February 4, 2014
December 30, 2013
At the close of every year I write up a "year in review," best beer, bites, etc...
I might still do that- but I saw Flipagram- an app that could access my camera roll on my phone and take me through the year's moments set to music. So here it is -=Trips to Chicago, San Diego, Charleston. Flat tires with Wendy, Beer mustaches with Lance, Allagash and all the niece and nephews you can handle.
Hope your 2014 is filled with even better things.
November 18, 2013
November 12, 2013
Happy 68th birthday Neil!
I could have spent several hours trying to find the perfect song to bring back "Tuesday Two track."
Lucky for me it's Neil Young's Birthday. That helped me narrow it down to the awesome Canadian and one of the many bands he influenced. So it only took me an hour.
Neil Young with Crazy Horse
The Pixies -Live 2/29
September 23, 2013
Please join me in congratulating Resurrection Ale house on 4 years tomorrow night.
James Bean (Coffee Curieuc!)
August 29, 2013
Dear Summer of 2013,
You came and went with a quickness.
I think the least you could do is give us a bar that could provide a chance for Philadelphia craft beer lovers who didn't make it up to Vacationland the last couple months to drink her beers.
Perhaps some Oxbow, some Maine Beer Co, and I dunno..... some Allagash?
Perhaps some sips that we wouldn't be able to try if we stayed here in our air-conditioned row homes staring out at the cityscape longing for an authentic lobster roll and 77 degree weather.
Local 44 has agreed to be the venue.
And there will be a Maine picnic of sorts this Monday, Labor day.
Take a nice bike ride down Spruce Street west and enjoy the following list. I'll be there by mid-afternoon.
Allagash Fluxus '12
Allagash Confluence '12
I was trying to think of a great labor day song. I thought about Todd Rundgren's "Bang on the Drum all day" But I'm going with the greatest day-drinking song in the history of music, "The Weight" by the Band. performnig at Woodstock summer of '69.
July 26, 2013
Clear your calendars please.
July 9, 2013
FOR PETE'S SAKE
"Victor, Victoria and the Blonde"
Our friends at For Pete's Sake are throwing on three of our specialty beers and making a night of it- so should you! I will be there on the earlier side for Happy Hour.
Brew at the National
My sister's 3rd part of her 3 month wedding. Don't ask. (Although it's all very exciting!)
So Jose's has started this insanely good brunch deal. Every Sunday they host a different brewery put out a few courses and beers for a mere $35.
This Sunday it's our turn. I'll be there repping Allagash 11-3.
AND so will TASKERHAUS- playing some lively brunch music.
An appetizer, entree and a side and a flight of
The P.O.P.E. celebrates it's 7th year on Thursday night (7-11!)
with an all "Anniversary" beer tap list.
But we'll get to that in a minute.
Because Chronologically (and more importantly in the big scheme of things) TONIGHT is
an American Cancer Society fundraiser sponsored by Bell Bikes, Awesome Dudes printing, YARDS brewing co and the POPE.
8-11 pm You can learn more on their facebook post.
Now for THURSDAY and Thursday's line up should make you very happy. The POPE has been stashing away Anniversary beers all year.
And You get to reap the potable reward of their due diligence !
Don't miss the Firestone Walker XVI that came out last fall. It received a perfect score on Beer Advocate. And think what you will about that site but a 100 has gotta mean the beer is worth your time.
Allagash Fluxus 2012 (Saison Wit hybrid with Green and Pink Peppercorns) Avery 19th Anniversary (tripel) Bells Barrel Aged Batch 9000 BFM Sq Rt 225th Anniversary Sour Saison Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager Firestone Walker XVI (American Strong Ale) Founders Bolt Cutter Goose Island 25th Anniversary (6.4% ESB) Great Divide 19th Anniversary (Brewed with pure birch syrup and aged on birch wood 10.4%) Great Lakes/Deschutes Class of 88 Smoked Porter North Coast Rasputin XIV Port Anniversary IPA Stone RuinTen Weyerbacher 18th Anniversary (Weizenbock)
July 8, 2013
|Purse for sale at the Chelsea Market|
We had a genius idea though last week. We figured that most of New York would be escaping the city swelter and headed toward the Hamptons. What a perfect time to go. Chances of getting a mid-Sunday bar seat at Gramercy definitely improve when the city is on leave. So now- I think it will be tradition. Twice a year. July 4th weekend and Christmastime.
Here's a list of the spots we hit this time around.
Hadn't been yet. And yes- a lot of what I had heard is true. It's massive, crowded (but once again not ascrowded as it COULD be given our chosen time to visit) and confusing.
