NY Craft Beer Week 2009: September 11-20

NYC_Beer_Week_passport_coverA couple of weeks ago I wrapped my hands around the NYC Beer Passport and after looking it over, I am convinced this is a “must have” for anyone planning to be in New York for Beer Week or anyone new to drinking New York City.

This 160-page pocket guide contains details on everything that is happening around the city, but it’s so much more! Beer dinners, beer walks, articles on beer, an index of venues, an index of breweries (and where to find those beers) and a listing of styles that shows which beers (by style) will be found during NYC Beer Week.

82 pages are dedicated to participating bars. Each has a page, color-coded by borough, with maps, transit stops, hours, information about special features at the bar, a listing of featured beers, deals provided to passport holders, events at the bar and kitchen information. It’s a great tool for NYC Beer Week – good for deals throughout the city including event discounts – but it’s also helpful for return visits to the city. Some of the deals are available through Labor Day 2010!

During NYC Beer Week, the passport gets you $2 pints at each of the participating bars, a complimentary 8 oz pour of NY3 – the official beer of NYC Beer Week (a Farmhouse Ale brewed with local honey from each of the three brewers – Ithaca, Captain Lawrence and Southampton – which is dry-hopped with hops from Pedersen Farms) – at the Gotham Cask Festival, reduced rates on reservations for Beer Walks and the Brooklyn Brewery Scavenger Hunt, discounted entry to any of the Deconstructing Beer events or the Women in Beerspeakers panel, an additional complimentary beer at the Zagat House Specials dinners, and a souvenir glass at A Walk in the Park at Studio Square – the official closing event which boasts 40+ rare & special craft beers, the premiere of Beer Quest (soon to be found at beerquest.tv) at 4 PM and 8 PM, local foods and music.

By now, if you haven’t purchased a passport, you probably missed out on the pre-sale specials, but there is plenty to be gained by getting one of these, and you can pick them up all over the city!


Sexy Glasses at NY Craft Beer Week

Sexy Glass!

Sexy Glass!

And it’s not too late to get yours! From an email:

Tickets for each of the nine neighborhood bar crawls are still available. If you don’t get a chance to purchase them online prior to 7pm the night before your intended crawl, don’t worry you can still buy them on the day of at each of the following locations with all of the tickets specific to their neighborhood. All tickets pre-purchased online will also be available at these same bars for Will-Call pick-up.

  1. Upper West Side Crawl – Dive Bar
  2. Midtown Crawl – Heartland
  3. West Village Crawl – Chelsea Brewing Company
  4. East Village Crawl – Jimmy’s no. 43 Open at Noon Everyday!
  5. Lower East Side Crawl – Puck Fair Please Pick Up Tickets Before 7pm
  6. Greenpoint Crawl – The Diamond
  7. Williamsburg Crawl – South 4th Bar & Cafe
  8. Downtown Brooklyn Crawl – Waterfront Ale House
  9. Park Slope Crawl – Beer Table

 If you’re more interested in staying put in one place rather than exploring the best of a neighborhood, then be sure to check out the Manhattan Cask Ale Festival taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to Midnight. A great selection of cask ales will be available all at once until they kick, so there will surely be something to everyone’s liking.

NY Craft Beer Week commemorative event glassware will be also be sold at the Chelsea Brewing Co. during the Cask Ale Festival. Each glass can be purchased for $3 allowing you the chance to enjoy the diverse selection of cask ales from more manageable serving sizes. Holding a full 8 oz pour, the glasses give the opportunity to sample twice the number of beers and breweries at the event as one would through full pints. Not to mention a nifty keepsake to take home with you if you don’t already have one from one of the crawls.

New York Craft Beer Week Tickets & Details

I received the quoted section below in an email, and also noticed a rise in hits to my blog entries on this event. September 12 is fast approaching – make plans to attend this week of extraordinary beer!

At the website, you will find the terrific dinners planned, the beers available and a full list of Neighborhood Beer Bar Crawls that finish with a keepsake glass. With a 48-page (downloadable) passport which is absolutely complete, including descriptions and maps, there is plenty of beer to be found!

Thank you again for your interest in New York Craft Beer Week!

We have an unbelievable line-up of non-stop events planned for all ten days between September 12th and 21st. Much anticipated, all event information is now updated on our website, with several more events to be added in the coming days so check back regularly.

We are proud to announce the launching of our full website where TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE to all neighborhood beer bar crawls.

On each crawl, you’ll be treated to your choice of one serving of the selected Northeast craft beers at each participating bar. At the end of the night, a fresh commemorative edition glass will be provided to you to take home. Remember, every neighborhood is available for purchase every day, but act early as there are limited quantities and tickets will sell quickly.

If you happen to stop by any of the participating venues, look for free copies of our program guide, the NYC BEER PASSPORT. In the meanwhile, feel free to check out an online version downloadable from the website (wherever you put it).

Enjoy your upcoming Labor Day, and make sure you catch up with work afterwards to take full advantage of everything on offer through the city during New York Craft Beer Week 2008.

