NYC Beer Week – also known as the Best Week of the Year – is almost here. Below is a roundup of some of the most awesome events during the week, which runs from February 21 to March 2.
NYC Beer Week is held annually by the New York City Brewers Guild, a group of brewers whose mission is “to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through programs, events, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city.” Its members include The Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Company, City Island Beer Company, Coney Island Brewing, Dyckman Beer Co., Gun Hill Brewing Co., Heartland Brewery, KelSo of Brooklyn, La Birreria at Eataly, Other Half Brewing, Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company, Sixpoint, 508 GastroBrewery and Harlem Brewing Company.
Friday, February 21
Opening Night Bash at Vanderbilt Hall: This event will feature rare and obscure beers from more than 30 breweries from around the country. Ticket price ($75) includes a Beer Week tasting glass and unlimited tastings.
Saturday, February 22
Urban Oyster’s New NYC Brewery Tour: The launch of the first bus tour in NYC to visit craft breweries. Beer experts at Urban Oyster will bring you around the city to see and taste beer straight from the source. You’ll visit four different breweries, meet the brewers and the people producing the beer, get behind the scenes tours and access to some breweries that are not open to the public. The $105 ticket includes all beer, lunch, transportation, and a guide.
Sunday, February 23
Caskalot at 508 Gastrobrewery: A cask beer festival that begins on Sunday February 23rd. NYC Guild Breweries like 508 Gastrobrewery, Other Half Brewing Co., Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Craft Ales, Birreria At Eataly, Bronx Brewery, and others will be available. Ticket price includes unlimited pours of cask conditioned ale by NYC Brewers Guild Members, and tickets are available via Eventbrite. Festival beers will be available a la carte on Monday, Feb. 24 and Tuesday, Feb. 25 at regular prices while supplies last.
Monday, February 24
Women in Beer Night @ Taproom 307: Taproom 307 beer sommelier Hayley Jensen will be pouring some beers in celebration of beer week, including the debut of Empire Brewing Company’s “Sweet Fire.” Jensen brewed this beer with Empire Brewing’s brewer, Olivia Cerio and three other beer sommeliers: Anne Becerra from The Gingerman, Jen Torriero of Spring Lounge, and Katherine Kyle from Blind Tiger. The event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Taproom 307 is located at 307 3rd Ave in Manhattan.
Drink Local: NYC Beer and Brewing History: A panel discussion to celebrate NYC Beer Week. The event takes place at Covenhoven, 730 Classon Ave. in Brooklyn. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online. Admission includes a sneak peek into Brooklyn’s newest craft beer bar (slated to open to the public in March 2014), a generous sampling of draft beer and tasty snacks. Doors open at 7 p.m., with a reception to follow. Panelists include beer journalist and author Joshua M. Bernstein, David Naczycz, owner of Urban Oyster, Sam Richardson, brewer & co-owner of Other Half Brewing Company, Ben Wiley, co-owner of Bar Great Harry, Mission Dolores,The Owl Farm Bar & Glorietta Baldy Moderated by Meredith Heil, writer and founder of local beer blog, Beerded Ladies.
Tuesday, February 25
“Beer Lover’s New York” signing at The Gate: We’ll be at The Gate signing books where some of New York City’s best beers will be on tap, starting at 7 p.m.
Craft Beer Dinner at Applewood with KelSo: Kelly Taylor will be leading diners through a five course menu with beer pairings at the local and sustainability focused restaurant. Tickets are $75. Call 718.788.1810 to make a reservation.
Wednesday, February 26
Books on Tap: The Craft of Writing about Craft Beer: Jeremy Cowan of Shmaltz Brewing and author of Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, leads the area’s beer writers through a discussion on the craft of writing about craft beer at The Strand. We will be on hand discussing Beer Lover’s New York along with Joshua M. Bernstein (The Complete Beer Course), and John Holl (The American Craft Beer Cookbook). From 6:30-8 p.m., $15.
NYC Brewer’s Choice: One of the few events where brewers are on hand to pour their own beers. Beers are paired up with food. This year’s event at the Wythe Hotel will feature all New York State brewers, including some that we don’t normally see in New York City like Rocky Point, Blind Bat, and Crossroads. Tickets are $65.
Thursday, February 27
“Beer Lover’s New York” book signing and NY State Brewery Night at Jimmy’s No 43: We will be signing and discussing the book while enjoying some of New York State’s best beers with some of the brewers who make them.
Friday, February 28
NYC Craft Beer Festival – Spring Seasonals Friday Evening Session: Hand Crafted Tastings is bringing their beer festival back to the Lexington Armory with 75 brewers, many of whom will be local or regional. Advance tickets start at $55 for General Admission and range up to $125 for the Connoisseur Lounge.
Women & Beer First: A craft beer ladies pint night held at Glorietta Baldy and co-hosted by Beerded Ladies. A celebration of women in craft beer, featuring beer brewed by women. Many female members of the beer community will be in attendance. The event starts at 8 p.m.
Saturday, March 1
NYC Craft Beer Festival – Spring Seasonals Saturday Afternoon and Evening Sessions
Back to the Future with Peekskill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Shmaltz at Fourth Avenue Pub: Beers like Ithaca Brute 2011 (from Peekskill’s Jeff O’Neill), Shmaltz’s first Funky Jewbelation, and Geektoberfest 2010, a collaboration from all three brewers.
Sunday, March 2, 12-3 p.m.
Closing Brunch at Houston Hall