This past Saturday, the Lexington Avenue Armory held the inaugural NYC American Craft Beer Festival where this country’s top breweries came together to celebrate their craft. While celebrating all things beer, Joonbug set out to discover some of the festival’s best liquid offerings by looking for brews with unique ingredients, delicious flavors, as well as breweries who are putting new spins on traditional favorites.
Peak Organic Hop Noir IPA: is a traditional IPA brewed with piney, aromatic hops with a dark, rich organic black malt base. Enjoy this IPA with pungent cheeses, such as brie, lamb shank, and grilled vegetables.
Join America’s top craft beer brewers Saturday March 3rd at the Lexington Avenue Armory for the inaugural NYC American Craft Beer Festival hosted by The Hand Crafted Tasting Company. For those who enjoy day drinking there will be a session held from 12:30 p.m. until 4 p.m. and a second session later in the evening for those of us who want a killer Saturday night pregame, starting at 6 p.m. and ending at 9:30 p.m.
During either session festival goers will experience a “true celebration of American craft beer[s]” from local breweries such as Blue Point Brewing Company, Brooklyn Brewery, and Sixpoint Craft Ales being among the 75 featured brewers. While attempting to sample all 150 high-quality seasonal brews sample the specially prepared food designed to be paired with each tasting. The food court will include menu items such as a grilled cheddarwusrt topped with green apple on a pretzel roll, vegetarian soft tacos, and a little something called the Frito Pie made with fresh chili, sour cream, chives, and sharp cheddar cheese, all served on a bed of Frito Lays chips.
Ithaca Beer Co.
606 Elmira Rd. Ithaca, NY 14850 607-273-0766
Our Favorite: Flower Power
79 North 11th Street Brooklyn, New York 11211 718-486-7422
Our Favorite: Brooklyn Pennant Ale
161 River Avenue Patchogue, NY 11772 631-475-6944
Our Favorite: RastafaRye Ale
The friendly and charming Miller's Pub, located on 134 S. Wabash, serves up hundreds of drinks each day, with favorites including: Belgians ales and lambics, beers, seasonal winter warmers, house cocktails, martinis, wines, a variety of whiskies and so, so, much more. The tireless hotspot opens its doors at 10am, beckoning professionals for lunch hour, and doesn’t close its doors until the college kids are ready to crawl home at 4:00 am.
The food menu at Miller’s, luckily, doesn’t leave much to be desired. The laminate pages are filled with delicious additions such as their world famous BBQ baby back ribs, Greek salad, broiled whitefish. sausage, pepper & onions sauté spaghetti; Greek-style lamb chops, prime butt steak, Greek-style chicken, leg of lamb on bread, and an echo of other highly acclaimed dishes.
On Saturday, December 10th, Get Real NY will bring together 8 of the city's finest beer bars for Beer Bar Fest NYC. So instead of running all over town, you can keep yourself settled and delight in the fine bite and brews. To keep up with this popular trend of pairing food and beer, beer bars have been amping up their food menus to mirror the artsanal qualities of craft beer.
Over two sessions (1-4pm and 7-10pm), participants can savor Rattle n Hum's house ground sea scallops, tiger shrimp and cod fish on a toasted brioche bun while sipping Stillwater Stateside Saison, a Belgian-style ale from Baltimore. Or partake in The Bronx Ale House's braised short rib chili with the recently debuted Bronx Brewery's Pale Ale.
Hot on the tail of this Saturday's NYC Beerathon, and the always celebratory Octoberfest, this weekend's first annual Novembeerfest at club 82Mercer is sure to make a splash.
The festival will offer over 100 varieties of craft beers from around the world, coupled with traditional food dishes from each region.
If the massive line-up of suds, including brews, ales, lagers, pilsners and many more doesn't whet your whistle, the international menu showcasing beer-braised corn beef on rye and Asian short ribs with Pints of Pepe Nero definitely will.
Sleepless Night is a free, thirteen hour cultural arts & entertainment festival featuring over 150 free events at over 80 locations across Miami Beach. Beginning this Saturday evening, November 5th, and continuing into Sunday morning, the array of performances, exhibits, and screenings will be non-stop, thus resulting in a sleepless night for South Florida’s cultural aficionados. However, with Miami Beach’s numerous dining options, there’s no reason to be both sleepless and hungry. Here is Joonbug’s guide to the really late night dining options for the event.
