NYC Beer Events Calendar: April 4 – 10

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Last week was slow for me, I rested, relaxed, and recovered from a bit of sickness. And speaking of sickness, how good were those Captain Lawrence beers? This week we see another rising start in the craft beer world – Vermont’s Hill Farmstead Brewery – descend upon NYC. Plus, its the annual Blue Point Cask Ale Festival hosting an impressive 100+ casks of beer. Enjoy!

THE WEEK AHEAD

Monday, April 4th
Rest, recuperate, go for a run… your liver will thank you.
Tuesday, April 5th
Brasserie D’AChouffe & Ommegang Gnommegang Release Kickoff – BXL East
Celebrate the release of Gnommegang – Brewery Ommegang’s first beer using a strain other than the house yeast – this evening at one of the city’s more under-appreciated Belgian bar/restaurants… BXL East. Expect other tasty Ommegang treats on tap as well.
Wednesday, April 6th
Strong Ales Style Event – Blind Tiger Ale House
April is strong beer month at the Blind Tiger and they kick things off tonight with eleven new heavy hitters on tap. Most the these kegs have been aged – some going back as far as 2005 – to mellow them out. If you like your beer big then this is for you.

The List:
2008 Pennichuck Barrel-Aged Barleywine
2008 Victory Old Horizontal
2008 Blue Point Howling Bastard
2008 Dogfish Head Old School
2009 North Coast Old Stock Ale
2005 Weyerbacher Blithering Idiot
2007 Brooklyn Monster
2009 Arcadia Big Dickʼs Old Ale
2009 Kuhnhennʼs Fourth Dementia
Founders Old Curmudgeon
McNeillʼs Old Ringworm Aged with Bourbon Chips

Thursday, April 7th
Captain Lawrence Night – Barcade
While we saw the sour side of Captain Lawrence last week, this week they bring their more traditional offerings which, in actuality, are not all that traditional. Highlights include the Imperial Smoked Porter – the base beer for the Smoke from the Oak series – and an uncommon keg of the Winter Rye.

Tap List:
Brown Ale – 4.8% ABV – American Brown Ale
Espresso Stout – 6.0% – Stout brewed with fresh coffee
Five Years Later – 10.0% – 5 year Anniversary beer
Fresh Chester Pale Ale – 5.6% – The Freshchesta!
Ginger Man Ale – 5.8% – Belgian style Pale Ale
Golden Delicoius – 10.0% (?) – Tripel aged in Apple Brandy barrels
Imperial Smoked Porter – 12.0% – Big and smokey
Kolsch – 5.5% – German style Ale
Liquid Gold – 6.0% – Spicy, Belgian Ale
Nor’ Easter – 12.0% – Belgian style dark Ale
Reserve Imperial IPA – 9.0% – American double IPA
Xtra Gold – 10.0% – Belgian Tripel
Winter Rye – 5.0% – Ale brewed with Rye malt

Cisco Brewers Night – The Pony Bar
Nantucket’s Cisco Brewers swing by The Pony Bar tonight with 10 tap lines and possibly a cask of beer. I haven’t drank Cisco beer so I can’t tell you much beyond that.

Bronck’s Beer Company Launch Event – Bronx Ale House
Apparently the Bronx has a healthy brewing history (who knew!) and Bronck’s Beer Company is looking to revitalize that tradition. Tonight, New York’s newest brewery showcase their first two brews, The Pelham Bay IPA and The Woodlawn Weiss.

Friday, April 8th
IDRUNKTHAT PICK OF THE WEEK
Hill Farmstead Night – Rattle ‘n Hum, New York, NY
If you read this blog with any frequency, you know that Hill Farmstead holds a special place in my heart. Sean Hill’s Vermont brewery, to me, represents the future of American beer. Forgoing bizarre adjuncts, extreme ABVs and other trendy beer tricks, Sean simply makes damn fine beer. From pale ales to saisons, these beers exemplify the craft in craft beer. Swing by tonight to taste the brewery’s portfolio and don’t miss out on Phenomenology, their black saison, and Everett which is possibly my favorite porter in the world right now (it is tied with the Nogne O porter).

The list:
Edward (IPA)
Everett (Robust Porter)
Anna (Honey Saison)
Pacifica (Single Hop Pale)
Riawaka (Single Hop Pale)
Harlan (IPA)
Phenomenology (Black Saison)
Foster (Black Rye IPA)
Flora (Barrel-Aged Wheat Saison)

Saturday, April 9th
TRAVEL WORTHY
Beers Gone a Rye & Steampunk Circus – Institute Bar, Philadlephia, PA
I love unique beer events. Tasty beer in a glass is great but, these days, if you want to keep me in the bar for more than an hour or two you really need to up the ante. Enter Beers Gone a Rye & Steampunk Circus. In addition to the seven different rye beers on tap, there is also steam punk art, rye inspired food dishes, rye whisky tasting and, yes, circus games outside the bar. If you go, be sure to check out the rare keg of New Holland Charkoota Smoked Rye Double Bock

The list:
Terrapin Rye2
Founders Reds Rye
Bear Republic Hop Rod Rye
Bell’s Rye Stout
He’brew Bittersweet Lenny’s R.I.P.A.
Terrapin Rye Pale Ale
New Holland Charkoota Smoked Rye double bock

Blue Point Cask Ale Festival – Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue, NY
Long Island’s biggest cask ale festival, the Blue Point Cask Ale Festival has long been the place to drink cask ale in New York state. Held in a giant tent outside of the Blue Point brewery, the afternoon features 30+ breweries, 100+ casks of beer, live music and BBQ. This event tends to sell out so buy your tickets now or miss out.

