Sample the world of rye with rye whiskey and farm beers plus bread and pastrami tastings at Food Karma’s featured event during NY Rye Week!
In 2014 Food Karma’s Brewer’s Choice event jumpstarted interest among brewers working with regional malts. Five years later the number of regional malt facilities has grown. More farmers are growing specialty grains, select bakers are using regional flour, and more breweries – from North Carolina to New York to Maine – are making beer with malt and grain that is local to them. This all-inclusive event will dive into the intersection between rye used in whiskey, beer, and bread!
Food Karma’s Founder, Jimmy Carbone will also be celebrating 500 episodes as the host of Beer Sessions Radio on Heritage Radio Network. Join him to celebrate on October 16, 2019!
All inclusive Food and Drink Tasting Featuring:
Craft Farm Beers
Pastrami on Rye is proud to host:
Clay Risen, the deputy op-ed editor at The New York Times and the author of the forthcoming Single Malt: A Guide to the Whiskies of Scotland
Lew Bryson, author of Tasting Whiskey will be the event’s special guest.
Learn More about the intersection of Rye Whiskey, Farm Beer, and Grains:
More Details to Come.
NYC Brewer’s Choice 2019 Recap
The Top Beers, A Smash Burger Review, and More About the Slow Grains Celebration!
Thanks to all of our guests, whose enthusiasm for craft beer and smash burgers made this summer night one to remember! The event celebrated local grains and malts, bringing together brewers, maltsters, and bread-makers. The collaboration between Food Karma, Slow Grains NYC and Grow NYC Grains made the 9th annual NYC Brewer’s Choice an exciting feature of July Good Beer Month.
Photos by Miguel Rivas, @thebeertrekker
More about NYC Brewer’s Choice
In 2014 this event jumpstarted interest among brewers working with regional malts. Five years later the number of regional malt facilities has grown. More farmers are growing specialty grains, select bakers are using regional flour, and more breweries – from North Carolina to New York to Maine – are making beer with malt and grain that is local to them. This all-inclusive event featured 12 select breweries making beer with local grain and malt.
Some of Bobolink’s tasty bread loafs and baguettes made from locally sourced grains of the New Jersey region. (Image courtesy Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse)
Beers at NYC Brewer’s Choice
Judge’s Top Picks:
Plan Bee Farm Brewery, NY poured Rose Hill, a collaboration with Rose Hill Farm located in Hudson, NY. This cooled wild ale made with Plan Bee’s house yeast (propagated from their raw honey and comb), is oak aged and re-fermented on bio-dynamically grown peaches and plum from Rose Hill Farm. It’s tart with hints of oak, juicy peach and plum.
Judges’ Notes: Absolutely gorgeous all around. Great sourness, a soft subdued touch of plum & peach. More, please.
Indian Ladder Farms Brewery, NY featured their Indian Lager Farms, a 100% Estate Helles Lager made with Tinka Barley and hopped with Nugget, Colombus, and Crystal, all grown at Indian Ladder. This beer has hints of pine and grass with a clean bitterness. The Tinka barley was malted by Dennis Nesel at Hudson Valley Malt in Germantown NY, and the hops were pelletized at Northern Eagle in Oneonta.
Judges’ Notes: Light lager flavors & grains, nicely balanced.
Kent Falls Brewing, CT featured The Hollow. Named after their brewery’s beautiful neighborhood, The Hollow is Kent Falls’ house pilsner, brewed with their northeastern farmhouse sensibility. This beer is hopped with Brewer’s Gold; one of the five varieties grown on their farm for the delicate character it contributes to a clean snappy lager such as this.
Judges’ Notes: Clean malt and grains flavors + malt sweetness & hops. Great balance.
Saint James Brewery, NY featured Myrtille, their Blueberry Ale. Brewed with local blueberries from the North Fork of Long Island, Myrtille is a sublime reminder of summertime. It is slightly sweet and slightly tart with a purplish hue and a dry finish. It’s made with New York State wheat and barley, Long Island hops and proprietary Saint James Brewery yeast
Judges’ Notes: Soft & lovely, great use of blueberry, it’s there but not over the top like most blueberry beers, well made.
