Beerded Ladies

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This website is devoted to craft beer reviews, sudsy events, brewery tourism, stunning beertography, bad puns, offbeat beer pairings, dispatches from behind the bar and general beverage snobbery where we can apply terms like "biscuity" and talk about hop profiles.

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We're doing all the things for NYC Beer Week 2015!!!

The most drunken week of the year is upon us, folks, and we've got some fun events cooking over at Covenhoven. Stop by, grab a pint of locally brewed suds and be sure to say hello!

(For non-BL events (but why even?), check out our Events Calendar. We'll keep it updated as new, interesting shindigs turn up.)

Beerded Ladies and Covenhoven are proud to present two exciting NYC Beer Week bashes: Local Beer & Sammy Day (2/22), a pairing menu featuring Finback Brewery, Other Half Brewing, SingleCut Beersmiths and Grimm Artisanal Ales as well as a monster of a tap takeover showcasing the best from Brooklyn’s beloved hopheads, Other Half Brewing (2/26)!

On Sunday, February 22nd, Covenhoven will offer an exciting all day pairing menu to highlight their new cheese and sandwich program, now in full swing. The limited run menu pits four delicious New York City-brewed craft beers against three different locally sourced sandwiches and one artisanal cheese plate. These informal $12 specials will run from 1PM to close, and the collaborative brewers and food purveyors will be in attendance from 3 to 5PM. 

Beer & Sammy Day Pairing Menu (subject to change)

  • Beer: Other Half Forever Ever & Sandwich: Grilled Pepper Jack with Cilantro and Pickled Apples
  • Beer: Finback Barrel Aged BQE & Sandwich: Coffee-Rubbed Pork Shoulder with Caramelized Onions
  • Beer: SingleCut Jan Olympic White Lagrrr & Sandwich: Grilled Goat Cheese with Meyer Lemon and Ham
  • Beer: Grimm Artisanal Ales Color Field & Cheese Plate: An Array of Brooklyn Aged Cheeses (TBD)

On Thursday, February 26th at 6PM, Covenhoven will host a whopper of a tap takeover featuring a full lineup of Other Half Brewing Company’s best beers. The entire Gowanus crew will be inhouse enjoying the hop-heavy fun along with sixteen of their most precious brews for complete draft system domination.

Other Half Takeover Tap List (subject to change)
Hup, Hup, Hup!
Nice Life
All Green Everything
Short Dark & Handsome
Rum Aged Kerstperiode (Aged on Van Brunt Stillhouse Barrels)
Smokescreens & Oil Slicks
Grand Cru (Aged on White Wine Barrels)
Forever Ever
Grand Scheme (Collaboration with Threes Brewing)
Laatste Ronde (100% Brett Primary Fermentation, 15% Oak Smoked Wheat)
Stupid Wild
Absentia Lucia (Aged on Red Wine Barrels)
Other HalfIPA
Green Diamonds (tentative)

Sun BrewFest at Mohegan Sun

The kind folks at Mohegan Sun casino invited us down to check out their Sun BrewFest last month and a great time was had by all. Between the great food, excellent beer and play-till-you-drop Blackjack tables, we're only now recovering from a fantastic weekend. 

The fest was wide in scope, featuring big boy macro brands alongside local digs and newcomers. Also: live music, ping pong and even a corn hole competition! The best part? There were plenty of ladies in attendance -- more than most festivals I've seen. It seems that Connecticut, a long underserved craft market, is finally stepping into the limelight. 

NYC Brewery Tour Video Collab: The Complete Series!

So, Hayley and I got wrangled into collaborating with the brilliant minds over at Urban Oyster and Eat This NY for a series of short videos focusing on the burgeoning NYC craft beer scene. Now that we've gathered a critical mass, I'm posting all the silly little vids here in one place. Enjoy these visits to SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing Co., Other Half Brewing, Big Alice Brewing and Dirck the Norseman.

Check 'em out, have a laugh and learn a thing!

