April 2-8 in NYC Beer Events: my picks

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= 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)
*= updated or added after post was originally published

Monday the 2nd:

Taproom 307 in Gramercy is hosting a beer and food pairing with Kuhnhenn beers from tonight.  Beer sommelier Hayley Jensen & Chef Stephen Durley have designed this menu:

Creamy Crab Salad with avocado, lime & cilantro, served in a lime cup with crostini
Paired with Simcoe Silly Belgian IPA

Sweet Chili Fried Calamari and DRIPA-pickled beet
Paired with Double Rice IPA

Peanut Butter & Bacon Mini Burger
Paired with Conundrum British Mild

Molten Chocolate Cake, strawberries, balsamic reduction & pop rocks
Paired with Prometheus Strong Dark Belgian

A four beer flight and four dish pairing board is $25, no reservations are needed – stop in anytime between 7 and 10 pm.

Head to Long Island City tonight for an all-night Bacon & Beer Happy Hour at Rest-au-Rant.  From 4 pm til close on the first Monday of every month, R’A’R Bar will be offering bacon and beer specials, including something from the Aecht Schlenkerla Brewery tonight.  Oh, and bacon cocktails.

Tonight’s VSK (Very Special Keg) at the Blind Tiger in the Village is the Hill Farmstead Society and Solitude.  Tapped at 5 pm – get there early to ensure that you get your share.

Tuesday the 3rd:

There’s an Ommegang beer dinner tonight at 6 pm in the Lobby Bar of the Washington Square Hotel in the Village. Executive Chef Yoel Cruz of the adjacent North Square Restaurant is preparing this menu:

Chef’s Cheese Selection
Paired with Duvel Single

Grilled Octopus Salad: grapefruit, fennel, orange, red onion, cilantro, upland cress, citrus vinaigrette
Paired with Liefmans Cuvée Brut

Seared Foie Gras Crostini, ginger, coriander, huckleberry chutney
Paired with Ommegang Hennepin

Buffalo Sliders, zucchini fries, tomato aïoli, jalapeño orange apricot chutney
Paired with Maredsous Brune

Spice Cake and Roasted Pear, beer swirl ice cream, hazelnut caramel & cabrales sauce
Paired with Ommegang Three Philosophers

Digestif: Liefmans Goudenband Oud

The dinner is $65 a person, exclusive of tax + tip.  Make your reservation by specifying “Beer Dinner” in the notes section on Open Table or by calling 212-254-1200.

Head to Park Slope for a slider & beer pairing tonight.  67 Burger Park Slope has teamed up with Sixpoint Brewery to build this menu:

Italian Veggie Burger with pesto and shaved parmesan
Paired with Harbinger Saison

Greek Burger with feta cheese, olive tapenade, and crispy artichokes
Paired with Sweet Action

Southwestern Burger with roasted peppers, tomatoes, scallions, chipotle mayo and pepper jack cheese
Paired with Bengali Tiger

67 Burger with creamy blue cheese and crispy bacon
Paired with Prometheus Strong Dark Belgian

All items can be created with a veggie burger.  The pairing is $20 and includes four 5-oz sliders paired with four 5-oz beers.  There are three seatings at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 and tickets can be purchased here.

Bar Great Harry in Carroll Gardens has a Founders event today.  Drafts go on at 2 pm with all beers discounted to $5 from 6 to 10 pm.  The list:

  • Kentucky Breakfast Stout / 11.2% / 8oz
  • Curmudgeon’s Better Half / 11.9% / 8oz
  • Devil Dancer / 12% / 8oz
  • Double Trouble / 9.4% / 12oz
  • Centennial IPA / 7.2% / 16oz
  • Red’s Rye PA / 6.6% / 16oz
  • Dirty Bastard / 8.5% / 12oz
  • Pale Ale / 5.4% / 16oz

The $10 Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village tonight features Farmhouse Ales.  Six different samples of the style will be poured at 7:30 pm:

  • Nogne-O Saison (bottles)
  • Theillier La Bavaisienne (bottles)
  • Greenport Harbor Spring Turning Rye Saison (draft)
  • Haandbryggeriet Hesjeol (draft)
  • DuPont Bio Foret (draft)
  • DuPont Avec les Bon Voeux (bottles)

Stone Brewing comes to Rattle n Hum in Midtown tonight with a Stone Brews & Funk Night.  After 3, Funk, soul & jazz jams will play along with this line-up:

  • Arrogant Bastard
  • Oaked Arrogant Bastard
  • Levitation
  • Pale Ale
  • IPA
  • Cali-Belgique
  • Ruination IPA
  • Sublimely Self-Righteous Ale
  • Smoked Porter
  • 2011 Double Bastard
  • 2012 Old Guardian Barley Wine
  • 2011 Belgo-Anise Imperial Russian Stout
  • 2011 Imperial Russian Stout
  • 11.11.11 Vertical Epic Ale

Wednesday the 4th:

61 Local in Cobble Hill launches a new monthly series tonight at 7 pm.  The Meet Your Maker Series will feature beers from Kelso of Brooklyn paired with foodstuffs from a local purveyor.  Tonight’s pairing features artisanal Hudson Valley cheeses from Saxelby Cheesemongers. Kelso owner Kelly Taylor will narrate the tasting and attendees will pick their favorite pairing.  The winning pairing will go on to compete at the July 11 finale tasting.  Each session is $35, tickets can be purchased here with proceeds going to benefit the Brownsville Student Farm Project.

