Lions, Tigers, and Brews

Lions, Tigers, and Brews at the Central Park Zoo – June 19 & 20, 2015

Have you ever wanted to have a helles with a hyena [1]? How about a saison with a sea lion [2]? You’re in luck this summer when the Central Park Zoo hosts Lions, Tigers, and Brews.

More details at the site. From the press release:

On Friday, June 19, and Saturday, June 20, from 7:00-11:00 p.m., party-goers will sip on nearly 100 beer samples produced by 45 local and regional breweries including Shipyard Brewing Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company and Sea Dog Brewing Co.

For all of the hungry, hungry hippos, notable New York City restaurants and food trucks will be on-site selling their best dishes. And DJs along with a roaming brass band will keep guests swingin’ from booth to booth. Attendees are encouraged to dress in their best animal-themed attire and enter the costume contests. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the event to the best group and individual.

The tour visited Chicago’s downtown Lincoln Park Zoo last year and has expanded to New York City for 2015. “We are thrilled to bring the first-ever public festival to the iconic Central Park Zoo,” says Kate Levenstien, founder of Cannonball Productions and Lions, Tigers and Brews. “I’m excited to see it come alive in New York — the ultimate concrete jungle!”

Early Bird General Admission is $49 per-person, which includes unlimited craft beer tastings, a souvenir beer glass and entry into the costume contest. GA ticket holders will gain entry to the zoo at 8:00pm. Early Bird VIP admission is $79 and includes 1-hour early entry at 7pm, unlimited beer samples, a souvenir beer glass, entry into the costume contest and access to the Tropics and Penguin Houses and Sea Lion Show. All attendees must be 21+.

To purchase tickets and learn more please visit www.lionstigersandbrews.com.

1. They don’t have a hyena, but they do have snow leopards which are generally considered much better drinking companions.
2. They do have sea lions.

7th Annual New York City Beer Week 2015: February 20 – March 1

NYC Beer Week 2015

It’s that time of year again. NYC Beer Week is a bit over a month away so get ready for a week plus of great local beer and rare beer from around the country and globe. If you have a favorite beer bar, you definitely want to be there on Friday, February 20 for Opening First Tap which features 100 rare beers at 100 bars. More details to come here, but check out www.nycbeerweek.com for updates.

Details from the release:

“7th Annual New York City Beer Week”
February 20 – March 1, 2015

“Celebrate An Entire City of Craft Beer…”
With More Than 300 Beer Destinations in All 5 Boroughs
Participating in 10 Days of NYC Beer Week

New Attractions at NYC Beer Week 2015:

“Ruppert’s Cup” Featuring Craft Breweries Competing from All Around the Country,
“Opening First Tap” w/ 100 Rare Beers at 100 NYC Locations (Fri., Feb. 20 @ 7 pm),
“Opening Bash” w/ 30 NY State Breweries (Sat., Feb. 21; 1 pm – 5 pm), and Much More TBA!

New York, NYWednesday, October 29, 2014 — Following the incredibly successful fundraiser “Blocktoberfest”, the New York City Brewers Guild is thrilled to announce the “7th Annual New York City Beer Week 2015″ taking place within all five boroughs from Friday, Feb. 20 – Sunday, March 1, 2015. New York City Beer Week 2015 brings together 20 of NYC’s premier Guild craft breweries, standout nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 300 NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for 10 days of craft beer madness. For up-to-date information, please visit: www.nycbeerweek.com.

Last year’s sold-out Opening Bash 2014 at Vanderbilt Hall (Grand Central Terminal) brought 800 craft beer enthusiasts together to experience NYC’s top breweries pouring the finest ales Gotham has to offer amidst the historic hall’s Beaux Arts grandeur. For 2015, the New York City Brewers Guild partners for the first time with the New York State Brewers Association. The Saturday, Feb. 21 afternoon session showcases new and rare releases from 20 Guild breweries and 10 NY State breweries, and local food vendors will be paired with each brewery. An official NYC Beer Week 2015 map will be distributed featuring an incredible array of events taking place at the City’s foremost bars, restaurants, and retailers throughout Beer Week. Following the Opening Bash, the Brewers Guild encourages patrons to go out and Celebrate An Entire City of Craft Beer! The location of the Opening Bash 2015 will be announced in the coming weeks.

