Transmitter has left LIC

Their last day was March 30 so this post is a little late. At lunchtime I walked over the bridge to look at the old location. It was sad, corrugated metal gates covering the front of the building. A bit of color provided by the “We’re closed” sign with their new address on it. The picnic tables from the garden are gone but the plants are still there. I wonder why they left the plants.

Still change can be a good thing, as much as we might fight against it. I wish them much success in their future endeavors. I will keep you updated as best I can.

Rare Form

Rare Form Brewing Company
90 Congress Street
Troy, NY 12180

Visited: April 10, 2019

After a beer and some ‘slidies’ (it’s a Binghamton thing) we walked over to Rare Form, a smaller and newer brewery. It has only been around since 2014. Rare Form doesn’t have a kitchen, we had already eaten so that wasn’t a concern. They do have food, cheese and bread, chips, nuts etc.

Shiny tanks! So pretty.

T-shirts, and seriously, what kind of low life would steal artwork off the wall?

List of beer and events.


Brown’s Brewery

Brown’s Brewing Co.
Troy Taproom
417 River St.
Troy, NY 12180
518.273.BEER (2337)
Date visited: April 10, 2019

Brown’s Brewing Company has been independent and fiercely defending happier hours since 1993. Garry and Kelly Brown spent three years renovating a 175 year-old forgotten warehouse on a then-blighted River Street in Troy, NY building a highly regarded and loved brewery and taproom, the first of its kind in New York State. As brewers constantly refining their craft, the Browns sought more space and acquired a second blighted 175 year old factory space located in North Hoosick, NY. The Walloomsac Brewery and Taproom facility provided the opportunity for Brown’s beer to be brewed and packaged. With an expanding distribution network across three states, two separate brew houses, a state of the art canning facility, two award-winning restaurants, a highly sought after private event space, and being a hub of memorable experiences for a quarter of million visitors each year, Brown’s Brewing Company has crafted a revolution of its own.

My work sent me to a training in Troy NY. My friend lives near there and since we both love beer, (he is a huge beer nerd) I told him I was coming. He picked me up after the training and we came here for dinner. The above is taken from their website and the link is above. A well established and very comfortable place to spend a few hours. A nice collection of brewery swag. It is what I would expect from a well established business. It kind of reminded me of Brooklyn Brewery, except it is larger and has more art on the walls.

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Big aLICe Barrel Room grand opening

In the shadow of the Ravenswood Generating Station, nicknamed “Big Alice” for the Alliss Chalmers manufacturing company that built the generator at the power plant, and recognizable due to the 3 orange and white striped smokestacks, sits the craft brewery Big aLICe. That the brewery is named Big aLICe is not a coincidence. OK, it’s not exactly, in the shadow, but it is close. It is also located in Long Island City which is why it’s aLICe.

BIG aLICe BREWING Co. began production in January 2013 on a 10-gallon pilot system, last Friday, 1 March 2019 they expanded with a barrel room in Industry City Brooklyn. I attended their grand opening. Oh I mean GRAND OPENING! It was a fabulous party, their great beer, friendly staff (Bella! Bella! Bella!), and live music. Most importantly, you can bring your pupper.

My Friday evening started at Transmitter, which is where my Friday evenings usually start, and end when I’m being good. The plan was one beer at Transmitter then on to Big aLICe for the opening. The brewer at Transmitter accused me of ‘cheating on him’, well we are not dating so I don’t feel guilty. He then asked if I minded delivering a bottle along with a message, and I didn’t mind, mainly because I figured I would get a free beer out if it, and I did.

Since I’m something of a regular in the LIC brewery scene I was recognized by one of the bartenders. Hence the salute mentioned above. This location is much bigger than the Queens location which means room for more people, more barrels and more pups. Kelly thanked me for coming, but as a dedicated beer blogger I had to come. I asked if the live music was going to be a regular event and was told they are trying to get something going. They really should after all, someone built a stage! There is merchandise, including but not limited to a hoodie just like the one I was wearing except it had Brooklyn on it instead of Queens.

Take a train ride to check it out. Also check out the article in amNY.

Habanero Blobfish

If you don’t know what “Habanero Blobfish” means you are not the only one *shrugs*. That is what craft beer is all about, new recipes, experimentation, pairing habanero peppers with Cascade, Chinook and Simcoe. Basically, Fifth Hammer took their new West Coast IPA and blended it with peppers to make it spicy. There is also a grapefruit blobfish which is, you already know, juicy and fruity.

