March Beer Madness!

For the next 3 Wednesdays we’ll be sampling some of the amazing American microbrews we have in the beer case.

This Wednesday, March 9 from 5:30-7:30pm to sample beers from Delaware’s Dogfish Brewery.

March 16 from 5:30-7:30 pm we’ll pour sudsy samples from Long Island’s Blue Point Brewing Company (a sponsor of this past year’s very successful fundraiser for Fort Greene Park).

March 23 from 5:00-7:00 pm sip some tasty brews from Pennsylvania’s Troeg’s Brewing Company.

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McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix Tasting

Join us tonight from 5-7pm at the wine store to sample McClure’s Bloody Mary Mix with Tito’s Vodka and meet Bob McClure!  McClure’s Bloody Mary mix is made using the brine from McClure’s spicy pickles and makes an amazing brunch beverage and would be a fun addition to a Super Bowl party.

Also for SuperBowl entertaining all our Pennsylvania beers are 15{0886acb4f5be58b49bf4e022446f4168c3918f2aad77c1481cecb92c8f2156f3} off and we’ve got seven different kinds of Wisconsin cheese at the cheese counter for your tasting/perusal/platters.

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Cottrell Old Yankee Ale Sale

Enjoy Labor Day with a medium-bodied American Amber Ale 20% off . Cottrell Brewing Company makes only 2 beers in their Connecticut microbrewery and we carry their Old Yankee Ale, which is on sale this weekend for $1.59 a bottle. Because of the special price, this beer is excluded from our mixed six six-pack special.

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

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Shmaltz Brewery Tasting Friday at Provisions!

Shmaltz Brewing Company are a New York based brewery that makes both Coney Island and He’Brew Beers.  This Friday from 6-8pm we welcome them back to Provisions for a tasting of some new brews and some old favorites.  Come on out and a have a taste of Rejewvenator 2010 a hybrid of a Doppelbock and a Belgian style Dubbel brewed with concord grapes.   Coney Island Lager an American Amber/Red Lager brewed with a variety of hops and Czech Pilsner yeast. The Chosen Spot is a dry-hopped Rye-based Pilsner. And Steve’s favorite Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A., a Rye-Based Double-IPA.

Drop in and try some truly creative beers from a brewery that is truly original.

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Leelanau Good Harbor Golden Ale

In last week’s NY Times, Eric Asimov called the category of Belgian golden ales “truly glorious beer at the highest level.” He went on to praise our Leelanau Good Harbor Golden Ale as “tart, sour and beautifully funky with wild, vibrant citrus flavors and subtle sweetness.” Crafted in Dexter, Michigan, this delicious brew bested 9 out of 10 actual Belgian beers sampled by the tasting panel.

Good Harbor comes in a 750ml bottle – the same amount as a typical wine bottle and indeed this brew can have a place at the dinner table. The brewery recommends serving it with cassoulet, rack of lamb, roast poultry or even spicy curry dishes and spicy sausages. Steve the beer man recommends it with Tarentaise or a similar nutty cheese like Gruyere. Laura, one of our cheese whizzes, suggests an American washed-rind cheese like Oma, Grayson or Hooligan!

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Brandy Tasting, Beer Chaser

Tonight in Brooklyn, join us for 2 fabulous tasting events. Our October apple spirit tasting series continues from 5-7pm tonight at the wine store at 765 Fulton where we’ll be pouring samples of Calvados, a french apple brandy, from Lecompte. Then stop by Provisions at 753 Fulton from 6-8pm for a special beer tasting from He’Brew and Coney Island. We’ll pour Coney Island Albino Python, Coney Island Freaktoberfest, He’Brew Origin Pomegranate, He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A. and He’Brew Rejewvenator 2009.

Though it’s hard to pick a favorite out of the beers to be poured we’re particularly looking forward to the Coney Island Albino Python. A white beer, it absolutely erupts with flavors of ginger and coriander.

See you tonight!

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Oktoberfest Beers

If you can’t get to Munich or Der Schwarze Kolner for Oktoberfest, the German celebration of harvest, Steve the beerman recommends you try these Oktoberfest-style beers at home. Oktoberfest-style beers are rich and amber-colored with a sweet malty finish but are not so heavy that you will dread singing the 20th round of “Ein Prosit”. These bottles are all seasonal brews with limited availability so get them while you can.

Victory Festbier – this Oktoberfest style beer comes from one of our favorite Pennsylvania breweries but all German malts and whole flower European hops make this lager true to style.

Atwater Bloktoberfest – Brewed in Detroit, Michigan with 100% German malt for a rich taste and amber color. Sweet caramel flavor on the palate.

Bluepoint Oktober – the local Long Island option!

Abita Pecan Harvest – Louisiana’s famed microbrewery does Oktoberfest local style with a nod to their pecan-farming industry. Pecans are actually used in the brewing process, giving the beer a light pecan finish and aroma. I guess this one’s for the busy executive on the go who need their beer and bar snacks all in one convenient package.

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What’s New in the Beer Case?

For the last few weeks we here at the Greene Grape have been trying to find the best of the best when it comes to beer.  Here are a few of our new and exciting beers.

Ballast Point Big Eye IPA- Brewed in San Diego by Ballast Point Brewery this strong IPA is a less hoppy than many American IPAs and has a pleasant sweetness that makes it nice and smooth.

Anchor Summer- A great seasonal brew from Anchor Steam Brewing in San Francisco.  Though it has a lighter body than many wheat beers it does have a surprisingly crisp flavor.

Capt. Lawrence Xtra Gold- I’m incredibly excited to have Capt. Lawrence back in the case, and at a lower price!  Dubbed an American Tripel this beer is not quite as heavy as it’s Belgian origins, though it is complex and incredibly pleasing to drink.

For a complete list of our beer selections go to

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6 Packs 8 off

Steve the beerman is celebrating summer by making mixed six packs of certain longnecks $11.99 INCLUDING TAX. That’s an 8% savings . . . and more money for chips!

Beers eligible include Sugar Hill, Abita Amber, Peroni, Hofbrau Munchen Original, Brooklyn Lager, Mother’s Milk, Bluepoint Blueberry Ale (and summer ale which we’re out of right now), Messiah Bold and more!

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Bananas and Beer?

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine from Germany and as usual I began asking him about the drinking habits of a native German. He informed me of a drink I could never have imagined, the Bananenweizen. Basically it is banana juice and a hefeweizen, strange perhaps but I was intrigued. I decided to stay true to the country of origin and use two German weisse beers for my experiment.

The recipe involves filling the glass 1/6-1/4 with banana nectar and then you pour in your beer. I used a weizen glass, though this isn’t required. First I tried a Weihenstephaner Hefe-Weisse, a tried and true classic, which is smooth and not quite as heavy as many wheat beers. After my first taste I was unsure, after the second I was hooked. Often wheat beers are served with a slice of lemon or orange adding a splash of citrus, banana nectar adds a bit more texture and provides just the right amount of sweetness.

Next up was the Franziskaner Hefeweisse, another traditional German beer, which contains a bit more sediment and is a little heavier. I would recommend this combination for someone with a taste for more intense beers, not to say that it wasn’t still delicious. Though what I discovered with Franziskaner was due to the thickness of both ingredients the beer sat on top of the nectar, so I stirred them together, my suggestion would be to pour them into the glass at the same time. I am looking forward to forcing less adventurous beer drinkers to try a bananenweizen. If you have any beer cocktails you enjoy or have invented please leave them in the comments, help me in my quest to discover new and interesting things to do with beer!

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