Several new attractions are lining up for NYC Beer Week 2015, including the nationwide competition, “Ruppert’s Cup”, which is open to all craft breweries. The “People’s Choice” voting competition for the “Best Brewery @ NYC Beer Week” commences at the start of Beer Week, and the winner will be announced at the Closing Party (location TBA) on Sunday, March 1, 2015. In honor of Jacob Ruppert, Jr., the Brewers Guild resuscitates the Ruppert’s Cup that circulated around to different NYC breweries in the 1990’s vying for “Brewery of the Year”. A celebrated American brewer, US Congressman, and owner of the New York Yankees (1915 – 1939), Ruppert’s name will appear front-and-center on the newly designed trophy destined for one standout brewery. Participants are required to host a valued-added Beer Week event highlighting an extremely rare beer release or a Meet-the-Brewer event. Craft beer fans can cast as many votes as they like to get their favorite brewery to be a front-runner (votes are $5 a piece) on www.nycbeerweek.com; all proceeds will be donated to NYC’s City Harvest.

“If they want to win the Ruppert’s Cup, breweries from around the country need to bring their A game,” says Kelly Taylor (President of the New York City Brewers Guild, Co-Founder/Brewer at KelSo Beer Company, Brewmaster at Heartland Brewery). “I know for sure the 20 Guild brewers will be hard at work representing NYC. It’s a very ‘New York’ kind of competition, to bring back this prized trophy and have a good ol’ fashion throw down to see who’s the best brewery at NYC Beer Week. I’ve done a lot of charity projects with City Harvest, most recently the Edible Ale event where we raised $10,000 by selling 10,000 hot dogs. February is a cold month, and a lot of people are in need of a hot meal. I’m sure every year moving forward we’ll have a different state take home the trophy. It’ll be a blast to see who wins it first!”

On Friday, Feb. 20, 2015, NYC Beer Week 2015 kicks-off with Opening First Tap, which features 100 rare beers at 100 NYC beer destinations. The singular collection includes craft beers you can only get in NYC that night. Breweries from around the world are encouraged to participate, and all beers will be tapped together at 7 pm.

About the NYCBG:
The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city. The New York City Brewers Guild is a 501[c]6 non-profit founded to advance New York City’s brewing industry — and thereby lessen human misery. The 7th Annual New York City Beer Week continues a beloved citywide celebration of the breadth of exceptional craft beers from around the region and around the world!

Guild breweries include Big Alice Brewing, Bridge and Tunnel Brewing, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, City Island Brewery, Dyckman Beer Company, Eataly Birreria, Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewing, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Gun Hill Brewing Co., Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Company, Other Half Brewing, Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Company, Sixpoint Brewery, Transmitter Brewing, and 508 GastroBrewery (RIP).

For more information, please visit:
nycbeerweek.com

New York City Beer Week 2014: Feb 21 to Mar 2

New York City Beer Week 2014You can view the full schedule of events at the NYC Brewers Guild site. Some of my choices:

  • Saturday 2/22 – Urban Oyster’s NYC brewery tour – starts at Paulaner Brau Haus: Tour 4 NYC breweries for beer, knowledge, food and fun. Tickets.
  • Monday, 2/24 7pm – Bacon Nation Beer Dinner with Peter Kaminsky & Wandering Star Brewing – Jimmy’s No. 43: Because, bacon. A five-course beer dinner with bacon. Special guests include Chris Post and Alex Hall of Wandering Star, and featured beers also from Rockaway and Rushing Duck. Tickets.
  • Tuesday, 2/25 8pm – Cuzday – 508 GastrobreweryBecause 508 is great and Chris Cuzme is a nice guy (and great brewer) head to 508 for a special Cuzday with a series of collaborative beers on all six taps between brewer Chris Cuzme and local homebrewers. The six beers were brewed with Brooklyn Homebrew, Bitter & Esters, Pour Standards, The NYC Homebrewers Guild, The Brooklyn Brewsers and Brooklyn Brewshop. Cuzme performs on saxophone from 8 pm – 10 pm. Pay as you go.
  • Wednesday, 2/26 6:30pm – 8 pm – Books on Tap: The Craft of Writing about Craft Beer – The StrandYou’ve always wanted to drink beer in The Strand and this is your chance. Oh, also, you’ll get to hear about writing about craft beer from NYC’s best craft beer authors including Jeremy Cowan (proprietor of Shmaltz), Josh Bernstein (The Complete Beer Course and proprietor of many great Homebrew Tours), and John Hall (The American Craft Beer Cookbook). No tickets required, but space is likely limited.
  • Sunday, 3/3 12pm – 3pm – Closing Beer Brunch – Houston Hall: If you want to see a bunch of hungover brewers and beer fans in a huge beer hall that used to be an automotive garage, then this is for you. No tickets required from what I could tell.

