The Return of July Good Beer Month

[Please note that this page will be updated throughout the month. For the full calendar, please click here.]


July 23rd -

CRAFT BEER JAMWNYC’s The Green Space once again plays host to live tastings of Craft Beer Jam. Join in for Conversation, Consumption and Live Music, as Beer Sessions Radio™ Host Jimmy Carbone talks about Paring Beer With Food. After party at Jimmy’s No. 43 starts at 10 p.m.

SIERRA NEVADA BEER CAMP AT BLIND TIGER - Look for more details here.

July 26th -

BACON & BEER CLASSIC AT CITI FIELD – Another great food + beer outing at the ballpark. Tickets and line-up here.

July 29th –

BEER FILM FEST AT ANTHOLOGY FILM ARCHIVES – A Beer Film Festival with short films and videos curated by the Happy Hour Guys and Beer Nation TV, with beer from 508 Gastrobrewery brewmaster Chris Cuzme, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Rockaway Brewing. Tickets here.

REMARKABLE LIQUIDS LAUNCH AT THE PONY BAR (HELL’S KITCHEN) – The Pony Bar Hell’s Kitchen will host the launch of Remarkable Liquids and their portfolio of American craft brands: Rushing Duck, Nine Pin Cider Works, Unity Vibrations, and Telegraph.

July 31st - 

EDIBLE GOOD BEER – The Annual JGBM Closing Party returns to 82 Mercer with the announcement of the 2014 Good Beer Seal awards!

Many of the Good Beer Seal bars are also participating in the Good Beer Passport (details here). A comprehensive JGBM events listing can be found here. And we hope you will avail yourself of beer writer Niko Krommydas’ Craft Beer NY Ap (available on iTunes or Google Play).

Finally, two of our good beer friends are holding Kickstarter campaigns in July. Rockaway Brewing in Long Island City is attempting to fund a canning line here, and Yonkers Brewing is funding a tasting room here.

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: NYC Craft Beer Scene

We’re half way through the sixth annual July Good Beer Month, and we’ve gathered a diverse group to talk about the NYC craft beer scene and how it has evolved these past six years. Joining Beer Sessions Radio™ host Jimmy Carbone are homebrewers, Simon Tepas and Andrew Said Thomas of Knights of Bruklyn, Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson, Killmeyers bar owner Ken Tirado, Chris Sheehan of Gun Hill Brewery, Rockaway Brewing co-owner Marcus Burnett, and Katherine Kyle of Blind Tiger. (That’s representatives from all five boroughs, if you’re keeping track!)

Marcus is trying to raise money for their new canning line via crowdfunding. Katherine talks about how the scene has changed from when Blind Tiger was the “go-to bar before there were beer bars all over.” Andrew, who came from the old Chelsea Brewing, talks about the unlikely success of their brewery.

Find out what’s happening on the scene today, and what everyone is drinking on this week’s episode here.


What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: Great South Bay Brewery and Craft Beer Long Island

NIKO_WEISSELast year the Good Beer Seal welcomed Long Island into the fold, an on this episode of Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes COO Phil Ebel and assistant brewer Mike Peterson of Great South Bay Brewery. They’re talking about launching a brewery on Long Island and how a doctor went to being a professional brewer (founder Rick Sobotka is also an anesthesiologist). They talk about the difficulties of self distribution and growing their business in the city and beyond. Long Island beer writer Niko Krommydas recently collaborated with the brewery, and his “Niko Weisse” is now offered at several GBS Bars (including Jimmy’s No. 43).

Plus, “Pioneer” Ed Berestecki of Mugs Alehouse talks about having 22 years of Sierra Nevada on tap (Jan Apanich is in the studio representing the west coast brewery) and the stalwart beers that remain house staples. With 32 draft lines, Mugs Alehouse has the ability to keep the traditional while bringing in many new beers that “push the envelope.” As Ed says, “People can explore, but they also can fall back on a favorite.” Mugs is one of the first stops on the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Tour, with 12 beers brewed by Sierra Nevada and various brewers ranging from 3Floyds to Victory Brewing. They’re doing a seven-city beer festival leading up to the grand opening of their East Coast brewery expansion on August 1st.

Listen to the full episode here.



What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: The Evolution Of B. United

BUnitedTankBeer Sessions Radio™ host Jimmy Cabone recently traveled to Oxford, CT, for a personal tour of B. United’s latest venture: a brewery called OEC (Ordinem Ecentrici Coctores). Joined by Jon Lundbom, B.United mastermind Matthias Neidhart, and OEC’s brewmaster Ben Neidhart, the Beer Sessions team samples some of the brewery’s best offerings, plus discusses the nearly-inevitable evolution of B. United from pure importer into craft brewery.

