“It almost seems stereotypical, a bunch of guys who like heavy metal and beer,” Tony Bellis, co-founder of the Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) in Brooklyn, tells me. Bellis and his co-founders, Pete Lengyel and Zack Kinney, just finished a brew day for the second run of their schwarzbier, Morbid Hour.
It was a long winter in NYC. On a surprisingly sunny Sunday afternoon in early March, however, a few days after a nor’easter hit, Brooklyn’s Vanderbilt Avenue was teeming with life. Traffic filled the two-lane thoroughfare, and residents seemed eager to make the most out of the first spring-like day of the year.
Among the modern world’s bitterest rivalries (Red Sox versus Yankees, CrossFit versus joy) lies Coca-Cola and Pepsi. The battle spans generations of pop drinkers. Multi-million-dollar marketing campaigns have engendered lifelong Coke loyalists, those who swear by Pepsi, hipster antagonists who insist their brand is RC Cola, and a growing phalanx of the health-conscious who’d just […]
Nightlife is always changing. Clubs and bars open and close. In New York, Club Cumming just came. Word is that Continental is going. Continental is a bar right off St. Marks on Third Avenue in NYC’s East Village.
In 2010, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company received a call from the management team of legendary jam band Phish. The group famous for seven-hour sets wanted the brewery to make a special beer for a festival the following year. The result was Sierra Nevada’s Foam Pilsner, a 5.6 percent alcohol by volume beer designed to be […]
It’s no secret that alcohol is a big part of popular music. Whether the songs are about drinking, partying, or just getting ready in the morning with a bottle of Jack Daniels, Top 40 songs often mention the artist’s favorite brand or type of alcohol. But just how much is it mentioned, and exactly what […]
Few drinking cultures are as storied as Irish drinking culture. Whether you’re talking Guinness, a dram of Irish whiskey, or pub life in general, everyone loves to drink like the Irish drink. If you really want to get in the mood, though, you need traditional Irish drinking music. Well, lads, if you don’t have an […]
It’s 7 p.m. on a cold Monday night in December and I’m deeply skeptical. I’m in a swanky Upper East Side apartment with one of those elevators that opens right into a private residence. The scent of expensive perfume lingers in the air. A room full of impeccably clad wine professionals stand gathered around a […]
December is usually a pretty dead period for the music industry. Every blog and magazine has already released its ”Best of the Year” list. The airwaves are filled with the constant crooning of Christmas music to the exclusion of anything else. And holiday parties leave label employees hung over until January.