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Heart Skips a Beet Short Mead

The Inspiration:

I’m a latecomer to beets. They were not part of my childhood diet and I really didn’t start eating them until sometime in the last ten years. But now they’re one of my favorite foods – a good beet salad can’t be beat (harhar)! And while I’ve had several beet beers that I enjoyed in the past, I hadn’t yet made a beet beverage myself. So when I volunteered to teach a workshop at the annual Ferment! Ferment! festival this year, I had the perfect excuse. Ferment! Ferment! is a fantastic free fermentation fest that takes place every February here in Brooklyn – there are workshops, live music and the attendees bring all kinds of wonderful fermented foods & beverages to share. It’s pretty amazing. I wanted to pour a couple of short meads made with local, seasonal ingredients during the workshop so I headed to the Stannard Farm stand at the Tompkins Square Greenmarket and picked up honey and beets to make my first fermented beet beverage.

Heart Skips a Beet Short MeadThe Recipe:

-1 gallon batch-

Ingredients:
  • 4.5 oz local beet, diced (about half a beet)
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 1 lb local Stannard Farm honey
  • filtered water
  • Red Star Pasteur Champagne dry yeast (yellow packet)
  • ~1/16 tsp Wyeast beer yeast nutrient
Process:
  • Added diced beet, star anise and nutrient to Pyrex measuring cup, poured off-boil water to cover and steeped for 10 minutes
  • Poured honey into a 1-gallon wide-mouthed glass jar
  • Added a few cups of filtered water to honey in jar and stirred until honey dissolved
  • Removed 1 star anise pod from “tea” and added liquid, beets and remaining star anise to jar
  • Topped off with filtered water and pitched around 1/3 packet of yeast
  • Fermented at around 78º F for four days
  • Cold-crashed and force-carbed 2 liters in a plastic soda bottle with The Carbonater Cap, bottled remainder in a glass flip-top jar

OG: 1.040 (3.10.2015)

FG: 1.004 (3.14.2015)

ABV: Around 4.7% (the beet may have added sugar but I have no way know if it did or guesstimate how much)

Tasting Notes:

I really love this one. The star anise complements the earthiness of the beets perfectly. Highly drinkable.

Thoughts:

This is a terrific late-summer/fall/winter seasonal short mead to make. It’s easy, ridiculously quick and delicious – plus it is such a beautiful color! I have another half-gallon batch going now and will definitely be adding this one to my go-to short mead recipes for events, tastings and the like. It’s an attention-getter that tastes as good as it looks.

 

Fermentations in Progress:
  • sourdough starter
  • Jun & Kombucha
  • more Heart Skips a Beet Short Mead

Happy Fermenting!

Passion Fruit Mosaic Saison

The Inspiration:

I was invited by Brooklyn Homebrew to brew a beer for a local event: Allagash Brewing Company‘s Saison Day at Three’s Brewing. Allagash debuted their new Century Saison by holding Saison Day events around the country celebrating the style. For the event at Three’s Brewing, eight local homebrewers were invited to brew a saison and pour samples. I recently had a delicious passion fruit sour ale brewed by Oskar Norlander, Erik Norlander and Peter Salmond that inspired me to try passion fruit in one of my beers. Why Mosaic? Well, because I freaking love that hop. And as it turns out, it goes perfectly with passion fruit.

BIAB draining with wide potThe Recipe:

(a 5.5 gallon batch brewed on my stove top using the Brew in a Bag method)

Malt Bill:
  • 8 lbs Belgian Pils Malt (80%)
  • 2 lbs White Wheat Malt (20%)

Mashed in at 154º F for 60 minutes then mashed out at 170º F.  No sparge – drained grain bag in colander over oven rack into my brew pot.

Pre-boil gravity: 1.046

Addition Schedule (60 minute boil):

  • 60 min: 1 oz French Strisselspalt pellet hops (5.6% AA)
  • Flame-out: 1 oz Mosaic pellet hops (11.6% AA)

Approximate IBUs: 21

Pitched 2 packets of Danstar Belle Saison dry yeast (not rehydrated)

Fermentation Schedule: (6-gallon Better Bottle)

  • Days 1-3: 64-65º F
  • Days 4-7: 79-80º F
  • Moved to 33º F fridge on Day 7.
  • Day 9: Split batch into two 3-gallon Better Bottles. Racked under CO2: half onto 14 oz of Mamitas passion fruit pulp (thawed in bag & bag sanitized with StarSan before opening) and half onto 1 oz Mosaic pellet hops. Kept at 33º F. I split the batches as I was considering kegging the two separately but they were so delicious together I ended up blending in the keg.
  • Day 14: Blended, kegged & served (yep, last minute keg shake-a-roo. Not ideal but it works.)

OG: 1.050 (3.7.2015)

FG: 1.001 (3.14.2015)

ABV: 6.5%

Tasting Notes:

Delicious! The Mosaic hops and passion fruit compliment each other beautifully. Both are present but not overwhelming and the passion fruit is not sweet. A non-traditional yet tasty dry saison.

Thoughts:

Holy cow – I’m definitely brewing this one again. Although I did not win the mini-comp as the judges thought it was not traditional enough, it got compliments galore (from the public & brewers) and was very popular. I’d like to brew a more sessionable version, perhaps around 4.5% ABV, and I’ll probably use slightly less passion fruit and hops for that version. I’d also like to try using passion fruit and Mosaic hops in cider and kefir beer (boozy water kefir).

Fermentations in Progress:

  • sourdough starter
  • Greenmarket Beet Short Mead (recipe coming soon!)
  • some very old sour beers
  • Jun & Kombucha

Happy Fermenting!

Allagash Saison Day at Three's Brewing

Allagash Saison Day at Three’s Brewing Top Row: Allagash Owner Rob Tod with comp winners Brett Taylor, Jason Sahler & Zack Kinney. The Crowd. Middle Row: Brooklyn Homebrew owners Danielle Cefaro & Benjamin Stutz. Rob Tod, Allagash rep Kristen Demergian & me. Bottom Row: Homebrewer Jason Sahler, me & Three’s head brewer Greg Doroski. Homebrewer Fritz Fernow. Homebrewer Jeff Lyons.

 

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Fingerless mitts for Juren
My favorite fingerless mitt pattern for guys: Men’s Fingerless Mitts by Kathy North. I made a few modifications based on CaribooMama’s mods. You can find the details here. Very simple, fast & customizable knit!

Nov 18 inspic

Under the Williamsburg Bridge

My Life on Craft as a beer & food blog is over (for now, anyway). I’m bringing other creative pursuits back into my life and want to use this space for those. I’m continuing to brew and imbibe and that will occasionally show up here, but I’m focusing those energies on Fuhmentaboudit, the weekly show that Chris Cuzme and I co-host on Heritage Radio Network. You can catch us live every Monday from 7 to 7:30 pm here on Heritage Radio Network and the shows are archived on the HRN site as well as iTunes and Stitcher. The show is a ton of fun to host and I’ve learned quite a bit in the year that we’ve been on. If you’re interested in fermentation, I hope you’ll check us out. We also have a companion website here. It’s mostly show pics & links but I’m going to be posting some recipes and other stuff as I have time. I’ve posted some NYC beer event links on the left sidebar and intend to keep those there for the duration. Otherwise, this will be a window into My Life on Craft – textiles, jewelry, dyes, fabric, felt, yarn & more. Stay tuned.

