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.
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!