We are all looking ahead to this Friday, when NYC Craft Beer Week officially kicks off at craft beer bars and restaurants across the 5 boroughs. Check back here later this week for The Beer Friends top choices for NYCBW. Here are a few events for the week to keep you occupied as you wait. Tuesday, February 19 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Cellar Raid @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:
When it comes to Jimmy's No. 43, one of the oldest craft beer bars in NYC, the most coveted part of the bar is not what's coming out of the taps but what's beneath them: the cellar beer. They'll be breaking out some of their cellar favorites for your drinking desires tonight for a bit pricier than usual ($20) but well worth the cost.
Jimmy's No. 43 is located at downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Wednesday, February 20 - Kelso, Empire and Single Cut at $10 Tasting @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:
Idle Hands has had a special theme this month for their Wednesday night $10 Tasting events: New York Breweries in anticipation of the upcoming NYC Beer Week (Feb 22). This week they are featuring Kelso (of Brooklyn), Empire (of Syracuse) and Single Cut (of Queens). You'll get 3 pours, one brew from each brewery, a whiskey/bourbon sampling, other beer samples, an order of tots and a special pairing of Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked Cheese and you get to do all this while hanging with brewers and representatives from each brewery and the damn fine gentlemen that run the bar.
Here are the brews:
Keslo Beer Co – Rauchbier Empire Brewing – Amber SingleCut Beer – Beer 18 Watt IPA
Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, February 21 - 8th Annual Sixpoint Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
Sixpoint has been taking over the taps at one of their favorite Brooklyn beer bars for 8 years and the folks at Bierkraft are thrilled to have them back. They'll be tapping some of the usuals (Bengali, Sweet Action, Righteous), some rare (Mad Scientist and more) and new (3Bean!). Head on over this Thursday to hang with the Sixpoint brewers and drink many of their delicious brews.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.