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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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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Anniversary Dinner at Boca Bistro | Saratoga Springs, NY


Elise and I kinda wavered right up until the last minute on where to go out for our firth Anniversary. We thought about heading back to Creo like we did last year, or even revisiting our first anniversary spot, Yono’s. 677 Prime was also on the short list, but Elise really wanted to do a bunch of smaller plates we could share instead of big entrées. There are only a few places in the area that do tapas but after doing a little bit of Google searching I stumbled upon Boca Bistro in Saratoga. The tapas menu had a bunch of our favorites and some new things for us to try, so we decided to head up there for dinner, find somewhere else for dessert, and finish things up at 9 Maple for some after dinner drinks and tunes.

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