Top 10 NYC Breweries: July 2018

Top 10 NYC Breweries: July 2018
  • These NYC breweries are anything but ordinary.

  • Home to 38 breweries, here are the ones you don’t want to miss.

It’s no secret that New York City has a plethora of places to eat. Foodable Labs has recently ranked the top 25 of the best restaurants. But what about breweries?

New York City is currently home to 38 breweries and growing. Before Prohibition caused the end of brewing in NYC, the city was once a prime brewing location in the 19th century. Fun fact: the first commercial brewery in North America was built on what is now Manhattan’s Stone Street.

So what are some great spots to check out?

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Chef Eileen Andrade Aims to Make a Destination Out of Miami Suburb, Kendall

Chef Eileen Andrade Aims to Make a Destination Out of Miami Suburb, Kendall

"If I could describe my style of cooking, I would definitely say— bold," says Chef Eileen Andrade.

And “bold” is right as her restaurants serve up a combination of Cuban, Peruvian and Korean dishes.

There is no stopping this fierce Miami-based chef from accomplishing her goals.

In her mid-twenties, Eileen Andrade, opened her first restaurant, Finka Table & Tap in Kendall, an unassuming suburban Miami neighborhood. Now, the 29-year-old sits down with Foodable to talk about her newest restaurant concept, Amelia’s 1931, which she opened less than a mile away from her first concept.

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Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

Puerto Rico is Leading the Way in Adoption of the Independent Craft Brewer Seal
  • What will it take for the remaining craft breweries to adopt the seal?

  • Will these efforts and technicalities benefit or hinder the growth in the craft beer segment?

It looks like the Brewers Association (BA) has been able to convince many small and independent craft breweries to adopt the Independent Craft Brewer Seal.

This many to be exact— 3,524.

This effort, of course, emerged as big beer companies, like Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev), had been slowly but steadily acquiring more and more craft breweries to expand their portfolio and better capitalize on the small-batch beer consumer trend.

Foodable took interest on the subject last year and decided to compare three previously craft beer brands that were acquired by big beer companies to compare consumer sentiment before and after their buyouts. The result? The two brands that were acquired by a bigger beverage company actually had higher sentiment scores after the acquisition. This could be due to many different factors, including more resources for equipment, quality lab testing, and even marketing.

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Artisan Wine And Beverage Trends

Artisan Wine And Beverage Trends

Your beverage program can make or break your business. A well-run program can grow profits, as well as subsidize other initiatives within your operation that may be more costly. And yet, many bar programs are still underdeveloped. What does it take to elevate your program to the next level? Foodable gathered top beverage minds to discuss what makes a bar program great.

Success in this business comes down to the value you provide for your customers. Defined by the quality you provide for the price you charge, there are many ways to provide and build upon value.

The first thing Dan Pilkey of Paul Hobbs Winery reminds operators is that a beverage program can’t be contained in a rigid box. The lines between beverage and culinary can, and should, blur. At the very base, you need to provide the basics your customers can fall back on, but you should really strive to go beyond that.

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This Company is Marketing to Millennials by Offering Exclusive Wine Tasting Experiences 

This Company is Marketing to Millennials by Offering Exclusive Wine Tasting Experiences 

Often when you visit a winery, it's not an intimate experience. As areas like Napa Valley become more popular, more tour buses filled with masses drop of wine enthusiasts at thee vineyards. These wineries get crowded, especially on the weekend. 

Going to a jam-packed winery isn't everyone's idea of fun.

With that in mind, the company Which Winery, Inc is offering an elevated wine tasting experience. 

Anthony Poston and his wife Gabrielle, the wine-lovers behind the company, were inspired by European wineries and the more intimate experience they offer. 

"It's only recently European wineries entered the tourist business. For generations, the wineries were not set up to attract tour buses or long chains of drop-in travelers coming to taste and ask questions. Mostly, you needed an appointment to visit. The Postons discovered that the function of most wineries "over there" was to give the visitor personal attention—a unique experience," write "Forbes."

Poston's company caters to Millennials and the Gen-X population. His research has found that 78% of Millennials prefer an experience over a product.

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Apothic Uses Cold Brew Coffee In It's Latest Red Blend Wine

Apothic Uses Cold Brew Coffee In It's Latest Red Blend Wine

This wine brand just launched a red fruit wine blended with cold brew coffee capitalizing on a growing coffee trend in America.

Yep. Wine + Coffee, all in a bottle.

The beverage brand responsible is Apothic Wine, which it is known for bold Red blends and innovation. So, it’s really no surprise the winemaker behind it all decided to try something new and outside of the box.

“I realized that many of the characteristics in cold brew coffee and red wine naturally complement each other,” said Debbie Juergenson, Apothic winemaker, in a press release. “This led us to experiment with a few blends, eventually leading to the seamless creation of Apothic Brew, which brings together red fruit notes and subtle mocha essences of cold brew."

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Sparkling Wine is Australia's Fastest Growing Export

Sparkling Wine is Australia's Fastest Growing Export

Countries like Italy and France are notoriously known for their good wine.

Australia may not be the first, second or even third country you think of when it comes to wine, but the land down under’s wine industry, specifically the sparkling wine category is rapidly growing.

Australia has the potential to replace Italian prosecco as the global benchmark for high quality, according to the 2018 Tyson Stelzer’s Australian Sparking Report.

