June 17-23 in NYC Beer Events: my picks


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Monday the 17th:

*The VSK (Very Special Keg) tonight at The Blind Tiger in the Village is the Midnight Sun Meltdown Double IPA, and will be tapped at 5 pm.

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

**Proletariat in the East Village celebrates the official NYC launch of Switzerland’s Brasserie Trois Dames with a guided tasting led by owner and brewer Raphaël Mettler. Beers will be up at 5 pm and the tasting begins at 6:30 pm. The tasting is $30. with seating first come, first serve. Featured beers:

      • Grande Dame Oud Bruin
      • La Semeuse Espresso Stout
      • Fraicheur du Soir – double witbier
      • Fraicheur du Soir au Basilic – double witbier with basil
      • L’Amoureuse Rouge – barrel-aged sour ale brewed with Gamaret grape must
      • L’Amoureuse Blanche – barrel-aged sour ale brewed with Chasselas grape must
      • Saison Framboise – sour raspberry saison

**Jimmy’s No 43 in the East Village hosts a Flying Pigs Road to Pig Island Prix Fixe dinner featuring beers from Brasserie de Silly at 7 pm. The 6-course dinner is $45 and tickets can be purchased here. Call 212-982-3006 to reserve day of. The menu:

Apricot country pate crostini with apricot thyme jam, beer pickled shallot and mint

Kale, mustard greens, avocado, asian vinaigrette, and crispy pig ear

Squid ink ramen in pork faux (pho) broth with favas, pig tongue, pig shank and uni miso bubbles

Seared pigs heart over sunchoke puree with wilted arugula, sunflower seed sauce, and sunflower sprouts

Beer and apple braised pig cheeks over fennel and blue cheese risotto with fennel powder

Leaf lard cardamom crust, pomegranate gel, macerated seasonal fruit, berry powder, cream

Tuesday the 18th:

*The free Tuesday Night Tasting at Bierkraft in Park Slope features beers from Avery. The tasting 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 beers from Mahr’s Brau and begins at 7:30 pm. The line-up:

      • Pils
      • Hell
      • Ungespundet
      • Saphir Weisse
      • Bock
      • Ginger Bock

*Rattle n Hum in Midtown has an Allagash event today. These beers will be on by 4 pm:

      • Tripel
      • Four
      • Curieux
      • Bourbon Black
      • Black
      • Victor Ale
      • Victoria Ale
      • White
      • Dubbel
      • Odyssey

Wednesday the 19th:

*The $10 Tasting at Idle Hands in the East Village features Sierra Nevada. $10 at the bar gets you: full pours of Pale Ale, Torpedo & Summerfest plus a taste of bourbon TBD. Valid from 7-9 pm and you must arrive by 7:15 to participate.

*Taproom 307 in Gramercy has a “Buy Your Way into Heaven” event tonight.

*Beer Authority in Hell’s Kitchen has a Smuttynose Tap Takeover beginning at 4 pm.

*City Swiggers on the UES hosts a Greenport Harbor tasting tonight from 6-9 pm. The list:

      • Summer Ale
      • Citrus IPA
      • Otherside IPA
      • Canard Noir Dark Saison

*Third Avenue Ale House on the UES has a Troegs event today at 7 pm featuring these drafts:

      • Sunshine Pils
      • Perpetual IPA
      • Flying Mouflan Barleywine
      • Naked Elf
      • Triple Mango IPA

*Spuyten Duyvil in Williamsburg has a Meet the Brewer event with Renaissance Brewing from New Zealand from 5 pm on. The list:

      • Elemental Porter
      • Stonecutter Scotch Ale
      • M.P.A.
      • Craftsman Oatmeal Chocolate Stout
      • Voyager IPA

*Sycamore in Ditmas Park has a Carton Brewing Flight Night. There will be several year round and specialty beers on draft and flights of four 5 oz pours will be available for $8 all night.

Thursday the 20th:

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

      • Harbor Ale
      • Black Duck Porter
      • Citrus IPA
      • Otherside IPA
      • Summer Ale
      • Chinook Red
      • Havre Rouge Belgian Pale Ale
      • Baltic Porter
      • Nut Brown
      • Triton Barleywine
      • Canard Noir (2012)
      • Antifreeze Old Ale (2010)
      • Antifreeze Old Ale (2012)
      • Spring Turning Rye Saison (2012)
      • and a special cask TBA

*Smack Mellon in Dumbo celebrates their Sandy Restoration with a Summer Solstice Party from 7 to 11 pm tonight. Tickets are $10 in advance (until June 19) or $15 at the door and all proceeds support the reconstruction of their Artist Studio Program space. Attendees get beer tastings and 2 beers compliments of KelSo Beer Company, Empire Brewing Company, and Heartland Brewery.  Purchase of additional beers will be available, special bottles of KelSo Flemish Red Ale will be released ($15/bottle) and their will be DJs & the Mexico Blvd food truck on site. Please bring lounge chairs or beach blankets.

