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:


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.

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.


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.

The Constant (Beer) Gardener

With the weather here in NYC showing spring-like tendencies after a winter that was the polar (sorry) opposite of last year’s, it is time to talk beer gardens. Chris at Brew York New York takes our online local media to task for their broad–possibly misinformed, probably click-baiting–definition of a beer garden.

Since I’ve only lived here for a bit over a year, I’m still inclined to think this isn’t a problem unique to New York City. Is this overarching definition a symptom of any city which could be termed a concrete jungle? Or is it playing to perceptions instead of reality? Just a cheap way to get article views? Something else completely?

NYC October Beer Events

Although NY Craft Beer Week has come and gone, that doesn’t mean there isn’t beery goodness to be had in NYC. Here’s a few upcoming events:

Sat, 10/1: SingleCut Beersmiths tasting at Earl’s Beer and Cheese (East Harlem)

I’ve been wanting to go to Earl’s for a while and this is the perfect reason since Rich Buceta (who I met on a recent homebrew tour) will be there with his tasty beers in tow. Earl’s has a good beer selection with food to match.

This Saturday from 1-5ish PM, Earl’s Beer and Cheese will be hosting a SingleCut Beersmiths Tasting Event. Earl’s (Park Ave bet. 97th & 98th) is one of our favorite craft-beer pubs – they’ve gotten glowing write-ups in just about every NY-based publication not only for their choice beers, but superb food as well (NYTimes, New York Mag, Time Out NY, NY Field & Stream, etc.)

We’ll have our usual wide-variety of SingleCut beers for you to try, and will be happy to answer questions about the status of the brewery and what promise the future holds (Spoiler Alert: it’s all good).

Thurs, 10/6: Kelso Beer Dinner at 5 Napkin Burger (Astoria)


  • Pilsner
  • 5 Napkin Lager
  • India Pale Ale
  • Bourbon Barrel Aged Recessionator Doppelbock
  • Brandy Barrel Aged IPA
  • Kellerfest
  • Flemish Red Ale

Cocktail Hour Appetizers:

  • Crispy Chicken Nuggets with 5NB Brew BBQ Sauce
  • Brandy Barrel Aged IPA Pulled Pork Sliders with pickled veggies, cilantro, sriracha and lime
  • Kellerfest and Cheddar Soup with Candied Bacon

Entrees (choice of):

  • 5 Napkin Burger
  • Lobster Mac N’ Cheese


  • Flemish Red Ale Moon Pie

The dinner is $60 (including tax and tip) and includes seven full beers, 6 different appetizers during the cocktail reception, choice of entrée and dessert. Buy tickets.

Tues, Oct 11: Endless Belgian Beer & Sausage Fest (Chelsea)

Celebrate Oktoberfest with a French twist this year as the Tour de France Restaurant Group launches its savory Sausage and Suds Festival at all nine of its Manhattan restaurants from October 12-21.    A host of beers from Brewery Ommegang and Duvel – all hand-selected by Tour de France’s master beer sommelier Gianni Cavicchi – will accompany and enhance each flavorful sausage dish.

BUT the best part…Endless Beer and Sausage on October 11th!  There is a kick off celebration happening on October 11th at 404 (404 10th Avenue @ 33rd Street) where each restaurant is making one sausage from their menu paired with a beer also from Brewery Ommegang & Duvel.  There is a VIP hour starting at 6:30 where guests will have the opp to mingle with brewers and tap the special Aphrodite beer and then General Admission begins at 7:30.  The cost to attend is $53 for VIP from 6:30-10pm and $38 for General Admission from 7:30-10pm. To purchase tickets, please visit http://rewards.thrillist.com/deal/2828/tour-de-france/ny

Some pairings are below that will be served at the Endless Sausage & Beer Fest:

Nice Matin- Grilled Venison Sausage
creamy polenta with red currants plumped in maple syrup

Paired with- Ommegang “Abbey Ale” Dubble, Cooperstown, New York
Inspired by the centuries-old brewing practices of the Belgian Trappist monks.
This dubble has notes of figs, clove, toffee, caramel and licorice

French Roast Uptown- PEI Mussels with Chorizo
Spicy Tomato and White Wine Sauce

Paired with- Ommegang “Hennepin” Saison, Cooperstown, New York
A refreshing style originally brewed for the farmers on the Wallonia country side in Belgium.
Notes of lemon grass, gingersnap and floral hop aromas

Cafe D’Alsace- Duck Sausage
In Puff Pastry with Green Peppercorns

Pairing-  Brasserie d’Achouffe “Mc Chouffe” Scotch Ale, Achouffe, Belgium.
Adventurous and experimental Brasserie d’Achouffe perfects the Scottish style.
Notes of Chocolate, doughy dark malts, raisins and coffee

Le Monde- Boudin Blanc
With Braised Leeks & A Truffle Cream Sauce

Pairing- Duvel “Single” Strong Blonde Ale Breendonk-Puurs, Belgium.
A new lighter version of Belgium’s favorite ale.
Notes of pilsner malt, white pepper and lemon peel

Sat, 10/22: Victory Brewing Tour and Pig Roast (Leaves from Midtown)

Bought my ticket for this the other day.

On Saturday October 22nd at 10am, join Rattle N Hum on a booze bus to Victory Brewing Company for a private brewery tour and pig roast. The bus departs from Rattle N Hum (14 East 33rd St) at 10am sharp on October 22nd and returns in the evening.

