February 18-February 24 in NYC Craft Beer Events: my picks

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Yes, it’s that time again – New York City Beer Week begins this Friday, February 22nd. There are a slew of events going on, far too many to list all of them in my weekly picks. I’ll highlight some of my choice events (along with a few non-NYC Beer Week events) and you can view all of the NYC Beer Week’s events by clicking here. Many of the participating venues are not doing single night events but running specials all week long – either by featuring special beers, unique beer pairings or dinner menus. Have fun out there!


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*= Free food and/or giveaways at this event
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*= updated or added after post was originally published

Monday the 18th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Allagash Bourbon Black #2469, a rare version that was aged for 10 months in Jim Beam Bourbon Barrels, and will be tapped at 5 pm.

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown hosts the official Manhattan launch of SingleCut Beersmiths today. Brewmaster Rich Buceta and the SingleCut team will be there that evening and taps will be up by 4 pm:

      • Rum Barrel-aged Rudy Double Umlaut Lagrrr!
      • 19-33 Queens Lagrrr!
      • Billy 18 Watt IPA
      • Billy Full Stack IIPA
      • Dean Pacific NW Mahogany Ale
      • Nitro Eric “More Cowbell” Milk Stout
      • John Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr!

Tuesday the 19th:

*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features beers from owner Jimmy Carbone’s Cellar Reserves. Be there by 7:30 to get your share of the 6 featured beers:

      • De Ranke XX Bitter bottles
      • Bronx Brewery Oak Aged Pale bottles
      • Haandbryggeriet Nissefar bottles
      • Alvinne Cuvee d’erpigny bottles
      • Sagra Bohio bottles
      • Ovisholt Lava bottles

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features Sweet and Sour Beers with Shahan Stepanian, brand manager for Brouwerij Van Steenberge, and begins promptly at 7 pm.

**The Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg tonight at 7 pm features beers from Thornbridge. Get a flight of four beers for $10 or purchase by the glass. Live music by Baby Soda. The beers:

      • Kipling
      • Beadecas Well
      • St. Petersburg Imperial Stout
      • Bracia

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Harpoon event today – taps will be up by 4 pm.

**The Pony Bar UES on the Upper East Side has a Keystone State Extravaganza event tonight beginning at 6 pm. Beers from Sly Fox, East End, Penn, Troegs, Weyerbacher, Stoudts & Victory will be pouring.

Wednesday the 20th:

*Sycamore in Ditmas Park has a Flying Dog Flight Night from 3 to 10 pm. Flights of 4 Flying Dog beers for $8 or buy by the glass.

***City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Night with Shelton Brothers Importers from 6-9 pm with free samples.

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features NY Breweries. $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you 3 full pours of KelSo Rauchbier, Empire Amber & SingleCut TBD, a taste of bourbon, Jarlsberg’s new Hickory Smoked Cheese to go with the Rauchbier and an order of Tater Tots from That Burger with specially made dipping sauce made with beer from a featured brewery. Attendees will also be able to purchase an order of Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos) made with the Hickory Smoke Cheese and a special Burger from That Burger: “Hickory Dickory Smoke” made with Sauteed onions, Jalapenos, lettuce, that bourbon ketchup and the Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked Cheese.

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a Unibroue event tonight.

*George Keeley on the Upper West Side hosts Cisco Brewers and Lance Mountain tonight beginning at 6 pm. Six Cisco beers will be on draft and Lance Mountain will perform.

Thursday the 21st:

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Sixpoint tap takeover tonight beginning at 7 pm.

*Barcade in Williamsburg hosts a New York City Beer Week Launch Night beginning at 4 pm with this list (complete with Barcade’s excellent descriptions):

