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It’s still summer in Belmar, right? Beer on the Pier Event!

I know that it’s September already and although summer officially ends the day after this post is published, wouldn’t it be nice to come back for a fun filled Saturday in Belmar, NJ?

Well, here is your chance!

In the past month, I’ve gotten involved with a great group of guys and gals at This group of devoted craft heads aims to spread the knowledge about the craft beer community throughout the state of New Jersey.

Beer on the Pier

Beer on the Pier - Belmar Marina, Sept 24th!

Our devoted leader, Mike K (@NJCraftBeer), recently requested the support of NJCB reporters to help talk and pour beer at the second annual Beer on the Pier event in Belmar – and, like with most craft beer related things, it was very difficult to say no.

I will be engaging on a long journey from Jersey City to the Belmar Marina to participate in the event as a proud representative of NJCB. I am very excited for the opportunity as it will be the first time that I will be volunteering at a craft beer related event.

Click here to read more about the event including the VERY long list of breweries that will be present including the likes of Weyerbacher (Easton, PA), Sixpoint (Brooklyn, NY), Oskar Blues (Boulder, CO) and Terrapin (Athens, GA).

Listed on the ballot are also a couple of local NJ breweries including River Horse (Lambertville) and Cricket Hill (Fairfield).

Don’t you think this is a great way to spend a Saturday? Hope to see you there!

Do you plan on making it out to the Beer on the Pier event?

I Have Never Done 100 Miles Before: Twin Lights Bike Ride!

Bike New York LogoThis Sunday at 5:30AM I will be waking up to do something that I have thought about doing plenty of times but never had the opportunity to do. I will be participating in my first 100 mile (aka Century) bike ride.

Now, now – I’m sure you’re thinking to yourself – what does this have to do with craft beer?

Well, outside of the fact that cycling is another one of my hobbies, not much really! But this is my social and creative outlet so I figured I’d share with you what my plans are for Sunday.

Along with the Dive Cycle crew (more on them in a minute), I will be partaking in the Bike New York (@bikenewyork) Twin Lights Bike Ride in Highlands, NJ. Like most cycling events, this day long extravaganza includes several routes including 35, 55, 75 and 100 mile journeys. Check out the route maps here.

Twin Lights Ride

Twin Lights Ride Logo

As you can imagine, the shorter distances are fairly simple and are geared towards the biking beginning. Once you start moving up into the 75 and 100 mile range, you will need a good road bike, strong road tires, and spare tubes galore.

Throughout the day on Sunday, I will be tweeting my progress as I traverse through this crazy escapade that the Dive Cycle crew and I have embarked on.

This is the second race that the three of us will be riding together as we completed the 42-mile 5 Borough NYC Bike Ride earlier this year.

Although I’m not yet a member, I have requested to be initiated into the one woman, one man crew who prides itself on riding and diving hard. The term “dive” comes from “dive bar” as the duo, Kelly and Scott, frequently visit dive bars along bike routes in Western NJ and Eastern PA in search of good craft beer.

You will have to drink a pint of beer with a goldfish in it while cycling in a circle in order to be initiated.

Unofficial Dive Cycle Logo

Unofficial Dive Cycle Logo - New Version Coming Soon!

Whether this is the truth or not, I will have my pint glass ready. And goldfish or not, we will definitely be celebrating with a craft beer after the race!

Wish us luck!

What’s the longest bike ride you’ve ever gone on and did it involve craft beer?

Update: Century Fail! Unfortunately, Dive Cycle did not finish the 100 mile bike ride we originally anticipated on completing.

As a very childish prank, someone (still unknown) spilled a box of tacks on the road at around the 50 mile marker. All three of our front tires were affected, and although they remained filled with air for another 6 miles, the air ultimately began seeping out causing flats.

By the time we reached the next rest stop (which was now closed), it was too late to continue. We waited two hours for a ride back to the starting point. All things considered, we were very happy to have finished 56 miles. We’ll get that century soon enough!

NYC on the Craft Beer Map – Z’s Suggestions for @nycbeerweek!

