May 7-12 in NYC Beer Events: my picks


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Tuesday the 7th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope is a special one this week, showcasing the 11th Anniversary Ale that the Bierkraft brewed at Barrier in Oceanside. They’ll be pouring this smoked Berliner Weisse-style beer along with four others 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 Hitachino and begins at 7:30 pm. The line-up:

      • Hitachino White draft
      • Hitachino Nipponia bottles
      • Hitachino Ginger bottles
      • Hitachino Red Rice draft
      • Hitachino Classic bottles
      • Hitachino Espresso Stout draft

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has a Netherlands beer event today. Beers up by 4 with t-shirts and glass giveaways throughout the evening. The list:

      • Tilburg – Dutch brown
      • Urthel – Hop-it
      • Urthel – Samaranth
      • La Trappe – Quadrupel
      • La Trappe – Witte

*There’s a Tuesday Tasting at Radegast Hall & Biergarten in Williamsburg featuring Maibocks from Hofbrau, Hacker- Pschorr & Einbecker. Get a flight of four beers or purchase by the glass starting at 7:30 pm. Live music by Franziske Brucker.

*One Mile House on the Lower East Side has a Mega Barrel event today. Most beers up by 3 with some specialty kegs tapping at 8:

      • Founders KBS
      • Firestone Walker Parabola
      • Harvistoun Ola Dubh 21yr.
      • Goose Island Bourbon County Coffee Stout
      • Smuttynose Baltic Porter – Utopias Barrel Aged
      • Brooklyn Black Ops (Bottle)
      • Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo
      • Weyerbacher Heresy
      • Stone Mixtape Vol. 4 RK & JM’s Blend
      • Kelso Rye Barrel Aged Porter

Wednesday the 8th:

**The popular Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Fest returns to the Blind Tiger in the Village today at noon. This two-day event features a variety of drafts from Oregon, Washington & Alaska as well as Yaquina Bay oysters that are being flown in on the red-eye Monday night. Oysters served daily until they run out – get to the Tiger early to guarantee a plate. The draft list:

      • Rogue Double Chocolate Stout/Imperial Stout/OR/8.7% ABV
      • Rogue Brutal Bitter/IPA/OR/5.8% ABV
      • Rogue Morimoto/Imperial Pilsner/OR/8.8% ABV
      • Rogue Vintage Old Crusty/Barleywine/OR/11.5% ABV
      • Rogue Younger’s Special Bitter/ESB/OR/4.8% ABV
      • Rouge Shakespeare Stout/Stout/OR/6% ABV (Nitro)
      • Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar/Brown/OR/6% ABV
      • Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager/Schwarzbier/OR/5.0%ABV
      • Rogue Captain Sig’s Deadliest Ale/India Red Ale/OR/6.2% ABV
      • Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner/Pilsner/OR/5.2%
      • Midnight Sun Arctic Devil/Double Barleywine/AK/13.2 % ABV
      • Midnight Sun Obliteration /Double IPA/AK/8% ABV
      • Midnight Sun Sockeye/IPA/AK/5.7%ABV
      • Midnight Sun Fallen Angel / Belgian Golden Strong/AK/8.5% ABV
      • Midnight Sun Triple X /Imp Black IPA/AK/8.5% ABV
      • Midnight Sun Panty Peeler/Abbey Triple/AK/8.5%ABV
      • Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange/Pale Ale/WA/5.4 % ABV
      • Elysian Peste Chocolate Chili Ale/Chili Beer/WA/ 7.5% ABV
      • Elysian Perseus Porter/Porter/WA/5.4%ABV
      • Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws/Barleywine/OR/11.5% ABV (Bottle Pours)

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village is SOLD OUT tonight.

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a Dogfish Head event tonight.

**City Swiggers on the UES hosts an Avery tasting tonight from 6-9 pm with free tastes.

Thursday the 9th:

*Barcade in Williamsburg has a Brooklyn Brewery event starting at 4 pm today. The list (complete with Barcade’s excellent descriptions):

