With This Beer, We Raise a Toast to Queens

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?

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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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