Senators To Enjoy 6 NY Craft Beers, Thanks To Schumer’s Super Bowl Wager

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Senator Charles Schumer, everyone’s favorite press conference convener and rainmaker, really loves NY State’s beers, starting an “I Love NY Brew” campaign. So it makes sense that his Super Bowl bet with New England Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) involved six NY craft beers. Now that the Giants have proven victorious, Shaheen will be buying NY beer for the whole Senate!


Here’s how the bet went: With a Patriots win, Schumer would have bought beer from New Hampshire’s Smuttynose Brewery to give to fellow Senators. But if the Giants won—and THEY DID—Shaheen would buy beer from Brooklyn Brewery, Blue Point Brewing Company, Saranac Matt Brewing Company, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company, Ithaca Beer Company, and Brown’s Brewing Company.

Today Schumer Tweeted, “Looking forward to every Senator getting a taste of NY’s finest craft brew. Thanks @SenatorShaheen! #SuperBowl #ILoveNYBrew” AndBrooklyn Brewery had a bet going with Harpoon Brewery—now that the Giants have won, Harpoon “will pour Brooklyn Lager in their tasting room and their brewery tour staff will wear Giants jerseys for a week this winter.” Ouch.

Great American Bites: Food for beer lovers at Amato’s

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The scene: The Ale House at Amato’s is the logical conclusion of Denver’s quarter-century love affair with all things beer. In 1988, citizen John Hickenlooper fought to change state law and succeeded in opening Colorado’s very first brewpub here, the Wynkoop brewery. Denver has been obsessed with beer ever since. Hickenlooper’s resulting popularity helped propel him into public office, first as Denver’s mayor, and currently as Colorado’s governor – the first brewer turned governor since Samuel Adams in 1793. Today Denver is chock full of breweries and beer pubs, and more than 200 new taps were added last year alone. There are over 60 breweries in the hopped-up triangle of Denver, Boulder and Ft. Collins, including Coors, the world’s largest. More than 200 different varieties are brewed here, the city is home to the Great American Beer Festival, listed in the Guinness World Records as the world’s largest, and the greater Denver metro area brews more than any other U.S. city.
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Discovering the Competition: Founder of Magic Hat is on a Mission to Boost Craft Beer World

Alan Newman, a co-founder of Magic Hat Brewing, now runs Burlington-based Alchemy & Science, described as a “craft brew incubator.” It is set up as an independently operating subsidiary of The Boston Beer Company, the parent company of the Samuel Adams brand. / Courtesy photo

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Brew Biz: Werts and All

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Ken Carman is a BJCP judge; homebrewer since 1979, club member at Escambia Bay and Music City Homebrewers, who has been interviewing professional brewers all over the east coast for over 10 years.

The Topic: Brew Ghosts

One of the most haunting things about getting older is the ghosts. Oh, I don’t mean the obvious: parents, pets, the bullies we buried in our backyard. Shhh… don’t tell the police. I mean floors we used to walk that don’t exist anymore, places we and our friends used to play, walk and, yes, even drink beer: like The Barber Shop in Utica, New York. When I was in college it was a fun place to go drink dark beer for a 50 cents a glass and eat small paper trays of shelled peanuts for free.

The Barber Shop advertised “Where John and Mary meet.” Well, like my ex-girlfriends who I took there, John and Mary don’t meet anymore: the streets rerouted like our lives, as time tends to do. Or the fact that one such ex… short redhead… was a total b…

Never mind.

Then you have breweries. I used to hang around Newman’s in downtown Albany, NY: one of the first craft breweries when the trend started to nibble on the northeast in the 80s and 90s. Newman’s was in a somewhat disgusting part of downtown that, since Newman’s is long gone, has probably gone to “brewing” less legal substances.

Sorry. That was a not so funny… crack… I just made.

Cough Cough.

Then you have Laughing Pines in Slidell, Louisiana, and many other breweries long gone.

I think that’s why the following story caught my interest from

The Otisca Building, a historic but hazardous former brewery that looms over a block of Butternut Street on Syracuse’s (NY) North Side, is destined to be demolished within weeks.

City officials plan to seize the rambling two- and three-story brick complex for back taxes and sell it to a company controlled by St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center and Home HeadQuarters, which will pay for the six-figure demolition.”

But the story doesn’t end there…

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“Beer Week” Celebrates Craft of Brewing Distinctive Tastes

70 events, 46 places, beginning Thursday

Tabb Harrison, general manager and bartender at The Lackman, says the week's events feature "beers you just won't be able to try any other time." / The Enquirer/Jeff Swinger

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Note: the deconstructed beer dinner alone sounds worth it. A great idea for other festivals to consider.- The Professor

A look at the schedule for Cincinnati’s first Beer Week which begins Thursday, indicates just how much craft beer has taken over the imagination of beer drinkers in Cincinnati.

More than 70 events at 46 locations are scheduled for the week. All explore beer from local and national breweries dedicated to making unique, high-quality beers.

Though Cincinnati may be a little late to the party compared to other parts of the country, the wave of interest in craft beer here has taken off.
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The Beer Nut: It’s New York vs. New England in the Battle of the Brews

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It’s going to be a tough game Sunday when the New England Patriots and the New York Giants have a rematch in the Super Bowl. But who brews better beers, New England or New York?

Both have a lot going for them. New York is just huge. But New England is made up of six states, so that kind of equals out.

And, to make it a fairer competition, I’ll include the entire state of New York along with New Jersey (where the Giants play home games at MetLife Stadium), even though large portions of New York state do not root for the Giants. Some even root for the Buffalo Bills, for some reason.

OK, let’s start with which team has the best places to drink beer. We’ll do this sports section style, awarding checkmarks to which region gets the win.

Best places to drink beer

New York has some of the most well-known beer bars in the United States, like the Blind Tiger and Spuyten Duyvil. But New England also has some of the best bars in the country — Ebenezer’s Pub in Lovell, Maine, the Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass., and the Publick House in Brookline, Mass.

I think the win goes to New England, and this is not me being a hometown fan — Draft Magazine recently named the 100 Best Bars in the United States. New York had five beers on the list while New England had 10. Check mark to New England.

Who brews the best beer?

Next up is who brews the best beer. Obviously, ìbestî is always subjective. Three of my favorite breweries — Brewery Ommegang, the Brooklyn Brewery and Sixpoint –– are all brewed in New York.

Again, New England can more than hold its own. We have Hill Farmstead in Vermont, Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project in Massachusetts, Allagash Brewing Company in Maine, Smuttynose Brewing Company in New Hampshire, and so on and so on.

According to Beer Advocate, the top 100 beers (based on user reviews) features eight beers from New England and only one from New York state. Check mark again goes to New England.

New beers

Want more numbers? Let’s take a look at new beers. According to Beer Advocate’s list of the top 100 new beers (beers reviewed for the first time within the past six months), there are 15 from New England and only one from New York.

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Beer Profile: Schlafly Coffee Stout

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The Saint Louis Brewery, Saint Louis Missouri

Slight tan head, mostly pillow. Great clarity w/ruby highlights. Head lasts even in small 4OZ glass. Nose: coffee, sweet-ish . Mouthfeel just a tad oatmeal chewy, full body with some roast. Taste: roast, no hops sensed: period. Just a hint of lactose in the taste and some sweet. Close to a Milk Stout, but not not quite. Espresso lingers lightly in the taste.

This is an excellent Stout, and fairly complex with the sweet, the coffee, the roast and the body. Seems to cross the bridge between Milk, Robust and Oatmeal. Not a Dry. There is also a hint of Guinness like sour.