Hops for Hope – Moonshine, Brooklyn
Help support disaster relief in Japan with a $5 donation at the door. Then, drink $5 pints of Kelso and Brooklyn Brewery beers with 100% of the sales going to The American Red Cross: Japan Earthquake & Pacific Tsunami and The Humane Society: International Disaster Fund.

Sunday, April 10th
Hill Farmstead Brunch – Blind Tiger Ale House
If you did not get enough from Vermont’s Hill Farmstead brewery on Friday night, then swing by the Tiger this afternoon when they will tap no less than five HF kegs. No word on the taplist so check back towards the end of the week for more details. ten kegs!

The List:
Double Galaxy – Double IPA made with Galaxy Hops
Ephraim – Imperial IPA
Arthur – American Farmhouse Saison
Art – Barrel-Aged Arthur inoculated with Brett
Flora – Barrel-Aged Wheat Saison inoculated with wild Belgian yeast
Edward – American Pale Ale
Harlan – IPA
Foster – Black Rye IPA
Pacifica – IPA made with Pacifica Hops
Grassroots Limoncello – Double IPA Collaboration with Mikkeller and lemon rinds

ON THE HORIZON AND TRAVEL WORTHY

* = new event this week

04.13 The “No Suck” Dogfish Head Event – Downtown Bar & Grill, Brooklyn, NY

*04.13 Elysian Beer Night – Blind Tiger Ale House, New York, NY

*04.13 HOMEBREW! – Malted Barley Appreciation Society Meet-up – Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn, NY
04.16 April Sours! – Jimmy’s No. 43, New York City, NY

04.16 Oysters & Casks, Beer Garden Opening – Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY

04.16 Founder’s Block Party – Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI

04.18 Meet the Evil Twin Beer Dinner (Evil Twin Brewery US Launch Event) – Beer Table, Brooklyn, NY

04.19 Brooklyn Beer Dinner – The Vanderbuilt, Brooklyn, NY

04.19 Two Brothers Night – The Pony Bar, New York, NY

*04.19 Weyerbacher Night – Rattle N Hum Bar & Kitchen, New York, NY

*04.20 Brooklyn Brewery Night – Blind Tiger Ale House

*04.19 Boulder Night – Rattle N Hum Bar & Kitchen, New York, NY

04.21 Barrier Takeover – Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY

04.21 Great Brewers Session Beer Night – The Gate, Brooklyn, NY

04.26 Oskar Blues Night – The Pony Bar, New York, NY

04.26 Kuhnhenn Brewery Night – Rattle N Hum Bar & Kitchen, New York, NY

04.30 Beer At The Big House – High Street Grill, Mt. Holly, NJ

04.30 Tap NY – Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY

04.30 Dark Lord Day – 3Floyds Brewery, Munster, IN

05.01 Sly Fox Bock Festival & Goat Race – Phoenixville, PA

05.07 Big Brew for National Homebrew Day – Nationwide

05.10 WINE ALERT: Uncorked: Edible Brooklyn’s local wine soiree – Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY

05.14 Captain Lawrence 5th Anniversary Pig Roast – Captain Lawrence Brewery, Pleasantville, NY

05.16 – 05.20 American Craft Beer Week

05.21 4th Annual Yardley Beer Fest – Yardley, PA

05.21 IPA Block Party – Hawthorne’s, Philadelphia, PA

*05.21 German Maifest – Circle Line at Pier 81, New York, NY

05.23 Hill Farmstead’s First Anniversay Celebration – Hill Farmstead, Greensboro, VT

06.03 – 06.12 Philadelphia Craft Beer Week – Philadelphia, PA

06.03 American Craft Beer Festival – Seaport World Trade Center, Boston, MA

06.08 Montreal Mondial de la Bière – Montreal, Canada

*06.10-06.11 Get Real NY Belgian Beer Festival – New York City, NY

06.11 World Record PBR Pyramid Party – DIY DUMBO, Brooklyn, NY

06.16 – 06.18 AHA National Homebrewer’s Conference – San Diego, CA

06.18 Founders Fest, 2011 – Founders Block Party, Grand Rapids, MI

07.29 Belgium comes to Cooperstown – Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown, NY

08.06 Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza – Mammoth Lakes, CA

09.16 – 09.25 New York Craft Beer Week – New York City, NY

09.29 Great American Beer Festival – Colorado Convention Center, Denver, CO

10.15 Founders Harvest Event – Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI

11.05 Learn to Homebrew Day – Nationwide

11.12 Breakfast Stout Breakfast – Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI

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