Last week we had a chance to sample some of Vermont’s best and brightest new brewery’s at the annual Blind Tiger Vermont Beer & Cheese Festival. Rare kegs from Lawson’s Finest, The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead and more were kicked faster than it take to drive up to the Green Mountain state. New York’s Homebrew Community was also out in full force for the bi-annual Brooklyn Work competition where my Hibiscus Belgian Ale took second place (yay me!)
Keg’s of the coveted Pliny the Younger begin to surface this week in Pennsylvania (not for sale in New York State) so those of you with flexible schedules should keep an eye out and take a road trip. There are also great taps being poured by Cigar City, Founders, and Harpoon locally so drinking locally is a great option as well. This week wraps up with with Mug Ale House’s annual Split Thy Brooklyn Skull strong ale festival. Over forty kegs of strong beer will be tapped over the weekend with lots of rare and obscure beers from around the world. It’s the perfect beer geek brunch and an event that I rarely miss.
Check out this week’s full calendar below and cheers to another great week of beer in New York City.
THE WEEK AHEAD
TRAVEL WORTHY: Mad Monday with Russian River – Monk’s Cafe, Philadelphia
Philly’s premier Belgian beer bar hosts their annual Russian River day. This is a no brainer for fan’s of the Norther California brewery. On Tap is the coveted Pliny the Younger along with beloved IPA’s Piny the Elder and Blind Pig IPA. Also on tap: Consecration, Damnation, Redemption, Sactification and Temptation.
Cigar City Takeover – Rattle N Hum Bar
Florida’s Cigar City take over 20+ tap lines with rare and random offerings like Kumquat Orange IPA, Humidor Jai ALai and Cherry Wood Maduro (on cask).
Beer ‘Compass’ion Gathering – Sunswick 35-35
Heavy hitting craft beer producers Founders, Stone, Cigar City and Harpoon take over the tapes. Get 5 different 5oz beers for $12 or 10 for $20. Highlights include Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout, Founders Backwoods Bastard, Harpoon 100 Barrel Catamount Maple Wheat and a 2009 vintage Harpoon Chocolate Stout with Brettanomyces.
IPA Night – Bierkraft
Get your palate wrecked tonight as Park Slope’s finest bottled and growler shop tap sevenIPAs including a rare cask of Kelso IPA as well as a kack of Green Flash West Coast IPA.
Blood For Beer – Kelso Brewery
Donate a pint of blood at Kelso’s quarterly blood drive and get a coupon for a free pint of beer at Waterfront Ale House, d.b.a, Brooklyn Bowl, Brazen Head, Dean St., Hanson Dry, Bierkraft, and Brooklyn Moonshine.
IDRUNKTHAT PICK OF THE WEEK: Split Thy Brooklyn Skull XII – Mugs Ale House
Now in its 12th year, Mugs Alehouse ushers in spring with their annual Barleywine/Strong Ale festival. Over 40 kegs of 10%+ ABV beers will be tapped over the weekend (continues Sunday) including Allagash Burham Road, Arcadia Pappy’s Bourbon Barrel Old Ale, Goose Island Night Stalker Stout, Mikkeller Big Worse, and a cask of Great Divide Oak Aged Yeti.
The Brooklyn Booze Experiment ($20) – The Bell House
The Food Experiments team is at it again and this time they are getting saucy with their Booze Experiment. The city’s top home chef will create alcohol infused dishes like beer-amisu, bourbon sauces and baba au rhum. Grab tickets before they are gone.
ON THE HORIZON AND TRAVEL WORTHY
03.11 What’s On Tap Launch Party – Idle Hands Bar, NYC, NY
03.12 New Jersey Craft Beer Launch Party – Coppermine Pub, North Arlington, NJ
03.13 Pliny the Younger for a Good Cause – Blue Dog Tavern, Chalfont, PA
03.13 Brewer’s Plate – Penn Musuem, Philadelphia, PA
03.15 Tuesday Night Tasting: Kelso – Bierkraft, Brooklyn, NY
03.17 Edible Manhattan’s Good Meat – Openhouse Gallery, NYC, NY
03.19 Get Real NY – Altman Building, NYC, NY
03.20 Get Real NY – Altman Building, NYC, NY
03.23 Edible Brooklyn Food Truck and Beer Pairing Dinner – Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn, NY
03.26 Beer For Beasts – The Bell House, Brooklyn, NY
04.13 The “No Suck” Dogfish Head Event – Downtown Bar & Grill, Brooklyn, NY
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 AHA National Homebrewer’s Conference – San Diego, CA
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
11.05 Learn to Homebrew Day – Nationwide