10 Years Later…Reviving The Good Beer Seal!

The Good Beer Seal was founded in 2009 by Jimmy Carbone and several other NYC beer bar owners. Ten years later, Jimmy is reviving this important insignia! During the last decade, New York has been witness to an explosion in the craft beer industry. As providers rush to meet the demand, The Good Beer Seal endeavors to separate the wheat from the chaff by identifying bars that serve quality craft beer and demonstrate a commitment to the community in which they do business. Click here for a map of all the Good Beer Seal Bars!

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Here are a few of the 2019 Good Beer Seal Bar owners at managers at NYC Brewer’s Choice!

How does one earn a Good Beer Seal?

A Good Beer Seal Bar is independently owned and operated , and has a unique sense of place; making it more than just another watering hole. A Good Beer Seal Bar is destination-worthy. In addition to offering at least 80% craft domestic/ special imported beers, a Good Beer Seal Bar engages its staff and guests in educational offerings regarding the history and originality of the beers it serves. A bar that earns a Good Beer Seal will be active in its local and global community through responsible stewardship and charitable actions. If The Good Beer Seal is on the door, good business practices, good atmosphere, and good beer is inside.

These days, you can get a growler of great local beer at Duane Reade. That evolution is great, and it speaks to the growing demand for craft beer in the city. But it also means there’s a real need to keep raising the bar and to have an industry standard that sets the right tone. It’s not enough to have 20 taps if you’re not standing behind what you pour in a real way—through out the past 11 years, the  committee of the “good beer seal” was really looking for places that demonstrate individuality and passion, and that foster a sense of community through events that drive a dialogue about craft beer.

Congratulations to the New Good Beer Seal Bars of 2019! 

As Is NYC – 734 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 phone: 646-858-1153

Bar 180 - 4241 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 phone: 646-928-3283

Bar 177 – 708 W 177th St, New York, NY 10033 phone 646-669-7691

Beer Karma – 470 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 914-494-0279

Bierwax – 556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-533-8449

Buddha Beer Bar – 4476 Broadway, New York, NY 10040 phone: 646-861-2595

Cardiff Giant – 415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 phone: 929-337-7873

City Hops- 1145 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065 phone: 646-838-9645

City Swiggers – 320 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-570-2000

Carmine Street Beers - 52A Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-633-2337

Craft Culture - 59-04 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 phone: 718-628-3931

Craft House – 60 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-442-3433

Harlem Hops – 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030 phone: 646-998-3444

Haymaker Bar and Kitchen – 252 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 phone: 646-429-8237

Hopleaf - 5148 N Clark St, CHICAGO, IL 60640 phone: 773-334-9851

Inwood Local - 4957 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 phone 212-544-8900

Randolph Beer - 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone 646-383-3623

Station House – 106 -11 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 phone: 718-544-5000

Taproom No 307 – 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 phone: 212-725-4766

The Ale House – 3744 Vestal Pkwy E, VESTAL, NY 13850 phone: 607-729-9053

The Baroness Bar – 4126 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101 phone 718-784-5065

The Well – 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 347-338-3612

Treadwell Park – 1125 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065 phone 212-832-1551

Allow Our Complete List of Good Beer Seal Bars Serve as a Guide for Your Next New York Outing!

124 Old Rabbit Club – 124 MacDougal Street, New York, NY 10012 phone: 212-254-0575

4th Avenue Pub – 76 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 phone: 718-643-2273

61 Local – 61 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 347-763-6624

Adobe Blues – 63 Lafayette Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-720-BLUE (2583)

Alewife – 5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens phone: 718-937-7494

Alphabet City Beer Co.  - 96 Avenue C, New York, NY 10009 phone: 646-422-7103

As Is NYC – 734 10th Ave, New York, NY 10019 phone: 646-858-1153

Astoria Bier & Cheese –  2 locations in Astoria, Queens: 34-14 Broadway,  phone: 718-545-5588; 35-11 Ditmars Blvd., phone: 718-255-6982

Bar 180 - 4241 Broadway, New York, NY 10033 phone: 646-928-3283

Bar Great Harry – 280 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11226 phone: 718-222-1103

Barcade (Brooklyn) – 388 Union Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 718-302-6464

Barcade (Jersey City) – 163 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, NEW JERSEY phone: 201-332-4555

