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Come back every Wednesday for another funny, informative video documenting my inept food adventures. NYC Brewery Tour explores the growing craft brewery scene in the city and visits all the unlikely spots that are brewing fresh, delicious beer.

I have the best job in the world. Every weekend through October, the tour company I work for Urban Oyster teams up with Manhattan by Sail to give the Craft Beer Harbor Sail. People get on a sailboat and cruise around Lower Manhattan while tasting samples of New York state craft beer, like Broken Bow Brewery. And on many weekends, I am the beer guide. I tell people about the beer and make sure they have a good time. Basically I get to be on a boat most weekends throughout the summer in New York City surrounded by great craft beer. And I get paid for it!! It doesn’t get better than that!

Craft Beer Harbor Sail


Category: Beer, Video

We are on a strict time schedule when making these videos, but we found a few moments to goof off and lucky for you, they were captured on tape. So here’s a short funny little blooper reel of the shenanigans that happened behind the scenes during the shooting of Episode 6: Something Borrowed, Something Brewed. If you have not seen the full episode yet, make sure to click here before you view the gag reel.

Ok? All caught up? Watch the blooper reel after the jump.

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Category: Beer, Video

This one has been a looong time coming. And it is finally here! The latest webisode is co-produced by Urban Oyster and co-stars co-founder and resident beer expert David Naczycz. Now through the end of June, we’re offering 20% off tickets to any of their beer related tours.

Brian begins training to give beer tours with David Naczycz from Urban Oyster, but  he gets distracted by a new scheme that could win him lots of ladies.


Category: Beer, Video

What to do on a Sunday afternoon?  I’m tired of going to the movies, I’m never up early enough for brunch, and there’s only so long I can sit at home and write blog entries.

So last weekend, I ventured into Williamsburg for a different sort of Sunday afternoon. Instead of doing any of the usual activities, I decided to take a walking tour.  I know it makes you think of tourists from the mid West, but there are lots of specialized tours out there that can really teach you something unknown and unusual about the city we love.

Sure, I’m interested in New York history and East Village haunted buildings, but what I like even more is beer.

I met Cindy, one of the founders of Urban Oyster last year at the new Beer Garden in Astoria during the NYC Craft Beer Week.  We were there for a screening of Beer Quest, a TV pilot about one guy’s search for great beer all over the country.  It was sort of like Anthony Bourdain meets Animal House.  We got to talking and she told me about her company, which offers a tour called Brewed in Brooklyn,  a three hour tour of both the historic and new breweries in Brooklyn.

The name Urban Oyster relates to the history of oysters in New York Harbor.  Oysters in New York were at one time plentiful and supplied half the world’s oyster population.  Could you imagine instead of shooting down a Blue Point or a Fanny Bay, you were paying $3 for an Ellis Island or a Hudson River?

Due to pollution (it’s killing everything!!), the oysters became difficult to cultivate and New York’s rich oyster history was coming to an end.  Urban Oyster was inspired by this bit of distinct New York history and in order to prevent future “oyster-like” downfalls, they wanted to teach New Yorkers and visitors alike about the rich, historic neighborhoods of  New York while supporting local and unique businesses. Sounds like a pretty worthwhile and interesting mission statement to me.

On Sunday, I met David (Cindy’s partner) who would be our tour guide for our day of beer and history and beer history.  The tour starts at the Brooklyn Brewery, which ignited the revival of craft breweries in Brooklyn.  You get to hear their story, see their facility, and taste their beers.  Not a bad way to start a Sunday afternoon.

Then you get transported to Meserole Street, right on the Bushwick border.  Back in the day (the late 19th century, to be exact), this street was the home to Brewer’s Row.  This is where mostly German immigrants settled to create the beer supply for much of the city (and the country), thanks to the natural water supply.

Just in time to soak up all the booze from the beer tasting, we stopped at Danny’s Pizzeria, which has been around since the 1920’s.  It’s an obvious choice for an Urban Oyster lunch because on the wall are pictures of the neighborhood before the word hipster was in our vocabulary.

The pizza wasn’t the greatest, but David ordered us a wide range of options and explained the history behind most of them: margherita, grandma slice, and Sicilian. The tomato sauce was a little bland for me and the cheese wasn’t the freshest.  But you know me, I’m a pizza snob, and everybody else on the tour seemed very happy with their lunch.  We did manage to finish almost all the order.

David allowed us to burn off some of those calories by pushing on down Meserole.  We stopped at a beutiful old church (where many of the old German brewers would worship), an untouched landmarked house from the 1880’s, and a few other abandoned breweries from that time.

The afternoon ended at the less historic Huckleberry Bar (it opened in 2007).  We were lucky enough to sit out in the garden (this might have been the first day of the season it was opened).  There we enjoyed four more beer samples, while David explained the different between each.  It really was like a wine tasting, only with beer and thankfully, nobody spit anything.  We also got some delicious little bites to pair with the brews.

It was a great day to sit in the sun, soaking up rays, history, and alcohol.  David was incredibly knowledgeable, funny, and more than eager to hold a discussion about beer.  It ended up being a really fun and educational afternoon.  I also had quite a buzz going and unfortunately, had to go to work.  But I will tell you (even though I don’t recommend this at home), it sure made work more fun.

Urban Oyster also gives a tour of the Brooklyn Navy Yards and is developing future tours to excite, entice, and explore New York neighborhoods.  Now if only they offered beer on all their excursions.


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