Enjoy This Frosty Brew On Ice

Chris Sheehan
Homegrown hops on the vine

NHL hockey and craft beer are natural bedfellows. The former is billed as the coolest game on ice, the latter is best enjoyed ice cold, out of a frosty mug. Watching playoff hockey, particularly when it comes to our New York Rangers, is a particularly nerve-wrecking endeavor, one that could drive even the most dedicated teetotaler into the arms of a six pack.

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How to Score Free Beer at Luke's Lobster

Brad Japhe for the Village Voice
Taste of Maine platter with Maine beer
An authentic Maine lobster roll is tough to beat. The success of Luke's Lobster (multiple locations), which just opened its thirteenth Northeastern eatery, is a testament to the enduring allure of New England's culinary staple. But with a new happy-hour deal, the popular seafood shack has stumbled upon a way to amplify something awesome into something legendary: free beer.

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This IPA Is a Force to Be Reckoned With

Susannah Skiver Barton for the Village Voice
If you aren't already familiar with the term Jade Helm, now's as good a time as any for a good laugh. What sounds like the title of an upcoming James Bond film is really an upcoming, large-scale military exercise taking place in the Southwest — if you believe our president, that is. Informed patriots realize it's actually a nefarious scheme by the federal government that ends with a forceful occupation of Texas and parts of Utah. Obviously.

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Here's What's On Tap for Queens Beer Week

Categories: Beer, Events

LIC Beer Project via Facebook
Be among the first to taste the offerings from this brand-new brewery.
Queens Beer Week returns to its namesake borough tonight, officially launching its second annual festival at Crescent and Vine (25-03 Ditmars Boulevard, Queens; 718-204-4774) in Astoria. Looking to build upon the success of its inaugural year, QBW2015 offers far more events, tap takeovers, and themed parties than in 2014. Here's what you need to know to navigate the next ten days so that you can get the most out of the party.

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With This Beer, We Raise a Toast to Queens

Finback Brewery
Filling barrels with beer at Finback
Move over, Brooklyn. After years of threats and broken promises, we may finally be entering the era of Queens. You want proof? There's the Mets, of course, who are riding an eleven-game win streak to the best record in baseball. Although it's still April, the team's most electrifying start since the championship season of 1986 is enough to snag the entire city's attention. But that's sure to fade faster than the hop profile of a great I.P.A.

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The Proper Ale to Hit the Campaign Trail Comes From Carton Brewing

Carton Brewing via Facebook
It's been less than a week since Hillary Clinton made her 2016 presidential campaign official, and the excitement already threatens to drown the city. Do you find yourself gasping for air? With frontrunner candidates now emerging from both major political parties, we can finally get down to that eighteen-month-long horse race of speculation dubbed "election season." Sweet lord, this calls for a stiff one. Like with most everything else in life, there's a beer for that. In this case, it's GORP — a beer brewed by the friendly folks at Carton Brewing specifically for hitting the trail. Drink up, America. You're going to need it.

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Jimmy's No. 43 Is Back in Business After Explosion

Jimmy's No. 43 via Facebook
Inside Jimmy's No. 43
The East Village explosion that leveled Sushi Park and Pommes Frites also temporarily shuttered a number of surrounding businesses, including a pair of our favorite diners, B&H Dairy and Stage Restaurant, and craft-beer stalwart Jimmy's No. 43 (43 East 7th Street, 212-982-3006). We get word now that Jimmy's just got the final OK from the health department and is open, just in time for the weekend.

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This Week's Beer of the Week Is a Simple Sour for a Simple Man

Peekskill Brewery
A Flight of Four
This just isn't Tom Cotton's week. The taxpayer-supported nincompoop and freshman senator out of Arkansas has made a name for himself by taking a heroic (potentially treasonous) stand, first against international diplomacy and more recently against human rights. In just the past 48 hours, he's met with colossal failure on both fronts. Obama's nuclear deal with Iran is on the fast track to ratification, and Arkansas's farcical "religious freedom" act has been reworded to (gasp!) disallow discrimination, in response to significant corporate opposition. Sadly for Mr. Cotton, as popular as it is to be an out-of-the-closet ignoramus in his corner of the earth, it still doesn't wield nearly as much lobbying power as Walmart.

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Drink This Barrel-Aged Beer That's as Dominant as Kentucky Basketball

Grimm Artisanal Ales
Double Negative in the Barrel
The end of March is imminent, and so comes the season when the country fixes its collective gaze upon NCAA college basketball. This year, however, it seems pointless to devote too much time and effort to the annual sports phenomenon. That's because Kentucky, undefeated throughout the season, currently with 37 consecutive victories, dominates the draw. Last night the team doubled the score of its respectable opponent, throttling West Virginia by a 38-point margin in the round of sixteen. Several nights earlier, the Brooklyn-based gypsy brewing team of Grimm Artisanal Ales released their Double Negative; it's a stout aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels and so well pedigreed to be our beer of the week. Since we can't dedicate this one to the boys on the floor — most of them are under drinking age — I propose a toast, instead, to the stubborn folks who think any other team stands a chance. They're going to need a stiff drink of reality.

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

Categories: Beer

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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