Posted by: Orlick | August 26, 2009

NYC Beer Week 2009- Sept 11th – 20th

“NYCBW 2009 is a celebration of the craft beer community in NYC and beyond. ”

There are a lot of cool events going with this festival. There is pretty much an event every day that I would love to check out. Let’s do a fantasy Beer Week Schedule:

9/11 – RED HOOK: FROM LONGSHOREMEN TO KEY LIME PIE

Still called South Brooklyn by the old timers and dockworkers, the neighborhood retains much of its industrial and maritime grit. Local manufacturers–including a premier craft brewery and a sublime key lime (!) pie maker–thrive there. But newcomers are also making a splash. Join lifelong Brooklyn resident Ian Kelley for a summer afternoon stroll and enjoy some of the old and new on this Beer Walk with stops at several watering holes

9/12 – NYC HOMEBREWERS TOUR

Beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein shows you the joys and tribulations of homebrewing in Brooklyn’s gnat-sized apartments–without compromising taste. We’ll venture inside the homes of the city’s finest amateur brewers, see their set-ups, discuss their craft and, most importantly, sample from their stashes of superlative beer. There will be several stops; bring a Metrocard.

Gotham Cask Festival

SIXTY unique cask ales will be available simultaneously with twenty firkins at each of the three bars. With a collection ranging from rare, limited release specialty brews to some of the best and most sessionable beers available, there will be delights for any and all fans of real ale.

9/13 – BREWED IN BROOKLYN BEER BREWING PAST & PRESENT

The guides of Urban Oyster will kick off this 3-hour walk with a tour of Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg, followed by a tasting in their tap room. Along the way, sample pizza and more beer as you get a history of the neighborhood from the early 1800s to today. See the former Brewers’ Row, old brewery buildings, and historical architecture. The tour ends with food and a German and craft beer tasting

9/14 – Hops & The Boil

Brian O’Reilly of Sly Fox Brewery will introduce us to the wide world of hops, one varietal at a time. He’ll be sampling a series of his experimental beers – the Sly Fox Hop Project – each brewed with a single hop variety. Maggie will demonstrate methods of hop additions during the boiling phase of the brewing process.

9/15 – ASTORIA CULINARY & BEER STROLL

Bring your appetite and walking shoes to stroll through Astoria for tastes of the wider Mediterranean: a sausage stuffing demonstration at an Italian salumeria, a savory Middle Eastern wrap, flaky Bosnian bureks, a detour for Greek sweets, then ending with grass-fed beef sliders and a sample-size flight of craft beer. Food writer and recipe developer Stacey Ornstein leads a group of up to 20 on this 3 hour tour.

9/16 – BROOKLYN SCARY DIVE- BAR CRAWL

They exist in shadows, beneath elevated tracks or behind graffiti-scrawled doors: scary bars. But (as with many fears) reality is often totally different. Many are among the friendliest, with cheap drinks accompanied by good cheer. Beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein leads this tour of neighborhood dives and workingman’s bars from the Navy Yard Cocktail Lounge to a motorcycle club in Bed-Stuy. Learn their histories and about their specialty drinks–one with overproof rum and milk! Free food at one.

9/17 – Sixpoint Night at Pacific Standard

Ten rare, new, and cellared classics from Sixpoint’s vault, Sixpoint brewery personnel, giveaways, and specials.

9/18 – THE HIDDEN ENCLAVES OF MIDTOWN EAST

The East Side is not all skyscrapers and office workers. Discover the history of several urban oases hidden in plain sight in and around the old gashouse district that is now the United Nations: Tudor City, Sutton Place, Beekman Place, and possibly NYC’s most hidden park. This 2.5 mile tour will take you from the Empire State Building to the Queensborough Bridge. We will begin at a NYC craft brewer and end at one of Midtown’s most venerable workingman’s bars.

9/19 – BIKE BROOKLYN BEER BLITZ!

Join tour guide and City Reliquarian Matt Levy on a biking and drinking tour through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick, home to German brewers of the late 19th century; cycle past and learn about their brewhouses, mansions and churches. En route, stop at some bars and toast a few pints to breweries gone by. Tour ends at Evergreen Cemetery, the eternal resting place of many of the brewers–with a surprise.

GASTROPOLIS: RUSSIAN BRIGHTON BEACH

Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, co-editors of Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Columbia University Press, 2009) lead a tour along the Coney Island & Brighton Beach boardwalk. They discuss the food history of the area from native times, through settlement and mass immigration, and its relation to the arrival of the lagering process when Brooklyn was the brewing capitol of the US. The group explores present day foods and kvas and concludes with a meal at a Russian restaurant.

9/20 – Closing Celebration – A Walk in the Park at Studio Square
(ehh, this is the day I’d rest.)

For a complete listing of Beer events, go to their website

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