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New York's Beer For A Blizzard

Michael Donato, March 03, 2014 -   

It's snowed a lot in New York this winter. It's snowing right now as I write this. There are mountains of snow in every parking lot taking up spaces, ice has been falling from the Freedom Tower closing off streets below it, and it seems like every street corner has a three foot puddle of slush to wade through. In the suburbs we've run out of places to pile the snow next to our driveways, haven't seen the grass in months and hit a new pothole in the street every day. What better reward for dealing with this winter than a beer?

Over the last month we've had four major storms in New York, so I took a look at all the check-ins on those four days within a 60 mile radius of Manhattan. 

 

Brewery

Beer

Rating

Check-ins

BAR

Style+

Samuel Adams

Cold Snap

3.19

26

2.01

96.92

Guinness

Guinness Draught

4.45

22

10.09

105.54

Sixpoint Brewery

Hi-Res

4.18

19

4.90

100.31

Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Lager

3.66

19

4.33

104.15

Lagunitas Brewing Company

IPA

3.87

19

5.62

102.83

Stone Brewing Co.

Stone Enjoy By 02.14.14 IPA

4.47

16

9.00

105.94

Bell's Brewery, Inc.

Hopslam Ale

4.53

15

14.49

111.06

Tröegs Brewing Company

Nugget Nectar

4.64

14

11.54

112.01

The Bronx Brewery

Bronx Black Pale Ale

3.75

14

-1.10

93.96

Goose Island Beer Co.

India Pale Ale (IPA)

3.35

13

2.39

101.01

Samuel Adams

Rebel IPA

3.62

13

-0.27

93.12

Yuengling Brewery

Traditional Lager

3.38

12

5.62

104.83

Founders Brewing Company

All Day IPA (Session Ale)

3.79

12

4.70

101.80

Lagunitas Brewing Company

Lagunitas Sucks - Brown Shugga' Substitute Ale

4.09

11

9.13

104.10

Miller Brewing Company

Miller Lite

3.50

11

2.37

103.37

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams Winter Lager

3.95

11

4.92

102.48

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

60 Minute IPA

4.00

11

7.14

105.75

The Bronx Brewery

Bronx Pale Ale

3.50

11

1.71

98.31

Carton Brewing Company

Boat Beer

4.15

10

8.70

115.60

Coors Brewing Company

Coors Light

2.55

10

1.31

99.61

Samuel Adams

Samuel Adams Boston Lager

3.20

10

3.69

101.88

There are some familiar limited release beers on this list, like Hopslam, that are clearly worth drinking at all times. By volume, Sam Adams Cold Snap is leading the pack. Samuel Adams has been encouraging people during the storms to have a Cold Snap, and that marketing campaign has apparently worked, even if the ratings for it aren't great. I haven't had this one, so I'll reserve comment.

Guinness is a high-volume beer on any given day, so it's no surprise it's here. It's a dark beer, and many people prefer dark beers in the winter so cold weather and lots of snow only help it. It's the highest rated beer with the most BAR of any but the seasonal Sucks, Nugget Nectar, Hopslam, and Enjoy By set. 

Four local beers show up here. Brooklyn Lager, Bronx's regular and Black Pale Ale, and Carton Boat Beer are all brewed* within 60 miles of NYC. The Black Pale is probably a little roastier, but in general these four are standard fare brews nothing rare or special.

*We can argue about contract brews another time.

In fact, beyond the limited release brews, most of the beers on this list are rather run of the mill type beers. There are some macro light lagers, some sessionable or weaker IPAs, basic pales and traditional lagers like Yuengling, Boston Lager, and Brooklyn Lager. It appears that after dealing with the snow and ice, and the hassle surrounding it, New Yorkers simply want a familiar and comfortable beer. Or maybe they can't navigate the roads to their favorite beer store.

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