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
Five Years Later
Rosso e Marrone
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.
- 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)
- 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!