Artisanal Beer Dinner at The City Beer Hall | Albany, NY

Artisanal Beer Dinner at The City Beer Hall

On Monday night a whole slew of friends braved the impending “storm” to head out to The City Beer Hall’s Artisanal Beer Dinner (you can check out fellow blogger Kim’s post on dinner here). The storm that night ended up being a dud, but thankfully Chef Dimitrios and his crew, pictured above, put together a dinner and pairings that were anything but.

It’s been a while since my last beer dinner at The City Beer Hall and unlike most of the Wild Game Nights that center around the lineup from a specific brewery, this was open to the full range of offerings from local distributor Remarkable Liquids. It was nice that some limited releases were brought in just for the event and were poured for the first time or not available elsewhere in the state. Let’s take a look at the pairings of the night: Continue reading

Row 34 | Fort Point | Boston, MA

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In light of Row 34 grabbing some national attention in the news due to the bombshell article dropped about Jim Koch earlier this week, I figured it was a good time to share a few snaps from my experience there a couple of weeks ago. Not gonna get too wordy with this one, but let’s dive into the pics.

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Soft Opening at The Shop | Troy, NY

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I had the opportunity to stop into The Shop during their soft opening this week with JVS and Kevin from Rare Form. The owner, Kevin Blodgett, sat down with us for a beer and while we shared some plates and even Nick from The Confectionary hung out for a few rounds as well. This was one of those unexpected, innocent Monday nights that snowballed into a ridiculously good time. Let’s take a quick look at the pics.

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Sausage Fest and Beer Raffle for Indy Likes Beer

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Thank you to everyone who made both Sausage Fest and the Beer Raffle for Indy a huge success this weekend. We’ve raised over $6000 on the GoFundMe page (keep the donations coming) plus more in cash in the days prior and during the event. This will cover a big portion of Indy’s expenses, but they can still use your help, so keep those donations coming.

The winners of the prizes were as follows:

  • STRETCH GOAL BOX: Ashley Davis
  • SOUR BOX: Brett Donaldson
  • D.E.N.I.S BOX: John Aramini
  • HILL FARMSTEAD BOX: Ron Schmidt
  • SAMMY BELGIAN BOX: James Parsons
  • CAPTAIN LAWRENCE BOX: Stephen Valliere
  • ROGUE BOX: Chad Bevers
  • DRINK LIKE A LOCAL BOX: TJ McNichols
  • BONUS BOX (St Lam + Congress St growler): Mike Segerson

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Sneak Peek at Nibble Inc. | Troy, NY

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Last night I got the chance to check out the new Nibble Inc. opening up in the old Francesca’s location on Broadway in Troy. I’ll fully admit, I’m not a huge doughnut guy. I’ll totally go for a plateful of corned beef hash and eggs benedict before I’ll reach for something sweet for breakfast like a doughnut. But Nibble Inc. has been killing it on social media lately (if you aren’t already following them already, you should), enough so to draw in a savory breakfast lover like myself.

Let’s take a look at some of the pics from the evening:

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Captain Lawrence Sour’d in September

Small gallery this week but man, this was one of my favorite events of the year. This was Captain Lawrence’s first time taking on an beer festival like this and I can’t stress how well everything was ran. Beer selection was out of this world, the people were amazing, actual brewers from a lot of the breweries involved, plenty of beer to go around. Not to mention little to no lines since there were less than 400 people in attendance. I had a tough time not just hanging out at the Captain Lawrence tent and getting refills on all of the amazing beer they had for us that day. Awesome to see so many people from the Capital Region make the trip down as well, with people from The Bier Abbey, Remarkable Liquids, Craft Beer Guild, and Madison Pour House all in attendance. This was a great, intimate festival and I’m really hoping this comes back next year.

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Rounding Out Troy Craft Beer Week

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Alright guys. Took a little bit of a week off from the blog last week but I wanna get right back into it with some shots from the end of Troy Craft Beer Week. First up was a really fun festival at Riverfront Park called Troy On Tap. A great start to what I hope is an annual event. Not just volunteers but a lot of reps from each of the breweries present, a few exclusive beers, and of course tons of shenanigans (JENT’s silent disco was a LOT of fun).

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