Friday, November 30, 2012

Belgian Beer Dinner (Vegetarian!)

When:  Monday, 3 December, 7 pm
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What:  $45 plus tax and gratuity for 5 courses paired with 5 beers

Join Joel Shelton and myself at a vegetarian beer dinner at Jimmy's No. 43 featuring 5 of our Belgian beers. 

Tickets are available here.

The menu (subject to change):

  • Wild mushroom and Jerusalem artichoke soup
  • Toast with wild mushrooms and sheep's milk camembert
  • Roasted beets and tamari on wild watercress salad
  • Roasted squash and farro risotto
  • Banana bread pudding with Ronnybrook whipped cream  
The beers:
  • Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blond
  • Cantillon Lou Pépé Framboise
  • Blaugies Saison d'Epeautre
  • De Ranke XX Bitter
  • Achel Extra 
This dinner is the culmination of the 3rd annual Battle of the Belgians weekend at Jimmy's. All weekend long, they'll be pouring Belgian beers and there will be a special ticketed tasting session on Saturday, December 1 from 12-3pm. For more information, check out the Jimmy's No. 43 website:   


When:  Saturday, 1 December - Sunday, 2 December, 11 am onwards
Where: Mugs Ale House, 125 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go   

courtesy of Bill Coleman

After getting your Zwanze on, saunter on over to Mugs Ale House for the 7th annual Belgium2Brooklyn featuring Belgian and Belgian-inspired beers. The draft list will be different on each day so make sure you return on Sunday. Check out their Facebook page for a full list but here's a small sampling of some of the beers that will be poured:
  • De Struise XXX Rye Triple
  • De Struise Pannepot Grand Reserva 
  • Drie Fonteinen Beersel Blond
  • Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga
  • Mikkeller Funky E*
  • Christoffel Bok
  • De la Senne Band of Brothers
  • Ellezelloise Hercule Stout
  • Kerkom Bink Winterkoninkske (Winter King)   

Zwanze Day 2012

When:  Saturday, 1 December, 12pm onwards. Zwanze tapping at 3pm
Where:  Spuyten Duyvil,
359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go

Once a year, Brussel's Cantillon Brewery, makers of traditional lambic and gueuze, brew a special experimental batch of beer, never to be rebrewed (aside from this year's version). This year brewer Jean Van Roy has recreated 2008's inaugural brew, a rhubarb lambic brewed with organically grown rhubarb. Because of adverse winter weather conditions and the unpredictable nature of wild yeasts, this year's batch was not ready for the traditional September release. 
Find out more about this year's Zwanze here.

The word zwanze comes from the Flemish dialect spoken in Brussels and describes the typical humor of the city's inhabitants, characterized by a finely-balanced mix of self-deprecation and exaggeration. Jean Van Roy enjoyed the idea of calling his experimental blends Zwanze since the name suggest a light-hearted approach to the blends which he feels have a similar jovial and slightly derisive spirit as do the people of Brussels.

Spuyten Duyvil will open at noon and will be pouring 2 other Cantillon drafts:  St. Lamvinus (with French wine grapes) and Mamouche (with elderflower). They will also have a selection of other spontaneously fermented ales in bottles. Note that the Zwanze keg will not be tapped until 3pm to coincide with the Zwanze tapping in Brussels at 9pm WET but you'll want to get there early.  

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

VSK at Blind Tiger

We hope you still have room in your beer belly post-Thanksgiving because it's going to be a beery week!

This Wednesday, starting at 3pm, drop by Blind Tiger Ale House for the annual VSK (Very Special Keg) event. Each year, they hoard kegs and then pull them all out at once for the adult version of "kid-in-a-candy-shop" experience.

The full list is awfully impressive and can be found here but to save time and avoid anxiety-inducing decision-making, we're going straight for glasses of Cantillon Fou'foune (apricot lambic), Dieu du Ciel! Sieben Hugel (rauchbier only available at the Montreal brewpub), and the De Struise/Stillwater collaboration Outblack (Belgian strong dark ale combined with a hoppy black ale).

Upcoming weekend events:  Zwanze Day at Spuyten Duyvil, Belgium2Brooklyn at Mugs Ale House, and Battle of the Belgians at Jimmy's No. 43. Details to follow shortly.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Thursday Tap - Yeastie Boys + City Swiggers Anniversary

Tonight's Thursday Tap at Jimmy's No. 43 is a rare keg of the aptly named Bye Bye Badman from New Zealand's Yeastie Boys. Come support a lower Manhattan business and say "bye bye" to storm damage. Bye Bye Badman is a very sessionable 4.8% northern English brown ale. The keg will be tapped at 5pm.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

Also happening tonight is the one-year anniversary party of our friends at City Swiggers. They've contributed immensely to the beer scene on the Upper East Side so drop by and offer your congratulations. They'll have special beers on tap plus their great selection of bottles. Things get started at 6pm and they are open until 10pm,

City Swiggers is located at 320 E. 86th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues).

