First, it was the big barrel aged beers. Then the crazy hop forward, double or even triple (!!) IPAs, but what is the next trend in craft beer? I’ve got an idea of what it might be – and I like everything about it! Here are 2 things that aren’t a secret: I don’t like hoppy … More Trend Spotting: Are Coffee Blondes the Next Big Thing?
When my friend texted to ask if I was interested in attending a tasting at Brooklyn Wine Exchange, I said yes. She is a member and generously brings me as her (+) 1 to their tastings and classes which are usually really interesting. It wasn’t until I head the topic that I got truly … More Who Knew: Craft Beer Distills into Whiskey!
I am thrilled to report that I have been selected to run a tasting of New York State craft beers on March 23 focused on introducing craft beer novices to the basics of beer: the difference between a malty stout and a hoppy IPA, as well as an introduction to some of the most common … More TICKET INFORMATION ADDED – Pearls and Pints is Doing a Tasting
Brooklyn Brewery certainly knows how to throw a party. When that party is during NYC’s Craft Beer Week, during the year when a favorite Brooklyn Brewery varietal turns 21 years-old, it’s sure to be epic! Knowing this, I immediately RSVPd for two free tickets to the event without a moment’s hesitation to the vertical tasting of 10 vintages … More A Vertical Tasting: 11 years of Black Chocolate Stout
I’ve secretly always wanted to be one of those people who has all the different shaped beer glasses – 6 of each so that I can appropriately serve all of my friends. Given the limited amount of space in my apartment, I’m left to wonder: what’s all the fuss about? Some of the best beer … More Beer School: Serving and Glassware
Gramercy Tavern is a New York institution, a place to celebrate special occasions, a culinary treat to say the least. Revered for it’s wine list, but its beer – wow, who knew? Turns out my date for Saturday night knew. There’s literally nowhere else I’d rather be than cozied up at the corner of the bar … More Beer Dates: Gramercy Tavern, 1993 Courage Russian Imperial Stout
After running the air conditioning at my Christmas party and a December 23rd run outdoors in a long sleeve tee, it seems that winter has finally arrived on the east coast. So how to make a day trapped indoors during an ice storm more tolerable, while making the house smell amazing, and incorporating beer? Only … More Cooking with Beer: Porter Braised Brisket
Every year, my Christmas cookie baking gets a little out of hand. Maybe even more than a little, but I think that’s open to interpretation. I typically focus my energies on making hundreds of my Great Grandmother’s empire biscuits, but this year I branched out a bit and decided, in a totally unsurprising turn … More Cooking with Beer: Ginger Stout Snaps
Struggling with what to buy for the beer lover in your life for the holidays ( Well, okay, besides the obvious gift of beer)? Yep, you’re not the only one. While there are plenty of lists out there suggesting things like home brew kits, kitschy bottle openers and collections of very specific glass wear, I like … More The (actual) Beer Lover’s Gift Guide
What better way to celebrate National Beer Day than with a tasting! Last night’s tasting of selections from Brooklyn Brewery was exceptional on so many levels! The event was hosted in a historic Upper East Side Space and coordinated by a dear friend as the inaugural event for his “Beer Society.” I have attended several … More An Exceptional Brooklyn Brewery Tasting