(Founder & CEO of Get Real NY) – Growing up in in his parents’ (Paddy & Pauline) bar in Ireland, Patrick was always going to end up doing something crazy in the industry and yes, that is what happened, he is co-founder of one of the best Beer Bars in the good old USA -Rattle N Hum (www.RattleNHumBarNYC.com).
Beer is my passion, business and love. When my brother Joe Donagher, Eamon Donnelly and I opened Rattle N Hum almost three years ago, it was our primary goal to showcase great beer and educate the general public to what great beer really is. We wanted to go one step beyond just pouring beers and provide a full, interactive experience between brewer, bar-owner and consumer. In keeping with this concept, part of our commitment to educating our patrons has been to invite many breweries to showcase their beers. The results have been tremendous and the community has responded to our mission by faithfully filling our bar and sharing craft beer and enthusiasm every night of the week.
I am truly in love with the craft beer market and am convinced that it is growing exponentially when I see “novice” explorers put down a Budweiser and get excited over a full IPA. I know there is an excitement about craft beer that is creating a need to get the word about great beer out on the streets. After a few too many beers Chris Cuzme and I decided (that we didn’t have enough!) that New York is ready for GET REAL NY!! That is how I came up with the idea of Get Real NY, a mecca of Cask conditioned Craft Beer all under one roof with the best local food to pair!
NYC foodies may already know Andy as half of the husband-and-wife team behind the prolifi c NYC-based site Wined & Dined. A corporate attorney-by-day and avid eater, drinker and food blogger by night, Andy fi ts right in with the other obsessed beer geeks at Get Real. A self-proclaimed “hop head”, he has been exploring the world of sour beers of late.
Mary Izett is a Certifi ed Beer Judge recognized by the International Beer Judge Certification Program, the New York City/Long Island columnist for the Ale Street News, and co-founder of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team. She is an active homebrewer specializing in sour ales and enjoys traveling the world in search of great beer and food. Follow her exploits at mylifeoncraft.com.
Chris Cuzme is a professional musician, avid homebrewer, and devoted student of all things beer. Cuzme is current President of the New York City Homebrewers Guild, President Emeritus of The Malted Barley Appreciation Society, co-founder of The New York City Degustation Advisory Team (www.nycdat.com), and is heavily involved in the makings of Wandering Star Craft Brewery – coming soon to a craft beer bar near you! At Get Real Belgian Fest, he will be sharing his Chamomile Wit and Ruby Red Saison…and more.