Autographed Copies of The Complete Beer Course on Sale

So you’re sitting around coming down from the shopping high that is Cyber Monday and wanting one last fix, right? Yeah, that’s right, I know you are. So, what you should do is get yourself a signed copy of Josh Bernstein’s The Complete Beer Course.

The Complete Beer Course
The Complete Beer Course by Joshua M. Bernstein.
Photo credit: Christopher J. Scott

Why? As Josh puts it:

[…] a portion of every sale is earmarked for diapers for my daughter. She has an insatiable Huggies demand.

If that’s not enough (and it should be because what are you, some sort of monster that doesn’t like cute babies?) it is a great way to learn about beer, regardless of your level of knowledge. Don’t know the first thing about craft beer? You’ll learn so much that your friends will consider you the beer geek/douche in no time. Can’t remember the difference between a gose and a gueuze? You’ll be reminded and probably even learn something you didn’t know. Sounds like a win to me.

Disclaimer: Josh is not only a fine author but a fine friend.

The 5th Annual New York City Beer Week is February 22 – March 3, 2013

I’ll be posting more on this in the next week, but here’s the press release for now.

NYCBG Logo

5th Annual New York City Beer Week
February 22 – March 3, 2013

NYC’s Top Craft Brewers, Celebrity Chefs, Beer Bars and Acclaimed Restaurants
Join Forces for the Premier Craft Beer Spectacle of the Year!

Opening Night Bash @ Galapagos Art Space, NYC Brewer’s Choice 2013, Celebrity Chef Food & Beer Pairing Dinners @ Resto/Applewood/Murray’s Cheese Bar/Blue Smoke, 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival, Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree, HE’BREW Beer @ Eugene Mirman Comedy Show (Jewish Museum), 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Fest, Split Thy Skull XIV, Urban Oyster Tours, Closing Party @ La Birreria at Eataly, and Much More

Featured Tap Takeovers:
NY State Beers @ Idle Hands Bar & Taproom 307
NY State Barrel-Aged Beers @ Bronx Ale House
Kelso Brewery @ Sycamore
Goose Island Beer Co. @ Dive Bar

New York, NY – January 23, 2013 – Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week (February 22 – March 3, 2013) will bring together 12 NYC craft breweries, nationally and internationally renowned breweries, tons of beloved NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. Celebrated events such as NYC Brewer’s Choice 2013, The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now Fest, and The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival will return as part of this year’s Beer Week. The week also features brand new boutique craft beer events, celebrity chef food & beer pairing dinner menus, educational tours, and ambitious tap takeovers from NYC Guild Brewers and beyond. For more information, stay up-to-date at: newyorkcitybrewersguild.com.

Three signature Beer Week events include: Opening Night Bash at Galapagos Art Space, Feb. 22; NYC Brewers Choice 2013 at City Winery, Feb. 27; and the Closing Party at La Birreria at Eataly, Mar. 3. Below you will find detailed information for the three Signature Events, as well as a list of additional special events happening during the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week.

5th Annual New York City Beer Week Signature Events:

*Fri., Feb. 22, 2013: NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash @ Galapagos Art Space (16 Main Street, Brooklyn, 7 pm – 10 pm, $45)
-Ticket price includes an official NYC Beer Week 2013 tasting glass, and unlimited beer tastings from over 20 American craft breweries. NYC Brewers Guild members and other acclaimed breweries will pour their latest craft beers. To see a full list of breweries, and to purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite: NYCBeerWeekOpeningNight.eventbrite.com

*Wed., Feb. 27, 2013: NYC Brewers Choice 2013 @ City Winery (155 Varick Street, NYC, 6 pm – 10 pm, $60)
-Join 20+ brewers who will each personally pour his/her most special beers alongside a thoughtful food pairing provided by NYC chefs and artisanal food producers. Dave Broderick (Blind Tiger, Beer Sessions Radio) and Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43) carefully curate the list of brewers and food purveyors to present their favorite specialty beers and artisan treats. Scott Vaccaro, owner/head brewer of Captain Lawrence Brewing, is the keynote speaker. Additional info is available at: brewerschoice2013.eventbrite.com

*Sun., Mar. 3, 2013: NYC Beer Week Closing Party @ La Birreria at Eataly (200 Fifth Ave, NYC, 12 pm – 4 pm)
-The official closing event will showcase various beers from NYC Guild Breweries paired with food selections from Eataly’s lunch menu. It’s a pay-as-you-go event; there’s no fixed price. Reservations can be made via UrbanSpoon.

