Author: Patrick Benedict

Walt Disney World: Your Destination for… Craft Beer?

When one thinks of Walt Disney World (as one often does, if by one, you mean Me.), one thinks about thrilling attractions, costumed characters and live shows, and pure, unadulterated magic. Pure Magic! I’ve been visiting Disney since I was 3, and would certainly consider myself a “Disney Nerd”. My first trip I went on with my wife was to Disney, and we got engaged at Narcoossee’s at Walt Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort in May of 2010. It holds a special place in my heart. “Beauty and the Beeeeeeast!” 🎶 🎶 I would also consider myself a “Craft Beer...

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LIC Beer Project Release: Cannons, Hollows, Higher Burnin’, Evil Waves!

LIC Beer Project has been churning out amazing liquid provisions since 2015, starting as a primarily Belgian-inspired brewery. Today, they’re producing some of the best, and widely acclaimed hop-forward Beers, in addition to their Belgian offerings, and wide array of sours. In addition to the amazing Beers produced by these mad scientists in Long Island City, they draw a lot of their inspiration for beer names, and can art, from Five Pointz, the Graffiti Mecca in LIC, that was unfortunately torn down to make way for high-rise condos. (Greed sucks.) LIC Beer Project has been canning for just over...

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Soup’s On! Sand City Releases 3 Single Hop Beers with their Soup Du Jour Series

Michael Jackson may be the King of Pop, but Northport, Long Island’s own Sand City are the Kings of HOP. This is a great pun. Please stop rolling your eyes. Please? The unassuming alleyway that leads you to some of the most incredible hop-forward Beers that are sought after and traded all over the US… You’ll remember my first article about Sand City’s Oops! Trilogy (Oops! I Hopped, Mangoed, and Nelsoned My Pants!) The boys are back in town! I was able to get my hands on ANOTHER incredible Sand City trilogy, their Soup Du Jour series. Lloyd Christmas:...

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Beer of the Week! Big ALICe Fistful of Rubies

With a focus on local ingredients, Big ALICe Brewery, in Long Island City, Queens, is a great neighbor. But you already know this, because you’ve read my last article about them, right? 😘 If not, check it out here. A few weeks ago, they released Fistful of Rubies… Fistful of Rubies. We’re talking red on red on red, baby. “Toto, I’m afraid we ain’t in Kansas anymore…” (I’m paraphrasing). If Dorothy had Fistful of Rubies instead of magic ruby slippers… Well, actually, the story might be quite similar, because if you drink enough Fistful of Rubies, you, too, might...

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Fifth Hammer, Your Fifth Reason To Visit Long Island City

Right now, you’ve got at least four reasons to visit Long Island City. They are: Transmitter Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Co., Big Alice Brewing, and LIC Beer Project. Well, the Fifth Hammer 🔨 has dropped. The beer menu at Fifth Hammer Brewing Company, Long Island City. We’d heard about Fifth Hammer from our friends at Big Alice Brewing (which is only a Hop, skip and and a jump away. Ok, so it’s however many hops, skips and jumps you can make in half of a mile), so when we heard about the opening weekend, we knew we had to be...

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Why You Need to go to Greenpoint, Brooklyn for Beer, Like, Right Now

You know Greenpoint? That place that’s so north in Brooklyn that it’s basically Queens? I’ve always thought that Greenpoint should technically be Queens and Ridgewood should technically be Brooklyn, but that’s way above my pay grade. Greenpoint is a Mecca for craft beer lovers. It’s home to delicious Polish food, cute little donut shops, and Paulie Gee’s, arguably some of the best pizza in all of NYC. Mmm… Donuts. The Hellboy from Paulie Gee’s, with soppressata and Mike’s Hot Honey. Whoa. Also, look at that crust. Also, I’m not drooling, YOU’RE DROOLING! You’ll need all this delicious food to...

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Il Bambino, #1 Sandwich Shop in NYC, and #1 Sandwich Shop in Our Hearts

Astoria, the cute, bustling, artsy neighborhood just off the NW line in Queens (and home of Singlecut Beersmiths, which I’ve written about), has had, over the last several years, an explosion of restaurants, boutique shops, and bars. Back in 2007, before Astoria became the destination for displaced and priced-out Manhattan-ites, it was a quiet neighborhood, with shops and restaurants dotted along the gorgeous tree-lined streets. Darren Lawless, an Irish fellow, decided to bring his culinary savvy to 31st Avenue in Astoria, opening Il Bambino, a (what else) Italian restaurant focusing on paninis, crostini, salads and tapas, for dine in...

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Barley Creek Brewhouse, a Vacation Getaway less than 2 Hours from NYC

“Barley Creek, Barley Creek, oh Barley, Barley, Barley, Barley Creek, Barley Creek, oh Barley, Barley, Barley, Barley Creek! *POP* Ba-Bum-Bum-Bum…” This should be sung to the tune of “Lollipop” by The Chordettes and if you aren’t singing this out loud right now, you have no joy in your heart… Speaking of joy in your heart, if you ever find yourself near Tannersville, PA (home of Camelback Mountain Ski Resort and Aquatopia Indoor Waterpark, Great Wolf Lodge, and many other family-friendly resort destinations), you need to put Barley Creek Brewing Company on your itinerary. Barley Creek opened in 1995 as...

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