Before we get into this, did you know that Brooklyn Pour is tomorrow? Tickets are sold out, but hey, if you hang around outside the venue, you never know what's possible. Anyway, onward to the beer!
Sweet Action from Sixpoint Brewery in Red Hook
Style: A blend of pale ale, wheat beer, and cream ale
Serving style: 16-ounce can
Location: My desk in my apartment
Cost: $13 a four pack
ABV: 5.2 percent
Saranac India Pale Ale from Matt Brewing Company in Utica, New York
Style: American IPA
Serving style: Bottle
Location: Little Pond Campground in the Catskills, which is somewhere upstate outside of the city. Don't ask me to explain it more than that.
Cost: A fellow camper brought it, and I swiped it. Thanks, Zander!
ABV: 5.8 percentMore »
Sundermann A hoppy blast from California
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye from Cloverdale, California
Style: Rye beer
Serving style: Bottle poured into glass
Location: In my apartment
Cost: $15 a four-pack
ABV: 8.0 percentMore »
Great Lakes Burning River Pale Ale from Cleveland, Ohio
Style: Pale Ale
Serving style: Bottle
Location: On a deck in the woods in Michigan
Cost: I have no idea because I found it in my uncle's cooler. (Thanks, Gary!)
ABV: 6.0 percentMore »
It's just beer, why you gotta be that way?
Earlier this week, I walked into a bar in the East Village. This place, which I won't mention by name, is a spot known for its excellent beer selection. I was with a buddy of mine who doesn't really have that much knowledge about beer. No biggy though, right? We just wanted to have a couple brews, catch up, and enjoy ourselves. You know, do the stuff people do when they get beers together.More »
Some like it bottled. Some like it canned. But really, is there a better experience with beer than when it's drawn from a tap? When that brew is poured, it offers the delightful hoppy blend in true form. The only challenge is that to enjoy a real draft beer, you've gotta head to a bar -- well, unless you're still living in that college house with a kegerator in the kitchen.
So what makes a bar's draft selection great? The quantity? The quality? Are cask options needed? Is the atmosphere important? Must bartenders be knowledgeable? Well, the answers aren't simple. Keeping all these factors in mind, Fork in the Road chugged as many drafts as possible to come up with our list of 10 favorite draft-beer bars. Of course, our fair city is hardly lacking in premier beer bars, and it was impossible for us to hit all of them, so if we missed your favorite suds emporium, let us know your pick in the comments section below.
If you can't tell, that's Harpoon's Summer Ale directly next to UFO's Pumpkin Ale
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The other day I found myself in the beer aisle of one of my favorite grocery stores. They have an awesome, awesome beer selection. (I recently discovered a 21st Amendment Monk's Blood, a beer I love but had never seen outside of a bar before). While deciding what to purchase, I did a double take. Rubbed my eyes. Narrowed my brow. Ran my hand through my hair. But no matter what I did, the six pack still sat there before me: A six pack of pumpkin ale. Yes, pumpkin ale. In fucking August.More »
Sundermann King Me
Beer UP typically examines a craft beer from a small brewer somewhere in the United States. Among many others, I've written about the Left Hand Milk Stout, the Founders Red Rye, and the Troegs Troegenator, but before I continue forward on this quest to drink every brewer in the country, I decided that I should confess something: Budweiser is my favorite beer. I would apologize to you, but I am not sorry.