Is It Worth Riding the 1 Train Uptown for Craft Beer at Hogshead Tavern?

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Courtesy of Hogshead Tavern
Inside Hogshead Tavern
Craft beer is more commonly associated with hipster-laden pockets of the LES and Williamsburg than with the triple-digited streets of Upper Manhattan. Hogshead Tavern (126 Hamilton Place, 212-234-5411) hopes to change that perception, staking out the vastly untapped region of Hamilton Heights in the name of high-minded suds. The streamlined bar and restaurant — with warm, black-bricked, plaid-floored interior — has already charmed its way into something of a neighborhood staple. But for the faraway folks, is it worth the trek? I hopped on the 1 train to find out.

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Get a Buzz With This Cider-Infused Ice Cream

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Tipsy Scoop
Dark chocolate and Salted Caramel Whiskey
Cider continues to be one of the fastest-growing craft drinks in the country. Its appeal is obvious: It's sweet, oftentimes tasting more like soda than beer, and the apple-derived alcohol goes down easy and gets you lifted. I have remained skeptical, keeping cider at a distance for years, even as Old World styles — typically more tart and less cloying — have infiltrated the market. But this weekend, the folks of Downeast Cider team up with Tipsy Scoop for a collaboration that just might make me a convert. Hard Honey and Cinnamon Ice Cream is here. It's real. And it'll get you drunk. How could it not be our "beer" of the week?

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Raise a Saison for Oxbow Beer, Set to Descend on NYC

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Andrew Foster
Oxbow Beer is set to take the city by storm next Wednesday, as it prepares a weeklong blitzkrieg through Brooklyn and Manhattan. The Farmhouse-focused microbrewery from Newcastle, Maine, will parade a selection of seasonal offerings to mark its emergence within the Big Apple beer scene. A dynamic new addition to the craft landscape, we welcome the Pine Tree Staters with open arms and raised pint glasses — filled with its flagship pale ale, our Beer of the Week.

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NYC Beer Week Hits the Home Stretch

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Brad Japhe
Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Other Half Brewmaster Sam Richardson

The seventh annual NYC Beer Week is heading to the finish line, but it promises to go out with a boisterous bang. The final weekend is punctuated with several standout bashes, tap takeovers, local drink specials, even a whole lamb roast. Here's a few to hit in the home stretch.


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A Craft Concoction From Queens

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Anthony Garito
19-33 Lagrrr! by SingleCut Beersmiths

February is drawing to a close and most New Yorkers might be thinking, "Good riddance," as the month was the coldest on record in more than 80 years. While seeing the East River almost completely freeze over is a truly chilling sight, the shortest month of the calendar year was actually a heartwarming time for craft beer enthusiasts. This weekend concludes the Seventh annual NYC Beer Week, and it's been a slow-rolling juggernaut of malt and hops. One of many local players making a splash was Queens-based SingleCut Beersmiths. Their 19-33 Lagrrr! pretty much sums up the temperature range of the past four weeks. It serves as a suitable toast this weekend as we wave goodbye to February and Beer Week.


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The Best of Beer Week: Where to Taste Local Brews

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Photo credit: NYC BREWERS GUILD
In case you missed it, NYC is in the midst of its seventh annual Beer Week. Saturday brought some of the city's finest microbrews together under one roof at the Opening Bash in Chelsea. Yesterday afternoon, Brewnity showcased over 50 homebrews in a four-hour tasting, benefiting City Harvest. If you're feeling left out, hold your head and pint glasses high; the best events are yet to come. Here's a breakdown of what's brewing in the days ahead.

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Pete Carroll Needs a Beer — Throw That Man a Beast Mode

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Sixpoint Brewery
We've spent nearly half a year dedicating weekly beers to the folks who need or deserve them most, and we might have finally run into a near-perfect match. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, you did not start your week off in sterling fashion. Far from it. In one of the most head-scratching play calls in sports history, you elected to have your agile scrambler of a quarterback pass the ball — from the one yard line, on SECOND DOWN. The numbing stupidity of the move was compounded by the fact that sitting idle in your backfield was the league's top-scoring running back. Enough. You know the rest. But what you might not know is that Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery released an American porter in December named Beast Mode. Mr. Carroll, you cannot change the past, but you surely should be reminded of it for the remainder of your future. This Beast Mode's for you.

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Here's Why Big Brew NY Beer Festival Is Worth a Weekend Commute

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The Big Brew Fest Beer Festival
Hopping a weekend train north to White Plains is a tough sell to many New Yorkers. But for beer enthusiasts, it's a short journey worth considering this Saturday afternoon. One of Westchester's largest craft beer festivals is coming to the County Center (198 Central Avenue, White Plains; 914-995-4050) in the form of the Big Brew NY Beer Festival. Tapping upwards of 250 brews from 5 until 8:30 p.m., the event features a heavy focus on the suds of the Tri-State.

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The 10 Best Beers of 2014

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Other Half Brewing
2014, I miss you already. The years seem to go by faster and faster, but at least the beers keep getting better and better. Especially here in the city, where our craft beer scene has blossomed into one of the nation's most vibrant. Not long ago, NYC-based breweries were overshadowed by more prominent players from neighboring regions. But the past half-decade has been defined by a renaissance of first-class fermentation. We now boast dozens of producers with global significance, and even more exciting newcomers on the horizon. As we struggle with the inevitable hangover of a new year, here's a little hair of the dog to help you through. In no particular order, here are the ten best local(ish) beers I drank in 2014.

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Why You Should Attend NYC Craft Beer Festival This Halloween

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All photos courtesy NYC Craft Beer Festival
A very hoppy Halloween is headed our way as the NYC Craft Beer Festival returns to the Lexington Armory in Midtown, beginning on the night of Friday, October 31. A $55 ticket gains you access to all the hops, malt, and yeast you can handle for 2.5 hours. And to celebrate the holiday in appropriate fashion, a costume contest will award cash prizes to the most garishly garbed participants in the crowd. The event continues into the weekend, with two more sessions offered on Saturday: from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and once again from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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