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NYCHG Club Barrel

Sep 25, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

The Guild will soon be acquiring a 225 or 228 litre barrel from Red Hook Winery, which will be housed by our good friends at KCBC! We previously held a club Barrel Aged Beer competition, where we asked brewers to submit a beer they had aged on wood, or thought would be good aged on wood, with the winner having their recipe scaled up and put into a barrel of the type used to age their beer (or that they thought would work well for their beer), that the Guild would then obtain.  The winner of that competition was Justin Wilson with a Red Wine Barrel Aged Belgian Dark Strong Ale, which we now have 60 gallons of fermenting and being readied for transfer to our Guild barrel on November 4, 2017, at KCBC.

Brewers that brew for the barrel will receive ~80% of their contribution back once the beer has aged appropriately and we’ll reserve some to serve at an event and share with our friends at Red Hook Winery, who also love beer! We’re still looking for a couple eager brewers to sign up and make this beer ASAP, so if you have some time to brew this beer up soon (like, now!) please sign up and get going.  A sign up sheet with the recipe is located below.

Looking forward to seeing you at KCBC on transfer day and getting this project underway.  And start thinking about what we should put into the barrel next!

Cheers!

Meeting Tonight

Sep 19, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

NYCHG September Meeting tonight 9/19 at 7:30 PM at Burp Castle! We’ll be joined by Five Boroughs Brewing Company.  Come on down!

Ted Hawley of New York Craft Malt Talks at KCBC

May 11, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

KCBC has invited Ted Hawley of New York Craft Malt to speak on Wednesday, May 24, 2017, and asked us to pass this along to all:

 

We’ve invited Ted Hawley, Head Maltster at New York Craft Malt, to come chat with us about Malt, Beer, New York, and how all of those things fit together. His work with hand-crafted fine malts here in the state is one of the reasons our beers taste so good! Come find out the tastes, aromas, textures, and sounds these beautiful malts make with us at 7pm!

 

Have questions? The Brewer’s will be on hand to help answer questions about our beer, their malts, and the beautiful things that happen in the back.

 

What: An introduction to malts, the malting process, and malting in the state of New York

 

Where: KCBC 381 Troutman St Brooklyn, NY 11237 (one block from the Jefferson Street L stop)

 

When: Wednesday May 24th, 7pm

 

Who: KCBC hosts head maltster Ted Hawley of New York Craft Malt

 

Why: Part of KCBC’s new series of classes on the basics of brewing and brewing ingredients

Bitter & Esters Annual Spring Bike Brewery Tour

May 10, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Hey all, passing along some info from John LaPolla at Bitter & Esters.  Their annual Spring bike brewery tour is coming up. Details below. Please sign up here if you’re going so they have an idea of how many people to expect.

Bitter & Esters 3rd Annual Spring Brewery Bike Tour

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

It’s time for Bitter & Esters 3rd Annual Spring Brewery Bike Tour! We love to host these annual rides so people can hang out with their fellow beer enthusiasts and try the amazing beers being poured in NYC. It’s always a great time and an opportunity to learn more about local breweries.

We base our brewery tours around a collaborative brew with a local brewery. This year we teamed up with Folksbier Brewery in Carroll Gardens. We like to keep it fresh and interesting, so this year’s recipe evolved from a game of of Exquisite Corpse.

Each brewer was given a sheet where they would write down one ingredient (malt, hops, or yeast) and pass the sheet to the next brewer who would write down a different ingredient without seeing what the last brewer wrote. We ended up with German malts and blueberries composing the grain bill, English hops for bittering, and Saison yeast for fermentation. This hybrid was summarily dubbed Famous Floating Blueberry and clocks in at 5% ABV / 45 IBU.

We had a great time brewing with Travis and Folksbier and now it’s time to taste the beer! We’ll be starting at Bitter & Esters at 11:30am with our first stop scheduled at 12pm. We’ll head to the other breweries when everyone is ready to go! Here’s the itinerary:

Sunday, May 21st

Meet at Bitter & Esters (700 Washington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238) @ 11:30 AM

Head to Folksbier (101 Luquer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231) @ 12:00 PM

Head to Other Half (195 Centre St, Brooklyn, NY 11231)

Back to Folksbier (101 Luquer St, Brooklyn, NY 11231)

Head to Strong Rope Brewery (574 President St, Brooklyn, NY 11215)

Head to Threes Brewing (333 Douglass St, Brooklyn, NY 11217)

Here’s a handy map in case you need it. There’s no charge for the ride but you are responsible for your beers. The bike ride will be rain or shine (hopefully shine).