*You can find more Kelso at a tasting at City Swiggers on the UES from 6:30 to 9:30 pm.  Special Kelso releases have been promised (and I know that they have a lot of barrel-aged goodies in the wings) along with these:

  • Kelso Flemish Red
  • Kelso IPA
  • Kelso Rauchbier

Stag’s Head in Midtown East is celebrating April Fool’s Week by replacing their normal American taps with craft import brews.  No list but expect beers from Hitachino, Mikkeller & more.  Free hot smoked salmon canapes will be passed at 6 pm.

Taste beers brewed in New York while enjoying the Made in New York exhibition at the NYC Beer Showcase at the South Street Seaport Museum tonight at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $15 for non-members, but if you enter the code “Craft44”, you’ll get them for $10.

Mosaic Cafe & Lounge in Astoria has a Founders KBS Release Party + Pairing tonight beginning at  pm.  KBS taps at 8:30 pm.

Meet Brasserie St Feuillian owner Dominique Friart and try some tasty St Feuillian tonight at 5 pm at the The Ginger Man in Midtown.

Brooklyn Brewery is waging a Tap Attack at the Blind Tiger Ale House beginning at 3 pm today.  Check out this list:

  • Brewmaster’s Reserve Mary’s Maple Porter
  • Companion
  • Concoction
  • Dark Matter
  • Cookie Jar Porter
  • Savoir Fare
  • Blunderbuss Old Ale
  • BLAST!
  • Sorachi Ace
  • Tom Villa’s Oishi
  • Ama Bionda
  • Black Chocolate Stout
  • Monster Ale
  • Summer Ale
  • Brooklyner Weisse
  • Local 1 & 2
  • A Certain Non-Existent Beer
  • Brooklyn Wild 1

The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands tonight features Two Brothers Brewing.  $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you:  two full pours of Circus Penguin (pale ale made with organic beets and blood oranges – only 2 kegs in NYC!) & Monarch, tastes of Prairie Path, Domaine DuPage & Cane and Ebel, taste of a bourbon, and a an order of Tater Tots from That Burger with specially made dipping sauce made with a beer from Two Brothers.

Thursday the 5th:

*Kegs & Eggs returns to the Spring Lounge in Soho this morning at 8 am.  Complimentary bacon, eggs, potatoes, biscuits & gravy and this list to wash it all down with:

  • Smuttynose Baltic Porter
  • Smuttynose Summer Weizen
  • Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA
  • Lagunitas Czech Pils
  • Lagunitas Cappuccino Stout
  • Lagunitas WTF

A favorite brewery at a favorite bar: The Bruery comes to Barcade.  Drafts up at 5 pm.  Hell, yes:

  • Flimishmish – 5.8% ABV – Wild Ale finished with apricots
  • Four Calling Birds – 11.0% – Belgian Winter Ale
  • Hottenroth – 3.1% – Traditional Berliner Weissbier
  • Humulus Lager – 7.2% – Imperial Pilsner
  • Mischief – 8.5% – Belgian Strong Ale
  • Saison de Lente – 6.5% – Farmhouse Ale
  • Smoking Wood – 10.0% – Rauchbier, aged in rye barrels
  • Sour in the Rye – 8.7% – Wild Ale, aged in rye barrels

The Thursday Tap at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is a Sierra Nevada Beer Camp beer, brewed by a group that included my friend John Holl (esteemed journalist & author).  The Transporter is a 4.9% dark ale brewed with Pale two-row, Chocolate, Munich & Golden Promise malts and Magnum, US Challenger & Golding hops.  The porter was dry-hopped with Aurora & Strisselspalt and will be served on nitro-pour to evoke the creamy, smooth quality of British cask ales.

Head to Breukelen Bier Merchants in Williamsburg between 7 and 10 pm to sip on these Spider Bite brews

  • First Bite Pale Ale
  • Boris the Spider Russian Imperial Stout
  • Robert’s Spider Wee Heavy

If you missed Dominique Friart at The Ginger Man last night, you’ll get a second chance to meet her tonight.  Make your way north to Bier International Restaurant in Harlem between 7 & 9 to meet the owner of Brasserie St Feuillien, try the Triple and Grand Cru and get a free glass (while supplies last, of course).

*Standings in the East Village is opening at 1 pm today for a Baseball Opening Day Bash.  Catch all the afternoon games (including the Mets/Braves & Red Sox/Tigers) while enjoying baseball-themed beers such as Brooklyn Pennant Ale, a special cask of the Defiant Lemon IPA and free hot dogs from Paul’s.