Eat This NY's Brian believes he is an expert on the NYC brewery scene, but gets a wake up call from Meredith of Beerded Ladies about the new and exciting brewery scene all across the five boroughs when he wakes up on the last subway stop in Queens.
On episode 2, Eat This NY's Brian stumbles upon Meredith from Beerded Ladies doing some research for Urban Oyster's NYC Brewery Tour when he makes a wrong turn. The research involves drinking lots of Rockaway Brewing Company's traditional and high quality beers. Perfect for a day at the beach.
After leading Urban Oyster's Brownstone Brooklyn tour, Brian from Eat This NY gets asked some questions about the NYC brewery scene. Good thing Beerded Ladies' Meredith is walking by to answer them and bring them to Other Half Brewing where they specialize in hop-forward beers.
Eat This NY's Brian has just picked up a big bag of produce, but doesn't realize there's a similar concept in beer. Meredith from Beerded Ladies introduces him to another stop on Urban Oyster's NYC Brewery Tour: Big Alice and their unique, one-of-a-kind large format beers.
Eat This NY's Brian is about to chow down on some serious bar food at Dirck the Norseman when Meredith from Beerded Ladies surprises him with news of a brewery in the back of the bar. It's called Greenpoint Beer and Ale Co. and you can visit this traditional brewpub on Urban Oyster's NYC brewery tour.

Beer Trivia Returns - Bigger & Better Than Ever!

Beer Geek Trivia Night returns, now hosted at the fantastic & brand new Brooklyn craft beer hot spot, Glorietta Baldy! Grab your brainiac buddies and join us for another round of the good stuff, including tap specials by local fellas Singlecut Beersmiths & lots of rad prizes. Cheers, nerds!

Tuesday, December 3 | 8PM
Glorietta Baldy, 502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn
$4 Singlecut Beersmiths drafts all night!

Prizes from Bitter & EstersFeminist Playing Cards & Singlecut.

Hosted by Beerded Ladies

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Dispatches from the Village Voice's Brooklyn Pour! 

On October 12th, I raced from my normal Saturday gig (giving craft beer walking tours of Williamsburg for Urban Oyster)  to the Brooklyn Pour festival at Skylight One Hanson in Fort Greene, a decommissioned bank built in the most beautiful Art Deco style. A giant beast of marble and delicate fresco, the building was truly inspiring and an hilarious place to host a sloppy, day drunk craft beer fest. 

The list of participating breweries was impressive, especially considering the fest was scheduled for GABF weekend. But the gang was there, ranging from actual brewers like our buddy Heather from Sixpoint and our good friends Joe & Lauren Grimm from Grimm Artisanal Ales to NY Sales reps for national brands like Victory and Founders to friends of friends who know a guy and can pour beer and work a thirsty crowd. A mixed bag for sure, but a good time for all.

We came, we saw, we drank. And we very much enjoyed the tunes from the Don Giovanni Records DJ team! Until next time, Village Voice.

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Homebrewklyn & The Mighty Fem-Ales

D. Robert Wolcheck for  Brooklyn Exposed

D. Robert Wolcheck for Brooklyn Exposed

Several months ago, I had the pleasure of attending Homebrewklyn, a homebrewer’s contest and tasting presented by Rally Downtown and sponsored by everyone’s favorite homebrew shop, Bitter & Esters. The Saturday afternoon affair was held at the breathtakingly beautiful Green Building on the (admittedly scummy) banks of the Gowanus Canal and featured dozens of homebrewing Brooklynites rearing to share their latest batch with a crowd of thirsty ticket-buyers. Upon walking in, my initial impression was “Hell Yes!” My fellow festival-goers stood in stark contrast to the majority of beer events I attend -- they ran the gamut from the expected industry folks and recognizable beer geeks to run-of-the-mill Moms and Dads who happened to wander by to groups of girls (yes, girls!) happily imbibing tiny glasses of Peach Saison and Hibiscus IPA. I was happy to see so much fitting diversity at this decidedly grassroots fundraising event.

The crowd at Homebrewklyn.

The crowd at Homebrewklyn.

I was even more pleased when I glanced over the brewers ballot (everyone was encouraged to vote for their favorite homebrew in a crowd’s choice runoff) and noticed more than a few female names on the list! I immediately made my way over to Kate Boicourt’s booth and offered my empty glass up for a fill of her Venus de Gowanus Black Ale. Fantastic - nicely hopped, with toasty coffee notes and a smoky finish. Kate and I got to talking and after I dropped a few coasters on the table, she told me that she and her good friend Sheri Lyn brew together -- or at least conspire to brew together -- under the name FemAles. She was passionate about craft beer, homebrewing and getting more women into the scene. I sensed the urge to blog coming on and quickly exchanged info, intent on setting up a Beerded Ladies & FemAles homebrew tasting/interview/explosion of the likeminded minds.

