BTBT Year in Review

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As we stand at the precipice of a new year we can rejoice in what was and ponder what 2017 will bring. 2016, just as any year, had its up and downs but was thankfully mostly positive for BTBT. A big thank you to everyone who joined us on our Craft Beer Odyssey!  Throughout the following post we will reminisce on some of the best that 2016 had to offer. We hope you enjoy!



Padrino Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: My favorite moment had to be the 9th annual #GreatBeerExpo held at the historic Belmont Racetrack in Nassau County Long Island. The energy and the passion from the crowd mixed with all of the different beers made this a very memorable and enjoyable event. Definitely good stuff all around!

Favorite Beers of 2016: Mad Fat Fluid by Interboro, Mango Sculpin by Ballast Point and Blame it on the Maine which was a limited released by Rockaway Brewery sold at the brewery in limited supply only.

We covered the 9th Great Beer Expo with a blog post and featured it in Episode 8 The Great Beer Expo Part 1 and Episode 9 The Great Beer Expo Part 2



Darwin's Theory of Beer Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: For me it would have to be the show we did at Rockaway Brewery in LIC. This one was near and dear to me since Rockaway was the first brewery that I ever visited. Since then I’ve become good friends with their general manger Flint Whistler and we’ve shared a few brews together. I really dig their beers and the whole Rockaway vibe. Cheers!

Favorite Beers of 2016: King Jjjulius by Tree House Brewing, Focal Banger by The Alchemist, Pile of Crowns by LIC Beer Project, Mad Fat Fluid by Interboro

We covered Rockaway Brewery with a blog post and featured it in Episode 7 Rockaway Brewing Co.



Mark Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: The two-part episode on the Gowanus Arts and Lofts gallery was awesome! Getting to mingle with the artists and learning about out their art was pretty cool. I got some really good shots and the all-natural lighting videos we took were used to kick off the BTBT Youtube channel.

Favorite Beers of 2016: Da Beach by Rockaway, Toasted Lager by Blue point and the Crisp by Sixpoint.

We covered Part 1 of the Gowanus Art Exhibit in Episode 4 and Part 2 in Episode 5. We also wrote about it in this post




Tommy Blue Eyes Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: There were a lot of great events and posts but the 9th annual Great Beer Expo in Nassau was my favorite. I’m just getting into the craft beer scene and this place had so many good beers to choose from. Getting to try all these different beers and having the opportunity to speak with the brewers and the brewery reps was a great experience. It got me thinking about getting into the brewing business!

Favorite Beers of 2016: Imperial Stout by Coney Island, LIC Native White Stout by Big Alice.




Kevin Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: It’s a toss-up for me between the 5 Things You Should Know About Oktoberfest blog post and the Rockaway Brewery Co. blog post. Both of these articles had a lot of good factual and historical information that I wasn’t aware of. It’s always nice when you can sip on a good beer and spend some time with an entertaining read that genuinely peaks your interest.

Favorite Beers of 2016: The 2016 Black Friday Stout by Long Ireland and the Caffeine Freak OG by Green Point Harbor definitely stood out for me. La Chouffe by Brasserie d'Achouffe and the Polish Pilsner by Long Ireland were also very solid and enjoyable brews.



Team Spanos Favorite 2016 BTBT Moment: Too many to choose from. Just to be able to get a chance to visit all these different places and write about the plethora of beers that we’ve come across has been really fascinating. It’s a bit hard on the waste line but that’s a whole different conversation. With all that said, if I were pressed I would have to choose The Monk in Ridgewood, Queens. My first introduction to the craft beer scene was German and Belgian beers. The flavor spectrum that I encountered from drinking these types of beers really intrigued me and paved the way for my own personal craft beer odyssey.  Years ago my father and relatives in Germany put me on to these types of beers and I’ve enjoyed them ever since. The monk has some fantastic brews from Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany to name a few. It’s a cool place and the staff and owners were both knowledgeable and hospitable.

Writing is a passion of mine so I enjoyed writing every single one of the blogs, but I’m especially fond of 5 Things You Need to Know about Pumpkin BeersThrough my research I learned quite a bit about pumpkin beers and the post actually gave me a greater appreciation for these types of beers.

Favorite Beers of 2016: Mad Fat Fluid by Interboro, Softly Spoken Magic Spells by Single Cut, Blame it on the Maine by Rockaway, St Benardus ABT 12 Quadruple by Brouwerij St. Bernardus NV, Gulden draak by Brouwerij Van Steenberge N.V. and Vitus by Bayerische Staatsbrauerei Weihenstephan

We featured the Monk in this Blog  - Meet The Monk, Ridgewood’s Premier Belgian Beer Bar and in Episode 6 – The Monk

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*BOOK of the Week*

Complete IPA: The Guide to Your Favorite Craft Beer by Joshua Bernstein is the definitive IPA guide that is sure to please the craft beer novice and the pro alike. It’s an enjoyable read that serves as a wonderful companion to a good brew or two. Bernstein is a beer, spirits, food, and travel journalist and the author of and Brewed Awakening and The Complete Beer Course.

We will see everyone in the New Year with brand new weekly blog posts, bi-weekly podcasts, new beer pics, videos and much, much more. Wishing everyone all the best in 2017!





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2 thoughts on “BTBT Year in Review

  1. This is a great read, I really enjoyed seeing the favorites from each of you! Not to mention, now I have plenty of references for awesome brews to get out & try. ❤

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