New at Brew

Brew on Lark has a few great specials and promotions starting up this month.

Every week from 5-8pm there will be Tuesday Night Tastings with different brewers. So far tastings will include Shmaltz, Ithaca, Newburgh, and Bells.

Brew and Noho/Soho pizza have teamed up for their Wednesday promotion, where you get a slice of pizza with a 64oz growler fill from 5-8pm.

In addition to these, Brew is now featuring a coffee roaster of the month and if you buy a bag of their beans, you get a free coffee with it. And in a similar vein, there is now a growler happy hour Monday through Thursday 12-4pm.

Stop by, stay stocked up on your beverages of choice and you’ll get a little bonus while doing so.

For more details, visit

Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co.

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Twenty-Two Second Street Wine Co. will open it’s doors for business today at 3pm. Heather Lavine and Vic Christopher’s latest project aims to be the wine shop everyone wishes was in their neighborhood. The store will stock around 150 wines focusing on small natural and organic producers. Bottles start at $7 and go up from there.

I stopped by the space yesterday to check it out, and since last winter it’s come a long way. I’m a wine newbie but one of my favorite parts of going to the Lucas Confectionery is that I can rely on their expertise to guide me to find a wine I enjoy, and I’m sure I can expect the same form the new store. A lot of times wine is overwhelming and purposefully inaccessible, but with helpful staff and an intentional selection I’m sure I’ll be in and out of there frequently.

Learn more on their facebook page and stop by ater 3pm today.


Nine Pin Cider’s 2nd Annual Pressing Party

Last year, Nine Pin Cider pressed 87 different varieties of apples into a cider called “The Cider Monster” and on November 14 after a year of aging, that cider will be released with much fanfare. In addition to that, they’ll be pressing next year’s Cider Monster, and have all sorts of “pressing”. There’s a bench press competition, french pressed coffee from HRCH, paninis from Sweet MaMa Mia, a t-shirt press and more.

Tickets are $12 and are on sale now and the event is at the Nine Pin HQ, 929 Broadway in Albany.

The Excelsior Pub’s Grand Opening

The Excelsior Pub, a bar that serves all New York beer, wine and spirits has reopened at 54 Phillip Street, across from the Hill Street Cafe. The Excelsior Pub closed on August 24, 2014 and has reopened almost exactly a year later.

They’ve been open for a little bit but have been hammering out the kinks and getting the kitchen dialed in. Their grand opening ceremony will kick off at 3:30pm on November 17.

Give em a like on Facebook and give them a visit soon to see what New York has to offer.

Local coffee roaster a finalist in Super Bowl commercial contest

Round Lake based coffee roaster Death Wish Coffee is one of ten finalists in Intuit’s Small Business, Big Game contest. The grand prize for winning is an all expenses paid Super Bowl commercial.

If you’d like to see a local business during the Super Bowl, you can vote for Death Wish with one click. And if this is the first you’re hearing of DWC, read their about page to become more familiar. The contest runs until November 3 and you can vote every 24 hours.


Superior Merchandise Co. to host latte art competition

Superior Merchandise Co. in Troy has posted that they’re hosting a Thursday Night Throwdown, which is a latte art compeition. This TNT will take place on Thursday September 24th (that’s this Thursday!) and first pour is at 6:30, practice is at 5:30, and signup is at 6. This was supposed to be held at Stacks Espresso Bar but has been moved to SMCo. due to mechanical issues.

Swing by SMCo. this Thursday and meet some other coffee enthusiasts while watching some friendly competition between baristas.


Xs to Os Vegan Bakery closing its doors Saturday

From the announcement on facebook:

We have some rather unfortunate and abrupt news to share. Due to some major equipment issues and a few financial hardships, we will be closing X’s to O’s Vegan Bakery on Saturday, September 12th. I love this place so very much, but had to come to a very hard decision today as our oven is on it’s last leg (after a string of horrible things). I’ve done this bakery for almost 8 years, 2 years in my house and 6 in our shop, but haven’t really been able to pay myself much. It’s been a definite struggle to stay afloat financially with the small income I’ve been able to give myself because I just wanted it all to go back into the business. Sadly, I can’t live that way and it doesn’t make for a sustainable business either.
I’ve poured my heart and my soul into this lovely place and so many of you have helped make it wonderful. This bakery has had the most amazing people working in it…creative, loving, and wonderful souls and for that I am eternally grateful. I am grateful to you, our wonderful customers who have made it a real place in our community and have helped show that vegan treats are delicious. It has been extremely wonderful making so many awesome baked goods for our community and we thank you so very much for being a part of that.

A very sad day for a Capital Region vegan institution. If you know anyone with money and the desire to run a vegan bakery, get in touch.