Two Roads Brewing, CT featured their Synopsis Black Currant sour, a mixed fermentation that uses wild and cultured yeasts, local Connecticut malt, and is aged in wood with real fruit from their new sour brewery Area 2.
Judges’ Notes: Lush, juicy, tart, great use of black currant, well balanced.
Other Featured Breweries
West Kill Brewing, NY featured their Brookie Lager, which is brewed with New York State Iroquois white dent corn. They also poured Forsaken Fields, their saison brewed with foraged creeping thyme and NY State wheat.
Foam Brewers, VT poured a beer made with barley grown in Vermont and malted by Peterson Quality Malt, 10 miles from the brewery.
Keg & Lantern Brewing, NY featured Longer Days, a New York State Saison brewed with New York Craft malt, Excelsior Pilsner malt & Whipple Brothers CTZ. This is combined with their Saison & Brettanomyces mixed culture to create a firmly bitter, hop forward Saison, perfect for the longer days of summer.
Subversive Malting + Brewing, NY featured Drienbier, a New York Keller Lager with just enough malt character to make it complex and interesting, while still being light and quaffable. It is brewed with house-malted Pilsner, Pale + Vienna-style malts, and hopped with Hallertau hops from Pedersen Farms, the first commercial hop grower in New York State since Prohibition.
Blind Bat Brewery, NY featured their BeBop Belgian IPA made with 1886 Malt House Vienna Malt sourced from Fulton, NY, Glacier hops from Pedersen Farms in Seneca Castle, NY and fermented with Belgian Ale Yeast. They also poured their Old Walt Smoked Wit, a citrusy-tart slightly smokey wit beer, with15% of the beer smoked at the brewery over mesquite.
Alewife Brewing Co, NY featured their Lemondrop IPA, part of the brewery’s Lupulin Vibrations Series. This Imperial IPA gets its name and citrus flavor from the lemon drop hop.
Allagash Brewing, ME featured their Sixteen Counties Belgian Pale Ale. Named to honor the rich tradition of farming in the sixteen counties of Maine. This beer is made with with malted Maine-grown barley, unmalted Maine-grown red wheat, and Maine-grown organic oats. Sixteen Counties has a bright copper hue with aromas of lemon rind, flowers, and candied grapefruit. The first sip opens with herbal hop notes, wheat cracker, and citrus and ends with a balanced, dry finish.
A big thank you goes out to our judges panel!
Greg Glaser, Yankee Brew News
Anne Becerra, Beer Expert
Tony Forder, Ale Street News
Andrea Stanley, Valley Malt
John LaPolla, Bitter & Esters
B.R. Rolya, Shelton Brothers
Graham Glaser, Award-winning Homebrewer
Andrea Stanley of Valley Malt, Hadley, Massachusetts
Smash Burgers prepared by George Motz, author of Hamburger America
Slow Food NYC Slow Grains Section
Grain Salads by River Valley Community Grains, New Jersey
Consider Bardwell Cheese, Vermont
Just Add Beer Sauce plus Miso Glazed Grilled Vegetables
Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse
She Wolf Bakery
My/Mo Mochi Snack
Rocket Fuel Hot Sauce
From NYC BBQ Weekly: Burger Master George Motz Reveals the Best New Burgers in New York
Photo by Sean Ludwig, NYC BBQ
Bringing Back The Good Beer Seal
The Good Beer Seal was founded in 2009 by Jimmy Carbone and 10 years later he is reviving this important insignia! During the last decade, New York has been witness to an explosion in the craft beer industry. As providers rush to meet the demand, The Good Beer Seal endeavors to separate the wheat from the chaff by identifying bars that serve quality craft beer and demonstrate a commitment to the community in which they do business. Learn more about the 2019 Good Beer Seal Awards here!
Here are a few of the 2019 Good Beer Seal Bar owners at managers at NYC Brewer’s Choice!
Learn about Local Grains and Malts from the Experts on Beer Sessions Radio
Beer Sessions Radio is a weekly audio ale salon hosted by New York City publican Jimmy Carbone. Through discussions with beer industry insiders and knowledgeable beer fans from across the country, Jimmy and his friends explore every aspect of the brewer’s craft from grains to pint glass and tasting to toasting. Listen online or wherever you get your podcasts!