Friday the 6th:

Favorite brewery at favorite bar, take 2: The Bruery comes to Double Windsor.  Join brewmaster Tyler King after 6 pm for these drafts:

  • Bruery White Oak (Wheatwine aged in Bourbon Barrels)
  • Bruery Loakal Red (American Red Ale aged in Oak barrels)
  • Bruery Humulus Lager (hoppy lager)
  • Bruery Mischief (Dry-hopped Belgian Strong Golden Ale)

*The East Coast vs West Coast Heavy Metal Brew Tour makes its last stop in Manhattan at Rattle n Hum in Midtown tonight.  Lots of goodies from Smuttynose, Victory, Ballast Point & Lagunitas will pour beginning at 7 pm 4 pm with full event at 7.  Update:  10 lines from each brewery will pour.  The list so far:


  • Donnybrook Stout
  • HopDevil
  • Golden Monkey
  • Storm King Stout
  • St. Victorious
  • St. Boisterous
  • Braumeister Pils – Tettnang
  • Whirlwind Wit
  • All Malt Lager

*Sunswick 35-35 in Astoria is celebrating the Yankees opening day with a viewing party from 3 to 6 pm.  Pints of Bronx Brewery Pale Ale and Brooklyn Lager are only $4 all day long.

Saturday the 7th:

*The Beer n’ Balls Festival is today!  Put on by Get Real Events (disclaimer: I am a proud investor in this company), this is a craft beer and food festival like no other in NYC.  The theme is meatballs for this one and we’ve got 11 of the city’s coolest chefs creating edible round bites of all kinds.  There will be over 40 different craft beers pouring and tasting seminars throughout each session (I’m giving one on sours).  There are a limited number of tickets still available but we expect this fest to sell out soon.  The details:  two sessions – day session, VIP beginning at noon, general session from 1-4 pm and night session, VIP beginning at 6, general session from 7-10 pm.  The festival is at 404 Space in Hells Kitchen.  Tickets and more information can be found here. Hope to see you there!  The beer list:

Pale Ales/Amber Ales

  • Two Brothers Bitter End
  • 21st Amendment Bitter American
  • Bronx Pale Ale
  • Empire Amber


  • Two Brothers Cane & Ebel
  • Green Flash Hop Head Red
  • Green Flash West Coast IPA
  • Blue Point Hoptical Illusion
  • Dogfish Head Aprihop
  • Empire Rye IPA
  • Ithaca Flower Power

Black IPA’s

  • 21st Amendment Back in Black

Double IPA’s

  • Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
  • Green Flash Palate Wrecker
  • Captain Lawrence IIPA
  • DFH 120 min

Belgian Style IPA’s

  • Ommegang BPA

Belgian Golden Ales

  • La Trappe Isi’dor
  • Ithaca White Gold
  • Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold

Belgian/American Strong Ales (dark, malty, etc.)

  • Kulmbacher Eisbock
  • Weyerbacher Quad
  • Dogfish Raisin D’Etre


  • Victory Golden Monkey
  • Allagash Curieux
  • Allagash Tripel

Wheat beers

  • Lagunitas Doppelweizen
  • Ommegang Witte
  • Sierra Nevada Kellerweiss
  • Southern Tier Hop Sun


  • Greenport Harbor Spring
  • Anderson Valley Summer Solstice
  • Blue Point Spring


  • Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
  • Victory Prima Pils
  • Smuttynose Vunderbar
  • Victory Braumeister


  • Sunner Kolsch
  • Stoudt’s Kolsch


  • Farnum Hill Dooryard
  • Doc’s Framboise
  • Original Sin Newton Pippin
  • Original Sin Newton Pippin Cherry

Rye beers

  • Founders Reds Rye

Smoked beers

  • Kelso Rauchbier barrel aged
  • Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter

Gluten Free

  • DFH Tweason Ale


  • Sly Fox Saison Vos
  • St. Feuillien Saison
  • Stillwater Stateside
  • Stillwater As Follows
  • Saison Dupont


  • Avery New World Porter
  • Founders Porter
  • Ballast Point Black Marlin



  • Keegan Mother’s Milk
  • Left Hand Fade to Black 3
  • Ballast Point Sea Monster


  • Rodenbach Grand Cru
  • Ommegang Aphrodite

Fruit beers

  • Blue Point Blueberry
  • Ithaca Apricot Wheat

Biere de Gardes

  • Flying Dog Garde Dog
  • Southampton Biere de Mars

Barley Wines

  • 21st Amendment Lower de Boom

Brown ales

  • Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown
  • DFH Indian Brown


  • Dogfish Head 75 Min
  • Lagunitas Imperial Stout
  • Ballast point sculpin
  • Ballast Point Tongue Buckler
  • Wandering Star Mild at Heart
  • Wandering Star Rude Boy

The Diamond in Greenpoint is celebrating the repeal of Prohibition with a 4% for $4 event.  They’ll have four session beers for only $4 all day & night long (with a couple of surprises in the backyard).  The list:

  • Brooklyn Oishi 3.9%
  • Barrier Unimperial IPA 4% (cask)
  • Sly Fox Chester County Bitter 4.5% (cask)
  • Victory Dark Lager 3.9%

Sunday the 8th:

Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is serving Easter Brunch with Bottomless Beer Cocktails from 10 am to 4 pm today.  $25 prix fixe includes one brunch plate and all-you-can-drink beer cocktails.

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.

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