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Just What’s in the Glass: A Blind Taste Test of 10 Locally Made IPAs

Why do some breweries get all the attention while others are essentially ignored? Is it just the taste? Or is it groupthink? Do we like one brewery’s logo better than another? Do we have a friend who works for one of them? Are we influenced by something we read on the internet by a writer we respect?

In hopes of answering some of these questions (hooboy, how’s this for a buried lede!), I decided to set up a blind taste test of 10 locally made IPAs. The idea, of course, was that we’d taste the beers and rank them in order of preference based only on the appearance, aroma, and taste of what was in the glass in front of us. I assembled a panel of judges to join me: Joshua M. Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course and Brewed Awakening; Niko Krommydas, editor of the Craft Beer NY app and columnist for Long Island Pulse and Yankee Brew News; Meredith Heil, writer at BeerdedLadies.com, and Zack Mack, owner of Alphabet City Beer Co.

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I don’t know what it says about me that this might be the thing I’ve worked the hardest on in my life.

Now in Cans: KelSo’s Boozy and Delicious Industrial IPA
Among the many fine locally-produced beers that’ve been available on tap at bars in and around Brooklyn over the past few years is KelSo’s Industrial IPA, a 10% ABV monster that, in fact, stands as the highest in alcohol content of all the IPAs currently being made in the area. And now, because sometimes the world is every bit as wonderful a place as you always dreamt it could be, it’s available in cans.
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Now in Cans: KelSo’s Boozy and Delicious Industrial IPA

Among the many fine locally-produced beers that’ve been available on tap at bars in and around Brooklyn over the past few years is KelSo’s Industrial IPA, a 10% ABV monster that, in fact, stands as the highest in alcohol content of all the IPAs currently being made in the area. And now, because sometimes the world is every bit as wonderful a place as you always dreamt it could be, it’s available in cans.

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An Endorsement: Ludicrously Expensive Beers
Last night, I drank one of the best beers I’ve had in a really long time. It was made byMikkeller, the brewery owned by the other twin—not Jeppe of Evil Twin and Torst fame, but Mikel, who’s kept his operation based largely in his native Copenhagen. The beer was calledSpontan Cherry Frederiksdal, a sour ale brewed with real cherries and aged in oak barrels. It poured a dark, beautiful red with a big, surprisingly sudsy pink head; it looked like a glass of red wine with a dollop of raspberry sherbet sitting on top. It was unbelievably rich and exceedingly pleasant: a mix of sour and sweet cherries with hints of warming spices and a touch of vinegar. It was unique, extremely complex, and an absolute joy to drink.
A 12.7-oz bottle of it also happens to cost $17.50 plus tax and deposit.
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An Endorsement: Ludicrously Expensive Beers

Last night, I drank one of the best beers I’ve had in a really long time. It was made byMikkeller, the brewery owned by the other twin—not Jeppe of Evil Twin and Torst fame, but Mikel, who’s kept his operation based largely in his native Copenhagen. The beer was calledSpontan Cherry Frederiksdal, a sour ale brewed with real cherries and aged in oak barrels. It poured a dark, beautiful red with a big, surprisingly sudsy pink head; it looked like a glass of red wine with a dollop of raspberry sherbet sitting on top. It was unbelievably rich and exceedingly pleasant: a mix of sour and sweet cherries with hints of warming spices and a touch of vinegar. It was unique, extremely complex, and an absolute joy to drink.

A 12.7-oz bottle of it also happens to cost $17.50 plus tax and deposit.

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Worth a Ride on the N: Astoria’s Singlecut Beersmiths
A little over a year and a half ago, Singlecut Beersmiths became the first new brewery to open in Queens since prohibition. And unlike basically any other brewery that’s opened anywherein the past few years, Singlecut focuses much of their attention not on the now far more common ales, but on on lagers, a style that’s fallen out of favor in craft circles for a number of reasons: the brewing process is far more time-consuming and demanding, for one, but there’s also the sense, thanks to the garbage produced by Budweiser and all those guys, that they’re simply less advanced, less challenging than their warm-fermenting brethren.

At Singlecut, though, they’re doing more than their part to change how we look at the badly misunderstood lager.
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I want to drink one full growler of Billy Full Stack IPA every day of my life. High-res

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Worth a Ride on the N: Astoria’s Singlecut Beersmiths

A little over a year and a half ago, Singlecut Beersmiths became the first new brewery to open in Queens since prohibition. And unlike basically any other brewery that’s opened anywherein the past few years, Singlecut focuses much of their attention not on the now far more common ales, but on on lagers, a style that’s fallen out of favor in craft circles for a number of reasons: the brewing process is far more time-consuming and demanding, for one, but there’s also the sense, thanks to the garbage produced by Budweiser and all those guys, that they’re simply less advanced, less challenging than their warm-fermenting brethren.

