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10 Local Beers You Can Only Drink in New York City
Some beers are just too good to share with the rest of the country.
By Tom Acitelli

Well yeah, you can find Brooklyn all over the world, but a few special beers are only available here in NYC. Thanks for the shout out, Thrillist. Time to plan your trip, rest of the world.

Nutty Brunette (Frog Level)

Brewery : Frog Level
Beer : Nutty Brunette
Style : American Brown Ale / Brown Ale
Variance : It’s crazy…

8.5 / 10

Allllllllrighty then. When talking about nutty brunettes I’m going to assume that you readers think I would instantly go with Miley Cyrus (naturally a brunette) or one of those dumb fuck Kardashians but instead we’re going to give it to the guys today and talk about good ol’ Ace Ventura. This beer comes damn close to topping both of his movies and if you need to “ass” me any questions about this brew I’ll be happy to climb into a fake rhino and crawl out butt naked from it’s ass to answer them for you. This beer will probably have you checking into a mental institution like Ray Finkle once you taste this because I’m pretty positive it will blow your freaking mind. Frog Level really impressed me with this one because browns don’t usually do anything for me just like looking at naked pictures of Kate Bosworth but this surprised me and really elevated the style. A nice sweet chocolate flavor starts this one off with some caramel and Nutella flavors mixing in towards the middle with even more sweetness before ending with a smooth but chocolatey finish. When it comes to a beer that can sway the beginners out there into trying new styles, this beer is a great contender because it’s light and sweet flavors will sway even the most avid commercial beer drinker over to our team. Bastards, pick up a can of this or forever be a Laaaa-Hoooo-Zahhhhhh-Herrrrrrr. Got it. Good. Now even though this has nothing to do with the beer and I can’t figure out a way how to work this quote into the review I leave you with this… Do NOT go in there! Whewwwwww!

Written by: Steve B.

Old Curmudgeon

To celebrate the changing seasons, Schooner Exact Brewing of Seattle released their Mountain Boomer, a malty, slightly tart Old Ale.

Old Ale, or Olde Ale if you’re into Gothic script, is a hard style of beer to pin down. When modern brewers talk about it, on labels anyway, they often conflate a hundred years of brewing history and technology into a single sentence. As if the entire English brewing tradition happened in a weekend.

Just look at the Old Ale Wikipedia entry, which includes everything from October Ale, IPA, and Winter Warmer to Barley Wine and Oud Bruin. Apparently, Old Ale can be as meek as four percent alcohol or as trampling as twelve and a half. 

When we talk about Old Ale, the real starting point seems to be Stock Ale. Stock Ale was brewed strong and aged for many years in wooden vats where it would pick up notes of wild yeast. Stock Ale was then mixed with fresh Mild Ale at the pub or in the bottle to give it a tangier flavor. 

Stock Ale was rarely sampled outside the brewery, probably because they tasted so sour, but a few brewers today are trying to recreate that Brettanomyces laden beer. Old Ale as we drink it has more in common with that blend of Mild and Stock Ale.

Mountain Boomer from Schooner is only slightly tart. It has a kiss of black cherry. The burgundy colored brew is chewy with brown malt. It’s not quite as dark as a stout, but it has a little roast to it. And at seven percent alcohol, Mountain Boomer falls in the middle of that bizarre range we saw before. 

So, it’s an Old Ale right? Or is it Olde Ale? Whatever you call it, it’s tasty.

These insane craft beer start ups have one thing in common

Alongside its standing as a tech city, San Jose is also fast gaining a reputation for its craft beer breweries. With eight breweries in downtown alone, residents and visitors are flocking to these new startups for ales and specially brewed light beers that offer superior flavour to the bottles stocked on the supermarket and liquor store shelves.

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I made these beer labels for my brother for Christmas! Earlier in the year, we’d been fantasizing about him starting a literature themed brewery called Whale of a Tale Brewing Co. where all the beers would be named classic literary/beer puns. I liked these three that we came up with the best so I decided to illustrate their future labels. Hopefully someday they will all really exist and I’ll get to drink them!:) 

Columbia? Taken. Mississippi? Taken. Sacramento? El Niño? Marlin? Grizzly? Sorry, they’re all taken.

Virtually every large city, notable landscape feature, creature and weather pattern of North America — as well as myriad other words, concepts and images — has been snapped up and trademarked as the name of either a brewery or a beer. For newcomers to the increasingly crowded industry of more than 3,000 breweries, finding names for beers, or even themselves, is increasingly hard to do without risking a legal fight.

Candace Moon, a.k.a. The Craft Beer Attorney, is a San Diego lawyer who specializes in helping brewers trademark ideas and also settle disputes. Moon tells The Salt she has never seen a brewery intentionally infringe upon another’s trademarked name, image or font style. Yet, with tens of thousands of brands in the American beer market, it happens all the time.

“There are only so many words and names that make sense with beer, so it’s not surprising that many people will come up with the same ideas,” Moon says.

Craft Brewers Are Running Out Of Names, And Into Legal Spats

Illustration: Leif Parsons for NPR