Beer Lover’s New York: The Empire State’s Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars by Sarah Annese


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Beer Lover’s New York First Edition Sarah Annese & Giancarlo Annese ® BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 1 12/16/13 2:33 PM All the information in this guidebook is subject to change. We recommend that you call ahead to obtain current information before traveling. ® Copyright © 2014 Morris Book Publishing, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying and recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, except as may be expressly permitted in writing from the publisher. Requests for permission should be addressed to Globe Pequot Press, Attn: Rights and Permissions Department, PO Box 480, Guilford, CT 06437. All photos by Sarah Annese except photos on pages 20, 35, and 187 by Giancarlo Annese and photo on page 21 courtesy ­SingleCut Beersmiths. Editor: Kevin Sirois and Amy Lyons Project Editor: Staci Zacharski Layout Artist: Casey Shain Text Design: Sheryl P. Kober Maps: Alena Joy Pearce © Morris Book Publishing, LLC ISBN 978-0-7627-9199-6 Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 2 12/16/13 2:33 PM Contents Introduction The Bronx Ale House 35 x Burp Castle 36 How to Use This Guide New York City xii 1 Breweries Big Alice Brewing 2 Bridge and Tunnel Brewery 3 The Bronx Brewery 5 Brooklyn Brewery 6 Chelsea Brewing Company 9 City Island Beer Company 10 Harlem Brewing Company 12 Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company 13 KelSo of Brooklyn 15 Radiant Pig Craft Beers 16 Rockaway Brewing Company 17 SingleCut Beersmiths 19 Sixpoint 21 Brewpubs 508 Gastrobrewery 24 Heartland Brewery 24 La Birreria 26 Beer Bars Adobe Blues 28 Alewife NYC 28 Alphabet Beer Co. 30 Barcade 30 Beer Authority 31 Bierkraft 32 Blind Tiger 34 BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 3 Cafe D’Alsace 37 The Diamond 38 Dive Bar 39 Earl’s Beer and Cheese 39 4th Avenue Pub 40 Idle Hands Bar 42 Jacob’s Pickles 43 Jimmy’s No. 43 44 Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn 45 McSorley’s Old Ale House 47 124 Rabbit Club 47 Pine Box Rock Shop 48 The Pony Bar 49 Proletariat 50 The Queens Kickshaw 50 Rattle N Hum 51 Spuyten Duyvil 52 Taproom 307 52 Third Avenue Ale House 53 Tørst 53 Pub Crawls East Village, Manhattan 55 Upper East Side, Manhattan 57 Park Slope, Brooklyn 59 Williamsburg, Brooklyn 61 Long Island 65 Breweries Barrier Brewing Company 66 The Blind Bat Brewery 68 12/16/13 2:33 PM Blue Point Brewing Company 69 Fire Island Beer Company 71 Great South Bay Brewery 72 Greenport Harbor Brewing Company 75 Long Ireland Beer Company 77 Montauk Brewing Company 80 Pub Crawl Patchogue 105 Hudson Valley 109 Breweries Captain Lawrence Brewing Company 110 Oyster Bay Brewing Company 81 Chatham Brewing 112 Port Jeff Brewing Company 83 Crossroads Brewing Company 113 Rocky Point Artisan Brewers 85 The Defiant Brewing Company 114 Southampton Publick House 87 Keegan Ales 116 Spider Bite Beer Company 89 Newburgh Brewing Company 118 Peekskill Brewery 120 Brewpubs Rushing Duck Brewing Company 122 Black Forest Brew Haus 91 Sloop Brewing Company 123 BrickHouse Brewery and Yonkers Brewing Company 125 Restaurant 92 John Harvard’s Brewery and Ale House 93 Brewpubs Cave Mountain Brewing Company 127 The Gilded Otter Brewing Beer Bars Company 128 The Black Sheep Ale House 95 BOBBiQUE 95 Beer Bars The Cortland 96 Birdsall House 130 Croxley’s Ale House 98 The Grand Cru Beer and Cheese The Good Life 98 Hoptron Brewtique 100 The Lark Pub and Grub 101 Tap and Barrel 101 The Tap Room 103 T.J. Finley’s Public House 104 Market 130 The Hop 131 Capital Region 133 Breweries Brown’s Brewing Company 134 Shmaltz Brewing Company 136 Steadfast Beer Company 137 [ iv ] Contents BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 4 12/16/13 2:33 PM Brewpubs C.H. Evans Brewing Company at the Albany Pump Station 139 Mad Jack’s Brewing Company at the Van Dyck Restaurant and Lounge 140 Beer Bars The Bier Abbey 142 The City Beer Hall 142 Mahar’s 144 The Ruck 144 Wolff ‘s Biergarten 145 Northern New York & Adirondacks Region 149 Breweries Adirondack Pub and Brewery 150 Blue Line Brewery 152 Davidson Brothers Brewing Company 153 Lake Placid Pub & Brewery 156 Olde Saratoga Brewing Company 158 Sackets Harbor Brewing Company 159 Brewpubs Druthers Brewing Company 161 Great Adirondack Brewing Company 162 Central New York & the Finger Lakes Region 165 Breweries Bacchus Brewing Company 166 Birdland Brewing Company 168 Brewery Ommegang 170 