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About- Carly Mento

Carly Mento

Carly Mento

Aside from Carly's love for fashion and style, she is also passionate about writing, adventure and micro-breweries. Seeking out a cold, refreshing, beautifully crafted beer to accommodate an evening of creative writing is where she finds happiness, and sits in on our digital porch drink.

Posts By Carly Mento

NYC Rising Breweries Reflect on 2016 and Look Ahead to 2017

January 12, 2017 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Photo courtesy of Miguel Rivas 

Similar to our recent post covering breweries country-wide, we have also connected with a handful of brewers from NYC to reflect on this past year and what 2017 has in store for their up-and-coming breweries, as well as the craft beer industry as a whole. Four top-notch rising breweries in Brooklyn have shared intimate insights and projections for what’s next: Threes Brewing, Interboro Spirit & AlesFinback Brewery and Kings County Brewers Collective.

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The Best Gifts for Beer Lovers This Holiday

December 20, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

The last-minute gifting countdown has begun! Forget someone on your list? Still looking for that epic, thoughtful item? We’ve got a short-list of the best gift ideas for your craft beer loving recipients this year, from small and subtle to pin-pointed perfection!

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Released! 2016 Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Lineup

December 6, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

It’s finally here! With the Black Friday crowds still swarming retail stores post-holiday, head out for Goose Island‘s 2016 Bourbon County Brand Stout lineup, which is now available for purchase! (as limited release)
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Event Recap | Glenfiddich Experimental Series India Pale Ale Cask Finish

November 15, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 4 min

ABV: 43%

A few weeks ago, Glenfiddich came to New York to debut their Experimental Series with The Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish, the world’s very first single malt scotch whisky, finished in IPA craft beer casks. This experimentation was cultivated by a native collaboration within the borders of Scotland: A distillery and a brewery, using the land’s pure water and clean air to craft the creation that is uniquely stimulating our senses here in the U.S.

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Inside the Tank | Foolproof Brewing

November 14, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of sharing a delicious five-course meal paired with Foolproof Brewing beer selections while sitting across from head brewer Steve Sharp. I fell in love with their craft creations, which are distributed to the Northeast, but unfortunately not in my city! Still — I believe in this brewery and am spreading the word through an insightful interview with Foolproof’s founder Nick Garrison. Cheers!

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Coney Island Brewing | Hard Root Beer

October 14, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.8%

A nostalgic fave is coming back–hard. Root Beer is definitely one of those new craft beer-craze styles I’ve been hesitant to try. Mainly, I am not a huge soda drinker. However, I’v always loved a cold, rich, full-bodied birch beer whether it be on a hot, summer day or cool, autumn evening. So, if you fall into the “I’m new to craft beer” or “I like to try everything” or simply “I need a wow-factor for my taste-buds”, I’d suggest giving this one a go!

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2 Days, 2 Nights | NYC Craft Beer Scene

September 8, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Ah, New York City. You’ve made it! Even if only for a weekend. As you read our guide, keep in mind that although we have enough recs to heavily stack your stay with activities, NYC is best enjoyed in small doses. Pace yourself to what feels doable, OR, do it BIG style. Read More

The Bronx Brewery | Bronx Banner Release Party Recap

August 18, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

It’s here and it’s delicious! This no-frills pale ale is straight to the point. After a hard day’s work, let it play on your palate and quench your thirst. Grab it in a can, or pull it from the tap. Trust me: you’ll be fully satiated. Read More

Bronx Brewery B-Sides | Boom Boom White IPA

July 21, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 8.1%  IBU: 64

BREWING: July – August

Summer has fully arrived! And with it, a long awaited Boom Boom White IPA B-side release from our friends at The Bronx Brewery.

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Yards Brewing Co. | Brawler Ale

June 3, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

Photo courtesy of cornerpubsports.com

ABV: 4.2% | IBU: 20

With the NBA finals and Stanley Cup playoffs owning serious air time this week, I’d like to introduce a companion craft beer to keep up your competitive spirit and take you through those clock-stopping, breathtaking moments.

