Welcome to Beer Essentials, a blog covering all things beer in Brooklyn and Manhattan written by 2 guys in Bay Ridge (ok, actually 1 guy currently in Bay Ridge and 1 guy about to move there from Staten Island). The gist of this blog is simple – great American beer available around Brooklyn and Manhattan – our drinking backyards. We’ll be reviewing some outstanding beers that we’ve recently tried, as well as covering local events that we manage to get graciously invited to (or sneak in). If you love beer, and want to know where to find the best craft brews in Brooklyn, check out this blog everyday. (At least I’ll TRY to update everyday)

Tomorrow I’ll be writing up my long-delayed review of the Brooklyn Buzz Bomb (and subsequent release party at the Brewery). Today, however, I’ll leave you with a small beer scoop that probably won’t last very long, if til the end of the night. If you’re a fan of Saisons, especially experimental brew, head on over to Fourth Avenue Pub off of Baltic St and (you guessed it) 4th Avenue in Park Slope to get an exclusive taste of the outstanding Saison Du Buff, a collaboration between three of my favorite breweries – Stone, Dogfish Head, and Victory. Word is they received a very limited amount (I’m talking one keg) of the Stone-brewed version of this Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme infused beer and tapped it yesterday afternoon. I haven’t heard of any other beer bars in Brooklyn (or even Manhattan for that matter) having this deliciously rare brew on tap, so this might be your only opportunity outside of paying $5.50 per 12oz bottle to try this extremely limited specialty brew.

–Mike G (the guy currently in Bay Ridge)