I got off the train with iPhone in hand, trying to figure out the best way to make it across the entrance to the Midtown Tunnel. It was barely 20 degrees and the wind was beating my face, but I was determined to make it to Transmitter Brewing in Long Island City, Queens on time to meet Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb. As I made it closer to the brewery and peered at the Manhattan skyline, a nagging question raced into my head: Why the heck am I out here freezing my ass off in the first place? Once I met Anthony and Rob and saw Transmitter for the first time, the answer was clear.
Anthony and Rob focus on traditional and farmhouse ales, with a special zeal for experimenting with their wide library of yeast strains. They work with over 20 isolated strains of Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus, and Pediococcus, as well as other traditional yeast varieties. However, it’s the interplay of all the ingredients of beer that fuel their creativity and passion for brewing amazing beer.
Before ever trying Transmitter Brewing’s beers, I was struck by the beauty of their bottles. Anthony explained the history of the label design:
The labels are designed by Jeff Rogers and are inspired by something called a QSL card. Amateur HAM radio operators would make contact and then acknowledge the contact with a post card that referenced the technical aspects of their equipment and signal strength as well as usually adding a personal note.
Their bottles are available at various bottle shops throughout NYC or on weekends at the brewery. Consider joining their CSB (Community Supported Brewery) bottle share program. Details are on their website: http://www.transmitterbrewing.com/
With growing demand for Transmitter Brewing beer, I was curious about plans for expansion. Anthony and Rob recently upgraded to a 6 barrel brewhouse at the beginning of 2015. They also have around 35 barrels of stainless steel fermentation space to play with, in addition to 28 wooden casks of various alcoholic persuasions. That’s approximately 60 barrels of volume for both primary fermentation, as well as longer term aging.
Anthony and Rob have created a wide range of fantastic and unique beers during the past year. Here is their take on the beers that have been the most surprising:
W3 Hibiscus Wit with Orange Peel and Coriander took a long time to come together in a way that we liked. There was some acidity and tannic dryness in the young version that needed time to soften and come around. It did and was a beer that sold out very quickly. I think what is the most surprising aspect is always the temporal element to the beers we make. They are living beers, constantly changing, and it is interesting and fascinating to taste along its journey. There are notes and esters that slowly emerge and fade with time. I love that about our beer. They are not snapshots of a flavor, they are more like movies with a narrative.
Riding the G train back to Brooklyn, I sat and reflected on that last line for quite some time. “They are not snapshots of a flavor, they are more like movies with a narrative.” It occurred to me that this is exactly why I made a crosstown trek to Transmitter Brewing in the bitter cold. This is what compels me to meet random brewers, sometimes jumping on a train and often driving 300+ miles. It’s the artistry in creating something brand new and wonderful from disparate ingredients that fuels my quest to capture its beauty.
New York City is just not the same anymore. With landmarks like Bereket on East Houston, Gray’s Papaya, and Pearl Paint shutting its doors forever last year, the NYC I grew up in is quickly vanishing. Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York has a complete list of popular sites that are gone forever. The site is also known as the Book of Lamentations: a Bitterly Nostalgic Look at a City in the Process of Going Extinct. Let’s see what gets added to the 2015 list. Oy vey!
As comforting as it is to see a familiar NYC, a city I grew up in and ran through the streets as a teenager, I do welcome some change with open arms. The craft beer scene in NYC has exploded in the past two years. When I started writing about beer a couple of years ago, I couldn’t keep up with the new beer spots that were popping up across the city. Now some of these spots have already become legendary, attracting craft beer aficionados from across the globe. Just sit at the bar in Torst for two hours and you’ll likely run into a few tourists. The quality of New York beer can now rival the other great beer cities in the country (San Diego, Denver, and Portland to name a few). If you don’t think NYC is on the map with world-class breweries, you’re missing out on a lot of fantastic beer being brewed in the boroughs of the Big Apple. The fifteen breweries below are my picks for the New York breweries to keep a close eye on in 2015. I am eager to see what surprises they have in store this year.
Author’s Note: I have included a few breweries from Long Island and the Hudson Valley in my list of 15. They can all be reached from NYC via LIRR, MetroNorth, or automobile in an hour or less.
