Believe us — we don’t need a whole lot of incentive to wile away our days drinking beer. After all, we’re living in the best borough for brew in the whole darn city…how can anyone else ever hope to compete with our killer breweries (Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint), specialty stores (Bierkraft, Brouwerij Lane), and intense per capita concentration of craft beer bars and gastropubs?
Still and all, it’s hard not to get especially psyched about suds during the annual NYC Beer week, now in it’s fifth year. Coordinated by the New York City Brewers Guild, over 100 different venues throughout the boroughs will host more than 300 beer-centric events. Think limited edition tastings and cask tappings at Banter, beer-pairing dinners at applewood, and the always anticipated Split Thy Skull event at Mugs Ale House, a celebration of brews with ridiculously high alcohol content. Looking to raise a pint glass every day this week? Check out these other beer-centric Brooklyn festivities!
For more info on NYC Beer Week, visit newyorkcitybrewersguild.com
Monday, Feb. 25th
Bar Great Harry
This awesome Smith Street bar will trot out a little something special for Beer Week every day, like rare kegs, special tapping events, New York inspired beers, and “Meet the Brewer” sessions with Sixpoint and Rockaway Brewing. Check the website for more details as they arise!
280 Smith St, (718) 222-1103
Tuesday, Feb. 26th
Craft beer haven, d.b.a Brooklyn, plays host to the 7th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer Festival this week. Not only will they be tapping 1 dozen specialty casks over the course of four days, they’ll hold a "Mega Beer Raffle" fundraiser, featuring lots of rarities and vintage bottles. And you’ll be drinking for a cause greater than yourself (or NYC Beer Week). All raffle proceeds will benefit the family of the late Ray Deter, d.b.a’s founding partner.
113 N 7th St., (718) 218-6006
Wednesday, Feb. 27th
Breukelen Bier Merchants
Forget the wine…this Williamsburg brew shop and tasting room is out to prove that nothing pairs better with cheese than an icey cold beer. Tickets are $35 for an event that will focus entirely on very small producer breweries in Belgium, Scandinavia and North America, and the hand crafted cheeses sold at Gastronomie 491 in Manhattan.
182 Grand St, (347) 457-6350
Thursday, Feb. 28th
There’s no way that Bierkraft would let Beer Week slip by unnoticed. The unparalleled Park Slope specialty brew shop (which carries over 1,000 selections,) is throwing a Brooklyn Brewery Tap Takeover on Thursday. They’ll feature all of the usual suspects from Williamsburg’s top brewery, like Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Pilsner, and East India Pale Ale, along with seasonal releases, and a couple of rare, vintage editions. Actual line-up is still TBA, but when Bierkraft and Brooklyn Brewery come together, you know it’s gonna be good.
191 5th Ave, (718) 230-7600
Friday, March 1st
Brooklyn’s beloved microbrewery is holding a special release party on Friday, for their brand new, yet to be named Double White. Inspired by Grand Cru, a past Brewmaster’s Reserve, this beer will not be available in the US after the event. You’ll definitely want to move fast on a ticket if you want to be one of the first (and only) to nab a taste of this special, top-secret brew.
79 N 11th St., (718) 486-7422
- Photo courtesy bridgeandtunnelclub.com
Saturday, March 2nd
Mugs Ale House
Mugs Ale House is pulling out all the stops for Split Thy Skull XIV… pouring around 20 beers on Saturday and Sunday, that each clock in at 8% ABV and higher — yikes! Look for Dogfishead Burton Baton 2011 Imperial IPA (10%) Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2008 Imperial Stout (15%) and a cask of Blood Brothers IPA, brewed by Brooklyn Brewery for Mugs’ 20th Anniversary. Split Thy Skull indeed!
125 Bedford Ave, (718) 486-8232
Sunday, March 3rd
Wind down your week of drinking with an assortment of deliciously beery cocktails. Look for the Belgarita (La Pitaya Blanco Tequila, Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice, Simple Syrup, and Petrus Aged Pale Ale), Lewis & Clark (Zubrowska Bison Grass Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice, Honey, and Ommegang Abbey Ale), The Capone II (Evan Williams Black Bourbon, Averna Amaro, Orange Bitters, and Bronx Black Pale Ale), and The Bitches Brew (Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice, Winston Salem Hot Sauce, & Sixpoint Crisp Lager).
588 Grand St, (718) 218-8555