Friday, May 27, 2011

Victory Beer Garden Open In Battery Park

Springtime? What springtime? It's summer already! That means that the ever awesome Victory Brewing Beer Garden is OPEN in Battery Park! This surprisingly under utilized and fairly obscure gem is nestled away behind bushy greenery, as if they were trying to keep it secret. It's next to the Battery Gardens restaurant and the Coast Guard station's parking lot (just west of the Staten Island Ferry terminal).

We plan on hitting the beer garden tonight (Friday May 27, 2011) at 6:30pm with some pals. Feel free to join us for a nice Victory Witbier, or whatever else suits you.
 The nearby Castle Gardens, originally named Castle Clinton, used to be a popular beer garden back in the 1800s. Victory plans a proper launch in June. In the meantime, the NY Times reports on the beer garden explosion in NYC these days!

Dogfish Head At New Beer

Elizabeth from Dogfish Head Brewery was at New Beer Distributors yesterday to sample out servings of a few DFH beers available there on tap for growler sales. Both Elizabeth and I had the exact same DFH t-shirts on, which amused her. 

On offer were the Black & Blue, Chicory Stout, Shelter Pale Ale, Namaste and Festina Peche. In addition to those, though, was a beer coctail that Elizabeth concocted with Festina Peche, fresh sliced peaches and a touch of peach schnapps!
That's something that we'll have to try ourselves (once the local peaches are ripe and ready)! 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Er... Where Are The Podcats and Posts?!?

So, the idea was to have this blog and podcast up and running during the holidays to showcase all the great winter and Christmas beers. And we actually conducted THREE sessions, with about 8 different beers, had guests, recorded the sessions, edited them... But we weren't happy with the results. Then things got busy. So, we figured that we'd shelve the idea for a while, think about how to rework the format, and do an official launch when we were happy with everything. We think that we've done that -- or at least gotten closer! We recorded a very good interview with Brooklyn Brewery President Steve Hindy on Monday May 23, 2011 at the Brewer's Reserve night which featured their new beer The Concoction. We plan on posting the interview, and more information on this limited edition specialty brew by Monday, May 30. We promise! Thanks for hanging in!