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The Happening: New York Craft Beer Week


Hey all you New York Mutineers, the New York Craft Beer Week is coming up on September 11 to 20. Last year’s inaugural event drew 15,000 thirsty beer drinkers and included 52 of New York’s finest pubs and restaurants. The event will benefit Just Food. You’ll be able to buy your New York Craft Beer Week passports beginning in August, which will also qualify you for discounts throughout the twelve months following the event.

Josh Schaffner, NYCBW Founder and Director said, “We saw such strong enthusiasm and success with last year’s Craft Beer Week that we wanted to enhance the experience for our second annual event.With great partners like Zagat and Just Food, along with others we plan on announcing as the event draws closer, there is a cooperative effort to bring us full circle in appreciating beer as a fresh agricultural product. NY Craft Beer Week showcases the diversity of the city alongside the breadth of the many different beer styles produced by the dozens of breweries that distribute in the city.

Brooklyn Brewery’s Brewmaster Garrett Oliver added, “The entire week really gives brewers the opportunity to showcase their beers. We’re excited about our Metro Metro Scavenger Hunt because it will give friends a chance to reconnect – and to discover some of our newest, inventive brews for the fall. For those who are unfamiliar with craft beer, this event will offer a fun introduction.

Gotham Cask Ale Festival: September 11-13 – featuring dozens of rare firkins containing beer served from their original fermentation vessels. Also known as ‘real ale’, cask-conditioned beers are unfiltered, unpasteurized and served without any artificial carbonation.

Interactive Bar Crawls: September 11-20 – Participants can plan and lead their own outings for friends within the NYCBW program from nycbeerweek.com

Beer Walks: September 11th-20th – Local expert guides and neighborhood beer bars have organized these around cultural themes, including history, architecture, literature and cuisine.

Special Events at dozens of beer bars throughout the city: September 11th-20th– Including brewmaster tastings, special beer releases, and unique food pairings plus two consumer choice style competitions between East and West Coast variations of the same style, and classic European beers pitted against their American reinterpretations.

Zagat House Specials Beer Pairings: September 11th-20th – Restaurant Week style menu offerings and beer specials at several neighborhood restaurants

Let us Eat Local Benefit Gala: September 13th – annual fundraiser for Just Food featuring a selection of local beers uniquely paired with fresh, seasonal food from neighborhood restaurants.

Zagat Presents Beer Dinner Series: September 14th, 15th and 18th – In June, NYCBW and Zagat will unveil further details for these prix fixe meals featuring dedicated menu pairings for individual beers. This special series will include the first-ever beer dinner at Thomas Keller’s Columbus Circle restaurant, Per Se, pairing the menu to exclusive reserve beers from Brooklyn Brewery.

Astor Center Regional Cuisine Beer Dinners: September 16th-17th – Prominent out-of-town chefs experienced in working with beer bring their local brews to pair with New York area ingredients for family style multi-course beer dinners.

MetroMetro’s Brooklyn Brewery Scavenger Hunt: September 19th – Teams of four will seek out clues derived from city lore and beer knowledge while enjoying the Brewery’s beer.

A Walk in the Park Celebration of NYC: September 20th – Celebrating New York City and hosted at Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield, featuring beers custom brewed for NYCBW, local musical performances, top-notch food, and the presentation of the week’s awards ceremony.


  1. Chuck P. | Wednesday, July 22, 2009

    If you have never been to New York this is the time to make the trip. This looks awesome.

  2. Andy Calimano | Wednesday, August 5, 2009

    Thirteen of the country’s finest craft brewers will gather at the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society in Oyster Bay on August 22, 2009 from 1:00—5:00pm to showcase their finest cask beer. Festival attendees will be able to try samples of the cask beer from the local, award winning breweries like Blue Point Brewing Company and Black Forest Brew Haus, plus breweries hailing from California, Pennsylvania, New York State, and Massachusetts. The event will be held at the Matinecock Masonic Historical Society located at 14 W. Main Street in Oyster Bay, NY. http://www.CraftBeerFestivals.com/Caskfest


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