Thursday, July 30, 2009


The BAM beer tasting was fabulous. The pairing of a brewery with a restaurant was a great idea and worked very well. Kudos to Steve and all the folks at Edible. Kelso was a big hit. To bad Garrett Oliver ran out of beer. I could say a lot more but can't I'm out of time.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

“The Baumgartner Special”

Free Potato Pancakes.

…so there was some talk about having blog readers come down to Wolff’s this Wednesday for a food tasting at the biergarten. I do love the idea of it, but it makes me very nervous. On any given day there are up to 8,000 people clicking on this blog, and that has the potential for there to be more people showing up than Wolff’s can handle. Plus, the staff would probably kill me and cut of my fingers with my new knives so I can’t write this blog any more.itf192042

However, I asked Eric if we could do a special at Wolff’s with the potato pancakes, and this is what we’ve come up with:

One free order of potato pancakes when you buy a liter of any beer. (win win) And the special starts Wednesday, and ends at the end of this month, so you can take advantage of it all week. (through Friday, July 31st).

The special is only for blog readers, so if you mention “The Baumgartner Special” to the bartender, he/she will give you a free order of potato pancakes when you order your liter of beer.

p.s. In some circles, the “Baumgartner Special” is something entirely different, so be careful who you are saying it to.

p.s.s. it’s a beer garden. If you don’t drink beer, you’re poop outta luck.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

It's hard to get back to work

  • Try to visit Belgium during one of the following beer festivals: Zythos (usually in March); Brussels Beer Festival(usually beginning September); Bruxellensis (usually mid-September).
  • Stop at the Chez Moeder Lambic and ask one of the waiters to guide you through a selection of Belgian beers. They know what they are talking about and they are completely against ‘industrial’ beers, think Leffe and the like. Doesn’t mean I necessarily agree, as I do like a Leffe once in a while, but you’ll get to try some unique beers. (Note: there is a second Chez Moeder Lambic opening this year!)
  • If you want to take beer back home, either go to one of the bigger supermarkets – trust me, they stock a fair amount of beers at decent prices, or head to Delices et Caprices orBeer Mania.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Coasting and toasting in the Cotswolds

From London, we headed about 2 hours west to the Cotswolds where we stayed at a 300-acre organic farm. Though it was out in the boonies, we braved those narrow roads for a trip to the Trout Inn in the town of Lechlade. Located (for the past 700 years!) in a beautiful spot on a much narrower part of the Thames we were glad to partake in some excellent Sharp’s Doom Bar Ales from Cornwall.

Cobra and the Wiz take on England

It’s taken us a week to sort out our beer list and photos but we have compiled some of the imbibing high points of our three-week trip to England and Sweden. Our trip began with a visit to the Borough Market located in the shadow of Southwark Cathedral. We were greeted on arrival by a banner proclaiming “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” An auspicious beginning we thought! After perusing stalls stocked with everything from oysters to steak and kidney pies, we headed across the road to the Market Porter where we enjoyed a Young’s Traditional and a Leeds Best while we kept an eye on the goings on in the market stalls. The following day we made a trip to the London suburb of Hammersmith (well worth the 20 minute journey on the Tube) where a bevy of pubs from the 1600-1700s grace the shores of the Thames. We narrowed it down to two, both with river views, the Dove and the Blue Anchor. In no time, we were enjoying an assortment of tapas and a couple pints of Tim Taylor’s Landlord and John Courage while we watched the boats drift beneath the Hammersmith Bridge. Back in the city, another favorite, which we returned to after an absence of 10 years, was the Black Friars pub, with a spectacular arts and crafts interior complete with a mosaic ceiling and monks round the fireplace. For photos see ( A great setting for a pint of Lancaster Bomber Ale for Cobra and a Sharp’s IPA for the Wise Old Sage.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Top 50 Breweries in America

The Brewers Association has also just announced the top 50 breweries in the U.S. based on sales, by volume, for 2008. This includes all breweries, regardless of size or other parameters. Here is the 2008 list:

  1. Anheuser-Busch InBev; St Louis MO
  2. MillerCoors; Chicago IL
  3. Pabst Brewing; Woodridge IL
  4. Boston Beer Co.; Boston MA
  5. D. G. Yuengling and Son; Pottsville PA
  6. Sierra Nevada Brewing; Chico CA
  7. Craft Brewers Alliance (Widmer/Redhook); Portland OR
  8. New Belgium Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  9. High Falls Brewing; Rochester NY
  10. Spoetzl Brewery (Gambrinus); Spoetzl TX
  11. Pyramid Breweries; Seattle WA
  12. Deschutes Brewery; Bend OR
  13. Iron City Brewing (fka Pittsburgh Brewing); Pittsburgh PA
  14. Minhas Craft Brewery; Monroe WI
  15. Matt Brewing; Utica NY
  16. Boulevard Brewing; Kansas City MO
  17. Full Sail Brewing; Hood River OR
  18. Magic Hat Brewing Company; South Burlington VT
  19. Alaskan Brewing; Juneau AK
  20. Harpoon Brewery; Boston, MA
  21. Bell’s Brewery; Galesburg MI
  22. Goose Island Beer; Chicago IL
  23. Kona Brewing; Kailua-Kona HI
  24. Anchor Brewing; San Francisco CA
  25. August Schell Brewing; New Ulm MN
  26. Shipyard Brewing; Portland ME
  27. Summit Brewing; Saint Paul MN
  28. Stone Brewing; Escondido CA
  29. Mendocino Brewing; Ukiah CA
  30. Abita Brewing; New Orleans LA
  31. Brooklyn Brewery; Brooklyn NY
  32. New Glarus Brewing; New Glarus WI
  33. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery; Lewes DE
  34. Long Trail Brewing; Bridgewater Corners VT
  35. Gordon Biersch Brewing; San Jose CA
  36. Rogue Ales/Oregon Brewing; Newport OR
  37. Great Lakes Brewing; Cleveland OH
  38. Lagunitas Brewing; Petaluma CA
  39. Firestone Walker Brewing; Paso Robles CA
  40. SweetWater Brewing; Atlanta GA
  41. Flying Dog Brewery; Denver CO
  42. BJs Restaurant & Brewery; Huntington Beach CA
  43. Rock Bottom Brewery Restaurants; Louisville CO
  44. Bridgeport Brewing; Portland OR
  45. Odell Brewing; Fort Collins CO
  46. Victory Brewing; Downington PA
  47. Straub Brewery; Saint Mary’s PA
  48. Cold Spring Brewery; Cold Spring MN
  49. Mac and Jack’s Brewery; Redmond WA
  50. Big Sky Brewing; Missoula MT

Good Beer at BAM

30 Lafayette Ave
Brooklyn, NY
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Price$45.00 - $50.00
Info Line631.537.4637

TICKETS ON SALE NOW for Good Beer at BAM, 4-8 p.m., July 29.

On Wednesday, July 29, Edible Brooklyn and Edible Manhattan magazines, in partnership with the just-launched Good Beer Seal, July Good Beer Month and, will throw a sudsy soiree at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, complete with Gramercy Tavern homebrew and weiners, beer cocktails and the marriage of Brooklyn-brewed beer and Queens-raised pork (who knew?).

Driven by the conviction that our great beer town deserves an annual bang-up beer bash, well serve up the best brews and, of course, top eats, too. Join us for this evening of beer and food and get to know your food community. Because everyone deserves good beer.


In contrast to the typical overwhelming swill sloshfest, Good Beer at BAM offers an intimate setting for breweries, food artisans, and we who love them, to raise a glass (or few) to the role beer plays in contemporary culinary culture.

Because everyone deserves good beer, Good Beer at BAM will bring together NYC food and drink enthusiasts to sip and sup from:

12 to 15 breweries from New York and the region, who will pour alongside an edited list of tastes from Brooklyn and Manhattan restaurants and food makers.

New beers brewed for the event. Expect food-focused beer premiers, cask ale from Sierra Nevada, never-before shared homebrew from the kitchen at Gramercy Tavern, beer cocktails from Back Forty, and an interborough pairing of Brooklyn Brewery beer with Queens County Farm Museum pork.

Beer bars that represent. A specially curated selection of Old Word and international beers, seldom imported and made in limited quantities, poured alongside their New World brethren by local beer bars. Tip back a Japanese white alongside the white ale from the Southampton Publick House. Enjoy an Ommegang stout next to a rare stout from England.

Good Beer at BAM will benefit Just Food and Added Value.

Beers by: Brooklyn Brewery, Southampton Publick House, Kelso of Brooklyn, Blue Point Brewery, Allagash, Troegs, Ommegang, Left Hand, Sierra Nevada, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Victory, Keeghan Ales, Sly Fox, Peak Organic Brewing Company, Lake Placid, Ithaca Beer Company, and Brooklyn Homebrew

Beer bars: Jimmys No. 43, Beer Table, Blind Tiger, Spuyten Duyvil

Food by: The Good Fork, Beer Table, Back Forty, Gramercy Tavern, Jasper Hill, No. 7, Widows Hole Oysters, iCi, Porchetta, Co., Rosewater, Brooklyn Greenmarkets, Sullivan Street Bakery, Gerald Jerky

For information contact Rachel Graville,, 646.246.9650.

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NYS Beer Fest

NYS Beer Fest

July 18
Terrapin Catering, Staatsburg
Restaurant brings you the coolest Beer Fest to kick-off summer. Featuring small-batch craft beer, all you can eat Terrapin BBQ, unlimited brew samples, live music and door prizes. $39 pp ($19 designated drivers). Advance purchase recommended.