Hill Farmstead / Grassroots at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill

Just wanted to send a huge shoutout to the folks at Farmhouse Tap and Grill for putting together such a great Hill Farmstead/Grassroots event last week. The crowds were well managed, the tap list was amazing (I’m always looking for an excuse to drink vintage Hill Farmstead, especially on draft, without dipping into my cellar) and the food selection was top notch as always (that lamb burger!!!).

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Upcoming Events for April 2014

With Spring finally here, more and more cool events are popping up on the radar and it’s time to start getting back to these posts highlighting some of the great things going on not only in the Capital Region, but within a few hours’ drive for you likeminded beer travelers as well. April is jam packed, let’s take a look:

Founder KBS Release at Errwhere | April 2nd
Don’t worry if you missed this on bottles. This should be on draft at several locations in the Capital Region (it was on at The Ruck when I stopped by last night), City Beer Hall should have it on during and after their Wild Game Dinner featuring Founders (date TBA) and I’m sure Lionheart and maybe even The Factory will get it again. The coffee notes in KBS fade fairly quickly and as such, I suggest drinking it fresh as often as you can this month.

StoutFest at Armsby Abbey | April 5th
A no brainer event. If you haven’t gone, go. Always the best lineup of stouts you will see in the Northeast year after year. It’s two hours away, so have a DD, get a hotel, do what you gotta do. KBS will be on here as well, and if you are going to the Founders Breakfast you will be one of the lucky ones to get some of the last CBS on the planet, not to mention all of the other sick beers on this lineup.

Session Beer Day | April 7th
A much needed break from my past week’s over the top stouts and IPAs, Session Beer Day celebrates kicking back and relaxing with a flavorful, low alcohol brew. Expect a nice gueuze in my hand that day.

New York State Beer Social at The Lionheart | April 10th
A New York Craft Beer focused lineup feature local faves Captain Lawrence, Crossroads, Nine Pin, Rushing Duck, etc.

Hill Farmstead / Grassroots Brewing at Farmhouse Tap and Grill | April 16th
Twenty three lines plus bottles of some of the best beer on the planet. Not much more to say here. Just do it.

AOA’s 6th Birthday @ The Malt Room | April 16th
Free snacks, cake, blogger peeps.

Nor’yeaster Sour Event at Two Roads | April 19th
Two Roads is releasing three beers this day: Crazy Pucker, Urban Funk, and Henry’s Farm. Worth checking out, I’m sure.

Cheese 101 at The Cheese Traveler | April 23rd
Nice little intro to cheese, cheesemaking, some history behind the styles, etc. Another class is slated for May as well.

Ommegang Game of Thrones Feast at The City Beer Hall | April 24th
Take The Black Stout and Fire and Blood (plus other Ommegang beer) paired with Wild Game dishes served feast-style.

TAP NY @ Hunter Mountain | April 26th-27th
A truly great celebration of New York State craft beer. Some one off beers you do not usually see, and some breweries from the further region of the State we can’t usually get our hands on. Plus corn dogs.

Nine Pin Cider Dinner at One Six Five | April 30th
Four course dinner with pairings from Nine Pin Cider. A great introduction to our local cidery if you haven’t gotten the chance to check them out yet.

Team Upstate NY Gang Bang BIF Round 5 #UpstateBang

This weekend came the day we were all waiting so anxiously for: The Team Upstate NY Gang Bang. (For a little more background on the Gang Bang Beer-It-Forward, check out the packing party post here.) Team SoCal sent to us, which meant a shit ton of great Alesmith, Firestone Walker, and The Bruery verts and horizontals were in store for us that day, along with a ton of other awesome beer and shirt and glass swag too.
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Hunahpu Weekend

With Hunahpu Day on the horizon I’ve had a few people reach out to me for recommendations on what else to do while in Tampa for the weekend. I’ve teased some of these pictures from our trip to Florida last year in the past but I’ve never actually done a post on the weekend so I figured now is as good of a time as any to share these pictures while giving a few recommendations.

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