January 24-29 in NYC Beer Events – my picks

Symbol Key:

= a Free 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 will be served at this event
= a My Life on Craft Favorite (especially recommended by Mary)


Tuesday the 24th:

Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace is showcasing Imperial Ales tonight at The Empire Strikes Back event. The fun begins at 8 & all beers are only $5:

  • Founders Imperial Stout 2012
  • Founders Double Trouble Imperial IPA
  • Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA
  • Harpoon Triticus Imperial Wheat
  • Nøgne Ø Imperial Brown Ale
  • Speakeasy Scarface Imperial Stout

The $10 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features Shelton Brothers Beers from Around the Globe tonight at 7:30 pm:

  • Mahr’s Ungespundent draft
  • Blaugies Saison d’Epeautre draft
  • Dieu du Ciel! blanche draft
  • Haandbryggeriet Nissefar bottles
  • Mikkeller Hop Beer Geek Breakfast bottles
  • De Struisse Grand Reserve (Port barrel) draft

Ommegang is taking over the taps at One Mile House in the Lower East Side tonight beginning at 7.  I’ve never even heard of this place but they’ve apparently got at least eight taps to take over:

  • Adoration
  • Seduction
  • Abbey Ale
  • Three Philosophers
  • BPA
  • Hennepin
  • Rare Vos
  • Witte

There will be free samples & swag.  I need to check this place out soon – 30 taps & buffalo-style crispy frog legs, nice!


Flying Dog is the featured brewery at Bierkraft’s Tuesday Night Tasting in Park Slope tonight.  The tasting begins at 7 but space is limited so get there early if you want a seat.  The line-up:

  • Doggie Style Pale Ale
  • Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
  • Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
  • Gonzo Imperial Porter
  • Horn Dog Barley Wine 2007 vintage

Rattle n Hum in Midtown is featuring Beers of California today beginning at 4. The list:

  • Anderson Valley 20th Anniversary IPA
  • Anderson Valley Barney Flats Oatmeal Stout
  • Ballast Point Calico Amber
  • Ballast Point Sculpin IPA
  • Firestone Walker Double Jack
  • Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA
  • Green Flash Hop Head Red
  • Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale
  • Lagunitas Our Own Bavarian-Styled Doppel Weizen
  • Mission Amber Ale
  • Mission Blonde Ale
  • Moylan’s Dragoons Dry Irish Stout
  • Nectar IPA
  • Red Nectar
  • North Coast Old Rasputin Imperial
  • North Coast Scrimshaw Pilsner
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweis Hefeweizen
  • Sierra Nevada Torpedo

Idle Hands in the East Village is celebrating Beer Can Appreciation Day with some canned beer specials starting tonight at 5 – $4 a can or $20 all you can drink cans. You can browse their can list here though it looks like they’ll have a lot more tonight.  They’ll also have an a la carte menu from Yummy Eats.


Be one of the first to try the new Brewmaster’s Reserve from the Brooklyn Brewery tonight at Brazen Head in Cobble Hill. I’m not sure when these beers go on, but they’re $4 from 6-8 pm and $5 otherwise. Sweet:

  • Companion Ale
  • Concoction
  • Mary’s Maple Porter (our next Brewmaster’s Reserve)
  • BLAST!
  • Radius
  • And a cask of a strong stout aged in bourbon barrels that does not actually exist, mind you

Wednesday the 25th:

Sunswick 35-35 in Astoria is hosting one of my favorite breweries, Barrier, tonight at 7 pm. Craig and Evan will be there along with this draft list:

  • Antagonist ESB
  • Belgian #1 Belgian Pale Ale
  • Bulkhead Red
  • Medula English IPA
  • Rembrandt Porter

Taproom 307 in Gramercy has nine Steven’s Point beers on tonight beginning at 7 pm:

  • Special Lager
  • Cascade Pale Ale
  • Belgian White
  • Nude Beach
  • Burly Brown Ale
  • 2012 Black Ale
  • Whole Hog Barleywine
  • Oktoberfest
  • St. Benedict’s Winter Ale

Standings in the East Village has a Wild Wednesday Winterfest at 6 pm. Free brats from Wechsler’s will be served at 8 pm and four winter beers will be on draft:

  • Rogue Yellow Snow IPA
  • Anderson Valley Winter
  • River Horse Belgian Freeze
  • Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

The Wednesday Night Beer & Bourbon Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features Empire Brewing & Tribox Series tonight. Drop in between 7 & 9, pay $10 at the bar and get this: two full pours of Empire Amber & IPA, samples of American Strong Ale, Scotch Ale & Wheat Wine, a bourbon taste and tater tots from That Burger.


