Monthly Archives: September 2017

Get Fresh: Unfiltered IPAs and Just-Canned Beers at KCBC


Hope everyone is enjoying the start to fall, or summer jr., as it seems to be weather-wise in New York City.  As for the future, we have plenty of beer events on the horizon. Mark your calendars for the next edition of Can Jam, at Threes Brewing on Sunday, October 29, and a booze cruise aboard the Staten Island Ferry with the Kills Boro crew on Saturday, November 4. More details to come on those in the coming weeks.

Next up, though, I’ve partnered with Kings County Brewers Collective to create an event where you get to drink the absolute freshest canned IPAs before they’re even released to the public. Without additional ado…

WHAT: Get Fresh: Unfiltered IPAs and Just-Canned Beers at KCBC
WHEN: Saturday, October 21, 12 p.m.–2 p.m.
WHERE: Kings County Brewers Collective (381 Troutman St. between Wyckoff and Irving Avenues, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
COST: $35. Tickets are available now.

Canning beer is hard, thirsty work, the kind that makes brewers want to drink the fruits of their labor.

You? You don’t have to lift a single finger, except for the ones wrapped around a beer can. Your job is to drink beer. And today, you’re going to drink like a brewer.

For Get Fresh, we’re heading deep into the brewhouse at Kings County Brewery Collective, Bushwick’s best brewery, where we’ll crush freshly canned amber-hued hop bombs and hazy double IPAs with the brewers.

Fresh cans not fresh enough for you? No problem. We’ll also sip beers straight from the fermentation tanks, just like a brewer does to test quality–no matter how many times it takes. Can you tell the difference? How does the beer evolve? Why do you need to add CO2? How does time affect the beer’s flavor? Ever had a question you wanted to ask a brewer? Here’s your chance.

This event will be a unique behind-the-scenes peek into a brewery, where the beer will flow as freely as the stories. You get to live out the best part of being a brewer–the drinking, duh–without having to clean a single tank.

It’s time to Get Fresh.

Note: Just 40 tickets will be available. Your host will be Complete Beer Course and Complete IPA author Joshua M. Bernstein.


Fall 2017: The Complete Writing Roundup


Words, words, words. It’s been a banner season for writing, my friends, what with another book on the horizon and whatnot. Curious about what I’ve written lately? Wildly bored at work? Both? Here’s your chance to kill time and take a deep dive into my mind. And if you’re a publicist, for the last time, I don’t write about wine.

The New York Times, “Beer Makers Who Used Other Breweries Are Opening Their Own”: Why gypsy and contract brewers are opening up brick-and-mortar outposts.

The New York Times, “11-Hour Lines for a New Ale? Fans Wait, Breweries Worry”: Double IPAs make folks do the darndest things.

The New York Times, “Why Settle for a Brew When There’s a Whole Brewery?”: On the newest batch of breweries to pop up in New York City.

Gear Patrol: “How the Beer Can Became a Canvas for Breweries” 

Imbibe, “Blonde Ambition”: Why brewers are embracing blonde ales.

Imbibe, “How Craft Brewers Are Writing Their Second Acts”

Imbibe, “’Tis the Season for Holiday Beer”: Why do folks go so crazy for Christmas beer?

Good Beer Hunting, “The Skyline’s the Limit”: On drinking beer 60 feet above New York City, with detours into porn and 9/11.

Draft, “Hip Hops”: Having ridden freight trains and managed a record label, Brooklyn’s spirited Jesse Ferguson faces his newest adventure: running NYC’s next great brewery and distillery.

Men’s Journal, “Rosé by Another Name”:  Beer and cider are tickled pink, too.

Men’s Journal, “A Lesson in Restraint: Getting to Know Table Beer”

Men’s Journal,“In the Golden Age of IPAs, Consumers Deserve Clearer Bottle-Dating”

Wine Enthusiast, “The Foggy and Flavorful World of Unfiltered Beer”: I dive deep into the haze craze.

Wine Enthusiast, “Discover Second Runnings: Small Beers With Big Flavors”: Who knew? Smaller is sometimes better.

BeerAdvocate Magazine, “Wholesale Change: Breweries and Upstart Distributors Are Writing New Rules for Selling Beer”

BeerAdvocate Magazine, “Wort’s Weird Journey: Beer’s Sometimes Unpredictable Path From Grain to Glass”

October: “The Session IPA Is Dead! Long Live the Session IPA”

October: “Right Proper Spins Old Yeast Into a New Yarn”

October: “Run the Jewels Puts Extra Hops in Their Hip-Hop”

October: “Smooth Move: Ballast Point and the Mouthfeel Movement”

October: “Bruery Terreux’s Turo: Is It Even Beer?”