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NYC on the Craft Beer Map – Z’s Suggestions for @nycbeerweek!

NY Craft Beer Week LogoSince I had my last birthday party at the Brooklyn Brewery, my friends frequently ask about different beer events and happenings around the NJ and NYC area.

To those friends and many more: the NY Craft Beer Week kicks off tomorrow!

I’m a bit surprised it took me this long to blog about it, but quite honestly, there has been a lot going on this week. My sincerest apologies – the good news is that the 10-day extravaganza will not end until next Sunday, September 25th giving you plenty of time to imbibe new craft beers from across the country.

The organizers of the events (@nycbeerweek) have put together a “beer passport” which provides you with a $3 pint glass of the craft beer (typically $6 – $7) at select bars participating in the Beer Week. Check out NY Craft Beer Week Passport information here.

“But there are so many options! What should I do? Which event should I attend?!” you might be asking yourself.

Don’t fret – an overwhelming amount of events is typically the norm during festivals, beer weeks, and special events. Rest assured that there are no wrong choices.

You will find everything from tap takeovers, dinner pairings, seminar type events, and even super secret stashes of very rare brews to sample (you’ll have to get a little lucky, right place at the right time kind of thing, to experience these).

I traversed the week long event calendar and picked out a few of my favorites. I will do my best to attend these events, but as with most things beer related, game time decisions are standard! Also traveling Monday through Thursday might make it a bit more difficult.

Z Marks the Spot(s) – Suggestions for NY Craft Beer Week

Friday, September 16th
Mudville – 126 Chambers St, @Mudville9NYC
Left Hand Brewery
From the Rockies to your pint glass – try the Fade to Black Stout from this Colorado based brewery.

Saturday, September 17th (concert)
The Gibson – 11th St and Bedford, Brooklyn,
Uinta Brewery
Look for the Cockeyed Cooper Barleywine from this Salt Lake City brewery – amazing!

Sunday, September 18th (brunch)
Taproom 307 – 307 3rd Ave, @Taproom307
Empire Brewery
A northeast brewery out of Syracuse, NY – pride of New York! Ever had a Fruit Beer? No, go for the Deep Purple. Stop by and say Hi to Hayley – this girl knows her beer!

Monday, September 19th
The Stag’s Head – 252 E 51st, at 2nd Ave, @TheStagsHead
Allagash Brewery
You’ve probably had their “White” flagship witbier – but the brewery has so much more to offer! Just ask @kellywtoutsound! Be on the look out for Victor, Victoria and Interlude.

Tuesday, September 20th
Amity Hall – 80 W 3rd St, at Thompson St, @TheHalfPintNYC
Brewery Ommegang
Two great things about Cooperstown New York – Baseball Hall of Fame and this brewery! Hennepin is found frequently around the city, so look for Rare Vos and Three Philosophers.

Wednesday, September 21st (dinner)
Colicchio & Sons – 85 10th Ave, between W 15th and 16th St, @Colicchio_Sons
Six Point Brewery
Another great brewery from Brooklyn – be on the look out for Sweet Action and their recently brewed Autumation, in “nanokegs” now!

Thursday, September 22nd
Banter – 132 Havemeyer St at South 1st Street, Brooklyn,
Founders Brewery
Immediately upon arrival proceed directly to the bar and ask for KBS… enough said, trust me.

Thursday, September 22nd (cause’ two choices means twice the fun!)
Rattle N’ Hum Craft Bar – 33rd St, between 5th and Madison, @RattleNHumBar
Stone Brewing Company
The standard in craft beer – oh, and CEO / crazy dude Greg Koch will be there – honestly, it’s worth coming out just to see him, I’ve heard great things about Greg.

Friday, September 23rd
Rye House – 11 W 17th St, between 5th and 6th, @ryehousenyc
Rye Beer Night
This one is a shout-out to my buddy Os (@NJBeerNerd) who keeps rye ale always stocked!

Saturday, September 24th
Guilty Goose – 131 W 23rd St, between 6th and 7th, @guiltygoose
Goose Island
You might have seen the Chicago originated “Goose Island IPA” around – now try the rest of their delicious crafts. Be on the look out for Matilda!

Sunday, September 25th
Rattle N’ Rum Craft Bar – 33rd St, between 5th and Madison, @RattleNHumBar
Rare Ass Beer Brunch N Bruzzer
I think this one speaks for itself!

