BeerUnion is a website dedicated to beer in New York City – the coolest events, most awesome bars and behind the scenes with the people who make it all happen.

Giancarlo and Sarah Annese started BeerUnion as a blog in 2009. Soon after, they were immersed in a community of bloggers, bar owners, brewers and homebrewers, and general beer enthusiasts doing some pretty cool stuff. is where they share that stuff with you.

In 2013 they spent four months traveling across New York State to research and write their first book, Beer Lover’s New York. It was published by Globe Pequot Press on February 11, 2014.


Photo by Robin Stevenson

Giancarlo Annese, Co-founder, CEO

Giancarlo Annese graduated from Union College in 2008 with degrees in Classics and History. He went on to get his masters in Medieval History from Fordham University, where he happened upon a job in the financial aid department. He stayed on after graduate school and is now an Assistant Director of Financial Aid.

Giancarlo discovered a love for beer after drinking Anchorsteam during his senior year of college, then began homebrewing with several friends. They would frequent the local bottle shop and sample new and exciting craft beers. When he and Sarah moved to New York City he shared his passion for trying new styles with her and together they started exploring the city through craft beer.

Contact Giancarlo for sponsorship opportunities.


Sarah Annese, Co-founder, Editor in Chief

Sarah graduated from Boston University in 2008 with a degree in English. She moved to New York City and started her career as a reporter, working for the historic Brooklyn Eagle newspaper. She is now a freelance writer and social media specialist. Some of you may know her as Sarah Tobol.

Sarah discovered beer, as most do, in college. Attending school in Boston, Harpoon was abundant. One afternoon at a local tavern her senior year, she tried UFO and was smitten. She drank only that until she and Giancarlo came to New York and went to the Burp Castle. The rest is history.


Meredith Heil, Bar Correspondent
meredithA documentary filmmaker by training, Meredith works as a Multimedia Producer for WNET/Thirteen, NYC’s PBS affiliate station. After hours, she is an avid craft beer geek and freelance writer, heading up the blog Beerded Ladies, putting on beer-themed events and leading Saturday pub crawls of Williamsburg for the NYC tour company, Urban Oyster. Meredith lives in Brooklyn, where she can usually be found enjoying a beer in Prospect Park alongside her fiance Maggie and their mutt, Miko.





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Beer Lover’s New York Launch Party @ Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery blog


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