Episode 489: Going the Extra Mile For Local Malt
Jimmy talks malt with Jeff Lyons of Keg and Lantern and Max Ocean and Zane Coffey, co-founders of Catskill, NY’s Subversive Malting and Brewing. Learn more about the rise of New York’s malt industry, brewing tasty ingredient-driven beers, sourcing up-and-coming hop varieties, and the surprising smells of malting.
Next: Pig Island NYC on September 7
Join Food Karma Projects on September 7, 2019 for the 10th Annual Pig Island NYC. More than 20 chefs will come together on the Red Hook, Brooklyn Waterfront to compete for the best pork creations. The mission of this event has always been to connect NYC chefs will small sustainable farms, including Flying Pigs Farm in Washington County, NY. There will also be beer, hard cider, spirits, and other food offerings – all included with a general admissions ticket!
Buy Tickets Here.
9th Annual NYC Brewer’s Choice
Join us on July 17 in Williamsburg, Brooklyn for this all-inclusive event with outdoor space, sunset views, live music, and a ton of beer tastings. This year 20 small batch brewers will come together to celebrate local grains and malts with Slow Grains of Slow Food NYC!
Get Your Tickets Here.
In 2014 this event jumpstarted interest among brewers working with regional malts. Five years later the number of regional malt facilities has grown. More farmers are growing specialty grains, select bakers are using regional flour, and more breweries – from North Carolina to New York to Maine – are making beerwith malt and grain that is local to them.
Read More about the 6,000 pounds of New York-grown grains used for Brewer’s Choice 2014.
“The event featured some of the best beers I have sampled in months, a rare opportunity to meet face-to-face with the brewers and some pretty tasty eats from a collection of fine restaurants.” Read more from Corks, Caps & Taps
General Admission (All-inclusive Food + Drink): $55
Father’s Day Package: 2 Tickets for $100, Expires June 30
21 and over only.
NYC Brewer’s Choice 2018
Tickets Available at Door
July 18, 2018 | Williamsburg, Brooklyn
The NYC Brewer’s Choice was created in 2010 to help boost NYC Beer Week as it was first getting started. I have decided for its 8th year, to move NYC Brewer’s Choice to July for the 10th annual Good Beer Month and the Good Beer Seal Awards. I hope this will open up the event to more collaborations. A special host committee of brewers , experts, and bar owners is choosing 20 of their favorite breweries, to be matched with 15 chefs, food tables. more info soom. all inclusive tickets on sale see below.
General Ticket Info – Tickets available at Door
Beer Sessions Radio™, and the Good Beer Seal, are happy to present the 8th annual NYC Brewer’s Choice™ July 18, 2018 as the featured event of July Good Beer Month. This year’s “better beer event” features an ALL-INCLUSIVE ticket and the following line-up (subject to change): Limited early bird tickets are available now, while the finishing touches are being put on the event
- 20 curated breweries, serving up brews made special for this event
- Chefs’ tables and an array of cuisine including brisket, cheeses, raw bar included among 15+ chefs and food purveyors
- celebration of the 10th annul Good Beer Seal awards for top beer bars.
- Celebration of nine years of Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network, with a dedicated HRN table and beer media section
- Other special VIP guests TBA
NYC Brewer’s Choice™ celebrates the men and women of craft beer, offering the opportunity for beer lovers to mix and mingle with the brewers themselves in an upscale beer and food event.
2018 Brewers – NYC Brewers Choice Event
• Alewife Brewing
• Barrier Brewing
• Big Alice
• Bronx Brewery
• Carton Brewing Co.
• Grimm Ales
• Gun Hill
• Hudson Valley Malt
• Indian Ladder Cider and Brewery
• Lost Nation Brewing
• Peekskill Brewery
• Rockaway Brewing Co
• Saint James Brewery
• Svendale Brewing Co.
• Two Roads
• Urban Farm Fermentory
Food Purveyors 2018
• 2 Dough Boyz
• Consider Bardwell
• Essentia Water
• Jimmys No. 43
• Krave Jerky
• La Quercia
• My/Mo Mochi
• RocketFuel Hot Sauce
• Roni-Sue Chocolates
• Sigmund’s Pretzels
• Zia Green Chile Co
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