Don’t worry if you don’t have a bike, you can meet us at Folksbier! We’d love to see everyone come out and enjoy the fruits of our communal labor!

John LaPolla

Bitter & Esters

Homebrew Alley XI Winners

Feb 13, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Competition  //  No Comments

Homebrew Alley XI took place this weekend at Alewife, in Long Island City, NY.  Thanks to a great turnout of judges and stewards, things ran very smoothly and we were able to evaluate the 544 entries without issue.  Judging began on Friday, February 10th and continued on February 11th until every entry was judged. On Saturday evening our Best of Show panel sat down to judge the winning entries from each category.  On the panel were John Naegle, Andie Davies, Oskar Norlander and Charles Simchick.  They were joined by Tony Bellis of KCBC who chose the winning beer for the Brewer’s Choice Award.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to all the judges, stewards, organizers and sponsors who made this event such a big success.

Best of Show: Steven Landgren Schwarzbier
Second Place: Clinton Pickett Cider with Herbs/Spices
Third Place: Jim Manganiello Double IPA
Hon. Mention: Dan Roebuck Melomel
Brewer’s Choice Award: Steven Landgren Schwarzbier

Click here to view the full list of winners

2017 BJCP Classes and Exam

Jan 17, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

Our next BJCP exam is scheduled for July 16th, 2017.

BJCP prep classes will take place this spring starting Tuesday February 28, 2017 at 6:30pm at Jimmy’s No. 43.  They will take place every Tuesday night until July 11th with the exception of the 3rd Tuesday of every month (so you can come to the Guild meeting) and holidays.

Classes focus on beer evaluation and tasting skills, understanding classic beer styles, brewing techniques and ingredients.  They are geared toward brewers of all levels of experience.

It’s also a great opportunity to get to know fellow Guild members and for newer members to meet long standing members.

SIGN UP INFORMATION:
Classes are open to the first 25 club members in good financial standing.  You must sign up in-person at either the January or February Guild meetings.  Any open seats remaining after the February meeting will be made available to club members and members of other clubs via electronic signup.

Classes are open to all past participants as well.  BJCP judges receive 0.2 non-judging points for each class they attend.  Feel free to attend any or all of the classes at any time.  You do not need to sign-up in advance.

Cheers,
Vlad

Homebrew Alley XI

Jan 9, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Competition  //  No Comments

The NYC Homebrewers Guild will hold its eleventh annual homebrew competition on February 10th and 11th, 2017, in one of New York’s best craft beer havens, Alewife Queens (5-14 51st Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101). This is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned event. All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP.

Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition on the second floor dining area of Alewife Queens. All entrants and friends thereof are welcome to attend the ceremony. We intend to judge first flights on Friday night, February 10th and complete Best of Show judging by 6pm on Saturday, making way for an Award Ceremony and Party at Alewife through the evening.  The party and celebration will be open to the public. It is at the award ceremony that we will announce all winners, including the Best of Show and Brewer’s Choice.

Prizes include:

Best of Show 1st Place, Best of Show 2nd Place, & Best of Show Third Place: Gift Certificates to local homebrew shops. Brewer’s Choice Award: Brew a 15 bbl batch of your winning recipe at Kings County Brewers Collective. Additional prizes may be allocated at the discretion of the competition organizers.

Kings County Brewers Collective

This award is chosen and presented by Tony, Pete and Zack of Kings County Brewers Collective and the awardee will be invited to brew 15bbls of their award winning beer at KCBC’s facility in Bushwick Brooklyn.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew on premise establishments, are not eligible. Read the full competition rules before entering your beers to ensure that your entries are properly submitted. Entries can be mailed in or dropped off at a variety of locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester and Long Island. Entries should be dropped off or shipped to arrive by Wednesday, February 1, 2017, or else they will not be entered in our contest. If you are shipping your entries do not use the United States Postal Service, USPS entries will not ship to this address – if you must ship your entries, use a private shipping service.  Please note that Alewife is not a drop-off or mail-in location and judges will not be allowed to bring entries on the day of the competition!

Click here to enter your beers or to sign up to judge the competition.

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Second Annual Bike Ride to Captain Lawrence

Aug 12, 2014   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event, Uncategorized  //  1 Comment

Join us on September 20th as members of the New York City Homebrewers Guild take a bicycle ride from New York City to the Captain Lawrence Brewery in Elmsford, New York. Captain Lawrence Beers will be available by the tasting flight or in 12 oz. glasses. While outside food is not allowed at the brewery there will be food available a la carte from their official food vendor, a wood-fired pizza operation run by Gleason’s and the Birdsall House. After enjoying samples of CLBC’s offerings, participants have the option to ride as a group to the Tarrytown Metro North trains station for the return journey (we’re also looking into the possibility of having a van transport our bikes to the station – stay tuned for developments there).