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Monday the 17th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Midnight Sun Meltdown Double IPA, and will be tapped at 5 pm.


*Belgian draft beers are 1/2 price every Monday night at all of the Petite Abeille locations (StuyTown, Chelsea, TriBeCa & Flatiron).


**Proletariat in the East Village celebrates the official NYC launch of Switzerland’s Brasserie Trois Dames with a guided tasting led by owner and brewer Raphaël Mettler. Beers will be up at 5 pm and the tasting begins at 6:30 pm. The tasting is $30. with seating first come, first serve. Featured beers:

      • Grande Dame Oud Bruin
      • La Semeuse Espresso Stout
      • Fraicheur du Soir – double witbier
      • Fraicheur du Soir au Basilic – double witbier with basil
      • L’Amoureuse Rouge – barrel-aged sour ale brewed with Gamaret grape must
      • L’Amoureuse Blanche – barrel-aged sour ale brewed with Chasselas grape must
      • Saison Framboise – sour raspberry saison

**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Flying Pigs Road to Pig Island Prix Fixe dinner featuring beers from Brasserie de Silly at 7 pm. The 6-course dinner is $45 and tickets can be purchased here. Call 212-982-3006 to reserve day of. The menu:

Apricot country pate crostini with apricot thyme jam, beer pickled shallot and mint

Kale, mustard greens, avocado, asian vinaigrette, and crispy pig ear

Squid ink ramen in pork faux (pho) broth with favas, pig tongue, pig shank and uni miso bubbles

Seared pigs heart over sunchoke puree with wilted arugula, sunflower seed sauce, and sunflower sprouts

Beer and apple braised pig cheeks over fennel and blue cheese risotto with fennel powder

Leaf lard cardamom crust, pomegranate gel, macerated seasonal fruit, berry powder, cream


Tuesday the 18th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features beers from Avery. The tasting starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.


*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features beers from Mahr’s Brau and begins at 7:30 pm. The line-up:

      • Pils
      • Hell
      • Ungespundet
      • Saphir Weisse
      • Bock
      • Ginger Bock

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has an Allagash event today. These beers will be on by 4 pm:

      • Tripel
      • Four
      • Curieux
      • Bourbon Black
      • Black
      • Victor Ale
      • Victoria Ale
      • White
      • Dubbel
      • Odyssey

Wednesday the 19th:

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features Sierra Nevada. $10 at the bar gets you: full pours of Pale Ale, Torpedo & Summerfest plus a taste of bourbon TBD. Valid from 7-9 pm and you must arrive by 7:15 to participate.


*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a “Buy Your Way into Heaven” event tonight.


*Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a Smuttynose Tap Takeover beginning at 4 pm.


*City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Greenport Harbor tasting tonight from 6-9 pm. The list:

      • Summer Ale
      • Citrus IPA
      • Otherside IPA
      • Canard Noir Dark Saison

*Third Avenue Ale House on the UES has a Troegs event today at 7 pm featuring these drafts:

      • Sunshine Pils
      • Perpetual IPA
      • Flying Mouflan Barleywine
      • Naked Elf
      • Triple Mango IPA

*Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg has a Meet the Brewer event with Renaissance Brewing from New Zealand from 5 pm on. The list:

      • Elemental Porter
      • Stonecutter Scotch Ale
      • M.P.A.
      • Craftsman Oatmeal Chocolate Stout
      • Voyager IPA

*Sycamore in Ditmas Park has a Carton Brewing Flight Night. There will be several year round and specialty beers on draft and flights of four 5 oz pours will be available for $8 all night.


Thursday the 20th:

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Greenport Harbor tap takeover tonight beginning at 7 pm with this list:

      • Harbor Ale
      • Black Duck Porter
      • Citrus IPA
      • Otherside IPA
      • Summer Ale
      • Chinook Red
      • Havre Rouge Belgian Pale Ale
      • Baltic Porter
      • Nut Brown
      • Triton Barleywine
      • Canard Noir (2012)
      • Antifreeze Old Ale (2010)
      • Antifreeze Old Ale (2012)
      • Spring Turning Rye Saison (2012)
      • and a special cask TBA

*Smack Mellon in Dumbo celebrates their Sandy Restoration with a Summer Solstice Party from 7 to 11 pm tonight. Tickets are $10 in advance (until June 19) or $15 at the door and all proceeds support the reconstruction of their Artist Studio Program space. Attendees get beer tastings and 2 beers compliments of KelSo Beer Company, Empire Brewing Company, and Heartland Brewery.  Purchase of additional beers will be available, special bottles of KelSo Flemish Red Ale will be released ($15/bottle) and their will be DJs & the Mexico Blvd food truck on site. Please bring lounge chairs or beach blankets.


* Bronx Ale House in the Bronx has a Troegs in the (Ale)house! event beginning at 7 pm. The list:

      • Scratch Beer #98: Triple Mango IPA
      • Naked Elf: The base for Troegs infamous Mad Elf, without the additions of cherry and honey
      • Dreamweaver Wheat
      • Sunshine Pils
      • HopBack Amber
      • Javahead Stout
      • Pale Ale
      • Perpetual IPA

Friday the 21st:

*Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint is hosting a Ballast Point event tonight from 6-10 pm. The list:

      • Thai Chile Lime Wahoo Wheat
      • Sculpin IPA
      • Habanero Chile Sculpin IPA
      • Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale
      • Ballast Point Chipotle Cocoa Black Marlin Porter
      • Dorado Imperial IPA
      • Fathom India Pale Lager
      • Levonian Saison

*Mission Dolores in Park Slope has a Summer Kickoff event all weekend long. Goofy summer movies, beachy tunes & these beers (which will be randomly tapped throughout the weekend):

      • Ovila Saison with mandarin oranges and peppercorns
      • Ballast Point Barmy
      • Saint Feuillien/Green Flash Biere De L’Amitie
      • Captain Lawrence/Mission Dolores Prime Directive (This is the very last keg of our anniversary beer.)
      • 2012 Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black
      • A shed load of great summer beers, many of which will be available in pitchers

Saturday the 22nd:

*June 22: Homebrewklyn, a Homebrewer’s Contest & Festival, is on Saturday, June 22nd at The Green Building in Gowanus. The $30 ticket will net you tastes of 22 different local homebrews in one of two sessions, from 11:30 to 2:30 or 3 to 6 pm. The line-up so far:

      • Andrew Grimm – Blackberry Headed Stranger
      • Jeff Lyons – £ 3 Rye Saison
      • Tony Bellis – Summer Thyme Belgian Pale Ale
      • Ryan McMahon –
      • William Reder – Beni Shoga Cider
      • Shannon Bowser – Goldbrick Imperial Farmhouse
      • Jon Luton – “Old Jon Finn”
      • Sheri Jewhurst
      • Michael LaPlante – This Ones For Hope!
      • David Smucker – Eddard
      • Jason Sahler
      • Kate Boicourt – The Venus de Gowanus
      • Brett Taylor – Iris IPA
      • Robert and Christopher – Adulthood
      • Chris Grunke – Grunke Bitter
      • Michael Messenie – Best Bitter
      • Casey Soloff – Kiwi’s Big Adventure –
      • Josh Quinn – Bohemian Raspberry
      • Mick Spicer – EPA
      • Mike Cafaro & Dru Nichols – Not Your Bud IPL
      • Alex Merahn

*Malt & Mold on the LES has a free Barrier tasting from 3 to 6 pm today.


