Tuesday, July 23 - Wheat Beer Night @ One Mile House, Manhattan: As you probably know the main ingredients in beer are water, grain, hops and yeast - in order of amount - making grain one of the most important elements in a delicious brew. Grain creates the baseline for what any beer will taste like. After the grain you can add other things (like hops) to affect the flavor, but it all starts at that mushy, oatmeal-like mixture of water and grain. Most beer these days are brewed with different kinds of barley but it is easy to fall off the beaten track and find yourself a rye, rice or wheat beer.
The One Mile House will be showcasing the wheat grain by offering you a kings ransom in brew including, but definitely not limited to: Sixpoint Apollo Wheat, Lagunitas Lil' Sumpin Sumpin, Nebraska Hefe, Allagash White, Barrier Gosilla and Jolly Pumpkin Weizen.
Go get your wheat on.
One Mile House is located at 10 Delancey Street between Bowery and Chrystie Streets in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.
Wednesday, July 24 - Christmas in July! @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:
Christmas in New York is a beautiful time. Everything is decked out in holiday colors, carols ring everywhere and everyone is filled with holiday cheer. Usually even the terribleness of winter holds itself off until after Kris Kringle's famous visit. July is none of these things - hot, humid, hot, sticky, hot and sweaty. If you are lucky enough to have the summers off then it's actually not so terrible. If you have to go to work every day, well then, it's hell.
It's time to lift your spirits with a holiday cheer fueled beerfest at the Blind Tiger. They've saved a whole bunch of holiday styled brew for just this time of year to remind you that the heat and humidity only lasts for so long and when you're mired in the middle of it all you can forget it all with a mixture of beer, AC and more beer.
Here's the list:
Sierra Celebration Brooklyn Chocolate Stout Southern Tier 2Xmas Nogne-O Winter Mikkeller From via To Corsendonk Christmas Scaldis Noel Smuttynose Winter DuPont Avec Les Bons Vieux Ommegang Gnomegang Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d’Hiver Avery Old Jubilation ’11 Dogfish Head Red & White Wandering Star Bert’s Disqualified He’brew Messiah
The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, July 25 - Founders Draft Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
I still have fond memories of when Founders Brewery hit the NYC market a few years ago. These fond memories are mostly likely due to the fact that I haven't stopped drinking it since and they've only continued to add new delicious brews to our NYC beer menus. Hit up Bierkraft in Park Slope this Thursday to experience the Founders classics as well as some new unique offerings that we all might be seeing on draft and in bottles at our local bodegas more and more often.
If that doesn't peak your interested then maybe this will:
2011 Imperial Stout
Doom (bourbon barrel-aged IPA)
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, July 25 - Ommegang Comes to Spring Lounge @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:
Every year Ommegang throws a massive festival at their castle up in Cooperstown named "Belgian Comes to Cooperstown." Those of us who have been lucky enough to get up there have memories of food, music, dance and of course Belgian beer. Inspired by such a wonderful event the folks at the Spring Lounge realized that they could not throw a party at that scale - BUT they can bring a whole bunch of Ommegang brew down to NYC for all of us to enjoy. To that, we say thank you.
Fleur de Houblon