Beer Week Special Events:

*Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013: HE’BREW Beer Presents Eugene Mirman @ Jewish Museum NY (1109 5th Ave, NYC)
-Shmaltz Brewing is the official beer sponsor for the Eugene Mirman comedy show at the Jewish Museum New York, as part of the Wind Up event series. Various selections in the HE’BREW Beer line-up will be available for purchase.

*Sat., Feb. 23, 2013: Bronx Ale House Presents Rare & Barrel-Aged NY State Breweries Tasting (216 W. 238th Street, Bronx)
-Beer list will feature rare and barrel-aged beers from NY State breweries.

*Feb. 23 – 26, 2013: d. b. a. Brooklyn Presents The 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival (113 N. 7th Street, Brooklyn, cash bar)
-More than a dozen specialty casks will be tapped simultaneously over the 4-day festival. The event will include the “Mega Beer Raffle” fundraiser featuring lots of rarities and vintage bottles. All raffle proceeds will benefit the family of the late Ray Deter, founding partner of d.b.a.

*Feb. 23 – Mar. 2, 2013: Urban Oyster Tours
-Brewed in Brooklyn Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2, 2013 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $60)
-Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of Williamsburg: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (1 pm – 4 pm, $65)
-Fermented NY Craft Beer Crawl of East Village: Feb. 28 (3 pm – 6 pm, $65)
-Brewery, Winery, & Distillery Tour: Feb. 23 & Mar. 2 (12 pm – 3:30 pm, $70)
-Tickets available at urbanoyster.com, 347-618-8687

*Mon., Feb. 25, 2013: Blue Smoke Presents Captain Lawrence Beer Dinner (Battery Park City: 255 Vesey Street, NYC, 7 pm, $80)
-Blue Smoke and Captain Lawrence Brewing come together for a standout beer dinner showcasing a special food & craft beer pairing menu.

*Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Resto NYC Beer Dinner w/ Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing (111 East 29th Street, NYC, 7 pm – 10 pm, $70)
-Executive Chef Preston Clark will design a 3 – 4 course food pairing menu with standout craft beers from Shmaltz Brewing, Captain Lawrence, and Empire Brewing. Resto will shape the menu to uniquely compliment beers from these fine local breweries. Selections will include Funky Jewbelation (Shmaltz), Hop Manna (Shmaltz), White Aphro (Empire), and Golden Delicious (Captain Lawrence).

* Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Applewood Beer Dinner w/ Kelso Beer Co. (501 11th Street, NYC, 7 pm)
-Kelso Beer Co. and Applewood will incorporate all facets of the beer production process into this farm-to-brewery-to-table dinner. It’ll feature 5 – 6 courses with dishes such as Beer Poached Sausages, Beer Braised Short-ribs, and even some brewery fresh spent grain pretzel rolls sweetened with malt syrup from the brewery. Kelso Beer List: Pils, Nut Brown Lager, Rauchbier, Pale Ale, and Cabernet Aged Industrial IPA.

*Tues., Feb. 26, 2013: Sycamore Presents Kelso Brewery Night (1118 Cortelyou Rd., Brooklyn, 7 pm, cash bar)
-Kelso Beer Co. will showcase their latest craft beer releases.

*Wed., Feb. 27, 2013: Idle Hands Bar Presents NY State Breweries Tasting from Ommegang, Barrier Brewing & more + Bourbon (25 Ave. B, NYC, $10)
-Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

*Thurs., Feb. 28, 2013: Dive Bar Presents Goose Island Tap Take Over (732 Amsterdam Ave, NYC, cash Bar)
-Goose Island Beer Co. will showcase their latest craft beer releases.

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Get Real Beer & Alewife Presents “The 2nd Annual aPORKalypse Now” Local Beer and Pork Festival (5-14 51st Avenue, Long Island City, 12 pm – 10 pm, $40)
-“aPORKalypse Now” will feature 10 pigs, all local breweries, cask ale, beer and food pairings, and a special VIP hour. Additional info is available at: aporkalypse13.eventbrite.com

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Jimmy’s No. 43 Presents Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree (43 East 7th Street, NYC, 12 pm – 3 pm, $35)
-Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree will be hosted by craft beer author Josh Bernstein (Brewed Awakening), and will feature 14 homebrew creations curated by Bernstein and Jimmy’s No. 43 brunch treats.

*Sat., Mar. 2, 2013: Taproom 307 Presents NY State Breweries Tasting (307 3rd Ave, NYC)
-Beer list will feature selections from exclusively NY State breweries.

*Mar. 2 – 3, 2013: Mugs Ale House Presents Split Thy Skull XIV (125 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, cash bar)
-Mugs Ale House will pour around 20 beers each day that are 8% ABV and over. The 2-day event will feature a cask of Blood Brothers IPA, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery for their 20th Anniversary. Lineup will be announced soon at mugsalehouse.com.

