Author: Patrick Benedict

Ivan Ramen, Noodles, Sake and Craft Beer in the East Village!

Ivan Ramen appealed to me the first time I heard about it. My friend Chris (Vermont native and craft beer connoisseur) told me that there was a ramen joint down in the East Village that often had Hill Farmstead Beer on tap. For those who don’t know, Hill Farmstead is a gorgeous farm/brewery in sprawling Greensboro, VT, making farmhouse style ales that are highly sought after in the beer community. A little over a year ago, they started distributing kegs of their liquid gold to bars around NYC. And Chris, as a Vermontian (is that the word for them?)...

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Tigerlyfe Times Beer of the Week: Kings County Brewers Collective Tiger Thunder Double IPA

OMG, TLT BOTW: KCBC TT IIPA FTW! Hello, acronym lovers! This TigerLyfe Times Beer of the week is brought to you by the amazing group of brewers from Bushwick in Brooklyn, NY (represent!), the boys at Kings County Brewers Collective! KCBC opened almost 2 years ago, after a trio of brewers decided to join forces and deliver some out of this world frothy beverages to the masses of New York City! Each brewer creates a recipe and then collaborates with the rest of the team, and all beers are released under the KCBC monicker. I first heard about KCBC...

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Let’s Talk Whiskey Barrels, Shall We?

Last time, we talked about barrel aged sour beers, and how y’all should Buckle Up and Pucker Up, because the ride won’t stop anytime soon. Sours are the latest craze in craft beer, and people are just beginning to discover the range of flavors they can experience with different sour beers. This time, we’re going to shift gears, flavor wise. From tart, to smooth. From notes of sour cherry, to the sensation of velvety chocolate covered caramel. From lemon, to vanilla. I’m talking about whiskey. Specifically, whiskey barrel aged beers. New Holland Dragon’s Milk. A relatively easy to pick...

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Barrels. What Are They Good For, Anyway?

You can put them on comically if you’ve gone bankrupt in an old cartoon, movie, or television show for some reason. You could hop in one and go over Niagara Falls (please do not do this). There’s more practical uses for barrels, you guys. You can put spirits in them! (And I ain’t talking about no Casper the Friendly Ghost! 👻 That would be too spooky.) But what happens with all those sad old barrels once the spirit has been removed? Why, you throw some delicious, artisanal craft beer in that barrel, of course! This turns sad barrels into...

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To Age, or Not To Age Part IV: Sours

Well hello! I didn’t see you all come in. Welcome back to our series on aging Beer! Last time, we talked about some of my favorite stouts, and why they’d be good for aging. We featured beers by Evil Twin Brewing, Founders Brewing, Southern Tier Brewing, and our local (well, local if you’re in NYC) favorite, Singlecut Beersmiths. If you haven’t read that, or my other two articles on aging Beer, head over to my writer page here on TLT and check them out. Don’t forget to share them with all your Beer loving (and non-Beer loving) friends! Let’s...

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To Age, Or Not To Age Part III: The Stout Monster

I want to talk, in this article, about stouts. Yup, roasty, malty, coffee-y(?), chocolatey, delicious stouts. Last article, I talked about the rules of aging Beer (keep em cool, keep em dark, and don’t move em!), you know, all that sciency-type mumbo jumbo, because I’m a scientist. A Beer scientist. (Maybe I should go back to school to be a Beer scientist. If you know any good Beer science schools, let me know.) I promised in this article that I would post some pictures of some of my favorite Beer and why they would age well. Well, your wish...

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To Age, or Not to Age: Part II

Welcome back, one and all! Here’s the second installment of our series on beer aging: To Age or Not to Age. In my last article about aging beer (which you should absolutely go back and read if you haven’t yet), we talked about what beers are not meant for aging (to summarize: Hop forward beers are meant to take control of the palate with citrus, pine, stone fruit, herbal, dank characteristics, and when a Beer ages, the hops fall off quite quickly) Here’s the lovely Holly Kay with an exception to the hoppy Beer rule. This is one of...

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To Age, or Not to Age?

It’s the age old question. From age to age, from east to west, we’ve been asking for ages… To age, or not to age? …that is the question. I hope you read that in a Shakespearean accent (which I’m pretty sure is just a British accent…) A very dark picture of me, at Sanford’s Restaurant in Astoria, drinking a 5 year old Dogfish Head World Wide Stout. Anyway, I was asked recently about aging beer, and why should or shouldn’t we? A room full of Barrels at Funky Buddha Brewery in Fort Lauderdale, FL. As far back as the...

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