Beer + Brooklyn

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Hey, peeps! Long time no chat. We had to take some time off after the very taxing 12 Days of Christmas. 😉 Surely you understand. My dad and I are in New York this week visiting my brother, Ed. We’ve had some incredible NY beers that I want to tell you about.

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On Tuesday night we went to a cute little Italian spot in Downtown Brooklyn called Forno Rosso. The service was a bit spotty, and there was some confusion about what they had on draft, but I ended up with a decent IPA from Chelsea Brewing Company. It was light on the hops for my taste, but it paired well with my roasted vegetable pizza, and hit the spot after a long day of traveling. Dad started with a truly awful lager by Coney Island Brewing. It was totally flat and flavorless, but in Coney Island’s defense we think there was something wrong with the keg. There’s just no way a brewery would produce a beer that awful. Ed had Bell’s Kalamazoo Stout, and while it’s not from New York, it deserves a mention for being so damn good.

Later that night Ed and I ventured back out to the Brazen Head, a cozy bar with an impressive draft list. We both tried the Bronx Rye Pale Ale, and I was surprised by how much I liked it! It definitely drinks more like an IPA, and while the rye is noticeable, it’s not overwhelming. I’ll have this one again.

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Wednesday we had dinner at a no frills burger joint called two8two. The boys both tried Victory’s Pale Ale and enjoyed it a lot. I went with an old standby: Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace. I can’t say enough about this beer! The lemon/lemongrass flavors make it one of my favorite saisons, and it was a great compliment to my grilled cheese (yes, I’m a child…who drinks a lot of beer).

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Thursday, after a looooong day of walking, we got thai at a hip, cozy, restaurant down the street from our AirBnB– Sage. Again, they had a great draft list, full of local options. I tried the Ithaca Flower Power IPA, Ed had Empire Brewing’s Amber Ale, and Dad went with The Crisp, Sixpoint’s lager. All were quality beers, but the food really stole the show. We split veggie dumplings with broccoli and sweet potato, served with sweet chili soy sauce (um, YUM!). Dad and I both got stir frys filled with fresh, perfectly cooked veggies, and Ed got a spicy, delicious-looking curry. I was really missing my fellow Barley Babe at this dinner! Maddy would have loved the food and the beer selection. The spice fiend that she is, I have a feeling she would have tried the Finback El Verano, a witbier with lemon and jalapeño.

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After dinner Ed and I went to a couple of cute bars in the neighborhood. At Huckleberry Bar Ed had Singlecut’s rich, chocolately, milk stout nitro. I tried an interesting brew from Upstate Brewing, their India Pale Wheat. It featured the hoppiness you expect from an IPA, but also some wheat beer yeastiness. The can was my favorite part.

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At The Drink Ed took a break from beer and had their warm, spicy Hot Toddy with bourbon. I tried Newburgh Brewing’s Smoked Gose, and it was one of the most interesting beers I’ve ever had. The smokiness was very present, but it still had the tart, refreshing flavor you expect from a gose.

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We had  PACKED day yesterday, and went to several places we’ve blogged about before. Ed and I built Maddy an epic six pack at Top Hops Beer Shop and then we had a delicious dinner at Radegast. Today we’re off to Coney Island! Have a great weekend!

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