The Best of NY Craft Beer Week, Sept. 16-25

09/15/2011 3:32 PM |

Matt Levy of the Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz
  • Matt Levy of the Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz

This Friday kicks off NY Craft Beer Week, when people with alcohol problems beer connoisseurs hit the streets of New York City to expand their horizons with new brews. There are a lot of events at this year’s iteration of Craft Beer Week, so we thought we’d take a closer look at some of the stand-outs.

Freaktoberfest—Official Opening Party (Friday, Sept. 16th, 7pm)
Two words: unlimited tastings. For $50, you get a glass from which you can sample beer from more than 20 great breweries. Park Slope’s Southpaw will also be filled with two floors of live music and “New York’s finest burlesque, freaks, oddities and human curiosities.” Skål!

Homebrew Tours (Multiple Dates)
Joshua Bernstein should win a Nobel Prize for his work in the field of beer education. The author of Brewed Awakening is taking you to where the real crazy shit is—inside the homes of NYC’s best home-brewers. Sip on beers from the people behind Brooklyn Homebrew, Brew York, New York‘s Chris O’Leary and more. Get more info here.

Not Too Drunk To Read (Tuesday, Sept. 20th, 7pm)
Mazel tov! Jeremy Cowan will be reading from Craft Beer Mar Mitzvah, his new memoir about starting the Shmaltz Brewing Company, at Pacific Standard in Park Slope. Finally become a man by trying six of Shmaltz’ brews on tap including the Coney Island Sword Swallower and the He’Brew Genesis Ale.

Pretty Things Night at Rye House (Wednesday, Sept. 21st)
I’m kind of obsessed with Pretty Things right now. The Massachusetts gypsy brewers, with their DIY work ethic and adorable hand-drawn labels, make some of the most interesting beer on the market, like the Field Mouse’s Farewell, on tap with several other Pretty Things brews at Rye House (11 W 17th St, Flatiron District).

Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz (Sunday, Sept. 25th, 12pm)
How do I know this bike tour from Levy’s Unique New York is awesome? Because I’ve taken it, and it is! Before Prohibition, Williamsburg/Bushwick used to be the epicenter of brewing in New York City. While all of those breweries are gone, many of buildings are still here, which you will see via bicycle machine. Also included: a stop at East Williamsburg spot Matt Torrey’s for a beer and the ultimate final destination—the Evergreen Cemetery.