This is a very special chance to get a private tour of Victory Brewing Company, which is not currently offering brewery tours to the public.

What’s included

  • Bus ride from Rattle N Hum (14 East 33rd St) to Victory Brewery.
  • Beer and sandwiches will be provided during the trip down. The beer will come straight from a keg that will ride with you.
  • Private brewery tour of Victory Brewing Company.
  • All you care to eat and drink Pig roast at the brewery.
  • Bus ride back to Rattle N Hum.

Sat, 10/22: Das Best Oktoberfest (Chelsea)

Das Best Oktoberfest, sponsored by The Trigger Agency, is returning to NYC for the second year in a row! Das Best Oktoberfest will take place on Saturday, October 22 at La Venue and The Tunnel in West Chelsea at 608 West 28th St.,  (between 11th & 28th). Adults ages 21 and over are invited to experience an amazing fun-filled day of music, contests, food, and suds!

Over 150 international and craft beers, plus wines and schnapps are available to ticket holders who will receive a sampling glass upon arrival for an all-you-care-to-taste sampling. It’s das best day of beer sippin’, sausage tastin’, music listenin’, lederhosen wearin’ on this side of the Atlantic! Hot sauces, beer accessories, and even an outdoor cigar area will be available for all guests.

The best German-inspired foods available in New York City will be in abundance and offered ala carte from several vendors from sausages to side dishes while guests enjoy foot stomping live music from authentic oompah and polka bands. What’s an Oktoberfest without a few competitions? Enter the Best Beer Belly in NYC competition and take a shot at winning $100 and bragging rights or, the Miss Oktoberfest contest where one lucky fraulein will also win $100. Dress in authentic German garb for a FREE lanyard! And the individual wearing the most creative designed pretzel necklace just might win a Heavy Seas Gift Basket and $100.

Tickets are available online at www.nyoctoberfest.com
Session One:  Noon to 4:00 p.m. (Last call at 3:45 p.m.)
Session Two: 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (Last call at 9:15 p.m.)

Each session:  $65 in advance or $80 at the door.
Admission includes a souvenir tasting mug, unlimited sampling of beer, wine, and schnapps, plus live entertainment. German food will be available ala carte.

Grand Oompah Tasting Session – Limited to 100 people.  Tickets: $150
Valid from Noon-9:30 p.m. (both sessions) includes admission, souvenir tasting mug, lanyard, Oktoberfest hat, T-shirt, unlimited sampling of beer, wine, and schnapps, plus a special German Tasting Seminar hosted by Festival Founder, Greg Nivens, special guests plus the Oompah girls and guys. Tasting session includes authentic German Oktoberfest foods, sausages, chicken, pickle platters, pretzels, and much more.  Menu will include over 100 specialty beers and 4 different schnapps.

Tickets are limited and purchases made online will be available at WILL CALL at the Festival. Proper identification required. Applicable NY taxes and fees will be applied to the order.

Manhattan Home Brew Tour Review

A couple weekends ago, I heard about a Manhattan homebrew tour going on as part of NY Craft Beer Week. With a description like this, how could I resist going?

On this intimate homebrew tour, you and 25 strangers—soon to become drinking buddies and friends—will venture inside the homes of three of the city’s finest amateur brewers. Part voyeuristic excursion, part bar crawl, part educational class, the brewers will display their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, open up their stash of superlative beer.

In his welcome email organizer Josh Bernstein notes “There will be lots of beer today, so I heartily recommend eating a sizable breakfast/lunch”. With three stops and at least four beers to sample per stop with multiple samples per beer for most beers, having an entire pizza for lunch turned out to be a good idea.

Tommy Furnari pouring his Woman Scorned bitterThe first stop was at Tommy Furnari’s apartment where he poured an English bitter, a pale ale, a Bavarian hefeweizen, and a nut brown. All were delicious and there was some great conversation, questions, and knowledge sharing going on with the other homebrewers on the tour. Tommy was fairly new to brewing and did a great job on all his beers despite what, even by Manhattan standards, is a small kitchen.

Chris Weik pouring his Saison du FreedomNext up was Chris Weik who is a friend of Tommy’s and got him started in brewing. Chris has been brewing for about four years and recently was named the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room and Kelso of Brooklyn Homebrew Hero for his Saison du Stiff (RB) recipe. We tasted two saisons–including Saison du Stiff–a porter, a pumpkin ale he bottled last year and a bottling from the original Saison du Stiff.

The final stop was Rich Buceta’s. Rich is in the process of opening up a brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths. In the mean time, he’s brewing an assload of awesome beer in his apartment. Rich had a tasting menu that spanned pages with about twenty brews on it. His fridge was a force to be reckoned with. We were able to sample the beers he is planning on launching with as well as anything else he had brewed up. He was more than gracious and kept pouring beers until late into the night and gave some of us there at the end beer of our choice to go.

This was a really fun tour. Josh was a knowledgeable and personable guide and Tommy, Chris, and Rich were all great hosts that are brewing some excellent beer. If you’re in Manhattan or Brooklyn after Josh takes a break from recent tours and GABF–where he’ll be debuting his new book Brewed Awakening–you should go on a tour.

View all the pictures from the Manhattan home brew tour.