New York Craft Beer Week
by Joann Jovinelly
What’s that? You say that you just can’t wait for Oktoberfest? At New York’s Third Annual Craft Beer Week (September 24 – October 3), there are no small beers, just small prices. That’s right, those of you familiar with the ever popular bar crawl will be all over this promotion, which takes place at more than 200 restaurants and bars throughout the five boroughs.
To get the special brews, each person in your party utilizes his or her “passport” (available at participating bars as well as at the Strand Bookstore in Manhattan for just $10) to try one locally brewed specialty lager for the reduced price of just $3 per serving. And that’s not all. Most venues offer year long promotions to passport holders, such as reduced price meals, free appetizers, and specialties like beer-paring menus at Mas (farmhouse), Colicchio & Sons Tap Room, Eleven Madison Park, Blue Smoke, Megu and 25 additional restaurants. Other events at NYC Beer Week include neighborhood tours, such as “beer walks” (hosted by Urban Oyster), a “Food Cart Tour,” “Bike Brooklyn Beer Blitz!,” a “Home Brewers Tour,” and much more. An official closing ceremony is planned in celebration with Eleven Madison Park on Sunday, October 3, featuring food prepared by Chef Daniel Humm and multiple brewers representing their amazing homemade craft beers.
Garret Oliver, brew master extraordinaire for Brooklyn Brewery says, “NYC Beer Week is a great opportunity for people to check out the creativity and talent of New York’s brewers. New York City is famous for having the best of everything, and NYC Beer Week is going to show off America’s most diverse and exciting beer scene.”
Interested parties should check out www.nycbeerweek.com for instant updates, participating restaurants and bars, schedules, and other up-to-the minute information via Beer Week’s Twitter feed. Celebrate New York’s hometown breweries—and its incredible community of craft beer enthusiasts—and taste some of its finest malt beverages.