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.

NY Craft Beer Week

Perhaps the biggest event to kick it all off is Get Real NY Cask & Food Festival. 2 sessions each on Saturday & Sunday, this is a great way to get the week going with all the different beers that will be available in one place. Spend several hours walking around trying great cask ales and local food.

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.

NY Craft Beer Week Events
Get Real NY Cask & Food Festival