Beer Rocks: Founders Heavy Metal Beer

For the past eight years, the Michigan-based Founders Brewing Co. has been concocting a triple-hopped IPA that they lovingly call Devil Dancer. At 12 percent and 112 IBUs, this demonic brew comes strong, and as they advertise, the beer proves incredibly hoppy with a huge malty finish.

“It has no official satanic affiliation, but one would expect a beer so intense to be served at parties curated by the Dark One,” said Tim Traynor, the brewery’s New York representative. “We thought it fitting to pair an extreme beer with extreme music, especially since the bottle label resembles the cover artwork on Black Sabbath’s Sabbath Bloody Sabbath album.”

Since this beer gets released Monday, July 2, the team at Founders is hosting a keg tapping and heavy metal party at The Gate in Brooklyn on Sunday at 11:59 till 4am. Show up wearing a metal T-shirt and get a chance to win a bottle of the new Founders Backstage beer, Frangelic Mountain Brown Ale, a tasty beer brewed with hazelnut coffee. If you can’t make it Sunday night (it’s a school night darn it!), Traynor said you can get this rare brew at bars like Taproom 307, 4th Avenue Pub, Mission Dolores, and more places TBA. For four-packs of bottles hit up Top Hops, Brouwerij Lane, Beer Street, Good Beer, and New Beer for your take-home pleasure.

“It being a limited release, which means it will be gone pretty quickly,” said Traynor. So jump on the crazy train and grab this brew while you can. 

New York Openings: Alphabet City Beer Co., Malt & Mold

The craft beer craze has hit New York hard. Recent legislation in Albany encouraging microbrews is only upping the beer renaissance. Downtown newcomers Alphabet City Beer Co. (pictured) and Malt & Mold are showcasing fine Empire State suds, along with some other craft finds. Bring along your state-sanctioned growler. 

Alphabet City Beer Co. is two doors down from its wine sibling. The space has a coffee shop feel with leather seats, a chandelier from the Puck Building, and a huge raw-wood communal table. Huge does not even begin to describe the bottled beer selection, with 350 on hand for your horizon-broadening pleasure. A dozen more come off the tap lines. Free WiFi helps settle pesky barguments. Petite take-out shop Malt & Mold sells fifty craft beers, with eight tap lines handling growler duty. A smart cheese selection steers mostly domestic, with a few rare imports. Complete your gourmet spread with chocolates, yogurts, vinegars, and cured meats. With the way New York is going after craft beer, there should be plenty of room for coexistence with Top Hops, which joined the neighborhood brew party in earlier this year. 

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