New York City Beer Week has an overwhelming selection of events, many of which require tickets. If you’re like us you want to celebrate Beer Week without spending $35-$75 per night on event tickets, never mind beer dinners that can run you north of $100 each. While these big ticketed events and dinners are great, some of the best Beer Week events are pay as you drink at a local bar where special beers or particular breweries are being featured. Here are five exciting Beer Week events that you don’t need a ticket for:
1. NY: The New Breed at Glorietta Baldy – On Wednesday February 25, this Bed-Stuy bar will be devoting the tap list to some of the newest of New York brewers. The 12 draft lines will include beers from Other Half, Braven, War Flag, and Transmitter among others. They are even throwing in some cider from Naked Flock in Warwick for those friends you have to drag out to beer week events.
2. Transmitter Brewing at Clinton Hall – Monday February 23, you can sip 10 different rare beers from the small Queens based brewery Transmitter Brewing. Owner and Brewer Anthony Accardi will be at the event talking about the brewery’s small batch farm house style beers that include interesting beers like a Buckwheat Biere de Garde and a Saison fermented in wine barrels with Zinfandel grapes. You can find the complete tap list here.
3. Victory Brewing Night at Double Windsor – The Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace will host Victory Brewing and its Brewmaster Bill Covaleski on Wednesday February 25. The still growing tap list is already impressive with beers like Helios Brett Saison, Hop Ranch Double IPA, and their 19th Anniversary Ale.
4. Canadian Brewer Night at Mission Dolores – Mission Delores in Park Slope is hosting a night of Canadian Brewers on Thursday February 26 with beers from Parallel 49, Steamworks, and Howe Sound. Some of the brewers will be on hand for the event and all the Canadian beers on tap will be discounted from 7 – 10 p.m.
5. Split Thy Skull XVI at Mugs Ale House – If you haven’t had enough extreme beers during the week Mugs Ale House gives you one last shot with their festival of high alcohol beers. Saturday February 28 and March 1 you can sip on an impressive list of beers that all top 8% ABV. The list includes brewers from all over the world like Canadian Dieu Die Ciel, Emilisse in the Netherlands, and Finback from Queens. It may also be one of your last chances to taste one of the beers brewed at the now closed 508 Gastrobrewery, Old Salty Barleywine 2014.