**Owl Farm in Park Slope celebrates their 1st Birthday all day long. Expect happy hour pricing from 12:30 to 6 pm, open drafts from 6-7 pm, food from Der Kommissar & bottle raffles all day long. No list but they’ve been stashing special kegs for months.


Sunday the 9th:


Other upcoming events:

Impressive and/or larger events that are coming soon:

**June 25: Get Real Presents has the “Farmhouse Fest” on Tuesday, June 25 at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Tickets are $65 ahead and get you unlimited tastings of Belgian, Dutch, French & American style Farmhouse craft beers, unlimited tastings of Farmhouse Style wines & tastings of Farmhouse style foods like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles all perfectly paired with featured wines and beers.


*July 20: The NYC Craft Beer Festival “Summer Jazz” is on Saturday, July 20 at Webster Hall in the East Village. The festival features two sessions with Connoisseur, VIP & General Admission options in each: 12:30-3:30 (VIP & Connoisseur), 1-3:30 pm (GA), 5-8:30 pm (VIP & Connoisseur) and 6-8:30 pm (GA). Tickets range from $55 to $135. Access to educational seminars is included with each ticket, food will be available for purchase & live jazz music provided by the Blue Note. More information and a current brewery & beer list can be found here.


That’s it for now. My friend Chris O’Leary does a fine job of listing daily NYC-area events on a daily basis – please check out his picks (& other beer news) at Brew York New York. My friend Riley has an excellent listing of weekend food & drink events in NYC on his site, RileyList. Want to know what’s on tap around the city? Check out Beer Menus for tap lists and local event listings.

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Sam Caligione of Dogfish Head & Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery at a SAVOR preview last week

Whoa – SAVOR, the beer & food pairing extravaganza put on by the Brewers Association, hits NYC this weekend & there are a slew of beer folks in town as a result. This is not a week to stay in, folks. Get out there and enjoy some fantastic craft beer, food & company! UPDATE: More SAVOR week events are posted here on the SAVOR site.

*UPDATED DAILY*

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*= Free food and/or giveaways at this event
*= a My Life on Craft Favorite (especially recommended by Mary)
*= updated or added after post was originally published


Monday the 10th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Dilewyns Vicaris Generaal and will be tapped at 5 pm. Brewer/co-owner Anne-Catherine Dilewyns will be on hand.


*Belgian draft beers are 1/2 price every Monday night at all of the Petite Abeille locations (StuyTown, Chelsea, TriBeCa & Flatiron).


**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Parla Italian Craft Beer Dinner with Italian craft beer expert Katie Parla of Parla Food at 7 pm. The 5-course dinner is $45 and tickets can be purchased here. Call 212-982-3006 to reserve day of.

Light welcome snacks
paired with Barley’s Friska

Soft Cheeses on Toast
paired with Almond 22’s Farrotta

Trofie al Pesto
Paired with LoverBeer’s BeerBera

Game Stew
paired with Montegioco’s Demon Hunter

Chocolate-based Dessert
paired with Gradi Plato’s Chocarrubica


Tuesday the 11th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features beers from Flying Dog with CEO Jim Caruso. The tasting starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.


*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features Italian craft beers from B United and begins at 7:30 pm.


**Good Beer in the East Village has an Allagash Rarities event tonight from 6:30 to 9. Taps:

      • Curieux
      • Interlude
      • Blonde
      • Midnight Brett
      • 3 more TBA

**One Mile House on the Lower East Side has an event featuring Allagash, The Bruery & Ommegang beginning at 3 pm today.

Allagash:

      • Black
      • Bourbon Black
      • Curieux
      • Midnight Brett
      • Triple
      • White

The Bruery:

      • Bois
      • Hottenroth
      • Humulus
      • Mischief
      • Rugbrod
      • White Oak

Ommegang:

      • Art of Darkness
      • Chocolate Indulgence
      • Fleur de Houblon
      • Gnommegang
      • Hennepin
      • Irone Throne

**The NYC Premiere of Beer Hunter: The Movie, the story of Michael Jackson, is tonight at 7:30 pm at Anthology Film Archives in the East Village. Doors open at 7 pm and tickets are $10 ahead or $12 at the door. Light complimentary beer/food samples from Brooklyn Brewery, Saison Dupont, Slant Shack Jerky and more will be served and remarks will be made by: Steve Hindy of Brooklyn Brewery, John Holl, Editor of All About Beer Magazine, & Tom Acitelli, author of The Audacity of Hops. Cohosted by Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No 43/Beer Sessions Radio & Seth Wright of Beer Nation. An After Party will be at Jimmy’s No 43.


*There’s a Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg beginning at 7:30 pm themed Sweet & Sour. Live music by the Margi and the Dapper Dots. Featured beers:

      • Jacobin Rouge
      • St. Louis Geuze Fond Tradition
      • Mort Subite Kriek
      • Scaldis Peche Mel

*Owl Farm in Park Slope has a Brooklyn Brewery event beginning at 6 pm. All event drafts are only $4 from 6-10 pm. Here’s the list:

      • Ama Bionda
      • Brooklyner Weisse
      • Fiat Lux
      • Pennant Ale Firkin
      • Radius
      • Scorcher #366
      • Silver Anniversary Lager
      • Sorachi Ace
      • Summer Ale
      • Vintage Black Chocolate Stout
      • Vintage Monster Ale
      • A very special, secret Ghost Bottle.
      • We’ll be also raffling off 1 Ghost Bottle, and 1 2011 Brooklyn Companion

**Rattle n Hum in Midtown is hosting the Sierra Nevada crew tonight at 6 pm. Featured drafts:

      • Sierra Nevada – Hoptimum
      • Sierra Nevada – Ovila
      • Evil Twin – Falco
      • Evil Twin – Lil B

Wednesday the 12th:

**The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts a Maine Beer Company event tonight – drafts will be up by 3 pm.

      • Maine

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a special Wednesday Night Tasting with Ballast Point. CEO/Founder Jack White will guide participants through a tasting of 5 beers at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.


*Idle Hands in the East Village has a special $10 tasting tonight. They’re pairing beers from Blue Point with songs from System of A Down. $10 at the bar gets you four beers from Blue Point: Hoptical Illusion, Mosiac Hopped – Hoptical Illusion, Blue Point Summer Ale & Toxic Sludge along with a taste of a TBA bourbon.


*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a Peak Organic event tonight.


***The Stag’s Head in Midtown East are celebrating SAVOR with an event featuring Dogfish Head, Abita, Ommegang and Sierra Nevada at 6 pm. Free snacks will be served at 6 pm.


*The Bronx Brewery is celebrating the release of their latest beer, the Bronx Summer Pale Ale, at the Boat Basin Cafe on the UWS from 5 to 9 pm.


**Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace hosts a Ballast Point Night beginning at 8 pm. The list:

      • Habanero Sculpin
      • Reef Rye Brown Ale
      • Calico Copper Amber Nitro
      • Tongue Buckler Imperial Red
      • Thai Chili Wahoo Wheat
      • Black Marlin Porter
      • Victory at Sea Coffee Vanilla Imperial Porter
      • Dorado Double IPA
      • Fathom India Pale Lager
      • Barmy

*Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint is hosting a Flying Dog Meet the Brewer event from 6 to 10 tonight. Meet head brewer Matt Brophy & brewery owner Jim Caruso and drink from this list:

      • Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
      • Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
      • Big Black Wit
      • Sorachi Ace Single Hop Imperial IPA
      • Citra Single Hop Imperial IPA
      • Easy IPA

**Cooper’s Craft & Kitchen in the East Village has an Allagash Tap takeover tonight from 6 to 9 pm. The line-up:

      • Victor
      • Victoria
      • White
      • Black
      • Bourbon Black
      • Curieux
      • James Bean

**George Keeley on the Upper West Side has an Ithaca Beer Versus! event from 7 to 10 pm. Vote for your favorites from these contenders:

      • Ithaca Flower Power vs. Empire IPA
      • Ithaca Nut Brown vs. Avery Ellies Brown
      • Ithaca Apricot Wheat vs. 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon
      • Ithaca Pale Ale vs. Captain Lawrence Freshchester

Thursday the 13th:

*The Spring Lounge in Soho hosts a very special Kegs & Eggs today with Flying Dog & Left Hand Brewing. Folks from both breweries will be there and Black Shack Chef/Owner Jeffrey Maslanka is preparing a delicious breakfast for all to enjoy, gratis. Beers tapped at 8 am.

Left Hand:

      • Good Juju
      • Stranger Rye Pale Ale
      • Twin Sisters Double IPA
      • Polestar Pilsner
      • Sawtooth on nitro
      • Milk Stout on nitro

Flying Dog:

      • Green Tea Imperial Stout
      • Single Hop Sorachi Ace Imperial IPA
      • Easy IPA
      • Big Black Wit
      • Gonzo Imperial Porter
      • In Heat Wheat

**Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a special Thursday Night Tasting & Draft Event with Left Hand. VP of Operations Chris Lennert will guide participants through a tasting of 5 beers at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat. Otherwise, you can purchase by the glass from a list of the breweries offerings:

      • Milk Stout
      • Sawtooth ESB
      • Twin Sisters Double IPA
      • Week Sauce Coffee Porter
      • Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout
      • Good JuJu Ginger Pale Ale
      • Great JuJu (Imperial Good JuJu)
      • Polestar Pilsner
      • Stranger Pale Ale
      • 400 Pound Monkey English IPA
      • 2 Casks (TBA!)

**The Pony Bar in Hell’s Kitchen has a Sierra Nevada event tonight beginning at 6 pm. Twenty taps, two casks and Ken & Brian Grossman of Sierra will be there. Sweet!


***The Pines in Gowanus has a Stone Master Pairings dinner in their backyard. The dinner features 6 courses paired with 6 Stone beers and best of all, “Dr Bill” Sysak, Stone’s Master Pairing expert & all-around awesome guy, will be there. $65 a person, e-mail pinesbrooklyn@gmail.com
or call 718-596-6560 to reserve your spot.


*Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace hosts a Founders Night beginning at 8 pm. The list:

Drafts:

      • KBS
      • Double Trouble
      • Dirty Bastard
      • Nitro Pale Ale
      • All Day IPA
      • Red’s Rye PA
      • Rübæus

Bottles:

      • DOOM Imperial IPA
      • Bolt Cutter Barley Wine

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Pre-Savor Boot Camp with Cicerone Guides from 6 to 8 tonight. San Francisco Master Cicerone Rich Higgins and New York Beer Cicerone Samuel Merritt will guide attendees through a series of “beer drills” – tickets are $35. Here’s what to expect:

Drill 1: How to Taste and Evaluate Beer

We’ll kick things off with a delicious Belgian beer, and learn to listen to the hops, feel the malts, explore the fermentation, and taste the beer’s whole story.

Drill 2: Off-Flavors Seminar

Taste a control beer alongside samples of the same beer spiked with common beer off-flavors. Learn how these unexpected flavors can taint a beer, and how to protect your beer against them. Impress your friends by knowing whether or not their beer contains delicious-sounding compounds like diacetyl, lactic acid, 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol, and isoamyl acetate. Plus, learn what beer styles those flavors might be acceptable in.

Drill 3: Beer and Food Pairing

Sample three different beer and food pairings with food from Jimmy’s No. 43. Taste pairings that are greater than the sum of their parts, and learn general and advanced strategies for beer and food pairing.


*Barcade in Williamsburg hosts a Full Sail Beer Night beginning at 4 pm. The list (complete with Barcade’s excellent descriptions):

      • Amber – 5.5% ABV – Full bodied with a spicy, floral hop finish
      • Black Gold – 9.6% – Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout offers a silky smooth blend of chocolate and caramel
      • Extra Special Barney – 6.5% – ESB developed by lead brewer Barney Brennan as the first release in the Brewer’s Share series
      • IPA – 6.0% – English style IPA boasting big, bold malt character and intense aromatics
      • Jimvar – 5.6% – Bohemian style Pilsner developed by brewmaster Jim Kelter as part of the Brewer’s Share series
      • LTD # 5 – 5.6% – Vienna style Pale Lager just might convert you to Lagerism
      • Old Boardhead Barleywine 2002 – 9.0% – Vintage Barleywine aged for over a decade!
      • Phil’s Existential Alt – 5.1% – German style Altbier re-released in April 2012 as part of the Brewer’s Share series
      • Vendell’s Veizen – 7.2% – German style Weizenbock is sweet and malty with a pinch of pumpernickel

**Rattle n Hum in Midtown is hosting the Ballast Point crew today at 4 pm. Featured drafts:

      • Ballast Point – El Dorado
      • Ballast Point – Habanero Sculpin
      • Ballast Point – Victory At Sea
      • Dogfish Head – 75 Minute Cask
      • Dogfish head – 120 Minute
      • Dogfish head – Festina Peche

**The Ginger Man in Midtown East hosts Pre and Post SAVOR Party tonight featuring Dogfish Head, Long Trail, TommyKnocker, Unibroue, Andean Brewing and Bruton.


**Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a Harpoon Savor Kickoff from 6 to 9 pm. Ten Harpoon drafts will be pouring and Brewer Al Marzi will be on hand.


