Broadway Brews Project #1: Meet the HamilTeam!

Brew Crew Assemble! Welcome to the Broadway Brews Project: The Happy Hour Guys are putting together Hamilton an American Musical and Gun Hill Brewing of the Bronx, to brew a special one-off #CraftBeer for charity!

It's after showtime at 5 Napkin Burger in Midtown Manhattan, and members of the cast of Hamilton, The Happy Hour Guys, and Gun Hill Brewing meet up for great food and drink to discuss the recipe of their beer, what they might name it, and most importantly, who they'll be raising money for. Let's meet our brain trust!

HUGE thanks to our friends at 5 Napkin Burger Midtown for hosting us for the evening, and to Justin 'Squigs' Robertson, Dane Agostinis, Jeffry Denman and Ben Leibert on the lenses!

4 Roses Bourbon Luncheon, December 5th @ 5 Napkin!


Here at The Happy Hour Guys we're all about getting our fans to the most exclusive events out there; and we've got a great one for you.  Our friends at Four Roses are heading to New York for an exclusive Bourbon Luncheon at 5 Napkin Burger in Midtown on December 5th.  Interested?  To make a reservation, email .  

Just $30 gets you a bourbon pairing lunch featuring a 3 course meal, 4 bourbon tastings (including some VERY special bourbons), all in an intimate setting 4 Roses' "Rock Star" Master Distiller, Jim Rutledge.  Here's a bit about Jim:


Jim Rutledge, Four Roses Master Distiller, has a resume that reads like a Distillery’s dream.

Master Distiller at Four Roses since 1995, and a member of the inaugural class of the Bourbon Hall of Fame, Rutledge began his long career in the spirits industry with Seagram’s Louisville Research & Development operation in 1966.  That's more than 45 years in the Bourbon Industry.

In 2007, Rutledge was presented Malt Advocate Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award at WhiskyFest New York, and the following year, the leading liquor industry publication, Whisky Magazine, declared him Ambassador of the Year for American Whiskies as a part of their annual Icons of Whisky Awards.  

And here's a teaser of what's on the Menu!

Four Recipes Artfully Mingled in New Limited Edition Bourbon

Four Roses 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Blooms

LAWRENCEBURG, Ky. (August 15, 2011) – Four Roses Distillery is adding to its collection of limited edition small batch bourbon expressions this September which mingles four recipes – aged between 11 and 13 years - of the distillery’s 10 unique recipes.

The 2011 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon presents aromas of honeysuckle, toasted oak, almond toffee, and spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, with subtle fruit flavors of dried apricot, ripe plum, plus brown sugar, honey and dark chocolate covered cherries. 

Four Roses’ limited edition bourbon offerings have historically sold out quickly and been highly acclaimed by spirits critics.  Last year’s 2010 Limited Edition Small Batch Bourbon was rated third by Paul Pacult amongst the top 140 Five-Star Rated Spirits of the world in his renowned liquor industry publication The Spirit Journal.

Email for reservations!

Astoria, NY

Mark, the history guy here. My neighborhood, Astoria, NY, has seen a drastic change in drinking options in recent times. Once the home of a few working class bars (which I love) and the odd Irish or Mexican spot (which I also love), I've seen choices, great choices, pop up on many street corners.

I write this while siting in Hell's Gate Social, an almost unmarked neighborhood spot with a speakeasy feel and a killer bourbon list. And nightly specials, including $3 drafts on Mondays. Yesterday I tried new beers at MexiQ, a Latin fusion restaurant with 48 tap lines of craft beer.

One of my favorites, Vesta Trattoria, features amazing food and local wine on tap. Sunswick, 5 Napkin Burger, The Astor Room, Pachanga Patterson, Club 21, and more have all joined the local lineup and feature craft beverages and culturally specific cuisine.

All this is to say, we live in exciting times. There have never been so many choices and such quality do adventurous drinkers. A a happy Hour Guy it's awfully exciting. Man, we have some work to do! Go explore!

Video #145: Introducing the 5 Napkin Beer & Bourbon Blog!

Welcome, all!  With this episode The Happy Hour Guys begin a partnership with New York based 5 Napkin Burger, an upscale fine dining restaurant with an amazing craft beer and bourbon list that will knock your socks off.  In the coming months, look for us to be journeying to other 5 Napkin locations (they're coming to a street corner near you), to Bourbon Country, and to many of the breweries that make the Craft Beer that they feature!  We'll be bringing you the behind the scenes story of these fine beverages and pairing each liquid up with something wonderful off of the 5 Napkin menu.  Incredible burgers with craft beer?  Kobe beef hot dogs and barleywine?  Sushi and bourbon?  Let's try something new.  Enjoy!