THE VILLAGE VOICE
The Village Voice hosted their annual Holiday Spirits Tasting Event last night in the best way they know how--by bringing together the beautiful people of NYC to taste some of the best booze in town (and outta town). The event was commissioned to celebrate the holidays, as well as commemorate the most important peice of American history-- the 80th anniversary of the day that ended the prohibition era. And what better way is there to celebrate the end our country's boycott of the most indispensable liquid substance since H20?
Beer season is upon us! Though NYC may not have full-blown Oktoberfest festivities, there are plenty of events around the city celebrating local breweries, and, more importantly, those who want to indulge in local brews.
This past Saturday, The Village Voice hosted Brooklyn Pour its annual craft beer tasting festival in the iconic Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower lobby. The illustrious entrance welcomed beer connoisseurs far and wide to the record 65 corporate and indie brewing companies and 100+ beers that lined the magnificent 1 Hanson Place lobby. Each kiosk offered guests several taps of the brands finest concoctions, souvenirs, and personnel versed in brewing techniques and brand history.
The medley of beers ranged from commonly known ales, lagers, and pilsners to intricately craft seasonal, micro and fusion brews. Chelsea Brewing’s cocoa & coffee infused XXX Stout had me reconsidering my morning beverage while Innis & Gunn’s Rum Cask ale, which for its final stage ferments 60 days in rum barrels, left me with an aromatic rum-sweet after taste. Other crowd favorites included Bronx Brewery’s American-style pale ale and Samuel Adams’ tried and true Oktoberfest. This the 2nd annual Brooklyn Pour, divided into two sessions to better accommodate crowds that hoarded last year’s inaugural event, featured a food court, home brew kits for sale, a live DJ, and the Samuel Adams sponsored Stein Hoisting Competition. The forum also hosted a DIY brewing demonstration from the Brooklyn Brew Shop, a talk on Fall’s tastiest trends with Josh M. Bernstein author of “Brewed Awakening” and Beer B-Q Cookin with Jimmy Carbone, enlightening foodies on how to infuse beer into their favorite pit and spit roasts.
The Village Voice’s first annual "Choice Streets" food truck celebration was a success. Last night, over 21 of New York City’s well-loved food trucks gathered on Pier 86 of a well-known city landmark, The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum Complex. This highly anticipated event was sold out within 5 days, and with all the glorious fare, foodies from all over the city couldn’t help but to fill their faces with a lot of food and many smiles.
DJ sets by Finger on the Pulse, twin brothers Darin and Greg Bresnitz who host a popular food-meets-music radio show, set the party mood for this outside soiree that took place by the water on a chilly evening. That didn’t stop our city’s food enthusiasts, they stood on line waiting for their favorites- sometimes they even went back for more.
Yesterday, at the 69th Armory on Lexington Avenue, The Village Voice hosted their Fifth Annual "Choice Eats" Event which satiated New York foodies by serving quality dishes, all from hand-picked restaurants throughout the city. Over 35 different national cuisines were set-up in this historic building by over 80 restaurants and bakeries. Sponsors such as Leffe, Francis Coppola, Troegs Brewery, Sixpoint, Michael Collins Irish Whiskey and Stella Artois helped patrons get their drink on as they traveled from table to table experiencing the creme de la creme that our diverse city has to offer.
The Village Voice's "Choice Streets" Event is just around the corner. This new food event features all the great food trucks of the city, which was inspired by their "Choice Eats" Event that is being held next week.
Today, The Village Voice just announced their first round of partakers in this celebration of street fare. Some New York favorites include: Korilla BBQ, Mexicue, Red Hook Lobster Pound, The Cinnamon Snail, Coolhaus, Green Pirate Juice Truck, Kelvin Natural Slush Co., Schnitzel and Things, Soulvaki GR, The Taim Mobile, and Wafels & Dinges have all been added to the lineup.
On March 13th, The Village Voice's fifth annual "Choice Eats" tasting event, will take place. Today they have announced the final participants, bringing the number up to 83 restaurants, a record breaker. The final partakers include: Bowery Diner, Egg, David's Brisket House, El Almacen, Calyer, Grandaisy Bakery, Kutsher's Tribeca and Resto.
This year "Choice Eats" will also feature DJ Sets by Andy Rourke, the former bass guitarist of The Smiths, an alternative rock band from the 80s.
Ty-lor Boring, of Bravo's Top Chef Texas, will also make a celebrity appearance by hosting a demo for those who have VIP tickets.
Astroland may be officially closed, and the housing developments are on their way, but Coney Island continues to fight the good fight. Last Saturday, it was the site of the 10th annual Siren Music Festival, which despite rumors has soldiered on alongside the Cyclone coaster and Coney Island freak show. This year was a solid one for the festival.
Of the fourteen bands playing, I managed to see half, spending most of my time at the Stillwell stage. I started the day with Wye Oak, a folk rock duo hailing from Baltimore. Andy Stack did double duty on drums and keyboard, giving them a surprisingly full sound.
Happy Pride New York! And, the symbol of this year's festivities from The Village Voice? The boys of Jersey Shore. Little did the guys know that when they agreed to be the cover candy for Musto's Wednesday publication that they would be the headliner for this year's Gay Pride Celebration here in New York. If you're visiting from out of town for the parade and festivities, welcome to the center of the gay universe and for all you locals, we are looking forward to another wild year! Let the games begin.