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March 2011

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Scott Vaccaro & Dave Broderick at a Captain Lawrence event at the Blind Tiger in 2008

 

Monday the 28: I will be at the Brewers for Brewers Japan benefit at Brooklyn Brewery.  This post has all the details.  I haven’t seen a beer list, but the New York City Homebrewers Guild will be bringing some great kegs, including a Tequila Vanilla Bean Brown Ale brewed by Peter Kennedy of Simply Beer.  And there is guaranteed to be great food from Meat Hook, Jimmy’s No 43, Waterfront Ale House & more.  Hope to see you there!  I’d like to stop by Spuyten Duyvil first to get a glass of the Hopfenstark Smoked Berliner Weisse (smoke! sour! my two favorite flavors in beer at the moment).  Other goodies that go on tap at 6 that evening:

1. Saison Station 7 (Herbs), 5%
2. Saison Station 16 (Rye), 6%
3. Saison Station 55 (Bitter), 6.5%
4. Saison DuRepos (Sour), 6%
5. Framboise Forte (Oak Aged), 8%
6. Boson de Higgs Smoked Berliner Weisse, 3.8%

Alternatively, hit Spring Lounge on your way to Brewers for Brewers for a Greenport Harbor beer dinner – free food, starts at 6.

Tuesday the 29: As usual for a Tuesday, there are a ridiculous number of worthy events tonight.  I would suggest you pick a borough and go from there.  If Manhattan’s your cup of tea, start at Rattle n Hum after 4 pm for the 3rd Annual East vs West IPA Challenge.  Once you’ve had your fill of hop juice, head down to Jimmy’s No 43 at 7:30 for the $10 Tuesday tasting, featuring Spring Seasonal beers this week.  If you’re in a Brooklyn mood, your first stop should be  Bar Great Harry for the Barrier Brewing Event.  If you haven’t met Evan and Craig, tonight’s your chance.  Barrier is one of my favorite breweries and this is one of my top picks for the week.  If you’re still craving more, the Brazen Head is hosting a Lagunitas event, especially sweet as all beers are only $5.  Lastly, if you’re exploring Queens tonight, stop by Sunswick 35/35 Bar for a Pretty Things event.

Wednesday the 30: If you’re a sour beer lover like me, you will be at the Blind Tiger for the Captain Lawrence event tonight.  The list:

Capt Lawrence Nor’Easter Winter Warmer
Golden Delicious
Five Years Later
Winter Rye
Espresso Stout
Rosso e Marrone
Xtra Gold
Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA
Black & Brown Sour #1
Funky Sour Cherry  #2
“Chilli” Lambic 2008
Spring Blend 2011

If the first-ever keg of Rosso e Marrone isn’t compelling enough, the last four beers on the list should be.  Get there early and enjoy!  There’s a few other interesting events tonight, as well.  Kate’s Joint in the East Village is hosting a nice Dogfish Head tasting, Dive Bar on the Upper West Side has a Long Island Brewery night,  Stag’s Head is holding a Lagunitas event, and Ginger Man NYC has a spectacular line-up of Hopfenstark beers tonight.  Wow – Wednesday’s as good as Tuesday this week!  *NEW* – Susan Green & Global Brands at Pony Bar beginning at 6 pm:  20 lines of Elysian, North Coast & Stoudt’s.

Thursday the 31: Jimmy’s No 43 has an interesting Beer vs Wine dinner tonight that begins at 7 pm.  There’s a super fun non-beer event tonight as well – the Greenpoint Pierogi Crawl.  What a great opportunity to explore the classic Polish dumpling.  And there are plenty of excellent beer bars to wash in Greenpoint to wash it all down with afterwards. *NEW* – NYCHG & Rattle n Hum Japan Benefit – the New York City Homebrew Guild will be sampling  homebrews at Rattle n Hum for everyone that donates to relief efforts.  All proceeds will go directly to Kiuchi-San Brewery, same as the Brewers for Brewers Event on Monday night.  The beers start pouring at 2 pm. 

