It’s New York City Beer Week! This annual event is put on by the NYC Brewers Guild to promote awareness of its brewing members and increase visibility of local beers. Although many of the NYCBW events are a bit pricy (i.e. an $85 dinner at Birreria with an Other Half beer pairing for each course of the meal!!!), there are tons of free and cheap events going on around the city as well. Bars are holding tap takeovers featuring local breweries, breweries are throwing release parties for their new brews, and beer shops are having more free tastings than usual. The beer shop that I just started working for, Hops and Hocks, is having a free beer tasting by a different local brewery every day this week! We kicked things off on Saturday with a tasting by War Flag, one of the city’s newest breweries. I was impressed with their flagship beer, the smooth, flavorful American Pilsner.
Reps from Brooklyn Brewery will be coming into H&H on Tuesday, and I was already able to try one of the beers they’ll be talking about: the Wild Horse Porter, a porter from their Brewmaster’s Reserve series that’s brewed with Brett. If you’re thrown by the combination of a full-bodied, chocolatey porter and the sour and funky flavors that Brett provides, don’t worry, I was too. It’s absolutely delicious though- rich and complex but also very drinkable and refreshing. I took a growler of Wild Horse to Ed’s on Saturday night and we pretty much devoured it.
If you live in NYC be on the lookout for fun Beer Week events now through March 1st. It’s an opportunity to support local breweries, and an excellent excuse to drink more beer than you normally do on weekdays…