As humans we are great at a lot of things: creating beautiful works of art and music, inspiring hope and change through good deeds and finding reasons to party. Seriously though, it seems we've spent a good deal of our history finding something remotely interesting about each week and then turning it into a party. If we can't find anything interesting, then we create something. Enter Mardi Gras! This Tuesday we'll all be getting Fatter celebrating something having to do with ancient religious customs that we probably just created so we could party our assess off beforehand and the New York City craft beer world is helping us do exactly that.
Tuesday, March 8 - Abita Beer Events @ EVERYWHERE:
It's only fair to start off the Mardi Gras inspired Craft Beer Events with Abita - New Orleans hometown craft beer hero. Abita is famous for bringing us Purple Haze, Turbodog and the rebuilding inspired Restoration Pale Ale. They also brew one of this Beer Friends favorite big beers - The Andygator - a deliciously, slightly sweet, German inspired Dopplebock. They have been a New Orleans staple since 1986 and can be found across the United States. Nothing says Mardi Gras like New Orleans and beer and Abita is coming to New York in full force to help you come to the same realization. Here's where you can catch them:
David Copperfields (1394 York Ave between 74th and 75th Streets) - Jackamo IPA, Mardi Gras Bock, Purple Haze, Restoration Pale Ale and the S.O.S (Save Our Shores) Imperial Pilsner.
The Stag's Head (252 E 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) - A sampling of Abita brews alongside oyster po boys, etoufee, beignets and shrimp n grits made by Chef Bruce.
Standings (43 E 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues) - Purple Haze, Bock and the S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) Pilsner. And free pizza.
Tuesday, March 8 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Mardi Gras Beer! @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:
One thing I've discovered in writing about Mardi Gras beer events is that I have little knowledge of the history regarding Mardi Gras except that it involves beads, New Orleans and excessive amounts of drinking. However, I also know that New Orleans is a French inspired city, having been founded originally by the French and only became American after Napoleon sold it off to fund his disastrous attempt at world conquest. Jimmy's No. 43 is dedicating this week's $10 Tuesday Tastings to celebrating the French/New Orleans heritage of Mardi Gras. You'll get tastings of six different brews from New Orleans and France - 2 each from Abita (New Orleans), Thiriez (France), and Thellier (France). As with every $10 Tuesday Tastings you learn about the brew styles. So maybe, if you're lucky and polite and take your top off for some beads, they'll tell you how the French created Mardi Gras. It's how I plan to find out.
Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E 7th Street, Downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.
The following events aren't necessarily Mardi Gras inpsired, but they are taking place on Tuesday, so we'll just go have a good time anyways:
Tuesday, March 8 - Rogue Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum:
The people at Rattle n' Hum are doing what they do best by showcasing what Rogue brewery does best - brew delicious beer. And they'll be showcasing as much as they can hold. Check this list out and we'll see ya there. First one to drink em' all gets...a cab ride home and a Gatorade for the next morning. And victory.
Juniper Pale Ale Chatoe Wet Hop Ale Nitro Stout Dead Guy Mocha Porter Mogul Ale Brutal Bitter Hazelnut Brown Nectar Yellow Snow IPA Dry Hopped St. Rogue Red Ale Chocolate Stout Younger’s Special Bitter American Amber Ale Russian Imperial Stout Santas Private Reserve Chipolte Ale SOBA Double Chocolate Stout Imperial Pilsner I2IPA Kells Irish Ale Chatoe John John Dead Guy John John Hazelnut Nectar Captain Sig’s Deadliets Ale Charlie 1981 Mom’s Beer
Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.
Thursday, March 10 - Longtrail Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:
Hit up the Beer Friends favorite neighborhood beer bar on Tuesday to celebrate Vermont's favorite brewery - Longtrail. Longtrail will be bringing their finest along with selections from Otter Creek and Wolaver's, both breweries they recently acquired last year. They will be taking all the taps, so you should spend the next few days with visions of Hibernators, Coffee Stouts and Imperial Porters in your head.
The Pony Bar is located on the Northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.
Friday, March 11 - What's On Tap? - The Untapped V.1 A Celebration of Craft Beer and Technology Event @ The Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:
If you haven't caught on by now, the Beer Friends love technology. We exist on all the popular social networking circles - Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter AND Untapped. Untapped might be our favorite. A smart phone application that allows you to tag and record the craft beer that you drink, earning you rewards and badges. Why do this you ask? Because it totally increases your craft beer street cred. And we feel pretty badass at the moment.
Untapped with be throwing a Blue Point sponsored event at the Idle Hands Bar in Alphabet City to celebrate their "What's On Tap?" app as well as general bask in the warm glow that technology and craft beer shine on each other. They'll be throwing a pretty rowdy party - tech nerds totally know how to get down. There will be beer guessing games, prizes, "What's On Tap?" app demonstrations, craft beer trivia, FREE FOOD and to top it off the Big East Tournament will be on (Go Cuse!).
And if you feel technologically inferior because you lack an Iphone or something named after a robot that will one day become sentient and murder us all, don't worry - having an evil smart phone is not a prerequisite to get down with craft beer and technology.
Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Alphabet City, Manhattan.