At Singlecut, though, they’re doing more than their part to change how we look at the badly misunderstood lager.

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I want to drink one full growler of Billy Full Stack IPA every day of my life.

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Transmitter Brewing Bring Farmhouse Ales to NYC
As we discussed in this very space yesterday, we may need to get used to the fact that some of the more obviously Brooklynish things are going to start happening outside the borders of Brooklyn itself and in other nearby places with more and cheaper available space. Case in point, Transmitter Brewing, a Long Island City-based operation that opened its doors just a few months ago.
Owned by longtime friends Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb, Transmitter specializes in farmhouse ales, a style of beer that’s caught on big-time in craft beer circles nationwide, but has been slow to take hold here in the city. It’s a classic Belgian style (though there are well established French and American versions as well) that’s characterized most often by its cloudy appearance, the presence of spices like pepper or coriander, relatively high carbonation and a pronounced and distinctive yeast character. Accardi and Kolb at Transmitter have developed a “library of traditional Belgian, French, English and American yeast” strains to go along with 20 different varieties of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, wild strains that provide sour/and or fruity notes. Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace is a stellar example of the style, but that’s about it when it comes to year-round offerings from local breweries.
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Transmitter Brewing Bring Farmhouse Ales to NYC

As we discussed in this very space yesterday, we may need to get used to the fact that some of the more obviously Brooklynish things are going to start happening outside the borders of Brooklyn itself and in other nearby places with more and cheaper available space. Case in point, Transmitter Brewing, a Long Island City-based operation that opened its doors just a few months ago.

Owned by longtime friends Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb, Transmitter specializes in farmhouse ales, a style of beer that’s caught on big-time in craft beer circles nationwide, but has been slow to take hold here in the city. It’s a classic Belgian style (though there are well established French and American versions as well) that’s characterized most often by its cloudy appearance, the presence of spices like pepper or coriander, relatively high carbonation and a pronounced and distinctive yeast character. Accardi and Kolb at Transmitter have developed a “library of traditional Belgian, French, English and American yeast” strains to go along with 20 different varieties of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, wild strains that provide sour/and or fruity notes. Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace is a stellar example of the style, but that’s about it when it comes to year-round offerings from local breweries.

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Pumpkin Beer creeps its way into June

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Al’s of Hampden in Enola, PA announced the arrival of their shipment of Pumking today, like it or not (photo via Instagram)

Hell officially froze over today, June 30th, as the pumpkin beer trend became a mockery of itself with the release of this year’s Southern Tier Pumking. A pumpkin beer. In June. Which, according to reports from BeerPulse, was bottled in late May, and brewed even earlier than that.

I’ve documented Seasonal Creep for years here on this site, and it wasn’t long ago that we mocked the release of Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead when it was at the end of July. Last year, we pointed out the irony of Samuel Adams Summer Ale being released on a snowy day. In recent years, we’ve pointed out that many of these beers aren’t even available in the season they’re inspired by.

But now, brewers are just throwing the calendar out the window for good. Summer officially began just nine days ago, and with it comes fall beers that most level-headed beer geeks wouldn’t want to drink in 90-degree weather.

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Absurd.

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Sours, Black “Pale Ales” and Much More at Finback Brewery in Queens
Those of us who have spent any substantial amount of time in Queens, or maybe were even born there or–gasp! the horror!–continue living there to this very day have long laughed at the fact that whenever you even mention Queens to  people, they say, “Oooh, like Astoria? I love Astoria!” or, more recently, “Oh yeah, I know someone who once considered moving to Long Island City!” Well, there are other parts of Queens. Lots of them, even! And one of them is Glendale, a neighborhood just east of Ridgewood–another area that’s been picking up steam with  Brooklyn types for a while now, thanks to its proximity to Bushwick–which also happens to be the home of a very promising new brewery.
Finback Brewery was founded in 2011 but just settled into its permanent Queens home earlier this year. 
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Sours, Black “Pale Ales” and Much More at Finback Brewery in Queens

Those of us who have spent any substantial amount of time in Queens, or maybe were even born there or–gasp! the horror!–continue living there to this very day have long laughed at the fact that whenever you even mention Queens to  people, they say, “Oooh, like Astoria? I love Astoria!” or, more recently, “Oh yeah, I know someone who once considered moving to Long Island City!” Well, there are other parts of Queens. Lots of them, even! And one of them is Glendale, a neighborhood just east of Ridgewood–another area that’s been picking up steam with  Brooklyn types for a while now, thanks to its proximity to Bushwick–which also happens to be the home of a very promising new brewery.

Finback Brewery was founded in 2011 but just settled into its permanent Queens home earlier this year. 

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