Winter Warming with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout – 10% ABV It’s wintertime and I’m in the mood for some darker, heavier brews. Not that I usually don’t enjoy those year-round, but especially this time of year you need something thick and hearty that will put hair on your chest and keep you company during the cold spells. Enter […]

Buffalo IPA – Flying Bison’s West Coast Gambit

Flying Bison Buffalo IPA

Flying Bison Buffalo IPA – 6.2% ABV Every now and then I get the hankering to try something different. Being a malt-forward guy, I’m often somewhat iffy when trying pale ales, IPAs, sours, etc. I’ll try them, don’t get me wrong, but something with more body and a little more sweetness than bitterness is right […]

Winning the Craft Beer War One Lager at a Time: Sixpoint The Crisp (video)

Sixpoint The Crisp

Sixpoint The Crisp 5.4% ABV I have been on a quest to win over my father-in-law to the world of craft beers ever since he hit me with the line “my Heineken is still better” and since then I have taken it upon myself to convert him into a craft beer drinker. So far he has […]

Curing the Summertime Blues with Southampton Triple


Southampton Triple Abbey-Style Ale – 8% ABV When I think of Southampton, if I’m not focusing on the area in Long Island that bears the same name, then immediately their Double White comes to mind. Irving, Jason C and I did a video smackdown with that as a contestant and it won handily against the […]

Fruity Beer? Ithaca Apricot Wheat Ain’t Too Shabby

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Ithaca Apricot Wheat  – 4.9% ABV I’ve never been a big fan of fruity beer. I went to Iron Monkey one night and saw that they had one on tap from a pretty popular craft brewer and I decided to give it a whirl, even though I had my reservations. I trusted that this establishment (and […]

Another Hall of Fame Offering from Ommegang: Ommegang Witte

Ommegang Witte beer

Ommegang Witte – 5.1% ABV BPA, Hennepin, Rare VOS, Three Philosophers. All of these fine brews have been enjoyed by yours truly and brought to you by Brewery Ommegang. This brewery from upstate New York (Cooperstown to be exact, home of MLB Hall of Fame) is the purveyor of fine Belgian quaff, brewing exclusively Belgian […]

Smooth Sippin’ Belgian Goodness – Defiant Tripel Ale

Defiant Brewing Company Box

Defiant Tripel Ale – 9% ABV The Defiant Brewing Company is a group that I (and my fellow Keg Tap Drinkers) have gotten to know fairly well during our adventures to the local beer festivals over the past few years. These guys are based out of Pearl River, NY which is located just over the […]

Howling at the Moon with Blue Point Old Howling Bastard


Old Howling Bastard – Blue Point Brewing Co. – 10% ABV Since I’ve been on a barley wine streak lately, I might as well start writing about them. As chance would have it, a few of the beers I grabbed recently all happened to be in the same style. I didn’t intend to load up […]

Lost in Space Above the Southern Tier…

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Southern Tier Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale – 5.4% ABV Southern Tier Brewing Co. is located in southwest NY, not far from the state line with Pennsylvania. It’s also due east of Lake Erie. It sports a beer called “Extraordinary Ale” and as such, I had big hopes for my newest find. This is classified […]