Homebrew Wednesday 83/84: Updates from NJ

On Sept 1 my wife, daughter, and I moved to NJ and have slowly been settling into our new apartment. In this first update video I do a quick review of my doppelbock which has been aging in its keg since February. Then I talk about my two most recent beers (dark sour and black rye IPA) all while describing how amy first NJ homebrew club meeting went. Finally I talk about how I moved my keezer and kegs to my new apartment and what my plans are for hanging up my various pieces of beer decor.

Fast forward four weeks and while I did not brew again I have exciting news to share in my second update video. After a brief intro I do a quick review of my black rye IPA aka Self Righteous Wookey version 2. Then I share the aforementioned excing news aka the results of Motown Mash, my first NJ based homebrew competition which I took place on October 22. To wrap things up I discuss my upcoming brews and transition into a “show and tell” clip where I show off the newest addition to my beer decor and  Jaded Brewing wort chiller.

Upcoming events: 

Bitter & Esters welcomes Derek Dellinger, the Fermented Man!

14917078_1369139766438217_1543943676248163814_oBitter & Esters (700 Washington Avenue Brooklyn NY, 11238) is excited to welcome Derek Dellinger, author of The Fermented Man (and head brewer at Kent Falls Brewing) to our store on Thursday, November 10th at 6:30pm. Derek was one of our earliest customers when we opened back in 2011 and we are proud that we could be there to help him down the wonderful rabbit hole that is brewing.

Derek’s book focuses on his epic year-long quest to survive on nothing but fermented foods and beverages. He cataloged his journey in a book that is part memoir, part science experiment, and part cookbook. Just like brewing beer, it’s an exploration into a world of food that is endlessly flavorful and complex.

Derek will be speaking about and signing copies of The Fermented Man and will have a small fermented food demo to show everyone just how easy it is. He’ll be discussing his experience at Kent Falls Brewing and will have some of their beers for sampling. This free, one of a kind event promises to be a fun and inspiring evening. Space will be limited.

Pilsner Urquell coast-to-coast celebration of Pilsner Urquell’s 174th anniversary


Happening throughout November to commemorate 174 years of Pilsner Urquell, droves of unpasteurized, unfiltered Pilsner Urquell is being flown in straight from the brewery in Plzen, Czech Republic.


The celebration’s flagship unpasteurized, unfiltered event is being held in Brooklyn on November 10th (next Thursday evening) at Radegast and Pilsner Urquell representatives on the ground to educate consumers on the brand’s history, its current efforts in the U.S. and the three distinct ways to pour Pilsner Urquell.


 *Note – Dates/Venues are still being finalized due to limited availability and very high demand so we ask that readers inquire with respective venues, or follow up via ourFacebook page for more information. We will provide concrete dates as soon as they become available. Additional events are being added specifically in Minnesota (4), Wisconsin (8) and throughout the other cities/regions already noted as well.


  • 11/10 – Radegast – Brooklyn, NY
  • Wurstbar – Jersey City, NJ
  • Bierstrasse – Harlem, NY
  • Pilsener Haus – Hoboken, NJ
  • Asbury Festhalle & Biergarten – Asbury Park, NJ
  • Bieroacracy – Long Island City, NY

Chicago, IL

  • 11/4 – Bistro Grand Chicago, IL at 8:00PM
  • 11/8 – Horseshoe Inn Schiller Park, IL at 7:00PM
  • 11/10 – Tap House Grill Des Plaines, IL at 6:00PM
  • 11/11 – Café Prague Chicago, IL 7:00PM
  • 11/18 – Bangers & Lace Roscoe Village Chicago, IL 6:00PM
  • 11/20 – Paddy Longs Chicago, IL 6:00
  • 11/30 – Map Room Chicago, IL
  • 12/1 – Kaiser Tiger Chicago, IL

 Kenosha, WI

  • 11/17 – Uncle Mikes Highway Pub 6:00 PM

San Francisco, CA

  • 11/3 – Schroeder’s San Francisco

Seattle, WA

  • 11/11 – Queen Anne Beer Hall Seattle

Portland, OR

  • Higgins
  • Glacier Haus Government Camp
  • Warming Hut Government Camp
  • Otto’s

About Barry W

Israel (formerly NJ) based sourdough baker and fermentation enthusiasts sharing his baking, fermenting, cooking, and brewing adventures on thebrewedpalate.com.
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