How to Host a Craft Beer Swap

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The craft beer scene has grown considerably in the past three years: we have four new local breweries, shops like Growler and Gill in Nanuet and Half Time in Mamaroneck, and even a new on-campus brewery at The Culinary Institute of America.

But with all the new lagers and stouts, pale ales and Belgian blondes, a novice may be wondering where to begin. Well, the best way to learn about craft beer? Drink it.

And we have a solution that will appeal to both the newbie and the experienced beer lover ready to expand her horizons: a craft beer swap.craft beer swap mixed case

Think of it like a traditional holiday cookie swap, but with beer. Everyone brings one six-pack of craft beer of their choice (no Sam Adams) and leaves with a mixed six-pack. It helps you discover new styles and flavors, and it’s easy on the wallet to boot.

Sample a mix of And the next time you’re staring at a grocery store shelf or a long line of taps at a bar, you’ll have a little more experience under your belt.

A few of us at The Journal News recently traded brews in a swap. If you’d like to recreate it at home, we’ve included our own tasting notes and suggestions for similar brews you can find at some of our favorite local beer-savvy bars and restaurants. But part of the fun of a craft beer swap is discovering something new — so get creative, and let us know what you find!

Click here to read about the beers we swapped.

Where to buy craft beer

Growler & Gill Craft Beer Shoppe, 148 E. Route 59, Nanuet, 845-507-0899, growlerandgill.com 
The Green Growler, 368 S. Riverside Ave., Croton-on-Hudson, 914-862-0961, www.thegreengrowler.com
The Beer Necessities, 11 Quaker Ridge Road, New Rochelle, 914-401-4431, www.beers-newrochelle.com
DeCicco Family Markets, locations in Ardsley, Brewster, Chester Heights, Cross River, Jefferson Valley, New City, Pelham, Scarsdale, Harrison, Cornwall and Armonk; www.deciccos.com
Half Time, 139 Hoyt Ave., Mamaroneck, www.halftimebeverage.com.
Vista Beer and Beverage, 220 Oak Ridge Common, South Salem, 914-533-0100, vistabeverage.com.
Beverage Mart, 324 White Plains Rd., Eastchester, 914-337-0668.
 
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About Author

Megan McCaffrey is a food writer for The Journal News and contributor to the Small Bites Blog. She has a degree in Digital Media from Fordham University and a fondness for good craft beer. She loves to bake, read cooking blogs and taste all the Lower Hudson Valley has to offer. Megan lives in Ridgefield, Connecticut with her husband and three kids.

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