Butternuts Beer & Ale 172 Cooperstown Brewing Company 174 Cortland Beer Company 175 Empire Brewing Company 177 Finger Lakes Beer Company 178 Good Nature Brewing 180 Hopshire Farm & Brewery 182 Horseheads Brewing, Inc. 183 Ithaca Beer Company 185 Matt Brewing Company 187 Middle Ages Brewing Company 189 Naked Dove Brewing Company 191 Rooster Fish Brewing 193 Upstate Brewing Company 195 Wagner Valley Brewing Company 197 Brewpubs Bandwagon Brewpub 200 Council Rock Brewery 200 G.C. Starkey Beer Company 202 Market Street Brewing Company and Restaurant 203 Miles Craft Ales 204 Nail Creek Pub & Brewery 205 Rogues Harbor Brewing Company 206 Contents [ v ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 5 12/16/13 2:33 PM Scale House Brewpub 208 Seneca Lodge 208 Woodcock Brothers Brewing Company 241 Two Goats Brewing 209 War Horse Brewing Company 210 Water Street Brewing Company 212 Brewpubs Becker Brewing Company 244 Pearl Street Grill and Brewery 245 Beer Bars Beer Bars The Blue Tusk 213 The Chapter House 214 Aurora Brew Works 247 The Green Onion 215 Blue Monk 248 The Ithaca Ale House Grill and Coles 250 Donnelly’s Public House 251 Taproom 215 Ebenezer Ale House 252 Red Brick Pub 216 The Lewiston Village Pub 252 Pub Crawl Lovin’cup 253 Syracuse 218 Western New York MacGregors’ Grill and Tap Room 254 Mr. Goodbar 254 221 Breweries The Old Toad 255 The Owl House 256 CB Craft Brewers 222 Pizza Plant 257 Community Beer Works 224 The Revelry 258 Ellicottville Brewing Company 226 Stoneyard Bar and Grill 260 The Fairport Brewing Company 228 Tap & Mallet 261 Flying Bison Brewing Company 230 Tap & Table 261 Genesee Brewing Company 232 Victoire Belgian Beer Bar and Roc Brewing Company 234 Bistro 262 Rohrbach Brewing Company 236 Southern Tier Brewing Company 238 Three Heads Brewing 240 Pub Crawls Buffalo 263 Rochester 265 [ vi ] Contents BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 6 12/16/13 2:33 PM Beer Festivals Appendix: Beer Lover’s Pick List 267 BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer Home Brew Shops 275 275 Index 302 306 Clone Beer Recipes 278 In the Kitchen 288 Food Recipes 288 Contents [ vii ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 7 12/16/13 2:33 PM About the Authors H usband-and-wife team Giancarlo and Sarah Annese are native New Yorkers who grew up on Long Island. They became immersed in craft beer culture after moving to New York City in the fall of 2008. Together they founded and run the NYCcentric website www.BeerUnion​.com. Sarah Annese began her writing career as a reporter at the historic Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. She and Giancarlo founded BeerUnion​.com in 2009, and she is now a freelance writer specializing in beer and spirits. Sarah has contributed to All About Beer magazine, Beverage World magazine, and AlcoholProfessor​.com. Giancarlo Annese studied Classics and History at Union College and earned an M.A. in Medieval History at Fordham University. Through BeerUnion​.com he and Sarah explore and write about craft beer culture in New York City. He works as the Senior Assistant Director for Student Accounts at Fordham University. [ viii ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 8 12/16/13 2:33 PM Acknowledgments R  esearching and writing this book has been the most exciting and challenging project either of us has ever taken on. It would not have been possible without a lot of help and awesome people. First and foremost we want to thank our families. To our parents—Mitch and Pam Tobol, Carlo Annese and Eileen Sheehy—thank you for everything, really. But more specifically, lending us your homes and your cars, your valuable insights and advice, and your unwavering willingness to try any beer we pour for you. To our siblings, Jake, Mary and Robin, for your enthusiasm and love. To our baby niece Audrey, who will not drink beer until 2034. To Grandma Tobol and Nana Rack. To Aunt Amy Tobol. Big thanks and love to our amazing friends, who are always down for a beer. First to Mike Gallagher, for being an invaluable help to us with the homebrew recipes in these pages. And (in alphabetical order) Amelia Anderson, Kim Berlowitz, Hanna and Alex Donner, Ashley Gallagher, Emily and Matt Garland, Paul Hamill, Alison Holstein, Rich Leahy, Jessica Machado, Jackie and Mike Mangiolino, Caitlin McNamara, Phoebe Neidl, Arthur Rollin, John and Ally Traver, Jeff Williams, and Charlie and Natalie Wood. Thank you to Mike Steger, who helped us iron out our very first book contract. Thank you John Holl and Jeff Cioletti, the best editors a freelancer could