March 11-March 17 in NYC Beer Events: my picks


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Monday the 11th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Hill Farmstead Everett Porter and will be tapped at 5 pm.

**Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a Long Ireland Brewing Company event tonight beginning at 5 pm.

**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts an Italian Craft Beer and Vegetarian Nonsense Dinner at 7 pm. The 5-course dinner is $45 and tickets can be purchased here. Call 212-982-3006 to reserve day of.

Erbazzone — Traditional Swiss Chard, Egg and Cheese Pie from Emilia Romagna
paired with Del Ducato Via Emilia (wet-hopped lager) from Parma, Emilia Romagna

Cavolo Nero e Fagioli — Braised Black Kale and Beans on Bruschetta
paired with L’Olmaia PVK (spicy, light, an Italian “wit”) from Montepulciano, Siena, Tuscany

Gnocchi alla Romana — Baked Semolina Gnocchi with Cippolata
Paired with Del Borgo ReAle Extra (IPA using only late-addition hops) from Rieti, Lazio

Agnolotti — Squash and Taleggio Filled Pasta with Sage and Hazelnuts
paired with Loverbeer D’Uvabeer (sour beer made with grape or fig must) from Marentino, TO, Piemonte

Capunet — Piemontese-style Stuffed Cabbage with Riso, Mushrooms, Leeks and Toasted Grain
paired with Grado Plato Strada san Felice (strong Chestnut lager) from Chieri, TO, Piemonte

Tuesday the 12th:

**The Spring Lounge in Soho sees the return of Kegs & Eggs today. Starting at 8 am, complimentary breakfast, including eggs, potatoes, homemade sausage & biscuits, will be served along with this draft line-up:

      • Avery Hog Heaven
      • Avery Salvation
      • Avery Ellie’s Brown Ale
      • Avery White Rascal
      • Oskar Blues Old Chub
      • Oskar Blues G’Knight
      • Oskar Blues Mama’s Little Yella Pils
      • plus Oskar Blues Dale’s Pale Ale and Avery IPA in cans

**The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features beers from Raven Imports and starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat. They’ll be discussing the history of the company with Raven rep Ian Murray and tasting these beers:

      • Jever
      • Gaffel Kölsch
      • Dentergems Witbier
      • Dentergems Herfstbier (Belgian bruin)

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

      • Del Ducato Via Emilia bottles
      • L’Olimaia PVK bottles
      • Del Borgo Re Ale bottles
      • Grando Plato Strada San Felice bottles
      • Loverbeer D’Uvabeer bottles
      • Barley BB Dexi bottles

*Owl Farm in Park Slope has a Gypsy Brewers event today. Drafts up all day with all event beers discounted between 6 & 10 pm. The list:


      • Beer Here Hopfix – Rye IPA
      • Evil Twin Femme Fatale Brett – Brettanomyces IPA
      • Evil Twin Bikini Beer – 2.7% ABV IPA
      • Local Option Dampf Loc – Hefe Gerst
      • Mikkeller Lambicus – 100% fermented with brettanomyces lambicus
      • Ommegang/Barrier Relief – Hurricane Sandy gypsy/refugees
      • Omnipollo Nebuchadnezzar – Imperial IPA
      • Pretty Things St. Botolph’s Town -English Brown
      • Stillwater Sensory Series v.1 Lower Dens – Herbed Saison
      • Stillwater Folklore – Belgian Dark
      • To Øl Sans Frontiere – Belgian IPA w/Brettanomyces


      • Stillwater+Mikkeller+Fanø Gypsy Tears – Sour Hoppy Stout
      • Stillwater+Mikkeller Our Side – Hoppy Saison

*Alewife NYC in Long Island City, Queens, hosts the East Coast vs West Coast Punk Rock Beer Tour starting at 6 pm. Should be quite a party – expect punk rock music, high-spirited beer reps & this line-up:

Victory Brewing: RJ Ober

      • Braumeister
      • Swing Session
      • Uncle Teddy’s Nitro
      • Nato IPA

Ballast Point: Billy Denniston

      • Wahoo Wheat
      • Fathom IPL
      • Sculpin
      • Victory At Sea

Lagunitas: Mark Sljukic

      • Imperial Stout
      • Sucks
      • Little Sumpin
      • IP FUCKING A

Smuttynose: Pat Fondiller

      • Finest Kind IPA
      • Paradox X
      • Baltic Porter
      • Gravitation

Sixpoint: Andrew McLeod

      • 3 Beans
      • Resin
      • Righteous Rye

Sierra Nevada: Jan Apanich

      • Keller Weisse
      • Porter
      • Torpedo

Oskar Blues: Yvon Pasquarello

      • GKnight
      • Dale’s
      • Oskar Da Grauch
      • Chaka

Bronx: Sean McCain

      • Black
      • Pale

*Good Beer in the East Village has a Left Hand event tonight from 6:30 to 9 with discounts on all Left Hand flights, drafts & growlers. Taps:

      • Chain Saw
      • Fade to Black 4
      • Wake Up Dead
      • Weak Sauce

*There’s a Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg tonight beginning at 7 pm. Get a flight of four Belhaven beers for $10 or purchase by the glass. Live music by the Dave Clive’s Nawlins Funk Band. Featured beers:

      • Twisted Thistle
      • Scottish Ale
      • Wee Heavy
      • Scottish Stout

**The Pony Bar UES on the Upper East Side has a Harpoon event tonight beginning at 6 pm.

Wednesday the 13th:

*The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts Night of the Imperials tonight – drafts up by 3 pm.

