If you’re a craft beer drinker in New York, you’ve most likely picked up on the fact that it’s New York City Beer Week, an annual, 10-day long celebration of craft beer bars, breweries and community in the NYC area. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by all the awesome events going on, from beer release parties to meet the brewer nights to educational talks about hop growing in New York State (shout out to Strong Rope Brewery on this one).
There’s still plenty going on with NYC-centric beer celebrations and offerings happening around the borough and city, so we’ve picked out a few to keep on your radar from now through Sunday. Keep your Beer Books on you!
Brewminaries 2nd Anniversary Party
Industry City Distillery
33 35th St., 6th floor, Sunset Park
Join the Brewminaries – one of Brooklyn’s best homebrew clubs – at their second anniversary party. Their two years of amazing, handcrafted beers yielded none other than Wartega Brewing and Lineup Brewing, both based here alongside the Industry City Distillery space. Bring your Beer Book to try your first Wartega beer, a NY SMaSH beer (that’s Single Malt and Single Hop) brewed specially for NYC Beer Week.
Kings County Brewers Collective @ the Randolph
349 Broome St., Lower Manhattan
4pm – midnight
The Randolph on Broome St. will be pouring five brews from the young and already illustrious Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC), Bushwick’s first brewery since Prohibition that opened over the summer (and one of the featured breweries in the 2017 Beer Book!). For the can heads out there, the recently released Yeah, Buddy! and Taco Wednesday should also be available for purchase.
Coney Island Tap Takeover @ Ulysses
Ulysses Folk House, 95 Pearl St., FiDi
For an easy post-work drink with your coworkers or crossword puzzle, head to Ulysses on Stone St. for a Coney Island tap takeover featuring specially brewed NYC Beer Week beer styles and swag giveaways. Check the menu for Infectious Smile Simple Sour, Coney Island’s version of the NY SMaSH Beer made with a single state malt variety and single state-grown hop. This one’s a filtered kettle sour aged on oak, 4.8 percent ABV.
Not a sour beer drinker? Become one. Kidding! You’re likely to find another option like New York Honey Stout, a collaboration with a honey producer in upstate New York, or Siren’s Cry, a take on the traditional pilsner.
Don’t let the Guinness part dissuade you: oysters and stouts are a classic pairing, and both Guinness and Teddy’s have been New York staples since before your grandparents were born. Plus, remember when Guinness pulled out of the New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade last year because the parade was anti-LGBT? That was pretty cool. Bottom line is, Guinness is cool in our book, so celebrate Beer Week AND Irish Heritage Month by slurping down $1 Cape Cod oysters and a free Guinness (with dozen-oyster purchase).
Schlafly Brewing Tap Takeover at The Saint Catherine
660 Washington Ave., Prospect Heights
Be informed: we are VERY proud of the NYC beer scene. We’re also very aware that our beer scene is, relatively, very new compared with that of the craft beer champion cities that came before us (we’re talking 80s and 90s, folks. Ancient). Celebrate New York’s respectful attitude with Portland, Oregon’s Schlafly Brewing, one of the OGs of the U.S. craft beer revolution. (Bring your Beer Book!)
The Second Annual Ruppert’s Cup Award Ceremony
388 Union Ave., Williamsburg
Vote and witness the best of New York City beer at the Ruppert’s Cup, where the city’s best brewery, beer venue, Beer Week event, bartender and more are touted alongside special collaboration beers, food trucks and all the “who’s who” of the NYC beer scene. The event is free, beer tastings are pay as you go, and a portion of proceeds goes to the NYS Brewers Guild, so our brewers can keep making amazing beer for you to drink.
Greenpoint Beer & Ale, LIC Beer Project and Equilibrium at the Well
The Well, 272 Meserole St., Bushwick
We’re REALLY excited about this one: Greenpoint Beer & Ale, LIC Beer Project (Queens Beer Book shout out!) and Equilibrium of Middleton, NY bring their brewers, beers and a Q&A to the Well, one of Brooklyn’s best beer bars.
With a Q&A on Saturday evening hosted by homebrew heroine and overall fermentation badass, Mary Izett (who you may know from her and her husband, Chris Cuzme’s Fuhmendtaboudit! podcast, or her book on all things fast-fermentable and drinkable, Speed Brewing), you’ll regret missing the chance to geek out with some of New York’s best beers and peers.
Get inspired with this draft list (and guest list, TBH).
Lineup Brewing / Great South Bay Collab Release
Industry City Distillery, 33 35th St., 6th floor, Sunset Park
This free event features a delicious chocolate milk stout brewed by Lineup Brewing (the brand new brewery opening in this space alongside Wartega) and Long Island’s Great South Bay Brewery. Lineup’s NY SMaSH Pale Ale will also be available. Doors will be open until the taproom hits capacity and the beer is free until it kicks, so get there early!
Beer and Vinyl at Crescent & Vine
2503 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
For those still alive (and adventurous enough to cross county lines…WILL TRAVEL FOR BEER), head to Crescent & Vine in Astoria for a night of beer and vinyl. Take advantage of being all the way up by Ditmars to visit SingleCut Beersmiths, one of the first craft breweries to open in Queens since Prohibition, continually providing solid beers, board games and band references in their taproom. (Bring your Queens Beer Book for that one!)
Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave.) has some crazy good beers on tap this weekend, bouncing between a Chicago brewery tap takeover on Thursday and many New York beers from Brooklyn and beyond (recent appearances from KCBC, Folksbier and Suarez Family Brewery are likely to return). They kick fast, so bring your Beer Book for that freebie and buy a second one ASAP.
BUDIN (114 Greenpoint Ave.) is having a very berry weekend with an Omnipollo blueberry sour and Dark Horse raspberry ale waiting patiently for your puckering lips. BUDIN thinks it’s almost summertime, and we’re ok with that. Also, the Blue Light Speak Cheesy is here all weekend. Bring your Beer Book!
Interboro Spirits & Ales (942 Grand St., East Williamsburg) Did you miss the Stay G-O-L-D and Mad Fat Fluid can release Thursday night? So did we, and we’re devastated, but luckily those sorrows will be washed away as soon as you make a visit to the brewery, where a kickass lineup of beers and unaged spirits are always on tap. Heros NYC is popping up in the kitchen Friday and Saturday, and you won’t want to miss the chance to soak up your brews with the Bodega Bomb. Bring your Beer Book!
Kings Beer Hall (84 St. Marks St., Park Slope) – For those who missed out on Fat Tuesday, this is your ideal craft beer-meets-Mardis Gras spot. Park Slope’s reimagined KBH is having a six-beer tap takeover with Abita, all the way from Louisiana. Kitchen specials include a shrimp po boy and andouille gumbo.
And finally, check out the NYC Beer Week app, created by the NYC Brewers Guild, to find and favorite beer events all around the city.
Cheers, and happy ninth annual NYC Beer Week.