale brewed in collaboration with Christian Skovdal Andersen of Denmark's Beer Here
  • Naparbier Janis Porter - chocolatey and nutty with a hint of coffee, 6.2% 
  • Marina Devil's IPA - double IPA with Citra, Galaxy, and Columbus hops, 6.5% 
  • Marina Mas Cremat - 4.5% dry stout with coffee, pepper, and earthy notes giving way to a light acidity in the mouth.   

Monday, September 16, 2013

Un-Oktoberfest at Mission Dolores Tuesday

When:  Tuesday, 17 September, 4pm onwards
Where:  Mission Dolores, 249 4th Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go, with sehr gut prices from 7-10pm 

Oktoberfest might not start in Munich until Saturday, but the folks over at Mission Dolores are pre-gaming and holding an Un-Oktoberfest to showcase some other German beers. Some of these are traditional German styles and others are not-so-traditional. And to make things even more fun, our own Jim "Bocky" Barnes will be spinning strange tunes from Germany and Eastern Europe. Heino in the haus! 
  • Mahr's Ginger Bock - a bock, with ginger 
  • Mönchshof Schwarzbier - classic dark lager from northern Bavaria 
  • EKU Pils - classic pils from Kulmbach with a refreshing dose of hops  
  • Freigeist Hoppeditz - doppel sticke alt brewed with smoked malt 
  • Freigeist Geisterzug Gose - traditional gose brewed with spruce branches 
  • Freigeist Salzpeicher Sauer Porter - sour porter brewed with salt

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Zwanze Day 2013

It's time for the annual Zwanze Day. For the past several years, the Cantillon Brewery releases a special batch of beer, Zwanze, and brewer Jean Van Roy selects bars around the world to receive a keg of the current year's release. This year, the beer is the Abbaye de Cureghem, a 7.2% "abbey" ale. It was brewed in March 2012 and was fermented for 4 weeks in stainless steel tanks with a cultured yeast strain before being blended with 10% lambic and put into barrels. After maturing for 6 months, the barrels were blended and the beer was put into casks to referment and condition until now. Since cultured yeast was used at the beginning, the brewery doesn't consider this beer to be spontaneously fermented. However, there are wild yeast characteristics coming from both the added lambic and the wild yeasts floating about the brewery.

You can learn more about this year's Zwanze release and the history of the mysterious Cureghem Abbey at the Cantillon website,

Tapping of the Zwanze keg happens simultaneously around the world at 9pm Brussels time, or 3pm in New York. This year, 2 locations were chosen to host the Zwanze Day festivities and both will be pouring kegs of Zwanze, Cantillon Gueuze, and a special version of Cantillon Iris with no dry-hopping, and various bottles of Cantillon.

The locations:
Alewife Queens, 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn

These events are very popular so we recommend getting there early.  Both bars will be opening at 12pm for pre-Zwanze imbibing.