ON TAP:
  • Ed’s IPA (Ed Kurowski)
  • Stone Cardinal American Amber (Keith Koval)
  • Satan’s Titties Smoke Ale (Jeff Quinn)
  • She’s My American Wheat (Ken Hettinger)
  • The Incredible Kulk, Porter (Chris Kulk)
  • American werewolf InPA (Ken Hettinger)
  • Kolsch (Ken Hettinger)
IN BOTTLE:
  • Tripel (Chris Weik)
  • Kolsch (Chris Weik)

*NEW* – There’s a Stone event tonight at the Gate in Brooklyn.  The list:  Double Bastard, Levitation, IPA, Stone RIS 2007, San Diego Session Ale [collab w Kelsey McNair-Ballast Point], Sublimely Self Righteous, Highway 78 [collab w Green Flash-Pizza Port] , Cali Belgique

*NEW* Friday the 1st: Mikkeler tasting at New Beer.  Samples will be poured & growlers filled from 3:30 to 6:30.  The list:

Green Gold – American-style IPA with aromatic Simcoe, Amarillo, and Cascade hops, 6.9% abv
The American Dream – legally we’re not allowed to call this beer by its official name here and have changed it to “Danish Dream” for the US. It’s a crisp lager with lots of American hops, 4.6% abv
US Alive – new version of “It’s Alive!”, a tribute to Orval with Brettanomyces yeast. The difference between the two is that US Alive is brewed with American hops, 7.5% abv
Beer Geek Brunch, aka Weasel – imperial oatmeal coffee stout brewed with civet coffee, 10.9%
Koppi - coffee IPA made in collaboration with the Swedish coffee geeks, Koppi.  Hopped with Tomahawk and brewed with Guji Natural coffee, 6.9% abv.

Not much going on this weekend so far but I’ll post updates as I see them.  Cheers!

 

 

Several local brewers and restaurants have joined together to hold Brewers for Brewers, a Japan Disaster Relief Benefit, at the Brooklyn Brewery on Monday 28 from 7-10 pm.  I bought my ticket last night and I encourage you to do the same, sooner than later as I’m guessing this will sell out.  Jimmy Carbone recently posted a letter from Toshiyuki Kiuchi of Kiuchi Brewery that discusses the devastation caused by the recent tsunami on Japan’s brewers.  Get your tickets here and drink for a good cause!

My sincere apologies for being a day late with this post – I am swamped with other obligations at the moment.  So, here goes:

tonight, March 14: Tonight’s wine vs beer dinner at Hearth is sold out but would have been divine.  Keep an eye on their event page for future dinners.  Mexi-Q in Astoria has a special 4-course Smuttynose dinner menu through this Thursday. $39 per head and you get a free growler.

Tuesday, March 15: Wow – Tuesdays are always the most happening night of the week in craft beer events in the city.  I’ll be on Beer Sessions Radio at 5 that evening talking about this weekend’s Get Real NY festival, but if I wasn’t, I would start the evening in Spring Lounge at 6 pm for the National Buzzard Day IPA event.  Then head to Jimmy’s No 43 at 7:30 for one of my favorite weekly events, the $10 Tuesday tasting, which coincidentally features IPAs.  Between the two, this is a great opportunity to fully explore the style.  If you’re a homebrewer, the New York City Homebrewers Guild meets tonight at 7:30 pm at Burp Castle.  Mark Szmaida from Chelsea Brewing Company will be speaking and Ray Girard’s Brewmaster’s Choice IPA that was brewed at Chelsea will be on tap.  There’s two great events in Brooklyn tonight – the Vanderbilt is hosting a Dogfish Head dinner 7:30.  The dinner is $50 a head and the menu sounds amazing.  Kelso of Brooklyn is bringing some very special beers to Bierkraft’s free Tuesday Night Tasting.  The event begins at 7 – get there early to ensure you get a seat.

Wednesday, March 16:  Blind Tiger is holding a Stone Brewing Company event.  Lots of rarities – as usual get there early to avoid the crowds.  The taps start pouring at 3 pm.    Jimmy’s No 43 is hosting a pay-as-you go informal pairing of Rick’s Picks and beer from 6-9 pm.  Swift Hibernian Lounge is holding an Irish: Craft Brewed event tonight featuring American-brewed Irish style beers.

Thursday, March 17:  Happy St Patrick’s Day!  There’s a lot of possibilities for celebrating today with craft beer.  Here are a few and I’ll probably add more before Thursday.  Swift Hibernian Lounge opens at 8 am today and they always have a great tap line-up and tasty food.  In Brooklyn, Double Windsor is hosting St Patrick’s Day Shenanigans featuring a special food menu and yum, Irish Car Bomb cupcakes. If you’re looking for something completely different, the Shelton Brothers Weekend begins tonight at Jimmy’s No 43.

