April 15-April 21 in NYC Beer Events: my picks


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Monday the 15th:

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

**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a April Sours pairing dinner curated by The Chocolate Life’s Clay Gordon at 7 pm. The 5-course dinner is $45 and tickets can be purchased here. Call 212-982-3006 to reserve day of.

Sour cherry soup topped with creme fraiche chantilly infused with cherry lambic
paired with Hanssens Oude Kriek

Roasted heirloom beets on a bed of mixed greens, endive, & arugula, sprinkled chopped hazelnuts pan-fried in cocoa butter & dusted with cocoa powder, with a mock-Champagne vinaigrette made using sour beer
paired with Cantillon Gueze

Southern cornbread muffin topped with braised collards and red chard with bacalao, spiced with chipotles in adobo
Paired with TBD sour beer

Flank steak rollatini – dry-rubbed butterflied flank steak stuffed with goat cheese and radicchio served with Yukon Gold garlic smashed potatoes
paired with a TBD Flemish Red

Milk chocolate caramel sauce over vanilla ice cream with roasted apple “confitti”
paired with Lindeman Faro Lambic

*Belgian draft beers are 1/2 price every Monday night at all of the Petite Abeille locations (StuyTown, Chelsea, TriBeCa & Flatiron).

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown hosts the Green Flash State of Mind Tour Grand Finale today. Meet Brewmaster Chuck Silva and Co-Founders Mike & Lisa Hinkley and drink these beers beginning at 6 pm:

      • 10th Anniversary • 6.9 ABV
      • Barleywine • 10.0 ABV
      • 30th Street Pale Ale • 6.0 ABV
      • Belgian Blonde • 6.0 ABV
      • East Village Pilsner • 5.3 ABV
      • 10th Anniversary – Flanders Drive (Sour Red Ale)
      • Grand Cru • 9.1 ABV
      • Green Bullet • 10.1 ABV
      • Hop Head Red • 7.0 ABV
      • Park West Porter • 5.8 ABV
      • Double Stout with Serrano Chili • 8.8 ABV
      • Silva Stout • 10.1 ABV
      • Surfs Up 2008 Symposium IPA • 7.0 ABV
      • Trippel • 8.5 ABV
      • Double Stout • 8.0 ABV
      • Palate Wrecker • 9.5 ABV
      • Le Freak • 9.2 ABV
      • Friendship Brew • 5.7 ABV
      • Black IPA • 7.2 ABV
      • West Coast IPA • 7.0 ABV

*The Guilty Goose in Chelsea celebrates Mike Lovullo’s birthday by allowing him to take over the taps with some of his favorite beers from 7:30 to 10:30 tonight. The list:

      • Allagash Odyssey
      • Lagunitas Wilco Tango Foxtrot
      • Maine Beer Company Mean Old Tom
      • Flying Dog Ear on Nitro
      • Green Flash Palate Wrecker
      • Bruery Sour in the Rye
      • Ommegang Witte
      • Oskar Blues Mama Yella

Tuesday the 16th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features spring beers and starts promptly at 7 pm – there is limited space, so get there early to ensure your seat.

*The $20 Tuesday Night Tasting at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village features sour beers from Importer Vanberg and Dewulf and begins at 7:30 pm.

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Firestone Walker event today. Beers up by 4 & I’ll post a list if I get one.

*Good Beer in the East Village has a Bruery event tonight from 6:30 to 9. Taps:

      • Sour in the Rye
      • Hottenroth
      • Oude Tart
      • Autumn Maple
      • 5 Golden Rings
      • Mischief

*Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria has a Bear Republic and Mad River Brewing event tonight from 7 to 10 pm.

*One Mile House on the Lower East Side has a Night of the Imperials event beginning at 7 pm. The list:

      • Evil Twin Yin
      • Evil Twin Yang
      • Green Flash Palate Wrecker
      • Left Hand Twin Sister …… rare biannual release
      • Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti
      • Two Brothers Northwinds
      • Firestone Walker Double Jack
      • Stone Russian Imperial Stout
      • Troegs Nugget Nectar
      • Kuhnhenn Double Rice IPA
      • Hoppin Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher

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

Wednesday the 17th:

*The Blind Tiger in the Village hosts Lovullopalooza, the annual celebration of Mike Lovullo’s Birthday, tonight beginning at 5 pm. Check out this list:

      • Allagash Interlude 2011
      • Cantillon Vignerone
      • Allagash Midnight Brett
      • Allagash FV 13 – NYC draft debut
      • Bruery Smoking Wood
      • Ballast Point Victory at Sea
      • Bruery Sour in the Rye
      • Sierra Nevada Barrel-Aged Bigfoot
      • Youngs Double Chocolate Stout Nitro
      • Stillwater/508 Hamber – one-off!
      • Thornbridge Hall/Terrapin Coalition – NYC debut
      • Firestone Walker Wookie Jack
      • Harviestoun Ola Dubh 21 – NYC debut
      • Hitachino Mandarin Fukure Mikan – NYC debut
      • Oskar Blues Deuce – quite possibly NYC debut, if the other place didn’t tap theirs yet
      • Schmaltz Rejewvinator
      • Peekskill Higher Standard – NYC draft debut
      • Sixpoint Mad Scientist Gruit
      • Tool San Fontiere
      • Blue Mountain Dirty Belgian Unfiltered
      • Stillwater Saison Darkly
      • Evil Twin Yang
      • Empire Liv & Let Rye
      • Maine Beer Company Lunch
      • Lagunitas Maximus
      • Stoudt’s Pilsner
      • Ommegang Witte
      • Dieu du Ciel! Penombre – NYC debut
      • Greenport Harbor Black IPA dry-hopped (cask)
      • Bronx Brewery Belgian Pale Ale spiced with peppercorns (cask)
      • Flying Dog Imperial IPA with Citra all the way & dry-hopped (gravity cask)

*Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace hosts a Carton Brewing event beginnng at 7 pm. The list:

      • GORP
      • Boat Beer
      • 077XX
      • Carton of Milk
      • Red Rye Returning
      • Carton Canyon
      • BDG
      • #tresBK

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands features Greenport Harbor. $10 at the bar between 7 & 10 pm gets you: full pours of Otherside IPA, Spring Turning Rye Saison & Black Duck Porter, a taste of bourbon TBD and an order of Tater Tots from That Burger with specially made dipping sauce made with a Greenport Harbor beer.

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a Stone event tonight.

**City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Twelve Percent Imports tasting tonight from 6-9 pm with free tastes.

**Dive Bar on the UWS (96th & Amsterdam) hosts a Pyramid Breweries tasting beginning at 7 pm tonight. Look for 4 Pyramid beers on draft.

**Sycamore in Ditmas Park has a Speakeasy Flight Night starting at 6 pm. Flights of four 5oz pours for $8 or drink by the glass.

Thursday the 18th:

*Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Flying Dog Tap Takeover beginning at 7 pm. The list:

      • Doggie Style Pale Ale
      • Raging Bitch Belgian IPA
      • Snake Dog IPA
      • Gonzo Imperial Porter
      • Underdog Atlantic Lager
      • K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
      • In-Heat Wheat (Hefeweisen)
      • Woody Creek White (Witbier)
      • Red Ale (Brewhouse Rarity 2012)
      • St. EADman Belgian Dark Ale (Brewhouse Rarity 2012)
      • Single Hop Centennial Imperial IPA
      • Single Hop Galaxy Imperial IPA
      • Chipotle Dark Ale

*Barcade Jersey City celebrates their 2nd Anniversary Party tonight. The list (complete with Barcade’s excellent descriptions):

      • Allagash James Bean – 10.3% ABV – Tripel aged in Bourbon Barrels with Cold Pressed Coffee.
      • Allagash Midnight Brett – 7.3% – Wild Ale Aged in Wine Barrels.
      • Bolero Snort “S’more” Raging Bull – 5.0% – Amber Lager with Cinnamon, Vanilla Beans, and Cocoa Nibs.
      • Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager – 9.0% – Celebratory Doppelbock.
      • Carton GORP – 8.4% – Porter with Raisins and Peanut Butter.
      • Climax Come Again DIPA – 8.0% (estimated) – Tasteful!
      • Coney Barrel Aged Human Blockhead 2011 -10.0% – Bourbon Barrel Doppelbock.
      • Dogfish Head Burton Baton 2010 – 10.0% – 3 Year Old Burton Ale.
      • Epic Brainless on Raspberries – 9.7% – Belgian Strong Pale Ale with Raspberry Puree.
      • Firestone Walker 16 – 13.0% – Anniversary Barrel Aged Blend.
      • Fisherman’s Tea Party 2011 – 9.0% – Barleywine with Lapsang Souchang Black Tea.
      • Flying Dog Pumpernickel IPA – 7.0% – Black IPA with Rye and Caraway.
      • Kane Barrel Aged Overhead – 8.7% – Bourbon Barrel Double IPA.
      • Harpoon Black IPA – 7.0% – American Black Ale.
      • Lost Abbey Angel’s Share 2012 – 12.5% – Bourbon Barrel Strong Ale.
      • Smuttynose Bloom – 6.5% -Belgian Pale Ale brewed with Flowers.
      • Sourhern Tier Jah-va 2011 – 12.0% – Imperial Stout Brewed with Coffee.
      • Troegs Mad Elf 2011 – Belgian Strong Ale with Honey and Cherries.
      • Weyerbacher Zulu – 3.7% – Berliner Weisse.

*Bar Matchless in Greenpoint hosts the East Coast West Coast Punk Rock Tour tonight beginning at 7 pm.

**Dive 75 on the UWS (75th & Columbus) hosts a Stone tasting starting at 7 pm. Expect 6 Stone brews on draft.

Friday the 19th:

Saturday the 20th:

*CANCELLEDBitter & Esters in Prospect Heights hosts the Two Girls One Pint’s Fifty Shades of Ale event from 7 to 10 pm. The event includes, “great music provided by DJ NSB, special musical performances by Final Gravity, screenings of new 2G1P episodes, and a raffle drawing featuring some unbelievable prizes. A special beer has even been brewed by the guys from the Brahery for the occasion as well as by some notable breweries from Colorado”. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.

Sunday the 21st:

***Alewife NYC in Long Island City kicks off a Mikkeller Beer Week with a special pairing brunch & supper and this list:

      • Saison
      • Lager
      • English Ale
      • Brettanomyces Bruxellensis
      • Brettanomyces Lambicus
      • Beer Hop Breakfast
      • Saphir Wethop Pale Ale
      • Koppi
      • Black
      • Rauch Pils
      • Bbl Monk’s Brew
      • Sally’s Field
      • Bravo
      • Chipotle Porter 30L KK
      • Orange You Glad I Said Yuzu (porter)

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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