The Best of Beer Week: Where to Taste Local Brews
Photo credit: NYC BREWERS GUILD
In case you missed it, NYC is in the midst of its seventh annual Beer Week. Saturday brought some of the city's finest microbrews together under one roof at the Opening Bash in Chelsea. Yesterday afternoon, Brewnity showcased over 50 homebrews in a four-hour tasting, benefiting City Harvest. If you're feeling left out, hold your head and pint glasses high; the best events are yet to come. Here's a breakdown of what's brewing in the days ahead.
Barely a year in existence and Transmitter Brewing has already helped transform Long Island City into one of New York's most vibrant microbrewing communities. Tonight, they bring their unique Farmhouse-focused ales to Clinton Hall in Lower Manhattan. Beginning at 7 p.m., wild ale enthusiasts can enjoy a selection of ten funky offerings, ranging from a blood orange biere de garde to a saison fermented in wine barrels with zinfandel grapes. Transmitter brewmaster Anthony Accardi will be shaking hands in the crowd, personally curating the largest selection of his beers ever assembled in one location.
Clear your calendar on Tuesday night for the perennial all-star of NYC Beer Week: Brewer's Choice. A $75 all-inclusive ticket provides limitless access to over 40 New York–area beers and more than a dozen local food purveyors in this three-and-a-half-hour-long extravaganza. This year's rendition starts at 6 p.m., at Sanders Studio, an event space just off the Clinton/Washington A-C stop, several blocks down from the Barclays Center. Organized by Beer Sessions Radio and the NYC Brewers Guild, Brewer's Choice is all about the Empire State, offering specialty one-offs brewed entirely with New York malts. Another highlight is the Homebrewers Pavilion, showcasing upstart producers from across the city. Served alongside the suds will be barbecue brisket, charcuterie, raw bar selections, and a smattering of ethnic edibles. Billed as the "signature event" of NYC Beer Week, Brewer's Choice typically sells out. Tickets are still available, here.
In the same neck of the woods on Wednesday, Glorietta Baldy hosts The New Breed, highlighting local craft producers that have flourished over the past two years. The New York–exclusive event unites twelve brewmasters, including folks from Third Rail, Gun Hill, Other Half, Threes, Grimm, and Finback — each one pivotal in forwarding the Big Apple beer scene. It's a rare opportunity to celebrate and rub elbows with them all in one setting. The festivities begin at 7 p.m. Pricing is à la carte.
Head back to Manhattan on Thursday night for the Five Boroughs of Beer Dinner at Randolph Beer in Little Italy. As the name suggests, the $75 five-course meal matches each dish alongside a noteworthy beer from every one of the boroughs: Transmitter from Queens, Other Half from Brooklyn, Gun Hill from the Bronx, Flagship out of Staten Island, and Manhattan's own Alphabet City Brewing. The pairings were selected by Randolph's certified cicerone (the beer equivalent of a sommelier). So expect savory offerings like beer-braised lamb shank and cauliflower soup with toasted pumpkin seeds, to stack up sensibly against a cross section of the city's most sought-after suds. Tickets can be pre-purchased here.
There's plenty to sip on over the next few days. And we haven't even gotten to the weekend yet. Stay thirsty, and support your local craft brewers.
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