hope for. Thanks to John Kleinchester for helping us keep BeerUnion running throughout this process with your homebrewing columns. To all the brewers we’ve met along the way, thank you for generously sharing your time and stories. To our fellow beer writers, thank you for your suggestions and thoughts. To the members of BrewYork, you’re the most awesome beer geeks we know. Thanks for inviting us into your crew and sharing your beers. And to the readers of BeerUnion​.com. We wouldn’t be here without you. [ ix ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 9 12/16/13 2:33 PM Introduction N ew York doesn’t get nearly the credit it should when it comes to craft beer. After traveling over 4,000 miles across the state and tasting hundreds of brews, we’re not really sure why. In every region we visited we found examples of brewers making quality traditional beers, and others using unique ingredients and innovative flavors. We tasted beers from brewers committed to English styles, and others who are adhering to the German Purity Law. Some brewers prefer to produce sessionable beers, others would rather make big, bold brews. And even though we came across some not-so-great libations, the majority of what we tasted was good or really good. And some of it was amazing. There’s rich beer history in this state, which at one time produced 90 percent of the country’s hops. Utica is home to Matt Brewing Company, one of the oldest family-operated breweries in the country, founded by German immigrant F. X. Matt in 1888. Matt Brewing’s Utica Club was the first beer officially sold after Prohibition. Genesee Brewing Company, located in the city of Rochester, was launched in 1878, and before it was purchased to become a division of North American Breweries (making it technically noncraft) was the fifth largest brewer in the United States. Brooklyn Brewery, cofounded by Steve Hindy, a former Middle East War correspondent, has led the charge for craft beer growth in New York City since 1986. In 2012 Brooklyn Brewery was the 11th largest craft brewery in the country by sales volume. As of mid-2013, there were over 130 breweries in New York State, with dozens more in planning. Everyone we met who had launched breweries in the past few years was passionate, driven, and collaborative. A common tale in New York is a startup brewer getting some much-needed hops from one that’s more established. Or a group of breweries raising funds for another after a natural disaster nearly put it out of business. We met brewers who’ve saved and pieced together money to build their own brewhouses, and others who use the valuable regional contract brewers as resources while they get off the ground. There are so many stories of brewers who have achieved widespread success by making their beers at Matt Brewing Company, Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, Butternuts Beer & Ale, or Custom BrewCrafters. [x] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 10 12/16/13 2:33 PM But if we put aside the history and personal stories, when it comes down to it, the beer speaks for itself. In writing this book, we hope more people will take notice of the brewers in our state. Many new ones aren’t yet able to distribute widely and require traveling to taste their offerings. If you’re from New York or live here now, we hope to inspire you to visit your hometown brewery, and to seek out one nearby that you may not have previously heard of. Taste the local flavor, whether it’s a Red Ale in the Adirondacks, a Cream Ale in Western New York, an IPA in the Finger Lakes, or a Sour in the Hudson Valley. Forget, for a while, about the imports available to you in New York City and try instead the beers from brewers who make the most out of tiny spaces. Find out what New York beer tastes like. Introduction [ xi ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 11 12/16/13 2:33 PM How to Use This Guide I n the pages of this book you’ll find a guide to the best and most interesting breweries and brewpubs in New York State. This book doesn’t seek to list and review every single one, partly because they are opening at such a fast pace it wouldn’t be possible, but also because we wouldn’t suggest some of them. Each brewery and brewpub listing will tell you its history, what’s special about it, and why you’d want to visit. Each brewery listed in this book includes a Beer Lover’s Pick, a look at one of their best or most interesting beers being produced, along with tasting notes. In many cases we’ve chosen beer that perfectly encapsulates the brewery that