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

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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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A Sip of the Summer International Beer Festival

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All photos by Susannah Skiver Barton
This past weekend, thousands of thirsty New Yorkers stormed the Lexington Avenue Armory for a massive beer festival. The NYC Craft Beer Festival - Summer International featured more than 75 breweries pouring over 100 beers and ciders. While there was a robust showing of New York and other domestic craft brewers, the thrice-yearly festival focused this iteration on international beer.

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Find Complex, Hop-Centric Brews at Other Half Brewing Company

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All photos by Susannah Skiver Barton
Lurking on the fringe between Red Hook and Gowanus is one of New York City's newest breweries, an industrial space with a pocket-sized taproom featuring a mounted kudu head and a bar that once went on tour with the Rolling Stones. Other Half Brewing Company (195 Centre Street, Brooklyn; 347-987-3527) has quietly been making mostly IPAs since January, pouring at shows and in a few bars. Now, as summer begins, it's just opened the taproom and is poised to bring the city's hopheads a new source of delight and satisfaction.

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Ticket Giveaway: Get Your Gnome on at Chouffefest

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For one night only, gnomes are taking over Brooklyn. Next Thursday, June 19, Belgian brewery Chouffe comes to the Brooklyn Night Bazaar (165 Banker Street, Brooklyn) with flowing beer, food, and a slew of silly gnome-centric activities, from giant checkers and a "gnome-throne" photo booth to live screen-printed posters and a caricaturist who will "gnomeify" you.

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Pair Art and Brews at the New Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor

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All photos by Susannah Skiver Barton
One of the great things about New York City is that it can support a seemingly infinite array of watering holes. There are creative cocktail joints, divey old-man bars, intimate wine nooks, raucous sports bars, and so many more spots that cater to the various ways to get your drink on, including those times when all you want is a quiet moment with your beer. Case in point: The recently-opened Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor (26 West 8th Street), which provides a welcoming, laid-back atmosphere that puts the focus on the brews.

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Here's Why You Should Try Shandy

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Susannah Skiver Barton
If you want to spark derision from a bunch of craft beer snobs, just mention the S word: shandy. The most basic of beer cocktails, the shandy combines lemonade or another non-alcoholic drink with beer to create a low-ABV summer sipper. It's been gaining in popularity for the last couple of years, and even respectable craft outfits have begun offering shandies as part of their seasonal line-ups. So before you write off shandy as watered-down beer for people with kiddie palates, consider its potential as a thirst-quenching refresher during the hottest days of summer.

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