Friday the 14th:

***Savor, America’s premier craft beer & food event hosted by the Brewers Association, is in NYC this year. Two sessions will take place on June 14th & 15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building in Chelsea. Grand Tasting tickets are $170 and Grand Tasting tickets plus Salon are $195. Yes, this seems pricey at first glance but this is quite an amazing event – you’ll drink some amazing beers, get a chance to talk to the brewers and explore some fantastic beer pairings. We went last year in DC (as well as the first year it was held) and highly recommend it. Each session is from 7:30 to 11 pm and features a wonderful array of craft beer from across the country paired with some tasty bites. We have tickets for Friday night – these are a few of the pairings that I’m looking forward to:

      • Allagash FV13 paired with Ginger Snap and Whipped Lardo Sandwich
      • Avery Odio Equum paired with Demisphere of Grape Wrapped in Goat Cheese and Pistachio
      • Ballast Point Toasted Coconut Victory at Sea Imperial Porter paired with Murmura: Puffed Rice with Jaggery Sugar Caramel
      • Bell’s Raspberry Wild One paired with Duck Rillete with Peach Hoisin on Black Brioche
      • Cigar City Cucumber Saison paired with Fluke Crudo on Cucumber with Rhubarb and Vermouth
      • Crooked Stave HopSavant Paired with Smoked Yellow Tomato Soup with Pickled Melon & Crooked Stave Surette Paired with Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Crunchy Caramel Corn

And that’s only breweries from the first 3 letters of the alphabet – the list goes on & on. So many beers that I won’t get a chance to try otherwise & the pairings are extremely interesting & appealing. The Salons are also fantastic. Seriously, if you have the budget, buy your ticket now. If you’re short on cash, stay tuned for all kinds of pre & after party events.


*The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts a Brewers’ Happy Hour tonight.


****Get Real Presents has Beers Gone Wild XXX, a sour beer festival, all weekend long at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Two options here: pay by the drink on Friday and all weekend (at the bar only) or purchase a $25 ticket for all you can eat oysters & cheese from 1-5 pm either Saturday or Sunday. The list so far (with more being added):

Kegs:

      • Haandbryggeriet Hesjeøl – traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale, fermented with wild yeast
      • Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple – 11% dark Norse ale fermented with their house wild yeast strain
      • Haandbryggeriet Krekling – Belgian-style ale brewed with crowberries (krekling), small berries that grow north of the arctic circle. Fermented with wild yeast.
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Lambicus – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Lambicus strain of brettanomyces
      • Cantillon St. Lamvinus – lambic fermented with merlot and cabarnet francs grapes in Bordeaux barrels
      • Freigeist Abraxxxas – lichtenhainer (smoked sour weisse)
      • To Øl Ov-Ral – imperial ipa fermented with wild yeast
      • To Øl Sans Frontiere – Belgian-style ale fermented with Belgian yeast and brettanomyces
      • Kelso: Flanders Red

Bottles:

      • Mikkeller It’s Alright
      • Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops – IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Collaboration with Grassroots
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Bruxellenis strain of brettanomyces
      • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono – brewed with chestnuts and spices
      • Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – Belgian-inspired stout
      • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza – deep mahogany and malty, with notes of figs, raisins, and cashews
      • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial – rich brown ale inspired by the monastic beers of Belgium. Brewed with cacao, cinnamon, and sweet orange peel
      • Anchorage Galaxy White IPA – hopped with Galaxy and brewed with kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns. Fermented with wit yeast in oak barrels and then refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is featuring Long Island breweries all weekend long. Expect some interesting kegs from Barrier, Blind Bat, Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Port Jeff.


**Rattle n Hum in Midtown is hosting the Founders crew at 4 pm today. Featured drafts:

      • Cigar City – Jai Alai
      • Founders – KBS
      • Founders – Old Curmudgeon
      • Founders – Bolt Cutter
      • Founders – Backwoods Bastard
      • Founders – Breakfast Stout

**Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a Stone event today from 3 to 7 pm with an appearance by CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch.


**The Pony Bar in Hell’s Kitchen hosts a Sam Adams Tap Takeover today from 4 to 6 pm with Brewer/Founder Jim Koch.


Saturday the 15th:

***Savor, America’s premier craft beer & food event hosted by the Brewers Association, is in NYC this year. Two sessions will take place on June 14th & 15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building in Chelsea. Grand Tasting tickets are $170 and Grand Tasting tickets plus Salon are $195. Yes, this seems pricey at first glance but this is quite an amazing event – you’ll drink some amazing beers, get a chance to talk to the brewers and explore some fantastic beer pairings. We went last year in DC (as well as the first year it was held) and highly recommend it. Each session is from 7:30 to 11 pm and features a wonderful array of craft beer from across the country paired with some tasty bites. We have tickets for Friday night – these are a few of the pairings that I’m looking forward to:

      • Allagash FV13 paired with Ginger Snap and Whipped Lardo Sandwich
      • Avery Odio Equum paired with Demisphere of Grape Wrapped in Goat Cheese and Pistachio
      • Ballast Point Toasted Coconut Victory at Sea Imperial Porter paired with Murmura: Puffed Rice with Jaggery Sugar Caramel
      • Bell’s Raspberry Wild One paired with Duck Rillete with Peach Hoisin on Black Brioche
      • Cigar City Cucumber Saison paired with Fluke Crudo on Cucumber with Rhubarb and Vermouth
      • Crooked Stave HopSavant Paired with Smoked Yellow Tomato Soup with Pickled Melon & Crooked Stave Surette Paired with Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Crunchy Caramel Corn

And that’s only breweries from the first 3 letters of the alphabet – the list goes on & on. So many beers that I won’t get a chance to try otherwise & the pairings are extremely interesting & appealing. The Salons are also fantastic. Seriously, if you have the budget, buy your ticket now. If you’re short on cash, stay tuned for all kinds of pre & after party events.


**The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts a Dogfish Head brunch today from 11:30 am to 3 pm with Sam Caligione. View the pairings here.


****Get Real Presents Beers Gone Wild XXX, a sour beer festival, all weekend long at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Two options here: pay by the drink on Friday and all weekend (at the bar only) or purchase a $25 ticket for all you can eat oysters & cheese from 1-5 pm either Saturday or Sunday. The list so far (with more being added):

Kegs:

      • Haandbryggeriet Hesjeøl – traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale, fermented with wild yeast
      • Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple – 11% dark Norse ale fermented with their house wild yeast strain
      • Haandbryggeriet Krekling – Belgian-style ale brewed with crowberries (krekling), small berries that grow north of the arctic circle. Fermented with wild yeast.
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Lambicus – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Lambicus strain of brettanomyces
      • Cantillon St. Lamvinus – lambic fermented with merlot and cabarnet francs grapes in Bordeaux barrels
      • Freigeist Abraxxxas – lichtenhainer (smoked sour weisse)
      • To Øl Ov-Ral – imperial ipa fermented with wild yeast
      • To Øl Sans Frontiere – Belgian-style ale fermented with Belgian yeast and brettanomyces
      • Kelso: Flanders Red

Bottles:

      • Mikkeller It’s Alright
      • Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops – IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Collaboration with Grassroots
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Bruxellenis strain of brettanomyces
      • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono – brewed with chestnuts and spices
      • Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – Belgian-inspired stout
      • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza – deep mahogany and malty, with notes of figs, raisins, and cashews
      • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial – rich brown ale inspired by the monastic beers of Belgium. Brewed with cacao, cinnamon, and sweet orange peel
      • Anchorage Galaxy White IPA – hopped with Galaxy and brewed with kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns. Fermented with wit yeast in oak barrels and then refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is featuring Long Island breweries all weekend long. Expect some interesting kegs from Barrier, Blind Bat, Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Port Jeff.


*The Pony Bar UES on the Upper East Side hosts a Stone event from 3 to 7 pm with 20 taps and 2 casks an appearance by CEO and Co-Founder Greg Koch.