Friday, October 19, 2012


This Saturday, Bierkraft will be hosting an oyster shuck and cask beer fest in their backyard and they'll be pouring 4 Franconian gravity kegs along with some wet-hopped cask beer from local breweries. The weather is supposed to clear up so come on out for some bivalves and bier.

The list (subject to change):

  • Kraus Hirschentrunk
  • Sauer Rossdorfer Urbräu
  • Weissenohe Monk's Fest
  • Mahr's Hell

When:  Saturday, 20 October, 12-11pm
Where:  Bierkraft, 191 5th Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Thursday Tap - Baird Rising Sun Pale Ale

Tonight's Thursday Tap at Jimmy's No. 43 is a keg of Baird Brewing Rising Sun Pale Ale from Japan. This 5.3% pale ale, brewed in the American west coast style, is hoppy, brisk and refreshing and exemplifies the Baird philosophy of Balance + Complexity = Character.

Baird Brewing, located at the foot of Mt. Fuji, was founded by American Bryan Baird and his wife Sayuri. They create beers that they like to drink, full of flavor and character. Their motto is Celebrating Beer which means enjoying beer in a way that enhances the overall experience of life. Come reflect on their Pale Ale; perfect for drinking now, later, tomorrow, the next day, every day.

Thursday Taps are tapped at 5pm. Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Thursday Tap - Gravity Keg of Weissenohe

Tonight, the featured Thursday Tap at Jimmy's No. 43 is a gravity keg of Klosterbrauerei Weißenohe Altfränkisch Klosterbier. Urban Winkler, the brewer at Weissenohe, is the man who drives around Franconia, picking up all of these wonderful unfiltered gravity kegs for us. He also sends us some of his own gravity kegs. The Altfränkisch Klosterbier is a 5% full-bodied amber lager.

The Weissenohe brewery dates back to 1050 when Benedictine monks founded the monastery along a stream. The called it Weissenohe - "along the white stream" - because of the high concentration of limestone in the water, which proved to be great for brewing. In 1803, due to a shortage of monks, the monastery closed and the Winkler family took over the buildings and grounds and still maintain the chapel and the brewery. Urban brews in the traditional fashion, using the time-consuming double-decoction method which provides for a supremely malty beer.

Thursday Taps are tapped at 5pm. Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tuesday $10 Tasting - German Beers

On Tuesday, 9 October at 7:30 pm, come to Jimmy's No. 43 for a tasting of German beers. $10 gets you a sampling of 6 different beers, including 2 Franconian gravity kegs. A bargain!

  • Klosterbrauerie Weissenohe Monk's Fest - märzen (gravity)
  • Brauerie Sauer Rossdorfer Urbräu - unfiltered lager (gravity)
  • Monchshof Kellerbier - unfiltered kellerbier
  • Mahr's Saphir Weisse - hoppy wheat with Saphir hops
  • Freigeist Hoppeditz - doppelsticke alt
  • Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock - from Canada

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Oktoberfest at Jimmy's No. 43 & Brouwerij Lane

It's midway through Oktoberfest which means that it's time to break out some Franconian gravity kegs! If you've ever been to Bamberg or any northern Bavarian village, then you're familiar with these naturally carbonated kegs that sit on top of the bar, dispensed with the help of that mysterious friend - gravity. Many of these beers are only poured in the town of the local brewery but, thanks to Klosterbrauerei Weissenohe's Urban Winkler, we bring a varied selection to the US each year. A limited amount just arrived in NYC and they're starting to appear a local bars beginning this weekend.

When:  Friday, 5 October - Sunday, 7 October
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What:  pay-as-you-go

All weekend long, Jimmy's No. 43 will be pouring Franconian gravity kegs. They'll be tapping 2 kegs at a time over the weekend. Drop by for a few mugs or stay for the special $20 dinner:  3 wurst, German potato salad, and 2 mugs of gravity keg beer.

The list: 

  • Mahr's Ungespundet
  • Mahr's Unfiltered Pils
  • Mahr's Hell
  • Bayer Theinheim Landbier
  • Niklbrau Michala Kellerbier
  • Weissenohe Unfiltered Pils  
  • Weissenohe Altfrankisch Kloster
  • Weissenohe Monk's Fest
  • Weissenohe Classic Bioland
  • Lowenbrau Buttenheim Keller  
  • Aufsesser Festbier
  • Kraus  Hirschentrunk
  • Sauer Rossdorfer Urbräu

When:  Saturday, 6 October 12-10 pm
Where:  Brouwerij Lane, 78 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go

Brouwerij Lane will be pouring kegs of Mahr's Hell and Bayer Theinheim Landbier at their day-long Oktoberfest celebration. And Jim Barnes, aka Bocky, from Pretty Things will be spinning the tunes. All day. Expect some polka, schlager, Heino, krautrock, Weimar cabaret, and more. But no Falco. 'Cause he's Austrian.