1. Barrier Brewing Company (Oceanside, Nassau County)
As I write this, I’m thinking about the half growler of Barrier’s BBHCFM sitting in my fridge. The Black Double IPA was so good, I took a growler home from Hoptron Brewtique, something I rarely do. Barrier rarely disappoints me and I’ve had a lot of their beers over the past few years. Every time I visit the brewery, they have offerings I’ve never seen before. Barrier seems to churn out new stuff all the time and I don’t remember drinking a beer that I disliked. Brewers Craig and Evan have mastered such a wide range of styles, but they also devote ample time to crafting regular favorites such as the fantastic Money IPA. If Barrier was located closer to NYC, this self-distributing gem would be receiving even more attention.
Try: Dunegrass (DIPA), Daddy Warbucks (DIPA), or the two ridiculously good beers mentioned above
2. Bridge and Tunnel Brewery (Maspeth & Ridgewood, Queens)
The future of Rich Castagna’s Bridge and Tunnel Brewery is bright. 2015 will be a defining year for the nano-brewery veteran who is in the process of setting up his larger brewing headquarters in Ridgewood, Queens. The new space will allow Rich to increase production by 500%. Yes, you read that right! From 50 to 300 gallon batches. He also has several new beers being released this year, including a Habañero IPA named Phoenix on Starr. (If you ever visit The Sampler in Bushwick, ask Rafael what the name stands for.) I’m super excited for increased capacity because Bridge and Tunnel beer will soon be in more bars, restaurants and beer shops in the NYC area very soon.
Try: My all time favorite brown ale is Tiger Eyes Hazelnut Brown. (I’m working on a longer feature, spotlighting Bridge and Tunnel’s upcoming releases. Try any of those, as well.)
3. Bronx Brewery (Boogie Down Bronx)
I’ll be completely frank… I’m not the biggest fan of the Bronx Brewery. I’ve found their beers to be mediocre and I wasn’t happy about their contract brewing situation. (Until now, all of their beers have been brewed mainly in Wisconsin.) Contract brewing is a layered issue and has been debated within the craft beer community for quite some time. I appreciate Chris O’Leary’s balanced approach to contract brewing in his Brew York post. After visiting the recently-opened brewery and tasting room in the Bronx, I’ve had a slight change of heart. In the tasting room’s bathroom, “we made it” is stenciled into the wall. The brewery is a fine example of what determination, hard work, and some good luck can bring to those who dream big. It’s amazing to see Bronx Pale Ale being served at Madison Square Garden and Yankee Stadium. I’m hopeful 2015 will be a watershed year for these guys who are now officially brewing beer in the Boogie Down.
Try: Head to the brewery/tasting room and try anything fresh from their recent Bronx batches.
4. Captain Lawrence (Elmsford, Westchester)
Scott Vaccaro, founder and head brewer of Captain Lawrence, has been commanding a solid line-up for the past 10 years. Scott and his brewing team have a vast repertoire of brews, from award-winning sours to solid barrel-aged beers and plenty of crowd pleasers in between. An ideal reason to jump on the Metro-North, the Elmsford brewery is a quick ride from Grand Central Station.
Try: Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA or Cuvee De Castleton
5. Finback Brewery (Glendale, Queens)
Two years ago, I stumbled upon news of a new brewery opening up in Queens. I happily realized it would be located blocks away from our apartment in Glendale, a locale devoid of good beer. I kept a close eye on their progress and opening date, eventually getting in touch with founders/brewers Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee. I battled a cold and blustery winter’s night and rode over to get a tour of the brewery before it opened. (More on that visit here.) After a year of grinding and hustling, the hard work paid off. Finback recently released two bottled beers (Smoke Detection and the highly coveted Barrel-Aged BQE Imperial Stout). They also were recognized as the New York brewery of 2014 in the stellar Brew York site. Visit the brewery and bring a few friends.
Try: Moby Hop is excellent. Try to get your hands on the Barrel-Aged BQE. (It currently has a well-deserved 97 on Beer Advocate and is the highest-rated NYC beer on Untappd.)
6. Greenpoint Beer and Ale Company (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Greenpoint Beer & Ale Company is the brewing arm of Ed Raven’s Dirck the Norseman, a fantastic restaurant and bar that opened in March 2014. Ed is no stranger to the Brooklyn craft beer scene. He also owns beer shop Brouwerij Lane and Raven Brands, a beer importing company. Brewers Chris Prout and Erik Olsen are cranking out some really great beer at the Greenpoint brewpub.
Try: For some smokey goodness try their Grodziskie.
