From July, 2011

Glen Cove Beer Distributors: Collecting Cans For Cancer

Whenever we’re on Long Island visiting family, we make sure to stop by Glen Cove Beer Distributors to pick up some beers and have a chat with Pete Morra, who runs the store. On one of these trips he told us out about his involvement with the Cans for Cancer program at Winthrop University Hospital’s Cancer Center for Kids. He answered a couple of our questions: How does the Cans for Cancer program work? The Cans for Cancer program works with the help of large corporations and individuals donating their empties. Some major contributors are Nassau Coliseum, Adelphi University and…

Pick of the Weekend: Get Real NY Belgian Festival

This weekend marks the newest incarnation of the acclaimed Get Real NY Festivals. The first two were Cask Ale Festivals (hence the “Real” in the title), but the group has decided to branch out this summer with a Belgian festival, where over 100 different Belgian style beers from Belgium and the United States will be available, along with a variety of Belgian-themed food. Tickets can be a bit steep at $85 for a regular session, and $115 for VIP extended sessions. Sessions are on Friday and Saturday. Before buying tickets be sure to check Twitter to see if there are…

Why we love…the Burp Castle

When we moved to NYC two and a half years ago, the Burp Castle on Seventh Street in the East Village was the first craft beer bar we went to. A recommendation from our friend Phoebe, the bar serves all Belgian style beers, and even some meads. It’s a comfortable bar, medieval themed and reasonably quiet, which is due in part to the fact that if the noise gets to a certain level, the bartenders shush everyone. When you get a little tipsy after a few of the high-alcohol brews, this becomes very funny. Be sure to inspect the paintings on…

Marco Island Brewery

Wherever we are, we always try to sample the local beer options. So being on Marco Island, we went to the Marco Island Brewery, which we learned opened last September. Currently they offer three beers brewed in house: a pilsner, a red ale and a Belgian wheat. We both got a flight of these three beers and a Cigar City oatmeal stout – an excellent oatmeal stout with vanilla flavors. To us, the Marco Island beers seemed to be somewhat one-note. The best of the three was the Belgian wheat, except – as you’ll see from the picture – it…

Beers in Ft. Lauderdale

This weekend we were in Ft. Lauderdale, which mostly involved attending a wedding and avoiding macro beer. We did, however, manage to enjoy some craft brews we had never seen before at the hotel bar: Key West Sunset Ale and Hurricane Reef Pale Ale from the Florida Beer Company. The Sunset Ale was a slightly sweet summer ale and the Pale Ale was a well balanced American pale ale. Both beers were nice and refreshing after spending much of the day out in the Florida heat. Unfortunately the bartender gave us some of the worst pours we have ever seen.…