You might not think of November as a big month for events but the month that follows the German-themed October and precedes the holiday season is filled with beery things to do. Here are some of the best ones in the upcoming weeks:
Wednesday November 13
Prix Fixe Beer Dinner and Book Signing with John Holl at Jimmy’s No. 43. The five-course beer pairing menu will feature recipes from John Holl’s latest book “The American Craft Beer Cookbook” with pairings by John Holl himself. Tickets are $45 with copies of the book available for additional purchase (take our word for it, this book is worth the extra $20).
The Craft Experience. This is one of the few events where you have the opportunity to meet many of the brewers who make your favorite beers. The tickets are a hefty $89 for regular admission and $125 for the VIP ticket but over 125 of the best breweries will be there with over 30 distillers and food from local New York City vendors.
French Beer Night at the Double Windsor. France might not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of beer but there is a long tradition of great brews from this bastion of wine. Beer from the importer Shelton Brothers will make up the list.
Thursday November 14
Barrier tasting at Malt and Mold. Barrier Brewing may be the most celebrated Long Island brewery with seemingly boundless creativity. Malt and Mold in the Lower East Side will host a free tasting with cheese.
Vanberg & DeWulf Coast to Coast Toast 3. The pioneering importer will have a toast throughout the country with beers from their impressive portfolio. Participating New York City bars include Bierkraft, Owl Farm, Taproom 307, Cafe D’Alsace, Sunswick, and Bronx Ale House among others. Check in to beers from Vanberg & DeWulf to earn the badge and be entered in a contest for two round trip flights to Belgium.
Saturday November 16
Fourth Annual Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy’s No. 43. Some of the best Belgian beers from importers like 12%, Vanberg & DeWulf, Shelton Brothers, and B. United (think Cantillon, BFM, and Alvinne) will face off with American versions of Belgian styles from brewers like The Bruery and Ommegang. Tickets are $45.
Saturday November 23
NYC Craft Beer Festival – Winter Harvest. Held at the Lexington Armory this festival brings together some of the best American craft beers with a focus on local brews from New York brewers like Bronx Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Middle Ages. The festival’s seminars will touch on beer cocktails and how to craft flavorful and innovative beers. There will be three festival sessions, two on Saturday and a third on Sunday November 24. Advance tickets run from $55 to $125. BeerUnion has curated the beer list.
Sunday November 24
Pints for Prostates at Jimmy’s No 43. BeerUnion, Beertography, and Jimmy’s No.43 are teaming up to raise awareness for men’s health and prostate screenings while raising money for Pints for Prostates. Come back soon for details about beer specials and raffle prizes.
NYC Craft Beer Festival – Sunday’s session runs from 3-6:30 p.m. for VIPs and 4-6:30 p.m.
Friday November 29
Bourbon County Stout Launch – The much sought after Bourbon County Brand Stout from Goose Island will debut in New York City on Black Friday at Top Hops in Manhattan. The beer will be released at 9 a.m. so get there early!