NY Craft Beer Week LogoSince I had my last birthday party at the Brooklyn Brewery, my friends frequently ask about different beer events and happenings around the NJ and NYC area.

To those friends and many more: the NY Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow!

I’m a bit surprised it took me this long to blog about it, but quite honestly, there has been a lot going on this week. My sincerest apologies – the good news is that the 10-day extravaganza will not end until next Sunday, September 25th giving you plenty of time to imbibe new craft beers from across the country.

The organizers of the events (@nycbeerweek) have put together a “beer passport” which provides you with a $3 pint glass of the craft beer (typically $6 – $7) at select bars participating in the Beer Week. Check out NY Craft Beer Week Passport information here.

“But there are so many options! What should I do? Which event should I attend?!” you might be asking yourself.

Don’t fret – an overwhelming amount of events is typically the norm during festivals, beer weeks, and special events. Rest assured that there are no wrong choices.

You will find everything from tap takeovers, dinner pairings, seminar type events, and even super secret stashes of very rare brews to sample (you’ll have to get a little lucky, right place at the right time kind of thing, to experience these).

I traversed the week long event calendar and picked out a few of my favorites. I will do my best to attend these events, but as with most things beer related, game time decisions are standard! Also traveling Monday through Thursday might make it a bit more difficult.

Z Marks the Spot(s) – Suggestions for NY Craft Beer Week

Friday, September 16th
Mudville – 126 Chambers St, @Mudville9NYC
Left Hand Brewery
From the Rockies to your pint glass – try the Fade to Black Stout from this Colorado based brewery.

Saturday, September 17th (concert)
The Gibson – 11th St and Bedford, Brooklyn,
Uinta Brewery
Look for the Cockeyed Cooper Barleywine from this Salt Lake City brewery – amazing!

Sunday, September 18th (brunch)
Taproom 307 – 307 3rd Ave, @Taproom307
Empire Brewery
A northeast brewery out of Syracuse, NY – pride of New York! Ever had a Fruit Beer? No, go for the Deep Purple. Stop by and say Hi to Hayley – this girl knows her beer!

Monday, September 19th
The Stag’s Head – 252 E 51st, at 2nd Ave, @TheStagsHead
Allagash Brewery
You’ve probably had their “White” flagship witbier – but the brewery has so much more to offer! Just ask @kellywtoutsound! Be on the look out for Victor, Victoria and Interlude.

Tuesday, September 20th
Amity Hall – 80 W 3rd St, at Thompson St, @TheHalfPintNYC
Brewery Ommegang
Two great things about Cooperstown New York – Baseball Hall of Fame and this brewery! Hennepin is found frequently around the city, so look for Rare Vos and Three Philosophers.

Wednesday, September 21st (dinner)
Colicchio & Sons – 85 10th Ave, between W 15th and 16th St, @Colicchio_Sons
Six Point Brewery
Another great brewery from Brooklyn – be on the look out for Sweet Action and their recently brewed Autumation, in “nanokegs” now!

Thursday, September 22nd
Banter – 132 Havemeyer St at South 1st Street, Brooklyn,
Founders Brewery
Immediately upon arrival proceed directly to the bar and ask for KBS… enough said, trust me.

Thursday, September 22nd (cause’ two choices means twice the fun!)
Rattle N’ Hum Craft Bar – 33rd St, between 5th and Madison, @RattleNHumBar
Stone Brewing Company
The standard in craft beer – oh, and CEO / crazy dude Greg Koch will be there – honestly, it’s worth coming out just to see him, I’ve heard great things about Greg.

Friday, September 23rd
Rye House – 11 W 17th St, between 5th and 6th, @ryehousenyc
Rye Beer Night
This one is a shout-out to my buddy Os (@NJBeerNerd) who keeps rye ale always stocked!

Saturday, September 24th
Guilty Goose – 131 W 23rd St, between 6th and 7th, @guiltygoose
Goose Island
You might have seen the Chicago originated “Goose Island IPA” around – now try the rest of their delicious crafts. Be on the look out for Matilda!

