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New York Craft Beer Week To Do’s
So, it’s that time of year again. New York Craft Beer Week is upon us. It was just a few years ago at NYCBW I tasted the awesomeness that is Brooklyn’s Black Ops at Jimmy’s No. 43 and merrily made my way home with a few commemorative glasses for myself in the process. Now in its fourth year, the event is taking over the City by storm. Events all throughout the boroughs, Brooklyn kicking it hardcore, with great stuff at the Brooklyn Brewery and Freaktoberfest at Southpaw tonight. Queens, is rocking a lot of events this year, including a kick off to Oktoberfest at the Bohemian Beer Garden(the best and oldest in NYC). Even stuff in the Bronx, where upstarts Bronx Brewery just debuted their awesome Pale Ale. They are rocking a Karaoke party at Bruckner Bar & Grill. On Staten Island, yes even the slums of Shaolin are kicking it for NY Craft Beer Week, celebrate with firkins at Killmeyer’s Old Bavaria Inn.

For me, it’ll kick off with an amazing event at one of the best beer bars in NYC, Spuyten Duyvil. The Cantillon Zwanze release is tomorrow at this location and it is one of only 21 bars worldwide picked to have the Zwanze. The wonderful spontaneously fermented beer will only be found here in the NYC area. The event starts at noon and they pour Zwanze at 3. It’s being tapped simultaneously at 17 bars worldwide. That just sounds awesome. How often do you get the chance to participate at an event like that.

I’ve already done some pre-New York Craft Beer Week partying at one of my favorite beer bars, Rattle N Hum. Last night they kicked off the week with Colorado’s own Left Hand Brewery. I sampled the Beer Week Sauce Porter and it was fantastic. I drank some awesome beers from Stillwater Artisanal Ales who make some of the greatest beers I’ve ever tasted. Last night, I rocked the Cellar Door and some barrel aged Stateside Saison from 2009.

RnH has a ton of events throughout the week, including Stone Brewing’s Greg Koch making an appearance on the 22nd. They also have their NY state beer cask fest on the 24th, where all beers are $5. Empire Brewing kicks it on the 19th, I’ll be stopping by that evening. And they have their first ever beer pairing brunch with Dogfish on the 18th. I might have to ask Patrick to set up a cot for me in the back. If you’re in the area, the legendary Gingerman has an amazing event lined up with Dogfish’s Sam Calagione, for a night of very old beer and stinky cheese. They’ll be pairing four vintage Dogfish Beers with some “extremely” stinky cheese from Murray’s.

I’m stopping by Dive Bar in the UWS tonight and going to attempt to pick up a growler of Brooklyn’s Cookie Jar Porter. I haven’t tried it yet, but people have been raving non-stop about this beer. Brooklyn’s also got the kick-off to Garrett Oliver’s new book, The Oxford Companion to Beer on the 19th. They are also participating in Tall Boy Tuesday’s at d.b.a. in the East Village, where they are celebrating bikes and beer, with Transportation Alternatives. Two things near and dear to my heart, craft beer and cycling. Join or renew your T.A. membership and get a tallboy. Support the cause.

One of my favorite spots in the UES, Café D’Alsace is doing a 3 course duck and beer pairing the whole week. Gianni is an expert at pairing food and beverages, so if you love food and beer, this is the one thing for you to do. Plus, they have the raddest flyer ever for this. They are also doing some beer pairings with knotb’s, the Bronx Brewery. Go-Burger on 2nd and 75th is doing a 3 course menu pairing with Breckenridge Brewery from Colorado. They are doing a Mac N’ Cheese Burger. MAC N’ CHEESE BURGER! That deserves a hell yeah!

Brewers Choice on the 22nd is a must-go event. Co-hosted by Dave Broderick(Blind Tiger) and keynote from Garret Oliver, you get access to a bunch of brews, each one carefully paired with food. Brewer’s Choice will feature 20 brewers from 20 breweries. And finally to close it out there is a Brewer’s Brunch at Hudson Terrace. They are labeling this as “kegs and eggs”. Make a reservation and close out the week(or ten days) in style.

One final note, New York Craft Beer Week has gotten so big, they have their very own iPhone and Android apps. The free version offers listings, search features and badge info. The paid version gets you that, plus access to the offers in the passport. The website is great too, lets you sort by neighborhood. So, if you’re feeling lazy and just want to find a watering hole down the block, you can do that. If you’re feeling adventurous and want to try something knew, wait for it… there’s an app for that.(come on, you knew that was coming)

Listening Pile:
Neon Indian – Polish Girl
New album, Era Extrana came out this week. Loved his last album, not sure I love the term chill wave though, but it kind hits it right on. Pitchfork somehow doesn’t think this record is as good as the last.

Cheers,
-fred