This week August ends and we start our transition into fall. The weather will get a bit cooler but we have many things to look forward too in the beer world. Fall spice brews and Octoberfest's will start to grace the beer menu's at our favorite craft brew bars and we can finally go back to seasonally enjoying the darker beers in life. Let's see what we have to look forward to this week as fall starts peering around the corner. Tuesday, August 31 - Hodgepodge Event @ Jimmy's No. 43: The East 7th Street craft beer legend has a fantastic series of events, every Tuesday, called $10 Tastings. They'll bring in brewers and beer experts, including their own famous expert/owner Jimmy Carbone (co-founder of The Good Beer Seal) and for $10 you get to taste and talk about the featured craft brews. This event is truly Hodgepodge. Jimmy's is going deep into their bottle collection and pulling out some of their favorite brews for this week's tastings. When a place as renowned as Jimmy's No. 43 goes into their bottle cellar and pulls out their favorites for you to taste for a 10-spot, you'd want to be there.
Wednesday, September 1 - Whole Foods Market Local Homebrew Hero Contest, Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room: Whole Foods, Kelso of Brooklyn and The Good Beer Seal are sponsoring what may be NYC's biggest homebrewer's contest. If you are a homebrewer and have faith that the brews you've been creating and enjoying could stand up on a bigger level then check the links below and head on down to Whole Foods Bowery Beer room for to enter it into the competition. The rewards are pretty amazing: The winner gets $300 of home brew equipment from Whole Food's Bowery Beer Room, a party thrown at Jimmy's No. 43 in their honor and, the best part, their beer will flow from the taps of some of NYC's best craft beer bars. I know I have a few friends who need to jump on this one...
Wednesday, September 1 - Founder's Nemesis Release Party @ Puck Fair, The Double Windsor, Fourth Avenue Pub: I could describe the importance of this event, but I feel like Founder's already did a pretty good job of it, so I'll just quote them. Founder's says: “What you have here is a rarity. A special, one-of-a-kind ale that is only made once a year. Sometimes that’s all. Forever. No more. Nada. Limited-time only. You never know what you’re gonna get. But you can be sure that it’ll be damn tasty.” Need they say more? You'll be able to get a couple pints of Nemesis at each of these places, but it's been rumored that anyone that has it only has a pony keg, so it'll go out quick. You can find the addresses below. Maybe you could make all three...
Puck Fair @298 Lafayette Street, Manhattan
Fourth Ave Pub @ 76 4th Avenue Brooklyn
The Double Windsor @ 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn
Saturday, August 4th - Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival: We plugged this installment of the Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival. We hope that inspired you go head over to the Pony Bar and pick up a ticket to this rare, but awesome, event. They'll be leaving this Saturday from The Pony Bar (45th st and 10th ave, Manhattan). We hope you can make it on the bus!
Saturday, September 11th - Victory Brewery Tour - Leaves from Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: We know September 11th is a bit further down the road, but you need to jump on this now. Head over to Rattle n' Hum and pick up some tickets for you and your friends for this event. Tickets are $95, which might seem a bit steep, but for all you're getting it's quite the deal. You get a bus trip down to the Victory Brewery, outside of Philly, to attend a barbecue and beer event thrown by the MAN himself, Bill Covaleski, the founder of Victory Brew Co and the man heralded as founder of Philly craft beer (check out our report on Victory here). You'll get a return bus trip, t-shirt, beer on the bus, sandwiches on the bus, roasted pig @ the brewery and a lot of Victory beer. I don't know if you're having the same thoughts I am about this, but it feels like...Victory.
On another note, The Beer Friends were published this Sunday in a New York Times article on New York City craft beer brewing and blogging. Thanks to Chris O'Leary for the shout out. Check out his blog Brew York for more things craft beer.