***Big Alice Brewing in LIC is celebrating their Grand Opening today with an open house from 1 to 5 pm. They’ll have a variety of beers for sale including a Red Belgian Ale with Cinderella pumpkin, a Belgian IPA with Buddha’s Hand, a Coffee Wheat Stout, Smoked Ale with Black Peppercorns or Local Hot Peppers, a Black IPA, a Wheat Ale with Kumquats and more. (Each 10 gallon batch of beer is brewed only once and limited to just under 50 bottles.) They’ll also be pouring tastes of a Scottish Ale made with several pounds of Heather. The brewery is walkable from 8 different trains – here’s a map to help get you there.


**Brooklyn Kitchen in Williamsburg is hosting a BrewHaHa from noon to 5 pm today. They’ll be serving up tastes of their house-brewed beer, a spiced saison and amarillo american wheat, beer snacks, and hopped virgin lime-aid. Homebrewers are invited to bring beer to share. There will be give-aways as well and shoppers get 10% off the entire homebrew department all day long.


**Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a (savor) Saturday with Jim Caruso and his Flying Dogs from 4 to 7 pm. today. In addition to Flying Dog drafts & $5 cans, Jim will be tapping a special firkin at 4:30.


Sunday the 16th:

*The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts an Ommegang brunch today.

      • Ommegang

****Get Real Presents Beers Gone Wild XXX, a sour beer festival, all weekend long at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Two options here: pay by the drink on Friday and all weekend (at the bar only) or purchase a $25 ticket for all you can eat oysters & cheese from 1-5 pm either Saturday or Sunday. The list so far (with more being added):

Kegs:

      • Haandbryggeriet Hesjeøl – traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale, fermented with wild yeast
      • Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple – 11% dark Norse ale fermented with their house wild yeast strain
      • Haandbryggeriet Krekling – Belgian-style ale brewed with crowberries (krekling), small berries that grow north of the arctic circle. Fermented with wild yeast.
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Lambicus – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Lambicus strain of brettanomyces
      • Cantillon St. Lamvinus – lambic fermented with merlot and cabarnet francs grapes in Bordeaux barrels
      • Freigeist Abraxxxas – lichtenhainer (smoked sour weisse)
      • To Øl Ov-Ral – imperial ipa fermented with wild yeast
      • To Øl Sans Frontiere – Belgian-style ale fermented with Belgian yeast and brettanomyces
      • Kelso: Flanders Red

Bottles:

      • Mikkeller It’s Alright
      • Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops – IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Collaboration with Grassroots
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Bruxellenis strain of brettanomyces
      • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono – brewed with chestnuts and spices
      • Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – Belgian-inspired stout
      • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza – deep mahogany and malty, with notes of figs, raisins, and cashews
      • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial – rich brown ale inspired by the monastic beers of Belgium. Brewed with cacao, cinnamon, and sweet orange peel
      • Anchorage Galaxy White IPA – hopped with Galaxy and brewed with kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns. Fermented with wit yeast in oak barrels and then refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is featuring Long Island breweries all weekend long. Expect some interesting kegs from Barrier, Blind Bat, Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Port Jeff.


Other upcoming events:

Impressive and/or larger events that are coming soon:

*June 22: Homebrewklyn, a Homebrewer’s Contest & Festival, is on Saturday, June 22nd at The Green Building in Gowanus. The $30 ticket will net you tastes of 22 different local homebrews in one of two sessions, from 11:30 to 2:30 or 3 to 6 pm. The line-up so far:

      • Andrew Grimm – Blackberry Headed Stranger
      • Jeff Lyons – £ 3 Rye Saison
      • Tony Bellis – Summer Thyme Belgian Pale Ale
      • Ryan McMahon –
      • William Reder – Beni Shoga Cider
      • Shannon Bowser – Goldbrick Imperial Farmhouse
      • Jon Luton – “Old Jon Finn”
      • Sheri Jewhurst
      • Michael LaPlante – This Ones For Hope!
      • David Smucker – Eddard
      • Jason Sahler
      • Kate Boicourt – The Venus de Gowanus
      • Brett Taylor – Iris IPA
      • Robert and Christopher – Adulthood
      • Chris Grunke – Grunke Bitter
      • Michael Messenie – Best Bitter
      • Casey Soloff – Kiwi’s Big Adventure –
      • Josh Quinn – Bohemian Raspberry
      • Mick Spicer – EPA
      • Mike Cafaro & Dru Nichols – Not Your Bud IPL
      • Alex Merahn

**June 25: Get Real Presents has the “Farmhouse Fest” on Tuesday, June 25 at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Tickets are $65 ahead and get you unlimited tastings of Belgian, Dutch, French & American style Farmhouse craft beers, unlimited tastings of Farmhouse Style wines & tastings of Farmhouse style foods like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles all perfectly paired with featured wines and beers.


That’s it for now. My friend Chris O’Leary does a fine job of listing daily NYC-area events on a daily basis – please check out his picks (& other beer news) at Brew York New York. My friend Riley has an excellent listing of weekend food & drink events in NYC on his site, RileyList. Want to know what’s on tap around the city? Check out Beer Menus for tap lists and local event listings.

*UPDATED DAILY*

Symbol Key:

*= Free tastings at this event
*= a Pay-As-You-Drink event
*= a Flat-Fee event (all drinks included in the cover charge or set price)
*= a Beer & Food event
*= Free food and/or giveaways at this event
*= a My Life on Craft Favorite (especially recommended by Mary)
*= updated or added after post was originally published


Monday the 3rd:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the  Cigar City Humidor Peach IPA, and will be tapped at 5 pm.


*Belgian draft beers are 1/2 price every Monday night at all of the Petite Abeille locations (StuyTown, Chelsea, TriBeCa & Flatiron).


Tuesday the 4th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features beers from Smuttynose. The tasting starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.


*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is Mostly Summer Funks and begins at 7:30 pm. The line-up:

      • Professor Fritz Briem Gruit bottles
      • Del Borgo Re Ale bottles
      • De Ranke Hop Harvest bottles
      • Orval bottles
      • La Choulette Ambree bottles
      • Vapeur Saison de Pipaix bottles

*508 Gastrobrewery in Soho celebrates Tuesday is Cuzday with two new beer releases at 5 pm. Note: Grano Americano is the 1st of a series of homebrewer collaborations (brewed with Benjamin & Danielle from Brooklyn Homebrew) and $1 from every full price pint will be donated to ART Start. The full list:

      • Grano Americano: American Wheat Beer
      • From Here To Eternity: American Blonde Ale (Brollaboration brewed with Jim Barnes of Shelton Bros)
      • Steel Dreamin’ IPA: India Pale Ale
      • Strawberry Shawty: A strawberry short mead ‘tribute’
      • Gastrobite: Black Wheat Saison (Brollaboration brewed with Larry & Paul from Spider Bite)
      • Sea Witch Wit: Belgian Witbier

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Colorado Brewery Showdown today. Beers up by 4 pm & flights will be available:

Left Hand:

      • Good Juju
      • Fade to Black
      • Beer Week
      • Twin Sisters

Oskar Blues:

      • Mamas
      • Dales
      • Old Chub
      • Gubna

*One Mile House on the Lower East Side has a Belgian Beer Night at 6 pm:

Drafts:

      • Cazeau Tornay Tripel
      • Cuvee Des Jacobin Rouge
      • De La Senne Taras Boulba
      • De Ranke Guldenberg
      • De Struise Black Albert
      • Hof Ten Dormaal Blond
      • Kerkom Bink Blond
      • Liefman’s Gouldenband
      • Petrus Aged Pale
      • Rodenbach Grand Cru
      • T’Gaverhopke/Tired Hands Bittersweet Symphony
      • Tripel Karmeliet

Bottles:

      • Chimay 2007
      • St. Bernardus Abt. 12 2006
      • Plus many more

Wednesday the 5th:

*Proletariat in the East Village has a Hanssens Artisanal Homecoming tonight at 5 featuring bottles of Hanssens Kriek, the classic Gueuze and the rare Oudbietje strawberry lambic.