      • Dieu du Ciel! Peche Mortel
      • Sierra Bigfoot ‘06
      • Founders Imperial Stout
      • Evil Twin Biscotti Break
      • Goose Island Imperial Brown ‘09
      • Smuttynose Imperial Stout ‘09
      • Captain Lawrence Imperial Smoked Porter
      • Lagunitas Hop Stoopid
      • Dogfish Head World Wide Stout
      • North Coast Old Stock ‘10
      • Avery Maharaja

**City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Cider Tasting featuring Crispin and Fox Barrel from 6-9 pm with free samples of bottled ciders.

      • The Saint from Crispin: Artisanal Reserve, Belgian Trappist Yeast with Organic Maple Syrup
      • Bare Naked: Single Strength Reserve, Double Fermentation, Tank Conditioned
      • Crispin Artisanal Reserve Honey Crisp (naturally fermented using a premium apple juice blend)
      • Pear Naked from Fox Barrel: Double fermentaton, single strength reserve

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands features Long Ireland Brewing Company. $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you: full pours of Breakfast Stout, IPA & Celtic Ale, a taste of bourbon TBD and an order of Tater Tots from That Burger with specially made dipping sauce made with a Long Ireland beer.

Thursday the 14th:

*The Thursday Tap at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is St. Patrick’s v. Purim, a beer smackdown between NYC favorite He’Brew/Shmaltz and Pennsylvania’s Sly Fox, and will be tapped at 5 pm.

**Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Victory Tap Takeover tonight beginning at 7 pm with this list:

      • Prima Pils
      • Braumeister Pils
      • Headwaters Pale Ale
      • Altbier
      • Uncle Teddy’s English Bitter
      • Swing Session Saison
      • Ranch IPA
      • NATO IPA
      • Hop Wallop Double IPA
      • Yakima Glory IPA
      • Mad King’s Weiss
      • St Victorious Doppelbock
      • Swing Session Saison

*Hopscotch in Jersey City hosts an Allagash Tap Takeover tonight beginning at 6 pm.

**Malt & Mold on the LES has an Anderson Valley tasting from 5 to 8 pm.


      • Hop Ottin’ IPA
      • Bourbon Barrel Aged Stout

Cans and Bottles:

      • Oatmeal Stout can
      • Boont Amber can
      • Heelch O’Hops Imp. IPA bottles

Plus free cheese and other stuff…

Friday the 15th:

*Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria has a Taste the Barrier Rainbow event tonight from 7 to 10 pm. The list:

      • Ommegang Barrier Relief
      • Frau Blücher Rauch Bier
      • Bulkhead Red
      • Dubbel Down Belgian Dubbel
      • Barnacle Brown
      • Lights Out Stout
      • And the biggest beer they’ve ever made! You’ll just have to wait and see what it is.

**One Mile House on the Lower East Side hosts the East Coast vs West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour tonight. Punk rock will play and beer from Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Sierra Nevada, Sixpoint, Oskar Blues, Victory and Ballast Point, and Bronx Brewery will pour. The line-up:

Smuttynose Brewing Co:

      • Finest Kind IPA
      • ParadoX
      • Baltic Porter
      • Noonan Black IPA

Victory Beer:

      • Prima Pils
      • Ranch Double IPA
      • Swing Session Saison


      • Resin
      • Mad Scientist #12: Goser the Gozerian

The Bronx Brewery:

      • Pale Ale
      • Black Pale Ale

Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits:

      • Even Keel
      • Victory at Sea
      • Sierra Nevada
      • Ruthless Rye
      • Torpedo

Oskar Blues Brewery:

      • Dale’s Pale Ale
      • G’Knight

Lagunitas Brewing Co:

      • IPA
      • Censored

Saturday the 16th:

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts The Return of Bacon & Belgians from noon to 3 pm today. Tickets are $45 and include a guided tasting of Belgian brews paired alongside different styles of bacon, our famous mini-biscuits and additional offerings TBA.

***City Swiggers on the UES celebrates St Paddy’s Day today with special tasting from 1 pm to 11 pm. The list:

Draft list:

      • Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask Barrel-aged Stout – 7.4% (Edinburgh, SCO)
      • Porterhouse An Brain Blasta Strong Ale – 7.0% (Dublin, IRL)
      • Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale – 4.3% (Dublin)
      • Moylan’s Kilt Lifter Scotch Ale – 8% (Novato, CA)
      • Moylan’s Tippererary Pale Ale – 5%
      • Moylan’s Dragoon’s Dry Irish Stout – 5%
      • Brooklyn Irish Dry Stout – 4.7%
      • Harpoon Celtic Red – 5.4% (Boston, MA)
      • Widmer O’Ryely IPA 6.4% (Portland, OR)

Bottles and cans are priced to go, or drink here for $5:

      • O’Hara’s Irish Red – 4.3% (Carlow, IRL)
      • O’Hara’s Irish Pale Ale – 5.2%
      • O’Hara’s Irish Stout – 4.3%
      • O’Hara’s Leann Follain Irish Dry Stout 6.0%
      • Guinness Foreign Extra Stout 7.5% (Dublin)
      • Smithwick’s Irish Red Ale – 4.5% (Dublin)
      • Murphy’s Irish Red Ale – 5.0% (Cork, IRL)
      • Murphy’s Irish Stout nitro pub can – 4.0%
      • Wexford Irish Creme Ale nitro pub can – 5.0% (Bury St. Edmunds, ENG)

*Both of The Pony Bars on the Upper East Side & Hell’s Kitchen will be pouring Irish-American beers all weekend long. A partial list:

  • Moylan’s Tipperary Pale Ale
  • Sly Fox O’Reilly’s Stout
  • Victory Donnybrook Stout
  • Flying Dog Lucky SOB
  • and more

Sunday the 17th:

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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