contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.

New York, NY
United States

The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.



Share the love, Share the beer.

Filtering by Tag: Red Ale

Beer Review 92: Tundra Brewery Red Ale


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week the Beer Friends decided to stay in - we didn't travel to California for Speakeasy, or Florida for Cigar City... instead we stayed local and tried Tundra Brewery Red Ale.  Tundra Brewery is super local, only available at a few greenmarkets and local conscious shops around NYC.  This up and coming brewer is Mark VanGlad and pretty much IS Tundra Brewery, he owns it, grows the hops, makes the beer, bottles it and outsources his label designs (UPDATE: to his girlfriend).  At the time of production Tundra only had two available brews: Red Ale and Ma Pale Ale, but have now added a Brown Ale for the Holiday season.  Do yourself a favor and find his stuff, you won't regret it!  Local Brews! One-Man operation! NYTimes friends! Beer!


Featured Brewery: Cape Cod Beer

Beerfriend Paul

Last summer I took a trip to Cape Cod for the first time since I was a kid.  It was an awesome trip.

I got to rediscover what I loved about Cape Cod and found a bunch of new things to fall in love with, and by "things" I mean "Craft Beer."

It was awesome to try some new brews coming from all over the Cape and the Islands.  Even with the time spent I've spent in Boston there were a few of these breweries I had never tried before.  One brewery that was and early stand out, and has become a quick favorite, was Cape Cod Beer.

Cape Cod Beer is a young brewery getting ready to celebrate their 6th anniversary with a party at the end of this month.  They are based out of Hyannis Mass., and there beers can be found around Cape Cod.  However, with Cape Cod Beer having no major bottling line, the only way to get your hands on these delicious brews is on tap or in a growler. The best place to get growlers is at brewery itself , but you can also find them all around the Cape at some package stores (or a "Liquor store" for those not from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts).

Their Red Ale, IPA, and Beach Blonde Ale are the three year round beers that are the easiest to find on tap if you are out at night.  The Red and the IPA are the most available on tap but this year it looks like the Beach Blonde is going to see some more action at the bars. Of these three beers, I was able to get my hands on the Red and the IPA last summer.  The Red Ale is the “flagship of Cape Cod Beer” and it certainly doesn’t disappoint, and being an unapologetic hop head, I absolutely fell in love with their IPA.  With 85 IBUs, the hops seem to jump out of the glass.  With how much I enjoyed both of these beers last summer, I look forward to getting my hands on a growler of the Beach Blonde Ale when I’m up there this summer.

In addition to the three year round beers, they have three seasonal beers. They brew a hefeweizen for the Summer, a malty German style Harvest ale for Fall, and a nice dark Porter for the Winter.  These three beers are a great compliment to the year round brews.  I had a chance to try the Harvest ale and the Porter this past November and I thought both were spectacular.  Much lighter on the hops that the IPA, and even the Red, they are very smooth and great cool weather seasonal brews.

On top of all this, Cape Cod Beer does two more things that I like a lot.  First, in addition to the Seasonal Beers they also brew three Specialty Beers.  In late summer they brew a Dunkel Wiezen that bridges the gap between the Summer Hefewiezen and the Fall Harvest ale.  For the holidays they brew a “Berry Merry Holiday Ale” which is an amber ale with cranberry, orange, and cloves to spice it up.  I have been told this is absolutely spectacular.  The third Specialty beer is “Old Man Winter” which is brewed in January/February in case the Porter isn’t enough for you during the cold Cape winter months.

The second thing this brewery does that I like a lot is their “One Barrel Series.” This has recently become my favorite things they do at Cape Cod Beer. This is exactly what it sounds like, they brew one batch and sell it in growlers at the brewery.  Then, once it's gone, you are out of luck.  I’m not sure how many of these they have had, but I have only been lucky enough to come across one growler from the “Oak Aged Bourbon Red Ale” series.  It was an absolute treat, and because sometimes we like to show off, The Beer Friends did a "Bonus Brewery Beer Review."


Based on the beers that I have tried, I suggest trying anything you find from this brewery.  If  you find yourself anywhere on Cape Cod then do yourself the favor and seek this brewery out.  They have quickly become a favorite and I look forward to every new season to see what they are putting out.

You can find them on line at or follow them on twitter and facebook.

The Beer Friends Final Four: Round 2

Corporate Kerouac

An exciting round of voting yesterday to get us to the round of 16.  Brooklyn and Sixpoint were the big winners in the first round, both coming through with three wins.  The biggest upset was Troegs Hop Back Amber Ale over the Harpoon Celtic Ale.  Not so big but still significant was Sixpoint Sweet Action also over the slightly favored Magic Hat Vinyl, and the West came out strong and sent New Belgium Fat Tire on to the next round.  Ithaca Flower Power surged late but ultimately it was not enough to beat the lower seeded, but nationally popular Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Now, on to the second round.

No Surprises in the Stout/Porter Bracket despite Beer Friend Brad's best efforts. The Cinderella story stopped Dostal Alley Stout stopped before it had a chance to begin when it lost out to the heavily favored Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Round 2 pits two New York favorites against each other in Game 1 and two rarer, but still well regarded, brews against each other in Game 2.

[polldaddy poll=2983988]

[polldaddy poll=2983993]

The Wild Card Bracket brought us some surprises. Sixpoint Sweet Action had a strong showing against Magic Hat Vinyl to move on to the next round. Also, Bud Light Lime scored no points even though their coach had promised that they would be able to keep it close in hopes to be able to steal a tournament win.

[polldaddy poll=2983972]

[polldaddy poll=2983980]

The IPA Bracket was the most fun to watch throughout the first round. Three of the four games were back and fourth late into the evening and into this morning. It's West coast versus East coast in both match ups today featuring Sixpoint against Stone and Brooklyn against Sierra Nevada.

[polldaddy poll=2983958]

[polldaddy poll=2983963]

The R.A.B. Bracket holds true to its name today with one of each style moving on to the second round along with the surly underdog. Troegs Hop Back Amber takes its unorthodox approach into the round full of traditional styles.

[polldaddy poll=2983953]

[polldaddy poll=2983956]