Author: erikkang

One Week Until the Cicerone…Beer release too!

Hey everyone!

So I have been apologizing a lot recently for the lack of posts, but I have been intensely studying for the Certified Cicerone test everyday and it is only a week away! I feel that I am ready for it, but maybe a little nervous about the tasting portion since that, to me, is the hardest part of the exam. As soon as I am done with the test, I will definitely have more time to update this blog and talk about local NYC beer news.

Speaking of some NYC beer news, Other Half Brewing will be releasing a new can this Saturday March 26th. All Citra Everything – an Imperial IPA coming in at 8.5% abv.


Also available in cans will be the Forever Ever Session IPA which is brewed with Azacca, Mosaic, and Citra hops. As well as Green Diamonds which is an Imperial IPA made with Galaxy and Amarillo hops. These will go on sale at 10 am.

So hopefully by the next post I will have a good feeling whether or not I passed the exam (actual results take up to six weeks). Wish me luck!




Extreme Beer Festival 2016


This past week-end in Boston, Beer Advocate hosted their annual Extreme Beer Festival at the Seaport World Trade Center. A gathering of some of the best breweries in America who feature their most creative and craziest beers. This year was no exception. The amount of beers to try is truly overwhelming.


With so many beers to try it is very difficult to picks favorites, especially towards the end of the night when things tend to get a little blurry. But here are my top five stand outs of the night:

Marz Hop Gose the Weasel with Mosaic.
7venth Sun Time Bomb Session IPA
7venth Sun Life on Mars
Upland Way Down Yonder Lambic
Rare Barrel Impossible Soul

Unlike last year, I remembered (for the most part) to take more pictures. So here’s some random shots of the festival.










No trip to Boston is complete without some clam chowdah!




Beer Events and Beer Release This Week-End

January is flying by! Wasn’t it just New Years? Well at least there are some good beer events, and a beer release, to close out this cold and snowy month happening this week-end.


First up this Saturday January 30th is the Mug’s Ale House Mystery IPA event. Mug’s Ale House will be hosting this fun event for the 5th year in which attendees will get to blindly taste 13 different IPAs and then vote on which one they enjoyed the most. The IPA that gets the most votes will have a dedicate tap at Mug’s for the next six months. Last year Blue Point Mosaic and AleSmith IPA tied for 1st place. This is a great event to test out your palate since none of the taps have the beer name on them. Tickets are $35 and available online. Starts at Noon and goes until 3 pm. Here’s my article about last year’s event.


Second up this Saturday January 30th is Other Half Brewing’s Second Anniversary event. So to celebrate their anniversary, Other Half will be releasing three cans this week-end.


Along side the classic Hop Showers IPA, two new beers will be making their debut: The 2nd Anniversary Imperial IPA and a collaboration with Burial Beer called Diamond Mausoleum. Here is Other Half’s description of both:

We will have our 2nd Anniversary Imperial IPA, this is one of the hoppiest fruit bomb’s we’ve made to date with Citra, Galaxy, Wai-iti and Kohatu hops clocking in at 9% … We will also have our collaboration with the ever awesome @burialbeer Diamond Mausoleum, a cascadian dark ale that is aggressively hopped with Centennial, Amarillo and Waimea and is 7.5%.

Both of these new beers will be very limited. Customers will be allowed only three 4pks of the 2nd Anniv. IPA ($20 each) and two 4pks of the Diamond Mausoleum ($16 each). Full cases (six 4pks) of Hop Showers will be available ($16 per 4pk). The tap room will be opening up early at 10 am for the release.

So close out this January will two great beer events. I will be at both, so say hello! Cheers!

Happy New Year! Drink Good Beer This year!

Happy 2016 everyone!

I am looking forward to a productive year in beer. The Certified Cicerone test is coming to Brooklyn on March 28 and there is still a ton of studying I have to accomplish. Though I am finally done making my study flash cards!


So much beer information! While I continue to study I will be posting more event and beer news, such as the next can release for Other Half Brewing. On Saturday January 16th they will be releasing their namesake IPA and a new beer, a collaboration with Tired Hands Brewing. Oat Overdose is a 6.5% IPA brewed with oat malt, honey, and Nelson Sauvin, Galaxy, Azacca and Amarillo hops.

Also being released that day will be Other Half’s latest bottle offering We’ve Been Out Here in Orbit. A 12% ABV Imperial Stout. I have had this on tap and it is delicious.


So wake up early that Saturday and get in line for some good beer to start off this new year!


Happy Holidays! Enjoy Good Beer!


