New York City Beer Week is fast approaching, and if there’s anything we’ve learned over the last six iterations of Beer Week, it’s that you need a plan of attack. The week is a combination of big events, tap takeovers, beer dinners and educational events.
Saturday, February 21
Opening Bash – The NYC Brewers Guild is partnering with the New York State Brewers Association to bring over 40 brewers from around the state to the Altman Building in Manhattan. In addition to tasting some of the best beer from New York City’s brewers, you’ll get the chance to have beers form some regional favorites like Rushing Duck and Port Jeff, as well as brewers we rarely see in the city like Rare Form Brewing from Troy New York and Crossroads from Athens New York. Tickets are $65 for general admission from 1-5 p.m. and $75 for VIP tickets that give you access to the event at 12 p.m.
Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree – Jimmy Carbone and Joshua M. Bernstein are bringing back Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree to celebrate some of the city’s best homebrew. The creativity of 16 homebrewers will be on display starting at 1 p.m. at Jimmy’s No. 43. Tickets include snacks like sliders, pretzels, veggie tacos, and kielbasa.
Sunday, February 22
Brewers Round Table at DBGB – New York City’s restaurants and brewers have been working to elevate beer and food together for years. Brooklyn Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief Mike Conklin will lead a round table discussion with KelSo Beer Co.’s Kelly Taylor, Bronx Brewery’s Chris Gallant, Peekskill Brewing’s Matt Levy, and DBGB’s Rory Douthit. The $25 tickets include beers from each brewery and snacks from DBGB.
Other Half and La Birreria Beer Dinner – La Birreria and Other Half Brewing teamed up for a three course beer pairing menu. The menu includes dishes like smoked octopus carpaccio paired with Maratona IPA (a collaboration beer between the two brewers). The brewers from both breweries will be on hand to speak about the beers and give diners a look at La Birreria’s brewing system. Tickets are $85 each.
Monday, February 23
KelSo Beer Dinner at Applewood – For the third time KelSo Beer Co. is working with the locally focused Park Slope restaurant Applewood for a beer week beer dinner. This year’s $115 dinner includes the dinner, tax, and gratuity. The five course beer pairing menu will be presented by brewmaster Kelly Taylor and chef Sam Sherman.
Transmitter Brewing at Clinton Hall – The Long Island City based brewery Transmitter will be serving 10 of their small batch farmhouse styled beers. The range of beers will take you from a rum barrel aged imperial stout to a rice saison to a blood orange and allspice Biere de Garde. Brewer Anthony Accardi will be on hand to discuss the beers. The event starts at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, February 24
Brewers Choice – Brewers Choice might be the premier event of beer week, with each New York State brewer bringing their SMASH (State Malt and State Hops) beer brewed with all New York State malt and hops. 24 New York Brewers will be serving with local small brewers like Folksbier, Secret Engine and Moustache Brewing alongside larger regional and national breweries like Allagash and Green Flash. Tickets are $65.
Wednesday, February 25
NY: The New Breed – Glorietta Baldy on Franklin Ave in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn will be devoting their taps to New York State beers and cider. The new batch of Brooklyn based brewers like War Flag, Braven, and Threes will be on display with some of the other breweries that have opened in the last one to two years.
Thursday, February 26
Barrel Aged Sours from Perrenial Artisan Ales – Bar Great Harry is getting their hands on some rare beers from Saint Louis based brewer Perrenial Artisan Ales (home of former New Yorker Jonathan Moxey). The eight beers from Perrenial will include Abraxas, Funky Wit, and Savant Blanc.
It’s a Grimm Affair – St. Gambrinus in Brooklyn will be celebrating a year of delicious beers from locally based Grimm Artisanal Ales with beers like Double Negative Imperial Stout and Color Field a wild American ale brewed with Hibiscus.
Saturday, February 28
Winter’s Grind – Joshua Bernstein and Chris Cuzme are bringing together local homebrewers, professional brewers, and food purveyors for beer and sausage at the recently opened Arrogant Swine in Bushwick from 1-4 p.m. 12 different sausages will be available to pair with beers from the likes of Secret Engine, Greenpoint Beer and Ale, and the Kings County Brewers Collective. Tickets are $45.
Gun Hill Brewing First Anniversary – Gun Hill Brewing in the Bronx will celebrate their First Anniversary with a party from 5-11 p.m. The party will feature live music, beer cocktails from Port Morris Distillery, and some limited edition beers from the award winning brewery.
Sunday, March 1
NYC Beer Week Closing Beer and Brass Brunch – Join the brewers as they close down New York City Beer Week at Brooklyn Bowl. The event will feature brunch food from Blue Ribbon and a brass band. The $40 ticket includes food and a pint of beer from breweries like Transmitter, Gun Hill, and Finback.