The report offers data and insights into Australia’s recent tremendous growth in the sparkling wine export industry.

Sparkling wine has become Australia’s fastest-growing export category and is expanding six times the rate of the still wine category in the country.

“Meanwhile, production of Australian prosecco has trebled in the three years since 2015, growing by 50% in 2017 alone, and estimated to be worth $60 million, with projections suggestions that sales could reach $200 million within a few years. Australia is gaining a significant footing in the rapidly expanding international prosecco market,” writes the report.

One of the other reasons why Australia’s prosecco is on the rise is because of its value and quality. The report claims that Italian Prosecco has slowly started to decline in its quality and this has help to attribute to Australia’s success in this sector.  

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Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing

Art Brews Business at J. Wakefield and Wynwood Brewing
  • David Rodriguez and Adrian Castro of Little Havana's Union Beer Store take us to the most iconic Wynwood breweries.

  • Wynwood Brewing and J. Wakefield Brewery show us how the vibe of Miami's Wynwood art permeates the craft beer neighboorhood.

On this episode of Beer Artisan, were exploring Miami’s famed art neighborhood, Wynwood, and the craft beer businesses that have popped up out of its art scene.

The Union Beer Store was started by husband and wife duo, David and Cici Rodriguez. The pair had been close to the beer scene for years and one year ago decided to strike out on their own and create Union, a beer store/bar with a fun, super laid-back vibe. With more than 300 different beers in their cooler, they offer locals and tourists a wide range of tastes to explore. Adrian, David’s right-hand man, helms the bar at Union, helping visitors choose the right brew. So it only made sense to have David and Adrian show us around the Wynwood neighborhood.

First up, J. Wakefield. John Wakefield got started brewing with a $50 Mr. Beer homebrew kit gifted to him by his wife. Slowly but surely, the hobby transformed into a lifestyle and brewing beers on his stove evolved into a jam-packed production facility producing a number of unique brews. John tells us how he combined his life as a beer geek with his life as a Star Wars geek to create his incredibly designed, Star Wars themed tap room which highlights the work of a number of local artists and adds to the incredible vibe you can only find in Wynwood.

Next, it’s on to Wynwood Brewing, Wynwood’s first brewery. Started by Luis G. Brignoni, Wynwood also incorporates local artists’ work into the design of the space. Luis invited local artist Lola Blue to design bottles for the brewery, further cementing the relationship between Wynwood art and its businesses. Wynwood has won a number of Great American Beer Festival medals and is aiming to churn out 12,000 barrels of beer this year thanks to help from the Craft Beer Alliance.

 

Brignoni made a deal with the CBA in which they would have a 24.5% stake in the company (the threshold for still being defined as "craft" by the Brewers Association) and in return, help grows the production and distribution of Wynwood Brewing brews. This has opened up their tanks, allowing Wynwood to be more creative with their in-house production.

If you’ve never been to Wynwood, you should give it a visit ASAP. Just listen to our Wynwood Guide, Robert William de los Rios from The RAW Project. But if you can’t, watch this episode of Foodable’s Beer Artisan for a journey through the art-driven neighborhood to learn more about its history and vibe.

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Top 3 Gin Brands As Ranked by Foodable Labs

Top 3 Gin Brands As Ranked by Foodable Labs

Did you know that the name ‘Gin’ derived from the Dutch drink ‘Jenever’?

Traditional Jenever, or Genever, was originally produced by distilling malt wine and adding juniper berries to mask the unpleasant flavor.

Now, the Gin category is considered one of the broadest since it can be made from any neutral spirit alcohol made from agricultural products like grain (barley, maize, etc.) or molasses.

Currently, there are three defined ways of producing Gin, according to the European Community Regulation 110/2008, which governs spirit drinks

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Dominique Crenn Develops New Restaurant and Bar Focused on Wine

Dominique Crenn Develops New Restaurant and Bar Focused on Wine

Late next month, Dominique Crenn will be opening her third restaurant, Bar Crenn, directly next to her first. Two-Michelin-star Atelier Crenn has long been known for its avant-garde cuisine inspired by traditional French fare.

Bar Crenn will offer a contrast to the new age restaurant with more casual bites. Though she says, she will be heading in the direction of classic French—specifically, dishes she grew up with as a child in Brittany. In an Instagram post earlier this month, Crenn announced that chefs like Alain Ducasse, Guy Savoy, and other three-Michelin-starred chefs will be contributing recipes to the menu of shareable plates next to a number of original recipes from the restaurant. Plates to be expected include tarte flambee, pomme soufflée, and Petit Crenn’s own omelette à l’oursin,

The wine list at Bar Crenn is expected to be the greatest differentiator of Bar Crenn with Matt Montrose, wine director of Atelier Crenn, putting together a wine list that skews French and European. There will be low-ABV cocktails as well, which Crenn says will be a nod to French aperitifs.

Barr Crenn will share a courtyard with Atelier Crenn. The design is described as homey and warm.

“This is more than a wine bar, it’s my living room,” says Crenn. “It’s elegant and it’s warm and thoughtful. We want people to experience the best hospitality there, too.”

The new space will also serve as a starting place and end point for Atelier Crenn diners, where they can begin their meal with an aperitif, and finish with dessert and coffee. For those interested in a more casual environment, Crenn says the full tasting menu from Atelier Crenn will be available to a limited number of diners each night.

The long-awaited spin-off will open February 20th.

Read more at “Robb Report.”

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