We walked around briefly. It's pasta, bread, gelato, cheese, and more cheese. We were basically there to visit Birreria, the rooftop beer bar brought to us by Birra Del Borgo, Baladin, and Dogfish Head.
We tried all the house cask-conditioned beers. One brewed with Thyme, another with Rosemary and fenugreek. It was a scorcher that day and I really wanted something extremely refreshing so thay didn't hit the proverbial spot. But they were good. I loved Maine Beer Co's "Another One." I had never heard of that offereing. Definitely a highlight as was the charcuterie.
|Library at The Inn on 23rd st (Flatiron District)|
We stayed at a B an B in the Flatiron district. a Mere 6 minute walk to Eataly actually.
You will have to call the B and B to get rates. It's not cheap but it's certainly charming and worth every penny. They provide you with complimentary passes to a slew of museums- The Met, Whitney, Guggenheim, Natural History, and more.
There's a wonderful dine-in Library. Breakfast is served every morning between 8:30 and 10:30. I had one of the best bagels. They also offer fruit, quiche, coffee and danishes. Fodors and Zagat guides are everywhere. But if you want to pick up the Encyclopedia Britannica and read about Zaire you can do that too.
I did a little research trying to figure out ways I could surprise Lance on the trip. I know that he's a big fan of Danny Meyer and I knew that Meyer had other restaurants besides Gramercy Tavern, Union Square Cafe, and Shake Shack. But I didn't know what they were and I sure didn't know he had a Jazz Club, the Jazz Standard. Done! Best beer list I have ever seen at a jazz club. The food comes from Blue Smoke, his BBQ restaurant upstairs. I had Salt and Black Pepper Ribs. There was a dry rub, and zero sauce was needed. I happily paired them with an Allagash Dubbel. Sure a company gal sort of move, but a smart one if I may say so.
Aftewards we stumbled upon Paddy Reillys which we were told whilst there-that it was the best Irish Pub in New York City. They only pour Guinness on draft. They have live music every night of the week. Service was a nice and the bar had a great conviviality to it. We even went back the second night.
|"Hong Kong" French Toast|
|Corn Pancakes with Whiskey caramel |
and whipped lemon ricotta
Then off to the
Chelsea Market. Lance had asked me if I thought it was that much better than Reading Terminal and I said "No". Sorry Philly. It's prettttyyyyyyy cool. They also had a sample sale going -so we were able to pick up some cool threads on the cheap. We also went to an olive oil and vinegar shop called "The Filling Station." Customers get to try a variety of oils- blood orange, coconut, thai basil, etc. They also fill growlers there.
We had quite a few carbs to burn off so we walked to the "High Line" to the Standard Hotel. There's some small batch sodas available for purchase, ice cream sandwiches, and other novelty eats. There's plenty to see- people wise and other scenery as well.
When we arrived at the Standard hotel, we rode up 18th floors in an elevator to see if we were cool enough to hang out at Le Bain (Rooftop at the Standard Hotel). Guys were flexing muscles, girls were sunbathing. Pitchers of margaritas and mojitos were placed on every end table. Lance thought we may have been the oldest people there. But we're on the 18th floor overlooking the Hudson with the most perfect sky- even if the sun was just a tad bright. It was cool. Even if we weren't. And yes- another must do. You can't even complain about the drink prices because you're in New York and that's what happens after you get out of the Holland Tunnel. You spend money and you spend some more.
Gosh - I am tired just reliving this day through typing. Then we went to the Blind Tiger. Where I ran into two different people I know and haven't seen in at least 3 years. I ordered a Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale. It was a mere 4.5%. And reasonably priced at $6.50 for a pint. I was shocked. I also got to try some Peekskill- the brewery that buddy Jeff O'Neill works for. I enjoyed every sip. I also tried the Midnight Sun Meltdown, dbl IPA out of Anchorage, Alaska- also very good.
Then on to my favorite bar, 124 Old Rabbit Club on Macdougal. They start the evening with some bubblegum 50s and move on to pretty much all Punk then New Wave. Almost all craft beer. It's dark. People have referred to it as the PDT for craft beer people. I don't know if I agree with that- but I can tell you again- it might be my favorite bar in the world. No Food. Cash only.
The Bolt bus is a good way to go. It's a few dollars more than the Mega bus. But it was almost like riding UBER with the black leather seats. The Mega bus was nice- but just a li'l bumpier.
I'm far from an authority on the big apple. But please email me if you have any questions.