That day came a few weeks later when Sheri, Kate, Hayley and I met up under a beautiful oak tree in pastoral Fort Greene park. Ok, I don’t know if it was actually an oak tree, but it was beautiful none-the-less. The AleWives brought samples of their homebrew and Hayley and I brought a notepad, a voice recorder and eager palates. Kate’s Venus de Gowanus went over extremely well, as I knew it would. Hayley, the stout fan that she is, dug the black pale ale's distinct roastyness and crisp finish. When Sheri -- who’s spicy, juicy BondoncaBLANC Blonde got my fan favorite vote at the contest -- busted out a bottle of smoked chocolate porter salvaged from a previous batch, I knew this was a match made in craft beer heaven.


Kate's Venus de Gowanus  BPA.

Kate'sVenus de Gowanus BPA.

We sipped and chatted and talked for awhile as the sun set behind us. The FemAles both work for environmental agencies, a fact that lead to an interesting conversation about brewing & science, water’s integral role in the brewing process and the advantages of New York’s famously fresh supply.

Kate told me she got her start when she first moved to New York. Her Maryland-based brother gave her a kit as a gift, one of those prepackaged get-ups with packets of yeast and a jar of malt syrup. Although she’s learned a lot since then -- and now uses all grain, of course -- she still remembers that first batch fondly and wishes she could find those mystery ingredients again.

Kate takes a sip.

Kate takes a sip.

Sheri, on the other hand, cooked up her first homebrew down under, on the other side of the globe. While studying for her Master's Degree in Australia, she volunteered with Seven Sheds Brewery in Tasmania. No syrups for this girl -- Sherri started off with whole grains and fumbled her way through several unsuccessful brewing attempts before mastering the hobby. Still, though, Sheri bucks style confines, evidenced by the not-so-blonde blonde presented at the event.


Sheri talks beer. 

Sheri talks beer. 

The Fem-Ales have combined forces before, brewing up a provocative titled IPA called Bitches in Space. The brew’s apt name was derived from an imported hop strain with a particularly otherworldly moniker.

All jokes aside, hanging out with these two talented homebrewers was everything us Beerded Ladies hoped for. Meeting other women who care as deeply about craft beer as we do is pretty special, and I hope for many more breezy afternoons just like this one. Breaking news: Sheri and Kate (alongside fellow accomplished homebrewer Shannon Bowser) have just announced that they will lead a WOMEN’S ONLY HOMEBREW CLASS at Bitter & Esters next month! Be sure to sign up for the class here, beerded ones. Maybe we’ll even collaborate on a Beerded-Ladies-Fem-Ales brew -- better start thinking up some clever names now!

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New York State Food & Beer Expo, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

I’m not going to lie, one of the of the best parts of being a beer writer is all the free beer. There was a whole lot of that going on at July’s New York State Food & Beer Expo at BIBA, a waterfront bar in Williamsburg. My press pass gave me and a friend instant access to dozens of well poured local craft beers and introduced me to some brand new and super exciting brewery startups from around the state.

A reporter hard at work.

A reporter hard at work.

We stumbled in around 1PM and the expo was well underway. Shaded booths lined BIBA’s sizable outdoor lot while already drunk patrons sat at picnic tables, clutching 10oz plastic cups and drinking in the postcard-perfect views of the Manhattan skyline. It was a hot, sunny day -- ideal outdoor beer fest weather. I ran into my friend Jessie Kieffer, the beverage director at Tribeca's Terroir and co-host of Heritage Radio Network’s The Morning After, who introduced me to the man of the hour, Jimmy Carbone. Owner of Jimmy’s No. 47 and host of the weekly Beer Sessions Radio, Jimmy is quite the craft beer legend around these parts. He recognized Beerded Ladies from the twittersphere and I managed to mutter “Big fan, big fan,” a few times while we chatted. I have to admit, those high fives we shared were the highlight of my geek-driven day. Jimmy, man, you rule. Thanks for the shout out.

Jimmy Carbone (center, pink blazer) awarding some NY craft beer VIPs. Can you name them?

Jimmy Carbone (center, pink blazer) awarding some NY craft beer VIPs. Can you name them?

Anyway, enough about my incoherent nerd babble. Let’s get to the beers!

My Top Five:

5. Queens Brewery

Tucked away in the VIP lounge’s back corner bar was a representative from Queens Brewery, a brand new outfit in Queens, New York. The gentleman touting their flagship lager could have stepped right out of a scene from Goodfellas, with his slicked back grey hair and thick outer borough accent. He was working the crowd, pouring samples and opening bottles while explaining the history and development of Astoria’s newest brewery, which was set to officially debut the following Wednesday to 26 hand-sold accounts.