Barcade New York – 148 W. 24th Street, New York, NY 10011 phone: 212-390-8455

Barcade St. Marks – 6 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-388-0522

Beer Culture – 328 W. 45th Street, New York, NY 10036 phone: 646-590-2139 and 228 W 72nd Street, New York, NY 10023 phone: 917-639-3420

Beer Karma – 470 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 914-494-0279

Beer Street – 413 Graham Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 347-294-0495

Beer Table – Growler Shop in Grand Central Terminal  phone: 212-922-0008

Bierwax – 556 Vanderbilt Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-533-8449

Birdsall House – 970 Main Street, Peekskill, NY – WESTCHESTER phone: 914-930-1880

Black Sheep Ale House – 78 2nd Street, Mineola, NY – LONG ISLAND

Blind Tiger Ale House – 281 Bleecker Street, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-462-4682

Bondurants – 303 E. 85th Street, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-249-1509

Brazen Head – 228 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone: 718-488-0430

Bronx Ale House – 216 West 238th Street, Bronx, NY 10463 phone: 718-601-0204

Bronx Beer Hall – 2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458 Phone: 347-396-0555

Brouwerij Lane – 78 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 347-529-6133

Buddha Beer Bar – 4476 Broadway, New York, NY 10040 phone: 646-861-2595

Burp Castle – 41 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-982-4576

Cardiff Giant – 415 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205 phone: 929-337-7873

Carmine Street Beers - 52A Carmine St, New York, NY 10014 phone: 212-633-2337

City Hops- 1145 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10065 phone: 646-838-9645

City Swiggers – 320 East 86th St, New York, NY 10028 phone: 212-570-2000

Covenhoven – 730 Classon Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: 7 18-483-9950

Craft Culture - 59-04 Myrtle Ave, Ridgewood, NY 11385 phone: 718-628-3931

Craft House – 60 Van Duzer St, Staten Island, NY 10301 phone: 718-442-3433

Dive Bar – 732 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10025 phone: 212-749-4358

Earl’s Beer & Cheese – 1259 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10029 phone: 212-289-1581

Fools Gold – 145 E Houston St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: 212-673-2337

George Keeley’s – 485 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10024 phone: 212-873-0251 -

Glorietta Baldy – 502 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 347-529-1944

Gold Star Beer Counter – 176 Underhill Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238

Good Beer – 422 E. 9th Street, New York, NY 10009 phone: 212-677-4836

Harlem Hops – 2268 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd, New York, NY 10030 phone: 646-998-3444

Haymaker Bar and Kitchen – 252 W 29th St, New York, NY 10001 phone: 646-429-8237

Hopleaf - 5148 N Clark St, CHICAGO, IL 60640 phone: 773-334-9851

Hops Hill – 886 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11238 Phone: 347-987-4334

Hoptron Brewtique – 22 W. Main Street #11, Patchougue, NY – Long Island phone: 631-438-0296

Inwood Local - 4957 Broadway, New York, NY 10034 phone 212-544-8900

Jackson’s Restaurant – 6005 Jericho Turnpike, Commack, NY – Long Island phone: 631-462-0822

Jimmy’s No. 43 – 43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003 EMERITUS

Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn – 4254 Arthur Hill Road, Staten Island, NY 10309 phone: 718-984-1202

Lucky Dog – 303 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: (347) 294-4971

Malt & Mold – 362 Second Avenue New York, NY  10010 phone:(646) 896-1341

Mekelburg’s – 293 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11238 phone: 718-399-2337

Mission Delores – 249 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 718-399-0099

Morrison’s – 430 Woodbury Road, Plainview, NY – Long Island phone: 516-932-8460

Mugs Ale House – 125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 EMERITUS

One Mile House – 10 Delancey Street, New York, NY 10002 phone: 646-559-0702

Pine Box Rock Shop – 12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 718-366-6311

Pint – 34 Wayne Street, Jersey City, NEW JERSEY phone: 201-367-1222

Proletariat – 102 St. Marks Place, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-777-6707

Randolph Beer - 82 Prospect St, Brooklyn, NY 11201 phone 646-383-3623

St. Gambrinus – 533 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217 phone: 347-763-2261

Station House – 106 -11 71st Avenue, Forest Hills, NY 11375 phone: 718-544-5000

Spuyten Duyvil – 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211 phone: 718-963-4140

