Jack’s Abby Tap Takeover at City Beer Hall


We don’t get too many total tap takeovers in the Capital Region, other than The Ruck’s Dogfish Head Night. I’d like to see more of that happening with different breweries in the area, so when The City Beer Hall featured a Jack’s Abby Tap Takeover Elise and I gladly came down with a big group of friends to check it out.

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Checking in with the new World of Beer Albany


Sunday night I had the chance to check out a little sneak preview and VIP event for the new World of Beer in Crossgates Mall. I’ve been to a couple of World of Beers while visiting family in FL and have had some fairly good experiences. It’s tough not to when you have great breweries like Cigar City to partner up with like they have down there. Here, the brewery situation is much more bleak (extremely evident on Sunday night’s tap list) which means reliance on the distributors for selection of beers and having knowledgeable staff able to curate a tap list from the beers available in the area will be crucial. We’ll get more into that when we talk about beer later.

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Beef and Beer Fest


I do a lot of beer events around Chez Fuj. Some of them are small three man tastings, some of them we have 8 or 10 guys opening up some great bottles while I’m manning the grill. Twice a year, though, I try to put together a feast of epic proportions, with more food, beer, and people you’d expect to fit in my compact backyard. I’m not going to get too wordy here, but you can read some kind words from Just A Beer Geek and Mr. Sheeps on their respective blogs.

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Founders Wild Game Night at The City Beer Hall


Still catching up on some of the events that happened before we headed Vermont for vacation, today I wanted to share some pictures and thoughts on May’s Wild Game Night at The City Beer Hall, this time featuring the beers of a wildly popular brewery out of Grand Rapids, Founders Brewing Company.

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Sneak Peak at Rare Form Brewing Company | Troy, NY

Rare Form Brewing Company
Last night a few of us from The Bier Abbey had the opportunity to stop down the Capital Region’s newest brewery, Rare Form Brewing Company, meet owners Kevin Mullen and Jenny Kemp, check out the new space, and of course try some beers they had on tap. It was a breath of fresh air, for both the continuation of the improvement of Troy, but also for the craft beer scene in the Upstate New York.

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A Deal With A Donkey Night


Last month Brobro, Mike and I lucked into an extra set of bottles that were on shelves at Hill Farmstead that week. It was an incredible lineup of Civil Disobedience 9, 3F Hommage, and Anchorage’s A Deal with a Devil. Rather than splitting the individual bottles up between us, we decided it would be better to pool our money and get together to open the bottles one night between the three of us. It was a night of decadence and excess to say the least.

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Big Brew 2014 at Homebrew Emporium


Been slacking on posts around here lately so wanted to get out a couple of galleries I’ve been meaning to share for friends. First one comes from Homebrew Emporium’s Big Brew for National Homebrew Day, an annual event can drive they do for the local Food Bank in conjunction with the American Homebrewers Association. Homebrewers bring cans of food and a $10 donation and in return they get an ingredient kit to make each year’s beer on site, this one being the Black Dog Lager Schwarzbier, a 2013 National Homebrew Competition gold medal-winning recipe.

I’ve shared the entire album on the Homebrew Emporium’s Facebook Page. Make sure to take a look!