7. Grimm Artisanal Ales (Brooklyn-based gypsy brewery)
I don’t remember when I had my first Grimm Artisanal Ale. Honestly, it was the label that probably drew me in. Gretta Johnson is crafting some of the prettiest labels in the game right now. I had to snatch up a bottle on the strength of the artwork alone. Lauren and Joe Grimm brew test batches in their Gowanus apartment, eventually bringing their recipes and ingredients to partnering brewing facilities to make magic happen on a grander scale. The gypsy brewing duo recently earned a GABF silver medal for their Double Negative, a key win in the highly-contested Imperial Stout category. With the exception of Double Negative, their small-batches are intended to be one-off releases. What’s here today will certainly be gone tomorrow, so don’t hesitate to pick up a Grimm bomber if you see one at your local beer shop.
Try: Grab anything you can find!
8. Gun Hill Brewing Company (Williamsbridge, Bronx)
I met Chris Sheehan, Gun Hill brewmaster, at a Manhattan bar while trying some of his beers for the first time. After chatting for a while about all things beer, he invited me up to the Bronx to visit the brand new brewery on Laconia Avenue. The tasting room just opened the week before and the first batches of beer were eagerly awaiting consumption. This is before Chris’ Void of Light won a Gold Medal at the 2014 GABF. We excitedly talked about Void of Light which was actually still in a fermentation vessel, unbeknownst of its future glory. I’m a big fan of Chris Sheehan’s beer and I know Gun Hill will continue to make noise in 2015.
Try: Of course, grab yourself a Void of Light Stout or try the solid Gun Hill IPA.
9. Newburgh Brewing Company (Newburgh, Hudson Valley)
The folks at Peekskill (below) advised me to check out Newburgh Brewing Company if I wanted to experience another superb Hudson Valley brewery while in the area. After returning to the area a few months later, we were able to spend some time with Christopher Basso, co-founder and brewmaster. He walked us through the immense space, a former paper-box factory, and talked about some of his upcoming special releases. Christopher, who spent time working under the renowned Garret Oliver at Brooklyn Brewery, is certainly carving out his own legacy with a phenomenal rotation of beers.
Try: Cream Ale or Hop Drop Double IPA
10. Other Half Brewing Company (Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)
The best India Pale Ales in New York are being made by Other Half Brewing Company. I don’t think this is a subjective statement. If there was a scientific way to prove this, my statement would be vindicated. Just look at Other Half’s Untappd or Beer Advocate scores if you need some sort of concrete data. The brewery and tasting room is open to the public from Thursday through Saturday. If you see any Other Half beers on tap around town, order one right away.
Try: Green Diamonds or All Green Everything (rated the number one beer in 2014 by the Village Voice)
11. Peekskill Brewery (Peekskill, Hudson Valley)
I freaking love this place. Great food and really great beer = jump on the MetroNorth and spend an afternoon at this fantastic brewpub. I’m a big fan of their IPAs, but their Simple Sour was a game changer for me. After reading this New York Times article about Peekskill’s Simple Sour, I had a dream of enjoying sour beer. Prior to this dream, I was not a fan of the mouth-puckering variety. I was compelled to look for the nearest bar serving Simple Sour that same day and realized that my palate was forever changed (all thanks to a very random dream and Peekskill’s awesome Berliner Weisse).
Try: Simple Sour is a great sour/wild ale gateway beer. I love Eastern Standard (IPA) and Higher Standard (DIPA).
12. Port Jeff Brewing Company (Port Jefferson, Suffolk County)
After Blue Point Brewing Company was sold to Anheuser-Busch InBev, I’ve made a concerted effort to only support independent breweries in my new neighborhood. I do want to support local industry, and Blue Point provides local jobs, but I’d rather my dollars go to the smaller guys. One such “small guy” is this wonderful operation in Port Jefferson, Long Island. I had a few of their beers before, but gained a much deeper level of respect when I finally visited the brewery. I’ve had “try em all” flights on two separate occasions. Both tasting sessions left me with the impression that Port Jeff Brewing Company is certainly a force to be reckoned with on Long Island. Port Jefferson is a fantastic Long Island destination for a day trip or an overnight getaway. Don’t forget to add Port Jeff Brewing Company to your itinerary.
Try: Party Boat is their flagship beer and it’s a solid IPA. I really enjoyed their Porter which is available in 22oz bottles.
