This year is special - you're getting some extra time. To do what with you ask? Drink more craft beer of course! What kind of craft beer should you drink and where should you drink it? Let's see...
Tuesday, February 28 - Dogfish Head Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:
The over-the-top odd-duck of the beer world is bringing their best brews to one of NYC's best brew bars. Enter Dogfish Head at the Pony Bar. We're talking 20 draft lines and 2 casks. Possibly even some fancy rare stuff. Although, almost anything Dogfish Head makes tastes fancy and rare. Chris Valente, of Dogfish, will be on hand to get you through the night, but you should probably set something up beforehand to help get you home. This is going to be a big one.
The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest corner of 45th street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.
Wednesday, February 29 - Flying Leap Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:
What better way to spend the oddest day of the year with a trip out to the oddest borough for an offering of brew from an odd(ly decorated) brewery. Their brew really isn't so odd, just delicious. What is odd is their devotion to Gonzo styled artistic design on all their 6-packs and bottles. Hell, for all we know the Leap Day was created in homage to the Gonzo masters themselves. Either way, hit them up for a memorable February 29 - the day that only exists every four years!
Doggie Style Pale Ale
Garde Dog Biere de Garde
Gonzo Imperial Porter
K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale
Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout
Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens.
Wednesday, February 29 - Leap Year Beer @ The Gate, Brooklyn:
In a throw back to the last recorded Leap Year, the guys and gals at the gate in Park Slope will be serving up some vintage craft brew memories. Some big and tasty brews that have been stashed and aged since '08. Maybe we'll discover that craft beer brewed during a Leap Year tastes best after aging it until the next Leap Year. Only one way to find out...
Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008
Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2008
Allagash Curieux 2008
Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout 2008
J.W. Lees Manchester Star 2008
Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru 2008
The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, March 1 - English Beer Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
I'm going out on a limb on this one. Usually I wouldn't trust much that comes from that Limey island across the Atlantic, but if the guys and gals at Bierkraft are throwing a party than I have no reason to believe it'll be anything but awesome. This Thursday they'll be featuring English beers, many which influenced the way craft beer is still made here in the United States - of course leading to our complex that we're just going to grow up to become our fathers. Bierkraft hasn't released the list yet - but again, if they're picking the pours then I got a good feeling that despite the bad accents and crooked teeth, the beer will be great.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Saturday, March 3 - NYC American Craft Beer Festival @ The Lexington Armory, Manhattan:
We love craft beer festivals. There's a new one hitting the shores of NYC this weekend and there are still tickets available. Introducing the NYC American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory. Your general admission ticket will include unlimited tasting of over 150 craft beers from 75 different breweries. Many of the brewers of the beer you'll be sampling will be standing there with you to guide you through their product. Imagine sharing your favorite beers with the men and women who brew them. Now imagine doing it 75 times. I think that's a challenge.
You can get info and buy all three tiers of tickets here: http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/
The Lexington Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets, Kips Bay, Manhattan.