July is Good Beer Month, So Take Advantage of These Events
Did you know that July is Good Beer Month? Now that you do, you have no excuse not to celebrate. Even if you're taking a vacation this month, there are so many beer-focused happenings that you'll be sure to find a way to get your brew on. And, if these events aren't enough for you, consider purchasing the Good Beer Passport, which gets you a free beer or flight at more than 45 participating bars and restaurants from July 1 through September 1.
July 9, 16, and 23: Craft Beer Jam
Three Wednesdays in a row bring live music, tastings, and beery conversation to the Greene Space (44 Charlton Street). Led by Jimmy Carbone, who hosts Beer Sessions Radio show and podcast, each week's Jam focuses on a different topic with associated beers to enjoy.
On July 9, hear from suburban brewers like Tommy Keegan of Keegan Ales, Paul Duglokencky of Blind Bat Brewery, and the guys from nano-brewery Sloop Brewing. Hop farmer John Condzella and Kelly Taylor of Kelso lead a discussion and guided tasting centered around hops and their contribution to aroma and flavor. Learn how to match beer with food on July 23, when Luksus cicerone Brendan Woodcock, Christian Pappanicholas of the Cannibal, and Augie Carton from Carton Brewing put together bites and brews while discussing the fundamentals of pairing.
Get tickets for $25 or $55 for all three sessions on the Craft Beer Jam event page.
July 12: Coney Island On Tap
More than 55 breweries will pour 100+ beers at this festival held in MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones baseball team. One afternoon session gives you the chance to sample from the likes of Louisiana's Bayou Teche, gluten-free brewers New Planet and Steadfast, San Francisco favorite Speakeasy, and Mexico's Day of the Dead, along with several local breweries and many more. Music by rock and soul band Wild Adriatic adds to the ambiance, and plenty of food will be available for purchase. You can get regular and VIP tickets on the event website.
July 19: Botanical Brew Fest
The Queens Botanical Garden urges you to "taste the world" at this first-ever festival celebrating the 50th and 75th Anniversaries of the World's Fair. Choose from two afternoon sessions and enjoy both local craft brews (Blue Point, Great South Bay, Southern Tier) and international offerings (Scotland's Williams Brothers, Bavarian Ayinger, 961 from Lebanon) while also enjoying food, tours of the garden, and live entertainment. Check out the Botanical Garden's website for the most up-to-date list of pours and to purchase tickets for $45.
July 26: Bacon & Beer Classic
Trekking to Citi Field has never had a tastier payoff at this annual event that brings together craft beer and local food purveyors at two Saturday sessions -- brunch and evening. Enjoy food from Ottomanelli Burgers, Blackbird's, Toloache, Roni-Sue Candy, and -- of course -- BarBacon, among others. Plenty of New York breweries will represent, along with others from farther afield such as North Coast, Green Flash, Stoudt's, and Heavy Seas.
There will be live music, games, a beer school, and a promised visit from Mr. and Mrs. Met. The event is all-inclusive, so your ticket (starting at $59) gets you all the beer and bacon-y bites you can stuff down your gullet. Going as a DD? You can get a ticket for only $39 to enjoy all the event's food and other activities.
July 31: Good Beer
Edible Manhattan hosts its sixth summer festival dedicated to craft beer and food. Expect some of the usual suspects -- e.g. Brooklyn Brewery -- along with newer names. Food is included, too, and you can count on it to be tasty since vendors include Gramercy Tavern, Luke's Lobster, and Brooklyn Cured. The list will continue to be updated as the event approaches. Get your all-inclusive tickets at Edible's website.