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Brewnity Picnic

Jul 18, 2019   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Hi all. Just a reminder the annual Brewnity Picnic will be happening at Croton Point Park at noon on Saturday July 20, 2019. Please sign up here for pot luck food and any brews you are bringing.

We will be arranging pickup for those coming in by train so please let us know when you are arriving. Trains get in at around 11:40, 12:00 and 12:40, so we will look to have pickups for those trains. If you are arriving earlier by train, let us know and we will try to arrange a pickup.

Hope to see you there!

Homebrew Alley XIII

Jan 3, 2019   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Competition, Event  //  No Comments


The NYC Homebrewers Guild will hold its thirteenth annual homebrew competition on February 8th and 9th, 2019, at one of New York’s finest craft breweries, Finback Brewery (78-01 77th Ave., Ridgewood, NY 11385). 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 8th and complete Best of Show judging by 6pm on Saturday, making way for an Award Ceremony and Party at Finback 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 additional awards year, making a return for the second 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 in gift cards courtesy of Bitter & Esters, local breweries and bars, and others, 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, bars and breweries plus additional prizes.

Most Brewingest Brewer Award: Making its return for the second 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, bars and breweries, plus additional prizes to be determined.

Big Apple Award:  Also returning 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 Fifth Hammer Brewing Company . Additional prizes may be allocated at the discretion of the competition organizers.

This award is chosen and presented by NYCHG President Emeritus, Chris Cuzme, and the awardee will be invited to brew a full batch of their award winning beer at Fifth Hammer’s facility in Long Island City, Queens.

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 Brooklyn, Queens, Westchester and New Jersey. Entries should be dropped off or shipped to arrive by January 26, 2019, 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.

REMINDER – Monthly Meeting and 30th Anniversary

Oct 9, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Hi all,

Just a quick reminder that next week on October 16, 2018, we have our regular monthly meeting where we will be announcing the slate of candidates for next year’s officers.  Voting will be held in November.  Also, we will be joined by Chris McClellan, Senior Ambassador for Guinness Brewery!

But, before that…

On Sunday, October 14, 2018, from 12 P.M. to 5 P.M., we have our 30th Anniversary Party at The Well in Brooklyn.  Make sure to get tickets now for $30 as they will likely be priced slightly higher at the door ($35).  Also, we expect to have at least 30 (plus) Beers for 30 Years, so there should be plenty to go around.  These will include some special beers from our alumni brewers at Fifth Hammer, KCBC, Brooklyn Brewery, Two Roads, Descendant Cider, Yonkers Brewing, Little Fish and more.

Also, these sweet glasses will be given away to those with tickets:

Please tell your friends, post the ticket link on your social media ( ) and let’s have a great time!

As a reminder, the L train is not running next weekend but their are shuttle buses running and you can always take an Uber/Lyft!

REMINDER!! 30th Anniversary Party

Sep 25, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Just a reminder to get tickets for the Guild’s 30th Anniversary Party:

NYC Homebrewers Guild 30th Anniversary Party TICKETS

Also, sign up to bring beer:

When:   October 14, 2018, Noon – 5 P.M.
Where:  The Well
272 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206


Tell your friends!

Visit our Instagram and Facebook:  @nychomebrew

NYCHG 30 Year 11×17 Poster

Scan for Tickets:

NYCHG 30th Anniversary Extravaganza

Aug 14, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Cheers!  It’s our 30th Anniversary!!

That’s right, the Guild has been around for 30 years.  And to celebrate, we’re throwing a 30th Anniversary bash on October 14, 2018, at The Well in Brooklyn.  We’re super excited to be celebrating 30 years this year so we’re going to brew as much beer as we can and invite all our friends to come drink it!  We’ll also be featuring some very special guest beers from our friends and alumni at breweries from New York and all across the country!  We’ve got a great list of brewers who are super excited to be involved so it should be a great time.

But, we need your help!  In order to get a bunch of great beer to serve, we’d like you to brew for the party so we can get your beer served to the masses.  We also want you and all your friends to come out and enjoy the fun.  If you can/want to brew, sign up at this link: We’d love to get a huge number of beers pouring at this event so think big!

For tickets, please see the info below.  Tickets include unlimited sample pours and a 30th Anniversary glass for $30.  Hope to see you there!

What:    A freakin’ awesome homebrew festival for the NYCHG’s 30th Anniversary
When:   October 14, 2018, Noon – 5 P.M.
Where:  The Well
272 Meserole Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Why:      Because BEER!
How:     Go to this ticket site and get tickets!  And tell all your friends, and their friends, and people you meet on the street or at the bar!

NYC Homebrewers Guild 30th Anniversary Party TICKETS

REMINDER – Annual Picnic – July 21, 2018

Jun 12, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Event  //  No Comments

Just a reminder, the annual picnic will be held on July 21, 2018, at Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, NY.  Come one, come all, bring beer and food!!

See you there!

REMINDERS: Homebrew Alley XII, Monthly Meeting, Ferm Fest

Feb 8, 2018   //   by nychg   //   Announcements, Competition, Event  //  No Comments

Hi all,

Just a quick reminder that we have Homebrew Alley XII coming up this weekend on February 9 and 10 at Fifth Hammer Brewing Co. with some great prizes offered by Bitter & Esters, Descendant CiderKeg & Lantern Brewing Company and many more!  Please come out and support us and our wonderful sponsors by attending the competition and the after party at Fifth Hammer on the evening of February 10!

Also coming up is our monthly meeting at the Burp Castle on February 20, 2018 at 7:30 P.M., where we’ll be asking Homebrew Alley winners to share and talk about their beers, processes and offer any other wisdom they can provide, so here’s to a good showing this weekend!

On February 24, 2018, we have the NYC Fermentation Festival coming up so sign up here if you’d like to join us and bring a beer to pour at the Guild table in the Brewnity section.  It should be a fun day and a great way to try some delicious food and beverages!  There’s also an interclub competition to have a beer distilled into whiskey by Arcane Distilling so let’s get some great beer pouring and take home the crown!


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.

Bitter & Esters
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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!

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

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)


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):
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.


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: