Thank Keith Olbermann, Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot Is Your Beer of the Week

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In this column, we're highlighting a local-ish beer worth drinking right now. Care for another sip? Check out our A Beer In The Headlights archives.

With autumn officially upon us, it's time to set our sights on a new season of craft beer. Yet our own personal vision is of no matter here. The mavens of microbrewed marketing have decided for us, collectively. It's out with the Helles', the Hefeweizens, the Belgian Wits. Replacing them on the shelves, in descending levels of obnoxious, is the torrent of pumpkin spiced offerings, brown ales, and, of course, the Barleywine. A hard-hitting ale, often boasting a double digit ABV, Barleywines can range in color from amber to dark brown, but they consistently unload a complex bundle of over-ripened fruit, heavily-breaded malt, and alcoholic heat. Subtlety and nuance be damned, they are the blowhards of beer.

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Scale Ale: How a Home-Brew Hobby Launched Third Rail Beer

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Third Rail Beer
Third Rail founders Larry Koestler, left; Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich
New York City is not exactly a friendly place to launch a brewery. Space that's large enough to hold equipment is scarce, and what exists is expensive. But for Larry Koestler, Loren Taylor-Raymond, and Kaitlyn Haubrich, opening elsewhere was not an option -- all three of them were born and raised in New York City, and they wanted to sell their beer in their hometown.

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Zwanze Day Arrives in New York

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It's here. It's beer. It happens once a year. This Saturday, September 20, marks the release of the venerable Zwanze. And although it sounds like some sort of infectious disease to be desperately avoided, craft beer connoisseurs line up by the thousands to experience this rare Belgian lambic produced annually at the legendary Cantillon Brewery on the outskirts of Brussels. A sort of Halley's Comet for the craft community, it makes a brief appearance at only a handful of select bars across the globe, flashing brilliantly before vanishing as quickly as it came. Tapping at just 23 locations in the United States, New Yorkers are fortunate enough to have two options for tomorrow's big day: Alewife in Long Island City and Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg.

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Here's an Early Look at New Gastropub Fools Gold

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Eve Turow
Fools Gold on its grand opening night, August 5, 2014

The team behind Alewife and The Jeffrey are at it again with their third craft beer-centric establishment (and a fourth is already on the way). Fools Gold (145 E. Houston St.) officially opened August 5 to a rush of eager patrons edging their way to the bar, scanning the multicolor handles and spouts arranged along the wall.


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Here Are Three of New York's Most Unexpected Bacon Sweets

Categories: Bacon, Beer, Video

Thousands of bacon and beer lovers flocked to Citi Field on Saturday, July 26 for the Bacon and Beer Classic, which featured 25 different bacon dishes and more than 100 craft beers.

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Here's Why You Should Try this Practically Non-Alcoholic Beer

Categories: Beer

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All photos by Susannah Skiver Barton

What's like a beer but not actually a beer? Sounds like a riddle, but it does exist, and it's called Hoppy: a malt and hops beverage that's so low in alcohol it goes untaxed in its native Japan. Clocking in at .8 percent ABV, Hoppy has landed on U.S. shores at the Lower East Side's Azasu (49 Clinton Street), where it's spiked with frozen shochu to make a cold and refreshing summer beverage.

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Grimm Ales Celebrates One Year of Gypsy Brewing

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Susannah Skiver Barton
Last year, Lauren and Joe Grimm pioneered what may become the next trend in craft brewing when they launched Grimm Ales, a commercial "gypsy brewery" focused on single-batch artisanal beers. We checked in with the husband-and-wife team at home (where they're aging beer in two wine barrels) just after they'd celebrated 12 months of success with a special re-release of Bees in the Trappe, their bière de miel. Here's their perspective on what it takes to run a gypsy brewery, the challenges they've overcome, and possible future projects for Grimm Ales.

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Why You Should Head to Hoboken to Try These Belgian-Style Italian Craft Beers

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Gail Schoenberg PR
Chances are, even here in the greatest city on earth, you haven't tasted much craft beer from Italy. It's a small category to begin with and, with the exception of Eataly's Birreria, not a well-known one Stateside.

But now, you can get a taste of Italian beers brewed Belgian-style -- if you're willing to go to Hoboken for them.

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Here's a Beer for Every World Cup Quarterfinal Team

Categories: Beer

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No doubt you've already been imbibing throughout the World Cup matches of the last couple weeks. And we hope you've been patriotically quaffing something domestic (and craft!) for our beloved team. But now that America's hopes have been dashed, it's time to taste the native brews of the remaining eight teams.

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July is Good Beer Month, So Take Advantage of These Events

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Did you know that July is Good Beer Month? Now that you do, you have no excuse not to celebrate. Even if you're taking a vacation this month, there are so many beer-focused happenings that you'll be sure to find a way to get your brew on. And, if these events aren't enough for you, consider purchasing the Good Beer Passport, which gets you a free beer or flight at more than 45 participating bars and restaurants from July 1 through September 1.

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