How to Score a Presale Ticket to Our Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival

Categories: Brooklyn Pour

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Laura June Kirsch
Each year in September, the Village Voice takes over Brooklyn's Skylight One Hanson (One Hanson Place, Brooklyn) and invites dozens of brewers to pour hundreds of craft beers for crowds of enthusiastic drinkers. It's always a good party, and it's an excellent opportunity to taste the exciting work of your local beermakers next to pours from across the globe.

We're excited to tell you that Brooklyn Pour is back for a fourth year: Consider this an official announcement of the festival's return -- and your invitation to secure your entrance before tickets go on sale to the general public.

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Steadfast Beer Company and its Gluten-Free Beer

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Steadfast via Facebook
Finding a suitable beer when you can't consume barley or wheat is a challenge. But when there's an opening in the market, wait around long enough, and someone will fill the void. When Albany-based Steadfast Beer Company co-founder Jeremy Hosier decided to do just that, he wanted "to take gluten free beer seriously, to make something flavorful."

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Three Brothers, a Pale Ale, and a Brewery: City Island Beer Company

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City Island Beer Company
The craft brewer's life is a busy one, especially during October when the all-important Oktoberfest beckons from Germany. The tradition has endured for more than two hundred years, drawing in more than six million people annually, and making it the world's largest beer festival. While imitations have sprung up all over the world, diehard beer lovers and the brewers who keep them happy know to go to Munich for the real thing.

Just back from the sixteen-day event in Bavaria, Paul Sciara, president of City Island Beer Company, was able to find a few minutes to chat with the Fork in the Road about his brewery, the Bronx, and Brooklyn Pour.


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A Storm of New Brews Coming From Sixpoint

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Sixpoint Brewery
The new fall brew, Autumnnation
This fall, the ever-creative and ever-prolific guys at Sixpoint continue to churn out new brews via experimental recipes and unique techniques. We caught up with Aaron Ekroth, creative director at Sixpoint Brewery, to learn more about the autumnal lineup in anticipation of this weekend's Brooklyn Pour event.

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Ommegang Is Celebrating the Seasons and Game of Thrones

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Brewery Ommegang
Wild at Heart, the newest of Ommegang's Brewmaster's Obsession Series, made with Wild Brett yeast.
As Brewery Ommegang continues to expand, it turns out a big, bold, and highly drinkable lineup comprising complex Belgian-style beers. Unlike many of the newer craft brewers, it favors highly carbonated "bright" beers, mostly sold in heavy 750ml bottles from Europe, which makes them perfect for aging or drinking fresh. We talked with Larry Bennett, Communications Director at Brewery Ommegang, to learn what Ommegang has in store for this fall.

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Heartland's Rise From Brewpub to Beer-Based Chain

Categories: Brooklyn Pour

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Heartland via Facebook
Back when I was a corporate drone, slogging away in my office with nothing but a spectacular 37th floor view and my misery to keep me company, the Midtown Heartland Brewery became a favorite after work (or sometimes mid-work) stop for a beer and a fried pickle. Little did I know that founder Jon Bloostein was also once a corporate drone who gave up a life in finance to open a pub.

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It's KelSo in Cans!

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Kelly Taylor
A first glimpse of KelSo's new cans.

Get ready for some big Brooklyn beer news: KelSo is launching a canned beer line. Known for easy-drinking and innovative brews, the small husband-and-wife operation is taking new form as beers goes beyond the tap and into the can. We caught up with Kelly Taylor, head brewer and co-owner, to learn more about what KelSo of Brooklyn has in store in the coming months.


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Brooklyn Pour Is Two Weeks Away--More Breweries and Food Announced

Categories: Brooklyn Pour

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Laura June Kirsch
Last year's Brooklyn Pour
We're less than two weeks out from the Brooklyn Pour craft beer festival, which descends on Skylight One Hanson (1 Hanson Place, 718-783-5437) in Fort Greene October 12. Our VIP tickets are sold out--but there are a few more general admission slots available, and today brings more info that should tempt you into securing one.

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Brooklyn Brew Shop to Join the Brewery Ranks

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Brooklyn Brew Shop

Brooklyn Brew Shop is one of the only places in New York City that provides easy-to-use brew kits for homebrewers. "Making beer is not difficult. It requires little space. It will save you money, and taste better than what you find in most stores," the shop's website boasts, encouraging others to get in on the homebrew action. The company offers kits for a variety of beer styles, from summer wheat to grapefruit honey ale, along with handy accessories, such as bottles and fermenter kits. In essence, Brooklyn Brew Shop is a beer-makers heaven.

And now, owners Erica Shea and Stephen Valand have decided to go beyond the kits by opening a brewery where they will create their own bold and frothy brews. We chatted with Stephen about this recent development and asked where we could go to get a taste of the Brooklyn Brew Shop beers.


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Bronx Brewery Black Pale Ale to Arrive November 1

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Bronx Brewery
Just in time for cooler weather and fall foliage, the seasonal winter brew from Bronx Brewery is about to hit the tap: The brewery is gearing up to release Bronx Black Pale Ale, a dark and malty take on the style of beer it's become known for.

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