Monday, July 13, 2009

Of Course I'm Celebrating Good Beer Month

Empty Beer
Really, is anyone surprised that my birth month is also Good Beer Month? I know good beer, I like good beer, I'd rather spend my $9 on a six pack of good beer than a case of bad beer, and when Brooklyn Homebrew opens up, I will most likely make my first attempt at brewing my own good beer. But the problem is they need help in opening up, that's where you and I come in.

Danielle and Benjamin of Brooklyn Homebrew are selling certificates good for merchandise in the future store. The best part of the deal is that the certificates are discounted; if you buy the $40 one, it's good for $50, and the $80 is good for $100! And if they don't open by June 2010, you can get a refund, but hopefully that won't be necessary. Of the 200 they originally planned to sell, at least 150 are gone already, so you better get a move on with my belated birthday gift. Click here to buy me one.

Beer Menu
My own celebration of this glorious month-long holiday included a late lunch with Bez at Spitzer's Corner the Thursday before my birthday, you know, when it was likely to get stuck in a torrential downpour. Yeah, one of those days. We sat, we ate, we drank beer, and then another thunderstorm hit.

It was then that I noticed this ingenious architectural design; the windows there are angled in such a way that they can be open during monsoons without those sitting beneath getting wet. Usually, the rain flies back in and ends up soaking your food and landing in your drink, and quite frankly I find that gross-hello, acid rain! Definitely a great thing to remember during the rainy season aka June. Good investment, Spitzer's Corner.

Local 1
And I've also been using this as an excuse to indulge in a new favorite beer of mine, Brooklyn Brewery's Local One. It's getting high marks in my book, and on Beer Advocate. It's a Belgian Pale Ale with a high alcohol per volume (9%), but that doesn't come through. The brew is spicy and sweet fruit, very similar to white wine. Since it's been a cool summer, I've found this to be quite refreshing with lighter meals. It helps that my local fave, Press 195, is carrying this.

Keep updated on the happenings during Good Beer Month, and good beer in general, by visiting

Spitzer's Corner
101 Rivington Street at Ludlow Street
(212) 228-0027

Press 195
40-11 Bell Blvd
Bayside, Queens
(718) 281-1950

1 comment:

pizzablogger said...

Nice picture of the glassware, although it could be argued only one of the is a worthy contribution to good beer month ;-) Keep in mind I was unaware there even was a good beer month, so whadda I know?....other than I now have a legitimate excuse to up my beer consumption this month!)

I highly recommend homebrewing, which I got into in about 1994. Let us know how you make out and looking forward to some pics of your first homebrewing session!

BTW, nice looking blog here....I'm looking forward to reading more of it and also meeting you on the 25th. --PB