Not long after I launched OhioNYC, I had the pleasure of making the acquaintance of Joshua M. Bernstein at one of the release parties for his first book, Brewed Awakening. Joshua, a Dayton native and a graduate of Ohio University, moved to New York 13 years ago, and in that time, has quickly become one of the city’s foremost writers on all things beer-related. He’s written for such prestigious periodicals as New York magazine and The New York Times, and he has now published his second book, The Complete Beer Course, in which he “break(s) down the elements that make beer’s flavor spin into distinctively different and delicious directions.” He’ll be celebrating the book’s release with a shindig this evening at 7:30pm at the Brooklyn Brewery. If you can’t bribe your way into tonight’s soldout event with some homebrew, Bernstein will also be hosting another release party at SingleCut Beersmiths in Queens on September 21. You can get the details on all of Joshua’s goings-on at his website.
When I conceptualized OhioNYC, I always had the intention that it would be more than just a depository for information. Indeed, I’ve always had it the back of my mind that we would host some kind of get-togethers. This week we will finally be doing so when we throw what I hope will be the first of many events to come. Thursday, we are having a holiday party at Owl Farm in Park Slope. DJ Eric Davidson (of the New Bomb Turks) will be playing plenty of holiday tunes, as well as choice cuts from Ohio artists past and present, and we’ll be raffling off Ohio-sourced door prizes (cans of Skyline chili, Stadium Mustard, Donatos pizza, a beautiful shot glass, OhioNYC t-shirts, etc.) all night. Additionally, attendees will enjoy $1 off all the beers on Owl Farm’s extensive list all night long. The she-bang kicks off at 8:30pm—hope to see you there!
Given the team’s dismal 4-7 record this year, it is probably unwise to watch the Cleveland Browns alone. No, one certainly needs the camaraderie of others when it comes to watching the goings-on at the Factory of Sadness. In New York, there is probably no better support group than the Union Square Browns Backers. An official Backers club, the group congregates to watch the game each Sunday at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on E. 16th Street. The organization has its own private room with 12 televisions and gets special treatment from the restaurant in the form of half-price wings and $12 pitchers of beer. The 80+ members continue to grow in number as all one needs to do to join is show up.
This week the Browns are at home taking on the hated Baltimore Ravens, who have a much better record of 8-3, so it is perhaps best to once again prepare for disappointment. Game time is 4:05pm.
While it may be a shock to Columbus residents, Ohio football is more than just Buckeyes. There are, of course, two NFL teams, and to football fans from Cincinnati and Cleveland, that’s all that matters. If you are of the former and a Bengals fan, there is one place to go to watch the game in New York: Phebe’s. Phebe’s has been at 359 Bowery (near 4th Street) for four decades, but the location has been a watering hole of one name or another going back to the early 20th century. On Sundays, the tavern serves Cincy-style chili, and though I’m not sure if there’s spaghetti to go with it, there are $3 Budweisers. Tomorrow, the Bengals play the Tennessee Titans at 4:05.
This week sees the release of Dayton native Joshua Bernstein’s first book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World’s Craft Brewing Revolution by Sterling Epicure. Bernstein, a graduate of Ohio University’s journalism school, has lived in New York for 11 years (most of those in Brooklyn) and has written about food and drink for nearly every rag in town, including New York, Time Out, and The New York Times, as well as online publications like ForbesTraveler.com, TravelandLeisure.com and Metromix, for whom he writes the Dollar Grub column.
In tandem with the book’s publication, Bernstein is hosting a whole slew of events around New York over the next month, the first of which is the official release party tomorrow night. The party goes from 7pm to 10pm at City Reliquary and will include both homebrewed and Barrier Brewing beer and food from Frankies Spuntino. For $25 you get a copy of the book and unlimited food and drink, while illiterates can pay $10 for grub and brew. If you can’t make that one, he has five more NYC-area appearances planned, details for which can be found on his website.