makes it, in other cases we’ve suggested a beer for you that is unique and so original that you’d be hard-pressed to find one like it anywhere else, and in some cases we’ve picked a beer that’s part of New York’s brewing history. It’s important to note here the difference between the breweries and brewpubs in this book. A brewery could have a public location to taste beers, or it might not. It could also have a restaurant attached to it. The main qualifier we used to differentiate between breweries and brewpubs is distribution: Breweries send their beer elsewhere, brewpubs don’t. We’ve also provided descriptions about the best beer bars in the state. Unfortunately there simply aren’t enough pages in this book to detail every single beer bar in New York State, or even New York City. What we’ve given you are the special ones, the ones you’d be remiss if you didn’t visit while you were in the area. Brewery, brewpub, and bar descriptions make up the bulk of this book. But you’ll also find secitons on the following: Pub Crawls: If you’re visiting a city and want to make the most of your time, check out these itineraries of some great pub crawls. Grab some friends and some good comfortable shoes to walk in and head out for a beer lover’s adventure using these trip suggestions. A pub crawl is a great way to see multiple places in one day and allows you to do so safely, as long as you walk, take a cab, or find someone willing to be your designated driver. Beer Festivals: A look at some of the biggest and most interesting beer festivals in the state that allow you to sample quite a large selection of beers from multiple breweries. [ xii ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 12 12/16/13 2:33 PM BYOB: Brew Your Own Beer: New York is one of the best states to be a homebrewer because of its great access to some amazing shops and fresh ingredients. Here you can find a handful of shops around the state to help you get started brewing, along with some clone recipes for those already familiar with brewing. In the Kitchen: Beer is great on its own, but it can also make an amazing ingredient in food. In this section you’ll find recipes you can make at home utilizing beer from around New York. Glossary of Terms ABV: Alcohol by volume—the percentage of alcohol in a beer. Ale: Beer brewed with top fermenting yeast. Quicker to brew than Lagers, most craft beer is a style of Ale. Popular styles of Ales include Pale Ales, Amber Ales, Stouts, and Porters. Altbier: A German style of Ale, typically brown in color, smooth, and fruity. Barleywine: Not a wine at all but a high-ABV Ale that originated in England and is typically sweet. American versions often have large amounts of hops. These beers improve with age. Barrel of beer: Production of beer is measured in barrels. A barrel equals 31 gallons. Bitter: An English bitter is an English-style Ale, more hoppy than an English mild, but less hoppy than an IPA. Bock: A German-style Lager, typically stronger than the typical Lager. Bomber: Bombers are 22-ounce bottles. Most beers are packaged in 12-ounce bottles. Brewpub: Typically a restaurant, but sometimes a bar, that serves house beers, often brewed on premises, but not distributed. Cask: Also known as real Ales, cask Ales are naturally carbonated and either served with a hand pump or through gravity, rather than forced out with carbon dioxide or nitrogen. Clone beer: A homebrew recipe based on a commercial beer. How to Use This Guide [ xiii ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 13 12/16/13 2:33 PM Contract brewery: A company that does not have its own brewery and pays someone else to brew and bottle its beer. Craft beer: High-quality, flavorful beer made by small, indepently owned breweries. Craft beer bar: A bar that focuses on carrying craft or fine imported beers. Double: Two meanings. Most often meant as a higher alcohol version of a beer, typically used in reference to a double, or imperial, IPA. Can also be used as an American translation of a Belgian Dubbel, a style of Belgian Ale. ESB: Extra special bitter. A traditional malt-heavy English Pub Ale with low bitterness, often served on cask. Gastropub: A beer-centric bar or pub that exhibits the same amount of care selecting its foods as it does its beers. Growler: A half-gallon jug of beer. Gypsy brewer: A company that does not own its own brewery, but rents space at an existing brewery to brew it themselves. Hops: Flowers used in beers to produce aroma, bitterness, and flavor. IBU: International bittering units, used to measure how bitter a beer