No matter what the time, there’s nothing more satisfying than a big, messy burger to fulfill your late night fatty cravings. Agreed? Then stroll-or jog into 8 oz. Burger Bar for a meal that’s worth every calorie. Open until 5 a.m. on weekends, this burger joint is sure to provide you with the boost you need to continue with the event’s late night activities. Indulge in the luscious Kobe grass-fed burger complete with grilled sweet onions, wilted spinach and roasted garlic aioli or go light with the turkey burger; kick it up with crispy bacon, charred escarole and horseradish dijonaise. Not that hungry? Grab an ice-cold brew and one of their specialty sliders for an ideal snack. The restaurant is located in zone 4 of the event’s program on 11th St. and Alton Road.
For those of you attending Sleepless Night for the art, grab a shuttle to zone 1 on the program, also known as North Beach. There, hidden away at The New Hotel is a little gastropub-inspired spot called Lou's Beer Garden with the best food on this side of town. This tropical outdoor beer oasis is a proud participant of the Sleepless Night event lineup. Peruse the exhibit by artists Adam C. Schrimmer and J.C Bravo while you are serenaded by The Barkless Dawg, a band known for its instrumental acoustic grove. Amidst all the artistry, try the whole branzino a la plancha served with seasoned brussel sprouts, summer baby squash, fingerling potatoes, and tarragon spiced Cherry Tomatoes or have one of Lou’s artisanal small thin crust pizzas and pick a beer from their extremely diverse selection. Did we mention Lou’s is poolside? Just for Sleepless Night, Lou’s Beer Garden is staying open until 5 a.m.
Size matters at Pizza Bar where the place is small and the pizza is not. Known to many as the next best thing to any pizza joint in Manhattan, this small scale pizzeria is serving up larger than life slices at a minimal cost. The pleasant staff at Pizza Bar replicates the New York style thin crust pizza ,and boy, are they good at it! In addition to the abnormally large pizzas, this place offers a variety of fresh salads, chicken wings and sandwiches. Prop yourself at the bar to watch the pizza men at work and enjoy a cold beer or sit at a table. There for you when you’re looking for a mid-Sleepless Night snack, Pizza Bar is open every day until 5 a.m. and is located in zone 2 of the Sleepless Night program on 16 Street and Collins Avenue
Affordable, authentic French Food in Miami Beach? What’s that? Back in zone 4 of the Sleepless Night program, and located on 7th Street and Washington Avenue, lies a cozy, quaint French restaurant delicious enough to satisfy any foodie’s palate called Otentic. Unlike any other French restaurant, Otentic is open Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 5 a.m. and can offer Sleepless Night attendees a break to immerse themselves in the delicious realm of French cuisine in a casual yet elegant ambiance. Enjoy top quality food at half the price of any other restaurant in SoBe. Yes, this place is affordable and good. Don’t believe us? Try the Farmer steak a l’ Otentic with a velvety homemade blue cheese sauce and a side of frites or have the prosciutto and brie cheese on a crispy baquette. The food speaks for itself.
8 oz. Burger Bar
1080 Alton Road Miami, Fl 33139
Lou’s Beer Garden
7337 Harding Ave. Miami Beach, Fl 33141
1627 Collins Ave. Miami Beach, Fl 33139
710 Washington Ave. Miami Beach, Fl 33139
These five Historic Chicago Bars have withstood some of the Windy City’s greatest challenges, and welcomed some of its greatest traditions. And, many of these establishments survived one of nightlife’s greatest challenges, Prohibition. The Berghoff, Southport Lanes, Schaller’s Pump, The Back Room and Twin Anchors have stood the time for different reasons, but one thing they definitely have in common, is that they offer a good time.
The 113-year old establishment, located in the heart of the loop, was owned and inspired by the beer brewing West German immigrant, Joseph Berghoff. In its heyday, the bar sold beer for nickels and offered free sandwiches to their patrons. And, when the prohibition affected Chicago nightlife, Berghoff kept its doors open, functioning as a full service restaurant, also selling ’near beer’. In 1969, Berghoff abandoned its ‘Men Only’ policy after member of the National Organization for Women stood at the bar and demanded service.
Strap on your lederhosen and head over to Shake Shack October 7th-16th for their annual Shacktoberfest. Feast upon special menu items like Polish-style Garlic Sausage and Currywurst with Fries. A list of exotic brews will also be available, which are best enjoyed in the Shack's traditional glass steins. After downing a beer or two, finish up with one of their special Bavarian-inspired concretes including German Chocolate and Cranberry Almond Streussel. Prost!
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Shake Shack is popular burger boutique from New York that opened it's first Florida location just off Lincoln Road in Miami Beach about two years ago. Their most famous menu items include a variety of burgers, flat-top hotdogs, handspun shakes and sweet custards.