Iron Brewing

Iron Brewing Company
136 Washington Street,
Norwalk CT 06854
Visited: Dec 15, 2018

Up until now, the Tri-State-Brew Tour had only been in two states. I was hoping to get to a brewery in Pennsylvania when I went to Allentown Fiber Festival, but it didn’t work out. However, searching through Groupon to find deals on beer, I found a Groupon for this brewery. There was an option to get it for one person. Bonus! The offer was I can’t remember exactly and Groupon will show you past Groupons but not what the Groupon was for. I think it was a flight, a sticker, a pint glass and a growler. Except they didn’t have any growlers.

The brewery feels more like a brew-pup than a brewery, the food was good, I was going to say they also have cocktails, but I am not sure about that. Reviews on Google mention only beer and beer cocktails.

Some interesting decoration on the way to Iron Brewing.

Some brewery swag.

A sad farewell

Rattle N Hum East. Been there a few time. Due to ‘greedy landlords’, rising prices did not renew their lease. Of course they had to have a going away party. I went but didn’t stay long, it was too people-y.

Climax Brewing

After going to Oyster Bay, my next Groupon was for Climax Brewing in New Jersey. It was a fabulous brewery tour and Chris came with me. He is such a good friend. In a previous post I mentioned that NJ Breweries cannot serve food. Apparently they can give you samples of food with seasonings they serve. There was grilled pineapple with dry rub spices and Taylor Ham (a very New Jersey thing, verified by the guy at the brewery). It was a very fun date with my friend Chris. Except it wasn’t a date.

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New York State of Mind

I decided that I needed to spend less money at the breweries I was going to since I was having to pay to get there. With this in mind I went on Groupon and started searching. I found 2 brewery Groupons, one for Oyster Bay and one for Climax Brewery. The only problem was they both were for two people. I put the request out on Facebook and Em immediately said she would like to go to Oyster Bay. Part of me thinks she wanted to go since this is the birthplace of Billy Joel. Anyway, she came to the city and we boarded the train to Long Island. This was her first time. Oyster Bay Brewing Company is located at 36 Audrey Ave, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Audrey Ave., get it? Here’s a hint: Sabrina. If you don’t want to click on the link, go to IMDb and search for Sabrina, the movie not the witch, the original.

They have a nice set up for their menu. The taproom is spacious with tables and artwork on the wall that you can purchase. Also nice tank tops if you are into that. Some snacks if you want to nosh and drink. I honestly can’t remember if they are family friendly or serve food, so I went on Google to check the reviews someone mentioned there were children and dogs there, so the chips are the only food they have. If they have a kitchen they can’t allow dogs in. Also, in the pictures in Google there are no paintings on the walls. That must have been a promotion while we were there. Some of their beer names are a play on the titles and lyrics to Billy Joel songs, such as Alexa IIPA, Simcoe State of Mind, Baymens Oyster Stout and Sagamore Dark Lager. Those last two could be references to Long Island, but I know them from listening to Billy Joel.

The groupon was for 2 flights, the beer in them was not up to our choice, but they were willing to substitute for health reasons. Em can’t have pumpkin or yams. Two pint glasses and one growler. The growler was 64 oz. I asked to get the 32 oz instead and they were agreeable. The tank top Em bought for me. Yay for Groupon and yay for best friends and yay for Brewery Swag. Check out the slideshow below for the rest of my pictures, also there are pictures on Google Maps you can check out along with reviews.

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Now is the time for all good bloggers to put down the beer and type some profound shit. Like how you got here at 8:10 and it was so fucking packed you only stayed for 15 minutes before you booked the hell out of there.

Kind of a testament to how good and popular and what a good customer following they had before they even had a brick and mortar taproom. Also a statement of how I dislike people. Even beer people when they are right on top of you. Not in a creepy stalker way, in a ‘there are so many people here they are breathing on me and I have to get out before somebody gets stabbed.’ Note: it would not be me that gets stabbed.

If you have been reading this blog for awhile, (that’s a joke, I know no one is reading this) you know that I am not very knowledgeable about beer, I mainly write about the experience at the brewery. What I can tell you about this beer is I like it. If it is on the tap list at a bar I will generally order it. Nice selection of styles and like most craft beer places are willing to pour you a half glass. Which is what happened the second time I went there. Of course I had to go back, going there opening night was just for bragging rights. The owners were there, so I had to go up and thank them for responding to my Instagram and show them that yes, I came back. Not sure if they cared.

Service was good, I had a half-pour of everything, even got some ‘on the house’. Overall a very pleasant experience. They have a kitchen, but it was so long ago I don’t remember if I got any food. Very narrow and hard to walk through since there is a row of tables next to the wall leaving a space of maybe 3 feet to walk through. Still, when I went there it was early days. I am sure as time has passed they have ironed out some of the kinks. All these pictures were taken opening night. Definitely would recommend.

Yes it’s this close to the subway. Convenient right?