Blog

  • On Making Sake

    Recently Douglas and I thought it would be a great idea to offer a one gallon Sake making kit with our friends at Kato Sake Works in Bushwick, as p...
  • Making an All-Brooklyn Beer with the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

    Read this article as a print piece, first published by the American Homebrewers Association, 2022. - One of my favorite places in Brooklyn (besides...
  • Our 10 Year Anniversary

    On Saturday, June 19th 2021, Bitter & Esters will have been open for ten years! I have been thinking about how to describe this momentous occa...
  • Introducing our NYC Brewery Series

    While enjoying a delicious beer at NYC’s newest brewery, Fifth Hammer, I found myself thinking about their co-owner and head brewer (and friend) Ch...
  • Foraging for a truly local beer

    I always like to keep things interesting here at Bitter & Esters and sometimes that means stepping out of my comfort zone. As the beer world ge...
  • Homebrew Clubbing

    You know what’s awesome about NYC? All the boroughs have at least one brew club, and some have more! Most clubs have a monthly meeting where they d...
  • Just One Word: Kegging

    What’s the best part of homebrewing? Drinking your beer of course! But in order to get beer you have to boil your wort, cool it down, pitch the yea...
  • Sours Galore

    The first time you try a sour beer can be intense, but once you start acquiring the taste you will notice much greater complexity. The traditional ...
  • On Dry Hopping

    Dry hopping is the process of adding hops to fermented, non-carbonated beer. It allows for the hop oils to get into the finished product without ad...
  • Amber Ales

    Some beers are seasonal, some are not. Some seem seasonal but can be enjoyed any time of the year. This is the case with amber ales. Although their...
  • How to Make Cider

    Making your own hard cider is quite easy (especially compared to beer) and turnaround can be very quick. New York State is known for it’s excellent...
  • Why pumpkin beers don’t suck.

    In the beginning of October we can all feel the change. The long hot summer days are done, there’s that great fall smell is in the air, the leaves ...