NYC Beer Week: Halfway Through

We’ve reached the half way point in NYC Beer Week, one of the most fun but also exhausting weeks for beer fans in New York. So we’re taking this moment to look back at the first half:

Friday night the week kicked off with the Opening Bash at Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The NYC Brewers Guild hosted hundreds of beer drinkers in celebrating local and regional brewers. Some of the most talked about beers came from new brewers like Finback Brewery, Other Half Brewing, and Gun Hill Brewing. The event could have benefitted from some more food but you can’t complain too much about cheese from Murray’s Cheese.

Saturday saw the inaugural Urban Oyster NYC Brewery Tour which stopped at four of New York City’s breweries and brewpubs. A more detailed review of the tour will be released on BeerUnion soon. Gun Hill, the newest brewery in the city also held a Micro Brewery Night with Sloop Brewing, Rushing Duck Brewing, and Port Jeff Brewing. Over 200 people made the trip to the Bronx to check out the new brewery and taste some of the other hard to find beers.

508 Gastrobrewery held its first Caskalot event with cask beers from many New York breweries, several with experimental additions in the cask.

Covenhoven, a new bottle shop in Crown Heights gave drinkers a peek at the new shop (scheduled to open next weekend) while Meredith Heil, of Beerded Ladies moderated a discussion NYC Beer and Brewing with David Naczycz of Urban Oyster, Ben Wiley of Mission Delores, Bar Great Harry, and Glorietta Baldy, beer writer Joshua Bernstein, and Other Half Brewing owner and brewer Sam Richardson. More on that event here.

New York beers were on display on Tuesday at The Gate in Brooklyn with a Beer Lover’s New York book signing and tasting, featuring beers from Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing, Finback Brewery, Other Half Brewing, Radiant Pig Craft Beers, and Shmaltz on hand with their beers. Pony Bar in Hell’s Kitchen also hosted a Hudson Valley beer night with Rushing Duck Brewing, Newburgh Brewing, Peekskill Brewing, and Keegan Ales.

NYC Brewer’s Choice might be the premier beer and food event on the city’s beer calendar. Wednesday’s event moved to the Wythe Hotel in Williamsburg this year and featured predominantly New York brewers and several beers made with 100% New York Ingredients. Jeff “Chief” O’Neill of Peekskill Brewing was the night’s keynote speaker.

Wednesday The Strand book store hosted a Books on Tap panel with authors Joshua Bernstein, John Holl, Jeremy Cowan, and us (Sarah Annese, and Giancarlo Annese).

If you attended all or most of these events from the first half of beer week take a deep breath and get ready for a huge second half. Here’s just some of what’s in store:

Thursday night features some of the best events focused on New York State beers. The Bronx Ale House will celebrate the city’s northernmost brewing revival with beers from Bronx Brewery, Gun Hill Brewing, City Island Beer Co., and Jonas Bronck’s Beer Co. Brewers will be on hand to discuss their beers. Thursday will also be your chance to get a taste of the limited Wild Streak from Brooklyn Brewery’s BQE series at Stinky Bklyn and Hops and Hocks. Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village and the St. Gambrinus bottle shop will be focusing on New York State beers.

Friday night starts the NYC Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory which also runs two sessions on Saturday. Cafe D’Alsace on the Upper East Side will be serving a beer brushed suckling pig pairing meal during the release of Gun Hill Frosted Hop Strong Ale at the restaurant.

If you’re looking for some of the best high alcohol beers, Mugs Ale House in Williamsburg will be having the fifteenth edition of  Split Thy Skull with 17 beers over 8% ABV. NYC Craft Beer Festival continues and Tap Room 307 will be serving New York beers all day and night.

NYC Beer Week closes down Sunday at with brunch at Houston Hall.

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