is. Imperial: A higher-alcohol version of a regular-strength beer. IPA: India Pale Ale. A popular style of Ale created in England that has taken a decidedly American twist over the years. Often bitter, due to an emphasis on hops. Kolsch: A light, effervescent German-style Ale. Lager: Beer brewed with bottom-fermenting yeast. Takes longer to brew than Ales. Popular styles of Lagers include Black Lagers, Doppelbocks, Pilsners, and Vienna Lagers. Malt: Typically barley malt, but sometimes wheat malt. Malt provides the fermentable sugar for the yeast and balanced the bitterness of hops in beers. The more fermentable sugar, the higher the ABV in a beer. Nanobrewery: A brewery that brews four barrels or less of beer per batch. [ xiv ] How to Use This Guide BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 14 12/16/13 2:33 PM Nitro draft: Most beers that are served on draft use kegs pressurized with carbon dioxide. Occasionally, particularly with Stouts, nitrogen is added, which helps create a creamier body. Pilsner: A style of Lager that originated in the Czech Republic, usually light in color. Porter: A dark Ale, similar to a Stout but with fewer roasted characters. Quad: A strong Belgian-style Ale, typically sweet and high in alcohol. Russian Imperial Stout: A Stout is a dark, heavy beer. A Russian Imperial Stout is a higher-alcohol, thicker-bodied version of a regular Stout. Saison: Also known as a Belgian or French Farmhouse Ale. It can be fruity, and it can also be peppery. Seasonal: A beer that is brewed only at a certain time of year to coincide with the seasons. Session beer: A low-alcohol beer that you can imbibe several of in one drinking “session.” Stout: A dark-colored beer brewed with roasted malts. Strong Ale: A style of Ale that is typically both hoppy and malty and can be aged for years. Tap takeover: An event where a bar or pub hosts a brewery and has several of its beers on tap. Triple (Tripel): A Belgian-style Ale, typically lighter in color than a Dubbel but higher in alcohol. Wheat beer: Beers, such as Hefeweizens and Witbiers, are brewed using wheat malt along with barley malt. Yeast: The living organism in beer that causes the sugars to ferment and become alcohol. How to Use This Guide [ xv ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 15 12/16/13 2:33 PM 9 60 th rk . 9A 31 25 St . Av e 0 29 at W er 48 35 1 27 See Inset 2 23 . th St . 65 th . Pa St . 79 r ks St id v eA St 16 hS G re en 495 . yrtle Ave 9 in po Bronx Park 0 1 5 87 2 hS t. th Br ic on . pr Av e Cy es s 95 St . 3 miles Pelha m P kwy 3rd . 495 Ave. Ave. 3 Inset 1 City Island City Island Ave. Pelham Bay Park Pitkin 1 . . e. Av ica ma Ja Av e Metro poli tan au M e Av 1st Ave. 3 oa dw ay 39 er 278 t es Av e h 12 tc k Av e. oaBronx River dw aPkwy y w Br sh 20 25 ve . dA W ils 23 Bu G . 25A 13 278 ra n ve tA 44 8t es W Ward ard Island Park 13 To Bronx See Inset 1 L in d en B lv d. 1.5 Empire Blvd. 87 East e rn Pkwy. Atlantic Av e. 1 Fulton St. t. t. . tte Ave Lafaye ve . 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Hug el (Toll n n u T Utica Ave. ge ri d nB atta h n n Ma y e ton Ave. 16 37 Alewife NYC Alphabet Beer Co. 5 41 38 6 8 The Diamond Dive Bar Earl’s Beer and Cheese 15 12 48 Rockaway Brewing Company 1 27 50 95 9 Arthur Kill Rd. 440 Staten Island 0 B 2.5 lv Latourette Park 49 278 Richmond Terrace 440 28 Heartland Brewery—Union Square Inset 2 5 miles Lower Bay 26 21 Heartland Brewery—Times Square La Birreria 17 Heartland Brewery—Radio City Heartland Brewery—Port Authority 19 Heartland Brewery— Empire State Building 508 Gastrobrewery BREWPUBS Sixpoint SingleCut Beersmiths 32 30 44 18 11 38 Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn McSorley’s Old Ale House 124 Rabbit Club Pine Box Rock Shop The Pony Bar—Hell’s Kitchen The Pony Bar—Upper East Side Proletariat 9 40 Third Avenue Ale House Tørst 27 42 Spuyten Duyvil Taproom 307 23 Rattle N Hum 13 50 Jimmy’s No. 43 The Queens Kickshaw 7 34 Jacob’s Pickles 36 10 Cafe D’Alsace 24 Radiant Pig Craft Beers 22 1 33 Burp Castle 2 45 KelSo of Brooklyn 46 29 The Bronx Ale House Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company Idle Hands 47 Blind Tiger 4 Harlem Brewing Company 31 20 Bierkraft 3 25 City Island Beer Company 4th Ave Pub 43 Beer Authority Chelsea Brewing Company Barcade Brooklyn Brewery The Bronx Brewery 39 49 Bridge and Tunnel Brewery Adobe Blues BARS 14 Big Alice Brewing BREWERIES l g Washin Hy ve . nA d. rg a an BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 16 Mo Rocka ve . w ay A Nostrand Ave. Av e. 12/16/13 2:33 PM New York City BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 1 New York City It’s an exciting time for craft beer in New York City. While not known for brewed offerings since the 1970s, the booming metropolis has recently seen a new wave of beer growth. Whether through contract brewing or a tiny setup in the basement of a restaurant, brewers are making things work in a city with sky-high real estate prices and millions of beer drinkers. The year 2012 saw the creation of the New York City Brewers Guild and the opening of three new breweries, all in Queens. In 2013 the newly formed Guild held the fifth annual NYC Beer Week, the craft beer and food festival Savor took place in the city for the first time, and even more new breweries opened in the outer boroughs. New bars open practically every week with bigger and better tap lists, and in a city where restaurants are held to a high standard, craft beer is on the menu, increasingly treated on par with wine. And it isn’t only the neighborhoods of Williamsburg or the East Village, even Midtown Manhattan and Kingsbridge in the Bronx are joining in. 12/16/13 2:33 PM Breweries Big Alice Brewing 808 43rd Rd., Long Island City, NY 11101; (347) 688-BEER; BigAliceBrewing​.com; @BigAliceBrewing Founded: 2013 Founders: Kyle Hurst, Scott Berger, Robby Crafton Brewers: Kyle Hurst, Robby Crafton Tours: Yes Taproom: Yes; open Friday evening W hile enjoying beers at the beer festival TAP NY in 2011, homebrewers Kyle Hurst, Scott Berger, and Robby Crafton decided to start their own brewery. The three of them work together at an air-conditioning company in Long Island City, Queens, and took inspiration from the borough to name their new venture. “Big Allis” is a large electric power generator, visible in the Queens skyline; “Big Alice” is [2] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 2 12/16/13 2:33 PM Bridge and Tunnel Brewery Maspeth, NY 11378; (347) 392-8593; BridgeAndTunnelBrewery​.com Founded: 2012 Founder and Brewer: Rich Castagna Flagship Beer: Angry Amel Dunkelweizen Other Beers: Tiger Eyes Hazelnut Brown Ale, Ol Gilmartin Milk and Oatmeal Stout, Red IPA Tours: No Taproom: No New York City an homage to that distinctive feature. The three guys found a small brewery location just a few blocks away from their office and built it out to include a small taproom, where on Friday people can sample their beers. While imbibing, patrons can look through a window to see the small brewhouse. Big Alice beers are made on a 10-gallon brewing system, which yields about 48 large format 750-milliliter bottles each batch. Because the beer is so limited, the trio have decided to take a different approach in structuring their brewery, and do so like a farm would a CSA. CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture; to participate in a CSA, people purchase shares in a farm and in return receive regular installments of whatever the farm produces. Big Alice sells ninety beer shares per six-month period, in three increments: two, four, or six bottles a month. Bottles are also available to purchase and sample at the brewery’s tasting room in Long Island City. Within a week of opening in June 2013, every share for the first six-month period was sold out. Every beer from Big Alice Brewing is a one-off batch, not made previously and not to be made again. Many ingredients for the brews are sourced from local farmers’ markets, and recipes often don’t come together until the team takes a look at what they’ve found. The brewers discuss beer concepts and styles they like but craft the recipes as they obtain ingredients. Past beers include a Smoked Ale with peppercorns, an IPA with Buddha’s Hand, a Belgian Red Ale with Cinderella pumpkin, and a Wheat Ale brewed with kumquats. The beers are brewed with the intention to be savored. B ridge and Tunnel Brewery is a real nanobrewery, a one-man operation started and maintained by Rich Castagna, a lifelong New Yorker who has been homebrewing for over 10 years. Castagna’s brewery and beer are a tribute to New York City, the outer boroughs especially. Each of his brews is named for a neighborhood story, person, or memory; events or people that may otherwise have been swept under the carpet. His Angry Amel Dunkelweizen, for example, recalls a crazy neighbor he had growing up, who would threaten to cut the ears off the children playing stickball and touch football in the street. The beer has flavors of clove, banana, and malt and comes in at 5.3 Breweries [ 3 ] BL_NY_4pp_i-312.indd 3 12/16/13 2:33 PM

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