13. Singlecut Beersmiths (Astoria, Queens)
I was born in Astoria, so I have a soft spot for Singlecut Beersmiths. On top of that, their tap handles are guitars. How cool is that? The beer, let’s talk about the beer! Singlecut has solid offerings that often go unrecognized. Their Billy IPAs are all excellent and so are their Bon Bon offerings. The brewery, although a trek from the subway, is an ideal beer destination if you haven’t visited yet.
Try: Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr! (regular or rum barrel aged) or any of the aforementioned beers
14. Threes Brewing (Gowanus, Brooklyn)
The most recent addition to the NYC craft brewery scene among this list, Threes is already bringing the heat. Brewmaster Greg Doroski is serving up sought after saisons and a variety of other styles. Their farmhouse inspired ales are some of the best I’ve tried in recent memory. I highly recommend visiting Threes Brewing even if it’s just to see their multifaceted and simply gorgeous space.
Try: You can’t go wrong with either saison – Wandering Bine or Mechanical Spring
15. Transmitter Brewing (Long Island City, Queens)
I must admit, I haven’t had a chance to try many of Transmitter Brewing’s beers yet. I do know that founders and brewers Rob Kolb and Anthony Accardi are onto something very special, poetic, and downright sublime. They focus on farmhouse style beers and offer their ales in beautifully designed bottles. Their Community Supported Brewery program ($175 + tax) gets you twelve bottles, two every month for six months to be picked up at the brewery. (After a recent visit to the brewery, I plan on completing a full feature very soon.)
Beer is much more than the sum of its parts. At its most pure form, it’s just four simple ingredients: hops, malt, water and yeast. It is only through the synergy of process and those basic building blocks that unique and interesting interpretations of beer styles are possible. Through the process of brewing, it is possible to make an infinite number of flavor combinations and styles. It is this endless creative possibility that fuels and flames our passion for fermenting beer. Our satisfaction comes from the combination of the basic understanding of the ingredients and their interactions and the “aha” moments of discovery of the synergy between them. – From the Transmitter website
Try: Anything you can get your hands on
SELECT SCENES FROM THE 15
I was geeking out the other day with a bartender at an Upper East Side bar. We were sharing some of our favorite India Pale Ales (IPAs) and Double/Imperial India Pale Ales (DIPAs) throughout the country. We offered up a variety of our own favorites, but both agreed that Pliny the Elder is a grossly overrated beer. It’s a great beer, but there are plenty of other amazing hoppy fish in the sea. Here are some of the IPAs and DIPAs that I spit out during our craft beer nerd-fest. One of these below was a recommendation from said bartender who mentioned that it’s his second favorite IPA next to Heady Topper. This list doesn’t include Heady Topper. (Much is already documented about my love for Heady Topper and my multiple Heady adventures.)
In no particular order…
1. Hill Farmstead Brewery’s Abner:
My brother and I were in Waterbury, Vermont, looking to bring home a few cases of Heady Topper and we stumbled across this incredible beer at the Reservoir Restaurant and Taproom. We took our first sip and immediately looked at each other in amazement. One of us immediately looked Abner up on Beer Advocate and quickly realized that this beer is a big deal. I won’t say how high the rating is, just take a look for yourself. Too bad Hill Farmstead isn’t super close to Waterbury. We also promised to return home to NYC that same day. One day we will make it there for sure.
2. Bell’s Hopslam
NYC was devoid of anything from Bell’s for quite a long time. When the Michigan brewery finally struck a deal to distribute its beers in New York, craft beer venues pulled out their red carpets to welcome the much-lauded brewery. Their most popular beer, Two Hearted Ale, is a superb beer. It truly was my go to beer when the local bodega began carrying six-packs on a regular basis. However, it’s the harder-to-find Hopslam that truly pleased my palate. A few bottle shops in NYC put a two bottle maximum limit on Hopslam purchases when it was first made available. Since then, I haven’t seen it around too much. Next time I do, I plan to snatch a few up right away.
3. Alpine Beer Company’s Duet
You will not see this beer in bars, restaurants or bottle shops in New York. I traded a few Heady Topper cans last year to folks out in California. I actually asked for Pliny, but the West Coast IPA connoisseur told me to trust his hop guidance and sent me a bottle of this instead. It definitely didn’t disappoint. After having Pliny a few times, I think Duet is a better-balanced and overall tastier beer than Pliny the Elder. If any of my West Coast friends are reading this, please ship me a bottle of Duet.
