August 13-19 in NYC Craft 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 13th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Stone Ruination Tenth Anniversary IPA and will be tapped at 5 pm. Bonus – they’ll be pouring Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous and Stone Cali-Belgique as well tonight.

Tuesday the 14th:

*Tonight’s $10 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village kicks off a 3-week sour extravaganza. Mike Lovullo will be pouring his Sour Picks. The list:

      • Anchorage Galaxy (bottles)
      • Anchorage Tide and it’s Takers (bottles)
      • Jolly Pumpkin Fuego del Otona (bottles)
      • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja (bottles)
      • Jolly Pumpkin Maracaibo Especiale (bottles)
      • Liefmans Goudenband (draft)

**There’s a Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg tonight beginning at 7:30 pm. Get a flight of four beers for $10 or purchase by the glass. Live music by Emily Asher.

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Belgian Beer Night with these beers on by 4 pm:

      • Cuvée des Jacobins
      • Pauwel Kwak
      • La Trappe Dubbel
      • La Trappe Isid’or
      • La Trappe Quadruple
      • La Trappe Witte
      • St. Feuillien Blond
      • St. Feuillien La Blanche
      • St. Feuillien Brune
      • St. Feuillien Triple
      • St. Feuillien Saison
      • St. Feuillien Speciale
      • Tripel Karmeliet
      • Urthel Saisonniere
      • Urthel Hop-it
      • Urthel Samaranth

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features recent brews from the Sierra Nevada Beer Camp program and begins promptly at 7 pm. The following will be featured:

      • Floral IPA
      • Imperial Pilsner
      • Oatmeal Stout
      • Imperial Red

*Heartland Brewery is hosting their 2nd Annual Home Brewer Contest tonight from 6 to 9 at their Empire State Building location. Tickets for the public are $30 and grant you 18+ samples of homebrew, hors d’oeuvres and Heartland brews. This was a lot of fun last year (I judged last year and am doing so this year) with some delicious homebrews and a fun crowd.

**The Black Swan in Bed-Stuy is hosting a Founders Brewery Dinner tonight at 8 pm. $45 gets you four courses and beer. Please call 718-783-4744 for a reservation.

**The Brooklyn Brewery is hosting a beer dinner at Dumont in Williamsburg tonight at 7 pm. The 5-course meal, 9-beer meal is $65 – please call 718-486-7717 for your reservation.

Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, Cucumber, Wasabi
paired with Brooklyn Summer Ale & BAMboozle

Pan Roasted Diver Scallop, Sweet Summer Corn, Heirloom Cherry Tomato
paired with Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 & East India Pale Ale

Crispy Berkshire Pork Belly, Pickled Cabbage, Mustard Jus
Paired with Brooklyn Local 2 & Sorachi Ace

Roasted Duck Breast, Black Mission Fig, Port
paired with Brooklyn Brown Ale & Monster Ale

Almond Panna Cotta, Cherry Vanilla Compote, Lace Tuile
paired with Brooklyn Radius

**The Knights of Bruklyn Home Brewer’s Sentry Season 3 Kick-off Homebrewing Competition is tonight at 7 pm at Union Hall in Park Slope. This is a fun event and a great chance to taste some of the best homebrews around. All of the samples are free while they last and Union Hall has some nice draft beers and nibbles for purchase as well.

Wednesday the 15th:

(Rescheduled to August 23rd)*Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint has a Meadowlark Nights event beginning at 7 pm. Jim “Bock” Barnes will be spinning tunes and the new Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA will star.


*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features Great Divide. $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you: full pours of Great Divide Hoss & Rumble, samples of Great Divide Titan, Hercules & Yeti, a taste of bourbon TBD and an order of Tater Tots from That Burger with specially made dipping sauce made with a Great Divide beer.

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a Summer Lovin’ event beginning at 6 pm and features beers from Ommegang, Duvel, Liefmans & Chouffe.

*Good Co in Williamsburg hosts a BBQ Blow-Out tonight – 6:30 pm for VIPS, 7 pm for general admission. GA tickets are $10, VIP $15 ahead or $20 at the door. VIP tickets holders receive:

  • A plate of BBQ prepared by Gwynnett St
  • A Pint of Brooklyn Brewery Beer
  • Complimentary evian water
  • Raffle Ticket for Awesome Prizes
  • Commemorative Silk Screened Tote Bag from Luther Himes
  • Free issues of New York Magazine

A GA ticket gets you a plate of food and a pint of Brooklyn beer. Tickets can be purchased here.

**Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen hosts Boulder Beer Company for their first beer event tonight at 5 pm. Boulder Brewmaster David Zuckerman will be on hand and 10 Boulder beers will be on draft.

Thursday the 16th:

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA Release tonight at  beginning at 7 pm. Jim Barnes will be spinning tunes and several other lines of Pretty Things will pour.

**Burp Castle in the East Village has a beer and chocolate pairing event from 7 to 9 pm tonight. Clay Gordon from The Chocolate Life hosts and every guest will receive chocolate with every beer purchase. Clay is a chocolate expert (and good friend) and I have no doubt that he’ll be bringing some very interesting & tasty chocolate to the table tonight.

**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Sour Beer and Vegetarian Nonsense Dinner tonight at 7 pm. Tickets are $45 (excluding tax & tip) and feature 5 sour beers paired with 5 vegetarian courses prepared by guest chef Jessica Wilson.

The beers:

  • Prof. Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse
  • Vapeur Cochonne
  • Hanssens Gueuze
  • De Dolle Special Extra Export Stout
  • BFM Abbaye de Saint Bon Chien

The courses:

  • Zucchini Carpaccio with Walnuts
  • Almond Yellow Pepper Soup
  • Roasted Corn Omelette
  • Ricotta Gnocchi Favas
  • Tomato Panna Cotta with Basil Oil

*The Thursday Tap at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features the Professor Fritz Briem 1809 Berliner Weisse and will be tapped by 5 pm.

**Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Midtown West is hosting a Brooklyn Brewery beer dinner tonight at 6:30 pm. The seven course meal is $59/person excluding tip – make your reservations by calling 212 245 9600. A full menu is not available but courses include Spicy Lobster paired with Brooklyn India Pale Ale, Steak Duo paired with Brooklyn Brown Ale and Desert Duo paired with Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

Friday the 17th:

Saturday the 18th:

**One Mile House on the Lower East Side has a Hop it Up & Hog it Out! event beginning at 3 pm today. Their first annual Pig Roast will feature buckets of canned craft beers and free pig.

Sunday the 19th:

*Zum Schneider in the East Village hosts their 12th Anniversary Party today from 1 pm on. Festivities include Live oompah music with Mösl Franzi and the JaJaJa’s, Pig on the Spit and DJ Volka Racho on the decks.

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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