From importer to finisher to brewer, B. United has established itself as one of the country’s renowned beer curators. Among our favorite breweries they work with are Hitachino (we were there when the tanker pulled up; yes, we did sample from it!) and Swiss Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes (BFM), but B. United decided to launch their own brand about three months ago. They built an authentic copper coolship (making them one of a handful of breweries in the country with a coolship) and they are growing many of the ingredients they use in the beer for optimal freshness. As Matthias notes, “The best way to bring in the highest quality beers is to have complete control of our conditioning.” Many of their spices, for example, are added to the beer within 20 minutes of harvest.

Hear all about the new venture on this week’s (pre-taped) Episode #220.

What You Missed On Beer Sessions Radio™: Hoppy Belgians And Rustic Brewing

ciceronelogoThis week on Beer Sessions Radio™, host Jimmy Carbone is talking hoppy Belgian beers with certified Cicerone® Brendan Woodcock, who lends his tasting expertise as practice for his upcoming Master Cicerone® test (and we wish him the best of luck!) Pour for Brendan’s discerning palate are Dan Leeman and Shahan Stepanian from Global Imports, along with Nathan Hukill from Bitter Old Fecker Rustic Ales in Michigan and Fool’s Gold bar owner, Patrick Donagher.

Brendan talks through the various stages of testing in the premiere beer education certification. He notes that the Cicerone® Server (i.e. first level) test is mostly exploratory, whereas the Certified (second level) test is more about “knowing what you don’t know.” He’s in the process of learning all that he didn’t already know and provides context for the hop styles of traditional Belgian ales. The group discusses the merits of Belgians as varied as Poperings Hommel Bier and Taras Bulba. They also discuss how American craft beer is changing the way Belgium looks at beer, particularly when it comes to hops profiles. Whereas Belgian hoppy ales are typically all about balance, the out-of-whack bitter “hop bombs” of American IPAs are definitely impacting what European drinkers expect in a hoppy beer.

Plus Nathan discusses his family’s rich history in making beer (and hootch – his grandparents were bootleggers during Prohibition) in an historical setting. He’s using old-world techniques to produce rustic beers (currently not available in the NYC market, boo hoo!). And Patrick discusses the challenges of juggling multiple bars in NYC (he also is an owner of Alewife and Rattle ‘n Hum).

Listen to the full episode here.

What You Missed Beer Sessions Radio™: The Good Beer Seal Goes (Inter)National


Hanging at the Three Penny in Montpelier, VT.

On a very special episode of Beer Sessions Radio™ on the Heritage Radio Network, host Jimmy Carbone welcomes back to the show Good Beer Seal co-founder and Blind Tiger owner Dave Brodrick. Jimmy is announcing a July Good Beer Month preview: The Good Beer Seal is expanding to Vermont and Toronto!

Dave talks about taking a tour along the “IPA Highway” (route 89) recommending a pub tour beginning in Brattleboro, VT:

  • Whetstone Station Restaurant and Brewery to
  • Dave’s Worthy Burger in Woodstock, VT, to
  • Three Penny and Positive Pie in Montpelier, VT, to
  • Prohibition Pig and Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT, ending at
  • Farmhouse Bar & Grille in Middlebury, VT

Will any of these great establishments be awarded the Good Beer Seal? You’ll find out in July! In the meantime, Dave talks about what makes a bar a Good Beer Seal bar: Great beer, building relationships with brewers and importers, and having knowledgeable and educated staff.

Dave and Jimmy are also taking the Good Beer Seal international to Toronto, and Tomas Morana of Bar Volo weighs in on the Toronto craft beer scene, which has grown dramatically in the past five years. Both Tomas and Dave talk about how educating customers is a key part of building a craft beer bar. Tomas and his parents went so far as to launch their own import company to get around the highly regulated beer business in Ontario.

The group is talking about summer beer festivals, including Coney Island On Tap, which will take place at the Cyclones’ Stadium in Coney Island. Dave mentions Vermont Brewers Festival (“which sells out in 90 seconds”) and Pub House Jam in Bolton Valley (Labor Day weekend). Tomas and his family began Cask Days in 2005 with 20 firkins of questionable quality. The 2013 Cask Days had expanded to more than 250 firkins from across Canada and the U.K. This year’s Cask Days will run October 24-26.

Plus, Brandon Carter, Executive Chef of The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Hilton Head, SC, talks food and his favorite foods (including oysters) and the beer pairing menus he’s curated at his restaurant (and his exploration of the Brooklyn restaurant scene while he’s in town). He and Jimmy are talking gumbo and “southern” beers. Don’t leave before you try the buttermilk fried chicken.

We’re pairing beers and drinking, too! It’s another great episode of Beer Sessions, so bring your favorite brew and listen in (here).