It’s St. Patrick’s day in New York and you only have two choices. Embrace the madness or run and hide. Check out our Thursday events for some good middle ground and don’t pass on the rest of the week including Blind Tiger’s annual Stone Brewing event and the massive Get Real NY Cask Ale Festival.
THE WEEK AHEAD
Tuesday Night Tasting: Kelso – Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY
Kelso shows up on our calendar again this week as they commandeer the tap lines at Bierkraft’s weekly tasting. Favorites such as the Pils and IPA will be on hand along with some lesser seen varieties including the St. Gowanus Belgian Pale ale and a Rye Aged Belgian Golden Ale. I’ve been told there will be a few suprise, rare casks on hand as well making this a worthy after-work stop.
Stone Brewery Night – Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC, NY
Stone Brewery holds their annual take over of the Blind Tiger with rare kegs, classic favorites and select aged brews. This year is no different with a list of treats including a 2008 Stone Imperial Russian Stout aged in Bourbon, Stone 14th Anniversary Emperical IPA, a 2008 Alesmit, Mikkeller, Stone collaboration Belgian Style Triple Ale and then new Green Flash, Pizza Port Carlsbad and Stone collaboration Highway 78 Scotch Ale
St. Patrick’s Day Shenanigans – The Double Windsor, Brooklyn, NY
St. Patrick’s Day is a throw-away, newbie drinking holiday in New York. Like New Years and Halloween, the bars become littered with patrons that drink too hard, too fast, and then spill out into the street to vomit, fight, or abruptly stumble home. It’s a shame too because there is such great heritage and cause for celebration behind the entire day. Thankfully, Park Slope’s Double Windsor has come to the rescue with a celebration of American-made ales and lagers that celebrate the Irish tradition. Sly Fox Seamus Irish Red, Rogue Irish Style Lager, Ballast Point Piper and Victory Donnybrook Stout will all be on (along with another 10 beers) and you can chow down on classics like Lamb Shepherd’s Pie and Corned Beef & Cabbage. Don’t forget to save room for an Irish Car Bomb cupcake made with Bailey’s-espresso cake & buttercream, ganache drizzle and crushed white chocolate from IDrunkThat favorites, Robicelli’s.
Edible Manhattan’s Good Meat – Openhouse Gallery, NYC, NY
If you choose to competely ignore St. Pat’s (as I will be doing) then perhaps is best to indulge your inner carnivore at the Edible Manhatan Good Meat Issue Release Party. While not a beer-focused event, per say, there will be drinks from Bedell Cellars Winery, Kelso of Brooklyn and Tuthilltown Spirits. The main draw here is small plates from the likes of Jimmy’s N. 43, Fatty ‘Cue, Fleisher’s, Print, Cookshop & 100 Acres, Cleaver Co. & The Green Table and Northern Spy Food Co. There are still some $25 tickets left so get on it before their gone!
Early Opening for St. Patrick’s Day – The Frying Pan, NYC, NY
Of course, there is one thing that can overcome all the St. Patrick’s Day party madness. Drinking on the water. Thankfully, our favorite riverside watering hole, The Frying Pan, is opening the docks for one day only this evening. There is no special St. Patty’s festivities and no fancy, craft beer, but there is an opportunity to drink on the waterfront and that’s a tell-tale sign that spring is right around the corner.
St. Patrick’s Day at Bierhaus NYC
Our favorite new biergarten celebrates St. Pat’s the German way, with Polka music from Alpine Squeeze and steins of lager. Expect all the revelry of the holiday without the green beer and guiness.
St. Patrick’s at Swift
When it comes to craft beer with an Irish slant, no one does it better than Swift. Today they kick the doors open early (8am) and celebrate all day with Irish stew, pub pies and Corn Beef sandwiches while you down Irish-inspired pints like Moylan’s Danny’s Irish Red, Thomas Hooker Irish Red, and the big daddy of the Guinness family, Guinness Foreign Extra Stout.
The city rests with its post-St. Patrick’s hangover.
Get Real NY – Altman Building, NYC, NY
New York’s bi-annual celebration of cask ale kicks off on Saturday (and continues Sunday) with several dozen naturally-carbonated ales being served at this walk around tasting. While cask ale – served at cellar temperature with a lighter carbonation than your traditional, draft ale – may not be for everyone, the conditioning does lend itself to the exploration of a whole new palate of beer flavors so this is a great crash-course for any craft beer lover. Live music and small plates from some of NYC’s greatest rising start restaurants round out the event. There are only a few tickets left for this one so don’t sleep.
Alvinne Night – Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC, NY
The highly under-rated Picobrouwerij Alvinne is one of the better Belgian breweries that makes its way to the states. Often overshadowed by its Trappists countrymen, Alvinne is a great representation of the newer micro (aka pico) breweries popping up throughout Belgian. Having been in business just over a decade, Alvinne produces classic belgian dubbels, saisons, and golden ales as well as non-traditional styles such as Imperial Stouts and Barleywines. Don’t miss their Melchior, a strong Christmas beer brewed with mustard seeds for a flavor unlike any beer you have tried before.
ON THE HORIZON AND TRAVEL WORTHY
* = new event this week
03.23 Edible Brooklyn Food Truck and Beer Pairing Dinner – Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
03.26 Beer For Beasts – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
03.30 Captain Lawrence Tap Takeover – Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC, NY
04.01 Weekend of Compelling Ales and Whatnot – Dogfish Head Brewery and Brewpub, Rehobeth Beach, DE
04.09 Blue Point Cask Ale Festival – Blue Point Brewery, Patchogue, NY
04.13 The “No Suck” Dogfish Head Event – Downtown Bar & Grill, Brooklyn, NY
04.16 Founder’s Black Party – Founders Taproom, Grand Rapids, MI
04.30 Tap NY – Hunter Mountain, Hunter, NY
04.30 Dark Lord Day – 3Floyds Brewery, Munster, IN
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
05.16 – 05.20 American Craft Beer Week
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
06.11 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