The beer.

The beer.

The dude.

The dude.

Contract brewed upstate, the lager is similar to a Sam Adams in mouthfeel and aroma, with some burnt caramel on the nose and a dry finish. Crisp and refreshing for a hot day, this brew is easy-drinking and mellow and nicely balanced by a strong malt backbone featuring hints of maple syrup and rich molasses. A great golf course beer or maybe something to power you through an 11-inning Mets game. If you’re in New York, keep your eyes peeled for this pleasant, true-to-style lager to show up at your local pub.

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4. Radiant Pig Craft Beers

Radiant Pig was set up smack dab next to big(ger) boys Peekskill and Newburgh, making them hard to miss. This two person outfit contract brews out of Connecticut’s Thomas Hooker brewery. They’re only five months old to date but have managed distribution in all five boroughs -- an impressive feat! As RP’s logistics guru Laurisa says, brewmaster Rob dropped his gym membership in favor hand delivering kegs to all their 60+ accounts. You can find Radiant Pig’s tasty brews at any of these fine locations:

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At the expo, RP offered their flagship Junior IPA, a sessionable ale at 5% ABV. The brew features a smooth, citrusy hop nose followed up by a surprisingly strong malt backbone for its style. I loved the light body and earthy undertones. Hops wise, it straddles the line between pale and IPA -- not a hop-head’s delight but perfect for enjoying a couple under all that hot sun. I also love the idea that a nano-brewery is trying to make a name for themselves with a session beer. If their Junior IPA is any indication, RP has a bright future for sure. Be sure to check them out.

3. Newburgh Brewing Company

Newburgh, I love you. I’ve sampled some offering in Brooklyn bars but I’ve never had the pleasure of tasting a Newburgh brew fresh from Upstate. CEO and Brewmaster Christopher Basso brought a couple of kegs down the Hudson for us fine drunk folks to try at the festival and I’m sure glad they did.

The Saison Farmhouse Style Ale was bursting with lemon and bubbles, just the way I prefer. For a farmhouse, it was extremely light in body and ABV, clocking in around 3.8%. I blew right through my 8oz pour while chatting about Newburgh’s impressive line up taht includes a coffee sour, a Berliner Weisse brewed with rye and 100% brettanomyces, a Chili Lime Stout(!) and a Scottish fall seasonal called Squashtober made with Belgian yeast, squash (duh) and spices. Good Lord! After all that talk, I was ready for another pour. The second sample was the Cream Ale, a hopped up version of the lawnmower favorite with a solid malt backbone for that bisquity, lager finish. Delicious. I can’t wait to take Chris up on that tour offer and drink my way through their catalog

2. Rushing Duck

Rushing Duck! This was the first booth Jimmy Carbone told me to check out -- convenient as it was also the first booth I gravitated towards on my own. Brewed in Orange County, NY (which I didn’t know existed), Rushing Duck was opened in 2012 by father-son team Les and Dan Hitchcock. How adorable is that?


The dudes behind the jockey box were pouring two styles but I only got the chance to try one of them: The Bauli Saison. It’s fair to say that this beer pretty much knocked me off my feet. I love a good saison, especially on a hot day, and the Bauli was a glorious example of a fantastic style. Full bodied with a spicy nose, this 6% ABV brew wasn’t the least bit shy. The kaffir lime and Champaign-like effervescence balanced out the peppercorns and sweet malt, making it both light bodied and rich. All I could say is, “More, please. Now.”

1. Peeksill Brewing

I have to hand it to Peekskill -- they never cease to amaze me. I tried their Simple Sour a few months back at a new beer bar near my house, Nostrand Avenue Pub. It was fantastic as I remember it, tart and fruity with a tangerine twist. When Jimmy Carbone told me they altered the recipe, I made my way directly over to their booth and offered up my cup. Assistant GM Brendan gave me the pour and yep - that sour was in a class of its own. Like a Berliner Weiss with an extra punch and Champaign-like carbonation, the brew was equal parts juicy and dry if you can believe it. Brilliant. Their second offering was their award-winning Eastern Standard IPA -- all hop-forward goodness with incredible citrusy and floral aromatics then some tropical fruits balanced by a slightly spicy malt character. Trust me, if anything is worth a scene trip up the Hudson, it’s Peekskill Brewery. They’re not just going places -- they’ve already been there, made some beer, blew everyone away and moved on.