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NYC Fermentation Festival – February 24, 2018

Jan 16, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Hi all!

The NYC Fermentation Festival is back for it’s second go ’round this year!  It will be held at the Brooklyn Expo Center on Saturday February 24th from 10:30am to 4pm.

We’d like to start our 30th Anniversary year out strong so the Guild will have a booth at the festival and we hope everyone can brew and attend.  If you are interested in brewing/pouring or volunteering sign up here. Your admission is free if you bring beer or volunteer, no plus ones. You must sign up if you are participating.

The NYC Fermentation Festival Event Committee will provide tables, ice and cups.  The Guild will have a tap board and all necessary hookups.  It is up to you to bring beer and give us a strong showing!

Per John LaPolla at Bitter & Esters, who is the homebrew liaison for the festival:

We’re featuring a very cool contest this year. The club with the winning beer gets to have a beer turned into whisky by David at Arcane Distillery.  The voting will be done by the public. We’ll put a cup in front of each beer entered that they can put a ballot in like last year. Each club can choose 5 beers from what they are pouring at the fest to enter into the contest. Much thanks to David for providing this awesome prize.

  • All clubs can enter
  • The clubs pick/choose/vote/hat draw up to 5 homebrewers to represent the club.
  • People will vote for their favorite home brew, not their favorite club, this should help remove ballot stuffing.
  • The winning homebrew wins the the club brewing a beer for Arcane’s Lone Wolf program. 
  • 5 gallons of homebrew must be brewed for Lone Wolf – but it’s entirely up to the club to figure out what they want to brew. 
  • The winning brewer gets a bottle of whiskey and the club gets 2 more bottles to share. The rest will be sold at the Arcane/Interboro tap room. 
Please contact me with any questions and make sure your members sign up asap. We need to know how much room we’ll need. If you participated last year you know what a blast it was, gonna be even better this year.

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So, let’s get as many people signed up as we can and get some great beers to offer to the crowd.  Also, spread the word to friends, family and strangers to come on out to the Festival and enjoy!

First Monthly Meeting of 2018

Jan 12, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

Hello Homebrewers!

Happy New Year!

We are having our first meeting of 2018 on Tues, Jan 16th, 7:30pm at Burp Castle.  Our guest will be Sean Torres from Kills Boro Brewing Company in Staten Island.  

As per usual, there will be a steering committee meeting next door at Standings at 7pm.  Please join us if you would like to help out with club organization.

Other upcoming events:

Homebrew Alley XII – the deadline for our annual homebrew competition is rapidly approaching.  Make sure you’ve entered and dropped off your beer by Jan 28th.  Volunteers are needed for judging and stewarding during the competition weekend Feb 9th and 10th.  Sign up at  We also need volunteers to help sort bottles Feb 3rd at Fifth Hammer.  Bring bottles to share, we’ll feed you.

The NYC Fermentation Festival ( is coming up on Saturday Feb 24th.  We’ll be pouring in the homebrew section, start brewing!  There’s talk of an interclub competition with the winning club getting to a chance to do a collab distillation so let’s come out strong!

BJCP classes – open to all of Brewnity this year – planning to start on March 13rd and run pretty much every other week through June 26th – exam on July 8th

National Homebrew Competition –  You need to have AHA membership up to date by 1/22, the application period starts on 1/23 – the NYC regional round 1 will be 4/6-4/8

Hope to see you all Tues!

November Cider Meeting

Nov 9, 2017   //   by nychg   //   Announcements  //  No Comments

On Tuesday 11/21/17, we’ll be joined at our monthly meeting by Christopher Sheldon of Diner Brew Co. farm cidery.  Come on down for our sort of, kind of Annual Cider Meeting!  If you have a cider to share, bring it by.  If you don’t, make one now, plenty of time!

Also, we’ll be voting on our slate of officer candidates for next year:

President: Oskar Norlander
Vice President: Jon Pisiewski
Secretary: Josh Cotton
Treasurer: Andie Davies

Hope to see you there.

Homebrew Alley XII

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


The NYC Homebrewers Guild will hold its twelfth annual homebrew competition on February 9th and 10th, 2018, at one of New York’s newest craft breweries, Fifth Hammer Brewing Company (10-28 46th Ave., 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 at the brewery.  All entrants and friends thereof are welcome to attend the ceremony. We intend to judge first flights on Friday night, February 9th and complete Best of Show judging by 6pm on Saturday, making way for an Award Ceremony and Party at Fifth Hammer 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, as well as our two new awards this year, the Most Brewingest Brewer Award, which will be decided by a cumulative point total for entries placed, and the Big Apple Award for the best cider, proudly presented by Descendant Cider Co.

Prizes include:

Best of Show 1st Place: $250 cash money courtesy of Bitter & Esters, the coveted Best of Show title belt, plus additional prizes!

Best of Show 2nd Place, & Best of Show Third Place: Gift Certificates to local homebrew shops plus additional prizes.

Most Brewingest Brewer Award: New this year, an award based on cumulative points for placing with multiple entries.  Points will be awarded for each entry you place in a category/subcategory–4 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, 2 points for 3rd and 1 point for Honorable Mention.  The brewer with the most overall points will be awarded the Most Brewingest Brewer Award, which will include a hand-crafted trophy, Gift Certificates to local homebrew shops plus additional prizes to be determined.

Big Apple Award:  Also new this year, Descendant Cider Co. proudly presents the Big Apple Award for the best cider.  Descendant, in conjunction with a panel of Best of Show judges, will determine which cider entry prevails and receives the Big Apple Award trophy, along with winning some sweet juice from Descendant Cider and additional prizes to be determined.

Brewer’s Choice Award:

Brew a batch of your winning recipe at Keg & Lantern Brewing Company. Additional prizes may be allocated at the discretion of the competition organizers.

This award is chosen and presented by Jeff and Brett of Keg & Lantern and the awardee will be invited to brew a full batch of their award winning beer at Keg & Lantern’s facility in Greenpoint, 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 January 28, 2018, 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 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.

Please also visit our wonderful sponsors.

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!


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.

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.