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Greenpoint Brew Tour Explores 'Best Neighborhood for Beer in New York'

By Serena Dai | October 12, 2015 7:39am | Updated on October 13, 2015 6:54pm
 Spots like Dirck the Norseman could be on the tour.
Spots like Dirck the Norseman could be on the tour.
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GREENPOINT — A new beer tour will kick off by exploring craft beer menus in Greenpoint, a neighborhood the guide called the best in the Big Apple for sipping suds.

Orr Shtuhl, a former beer columnist who teaches classes at Murray's Cheese Shop and Bedford Cheese, has been exploring beer bars in New York City for about five years.

He started spending time in the neighborhood for work and found that it's flush with great spots for beer lovers.

The 30-year-old, who works as a web designer during the day, launched the tours to teach people how to navigate craft beer menus.

"Greenpoint is unequivocally the best neighborhood for beer in New York," Shtuhl said. "I could go on about that."

The tour, which costs $75 and includes full-sized beers at bars visited, will begin on Oct. 20.

Each tour will stop at three bars, where Shtuhl will explain the pub's background, talk about the menu and help choose three beers for attendees to try, he said.

Greenpoint has many bars that specialize in beer, and each one is unique in what the bar manager chooses to offer, Shtuhl said.

The neighborhood boasts two brew pubs — bars where they brew beer on site — including Dirck and the Norseman and Keg and Lantern.

Torst, a Scandinavian beer bar by Evil Twin brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso, has become a world-famous destination for beer lovers.

Other spots choose beers that fit their tastes, often switching out the selection based on what's trending, Shtuhl said.

For example, The Diamond likes to offer difficult-to-find but easy to drink beers that are lower in alcohol content, he said.

"It's just like if you talk about a chef having their own flavor profile and philosophy on food," Shtuhl said. "Bar owners who take their place seriously have their own philosophy on what they serve."

People who attend the tour will receive tasting cards to take notes on the beers they try, but the experience is designed to feel casual.

Shtuhl said he wants the event to feel like a brawl crawl with a buddy who happens to be an expert in beer.

"You show up with your friends, and you pick something," he said. "We’re going to get to experience that together."