On Thursday night and into the early hours of Friday morning, I had quite the beer-venture. You see, I’m writing a story on this truly amazing member of NYC’s beer world and I went to interview her boyfriend at his place of work. I meant to show up, talk for 20 or 30 minutes and then head home. I ended up staying for roughly four and a half hours and witnessing Chris Cuzme, the brewmaster at 508 (one of only three brewpubs in the city), do his magic and create a lovely wheat beer.
While the wort was boiling, we stepped upstairs and grabbed a beer. I opted for the Colonial Nugget Stout, a gorgeous stout with a persistant head the shade of dark brown sand. It was almost as nice to look at as it was to drink. The first thing I noticed was the carbonation, which immediately sent the rich almost roasted taste of the beer bubbling over my tongue. That carbonation also filled my nose with the sweeter elements of the beer and heavily featuring its chocolate malt. I couldn’t tell you exactly what was in the beer (though Mr. Cuzme told me he was quite proud of it) but it instantly warmed me up on what proved to be a particularly frigid night in the city.
The Verdict: It’s not everyday you get to click glasses with the guy who brewed the beer you’re drinking. That’s special! If your city has something like this, you need to take advantage of it! Brewmasters are cool guys, that’s a given. I absolutely loved this beer and if 508 could sell it to-go, I’d have taken it away in a growler. Who knows when that’ll be but Chris Cuzme has big plans for 508 and I can’t see what else he’s going to do.
I only know that I can’t wait until spring officially begins because that wheat beer he created is going to rock on a sunny day. I should know. I was there. 🙂
- Alc/Vol: 5.8%
- Style: Stout
- Bottle: N/A
- Available on draft: Yes, only at 508 Greenwich Street nr. Canal and Spring St.