5 Things to Know About Harlem's Hot New Beer Bar – Eater NY

Ambitious beer bars seem to be everywhere in New York, but the newest one in Harlem has been attracting lots of attention for more than just its selection.

Kevin Bradford, Kim Harris, and Stacey Lee’s opened Harlem Hops, a hip beer bar at 2268 Seventh Ave., between 133rd and 134th streets, earlier this year, and right out of the gate, people have flocked to try it for both its beers and its community focus.

They transformed the space that had been vacant for a decade into a modern bar with industrial and cozy touches: A flashy light sign spelling out “Harlem” looms over the long bar, anchoring Harlem Hops in its neighborhood. As with any proper place for drinking beer, there’s a garden, too. “We funded this venture ourselves, because we believed in ourselves,” Harris says. “I think it shows in everything that you experience when you get there.”

Here are some reasons why it’s buzzing, from its neighborly ethos to its ambitious beer list.

The team of beer geeks wanted to make craft beer more accessible in the neighborhood

Bradford was introduced to craft beer when his college roommate brought home a Pete’s Wicked Ale from the grocery store where he worked, and since then, he’s become obsessed. He’s traveled as far as South Africa to try different beers and has a personal collection of hundreds of bottles and cans of beer. He and Harris got together, wanting a local option for craft beer. “We both like craft beers, and we were tired of traveling to Brooklyn and Queens to get them,” Harris says.

Education and supporting young people in the neighborhood is a priority

The community has already been very supportive of the bar in its first few weeks, Lee says. All three owners are alumni of historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and have received support from schools in hyping up the bar, she says. “Education is really important to us,” Lee says. “In the Harlem community, we want our young people of color to see us and to know that this is something that they can achieve.” As part of this, the team plans to give a Harlem Hops college scholarship to a graduating senior in Harlem in May 2019.

The Harlem Hops team The Harlem Hops team Photo via Harlem Hops

They prioritized local beers — and paid particular mind to supporting brewers of color

Harlem Hops has 16 rotating taps, serving a diverse array of locally brewed beers — from goses to Mexican-style lagers. Bradford and Harris spent a year going to different breweries in the surrounding area, like Brooklyn’s Interboro and Other Half, Industrial Arts in Garnerville, District 96 in New City, and Brix City in New Jersey. As noted on the bar’s website, a lot of the beers featured are made by local, small batch, family-owned, and small businesses, as well as by people of color.

Currently on tap, there are offerings from Harlem Brewing Company and Harlem Blue, which Harris says are both black-owned brewing companies based out of the neighborhood. “We are always looking for other brewers of color to add to our rotation as soon as they get NYC distribution,” she says.

Beers are served with a side of history

The team worked with food historian Tonya Hopkins a.k.a. The Food Griot to incorporate the history of beer-making in the bar’s messaging, Harris says. “Historically speaking, it started in Africa,” he says. “We have to remember and reclaim parts of our history and retain it.” They ultimately decided to display historical facts on a column by the bar so that everyone coming into the space would see it. The chalk board column notes, for example, that beer ingredients were left in tombstones of Egyptian kings for brewing in the afterlife, as well as information about how enslaved Africans brought brewing techniques to America.

There’s food, including fare from an African business

The space has a small kitchen and offers a straightforward beer bar menu of snacks like locally sourced sausages and bratwurst, and pretzels. There are also spicy pies — which are sourced from an African company, Harris explains — filled with beef, chicken, lobster, or vegetables.

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Could Yanks deal with Mets? Clubs have talked – MLB.com

NEW YORK — It only makes sense for a shopper to visit the nearest store, so general manager Brian Cashman’s search for starting pitching has taken him across borough lines to the Mets, who are considering parting with some exciting young hurlers that could easily fit into the Yankees’ rotation.

Cashman said that he has had recent conversations with his friend Omar Minaya, who is sharing the Mets’ GM duties during Sandy Alderson’s leave of absence. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have been frequently mentioned as possible targets, but the Mets could also be interested in selling high on Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler.

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NEW YORK — It only makes sense for a shopper to visit the nearest store, so general manager Brian Cashman’s search for starting pitching has taken him across borough lines to the Mets, who are considering parting with some exciting young hurlers that could easily fit into the Yankees’ rotation.

Cashman said that he has had recent conversations with his friend Omar Minaya, who is sharing the Mets’ GM duties during Sandy Alderson’s leave of absence. Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have been frequently mentioned as possible targets, but the Mets could also be interested in selling high on Steven Matz or Zack Wheeler.

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“I’ll stay in touch with the Mets, as well as everybody throughout,” Cashman said. “There’s no full-court press I can do. It’s a dance that anybody is willing to [can] dance with you. Each team has their own process, their own time frame and their own interests. Again, the hope is like any Trade Deadline, we can find the right song that we can both dance to.”

Minaya, J.P. Ricciardi and John Ricco have been tasked with helping the out-of-contention Mets plan for the future in advance of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, while the Yankees are focused on readying their roster to go toe to toe with the likes of the Astros, Indians and Red Sox.

Cashman said that though Masahiro Tanaka is expected to return shortly, and the Yanks have had promising contributions from rookies Domingo German and Jonathan Loaisiga, he is still preparing to upgrade the starting pitching. That could come at the cost of outfielder Clint Frazier, whom Cashman said continues to draw interest.

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“I never said he’s off the table. I’d like to keep him,” Cashman said. “I think Clint has got a chance to be a really good baseball player in the Major Leagues for a long time. It took a lot to get him here. We’d certainly like to keep him here. … I have a lot of high-end talent that has taken a long time to acquire or cultivate. But it’s going to cost something to get stuff. We’ll play that game over the next month and see where it takes us.”

The Yankees and Mets have not connected on a significant trade since December 2004, when Felix Heredia and Mike Stanton were swapped. Cashman pointed out that he also made deals with the Mets involving David Justice for Robin Ventura (December 2001) and three prospects for Armando Benitez (July 2003).

“I did three different deals with three different GMs over there over the course of time,” Cashman said. “As far as I’m concerned, if the matches make sense, I don’t care who it’s with.”

It has been suggested that the Mets would look to exact a tax of sorts in a trade, particularly if they had to stomach watching deGrom or Syndergaard help the Yankees to the postseason. But Cashman noted he would have had no issue trading Aroldis Chapman or Andrew Miller to the Red Sox in July 2016; in fact, he recalls offering both players to the Red Sox and the Mets.

“Our effort was to live to fight another day. Our day wasn’t today,” Cashman said. “So if the best business decisions happened to be with a rival, that was not a problem for me. My job is to do everything I can to improve the present. If the present was gone, then fight for the future.”

In addition to the Mets’ hurlers, the Yankees are known to have interest in Blue Jays left-hander J.A. Happ and Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer, the latter of whom had a start observed on Thursday by Yankees scout Jay Darnell. They are thought to be less interested in Rangers left-hander Cole Hamels.

“We have our troops scattered on a daily basis, from analytics to pro scouting, with our targets and assessments,” Cashman said. “We make sure we prep it out. If we can match up, that’s the biggest part, matching up in a way that we’re comfortable with who we’re dealing with. It’s not easy to match up in trades.”

Bryan Hoch has covered the Yankees for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and on Facebook.

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4 Marijuana Stocks I Wouldn’t Buy – Motley Fool


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