Standings – 43 East 7th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-420-0671

Sunswick 35/35 – 3502 35th Street, Astoria, NY 11106 phone: 718-752-0620

Swift Hibernian Lounge – 34 East 4th Street, New York, NY 10003 phone: 212-260-3600

Sycamore Bar + Flower Shop – 1118 Courtelyou Road, Brooklyn, NY 11218

Tap and Barrel – 558 Smithtown Bypass, Smithtown, NY – LONG ISLAND phone: 631- 780-5474

Taproom No 307 – 307 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10010 phone: 212-725-4766

The Ale House – 3744 Vestal Pkwy E, VESTAL, NY 13850 phone: 607-729-9053

The Baroness Bar – 4126 Crescent St, Long Island City, NY 11101 phone 718-784-5065

The Diamond – 43 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 718-383-5030

The Double Windsor – 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 347-725-3479

The Gate – 321 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11215 phone: 718-768-4329

The Good Life – 1039 Park Boulevard, Massapequa Park, NY – LONG ISLAND phone: 516-798-4663

The Jeffrey – 311 E 60th St, New York, NY 10022 Phone: 212-355-2337

The Owl Farm – 297 9th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn

The Pony Bar (UES) – 1444 First Avenue – at 75th Street, New York, NY

The Sampler Bushwick – 234 Starr Street, Brooklyn, NY 11237 phone: 347-589-1288

The Spring Lounge – 48 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012 phone: 212-965-1774

The Stag’s Head – 252 E. 51st Street, New York, NY 10022 phone: 212-888-2453

The Well – 272 Meserole St, Brooklyn, NY 11206 phone: 347-338-3612

T.J. Finley’s – 42 E. Main Street, Bay Shore, NY – LONG ISLAND (631) 647-4856

Top Hops – 94 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002 Phone: 212-254-4677

Tørst – 615 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222 phone: 718-389-6034

Treadwell Park – 1125 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10065 phone 212-832-1551

Waterfront Ale House (Manhattan) – 540 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10016 phone: 212-696-4104

NYC Brewer’s Choice 2019 Recap: The Top Beers, A Smash Burger Review, and More About the Slow Grains Celebration!

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Thanks to all of our guests, whose enthusiasm for craft beer and smash burgers made this summer night one to remember! The event celebrated local grains and malts, bringing together brewers, maltsters bread-makers. The collaboration between Food Karma, Slow Grains NYC and Grow NYC Grains made the 9th annual NYC Brewer’s Choice an exciting feature of July Good Beer Month! Read more about the event here.

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Upcoming 2019 Events

Pig Island 2019

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Join Food Karma Projects on September 7, 2019 for Pig Island NYC. More than 20 chefs will come together for this pork-laden festival on the Red Hook, Brooklyn Waterfront and compete for the most delicious porcine dishes. There will also be craft beer, hard cider, spirits, and other food offerings – all-included with a general admissions ticket!
This year marks the 10th Annual Pig Island NYC and we are proud to honor our founding mission by supporting small, sustainable farmswith the best practices!
Buy Your Tickets Now!

Celebrate the Good Beer Seal on July 18th

THE 8TH ANNUAL EVENT Good Beer Seal
JULY 18 2018


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The NYC Brewer’s Choice was created in 2010 to help boost NYC Beer Week as it was first getting started. I have decided for its 8th year, to move NYC Brewer’s Choice to July for the 10th annual Good Beer Month and the Good Beer Seal Awards. I hope this will open up the event to more collaborations. A special host committee of brewers , experts, and bar owners is choosing 20 of their favorite breweries, to be matched with 15 chefs, food tables. more info soom. all inclusive tickets on sale see below.

Cheers,

Jimmy Carbone

Host of Beer Sessions Radio

Founder of NYC Brewer’s Choice

 

 



Welcome to the Ninth Annual July is Good Beer Month!

MainJGBMlogoThe Good Beer Seal is excited to welcome craft beer lovers around the city for the ninth annual July is Good Beer Month. When we launched the Good Beer Seal nine years ago with other great local bars (Blind Tiger, DBA, Burp Castle, Bar Great Harry and Jimmy’s No. 43), it was as a response to the very first NY Craft Beer Week, which was established to honor the various local and regional beers and brewers. But we knew that it was great beer bars that were responsible for bringing craft beer to the public, and great bars deserved their own celebration. Now, as many craft beer lovers flock to the brewery tasting rooms that have grown as the craft beer movement has, we still want to shout our appreciation for the great beer bars that continue to lead this craft beer renaissance.

