Spring has Sprung

Hi, guys! We hope you all had amazing weekends. It finally feels like spring has arrived in full force. What a relief! Just want to share a few beer scenes from our weekends with you.

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Friday night I drank this bottle of New Holland Blue Sunday Sour with my friend Zoë, before attending a vintage Mad Men party! We put this sour in our H&H Beer of the Month Club packages last month, and I’m so glad that Zoë squirreled away a couple of bottles. It is incredible! Its flavors of oak and malt keep it from being too tart, and it has really nice blackberry notes.

Just call me Betty Draper, er, I mean, Betty Francis
Just call me Betty Draper, er, I mean, Betty Francis

On Saturday Maddy and I were both working all day, but work isn’t so bad when you get to spend the day talking to brewers and beer lovers! We had a crazy successful tasting at H&H. Folksbier, a new Carroll Gardens-based brewery, was in the shop from 2-6 pouring samples of their three beers. My favorite is Echo Maker, a dark rye. Despite it’s dark color and coffee/cocoa notes, it’s still super refreshing. Their pilsner and Alpine ale are tasty too. Sunshine Daydream, their pilsner, is crisp to the point of being almost effervescent, and it has a really nice hop presence. It’s definitely one for day drinking in spring/summer weather. I was excited to sell SO many growlers of Folksbier beer, and to get chat a little bit with Glen and Travis.

Glen and Folksbier brewmaster, Travis Kauffman
Glen and Folksbier brewmaster, Travis Kauffman

Maddy worked at the Thomas Jefferson Craft Beer Tasting at Poplar Forest this weekend. Eleven regional breweries, including Foothills, Wild Wolf, and Parkway (obviously), were there pouring beer, and there was also live music, local food, and work by local artisans! Sounds like an amazing way to spend a Saturday; I wish I could have been there!

Running into familiar faces is one of the best things about beer fests!
Running into familiar faces is one of the best things about beer fests!

On Sunday evening I finally made it up to Astoria! Amanda’s friend Jamie knew about an awesome beer garden called Studio Square, and we spent a few Sunday Funday hours there drinking beer and having deep girl talk (my absolute favorite way to spend an afternoon). Their beer list, while large, is pretty basic. I enjoyed a Goose Island IPA, Amanda had the Coney Island Pilsner, and Kristin got one of my favorite local saisons, the Two Roads Worker’s Comp. Jamie went with a pitcher of their house-made white sangria. 😉 I can’t wait to go back to Studio Square in the summer! There is SO MUCH outdoor space, and Jamie said that they often have live music, or screen big sporting events.

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Cheers to Monday and more spring weather in the forecast!

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  1. […] On Saturday Maddy and I were both working all day, but work isn’t so bad when you get to spend the day talking to brewers and beer lovers! We had a crazy successful tasting at H&H. Folksbier, a new Carroll Gardens-based brewery, was in the shop from 2-6 pouring samples of their three beers. My favorite is Echo Maker, a dark rye. Despite it’s dark color and coffee/cocoa notes, it’s still super refreshing. Their pilsner and Alpine ale are tasty too. …read more […]

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