Tag Archives: IPA

A Toast to Long Island


This post originally appeared on Craft Beer New York.

After a long, well-lubricated holiday weekend, the last thing I need is another beer in my belly. I should stick to water, with a cleansing salad thrown in for fun. But common sense has never been my strong suit. Tonight, I’ll no doubt find myself with a beer in hand. After all, it’s the charitable thing to do.

Today marks the release of Surge Protector IPA, which was brewed to benefit the food bank Long Island Cares and Barrier Brewing. Though the Oceanside brewery is now back up and running after getting socked by Sandy, the bill for repairs topped more than $100,000. To help defray the costs, Long Island’s best brewers gathered at Blue Point in December to brew a collaborative beer.

Representatives from Greenport Harbor, Blue Point, Blind Bat, Long Ireland, Spider Bite, Port JeffGreat South Bay and Barrier all bandied about ideas for the brew, settling on an easy-drinking IPA that checks in at a quaffable 5 percent ABV. Each brewery donated ingredients for what became a 30-barrel batch of Surge Protector.

While most of the beer is earmarked for bars and bottle shops on Long Island, a small amount of Surge Protector will wash up in New York City. Look for the IPA at Brooklyn’s 61 Local and Alewife Queens, as well as the Bronx Alehouse and the Hell’s Kitchen location of Pony Bar.

Don’t feel guilty for having a second, or even a third pint. After all, drinking is merely the charitable thing to do.

P.S. Check out this video detailing the process of brewing and bottling Surge Protector.


Forget America. Try These Foreign IPAs

If the American craft-beer movement flew a flag, it’d feature an image of a pint glass filled with frothy India pale ale. Though this bitter brew has its roots in Britain, the IPA has become a runaway American sensation. Brewers have gone gaga for hops, crafting increasingly bitter brews bursting with flavors of citrus, pine resin, tropical fruits, mango and more. For taste buds accustomed to watery canned lagers, American IPAs are like that first ray of sunlight following weeks of clouds and rain.

While the modern IPA is a distinctly brash American construct, the Stars and Stripes do not have a lockdown on the style. Inspired by these bold and bracing brews, European and New Zealand beersmiths have begun dabbling in supercharged IPAs. The result is proudly bitter beers as familiar as they are foreign. Here are 5 IPAs that tickle my taste buds. Continue reading

Lit Crawl Reading

Photo: Omnivoracious.com

Hey, fine readers. Saturday, September 10, marks the newest installment of Lit Crawl, which drags word lovers from venue to venue to hear authors read. At 6 p.m., I’ll be heading to Jimmy’s No. 43 to read a few words about beer, the art of gettin’ drunk and the ensuing shenanigans. Come check it out and kick back an IPA or three with me. The full details are here.

A Crisis of Beer

Look, don’t get me wrong: Come summer, I love my low-alcohol session beers like you wouldn’t believe. Man, I  couldn’t survive a beach afternoon without a sixer of Avery Joe’s Premium American Pilsner. But sometimes when I’m sunning myself, I crave a beer with a bit more kick. For that, I turn to California’s 21st Amendment, makers of the marvelous Hop Crisis oak-aged IPA. It’s got all the bitterness I love so much, and it’s paired with a lick of vanilla and oak. It’s like a birthday present for my taste buds. Curious? Check out my full write-up at Food Republic. Drink it up!

Magic Hat Encore – Beer of the Week

This week, I turn my taste buds to Magic Hat, whose beers have never really hit my flavorful happy spot. But all that changed with one taste of Encore, a wheat–IPA hybrid with a terrific twang and hop bite. It’s an easy-peasy pleasure that I’d happily guzzle by the six-pack. Curious? Drink it up over at Slashfood!

Summit Brewing’s Horizon Red Ale – Beer of the Week


Hi, folks. This week, my endless capacity for alcohol takes me to the Midwest, where I delve into the divinely hopped Horizon Red Ale from long-time brewery Summit. It’s an ale-IPA mash-up that’s an ace blend of both styles. Curious? Drink it up!

Speakeasy Big Daddy I.P.A. – Beer of the Week

That bottle looks so…shifty!

A new year, a new beer. Lord, will anyone ever let me sober up? If there’s ever a time to dry out, it’s now. The past month has been a Roman orgy of excess, of too many late-night whiskeys, of thirds on cheesecake. How can I ever drink a beer again? Easy: Make it as delicious as this Speakeasy Big Daddy. This Bay Area–IPA is a sure-fired easy-drinker, with restrained bitterness and a smoothness that makes you want to sip it again and again. Curious? Thirsty? Drink it up!