It has been an amazing journey for us as part of the Good Beer Seal. For our first five years, Mayor Bloomberg declared that July is Good Beer Month, and this annual, month-long festival celebrates local establishments, our communities and the good beer our GBS bars serve. Through special offers, media outreach and special events, July is Good Beer Month is endorsed by city leaders and prominent figures in the beer scene.

This year’s calendar will include:

  • The return of Edible’s Good Beer at 28 Liberty on July 20th where we will confer the 2017 Good Beer Seal Awards
  • Hops & Hot Sauce: a 101-style guided tasting pairing – what else? – beer and hot sauce (tickets/info here)
  • The Craft Beer Jam at WNYC’s The Greene Space with Beer Sessions Radio™ host Jimmy Carbone returns on July 19th as beer luminaries gather to discuss (and drink) with a live audience – guests will include Jeff O’Neil of Industrial Arts and John Segal of Segal (Hop) Ranch
  • Special episodes of Beer Sessions Radio on July 11th, 18th and 25th - All shows will feature live tastings immediately after the show with the radio guests each Tuesday at 7PM at Pine Box Rock Shop
  • The return of Food Karma Feasts at the Farm on Kent, July 27th
  • We will once again be participating in the annual Good Beer Passport

July Good Beer Month is the one time when we focus on the craft beer bars and their owners, all of us who work tirelessly to bring excellence to our industry and to support our individual communities.

We welcome you to be an active part of this year’s month of great beer bars and the Beer Pioneers who bring craft beer to the city every day of the year.

NYC Brewer’s Choice Brings Upstate-Downstate Collaboration To Annual Beer Week Event

DSC_1326It’s a collaboration fitting for the Country Mouse and City Mouse, as NYC Brewer’s Choice returns to NYC Beer Week on Wednesday, March 1st (tickets are on sale here). Among the many features of this year’s event are SMASH (State Malt and State Hop) beers that several brewers are collaborating on.

We recently sat down with Jesse Ferguson, Founder and Brewmaster/Distiller at Interboro Spirits and Ales in Williamsburg, and Stuart Morris, owner of Indian Ladder Farmstead Cidery &  Brewery near Albany, who are teaming together to bring their collaboration beer to NYC Brewer’s Choice.

In a recent interview, they discussed the process of working together.

GBS: What style of beer will you be making and what are the the grains you’ll be sourcing locally?

Jesse, Interboro: We’re going to brew an American Pale Ale.  We’re going to be working with Synergy base malt, malted oats and wheat. The hops will be Cascade, Chinook, Centennial and Nugget.

Stuart, Indian Ladder Farmstead: The 2-row Synergy malt barley and all hops are grown at Indian Ladder Farmstead in Altamont, NY. The barley is then malted at Hudson Valley Malt in Germantown, NY, and our hops are pelletized at Northern Eagle in Oneonta, NY.

GBS: What brought Interboro and Indian Ladder together to do collaboration brewing? Have you collaborated previously?

Jesse: We met while I was brewing at Other Half.  I reached out to them originally about sourcing cider that I could distill into apple brandy here at Interboro.  They let me know the hops and malts that they had available, and I jumped at the chance to brew with them with NY State-grown raw materials.  That was for our colaboration, Tastes Like Upstate, which was a malty harvest ale.

GBS: What makes Brewer’s Choice special for you as a participant, especially as compared with the “festival” style beer events throughout the city?

Jesse: I enjoy Brewer’s Choice because it’s a good opportunity to see a lot of my friends and family in the NY brewing community all in one place, share some of my freshest beers and taste what they’re all up to.

GBS: What would you suggest as a favorite food pairing with this beer you’re making together?

Jesse: I’d say this should go nicely with a burger, a pizza, Thai or other Asian cuisine.  Anything that’s a little spicy and a bit greasy – the hop bitterness will cleanse the palate – and the clean dry finish will leave you ready for another bite.

We can’t wait to try this beer at NYC Brewer’s Choice! For a full list of this years brewers and food purveyors, visit the NYC Brewer’s Choice website.

 

 

 

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