We have preset departure points in Queens and Manhattan and the distance of the ride  ranges from 25-35 miles depending upon which start point you use.  There’s also a possibility that we’ll have a meeting point further south in Brooklyn if there’s interest in that. We have taken care to map out routes that are bicycle friendly.  We will ride mostly on a rail trail, separated from the road traffic, for perhaps 80% of the ride from Manhattan, but we will also be riding with traffic for portions of Manhattan as well as from the trail to Captain Lawrence and from Captain Lawrence to the Metro North train station for the train ride home.

Since this is a relatively long ride we recommend that you review the map of the ride to familiarize yourself with the route and the distance to be sure that your choosing a path appropriate to your skill and comfort level.  It is the responsibility of each rider to ensure that they are sober and able to safely operate a bicycle for the entirety of the ride to the brewery and from the brewery to the Metro North Station. We also recommend bringing an extra tube and a pump in case you get a flat tire. Any members that would like to take mass transit and meet us at the brewery are welcome to do so.

Start Time: Depends on Start Point (See details below)

TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE RIDE

If you read nothing else, please read this list:
1. Obtain a Metro North Bicycle Permit before the tour date.
2.  Familiarize yourself with the route and make an informed decision whether to participate based on your stamina and athletic ability.
3.  Bring at least one spare inner tube appropriate for your tires.
4.  Wear a helmet.
5.  Ensure your bicycle is in good working condition before the day of the event.
6.  Be on time.
7.  Join the Google Meetup group “NYCHG->CLBC”. This will be our primary means of distributing info in real time. Use this link to sign-up and choose your departure point (we’ll send you an invite once you’re on this list): https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0Ar4cdowiF5hAdFJTR2lsZEoxa3VSOEJ2QnFOQXpBa2c&usp=sharing
8.  Bring snacks and water. Once we leave the Bronx, food venues are few and far between and off-route.
9.  Carb up the night before and get plenty of rest.
10.  Consume alcohol responsibly. It is the participants responsibility limit their alcohol consumption and  maintain control of their bicycle at all times.

Cost:

The ride is free of charge. There are no support services such as SAG being provided. The event is pay as you go including beer and food at Captain Lawrence.
The Route and Start Time:
Please review the route in its entirety on the Google Map below.  We will be stopping briefly at Fairway and Van Cortland Park in the Bronx to allow all riders to re-group. Food and restroom facilities are available at both stops.
  • Brooklyn Group, if needed will meet team leader Simon Tepas  at 7:45 AM at a location to be determined and depart at 8:00 AM. They will ride to meet the Manhattan Group at 508 Gastrobrewry by 9:00 AM
  • The Manhattan Group will meet group leader Vlad Kowalyk at 8:45 AM at the 508 Gastrobrewery (508 Greenwich at Spring). Together with the Brooklyn group they will leave at 9:00 AM and meet up with the Queens group at the Fairway Market at 126th Street.
  • The Queens group will meet group leader Chris Pagnotta at 24-13 26th Street in Astoria (two blocks from the Tri-borough Bridge) at 8:45 AM and depart at 9AM to meet up with the Brooklyn and Queens groups at the Fairway on 126th Street in Manhattan.
  • Riders from Westchester are encouraged to take  Metro North to 125th Street and join the tour at Fairway on 126th Street, please arrive at Fairway no later than 10:00 AM
Return Train:
All riders who plan to bring their bicycles on a Metro North train must obtain a Bicycle Pass in advance of the day of the tour.

From the MTA website:An application for a bicycle permit under this part shall be made in person at Window 27 in Grand Central Terminal, or at any outlying staffed ticket office. A bicycle permit shall be issued by Metro-North upon the completion of the application and payment of a $5.00 fee to cover administration expenses. Permits are issued immediately at Window 27 in Grand Central Terminal, or at any outlying staffed ticket office.


View NYCHG Bike Trip to Captain Lawrence in a larger map

Bike rentals are available from the following stores:

Homebrew Alley VIII

Dec 23, 2013   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Competition, Event  //  No Comments

The NYC Homebrewers Guild will hold its seventh annual homebrew competition on February 7th and 8th, 2013 in one of New York’s craft beer haven, Alewife Queens (5-14 51st Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101). This is an AHA/BJCP Sanctioned event. All entrants will receive score sheets and commentary prepared by judges recognized by the BJCP.