*Idle Hands in the East Village has a Summer of Cans Kickoff Party tonight. Between 5 & 10 pm, it’s all you can drink Sly Fox cans for only $25 ($20 if you buy a ticket here beforehand). Featured cans:

      • Sly Fox Maibock
      • Sly Fox Pikeland Pilsner
      • Sly Fox Helles Golden Lager
      • Sly Fox Route 113 IPA

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has an Allagash event tonight.


Thursday the 6th:


*The Stag’s Head in Midtown East hosts a Sixpoint 6-6ing event beginning at 6 pm. Twelve taps with free samples & snacks at 6.


**(added 6/3) Barcade Jersey City hosts a Green Flash event tonight beginning at 5 pm. I’ll post the list when I get it.


**(added 6/6) Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Well’s/Young’s Meet the Brewer event today. Beers up by 4 pm & Head Brewer Jim Robertson will be there around 8:

      • Wells Banana bread beer
      • Wells Bombadier
      • Youngs Double chocolate stout
      • John Courage Russian Imperial Stout 2012

Friday the 7th:

**(added 6/6) Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria has a Meet the Brewer with Well’s & Young’s tonight from 6 to 9 pm.Head Brewer Jim Robertson will be there along with these beers:

      • Wells Bombardier
      • Wells Banana Bread
      • Young’s Double Chocolate Stout

Saturday the 8th:

**Brooklyn Based and Brooklyn Brewery present the the Total Red Hook Immersion today from noon-6 pm in Red Hook, Brooklyn. This neighborhood crawl features drink, food & shopping specials as well as an Instagram dare challenge. Pick up your free immersion postcard outside Brooklyn Ice House or Rocky Sullivan’s to unlock these specials:

If you miss out on the immersion postcard, you can still join in the fun at the after party at Jalopy Theater beginning at 5 pm.


*Malt & Mold on the LES has a free KelSo tasting from 3 to 6 pm today.


**(added 6/7) Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Walk Japan Beer Tasting with Pecopeco from 1 to 3 pm today. The $20 ticket gets you Japanese craft beer & food samples, including:

      • Hitachino beers
      • Baird beers
      • Hokkaido: Potato cake with Sweet soy
      • Nagoya: Nagoya style Chicken Wing
      • Osaka: Okonomiyaki

Sunday the 9th:


Other upcoming events:

Impressive and/or larger events that are coming soon:

**June 14 & 15: Savor, America’s premier craft beer & food event hosted by the Brewers Association, is in NYC this year. Two sessions will take place on June 14th & 15th at the Metropolitan Pavilion & Altman Building in Chelsea. Grand Tasting tickets are $170 and Grand Tasting tickets plus Salon are $195. Yes, this seems pricey at first glance but this is quite an amazing event – you’ll drink some amazing beers, get a chance to talk to the brewers and explore some fantastic beer pairings. We went last year in DC (as well as the first year it was held) and highly recommend it. Each session is from 7:30 to 11 pm and features a wonderful array of craft beer from across the country paired with some tasty bites. We have tickets for Friday night – these are a few of the pairings that I’m looking forward to:

      • Allagash FV13 paired with Ginger Snap and Whipped Lardo Sandwich
      • Avery Odio Equum paired with Demisphere of Grape Wrapped in Goat Cheese and Pistachio
      • Ballast Point Toasted Coconut Victory at Sea Imperial Porter paired with Murmura: Puffed Rice with Jaggery Sugar Caramel
      • Bell’s Raspberry Wild One paired with Duck Rillete with Peach Hoisin on Black Brioche
      • Cigar City Cucumber Saison paired with Fluke Crudo on Cucumber with Rhubarb and Vermouth
      • Crooked Stave HopSavant Paired with Smoked Yellow Tomato Soup with Pickled Melon & Crooked Stave Surette Paired with Goat Cheese Cheesecake with Crunchy Caramel Corn

And that’s only breweries from the first 3 letters of the alphabet – the list goes on & on. So many beers that I won’t get a chance to try otherwise & the pairings are extremely interesting & appealing. The Salons are also fantastic. Seriously, if you have the budget, buy your ticket now. If you’re short on cash, stay tuned for all kinds of pre & after party events.


***June 14-16: Get Real Presents has Beers Gone Wild XXX, a sour beer festival, all weekend long at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Two options here: pay by the drink on Friday and all weekend (at the bar only) or purchase a $25 ticket for all you can eat oysters & cheese from 1-5 pm either Saturday or Sunday. The list so far (with more being added):

Kegs:

      • Haandbryggeriet Hesjeøl – traditional Norwegian farmhouse harvest ale, fermented with wild yeast
      • Haandbryggeriet Odin’s Tipple – 11% dark Norse ale fermented with their house wild yeast strain
      • Haandbryggeriet Krekling – Belgian-style ale brewed with crowberries (krekling), small berries that grow north of the arctic circle. Fermented with wild yeast.
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Lambicus – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Lambicus strain of brettanomyces
      • Cantillon St. Lamvinus – lambic fermented with merlot and cabarnet francs grapes in Bordeaux barrels
      • Freigeist Abraxxxas – lichtenhainer (smoked sour weisse)
      • To Øl Ov-Ral – imperial ipa fermented with wild yeast
      • To Øl Sans Frontiere – Belgian-style ale fermented with Belgian yeast and brettanomyces
      • Kelso: Flanders Red

Bottles:

      • Mikkeller It’s Alright
      • Mikkeller/Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops – IPA brewed with wheat and fermented with brettanomyces. Collaboration with Grassroots
      • Mikkeller Yeast Series: Brettanomyces Bruxellensis – part of the yeast series: 6.4% pale ale fermented with different yeast strains. This one is fermented with the Bruxellenis strain of brettanomyces
      • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otono – brewed with chestnuts and spices
      • Jolly Pumpkin Madrugada Obscura – Belgian-inspired stout
      • Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza – deep mahogany and malty, with notes of figs, raisins, and cashews
      • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especial – rich brown ale inspired by the monastic beers of Belgium. Brewed with cacao, cinnamon, and sweet orange peel
      • Anchorage Galaxy White IPA – hopped with Galaxy and brewed with kumquats, Indian coriander, and black peppercorns. Fermented with wit yeast in oak barrels and then refermented in the bottle with brettanomyces

