Archive for August, 2011

Let Us Eat (Whiskey) Cake!

Been getting a lot of love for the wife’s whiskey cake both in the shop and on the interwebs…just the other night a group came in and liked the cake so much that they begged to take home a couple of slices.

By far our favorite cake complement is the recent yelp review from Julie W with her emphatic cry, “Holy crap!” – why thank you Julie.

A key ingredient for the cake, but that’s about all we will reveal. Come on by and try it yourself. See you upstate!

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August 28th, 2011 at 4:04 pm

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Bouillabaisse & Beer – Say That 10x Fast

Seafood bouillabaisse is a classic french stew. Chef Kary Goolsby prepares ours in a white wine, saffron and beer-based broth. A slow simmer with garlic, tomato and onions. Adding in mussels, clams, shrimp, fish – whatever is fresh that day (like these guys below). Topped off with beurre monte aka magic butter. And of course some good hearty bread to sop up the broth – the best part of course.

As when making almost any french recipe, how can Julia Child not come to mind at some point…August 15th would have been her 99th birthday! Found this youtube clip of  ‘Our Lady of the Ladle’ making what else? Seafood bouillabaisse. Using not one but two GIANT knives to hack away the fish heads for a solid 20 seconds. Ah the good old days of public television.

And of course the perfect pairing with our delicious stew is the Captain Lawrence Smoke Porter. Even Julia would agree, after all contrary to belief she was big beer drinker – mainly Sam Adams as she was a New Englander, which kinda makes sense.

See you upstate!

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August 23rd, 2011 at 11:21 am

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First Man Gets the Oyster…

The second man said Andrew Carnegie, gets the shell. Luckily we have plenty of oysters for everyone. East and West Coast varieties delivered just this morning from P.E.I, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Washington (as in state not D.C.) and Oregon.

And many thanks to our new friends The Oyster Blog and their upstate review.

Freshly tapped beers are chilled and waiting – this week we’ve got:

  • Keegans Mothers Milk Stout
  • Kelso IPA
  • Lake Placid IPA
  • Ithaca Caskazilla
  • Peak’s Summer Session
  • Captain Lawerence Kolsch
  • Southampton Double Wit
  • 21st Amendment Back in Black

See you upstate!

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August 16th, 2011 at 12:12 pm

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Our Kitchen is Open

We are incredibly grateful for all the support and interest from the neighborhood, the beer community and of course oyster lovers. It’s been an amazing first few days and we hope to see you all again (and again)…thanks to the Wall Street Journal for Daniella Zalcman’s pix below and Laura Kusisto’s write-up

In addition to our daily East Coast/West Coast oyster selection, the kitchen is now open providing savory, shareable bar snacks like cheese and charcuterie plates, as well as serving main dishes like scallops, wild sea bass, squid and the house favorite fettuccine and clams. The menu varies weekly as we do not have a single freezer in the place, so be sure to check back on our eat page of the site.

Our friends at MetroMix gave us a nice write up too  and props to Noah Fecks  for the mouth-watering pix of our seared scallops with raw summer slaw drizzled with olive oil and vinegar.

Oh and we’ve changed up the draught system again – by having sixtels of beer we can feature a weekly new selection. But not to worry, Mother’s Milk of Keegan Ales is back on. Seems quite a few of you really like the Kingston, NY stout after all it pairs well with our menu. See you upstate!


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August 9th, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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Blood, Sweat & Beers

So seven months after signing the lease, we finally received our beer and wine license…welcome to upstate our craft beer and oyster bar in the East Village.

We’re a causal place for folks to come hang out, enjoy good food and try some great tasting regional beers. With eight handles, we’ll always have an eclectic variety that will change out weekly (sometimes even daily). And providing you with a good excuse to come back.

First up – a few New York based breweries along side Maine, San Fran and Belgium. Ever had a black IPA? We’ve got 21st Amendment’s Back in Black, creamy smooth, not too bitter with a nice roasted malt flavor that is not overwhelmed by the hops. Many thanks to our friends at Thrillist for this pix and of course the props.

Our doors are open, please come by and say hello. We are still figuring some stuff out but the beer and oysters are chilled and tasty. See you soon.



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August 3rd, 2011 at 9:16 pm

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