Winners will be announced upon completion of the competition on the second floor dining area of Alewife Queens. All entrants and friends there-of are welcome to attend the ceremony. We intend to judge first flights on Friday night, February 7th and complete Best of Show judging by 6pm on Saturday, making way for an Award Ceremony and Party at Alewife through the evening.  The party and celebration will be open to the public. It is at the award ceremony that we will announce all winners, including the Best of Show and Brewer’s Choice.

Prizes include:

Best of Show 1st Place, Best of Show 2nd Place, & Best of Show Third Place: Gift Certificates to local homebrew shops. Brewmaster’s Choice Award: brew 15bbls of your winning recipe at Sixpoint Brewery. Additional prizes may be allocated at the discretion of the competition organizers

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This award is chosen and presented by the Head Brewer (Pete Dickson) and the Brewmaster (Jan Matysiak) of Sixpoint and the awardee will be invited to brew 15bbls of their award winning beer at Sixpoint’s facility in Redhook Brooklyn.

Eligibility: This competition is open to everyone. Entries must have been made at home. Those made in commercial establishments, including brew on premise establishments, are not eligible. Read the full competition rules before entering your beers to ensure that your entries are properly submitted. Entries can be mailed in or dropped off at a variety of locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Westchester and Long Island. Entries should be dropped off or shipped to arrive by Friday, January 31 or else they will not be entered in our contest. If you are shipping your entries do not use the United States Postal Service, USPS entries will not ship to this address – if you must ship your entries, use a private shipping service.  Please note that Alewife is not a drop-off or mail-in location and judges will not be allowed to bring entries on the day of the competition!

Click here to enter your beers or to sign up to judge the competition.

25th Anniversary Party

Sep 20, 2013   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

On November 2nd the New York City Homebrewers Guild will be hosting its 25th Anniversary Party at Brooklyn Brewery on North 11th Street in Williamsburg. It’s a momentous occasion. The Guild is New York City’s oldest homebrew club and over the past 25 years our hobby has grown by leaps and bounds. Homebrew clubs are sprouting up across the city as new generations of enthusiastic beer lovers discover the joys of making, sharing and imbibing their own fermented creations. Since the guild was the first club in the city we’d also like to take this opportunity to welcome all the local clubs out to enjoy this party with us and to do what we all do best: Make and share great beers and have a great time doing it. The format will be similar to NHC’s club night – each club will set up their own booth and everyone will be encouraged to try small samples of lots of different homebrews.

Here is a current list of participating clubs & homebrew stores:

~ NYC Homebrewers Guild
~ Bitter & Esters
~ Brewstoria
~ Brooklyn Brewsers
~ Brooklyn Brewshop
~ Brooklyn Homebrew
~ Bronx Homebrewers Association
~ Fog Creek Brew Crew
~ Jersey City Brew Club
~ Knights of Bruklyn Homebrew Sentry
~ Malted Barley Appreciation Society
~ Pour Standards
~ Westchester Homebrew Emporium
~ Westchester Homebrewers Organization
~ Yorkville Apartment Brewers

Info for Attendees:

Date: Saturday, November 2nd
Event time: 9pm-12pm (last beer to be served at 11:30PM

Location:
Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th
Brooklyn, NY 11249

Tickets are priced at $25.  This covers costs but if we sell all tickets then there stands to be a small surplus and therefore a charity organization TBD will benefit. This is a not for profit event.

Click here to purchase your tickets

This is, of course, a 21 and over event. Please bring ID.

Info for Brewers:

Register your beers for comp tickets!
A total of 60 tickets are available for organizers/brewers and will be awarded to each of the first 60 people to register their beer* at this google doc:  https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AiaS8OQwTbGldFRtQ1lnaWpIMFRXQmJQMHRNMEVvNFE&usp=sharing

*must plan to bring at least 3 gallons to qualify.

Each participating  club/store will be provided:

  • One roughly 2.5’ by 8’ table (picnic table, or foldable plastic table)
  • A roughly 8’x8’ space to set up and represent your club in any fashion you
  • Ice as needed (if you will need more than two 35 lb bags, please let us know by October 25th

Load in time is at 8:30PM.  (Due to Brooklyn Brewery’s public hours we cannot load in any earlier than this time. We do realize that this is a very short set up time.)

We need everyone and everything out by: 12:30pm. Please tear down your club table as quickly as possible so that the hard working staff of Brooklyn Brewery can go home and rest with the lingering memories of homebrewer awesomeness.

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