What are Franconian gravity kegs? Check out Brother Daniel as he bikes through the Franconian countryside with Ray Deter:

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

The Harmony of Beer & Cheese Class at Murray's Cheese

When:  Wednesday, 3 October, 6:30-8 pm
Where:  the classroom at Murray's Cheese,
254 Bleecker Street
What:  $75 for 6 beers paired with 6 cheeses
These classes are always fun, informative, and delicious. I'll be discussing 6 of our beers, the history of the breweries, and the beer brewing process while the Murray's instructor will discuss the cheeses and the cheesemaking process.

These are the beers that will be poured:

  • Freigeist Ottekolong
  • Oppigårds Well-Hopped Lager
  • De Ranke XX Bitter
  • St. Somewhere Saison Athene
  • Jolly Pumpkin Sobrehumano Palena 'ole
  • Nøgne Ø Sunturnbrew

Class size is limited and you can purchase tickets on the Murray's website:

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Thursday Tap - Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black

This Thursday, starting at 5pm, Jimmy's No. 43 will be pouring a limited keg of New Zealand's Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black, an American-style porter. It's fresh and hoppy yet dark and rich. There are only 24 kegs of this beer in the entire US and Jimmy's got one of them. This 6% "black IPA", if you're so inclined to use that nomenclature, is roasty from the use of chocolate and black patent malts with big fruity hop notes from the New Zealand hops (Nelson Sauvin, Styrian Goldings, Cascade).

And if you're a fan of oysters, there will also be a Slow U event that night in the back room of Jimmy's to benefit Slow Food NYC:  Aw, Shucks - Oysters and Beer. From 6:30-8 pm, you'll learn about oysters from Karen Rivara of Noank Aquaculture Cooperative (speaking from experience, her oysters are fantastic). The ticket for the lecture includes your first half dozen oysters and a beer. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets  Tickets are $25 for the general public, $20 for Slow Food members, and $30 at the door.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

Collaboration Beers

Brewing your own beer is no longer enough. Now, everyone wants to brew with friends and get in on the collaboration game.  Tonight, Tuesday, Spuyten Duyvil will be hosting the first of a 2-part series featuring collaborations. Since they say it so well, let them tell you what it's all about:  "Collaboration Beers. You know, when two big shot brewers get together and one picks the malt and the other picks the hops and then they get some lowly assistant to brew it for them while they go out back and smoke some weed and talk about yeast."

They'll have several Mikkeller collaborations on draft and in bottle, including ones with Stillwater and Three Floyds, plus bottles of Nøgne Ø/Bridge Road Brewers (Australia) India Style Saison and De la Senne/Allagash Very Speciale Belge.

When:  Tuesday, 25 September, 6pm onwards
Where:  Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
What:  pay-as-you-go for 6 drafts and 12 bottles

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

A Little Bit of New Zealand Comes to Staten Island

On Wednesday, 5 September, Adobe Blues will be tapping 3 rare kegs of Yeastie Boys beers from New Zealand. We only shipped a handful to New York so here's your chance to try 3 of them in one spot!

Stu and Sam are the Yeastie Boys, part-time brewers who have been brewing since 2009. Come try the following beers from these "postmodern craft beer cult heroes":

  • Digital IPA - 7% IPA hopped with Pacific Jade, Nelson Sauvin, Pacifica, and Motueka
  • Pot Kettle Black - their flagship beer: a hoppy 6% porter
  • Bye Bye Badman - a very sessionable northern English brown ale, 4.8%
Also keep an eye out for their Rex Attitude, brewed with 100% - yes, 100% - peat-smoked malt, newly arrived in bottles and limited kegs.

Adobe Blues is located at 63 Lafayette Avenue on Staten Island.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Thursday Tap - Freigeist Abraxxxas

If you missed last week's Thursday Tap and wonder what's up with that Freigeist brewery, you're in luck! This Thursday, 30 August at 5 pm,  Jimmy's No. 43 will be putting on another Freigeist keg - Abraxxxas.

Abraxxxas is inspired by an old style of smoked weisse beer known as Lichtenhainer which was popular in 19th century eastern Germany. The Freigeist version has been either modernized or retrograded; you decide.  Because brewers Sebastian and Peter are fans of disappearing sour beers like Berliner Weisse and Gose, they like to add some sourness to many of their beers. They also figure that most beers in the past would have had some degree of sourness so why not create a sour Lichtenhainer. And who knows? Lictenhainer might very well indeed have had some lactic sourness.