4. Long Trail Brewing Company’s Limbo IPA
I might get hate-mail by claiming this beer by Long Trail is better than Russian River Brewing Company’s mainstay. There is something special about this beer. Maybe it’s Long Trail’s use of Australian hops which tend to impart delightful tropical fruit flavors. Long Trail started using the experimental Farmhouse Pilot Brewery to brew one-off batches that became quite popular on draft. Their Limbo IPA is the first of these pilot beers to be bottled and distributed widely. Don’t overlook or underestimate this Vermont gem.
5. Maine Beer Company’s Lunch
The first time I had this beer was at my beloved Guilty Goose, a phenomenal craft beer-centric restaurant in Chelsea, NYC. Eddie, the super awesome bartender over there (not sure if he’s still there), was always a Maine Beer Company aficionado. I’ve had a few of their beers, but this one… Wow! (nuff said)
6. Proclamation Ale Company’s Tendril
My great friend Keith not only holds a doctorate now, but also knows a little something about good beer. During our annual trip up to Providence, he strongly urged us to try an IPA by a new brewery in the state, Proclamation Ale Company. My BeerMenus app wasn’t working too well in Providence, so my wife and I decided to just go to the source to try this IPA he spoke so highly of. I hope to do a full write up of the brewery soon. Tendril certainly didn’t disappoint. It was one of the best new IPAs I’ve tried in a while. You will only be able to find Tendril in Rhode Island for now. It was so good I almost put aside my disdain for growlers to take some Tendril back home to enjoy.
7. Port Brewing Company’s Hop-15 Ale
Hop-15 is another West Coast beer that is difficult to find out East. Port Brewing Company has a wonderful portfolio and this is one of their best. Admittedly, I haven’t had this one in quite a while, but my first impression was very memorable. Here’s another one to stuff into a sock, to place ever so carefully into the middle of your (check-in) suitcase.
8. Other Half Brewing Company’s Green Diamonds
I absolutely love the name of this beer. You can only go so far with different catchy iterations of that dank, piney and bitter flower we love so much. Beyond a great name, Other Half truly created what might be the best Imperial IPA in New York. I’ve had amazing New York IPAs by the likes of Six Point (Resin), Barrier (Daddy Warbucks), Ithaca (Flower Power), Peekskill (Eastern Standard), and Newburgh (Hop Drop). At this moment of time, Green Diamonds is my absolute favorite IPA the Empire State has to offer.
If you have any other IPAs or DIPAs to put on my radar, please leave a comment. I’ve tried so many beers, I might have forgotten about it. As I’m wrapping this post up, I just remembered how much I love Sierra Nevada’s Hoptimum. Let’s see if I can do a Better Than Pliny follow up by next year. For now, I’ll keep searching.
Glendale, Queens is not a prime location for craft beer. I’ve been living in Glendale for the past two years and it’s craft beer purgatory. With the exception of the decent craft beer selection at my local bodega/deli, there aren’t any bars or craft beer serving restaurants in Ridgewood or Glendale – both neighborhoods share the 11385 zip code. Almost a year ago I learned that two home brewers, Basil and Kevin, found a Queens location for their new brewery Finback. Of course, I was besides myself with joy. The brewery, located on a quiet block in Glendale, is now fully operational, churning out kegs for bars and restaurants all over NYC. Basil and Kevin took a quick break from their very hectic schedule to show me around the brewery, talk about their upcoming plans, and answer questions from their very excited neighbor.
Kevin Stafford and Basil Lee were both home brewers for nearly a decade. Active in the Brooklyn home brew community, their paths crossed several years ago eventually solidifying their Finback destiny. It took approximately three years to go from dreaming and idea-mapping to the life-changing day the real estate agent handed them the keys to their new property, a warehouse that would become one of the few breweries in Queens. It took almost a year to find the right location and several more months to get everything ready for beer production.
From the inside of the brewery, the space looks like it encompasses at least a quarter of the entire block. Finback is huge, with amazing potential for growth. Basil showed me the various rooms and their plans for each – yeast room, barrel aging room, bar and tasting area, and outdoor space. Right now the focus is the beer, ensuring there is enough supply for the rising demand in the city. I’m not sure how these guys get any sleep. There was a U-Haul van parked inside the brewery, its engine still warm from a recent keg delivery. The beer duo are doing their own distribution, as well. For now, Basil and Kevin are micro-managing it all: brewing the beer, kegging, loading the trucks, delivering the product, marketing and sales, and attending various craft beer events. (I’m sure I left a bunch out.) Back to the brewery – They plan on opening up the backyard space in the next few weeks, hopefully time for the real arrival of spring. (If you’re in NYC or the East Coast, you know that spring hasn’t really arrived yet.)