      • Black Chocolate Stout 2011 – 10.6% ABV – Sweet, smooth, potent and aged for two years
      • Blast! – 8.0% – Double IPA lights up your palate with a hop explosion!
      • Brown – 5.5% – Sweet malt and roasted, toasted nuts
      • Fiat Lux – 6.1% – Belgian style Witbier brewed with lime peel and coriander
      • Hot – 6.2% – Pale Ale is the 6th release from the Worshipful Company of Brewers
      • East India Pale Ale – 6.8% – English style IPA with a firm malt backbone and a spicy, citrus-y finish
      • Mary’s Maple Porter – 7.2% – Brewed with maple syrup sourced from upstate New York
      • Monster 2010 – 11.8% – Vintage Barleywine named for the beloved brew house cat and aged for three years
      • Pennant Pale Ale – 5.2% – English style Pale Ale named in honor of the 1955 World Series champion Brooklyn Dodgers
      • Pilsner – 5.0% – A mouth-watering union of light malt and crisp hops
      • Silver Anniversary Lager – 9.0% – German style Doppelbock version of the classic Brooklyn Lager to commemorate the brewery’s 25th anniversary
      • Sorachi Ace – 7.5% – Belgian style Saison brewed with only Sorachi Ace hops, it’s sunshine in a glass
      • Summer – 4.5% – British style Pale Ale beckons the warmer months forth
      • The Companion – 10.0% – Wheat Wine conceived alongside the Oxford Companion to Beer
      • There Will Be Black – 7.5% – I drink your Black India Pale Ale. I drink it up!

*The Thursday Tap at Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village is the Blue Mountain Barrel Aged Dirty Belgian and will be tapped at 5 pm.

**Bierkraft in Park Slope hosts a Smuttynose tap takeover tonight beginning at 7 pm with this list:

      • Finestkind IPA
      • Old Brown Dog Brown Ale
      • Big A IPA
      • Baltic Porter
      • Winter Ale
      • Noonan Black IPA
      • Robust Porter
      • Summer Weizen
      • Zinneke Belgian Stout
      • Really Old Brown Dog Old Ale
      • Gravitation Belgian Quad
      • 2013 Short Batch Series ‘ParadoX’ (Session IPA with 01210 ‘lemon drop’ experimental hops)
      • and a cask of Star Island Single, dry-hopped with 01210 hops

**The Gate in Park Slope has a Stone Beer-otomy event tonight – taps up by 7 pm:

      • Enjoy By 5/17/13 Imperial IPA
      • Arrogant Bastard
      • Double Bastard 2012
      • Espresso Imperial Russian Stout
      • IPA
      • Levitation
      • Vertical Epic 11.11.11
      • Oaked Old Guardian
      • Double Dry-Hopped Ruination

Friday the 10th:

*Alphabet City Beer Company in the East Village has a Blue Mountain Brewery event from 6 to 9 pm tonight.

*The Kent Ale House in Williamsburg hosts a Brooklyn Brewery Tap Attack tonight beginning at 6 pm. The line-up:

      • Brooklyn Radius
      • Sorachi Ace
      • Brooklyner Weisse
      • Silver Anniversary Lager
      • Fiat Lux
      • BLAST!

*Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Cider Salon Fundraiser with Breezy Hill Orchard tonight from 6-9 pm. Breezy Hill is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to rebuild their historic Cider House. Your $15 (cash requested) entrance fee will go towards the rebuild and get you admission to the back room of Jimmy’s for a barrel tasting of spring release hard ciders and a discussion on the cider making process. There will be additional cider on tap for purchase, with T-shirts, note cards and brew kits for sale.

*The Ploughman in South Park Slope has a Rowan Imports Cider tasting today from 5 to 8 pm. Free samples and growlers for sale.

Saturday the 11th:

**Alewife NYC in Long Island City hosts the 2nd Annual Get Real Presents “Beer Balls” Meatball and Craft Beer Festival today. There are two sessions, from noon to 3 pm and 4 to 7 pm. The $40 ticket gets you unlimited beer tastings from 30 different breweries and 10 tastes of meatballs prepared by some of the best NYC Chefs. Please visit the site for a list of participating restaurants and breweries and to purchase your tickets.

**Brazen Head in Boerum Hill has their annual Spring Clam Shuck today from 5 to 10 pm. They’ll have Little Neck Clams at $5.00 for 1/2 Dozen, Blue Point Oysters for $1 each and self-serve “Chowdas” for $5. They’ll be pouring Long Island beers from Blue Point, Southampton & Greenport Harbor.

*Malt & Mold on the LES has a free Lagunitas tasting from 3 to 6 pm today.

Sunday the 12th:

***Alewife NYC in Long Island City hosts an Allagash event today with a special pairing brunch at 3 pm. Come out for drinks by the glass or the 5-course Brunch. The menu (pairings TBA):

Carrot and Coriander Fritter with Halloumi Cheese

Shitake Spring Rolls with Spicy Szechuan Peanut Sauce

Smoked Salmon Tartar

Sriracha Glazed Ribs with Cornbread

Peanut Butter and Chocolate Cake

The Drafts:

      • Midnight Brett
      • James Bean
      • FV 13
      • BAM
      • BAT
      • Confluence
      • Grand Cru
      • Fluxus 2012
      • Hugh Malone 2012
      • Yakuza
      • Smoke and Beards
      • Blonde
      • White
      • Bourbon Black
      • Interlude
      • Odyssey

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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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