Amazing time at Monday’s New York Cider Week industry tasting and promotional event at Astor Center. Great labels there, with cider as it was meant to be: dry, sparkling, and well made. While the Hudson Valley region and champagne yeast ruled the day, great NY labels like Naked Flock and Aaron Burr created amazing offerings from Belgian ale yeasts and wild yeasts from wild apples. Still ciders and perry were also plentiful, with Yankee Folly an excellent step up from your day-to-day Pino grigio or what have you.
The piece-de-la-resistance was a secret stash of a true devil’s cut Applejack (that’s whiskey made from apples in case you didn’t know) from Black Dirt distilleries http://blackdirtdistillery.com/the-apple-jack/ , where the strange weather we’ve been having here in New York caused their barrels to give some extra ounces each a few weeks after being emptied. Needing the devil’s cut from over 30 barrels just to fill one bottle, I can say it was the single most amazing thing I’ve ever tasted, and my big thanks to the Black Dirt people for letting me have some (they liked my Pinky Mixology review so I got treated all special). If you would like so see some recipes involving Applejack, follow this link: http://pinkymixology.blogspot.com/search/label/Black%20Dirt%20Distillery

Ended the day with rooftop cocktails and live jazz at Attic Lounge in Midtown.

And here I almost forgot why living in NYC is worth it.

Dodge Dart (1973)

BMW 2002. 

Oktoberfest in September, an American tradition, always started with Brooklyn Brewery. 

…Not because it’s the best Oktoberfest in the universe ever.  I’d put it in the 89% range of all the bottled Oktoberfest nationally distributed in the USA.  There are some better ones out there and you beer fans know it.  But living here (where Brooklyn Brewery is, but their Oktoberfest actually isn’t made, since it’s made way upstate …yeah, look it up), and we have to be loyal to the brand.  The thing is, you really can’t be sure what beer is in what bottle with Brooklyn Brewery these days.  Obviously their Brown Ale will never be mistaken for their IPA, but when you get their pilsner, lager, ales, and this stuff all together, you’re going to be a bit hard pressed to tell one from the other.

Eggcream and French Toast at Junior’s #Brooklyn. Not much is better than that (especially off a free Junior’s gift card).

This has already happened to me enough times in life that I need a calculator to figure out how many times it’s going to happen to me over the next three fiscal periods. 

This has already happened to me enough times in life that I need a calculator to figure out how many times it’s going to happen to me over the next three fiscal periods. 

@AceCider and the tale of their deceptive marketing: 

So I’m in the yuppie hipster mecca that is Whole Foods in my actual home town of Brooklyn… where I still live, and I see this product labeled ACE PERRY HARD CIDER.  I noticed there were 4 pears printed on the front packaging of this product.  Well that’s a clear message isn’t it?  And that message is a big Fuck You! 

As you can see, this “perry” contains no pear as it would seem.  Just simple California “fruit” juices are all it needs.  What “fruit” you may ask?  Well fuck you junior, you’re apparently on a need to know basis and you don’t need to know.   And who needs actual natural carbonation when you can just get the biggest bang for your buck by having turbo-yeast ferment the shit out of apple juice, add seltzer, and then apple juice concentrate to bring that “real cider” flavor back because let’s face it, if you’re using nothing but fermented juice and carbonated water, there’s no natural sugars left in that apple juice at all is there?   Don’t worry about those “natural” flavors, you’ll somehow taste pear out of that because look, we printed 4 of them on the bottle, so you’re gonna think you’re tasting pear whether you really are or not.  And LOOK all you trendy kids, just like a cup of sugar or an entire pound of bacon, it’s gluten-free

Yep, ACE Perry.  Contains no trace of the fruit pictured 4 times on the label.  Enjoy. 

It’s as if you just let apple juice ferment as long as possible in a jug somewhere and then added soda water and sweetener.  Seriously, what gives?  I don’t know what gives but the office of NY Attorney General might ask the same question after I bring this up.

*Note:  Ace Perry does not suck, it’s fine and much better than something like Redd’s Apple Ale of awfulness.  But it is morally oh so wrong.  Think about it, they are straight up lying right to your face.

380 SL convertible.  A shiny one.

This what happens when you play god!

1968 Pontiac Firebird 400

Land Rover in Red Hook.

Ommegang’s #Hennepin has got to be our favorite offering from @breweryommegang without any question.  It’s the kind of light that I’m a fan of, it has a bit of sour, soft carbonation that doesn’t go away, and doesn’t lose any personality if you chill it to fridge temps.  Are there more full-bodied more complex ales out there?  Yes there are, but Hennepin is consistent, and less assuming.  I mean the stuff goes with everything.  From salty stuff like pizza, shawarma, falafal, or grilled steaks to caprese, fruit salad, and those wacky fusian sushi rolls that only your local place makes with names like “kamemeha-super-happy-fun-time crunchy shrimp mango cheese roll” or something… this is a great well-made beer which doesn’t disappear into nothingness like a Kirin on taco night, but it doesn’t envelop everything with it’s own presence like a fart in an elevator (it’s not annoying like an obnoxious IPA). 
Basically, while Ommegang has other offerings that are also very good, like 3 Philosophers, that requires more planning.  If you are gonna pick that one up, you have to know already what you’re planning on eating with it, and it’s going to be something like beef stew or shepherd’s pie.  With Hennepin, you just don’t have to worry about that kind of thing. 
All in all, if I could afford it, I’d just buy this stuff all the time.  I’d use it for everything, and pour it on my corn flakes (no, probably not that, but still).
If you get the chance, do check it out because … it’s good and stuff. …gimmie a break I haven’t posted in a while and I’m all cranky and stuff.  The big fancy words will come later.

Ommegang’s #Hennepin has got to be our favorite offering from @breweryommegang without any question.  It’s the kind of light that I’m a fan of, it has a bit of sour, soft carbonation that doesn’t go away, and doesn’t lose any personality if you chill it to fridge temps.  Are there more full-bodied more complex ales out there?  Yes there are, but Hennepin is consistent, and less assuming.  I mean the stuff goes with everything.  From salty stuff like pizza, shawarma, falafal, or grilled steaks to caprese, fruit salad, and those wacky fusian sushi rolls that only your local place makes with names like “kamemeha-super-happy-fun-time crunchy shrimp mango cheese roll” or something… this is a great well-made beer which doesn’t disappear into nothingness like a Kirin on taco night, but it doesn’t envelop everything with it’s own presence like a fart in an elevator (it’s not annoying like an obnoxious IPA). 

Basically, while Ommegang has other offerings that are also very good, like 3 Philosophers, that requires more planning.  If you are gonna pick that one up, you have to know already what you’re planning on eating with it, and it’s going to be something like beef stew or shepherd’s pie.  With Hennepin, you just don’t have to worry about that kind of thing. 

All in all, if I could afford it, I’d just buy this stuff all the time.  I’d use it for everything, and pour it on my corn flakes (no, probably not that, but still).

If you get the chance, do check it out because … it’s good and stuff. …gimmie a break I haven’t posted in a while and I’m all cranky and stuff.  The big fancy words will come later.

Some forgotten souls in Red Hook.

Local residents may realize that these cars used to be parked in a lot in Borem, just south of Atlantic Avenue on Hoyt Street.  But now they’re deep in the Hook.

1965 Volvo