NY Craft Beer Week Logo 2Check out the NY Craft Beer Week website for a full list of the events!

In keeping with the spirit of the craft beer community, a number of breweries have brewed special concoctions for this eventful week.

I recently received a tweet from Southern Tier (@stbcbeer) brewery which noted that their 5 Boroughs Belgian Pale Ale has been specifically brewed for the NY Craft Beer Week (location and availability TBD!).

Makers of Pumking (see my previous post); this New York brewery makes fantastically enjoyable craft beer.  Seek out this gem of an ale out and let me know what you think!

What are your plans for NY Craft Beer Week and what events are you excited to attend?

Stone Does It Right in Jersey City and Across the World

An Iron Monkey “Meet the Brewer” Stone Event Recap

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA and Cherry Chocolate Stout
Of all the reasons that bring me back to the Iron Monkey (@TheIronMonkey) for their weekly Meet the Brewer event, none are more important to me than people and product. “But aren’t these simple fundamentals within the craft beer community?” you might ask.

And I would instantly be inclined to agree, but these events continue to surprise me week after week and I always end up leaving the bar with a smile, a story, and a new friend.

Dennis Flynn and Z

Dennis Flynn and Z

Last Thursday, the Iron Monkey hosted Escondido’s own Stone Brewery (@StoneBrewingCo). The maker of the famous Arrogant Bastard Ale is certainly one of the most eccentric breweries ran by one of the most eccentric guys, Greg Koch (@StoneGreg).

I imagine that Jersey City, NJ is probably a little too far away for the California based CEO to visit on a random Thursday. But fortunately for me, I did get a chance to chat with the Tri-State Stone representative, Dennis Flynn (@StoneTriState).

I imagine all Stone employees are exactly like Dennis. He was fun, smart, enthusiastic, and certainly loved his company’s product.

Dennis helped Stone quickly take over the Monkey’s taps and the patrons were treated to several of Stone’s delightful ales including Cali Belgique, Sublimely Self Righteous, Ruination, regular and oaked Arrogant Bastard, Smoked Porter, and both the regular and BELGO Anise Russian Imperial Stouts.

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA and Cherry Chocolate Stout

Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Black IPA and Cherry Chocolate Stout

But in typical eccentric fashion, Stone wasn’t done with the surprises. With the help of Brant (Iron Monkey’s beer manager), Dennis poured out some rarities that are very difficult to come across on the East Coast. I started off sampling Stone’s Cherry Chocolate Stout which could be described as melted dark chocolate cherry ice cream. A very sweet and creative brew, it is best enjoyed slowly and thoughtfully.

Next up – wait – do my eyes deceive me? What? Is that the Stone 15th Anniversary Escondidian Imperial Black IPA? “Oh, it sure is” responded Dennis. Just coming off a week where the online community was buzzing about Stone’s anniversary, it was extremely exciting to try this tremendously allusive ale. It did not disappoint – it was a strong and hoppy IPA that drank like a stout which any crafthead can appreciate.

Coming off those two amazing crafts, it was difficult to fathom a better selection. But alas, I was once again not disappointed by Stone. What in my opinion was the champion of the night, I was presented with the Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA. The beer was great – a medium bodied IPA with hints of green tea that was very easy to enjoy.

But it’s important to remember that the craft beer community is frequently about more than just the product. Please don’t misunderstand, it is because of this delicious liquid that we are all connected, however, stories attached to some brews are at times riveting and, like in this case, heartfelt.

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

Stone Japanese Green Tea IPA

A collaboration by three breweries from across the globe (Baird, Ishii, and Stone), all proceeds from the sale of this ale will go straight to the Japanese Red Cross Society to help support the victims of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami. Partners in the creation of the craft noted:

“We hope that Japan and its people will bounce back from the tsunami tragedy stronger than ever!” exclaims Ishii. “A collaboration beer like this is a great way to demonstrate to Japan that they’re not alone,” Baird asserts. “They have friends, supporters, and empathizers all around the world.”

Read more about the Stone’s efforts and the Japanese Green Tea IPA on Stone’s website here.

Before bidding adieu to the rooftop, I grabbed Dennis’ card and snapped a quick picture before traversing down the infamous three flights of stairs at the Iron Monkey. In typical fashion, I left the bar with a smile on my face, a story in my mind and a new friend in my pocket.

Stop by this Thursday, September 1st, when the Iron Monkey hosts Rogue!

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