      • AleSmith Speedway Stout – 12.0% ABV – Imperial Stout loaded with dark chocolate, roasted coffee and licorice
      • Allagash Odyssey ’11 – 10.0% – Belgian Dark Ale aged in oak barrels takes you on an unforgettable journey
      • Avery Mephistopheles ’09 – 17.0% – Vintage Double Imperial Stout black as ten thousand hells
      • Ballast Point Indra Kunindra – 7.0% – Export Stout brewed with Madras curry, cayenne and cumin lights up your palate
      • Brooklyn Dark Matter ’10 – 8.5% – Vintage Brown Ale aged in Woodford Reserve bourbon barrels and aged at Barcade for two years
      • Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious ’11 – 10.0% – Belgian style Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels at the brewery
      • Chelsea “barrel-aged” Imperial Mild ’09 – 10.9% – Vintage American style Barleywine aged in oak for three months and at Barcade for four years!
      • Dogfish Head Immort Ale ’09 – 11.0% – Vintage Barleywine brewed with peat-smoked barley, juniper and maple syrup then aged in oak barrels
      • Harpoon Barleywine ’10 – 10.3% – Vintage American style Barleywine aged at the brewery for one year and Barcade for two years
      • Keegan Super Kitty ’11 – 12.0% – American Strong Ale brewed with Hudson Valley Honey and aged in oak barrels
      • Kelso Flemish Red – 5.5% – Belgian style Flemish Red Ale blends dark malt and sour fruit
      • Sixpoint Harbinger Saison – 4.9% – Belgian style Farmhouse Ale foreshadows a great week for everyone!
      • Speakeasy Black and White Cookie Ale – 6.3% – Milk Stout brewed with cacao and vanilla, inspired by the tasty treat whose name it bears

Friday the 22nd:

And so it begins – New York City Beer Week. See a full event of tonight’s events here. The Opening Night event is sold out but there are plenty of other events to choose from:
***Alewife Queens in Long Island City hosts a Singlecut Beersmiths Tap Takeover and Dinner from 7 to 10 pm tonight. Come out for drinks by the glass or purchase tickets for the $65 5-course Rock-n-Beer Dinner here. The menu:

Pear Onion Tart with Goat Cheese and Honey
paired with SingleCut 19-33 Lagrrr!

Duck Confit Tamale with Hoisin Sauce
paired with SingleCut Dean Mahogany Ale

Pan Seared Scallops with Roasted Garlic Sabayon and Maque Choux
Paired with SingleCut Jan Olympic White Lagrrr!

5 Spice Pork Belly with Pad Thai Noodles
paired with SingleCut Billy 18 Watt IPA

Chocolate Bacon Rice Crispy Treats
paired with SingleCut Eric “More Cowbell” Milk Stout

*Owl Farm in Park Slope is featuring Wheat beers all week long for NYC Beer Week. The line-up:


      • Allagash White – Witbier
      • Barrier Le Pete – Smoked Belgian Wheat
      • Brooklyn+Schneider HopfenWeiss – Weizenbock
      • Freigeist Abraxxas – Berlinerweiss
      • Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale – Pale Ale w/ 30% Wheat Malt
      • Lagunitas Little Sumpin’ Sumpin’ – American Pale Wheat
      • Mikkeller+Grassroots Wheat is the New Hops – Tart Wheat IPA
      • Peak Organic Winter Session – American Dark Wheat
      • Ramstien Winter Ale – Weizenbock
      • RJ Rocker’s Buckwheat After Dark – Dunkelweiss
      • Sierra Nevada KellerWeiss – Hefeweizen
      • Stillwater Cellar Door – Wheat Saison


      • Brooklyn Companion – Wheatwine
      • Leipziger Gose – Gose

**The Stag’s Head in Midtown East hosts a Craft Beer Mafia Returns event beginning at 6 pm. Free mini mozzarella stuffed meatballs will be served at 6 pm. The list:

      • Lagunitas Fusion 9
      • Lagunitas Sucks
      • Oskar Blues Raspberry Smidy
      • Oskar Blues Deviant Dales
      • Smuttynose Zinneke
      • Smuttynose Strawberry Short Weiss

*The Queen’s Kickshaw in Astoria is featuring an All Queens Tap Takeover all week long. Beverages from Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Beyond Kombucha, SingleCut Beersmiths and Rockaway Brewing Co. will be on tap beginning tonight.

**One Mile House on the Lower East Side has a Local Brewery Night beginning at 3 pm today. The list:

      • Brooklyn Lager
      • Brooklyn Monster 2010
      • SingleCut John Michael Dark Lyric Lagrrr
      • SingleCut Milk Stout
      • Bronx Pale Ale
      • Barrier Le Pete
      • Barrier Evil Giant
      • Greenport Harbor Canard Noir
      • Greenport Harbor Otherside IPA
      • Port Jeff Runaway Ferry Smoked IPA
      • Captain Lawrence Brown Bird
      • Kelso Rauchbier
      • Sixpoint 3 Beans
      • Ithaca White Gold
      • Ommegang Hennepin
      • Ommegang Three Philosphers

*Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria has an Empire event tonight from 7 to 10 pm. The list:

      • American Strong Ale
      • Cream Ale
      • Golden Dragon
      • IPA
      • White Aphro
      • Winter Warmer

***City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Horseheads Brewing event from 6-9 pm with free samples. The list:

      • Horseheads IPA – an American IPA (91 IBU, 8.8%)
      • Hot-Jala-Heim – brewed with Jalapeno and Anaheim peppers (7.3%)
      • Newtown Brown – quite malty with moderate hopping (35 IBUs, 7.4%)
      • Sullivan’s Stout – foreign, or export stout with roasted malts (35 IBUs, 5.5%)
      • Chemung Canal Towpath Ale – English-style ale (22 IBUs, 7.3%)

**Proletariat in the East Village hosts an NYC Beer Week Kickoff with B United. Holy cow, this is an amazing list – I know where I’ll be at 5 pm on Friday. Barrel master Ben Neidhart will be speaking about the Zymatore aging program at 6 pm sharp and a special Zymatore flight will be made available to attendants. The list:

      • Alvinne Zymatore Cuvee Freddy aged in Belgian Owl Whiskey barrel
      • Iqhilika Zymatore Dry African Mead aged in Verdelho wine barrel
      • De Glazen Toren Zymatore Canaster aged in Belgian Owl Whiskey barrel
      • De Dolle Arabier
      • Thornbridge Bracia
      • Prof. Fritz Briem Grodziskie
      • Liepziger Gose
      • Schneider Nelson Sauvin
      • Engelszell Gregorius Trappistenbier
      • Harviestoun Schiehallion
      • Thornbridge Kipling
      • BFM Quatorze
      • Reissdorf Kolsch aged in barrels
      • Birra del Borgo’s Maladetta aged in Zinfandel barrels

**The Pony Bar UES on the Upper East Side has a Hudson Valley Brewers & Distillers Night beginning at 6 pm. Beers from Keegan Ales, CH Evans, Chatham, Newburgh, Rushing Duck and Sloop will be pouring along with spirits from Tuthilltown. List of Newburgh’s offerings:

      • The Newburgh Conspiracy
      • von Steuben’s Gose
      • Paper Box Pale Ale
      • HoneyWeizen
      • Sterk aal van Hoodie

Saturday the 23rd:

*The 7th Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival begins today at dba Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Around 16 rare and interesting casks will be pouring beginning today through Tuesday.

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts an Empire tap takeover tonight from 3-6 pm. Featured beers:

      • Amber
      • IPA
      • White Aphro
      • Local Grind
      • Barley Wine
      • Winter Warmer

**La Nacional in Chelsea is hosting an Spanish Cider & Craft Beer Fest from 3 to 7 pm today. Tickets are $35 and include unlimited pours of cider and beer and unlimited tapas to go with. There will also be a cider pouring contest.

*Third Avenue Ale House on the Upper East Side has a Take A Peek at Peekskill Brewery event today at 3 pm featuring these drafts:

      • Eastern Standard IPA
      • Hop Common Lager
      • Simple Sour
      • Amazeballs Pale Ale
      • Double Standard Double IPA
      • Shotgun Willie IPA
      • Skills PIls
      • World’s End Belgo-American Ale

Sunday the 24th:

*The 7th Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival continues today at dba Brooklyn in Williamsburg. Around 16 rare and interesting casks will be pouring. On today only, a vintage bottle raffle will take place beginning around 4 pm with all proceeds to benefit the family of the late great Ray Deter, founding partner of dba.

**The Spring Lounge in Soho has an Empire and KelSo event beginning at 3 pm. Free food will be served alongside 10 Empire & KelSo drafts. The list:

      • American Strong Ale
      • Belgian Amber
      • Hefeweizen, IPA
      • Cream Ale


      • Rauchbier
      • Oak-Aged Flemish Red
      • Industrial IPA
      • Winter Lager
      • Nut Brown Lager

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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