The Devil’s in the Details as Micro-brasserie Le Trou du Diable Premieres at Beer Street

Saison_LeTrouduDiableTomorrow is looking snowy but that shouldn’t keep you from seeking out The Bitch’s favorite growler shop, Beer Street (north Graham off Metropolitan L), as they bring forth a devilish line-up of brews courtesy of Shelton Brothers Imports and the Canadian micro-brewery Le Trou du Diable. So, unless you are seeking out “the devil’s hole” or plan a trip to Shawinigan, QC, in the near future, here’s your chance to catch some exclusive pours (pay as you go). The fun starts at 3 p.m. (Saturday Dec 14) and will include the brewer’s collaboration beer with Brooklyn Brewery’s Garrett Oliver. The full list of beers includes:

SMaSH Noble—An exclusive to Beer Street, which has the only keg in NYC. SMaSH is an acronym for Single Malt and Single Hop and is brewed with Noble hops. They do different varieties of this beer with a different hop varietal each time. This is the latest version and is brewed with Tradition, a German noble hop (7 % ABV).


Mouss’cornue—An exclusive to Beer Street, not just in NYC but in the USA! A collaboration with Laurent Mousson of Switzerland- pale ale with American hops, British yeast, and “Swiss flavor”.


Epoque Opaque—Black IPA (6.3% ABV).


Saison du Tracteur—An award-winning beer the brewer calls a “new world Saison”.


Shawinigan Handshak—This hoppy weizenbock brewed with Chinook hops is inspired by Brooklyn Schneider Weisse collaboration with Garrett and Schneider Weisse’s Hans Peter Drexler. There’s a great story behind the name and label of this beer. The label shows former Canadian PM Jean Chretien choking the brewer, which references the “Shawinigan Handshake” when Chretien choked a protester.


Those Canadians sure know their political humor, eh? Hope to see you there when the snow flies!

It’s July Good Beer Month… Where To Drink

Proclamation2014_2For New Yorkers, it seems like every other day there’s some incredible beer release or cool gathering. The whole “too many beers, too little time” can seem overwhelming, but there are certain times of the year when being a part of the beer scene is like running a marathon.

July Good Beer Month is certainly one of those times. For 31 days every July, NYC celebrates as the Mayor’s office delivers the July Good Beer Month Proclamation (if you want the audio version, listen here at the 30 minute mark for Garrett Oliver’s oration… it’s brilliant!):

Office of the Mayor, City of New York – PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, July is Good Beer Month in New York City. And at barbecues and picnics and pubs and groggeries across the five Boroughs, our city’s residents and visitors are getting into the spirit and are beating the summer’s heat with cold beers. Even more refreshing is the fact that some of the best brews we have in the fridge and on tap are made right here in New York as our city’s craft beer scene continues to thrive.

WHEREAS, like any top quality product, good beer is the result of dedication of many people. Growing New York’s collegial, knowledgeable, independent beer community has required the passion and expertise of farmers, brewers, distributors, importers and devoted patrons alike. The community has also focused on keeping its industry sustainable and environmentally conscious. Brewers have formed partnerships with both city farms and local artisans, and foster the kind of conversations that keep their taverns and tasting rooms great places to share big ideas about what’s next in craft brewing.

The proclamation continues, acknowledging the Good Beer Seal bars (full disclosure, I blog for GBS). But what’s really cool is the Mayor’s support for five years and how craft beer has truly grown in the city. Here are a handful of the events you will want to check out this month. And feel free to tag me (@BKLYNbeerbitch) or the Good Beer Seal (@goodbeerseal) on Twitter for RTs; I want to know what you’re drinking and where you’re headed in July.

My favorites for the month include:

  • The Total Long Island City ImmersionSaturday, July 13th – Starting at noon, you can score a pass to get free beer samples from Brooklyn Brewery, among others, as you wind your way through LIC’s best pubs, patios and brunch spots.
  • The Parisian Ball on Governors Island – Saturday, July 13th – Starting at 4 p.m. and going until the wee hours of Bastille Day, you can be a kid again with vintage rides, music, libations and—one can muse—a central square for beheadings (no, not really; that was The Bitch’s attempt at a joke). This site offers slightly discounted tickets from the official website. It is 21+.
  • Mission Dolores Hosts Pioneers of American CraftWednesday, July 17th – MD does some counter programming from all the rare and unusual stuff going on tap across the city by putting the “Old Guard” beers of Anchor, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery. Sure, they’re your father’s craft beers, but I’m probably old enough to date your dad so it works for The Bitch!
  • Duvel/Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Celebration at Sunswick 35/35Thursday, July 18th – If you don’t make it out to Governors Island for Bastille Day, this is the next best Euro-independence event I could find to slate your need to act all superior to us ‘Mericans. Added bonus for those not able to make it to BCTC in August.
  • July Good Beer Month Presents NY State Food & Beer Expo – Saturday, July 27th – Come to Williamsburg’s East River Park for a great lineup of beer from KelSo, Shmaltz/Coney Island, Sixpoint and Brooklyn Brewery, among many others. Entry is at 90 Kent, and GA tickets will be available day of. VIP will be on sale the week of 7/15 at Good Beer Seal.
  • Prix Fixe dinner featuring Jeff O’Neill of Peekskill BrewingTuesday, July 30th – Jimmy’s No. 43 will be hosting Jeff O’Neill for a beer pairing dinner. Here’s hoping Jeff brings his Simple Sour!
  • Edible’s Good Beer at 82 Mercer – Wednesday, July 31st – This is the premiere event that wraps up July Good Beer Month each year. Try to score a ticket now, because they typically sell out well in advance.