*June 22: Homebrewklyn, a Homebrewer’s Contest & Festival, is on Saturday, June 22nd at The Green Building in Gowanus. The $30 ticket will net you tastes of 22 different local homebrews in one of two sessions, from 11:30 to 2:30 or 3 to 6 pm. The line-up so far:

      • Andrew Grimm – Blackberry Headed Stranger
      • Jeff Lyons – £ 3 Rye Saison
      • Tony Bellis – Summer Thyme Belgian Pale Ale
      • Ryan McMahon –
      • William Reder – Beni Shoga Cider
      • Shannon Bowser – Goldbrick Imperial Farmhouse
      • Jon Luton – “Old Jon Finn”
      • Sheri Jewhurst
      • Michael LaPlante – This Ones For Hope!
      • David Smucker – Eddard
      • Jason Sahler
      • Kate Boicourt – The Venus de Gowanus
      • Brett Taylor – Iris IPA
      • Robert and Christopher – Adulthood
      • Chris Grunke – Grunke Bitter
      • Michael Messenie – Best Bitter
      • Casey Soloff – Kiwi’s Big Adventure –
      • Josh Quinn – Bohemian Raspberry
      • Mick Spicer – EPA
      • Mike Cafaro & Dru Nichols – Not Your Bud IPL
      • Alex Merahn

**June 25: Get Real Presents has the “Farmhouse Fest” on Tuesday, June 25 at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Tickets are $65 ahead and get you unlimited tastings of Belgian, Dutch, French & American style Farmhouse craft beers, unlimited tastings of Farmhouse Style wines & tastings of Farmhouse style foods like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles all perfectly paired with featured wines and beers.


That’s it for now. My friend Chris O’Leary does a fine job of listing daily NYC-area events on a daily basis – please check out his picks (& other beer news) at Brew York New York. My friend Riley has an excellent listing of weekend food & drink events in NYC on his site, RileyList. Want to know what’s on tap around the city? Check out Beer Menus for tap lists and local event listings.

*UPDATED DAILY*

Symbol Key:

*= Free tastings at this event

*= a Pay-As-You-Drink event

*= a Flat-Fee event (all drinks included in the cover charge or set price)

*= a Beer & Food event

*= Free food and/or giveaways at this event

*= a My Life on Craft Favorite (especially recommended by Mary)

*= updated or added after post was originally published


Tuesday the 28th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features five Doc’s Ciders. The tasting starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.


*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features beers from Jimmy’s Cellar Reserves and begins at 7:30 pm. The list:

      • Well’s Bombadier bottles
      • Element ES Oak bottles
      • Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom bottles
      • Dieu du Ciel! Kuro Oni bottles
      • Ommegang Gnomegang bottles
      • de Galzen Toren Winterscotch bottles

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Cider event today. Taps up by 4:

      • Aspall – Cider
      • Woodchuck
      • Mckenzies – Grand Reserve
      • Ace – Perry Cider
      • Fox Barrel – Blackberry
      • Crispin – Original
      • Original Sin – Cherry
      • Farnum Hill – Dooryard
      • Doc’s – Dry Hopped Cider

*508 Gastrobrewery in SoHo releases the Gastrobite Black Wheat Saison, a collaboration between 508 & Spider Bite, tonight at 5:30 pm. Brewer Chris Cuzme will be playing with his jazz quartet from 8-10 pm as well. The full list:

      • Gastrobite (black wheat saison)
      • Steel Dreamin’ IPA
      • Poirot Pale Ale (Belgian Pale Ale)
      • Buster’s Botanicals (Scotch ale w lavender, elderflower, hibiscus and grains of paradise)
      • Strawberry Shawty (strawberry peppercorn short mead)
      • Sea Witch Witbier

*There’s a Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg tonight beginning at 7:30 pm featuring ciders. Live music by Mary Aloette & The Djams. Featured ciders:

      • Aspall Demi-Sec
      • Etienne Dupont Organic
      • Farnum Hill Extra Dry

Wednesday the 29th:

**The Stag’s Head in Midtown East hosts a Slow Down & Enjoy the Funk event with beginning at 6 pm. Free food samples will be served at 6 pm. The list:

      • Carton Wasabi Sour Apple
      • Peekskill Simple Sour,
      • Stillwater Gose,
      • Evil Twin Femme Fatale,
      • Perennial Peach Berliner Weiss

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features Weyerbacher & a “Burger Land” viewing party. $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you: full pours of White Sun Wit, Merry Monks Ale & Last Chance IPA plus a taste of a TBD bourbon. There will be burgers from Chef Dennis & the “Burger Land” episode will air at 8:30 pm.


*Mudville 9 in Tribeca has a Smuttynose event tonight from 7 to 9 pm.


*Alewife NYC in Long Island City hosts an Iron Throne Beer Dinner at 7 pm tonight. The 5-course meal is $55 and tickets may be purchased here. The menu:

Octopus Crudo with Marjoram and Meyer Lemon Sauce
paired with Ommegang Fleur de Houblon


paired with Ommegang Relief IPA collaboration with Barrier Brewing

Buccatini with Guanciale and Fried Porcini Mushrooms
Paired with Ommegang Iron Throne

paired with Ommegang Gnomegang

Eff You!! Cannolis
paired with Ommegang Triple


*Dive Bar on the UWS (96th & Amsterdam) hosts a Double Trouble event at 7 pm featuring Full Sail & Lagunitas.


Thursday the 30th:

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts an IPA Night beginning at 7 pm.


*The Thursday Tap at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is a special From Here To Eternity event celebrating the Birthday of Jim Barnes. Jimmy will tap the Pretty Things Baby Tree along with a special collaboration beer brewed by Jim and brewer Chris Cuzme at 508 Gastrobrewery. Jim will also be spinning some tunes and a few special Shelton Brothers treats might be out as well. The party starts at 7 pm.


*Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria has a Subway Series Brewery Battle beginning at 7 pm tonight. Event beers will be at happy hour prices for the entirety of the game. The list:

      • Bronx Belgian Pale Ale
      • Bronx Pale Ale
      • City Island Pale Ale (Queens Debut)
      • Rockaway ESB
      • Rockaway Summer Ale (New Release)
      • Singlecut Dean
      • Singlecut Hank

*Dive 75 on the UWS (75th & Columbus) hosts a 21st Amendment Tap Night beginning at 7 pm.


Friday the 31st:


Saturday the 1st:

*Sycamore in Ditmas Park has a Brooklyn Brewery Rib Cookout today from noon-6 pm. $5 Brooklyn Brewery beers from noon to 6 and ribs from Swagger & Co. Food tickets can be purchased ahead of time here for $18 and get you BBQ pork spare ribs with 2 types of sauces, cole slaw, non-vegetarian baked beans, potato salad, boiled peanuts & Texas toast.


Sunday the 2nd:


Other upcoming events:

Impressive and/or larger events that are coming soon:


That’s it for now. My friend Chris O’Leary does a fine job of listing daily NYC-area events on a daily basis – please check out his picks (& other beer news) at Brew York New York. My friend Riley has an excellent listing of weekend food & drink events in NYC on his site, RileyList. Want to know what’s on tap around the city? Check out Beer Menus for tap lists and local event listings.

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