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Bronx Brewery B-Sides | Say Hey Saison

May 16, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 30

BREWING: May – June

When you’re searching for the perfect saison, but finding that too much earthiness lingers on your palate, look no further this month than the Bronx Brewery B-Sides Say Hey Saison.

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Bronx Brewery B-Sides | Rye Fidelity Imperial RIPA

April 11, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 8.1%

BREWING: March – April

Rye Fidelity Imperial RIPA, the fourth of the B-Sides series, is already a leading fan favorite and I can see why. Coming straight out of the tanks at an impressive 8.1% ABV, your palate takes a punch from a pouring of flavors that will have you straying from your typical devotions.

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Braven Brewing Company Offers Equity to Investors

March 23, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 3 min

Our friends at Braven Brewing Company are growing fast — almost too fast, to keep up with the demand for their deliciously crafted beer offerings. In an effort to build their own brewery brick & mortar, so as to personally serve their quickly converted customers, they have turned to crowdsourcing. Read our Q&A with Braven owners Eric Feldman & Marshall Thompson below to find out how you can contribute & acquire equity!
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Bronx Brewery B-Sides | Uptown Coffee Milk Stout

March 17, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 6.8 | IBU: 36

BREWING: January – February

I’m just going to get straight to the point: this limited release was so delicious that my weekend morning coffee ritual was immediately replaced by Uptown Coffee Milk Stout via the growler purchased.

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Event Recap | NYC Beer Week in Review & Funky Jewbelation

March 16, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 9.4%

February has come to a close, and with it, a new playing field for craft beer. During NYC Beer Week, Shmaltz Brewing’s tasting event for their newly released Funky Jewbelation left me reminiscing of a flavor not easily forgotten. The name is certainly indicative of what awaits beneath the bottle cap. Read More

NYC Beer Week Preview | An Interview with the President

February 17, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 6 min

Photo Courtesy of Brooklyn Brewery

It’s almost here!!! In preparation for the opening day of NYC Beer Week, I had a conversation with Kelly Taylor, President of the NYC Brewer’s Guild (host for NYCBW) and owner of KelSo Beer. Keep on scrolling to find out the inside scoop on what’s happening in the Big Apple, and how to line up your itinerary!

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Tröegs Brewing Company | Mad Elf

January 14, 2016 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

 ABV: 11% | IBU: 15

The stockings are all gone and trees line the street, but vision of Mad Elf labels still dance through my mind, as I reminisce on the fun we had at Christmas time! If you had a holiday season packed like mine, with a craft beer line-up to accommodate every party, then we might be sharing the same buzz, well into the new year.

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Brewery Showcase | The Bronx Brewery (Bronx, NY)

December 18, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

A common adage in this industry is to “do one thing you’re good at and do it right”. While most breweries I’ve come across start off living this truth, not all end up sticking to the original plan. Last month, I hopped on the 4 train after work to accept an invitation for a private tasting up at The Bronx Brewery. What I discovered was a pioneering pair of brewers who practice what they preach: the pale ale.

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Bronx Brewery B-Sides | On the Black Pale Ale

December 4, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 2 min

ABV: 5.7% | IBU: 46

BREWING: November – December

If you are a baseball fan on any level, this beer’s clever naming convention has probably already clicked with the compartment of your brain designated for phrases, puns and parlance. According to The Bronx Brewery of New York, On The Black is not only a term for a pitcher during a prime performance, but also a brewer at their best. After my encounter with said beer in the field, I find it hard to argue otherwise.

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KelSo Beer Co. | Nut Brown Lager

November 13, 2015 | Avg. Reading Time: 1 min

ABV: 5.75% | IBU: 19

We already know KelSo Beer Co. as a do-good brewery in Brooklyn with an expert brewer backing the name. What hasn’t been vicariously delivered from my words to your tastebuds however, is the incredibly simple but flavor-packed lineup that KelSo has to offer year round. I’m coming back to this favorited brewery of my PorchDrinking’s past with another promising must-try recommendation: Nut Brown Lager.

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