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Local Tasting Series at Brew

Starting on May 14, Brew will be hosting six geographically themed tastings from 5-8 on the each night. The tastings are free.

The schedule is as follows:

5/14: Downstate Night with Chatham Brewing and Crossroads Brewing Company.

5/28: Adirondack Night with Adirondack Brewery and Paradox Brewery.

6/11: Troy Night with Brown’s Brewing Company and Rare Form Brewing Company.

6/25: Northway Night with Shmaltz Brewing Company and Davidson Brothers.

7/9: Cooperstown Night with Brewery Ommegang and Butternuts Beer & Ale.

7/23: Albany Night with C H Evans Brewing Company and Nine Pin Cider Works.

More into about the events and Brew can be found on their website, brewalbany.com. Brew is located at 209 Lark Street.

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Lionheart Pub sold for $3.5m

Michael DeMasi, writing for ABR:

Lionheart Pub — an Albany, New York tavern filled with lively conversation, craft beers on tap and nightly English dart leagues — sold for $3.5 million.

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The amount that was paid is stunning, considering the size and location of the property, though both men said the value is justified by many factors, including profits shown on income tax returns; the inclusion of real estate in the sale; and the pub’s large, loyal customer base.

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Aumand started the business in leased space on Lark Street and then moved in 2003 a few blocks away to his own, larger place. He paid $175,000 for the 3,344-square-foot building on a .06-acre lot, according to the city assessor’s office.

From $175,000 to $3,500,000 in 12 years. Not bad.

Photo: Flickr/Andrew Atkinson

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Hudson Valley Hops 2015

Hudson Valley Hops is back at the Albany Institute of History and Art on April 18. This event offers craft beer and cider tastings from regional brewers and is a fundraiser for the museum. The Albany Institute will even have brewing and distilling artifacts on display from their collection.

Breweries include Adirondack Pub & Brewery, Brewery Ommegang, Brown’s Brewing Company, Chatham Brewing, C.H. Evans Brewing, Crossroads Brewing Company, Druthers, Keegan Ales, Olde Saratoga Brewing Company, and also Albany Distilling Company and Nine Pin Cider Works.

Check out my photos and recap from last year and get your tickets soon!

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Rock N Roll Brunch 1-year-anniversary

This Sunday, Chef Josh Coletto’s Rock N Roll Brunch at the Low Beat is celebrating it’s first birthday.

If you haven’t been, you really owe it to yourself to get there right when the doors open (or be prepared to hang for a bit) and enjoy some really great food. Brunch starts at 10:30am and ends at 2.

This month’s menu includes: Carnitas Hash, Breakfast Burrito (available vegan), Ode to Rocky Mountain High II, Bourbon Spiked Cinnamon Roll Pancakes, Beans and Greens Frittata, and Biscuits and Gravy. And of course there will be music, this time from the great Hashbrown Philharmonic.

Check out the menu and head over to The Low Beat on Sunday.

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Former Miss Albany Diner to become ramen shop

Now that David Chang himself has declared “RAMEN IS DEAD”, it’s time for Albany to get their first ramen resturant among a sea of pho and noodle shops. I’m excited to see added variety among the options for noodles in the area, regardless of timing. Thanks to Tavern Noodle for doing the market testing and putting the idea of ramen into the heads of people in the Capital Region.

Photo: Daniel Go/flickr

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Tonight: Latte Art Competition at Stacks

Tonight, the Capital Region Coffee Collective is is hosting their second latte art competition at Stacks Espresso Bar. Beer has been provided by Rare Form and it’s free for spectators. If you’re a barista, its $5 and sign ups are at 5:30pm and first pour is at 7pm. The competition is a fun bracket style shootout. These friendly competitions are created with the goal of cultivating the coffee culture in the area.

Check out the photos from the last TNT and head over to Stacks and enjoy a beer and the friendly compeition.

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Peck’s Arcade: Review

Last Thursday, one day after opening, I went to Peck’s Arcade with a friend for dinner.

In the kitchen is Chef Nick Ruscitto and sous chef Matt Sciubba, the same two behind Tavern Noodle. Peck’s is already in their element pulling off a higher level dining experience.

We were seated towards back of the restaurant, facing the kitchen. I was able to ask Chef Nick about the menu, and he didn’t bat an eye when I had said that both of us are vegan. Both chefs commented that it was fun and easy for them to modify the dishes. This being a non-issue put me at ease throughout the course of my meal.

We ended up eating essentially everything that they were able to make for us, for a total of nine courses. Each dish came with it’s own set of flavors and texture, and each dish was as enjoyable as the last. Even the bread they served was excellent, and it’s no surprise it too is made in-house.

The food had intense levels of complexity and consideration for being so simply described. Seemingly small touches set the dishes over the top. The carrot risotto had deep fried rosemary; the hazelnuts popped in the wild mushroom dish; the togarashi was amazing on the broccoli; the black garlic was incredible on the celery root. The list goes on, and words can do it no justice.

The Peck’s machine was humming along. Vic was in the DJ booth providing the soundtrack for the night. Heather was bouncing around and in charge as always. Scott was behind the bar. The staff was attentive without being overbearing. The kitchen staff was calm and in control.

The attention to detail is obvious in everything at Peck’s. Even the hours are set up so the same staff works together each night to deliver a consistent, high quality experience. Head over to Peck’s Arcade as soon as you can. There’s a superlative dining experience to be had and you’re missing out if you haven’t been.

Peck’s Arcade is open 5 to 10pm Wednesday and Thursday, 5 to 11pm Friday and 4 to 11pm Saturday. You can find their menu and more information at pecksarcade.com