You must have been quite panicked. Frightened. Devastated even. We imagine that the only conclusion one could come to during our NYC Beer Events hiatus is that the city had completely run out of craft beer. I know, a terrifying thought. Let us relieve your worries - there is still craft beer and many events for you to get it at. Even better than that news? We're back to bring it to you.
Tuesday, April 23 - Tuesday Night Tasting: Ballast Point @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
Craft beer, distilled spirits and San Diego? Sounds like a great weekend. You're going to get it all in one night - minus the spirits unfortunately. Ballast Point from San Diego has become very popular over the past 17 years - growing a huge following from the SoCal area to nationwide appeal and starting the first San Diego distillery. You can grab their best brews for free tonight at Tuesday Night Tastings as well as meet representative Billy Denniston. They won't be serving the spirits, but your support will keep San Diego afloat in craft bourbon and beer.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Wednesday, April 24 - Dieu du Ciel! @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:
The Dieu du Ciel! brewpub in Montreal has been heralded as one of the most unique brewpubs in the world. The craft beer they produce is just as unique - styles that, when they first started brewing, were excitingly original as well as styles still unknown to anyone but them - black IPA, imperial coffee stout, kumquat IPA, imperial dark saison, india cream ale, absinth beer and more.
If you're in the mood to get weird and wild then head over to the Blind Tiger on Wednesday for an event you will not soon forget and a brewery that you will always seek out.
The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between 7th Avenue and Jones Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, April 25 - Founders DOOMsday @ The Gate, Brooklyn:
If the apocalypse happened in a beer it would be this one. Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial IPA by Founders. They'll be serving other Founder's at this event - Double Trouble, Red's Rye, Centennial IPA, Dirty Bastard 2011, Porter, All Day IPA. But honestly, go for this one. It taps at 9 pm.
The Imperial Stout 2011 taps at 7. Kentucky Breakfast 2011 at 8. But when the end of times sounds of Black Sabbath start filling your ears don't get afraid, embrace the fear - cause it's 9 pm and DOOM is nigh!
The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue on the corner of 3rd Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, April 25 - Abita Beer Pairing for Jazzfest @ Alobar, Queens:
We all wish we could be in New Orleans for the next two weekends. Jazzfest is one of the finest music fests in the country. Head out to Queens this Thursday for a beer pairing that lives up to New Orleans big brass itself. You can pay the $50 and get 5 beers and 5 courses of New Orleans style food. We're talking Purple Haze, Spring IPA, Restoration Pale Ale, Jockamo and Turbo Dog alongside oysters, crayfish, andoullie red beans and rice, collard greens, pork loin and more.
OR - if you're not into shelling out the dough for all the food and brew then we suggest popping in for a few pints at the bar and some good eats on your own.
Alobar is located at 4642 Vernon Boulevard in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.