Fans of craft beer, your time is almost here! Come Friday (through Sunday, September 25) New York City is, for the fourth time, playing host to our very own Craft Beer Week. From craft beer crawls to craft beer tastings to craft beer deals to craft beer-centered concerts, there's so much beer crafted into this "week" they had to make it nine days.
The heart of the event is the $10 Beer Week Passport (now available in App form). Though buying one is not necessary to enjoy the event, for your ten bucks you get listings of the Week's many events (which are also availabel online and in a free App) and, even better, you get to claim $3 craft beers at bars all across town as well as year-round deals at participating venues and "sweet deals" on bites and brews at participating stores and restaurants across town. In addition to all that there are also planned events (beer brunch!) and tours (Homebrewers tour of Williamsburg and Bushwick, anyone?).
Which is to say, fair warning guys: Gothamist may be a little more hung over than usual next week.
Meanwhile, here are a few of our favorite events celebrating the micro-brewskie.
Freaktoberfest The festival kicks off with the sideshow-themed Freaktoberfest at Park Slope venue Southpaw and offers "Freaks! Beer! Beer Freaks!" More specifically, the $50 admission ticket buys you a tasting glass and unlimited tastings for the duration of the event and plenty of "music, burlesque, freaks, oddities and human curiosities" to entertain you as you imbibe. Expect NYC staples from Brooklyn Brewery and sponsor Schmaltz Brewing Company, as well as offerings from Two Brothers, Bear Republic, Sly Fox and 29 others. Reservations are required and tickets will sell out quickly.
Friday, September 16th // 7 p.m. // Southpaw [125 5th Ave, Brooklyn] // $50
Thrillist's Manhattan & BK Craft Beer Crawls No cheapo beers and saccharin shots at this event, which aims to be the craft beer crawl to end all craft beer crawls. Pick up this sprawling two-borough bar crawl at meet up locations in East Village, North Williamsburg or South Williamsburg and then drink your way across the neighborhood. Each bar will offer a craft draft from the likes of Ithaca and Kelso and appropriate bar snacks. You can choose to stick with just the one neighborhood but we recommend you purchase the 2-Borough Pass, which gives you entry into every bar on the crawl. Regardless of which borough you start in, be sure to end the night at one of the two keg parties where the bars will tap a craft keg at 6 p.m. and pour it 'til it's gone.
Saturday, September 17th // 1 p.m. // various starting locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn // $25 - $34
Very Old Beer & Extremely Stinky Cheese The name alone has us salivating and rubbing our beer bellies and when the beer buffs at The Ginger man join forces with the fromage fanatics at Murray's, the result are bound to be extraordinary. The Ginger Man has selected a lineup of four vintage beers from "off-centered" Delaware brewery Dogfish Head, including a 2004 Olde School and a 2006 120 Min IPA. There will also be a 75 minute Cask Condition Firkin for guests to sample. Each beer will be paired with as-yet-to-be-revealed stinky cheeses; check the website for cheesy updates.
Thursday, September 22nd // 5 p.m. // The Ginger Man [11 East 36th Street] // $45
Homebrewers Tours Home brewing is a growing movement in New York City despite our cramped living conditions. On this tour you'll peek inside the "breweries" of three top amateur brewers where they will discuss their craft, display their setups and serve up their home-brewed delicacies. Beer journalist and author Joshua M. Bernstein guides participants to to each location where they will sample an English bitter, watermelon wheats, a beer dosed with wild yeast and a beer brewed especially for the tour.
Saturday, September 24th // 2 p.m. // Williamsburg and Buckwish, details are sent with your reservation // $25
With Nell Casey