Hey Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of posts this past month, but I have officially signed up to take the Certified Cicerone test in March 2016. So needless to say, I have been spending all my time studying beer books and making flashcards. I feel like I’m in grade school again. At least drinking beers counts as studying! Plus I will get to visit a few breweries over this holiday week-end which I consider to be part of my study curriculum.

A quick heads up on a new beer can release from Other Half Brewing next week on New Year’s Eve. Other Half’s great session Forever Ever IPA will be the next printed can to be released along side a new double IPA called Suparillo. They’ll be opening up at 10 AM New Year’s Eve, so grab some cans for the celebration.

I wish everyone a Happy Holidays! Have safe travels and enjoy good beer!


Beer Review: Other Half / Trillium Street Green

One can easily call Other Half Brewing, of New York City, and Trillium Brewing, of Boston, two of the best breweries on the East Coast. Both of these breweries produce a number of styles of beers, but the general consensus is that they both brew amazing hoppy IPAs. This past August, the brewers of Other Half paid a visit to Trillium up in Boston and they produced a very hoppy and “obvious” pale ale called “Green Street.” This very limited edition collaboration beer was only available in bombers for sale at the Trillium brewery. Unfortunately I never was able to procure a bottle of this beer and I only got a few small pours from a couple bottles that made it down to New York City. The flavor was nothing less than a hop bomb. The question remained of when would Trillium head down to Brooklyn and brew a batch of beer there. Well the answer came fairly quickly when, in late October, Trillium paid a visit to Other Half to brew some beer and the hype for another collaboration began to build. Well this past Saturday, the hype reached its peak and the collaboration between the two breweries was released in cans called “Street Green.”

Street Green

The hype was so over the top, that the line to get into Other Half wrapped nearly around the entire block. Someone managed to film the line before the doors opened and from what I heard, the line eventually was nearly double this long:

I just want to remind people that it’s just beer. There are over 4000 breweries in the USA alone, so there are tons and tons of amazing beers out there. Instead of waiting forever for one beer, take that time and look around for beers you never heard of and you might be surprise what you might find. I am posting this in response to people who blamed Other Half for the line length and people cutting. Don’t blame Other Half for the actions of a few self-entitled people. But I digress. Now back to the beer.

This India Pale Ale clocks in at an ABV of 7%.

Appearance: A very hazy orange tinted yellow.

Aroma: A fruity, citrusy, and resinous hop bomb with a very soft malt aroma to round out any sharpness.

Taste: The best of both breweries. The fruit forward and softness of a Trillium beer with the resinous bitter fruity hop bite of an Other Half.

Mouthfeel: Typical IPA with medium mouthfeel.

Overall: An amazing collaboration beer between two amazing brewers. Sadly this beer probably will never be brewed again since I’m assuming if they got together to brew a third collaboration batch it would be something new and different.

Rating: 4.5/5

Lovely haze

So to here’s more delicious collaborations and to two of my favorite East Coast breweries, Other Half and Trillium!


Beer Review: Grimm Pulse Wave

Grimm Artisanal Ales is a NYC nomadic brewery which started brewing in 2013 by Joe and Lauren Grimm. This brewery has been getting a lot of press in the two years since they have opened. Last year in 2014, they won a Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF) for their Double Negative Imperial Stout. This year at GABF, they turned that silver into a Gold Medal for their 2015 Double Negative Imperial Stout. Beyond the dark brews, Grimm has gained national attention for their IPAs. A recent article by Paste Magazine named Grimm’s Lambo Door Double IPA the best in America out of a group of 115 double IPAs in a blind taste test. Thier Tesseract DIPA was at #4 on the same list. Needless to say Grimm quickly jumped to the top of the list for craft beer whale hunters. While Grimm has bottled many of their beers, none of the bottles were IPAs. So thankfully this past Summer, Grimm got into the canning game and started to can their super hoppy creations.

Grimm Pulse Wave

The first in their series of cans was their Afterimage Double IPA. This was quickly followed up with their Pulse Wave Double IPA which this review is all about. This DIPA is made with Equinox hops and weighs in at 8.5% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy Light Orange

Aroma: Lots of tropical fruits from the hops. Mango, citrus, apricot.

Taste: Very fruit hop forward with a hop bitterness to match. A nice dry fruit character. Some low alcohol, but smooth.

Mouthfeel: Medium Body

Overall: A very nice DIPA from Grimm.

Rating:  4/5

So here’s to Grimm brewing more delicious beers! Hopefully they’ll can their Lambo Door or Tesseract IPA next!