Beer Buzz – Craft Beer In Harlem, Firestone Walker Now ‘Best In West’ And More!

Yikes it’s June already…and clearly the craft beer biz isn’t slowing down any time soon. But no worries, the Beer Buzz is always on the case, keeping you up on all the beer news and lifestyle that matters. Plus we’ve an all-important update on what we’ve been drinking lately and you don’t want to miss that!

New Craft Beer Venue Comes To Harlem (NYC) – One of Harlem’s most celebrated neighborhoods is now home to its first craft beer bar that according to The Undefeated was the dream of three graduates of historically black colleges and universities known as HBCUs,

Harlem Hops is located the heart of Harlem on a bustling street alive with independently owned businesses, neighbors and schoolchildren. And it was launched by three HBCU graduates, Kevin Bradford, Kim Harris and Stacey Lee , who came together over their love of serious beer and the trendy upper Manhattan neighborhood they call home.

A stylish craft beer bar in New York’s historic Harlem with cool black matte and copper interior vibe, Harlem Hops opened its doors on June 9th and is the first bar of its kind to be 100 percent owned by African-Americans.


Words to Drink By (Redding, CT) ““I like good beer, and I couldn’t really find good beer above 125th. To tell you the truth, even above 110th.” – Kevin Bradford / Harlem Hops


Firestone Walker Wins Best Summertime Beer In California (Paso Robles, CA) –Firestone Walker Pivo Pils was described as “possibly the best pilsner in the world” in Popular Mechanic’s list of “The Best Summertime Brew From Every State.” Sierra Nevada Kellerweis an Alpine Hoppy Birthday Session IPAs were the deserving runner-ups.

Firestone Walker has been on an award-winning roll of late, having recently taken home three gold medals at  the 2018 World Beer Cup in Nashville for its C-Hops Pale Ale, STiVO and their flagship DBA.

What We’ve Been Drinking Lately (Abita Springs, LA) – Last night we tapped something new from Abita Brewing that comes with a new style designation as well. Described by the brewery as a “Juicy Pale” Abita Hop-On is a 6% ABV Pale Ale that uses a unique brewing process to produce its vibrant gold color, distinctive haze and relatively low bitterness.

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