Craft Beer Week is over. And it was fantastic. Anything that brings that much craft beer into this great city of ours is a good thing. The Beer Friends were in full support throughout the week and were thrilled with all the great beer events. Thank you to the organizers, the bars and the brewers for fantastic times! Although NYC Craft Beer Week is over, the craft beer events have not stopped flowing. This week's listing is non-surprisingly thinner than last week's, however I think you'll still be able to find some great gems to head out to. Tuesday, October 5 - Sierra Nevada Night @ The Pony Bar: The Beer Friends favorite NYC Craft Beer Bar is throwing another epic brewery event in a chain of equally epic brewery events. If you remember last years Sierra Nevada night then you will want to head on over to this one. Sierra will be taking over the taps and throwing on a couple cask lines hopefully filling our beer desires with Tumbler, Torpedo, Rebellion, Chico IPA and many more favorites. If you know Sierra, and how many beers they brew, then you know you'll be able to find one, or two (or three, or four) brews of theirs that will ignite your curiosity. Oh, and we always forget to mention that the craft beers at The Pony Bar are only $5. ALL THE TIME. Except for 4:20 - 5:20 everyday. WHEN THEY'RE ONLY $4. Get there early, get a table, order the Roast Beast ( or the Friend Oysters and Bacon, or the Avocado-Lettuce-Tomato if you're a Vegetarian) and get as much Sierra Nevada brew as your body can handle (responsibly of course), in an All-American atmosphere, all while being easy on your wallet.
Thursday, October 7 - Archaeology of Beers: Tasting Ancient Ales @ The China Institute: I had to throw this one on here because it is a topic that continuously peaks my interest. Humankind has been brewing beer since before written record. Hammurabi had a strict written code of rules for how to brew beer, for which we can only conclude the punishment for breaking such rules were "beer for a beer?" Pottery has been found before the ancient Sumerians with brew like bio-remnants present. They say that prostitution is the oldest profession, but I'm pretty sure we're gonna have to knock the street workers down a peg to make room for the original human occupation: Craft Brewer. Buy a $30 ticket from the China Institute in America get to taste newly brewed renditions of ancient brewing recipes at an event hosted by Dogfish Head Brewery’s founder and president Sam Calagione, Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Agnes Hsu, China Institute’s Resident Scholar and Consulting Archaeologist to UNESCO World Heritage Centre. Mr. Calagione is famed for recreating, with the help of Dr. McGovern a 9,000 year old Turkish beer recipe from molecular evidence gathered from ancient pottery believing to have belonged to the mythical Greek King Midas, hence the brew's name: Midas Touch. This find and recreation actually proved that alcoholic beverages brewed from grains predated alcoholic beverage brewed from grapes. Score one for beer snobbery. This event is sure to be very heavy in the history and archaeology. To some that sounds awesome, to others boring. To entice everyone involved: You get to drink a whole bunch of Dogfish Head historical recreations and seasonal brews. While listening to Sam Calagione speak. If this is the case then how is history not awesome?
The China Institute of America is located at 125 E 65th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues. Show up and buy tickets at the door. There is also a special non-member price for attendance to a second tasting session at a later date.
Saturday, October 9 - Sixpoint Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods: Love that Sixpoint! Drop on over to GRAB Specialty Foods (7th Ave between 14th and 15th streets) to participate in a Sixpoint tasting event while picking up some fine cheese, charcuterie and specialty food. I have Sixpoint all the time. Literally, many times a week. I still wouldn't pass up a chance to try some of their selections while hanging out with their brewers and reps. It's hard to find a friendlier group of knowledgeable beer guys in the city that make as good a product as Sixpoint. Also, I've been meaning to add more charcuterie to my life.
Also, I'd like to throw some props towards our beloved blog hoster Wordpress for posting two articles involving beer on their front page:
Check out a bloggers trip to Germany for Oktoberfest and learn how to make Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes from another blogger here.
Keep the beer news flowing Wordpress!