NYC Beer Week Hits the Home Stretch

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Brad Japhe
Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Other Half Brewmaster Sam Richardson

The 7th annual NYC Beer Week is heading to the finish line, but it promises to go out with a boisterous bang. The final weekend is punctuated with several standout bashes, tap takeovers, local drink specials, even a whole lamb roast. Here's a few to hit in the home stretch.


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A Craft Concoction from Queens

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Anthony Garito
19-33 Lagrrr! by SingleCut Beersmiths

February is drawing to a close and most New Yorkers might be thinking, 'good riddance,' as the month was the coldest on record in more than 80 years. While seeing the East River almost completely freeze over is a truly chilling sight, the shortest month of the calendar year was actually a heartwarming time for craft beer enthusiasts. This weekend concludes the Seventh annual NYC Beer Week and its been a slow-rolling juggernaut of malt and hops. One of many local players making a splash was Queens-based SingleCut Beersmiths. Their 19-33 Lagrrr! pretty much sums up the temperature range of the past four weeks. It serves as a suitable toast this weekend as we wave goodbye to February and Beer Week.


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The Best of Beer Week: Where to Taste Local Brews

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Photo credit: NYC BREWERS GUILD
In case you missed it, NYC is in the midst of its seventh annual Beer Week. Saturday brought some of the city's finest microbrews together under one roof at the Opening Bash in Chelsea. Yesterday afternoon, Brewnity showcased over 50 homebrews in a four-hour tasting, benefiting City Harvest. If you're feeling left out, hold your head and pint glasses high; the best events are yet to come. Here's a breakdown of what's brewing in the days ahead.

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Pete Carroll Needs a Beer — Throw That Man a Beast Mode

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Sixpoint Brewery
We've spent nearly half a year dedicating weekly beers to the folks who need or deserve them most, and we might have finally run into a near-perfect match. Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll, you did not start your week off in sterling fashion. Far from it. In one of the most head-scratching play calls in sports history, you elected to have your agile scrambler of a quarterback pass the ball — from the one yard line, on SECOND DOWN. The numbing stupidity of the move was compounded by the fact that sitting idle in your backfield was the league's top-scoring running back. Enough. You know the rest. But what you might not know is that Brooklyn's Sixpoint Brewery released an American porter in December named Beast Mode. Mr. Carroll, you cannot change the past, but you surely should be reminded of it for the remainder of your future. This Beast Mode's for you.

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Here's Why Big Brew NY Beer Festival Is Worth a Weekend Commute

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The Big Brew Fest Beer Festival
Hopping a weekend train north to White Plains is a tough sell to many New Yorkers. But for beer enthusiasts, it's a short journey worth considering this Saturday afternoon. One of Westchester's largest craft beer festivals is coming to the County Center (198 Central Avenue, White Plains; 914-995-4050) in the form of the Big Brew NY Beer Festival. Tapping upwards of 250 brews from 5 until 8:30 p.m., the event features a heavy focus on the suds of the Tri-State.

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The 10 Best Beers of 2014

Categories: Beer, Our 10 Best

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Other Half Brewing
2014, I miss you already. The years seem to go by faster and faster, but at least the beers keep getting better and better. Especially here in the city, where our craft beer scene has blossomed into one of the nation's most vibrant. Not long ago, NYC-based breweries were overshadowed by more prominent players from neighboring regions. But the past half-decade has been defined by a renaissance of first-class fermentation. We now boast dozens of producers with global significance, and even more exciting newcomers on the horizon. As we struggle with the inevitable hangover of a new year, here's a little hair of the dog to help you through. In no particular order, here are the ten best local(ish) beers I drank in 2014.

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Why You Should Attend NYC Craft Beer Festival This Halloween

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All photos courtesy NYC Craft Beer Festival
A very hoppy Halloween is headed our way as the NYC Craft Beer Festival returns to the Lexington Armory in Midtown, beginning on the night of Friday, October 31. A $55 ticket gains you access to all the hops, malt, and yeast you can handle for 2.5 hours. And to celebrate the holiday in appropriate fashion, a costume contest will award cash prizes to the most garishly garbed participants in the crowd. The event continues into the weekend, with two more sessions offered on Saturday: from 2 to 4:30 p.m. and once again from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

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Drink Away Your Political Cynicism With Our Beer of the Week

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21st Amendment
In this column, we're highlighting a beer worth drinking right now. Care for another sip? Check out our A Beer In The Headlights archives.

The beginning of November is nigh. Advertising airwaves are teeming with ominous messages brought to you by nondescript organizations with bizarre acronyms. And so you need a hearty dose of suds to drown your political cynicism. If the only 'PAC' you care about is a six-pac(k), San Francisco's 21st Amendment Brewery campaigns a suitable can-didate.

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The 10 Best Beers to Drink This Fall

Categories: Beer, Best of

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Back away from the pumpkin ale and try these fall seasonals.
Always looking for an excuse to party, the astronomically inclined people of Earth recently celebrated another equinox. In the aftermath, many folks anticipate the changing hue of the falling leaves. Others toil under the rapidly diminishing daylight, raking away said leaves. But if the only seasonally affected vegetation concerning you is the particular combination of malt and hops in your pint glass, this is the most relevant list you'll read, ever. Until winter. If you're expecting an avalanche of pumpkin-spiced suds here, shatter those expectations. You and I have been through that. It's boring, yeah? Here's what's new and next in New York's autumn craft scene...

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Thank Keith Olbermann, Weyerbacher's Blithering Idiot Is Your Beer of the Week

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Weyerbacher
In this column, we're highlighting a local-ish beer worth drinking right now. Care for another sip? Check out our A Beer In The Headlights archives.

With autumn officially upon us, it's time to set our sights on a new season of craft beer. Yet our own personal vision is of no matter here. The mavens of microbrewed marketing have decided for us, collectively. It's out with the Helles', the Hefeweizens, the Belgian Wits. Replacing them on the shelves, in descending levels of obnoxious, is the torrent of pumpkin spiced offerings, brown ales, and, of course, the Barleywine. A hard-hitting ale, often boasting a double digit ABV, Barleywines can range in color from amber to dark brown, but they consistently unload a complex bundle of over-ripened fruit, heavily-breaded malt, and alcoholic heat. Subtlety and nuance be damned, they are the blowhards of beer.

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