A Valentine to Brookyln’s Beer Couples

At BeerAffair, we’re all about love. Love for beer, love for the craft beer and brewing community, and above all, love for the local  brewers who bring us thought-provoking, inspiring beverages to drink and socialize with day after New York beer-loving day.

To honor this growing squad of New York City brewers—namely those in Brooklyn—we’ve decided to shine the spotlight on those who we suspect love each other as much as they love making beer. Continue reading

Holiday Beers at Haymaker: Sip These Christmas Miracles One Ounce at a Time

My friends, Jimmy and Dee joined me for a tasting at Haymaker last week.

My friends, Jimmy and Dee joined me for a tasting at Haymaker Bar & Kitchen in Manhattan Wednesday evening.

“These aren’t your typical winter warmers,” Tristan Colegrove, bar manager and resident beer geek at Manhattan’s Haymaker Bar & Kitchen, told me as he placed a neat row of six Christmas beers on the bar in front of me. As is proven par the course at Haymaker since its inception in October, the beer bar and gastropub is doing the “seasonal” thing a little differently.

December is winding down its final days, but Colegrove is ramping up his repertoire by including more impressive beers on the sophisticated list than ever before.

Yes, he has De Dolle Stille Nacht, the slightly sweet, boozy Belgian Strong Pale Ale that beer bars clamor to have on tap each holiday season—but then, so do Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village and Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint.

True, he’s managed to get his hands on two rival brothers’ very different takes on winter ale: Mikkeller Winbic, a blended Spontan Ale and saison from Denmark that you won’t find anywhere else in the city (imported by the Shelton Brothers) and Brooklyn-based Evil Twin‘s Xmas Eve in a NYC Hotel Room, an imperial stout that’s oily, delightfully dry and delicious without being aggressively spiced—but the latter can be found all over Brooklyn.

What really stumped me on the menu — even among such stuff that beverage managers’ and drinkers’ dreams are made of (Prairie Christmas Bomb! Chesterfield Dreams by Other Half and Garage Brewery in Barcelona!) — was La Vermontoise. Continue reading

Calagione Taps the Hill-Side and Other Half for Fashion-Crafted Beer Collaboration

Pat Phillips and I in the "craft beer confessional" for episode 6 of Thats Odd, Lets Drink It.

Pat Phillips and I vote carrot beer in the “craft beer confessional” in That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It episode 6.

In the sixth and final episode of That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It!, Sam Calagione comes to Williamsburg to create a collaborative craft beer with GQ’s ‘Best New Menswear Designers in America,’ the Hill-Side and Other Half Brewing. Spoiler alert: I’m in it! Continue reading

Two-Brew Debut at the Hill-Side With Other Half Brewing and Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione

‘Wabbit Saison’ and ‘To Much Blueberry’ Launch at the Hill-Side for That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It Series

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Last night, First We Feast‘s new web series, That’s Odd, Let’s Drink It brought together brewers, fashion fans and beer acolytes as Dogfish Head‘s Sam Calagione, Other Half Brewing‘s Sam Richardson and Matt Monahan, and fashion designers the Hill-Side celebrated their recent collaboration at the label’s new retail location in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.  Continue reading

Watch How Other Half Brewing Brews Their Beer

Ever wonder how beer media darlings, Other Half Brewing craft those magnificently hoppy brews everyone’s drooling over, like Green Diamonds, Hop Showers and All Green Everything?

This video by Team Biscuit Films follows Other Half on a quiet journey through the brewing process, from brewer, Sam Richardson mashing in to parter, Matt Monahan tasting the wort. Teamwork makes the dream work, guys.

Follow Team Biscuit’s journey filming cool people doing cool things on Facebook.com/TeamBiscuitFilms.