The season's best new beers
Try the greatest microbrews never-before seen or sold in New York City.
Mon Apr 26 2010
This Michigan brewery has long been a cult favorite, thanks to its uncompromising vision of producing unusual brews, such as the tart Cerise, made with fresh Michigan cherries, and the Curmudgeon, spiked with molasses and aged in oak. The everyday brews, like the malty Red’s Rye PA, are also exemplary.
What to drink: The chocolatey pitch-black Porter, a March arrival, is surprisingly easy-drinking. $7, Valhalla, 815 Ninth Ave at 54th St, 212-757-2747
Until recently, the only way to sample these fresh, unpasteurized brews was to book a flight to California. But April marked the arrival of these pale ales rooted both in British classic traditions—they’re uniquely fermented in one of the world’s few oak-barrel brewing systems—and the hoppy excess of the West Coast.
What to drink:Only the assertively hopped Union Jack IPA—boasting pineapple and citrus notes—is available. $7, Against the Grain, 620 E 6th St between Aves B and C, 212-358-7064
While New York is dotted with Irish pubs dispensing creamy Guinness, few of them pour Ireland’s best independent brewed beer, courtesy of this Dublin outfit. March welcomed three of Porterhouse’s finest, including fruity Porterhouse Red Ale and the bittersweet Wrassler’s XXXX Stout.
What to drink: The silky Oyster Stout, brewed with just-shucked oysters. $5.95, Bierkraft, 191Fifth Ave between Berkeley Pl and Union St,Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-7600
Nebraska Brewing Company
The winning creations from Paul and Kim Kavulak, such as the citrusy Infinite Wit and toffee-esque Brunette Nut Brown Ale, hit New York in March. Note their Reserve Series beers, aged in whiskey and chardonnay barrels.
What to drink:The Hop God, a cross between an IPA and a Belgian Tripel, has done time in chardonnay oak. $22.99, Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, 95 E Houston St between Bowery and Chrystie St, 212-420-1320
Pretty Things Beer & Ale Project
Experimental palates can now savor the funky, flavorful Belgian- and British-inspired releases from the Bay State’s Dann Paquette in NYC. His offbeat brews include Baby Tree (made with dried plums) and Fluffy White Rabbits, a hops-heavy Belgian beer.
What to drink: Jack D’Or, made with three yeast strains that impart a dry, refreshing profile. $7, Rattle ’N’ Hum, 14 E 33rd St between Fifth and Madison Aves, 212-481-1586