Monthly Archives: June 2015

Drinkable Globe Podcast: Interview with Beer Union’s Sarah and Giancarlo Annese

anneses and jeff with book

Jeff Cioletti, Sarah Annese, Giancarlo Annese

At long last, I’m proud to unveil the first in the Drinkable Globe podcast series. Our inaugural guests are Sarah and Giancarlo Annese, founders of Beer Union, a website delivering beer news in NYC.

Sarah and Giancarlo have also written a book, Beer Lover’s New York, a comprehensive guide to great beer in the state.

Still tweaking the format for future editions. The goal is to make the podcasts more conversations than interviews.

My producer tells me I sound a bit pompous and pedantic in this one, so I’ll try to dial that back a bit for future episodes.

NY beers drunk during recording of this podcast

NY beers drunk during recording of this podcast

Find out:

  • The story behind the name Beer Union. Hint: it’s not about Norma Rae.
  • Beer bars in NYC you may not know about
  • New York state breweries worth a visit
  • Which brewery in New York is making a smoked beer that people who don’t think they like rauchbiers might like.
  • Why the Craft Act rocks and why its passing means you should support your local brewery more than ever
  • What makes NYC a unique beer town

Drinkable Image: Otto’s Shrunken Head, New York

A little tiki love today from Otto’s Shrunken Head, one of the preeminent tiki bars in the U.S., located on East 14th St. in Manhattan. Stop in for any number of Polynesian-inspired potent refreshers like Otto’s Octane, Pinky’s Potion, Naughty Nell or a Patty’s Poison. The back room hosts live acts, showcasing everything from punk to vintage rockabilly.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Drinkable Image: Young Henrys, Newtown, Sydney, NSW, Australia

The Australian craft beer scene has exploded in the the past three to four years and among the successful startups is Young Henrys. Housed in an airy garage-like space in Sydney’s Newtown district, there’s a certain rough-and-tumble rock club vibe to the space. It’s the perfect place to drink away a lazy afternoon.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Drinkable Image: Kyoya Shuzo, Nichinan, Japan

Japan’s southernmost home island, Kyushu, is the center of the shochu-distilling universe. Kyoya, located in the town of Nichinan in Miyazaki Prefecture, is among the world-class Kyushu distilleries, blending tradition with modern technology. That brownish vessel is a traditional clay fermentation pot, which usually sits just below floor level, with its opening on the floor’s surface.

Photo: Jeff Cioletti

Photo: Jeff Cioletti