It’s pretty exciting to see this evolving!

NYC Craft Beer Week: September 12-21, 2008

While in Montreal, I learned terrific news about New York City Craft Beer Week – a ten-day event that makes craft beer, with all of its ties to food and the New York community, the focus.  New York State and the surrounding area have some of the best beers on the planet, and New York City’s local bars are culinary destinations. NYC Craft Beer Week will put the spotlight on this.

The events will start off on Friday, September 12th, with the New York Beer Festival at South Street Seaport’s Pier 16 & 17 exhibiting the beers of over 100 breweries and live music performances. 

Over the course of the next six days, visitors to New York City can participate in a series of bar crawls and beer dinners:

  • Starting Saturday, September 13th, neighborhood bar crawls will feature the best of the city’s bar establishments. Participants can purchase a single ticket for each neighborhood, which allows for one serving of beer from a selection of three local beers at each participating bar, and participants will find unique selections throughout.
  • Beer pairing dinnerswill start Sunday, September 14th and occur each night through Thursday, September 18th. The dinners will be prix fixe in design with a separate beer served alongside each course, and either an aperitif or digestif beer served at a partnering local bar, with all beers for each particular dinner coming from a single New York state brewery.

From Friday, September 19th to Sunday, September 21st, New York City Craft Beer Week will conclude with a cask ale festival featuring a collection of unfiltered, naturally-carbonated beers presented traditionally at cellar temperature. 

The entire week’s events will be specially presented in a NYC Beer Passport, a program guide of what’s on offer, as well as a veritable beer centered travel guide to the city with detailed maps of all the venues taking part in the week’s events coupled with information as to how those venues are participating. Participants can collect stamps as they move between venues, with the passport serving as a keepsake memento of the week.

This and more will be available on a website (look for the link here soon!) Advance tickets for events will be available from the website, and events will be searchable by date, venue, cost, brewery, beer name and beer style. Sponsorship and advertising opportunities will also be listed on the site.

Save the dates – this is going to be fun!!

Ruby’s BBQ Shack (Asheville, NC)

After a nice morning of exercise, we were ready for some ‘Que.  Someone recommended Ruby’s BBQ Shack as a place for good ‘que, and a good tap list, and they were right.

We each had a pork barbeque platter, both with red beans and rice, and mine with smashed potatoes while D got the spiced apples (better choice!)  He had a pint of the Sweetwater 420, a west-coast style pale ale (extra pale ale) with his meal.

The highlight of this meal was the sauce bar.  There were 20 varieties on the menu.  Not every one was available and additional flavors were.  They provided “taster cups”, and we narrowed it down to nine:

Memphis Red (very tomato)

Kentucky Black – apple cider-ish, authentic dark vinegar & pepper

Mississippi Mud – authentic dark vinegar & pepper, less tart than KY Black

Kansas City Hottie

Alabama White – creamy w/ lots of black (or white) pepper

Honey Mustard – – –

Sweet Mustard

Pulled Piggy

Chipotle Spicy Tomato

We liked all of them, with the exception of Honey Mustard, and once again I found myself questioning which way I really like my ‘que, and the truth is, I just can’t do it.  I loved the tasty tang of Sweet Mustard, the dark and peppery Mississippi Mud, the roasty boldness of Chipotle Spicy Tomato (reminded me of Texas), the pangs of heat from Kansas City Hottie, and the succulence of Pulled Piggy.

For those about to drink…

Our weekend camping trip got rained out a bit, so rather than sit on top of a picnic table during the hail storm, we drove up to Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, NY.

We’ve been getting their stuff in bottles, so it was such a treat to get it on tap! We missed the 4:00 PM tour, but found a table in this small, pub. There isn’t much to it – Southern Tier is located in a clean industrial park. The Empty Pint tasting room has a couple of tables and a bar, and they will let you taste anything (sample serving in a large tasting glass.)

Heavy Weizen, an Imperial Hefe, was the beer of the day. YUMMM This was packed with flavor.

Phin & Matt’s Extraordinary Ale – an American Pale Ale that had more maltiness than I care for in an APA.

Blue Berry – a somewhat fragrant wheat beer that is made here for Ellicottville Brewing Company (whose website is more exciting than their beer…in fact, I couldn’t find a list of current beers there!) This one really didn’t have much going on at all.

Un-Earthly IPA – this Imperial IPA was WOW! Unfortunately, they couldn’t fill a growler for us, but how lucky we were to find it on tap, and purchase some bottles.
Heavy Weizen at Southern Tier

D at Southern Tier

Along with our bottles of Un-Earthly, we picked up six pack of Harvest Ale, a growler of IPA and a growler of Porter. The Porter was outstanding in flavor while low in alcohol, and as we’ve found with their bottled beers, the IPA was just perfect. The Harvest Ale was also really, really nice.
I have lots more to say, but a bed calling my name…maybe I’ll get back to this, maybe not…