As if New Yorkers ever needed an excuse to drink on a weekend, today marks the first day of Craft Beer Week in NYC. This means 10 special days to savor what grown-ups love to do best: drink inappropriate amounts of fizzy alcohol. Needless to say, New York has many worthy watering holes—that's why we're helping you narrow down your list of things-to-do by compiling some of the best beer events going on this week.
Of course, to make your beer week experience a little easier, make sure you get your hands on an official brewers guild beer week guide (now conveniently available as an app). It's not mandatory, but it definitely gives you a leg up by providing event listings as well as deals on food and beer, among other things. So while you enjoy a few warm days, check out one of these events, and as the great lakes of NYC begin to dissipate, don't forget to absorb lots of water before going to bed this week. You may regret it in the morning.
Beer Dinner with Other Half at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que What goes well with beer? Pretzels, you say? How about an entire hog? On Tuesday, Brooklyn's offshoot of the famed Syracuse rib joint will be hosting the beer/food event you need to attend. And yes, one of the many dishes they'll be offering is a whole hog smoked on-site served with chicharron and Mississippi sauce, which they deem the "Tour of Pig". More importantly though, beer will be served by the Other Half Brewing Company, which will include their Doug Cascadian Dark Ale and their mighty 11% ABV Imperial Stout.
Tuesday, February 25th // Dinosaur Bar-B-Que [604 Union Street, Brooklyn] // $50
NY Beer Night and Book Signing With Beer Union One of the best beer week finales will be taking place at Jimmy's No. 43, where you will not only have the chance to try some fine locally brewed beverages, but you'll also be able to get your book signed by the authors of Beer Lover's New York: The Empire State's Best Breweries, Brewpubs & Beer Bars. It's also not insignificant to note that beer will be provided by none other than Brooklyn's own Kelso Beer Co., whose delectable red rye IPA will surely be one of the most memorable malts of Beer Week.
Thursday, February 27th // 4 p.m. // Jimmy's No. 43 [43 East 7th Street btwn. 2nd and 3rd Avenue] // Free
Second Annual Women in Beer Event Taproom 307's beer sommelier Hayley Jensen will be hosting the city's only female-only beer week blowout called Women in Beer, which starts at 6 p.m. Adamant that "the stigma that it's for older guys with bellies is disappearing," Jensen's got a beer itinerary planned that will surely give NYC's other bro-centric bars a run for their money. One of the most anticipated beers she'll be pouring is something called Sweet Fire, a chocolate chili imperial stout that Jensen had brewed herself with four other New York friends.
Monday, February 24th // 6 p.m. // Taproom 307 [307 Third Avenue] // Free
Dogfish Head Tap Takeover You all know it, you all love it, and on the 25th, it's coming to a bar near you. Dogfish Head will be doing a Tap Takeover at the Pony Bar on the Upper East Side that will not only include 20 different draft beers, but also free samples of a special Dogfish Head R&D beer. The list of draft beers will include Chicory Stout, Black & Blue, Piercing Pilsner, and Miles Davis Bitches Brew among many others. Oh, and don't forget to say hello to Head Brewmaster Tim Hawn while you're there.
Tuesday, February 25th // 6 p.m. // The Pony [1444 1st Avenue] // Free
Back to the Future With Peekskill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Smaltz Now here's an event for the real beer purist. No frills, no gimmicks, just three of the most dynamic breweries in NYC meeting under one roof for a night of fine drinking. The three breweries on hand will be Peekskill Brewery, Captain Lawrence, and Smaltz. Alongside piquant pourables such as Smaltz's epic anniversary ale Jewbelation REBORN will be Geektoberfest 2010, a collaborative beer from all three breweries.
Saturday, March 1st // 4 p.m. // Fourth Avenue Pub [76 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn] // Free