Sunday, September 25th
Rattle N’ Rum Craft Bar – 33rd St, between 5th and Madison, @RattleNHumBar
Rare Ass Beer Brunch N Bruzzer
I think this one speaks for itself!

NY Craft Beer Week Logo 2Check out the NY Craft Beer Week website for a full list of the events!

In keeping with the spirit of the craft beer community, a number of breweries have brewed special concoctions for this eventful week.

I recently received a tweet from Southern Tier (@stbcbeer) brewery which noted that their 5 Boroughs Belgian Pale Ale has been specifically brewed for the NY Craft Beer Week (location and availability TBD!).

Makers of Pumking (see my previous post); this New York brewery makes fantastically enjoyable craft beer.  Seek out this gem of an ale out and let me know what you think!

What are your plans for NY Craft Beer Week and what events are you excited to attend?

More Than Just Jersey Shores, Craft Beer Helps to Break the Norm at NJ LGBT Pride Festival

Pint Bar to Help Organize Craftbeer Tent at Jersey City LGBT Festival

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Pint Bar: A Local Jersey City Craft Beer Destination

Usually I would start this type of article off with an “Imagine this,” description, but I don’t believe I need to as every one of us has been there before. It’s the middle of the summer and you’ve decided to attend a village, town, city, or county festival for a “fill in the blank” reason (there is simply just so many of them).

Typically, the festival occurs on a Saturday or Sunday and starts in the middle of the day. The adrenaline is coursing through your veins as you arrive. There are people everywhere, tons of things to see, knick-knacks to buy, food to eat and pictures to take. Before you know it, excitement recedes and you find yourself searching for salvation from the beating sun and humid temperatures in the form of the infamous beer truck.

But what if instead of starring at the standard silver, blue and red lager taps, you found a beer that you usually only see at your favorite craft beer bar? Well that, friends, would be no “typical” festival – that would be a truly unique experience.

This is exactly the type of setting that Wolf Sterling, owner of Pint Bar in Jersey City, foreshadowed three years ago and will make happen on Sunday, October 9th (changed as a result of Hurricane Irene) at the 11th Annual Hudson Pride LGBT Festival & Parade starting at 11AM in Jersey City, NJ. Read more about festival here. I had a chance to sit down with Wolf and pick his brain about the festival and his decision to depart from the typical beer trucks that line the streets during festivals.

I’m pretty excited – after years of cajoling the organizers of Hudson Pride, this year they agreed to let Pint sponsor their beer tent. For the first time ever, we’re doing away with the common adjunct lagers and bringing in craft beer from New Jersey Beer Company and Abita. There will be nary a macro lager in sight!

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Featured Craft Beer: Abita Light

The event is expecting to bring thousands of people together to the downtown Jersey City area to participate in the Do Ask, Do Tell! festival. Uniting the “regular beer drinker” and craft beer communities is no easy task, but when you speak to Wolf you know he’s the right man for the job.

When asked about the choices of breweries and beers, Wolf noted his sensitivity to throwing beer drinkers into the craft beer deep end (Double IPAs, Imperials Stouts, and Belgian Strong Ales). His choice for the Abita (@TheAbitaBeer) Light Beer was driven by the simple need to ease “light” beer drinkers into a craft beer that they can stomach and enjoy throughout the all-day festival.

For those festival goers that are feeling a bit more adventurous and willing to further explore the rabbit hole that is craft beer, Wolf plans on tapping into several of NJ Beer Company’s (@NJBeerCo) finest selections.

New Jersey Beer Company Logo

Featured Craft Brewery: NJ Beer Company

Although a big fan of their products, Wolf’s main drive behind selecting the Hudson County brewery traces back to his overwhelming sense of community and promotion of local businesses. The exposure that a festival like this can provide to a local brewery can quickly drive them to the top of bar managers’ tap lists and order forms.

The thoughtful preparation that Wolf and other organizers have put into this year’s festival will surely make this one easily stand out – we hope to see you there friends!

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