The Blind Tiger in the Village has an Ommegang tonight with these taps up at 3 pm:

  • Abbey
  • 3 Philosophers
  • Adoration
  • Aphrodite
  • Seduction
  • Gnomegang
  • Chouffe
  • BPA
  • Hennepin
  • Chocolate Indulgence
  • Triple Perfection
  • Witte
  • Buffalo Bourbon Barrel Aged Adoration
  • Liefmans Cuvee Brut

Thursday the 26th:

Victory is taking over the taps at Bierkraft in Park Slope tonight beginning at 7 pm. Solid line-up:

  • Hop Devil
  • Prima Pils
  • Headwaters
  • Stormking
  • Golden Monkey
  • Braumeister Pils
  • Victory Lager
  • Yakima Glory
  • Hop Wallop
  • Smokin Oats Porter
  • Baltic Thunder

Kelso Beer Company is bringing some small batch specialties to Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint tonight at 7 pm:

  • Pilsner
  • Belgian Pale Ale
  • IPA
  • Industrial IPA
  • Flemish Red
  • Brandy aged Recessionator
  • Jack Daniel’s aged Nut Brown Lager
  • Maple barrel aged Industrial IPA

Barcade in Williamsburg has a Harpoon event tonight beginning at 4 pm:
(I love Barcade’s descriptions)

  • Barley Wine 2010 – 10.3% ABV – Barleywine, aged 2 years
  • Black IPA – 7.0% – Latest 100 Barrel series
  • Celtic Ale – 5.0% – Spring seasonal
  • Cider – 5.5% – Apples! Apples! Apples!
  • IPA – 5.9% – Boston classic
  • IPA (cask, fresh-hopped) – cask conditioned, hopped with Harpoon rep Sean Hamill’s homegrown hops
  • Munich Dark – 5.6% – Bavarian style Dark Lager
  • Quad – 11.8% – Belgian style Quadrupel
  • Triticus 2010 – 11.5% – Wheat wine, aged 2 years
  • Uber Bock – 9.0% – Imperial Helles Bock
  • UFO Hefeweizen – 5.1% – Unfiltered German style Hefe
  • UFO White – 5.0% – Unfiltered Belgian style Witbier
  • Vermont Spruce Tip Ale – 6.0% – Tastes like Christmas!
  • Winter Warmer – 5.8% – Tastes like Christmas dessert!

Friday the 27th:

Breuklyn Bier Merchants in Williamsburg has a Barley Wine Extravaganza tonight beginning at 6 pm. Stay warm with these:

  • JW Lees Moonraker Zymatore – 7.8% Barley Wine with a Belgian sour yeast strain (draft)
  • JW Lees Vintage ’08 – 11.5% Barley Wine (bottle)
  • JW Lees Sherry – 11.5% Barley Wine aged in Sherry casks (bottle)
  • Nogne-O Sunturn – 11% Barley Wine with 30% smoked malt & 20% Rye malt (bottle)
  • Nils Oscar Barley Wine – 9.5% Swedish Barley Wine (bottle)

A flight of 4 5-oz pours of the bottles will be available for $20.


Saturday the 28th:

I’m very excited to be participating in the Beer Cocktail Brunch-Off at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village today from 1-4.  Tickets are $35 and include the beer cocktails and unlimited brunch bites.  I’ll be mixing the Bangkok Black Eye, a Thai iced coffee beertail, inspired by my recent trip to Thailand.  The other cocktails look equally exciting and I am sure that it will be a ton of fun!  Hope to see you there.

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