Saturday, March 19:  Pretty Things is having a tasting at Brooklyn Larder but I’ll be at Get Real NY all weekend.  The festival will feature over 100 cask beers, 30 homebrewed cask-conditioned beers, educational seminars, and lots of tasty food from local restaurants and artisanal food vendors.  Saturday second session is sold out but tickets are still available for Saturday first session and both sessions on Sunday.  Beer Menus is offering discounted tickets for Sunday’s sessions.  Disclaimer:  I have a financial interest in the festival.  I helped out with last fall’s Get Real NY festival and was so impressed with the whole thing that I invested – it is really a wonderful fest.  If you attend, please say hi if you see me!

IMG_1809Another wonderful Tuesday Tasting at dbgb last night:

  • St Feuillien Brune/Malpeque oyster shooter
  • St Feuillien Blanche paired with a Pacific Oyster Bay oyster with cucumber gelee, celery remolade & smoked sea salt
  • St Feuillien Triple paired with a Kusshi Oyster with black pepper & beer granita
  • St Feuillien Saison paired with a Kumamoto Oyster crisp fried with chicken oysters, hen of the woods & country ham veloute

I found the Malpeque was a little too briny for the brune but the other pairings were winners.  The triple’s sweet maltiness was a nice contrast to the saltiness of the Kusshi, while the Pacific Oyster Bay with cucumber gelee & celery romolade danced with the Blanche, emphasizing the depth of flavors in both.  My favorite was the Saison with the fried Kumamoto Oyster – the carbonation of the beer cleansed the palette between bites and the sweetness contrasted wonderfully with the saltiness of the dish.  A delightful pairing event!

For March 7-13:

Monday the 7: beer table has a fantastic beer pairing dinner with the Mast Brothers, Michael and Rick.  The Chocolate + Beer Dinner will feature tastings of the Mast Brothers chocolate, dishes prepared with and inspired by chocolate and beer to go along with.  The dinner is from 7-9 pm and is $65 per person.  Reserve your spot by e-mailing events@beertable.com.

Tuesday the 8: It’s Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, and there are a number of related events to choose from.  I have a work dinner tonight but if I didn’t, I would start at the Stag’s Head at 5 pm for Abita brews and a special menu featuring Louisiana dishes.  Next, take the 6 train to Standings for free pizza and 3 different Abita drafts.  Or, take a break from New Orleans’ brews and head over to Good Beer for a Stone tasting, featuring a rare keg of the Chipotle Smoked Porter.  Once you’ve had your fill, head downstairs to Jimmy’s No 43 at 7:30 for the Tuesday $10 Tastings – this week featuring six different beers from New Orleans and France.  If you’re still going after that, take the 6 back uptown to Rattle n Hum for the Shake, Rattle n Rogue event featuring 27 Rogue taps and five cocktails prepared with Rogue spirits.  If you’re in more of a sit-down-to-dinner mood tonight, Back Forty has a four-course Brazilian-style Carnival feast paired with Sixpoint beers that runs from 6:30-9:30.  Tickets are $70 all inclusive and available hereBierkraft is also hosting a Lagunitas tasting at 7 pm.  Also – tonight is the next Beer Tasting Tuesday at dbgb, featuring St Feuillien beers paired with oysters.  I absolutely love these events and this one sounds fantastic!

Wednesday the 9: Greene Grape Provisions in Fort Greene is hosting a Dogfish Head Vertical tasting and you receive a free pint glass or tote bag with each purchase.  The Malted Barley Appreciation Society meets tonight at 7:30 at Mugs Ale House.  The rep from Stone Brewing will be speaking and pouring samples while I discuss the ABCs of cheese & beer pairing.  The meeting is open to everyone and homebrewers are welcome to bring their latest brews.

Thursday the 10:  Barcade is throwing a Blue Point event beginning at 5 pm while Bierkraft is hosting a Ballast Point draft event featuring rare casks of Tongue Buckler and Sea Monster.

Saturday the 12:  Take a homebrew tour with Josh Bernstein.  This is a great chance to get a look at the set-ups of three Brooklyn homebrewers and taste their lovingly-made brews.  Tickets are available here.

That’s what I have for this week.  More events will be added as needed.  Cheers!