Unfortunately, they weren’t set up to have me do a tasting, but I’ve had a few Finback beers around town during the past few weeks. Their standard IPA is excellent – 7.2 ABV & 112 IBUs, loaded with Chinook and Columbus hops. I’ve been searching for their Witbier, which is a unique take on the light ale – filled with ginger, Szechuan peppercorns, and chamomile. Look out for these upcoming beers in the next few weeks:
BQE – 11.5% ABV & 63 IBUs
The BQE is our Brooklyn Queens Espresso imperial stout. Cocoa nibs from the Brooklyn based Mast Brothers and Coffee from Queens based Native Coffee Roasters were added to the boil making for a super complex tasty brew.
Moby Hop – 9% ABV & 84 IBUs
This double IPA is extra big and extra bitter and still goes down smooth as a white whale.
Brewing and Music:
I was eager to find out what types of sounds fill the void when brewing. Basil explained that it ranges from classic rock to Guns & Roses and Metallica. Ironically, I was listening to Metallica as I rode my bike over to Finback on a twenty degree winter’s night.
The Future of Finback:
As I walked through the brewery listening to Basil talk about plans for the physical space and exciting ideas for new beers, I eagerly wanted to fast forward several months to be able to enjoy Finback beers at their very own tasting room or backyard beer garden. Beyond the sours and barrel-aged stuff they are eager to start working on, there are also collaborations with other brewers on the horizon. If you see a Finback beer on tap at your local craft beer bar or restaurant, order one. Once they have regular tasting hours at the brewery, I highly recommend taking the trek to Glendale. You can also join their CSB (Community Supported Beer program) to have regular growler fills at the brewery and enjoy access to limited release and pilot batch beers.
I work at a Math and Science school in Brooklyn, so STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) is never far from mind. A brewmaster’s skills, knowledge-base, and everyday responsibilities plants him/her very firmly in the field of STEM. It’s not a career that gets mentioned much when highlighting the various STEM-related career paths. Hanging out in Chris Sheehan’s laboratory, Gun Hill Brewing Company’s brand new brewery, it was evident that this seasoned alchemist is in his glory amongst the various heavy metal tanks, bags of hops and grain, and finished kegs of liquid gold.
Chris Sheehan’s storied career started in California, earning his brewing chops in Triple Rock Brewery and 20 Tank Brewery. He describes himself as a West Coast-style brewer, although he spent the majority of his time brewing for East Coast craft breweries and brewpubs, including Port 44 and J.J. Bitting in New Jersey, and Chelsea Brewing Company in Manhattan. Gun Hill Brewing Company will have a versatile line-up, but Chris is a Stout specialist who has received 6 GABF medals for his Stouts over the years.
Locally grown, very fresh hops plus this secret weapon make all the difference when enjoying their line-up of beers. Chris’ self-designed “Hop Jack” ensures a healthy infusion of hops during the brewing process.
Gun Hill Brewing Co. is the first brewery to brew on Bronx soil since the 1960s, with the departure of Rheingold Beer from the Bronx. Bronx Brewery, Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company, and City Island Beer all contract brew outside of NYC. Dave Lopez and Kieran Farrell are the co-owners/founders of Gun Hill Brewing Company, basing their company’s brand on the colonial history of the Bronx. The current plan is to supply kegs to local bars, restaurants, and craft beer shops, and to serve the Williamsbridge community via its tasting room. (Tasting Room Hours: Monday-Thursday 1-8pm, Friday 1-9pm, Saturday 12-9pm, Sunday 12-7pm)
A Brewer’s Soundtrack:
BierWAX asked Chris Sheehan about the role of music while creating his brews. An avid fan of mainly British and Scandinavian Death Metal, Chris’ award-winning Stouts are frequently brewed with a dark and ominous soundscape. I won’t reveal some of his upcoming beer names, but a few of them will likely be metal-themed. The sounds of metal seem to eerily reverberate off the heavy metal vessels, kettles, tanks and tuns in Chris’ brew-lab.
Gun Hill Brewing Co. will certainly be a force to reckon with in NYC and beyond over the next few months and years. With Chris Sheehan at the creative helm, fashioning some pretty drinkable beers, the future for the Bronx craft beer scene is undoubtedly getting brighter.