*Sun., Mar. 3, 2013: Murray’s Cheese Bar Beer Dinner w/ Garrett Oliver (264 Bleecker Street, NYC, 5 pm – 7 pm, $75)
-Join Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Murray’s resident cheese expert Aaron Foster for a 5-course beer dinner at Murray’s Cheese Bar. Dishes will feature ingredients from Murray’s and be paired with some very special, even “non-existent,” Brooklyn Brewery beers. With Garrett and Aaron sharing their humor and wealth of knowledge as the courses roll out, this event is a treat for both your tastebuds and intellect.

The mission of the New York City Brewers Guild is to advocate for and promote awareness of its local brewing members; to increase the visibility of local beers through innovative events, programming, and consumer education; and to foster a healthy, ethical, and growth-focused craft beer industry throughout the city. The 5th Annual New York City Beer Week continues a beloved citywide celebration of the breadth of exceptional craft beers from around the region and around the world!

The Village Voice partners with The New York City Brewers Guild for the 5th Annual New York City Beer Week. The official Beer Week website will launch in connection with The Village Voice in January 2013.

About the NYCBG:
The New York City Brewers Guild is a pending 501[c]6 non-profit founded to advance New York City’s brewing industry – and thereby lessen human misery. Guild breweries include Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Chelsea Brewing Co., City Island Brewery, La Birreria at Eataly, Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Company, Rockaway Brewing Company, Shmaltz Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery and 508 GastroBrewery.

Hospoda Draft System

Hospoda NYC Drink Writers Happy Hour

Last night I attended a media event at Hospoda here in NYC where they showcased their unique draft system by pouring Pilsner Urquell and couple Brooklyn Brewery beers. Hospoda has been on my restaurant list for a while and while their food gets rave reviews what caught my interest, when I first heard about them almost a year ago, was their draught system they call the Bohemian Beer Quadrunner. They use this to pour Pilsner Urquell in four different ways, each giving a different flavor.

Four different Pilsner Urquell pours. Sweet (top left), Slice (top right), Creme (bottom left), Neat (bottom right).
Four different Pilsner Urquell pours. Sweet (top left), Slice (top right), Creme (bottom left), Neat (bottom right). Images courtesy Hall Company.

As soon as I walked in I was handed a small glass (not the mug pictured above) that was mostly foam and told to drink it quickly. Since I’m always up for a drinking challenge (and they were providing beer and snacks) I obliged. My first thought was this tastes like it was poured out of a nitro tap. My second was that this was sweet, without the bite I normally associate with Pilsner Urquell. As I later learned, they use standard CO2 but their tap system aerates the beer and the bartender can vary the flow coming out to create anything from a standard pour to the foamy “Sweet” I just had.

Hospoda Draft System

I moved through their other Urquell pours, each one with less head and creaminess: Slice (four fingers of head); Creme (normal head–the classic way of pouring a Czech pilsner I was told); and Neat (no head). It was definitely an interesting way to taste the same beer and I’d recommend getting flight and enjoying all four.

Hospoda worked with Pilsner Urquell to create the “cold shipped express” initiative to get the beer from the brewery in the Czech Republic to the US in just two weeks, refrigerated throughout the journey. They take their beer seriously and the attention to detail in pouring, serving, and caring for the beer is noticeable. The centerpiece of the restaurant is the bar that houses the Quadrunner with a plexiglass floor in front of it that looks down into their spotless, well-organized beer and wine cooler.

After the Urquell I decided to try Brooklyn Brewery’s current Brewmaster’s Reserve, There Will Be Black, a hoppy black ale I had a month or so ago at the brewery. I liked it there and also when poured through Hospoda’s Quadrunner. Was it better? Worse? I have no idea since I don’t have tasting notes or a memory to speak of. After only serving Pilsner Urquell since they opened about a year and a half ago, why add Brooklyn Brewery’s beers? Hospoda started by purchasing a sixtel of Brooklyn Lager to try on the system and invited the owners and brewmaster Garrett Oliver to stop by to taste it—where they noted it tasted as fresh as it does from the brewery when poured through the Quadrunner.

If you are looking for a good, interesting beer experience that you can’t get anywhere else in the US along with some great Czech-inspired food I’d definitely check it out. There’s something for both the beer geeks and foodies in your party.

Disclaimer: At this event I and the other attendees received complimentary: beer and snacks from Hospoda; a complimentary mug from Pilsner Urquell; and a complimentary bottle opener from Brooklyn Brewery.