* Bronx Ale House in the Bronx has a Troegs in the (Ale)house! event beginning at 7 pm. The list:

      • Scratch Beer #98: Triple Mango IPA
      • Naked Elf: The base for Troegs infamous Mad Elf, without the additions of cherry and honey
      • Dreamweaver Wheat
      • Sunshine Pils
      • HopBack Amber
      • Javahead Stout
      • Pale Ale
      • Perpetual IPA

Friday the 21st:

*Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint is hosting a Ballast Point event tonight from 6-10 pm. The list:

      • Thai Chile Lime Wahoo Wheat
      • Sculpin IPA
      • Habanero Chile Sculpin IPA
      • Tongue Buckler Imperial Red Ale
      • Ballast Point Chipotle Cocoa Black Marlin Porter
      • Dorado Imperial IPA
      • Fathom India Pale Lager
      • Levonian Saison

*Mission Dolores in Park Slope has a Summer Kickoff event all weekend long. Goofy summer movies, beachy tunes & these beers (which will be randomly tapped throughout the weekend):

      • Ovila Saison with mandarin oranges and peppercorns
      • Ballast Point Barmy
      • Saint Feuillien/Green Flash Biere De L’Amitie
      • Captain Lawrence/Mission Dolores Prime Directive (This is the very last keg of our anniversary beer.)
      • 2012 Allagash Bourbon Barrel Black
      • A shed load of great summer beers, many of which will be available in pitchers

Saturday the 22nd:

*June 22: Homebrewklyn, a Homebrewer’s Contest & Festival, is on Saturday, June 22nd at The Green Building in Gowanus. The $30 ticket will net you tastes of 22 different local homebrews in one of two sessions, from 11:30 to 2:30 or 3 to 6 pm. The line-up so far:

      • Andrew Grimm – Blackberry Headed Stranger
      • Jeff Lyons – £ 3 Rye Saison
      • Tony Bellis – Summer Thyme Belgian Pale Ale
      • Ryan McMahon –
      • William Reder – Beni Shoga Cider
      • Shannon Bowser – Goldbrick Imperial Farmhouse
      • Jon Luton – “Old Jon Finn”
      • Sheri Jewhurst
      • Michael LaPlante – This Ones For Hope!
      • David Smucker – Eddard
      • Jason Sahler
      • Kate Boicourt – The Venus de Gowanus
      • Brett Taylor – Iris IPA
      • Robert and Christopher – Adulthood
      • Chris Grunke – Grunke Bitter
      • Michael Messenie – Best Bitter
      • Casey Soloff – Kiwi’s Big Adventure –
      • Josh Quinn – Bohemian Raspberry
      • Mick Spicer – EPA
      • Mike Cafaro & Dru Nichols – Not Your Bud IPL
      • Alex Merahn

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

**Owl Farm in Park Slope celebrates their 1st Birthday all day long. Expect happy hour pricing from 12:30 to 6 pm, open drafts from 6-7 pm, food from Der Kommissar & bottle raffles all day long. No list but they’ve been stashing special kegs for months.

Sunday the 9th:

Other upcoming events:

Impressive and/or larger events that are coming soon:

**June 25: Get Real Presents has the “Farmhouse Fest” on Tuesday, June 25 at Alewife NY in Long Island City, Queens. Tickets are $65 ahead and get you unlimited tastings of Belgian, Dutch, French & American style Farmhouse craft beers, unlimited tastings of Farmhouse Style wines & tastings of Farmhouse style foods like cheeses, breads, meats & gourmet pickles all perfectly paired with featured wines and beers.

*July 20: The NYC Craft Beer Festival “Summer Jazz” is on Saturday, July 20 at Webster Hall in the East Village. The festival features two sessions with Connoisseur, VIP & General Admission options in each: 12:30-3:30 (VIP & Connoisseur), 1-3:30 pm (GA), 5-8:30 pm (VIP & Connoisseur) and 6-8:30 pm (GA). Tickets range from $55 to $135. Access to educational seminars is included with each ticket, food will be available for purchase & live jazz music provided by the Blue Note. More information and a current brewery & beer list can be found here.

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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