This weekend was a great kickoff to Craft Beer Week in the city. I hope you made it to some events, I spent all day Sunday at Get Real and enjoyed every minute of serving beers to people who knew their beer, and perhaps enjoyed even more helping those who didn’t know what they wanted find a beer that suited their tastes. But we’re just getting started.
Tonight at Amity Hall they will be pouring Lagunitas beers, these guys make great IPAs, several different ways. Look for Hop Stoopid if you can get it. Dive 75 will be pouring local Blue Point beers, but maybe the winning ticket tonight is Two Brothers at Mudville9 in Tribeca. It seems difficult to find their beers in the city, but this Midwest brewery puts out some nice beers.
Tuesday the thing that catches my eye first is The Bruery at Blind Tiger. These guys are chill brewers and they pulled a gold medal for Oude Tart at GABF. That begins at 6pm, and an hour earlier Rattle N Hum is having their Victory Brewing Night. Tonight is the night for Victory it seems, as Colicchio & Sons Tap Room is hosting a Victory Brewing dinner at 7:30, reservations required. Late night, at 9:30 you can get Sixpoint’s beers paired with pizza and pasta at L’asso in Nolita.
Wednesday’s lunch should probably be paired with Stone’s beers if you are in Astoria. Sunswick 35/35 will have 7 Stone beers on tap from 11:30am to 4pm and the brewer will be there. Reservation required but it is a free event. Also on Wednesday, if you make a reservation at Jimmy’s No. 43, you can swing by anytime after 5:30 for a pre-fix 4 course meal paired with The Bruery’s beers. Firestone Walker will be featured at two bars, first a free tasting at Mudville9 at 6pm, and then at Amity Hall they’ll be featuring FW beers at least by 8pm. Firestone Walker knows hops, they took a bunch of medals at GABF, including a near sweep of the American Pale Ale category taking gold & silver in that.
Thursday is a big day. The big event that I like most is the Brewer’s Choice dinner. 15 brewers the likes of Garrett Oliver and Greg Hall will be pairing their beers with local food. Check out the link below for details. Rattle N Hum has a double event going at 5pm, Ommegang’s brewer will be there and Left Hand Brewery’s owner will be there. A rare double treat. Jimmy’s No. 43 will have Brewmaster Phil Markowski of Southampton Publik House pairing his beers with oysters. Richard Norgrove and the rest of the brewing team at Bear Republic will be at Pacific Standard in BK pairing their Cali brews with Cali cheeses, reservation required. If you’re out on Staten Island, head to the Wild Goose for a lot of rare Harpoon beers, free event and no reservation needed. At 7pm at Dive Bar on 96th, there will be 4 brewers from NY State, another great free event where you can sample beers not regularly available in the city.
That should get you going through week, a final update will be coming later to prepare for the weekend. Prost!
Game on! I just got back from GABF and now it’s time for Craft Beer Week, heaven. I just plowed through the list of events and highlighted a few of the things that I think are truly worth going out of your way for this week. Time to take advantage of access to beer we don’t normally have.
Of course the official kickoff event is Freaktoberfest at 7pm tonight at the Rock Shop in Park Slope. Open bar and 35 breweries pouring, and the release of Coney Island’s Freaktoberfest giving the event its name.
Also today Oskar Blues is featured at a couple bars, Palo Santo in Park Slope is pairing South American food with the beers from Colorado from 5pm to 7, but the beer pours till 9. Mudville9 in Tribeca has a free tasting from 6-8 of Dale’s, Gordan’s and Mama’s Little Yellow.
Otter Creek’s Brewmaster will be at Amity Hall at 8:30. Perhaps my favorite sports bar in the city. Good food, great beer. Mike’s responsible for their new line of bigger and bolder beers after moving to this brewery from DFH.
For this weekend I have already mentioned the Cask Fest, but if you can’t make that, there are other great events happening.
On Saturday Mudville9 has a free tasting of The Bruery’s Trade Winds and Autumn Maple. 3:30-5:30pm. These guys are chill and make some great brews, and if you see Oude Tart anywhere drink this gold medal winner. I’d look for their beer anywhere, but I might have to chase down some free tastes too. When that’s over, roll to The Half Pint where they will be pouring Autumn Maple and Orchard White from 6-8pm.
You have to get reservations at DBGB for either of their 6pm & 9pm Ommegang events. Three Philosophers pulled a bronze medal, and I’m sure that beer will be featured.
At Kelso in Brooklyn they’re pouring $4 pints of their beer from 9pm until you leave, the brewers are hanging out too.
Sunday I’ll be at Get Real, even so I’ll be missing The Bruery pouring at Amity Hall. I would really enjoy some football, food and alternating Trade Winds and Autumn Maple pints starting at 2pm.
Also starting at 2 and running for 6 hours is a pig roast at Sycamore Flower Shop in BK. $25 bucks a plate and 5 different Laguintas beers. A reservation is required for that, and also the dinner at Jimmy’s No. 43 which starts at 5. There you will find some very rare beers.
That’s it for this post. I’ll have another update over the weekend to get you (and myself) set for the rest of the week. Visit the link below for the complete list of events and more details.