The name of the beer comes from the Gnostic deity Abraxas in Hermann Hesse's novels. Freigeist brews 2 versions of this beer:  Abraxas, a more subtle 3.2% beer and Abraxxxas, a bigger, more sour yet still refreshing version at 6%.  Add the extra xx for...sour?

Jimmy's is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Thursday Tap - Freigeist Brettokolong

Every Thursday at 5 pm, Jimmy's No. 43 taps a special keg. Sometimes it's a seasonal, sometimes a limited offering, and sometimes a new release. Today, it's a limited keg of a new release from a new-to-the-US brewery:  Freigeist's Brettokolong, an unfiltered kölsch fermented with brettanomyces.

Jimmy's is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

The Freigeist beers come from the Braustelle brewery in Cologne, Germany. You hear "Cologne/Köln" and you think "Kölsch". Now there's a new brewery in town that not only brews a kölsch (unfiltered, so they can't legally call it kölsch) but also other updated versions of old German styles, even an Altbier - a traditional beer from Düsseldorf. Sacrilege!

Peter Esser and Sebastian Sauer, the brewers at Braustelle, don't always brew according to the Reinheitsgebot. As a result, their special Freigeist Bierkultur line of brews ("freigeist" means "free thinking") run the gamut from smoky to sour to malty to floral. Look for newly arrived bottles and kegs of the following beers:

  • Ottekolong - unfiltered kölsch
  • Brettokolong - draft version of Ottekolong fermented with brett
  • Pimock - hoppy Rheinland weizen
  • Abraxxxas - inspired by Lichtenhainer, an old style of smoked weisse beer popular in 19th century eastern Germany. The Freigeist version also has some lactic sourness because the brewers are fans of sour beers like Berliner Weisse and Gose and because most beers would have had some degree of sourness in the past
  • Hoppeditz - 7.5% doppel sticke alt brewed with smoked malt. The name comes from the puppet which is burned in Düsseldorf on Ash Wednesday at the end of Carnival. Carnival is also known as the fifth season so 5 malts and 5 hops are used to brew this beer.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Belgian Beer & Cheese and French Beer & Food

Of course you like beer. And there's a very good chance that you like cheese. So why not join me on Monday, 20 August at 6:30 pm at Murray's Cheese for a beer and cheese class. I'll be talking about 6 of our Belgian beers and Murray's has chosen 6 cheeses to pair with those beers. It's a great way to learn about beer and cheesemaking. Or simply a great way to sample your way through a variety of beers and cheeses.

Tickets are $75 and are available on the Murray's website. Murray's is located at 254 Bleecker Street.

Also on Monday, 20 August, there will be a special event at Taproom 307 (307 3rd Avenue) featuring the beers of Brasserie Bourganel from France. Chef Stephen Durley will create 4 small dishes to pair with 4 Bourganel drafts. The Bourganel brewery, from the Ardèche region of France, is inspired by the rich agriculture of the region and uses local products in the beers, including chestnuts, honey, bilberries, and nougat. Hubert Pommier, a representative of the brewery has come all the way from France and will be there to talk about the beers.

From 6:30-9:30 pm, a flight of 4 beers and 4 small plates will be $20.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Interview with Ron Jeffries of Jolly Pumpkin

During our Festival in Worcester, MA last month, brewmaster Ron Jeffries sat down with us to talk about his beers, brewing, and the Jolly Pumpkin ethos.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tuesday $10 Tastings - New Zealand Beer

This Tuesday, 17 July at 7:30 pm, join Joel Shelton and Mike Lovullo of Union Beer at Jimmy's No. 43 as they take a trip down under to explore the beers of the southern hemisphere.

Much like the US 20 years ago, there's been a big boom in craft brewing as a backlash against insipid light lager in New Zealand. Many of our Kiwi brewers started as homebrewers, intrigued by the range of flavors and styles not available commercially in their country.

The list:

  • 8 Wired HopWired IPA - with NZ malts and NZ Southern Corss, Motueka, and Nelson Sauvin hops
  • 8 Wired The Big Smoke Porter - brewed with Bamberg rauchmalt and NZ Pacific Jade, Southern Cross, and Willamette hops
  • 8 Wired iStout - 10% modern Russian imperial stout
  • Tuatara Bohemian Pilsner - with authentic Czech yeast and NZ Pacific Jade, Motueka, Nelson Sauvin, and Riwaka
  • Yeastie Boys Digital IPA - it's all about the malt and hops
  • Mikkeller Nelson Sauvin Brut - brewed with brettanomyces and Nelson Sauvin hops and aged in Austrian Sauvignon Blanc barrels

Learn what No, 8 Wire is, how long tuataras have been around, who was awarded the 2011 Champion Brewery by the Brewers Guild of NZ, and why the Yeastie Boys found the prevalence of growler shops in New York to be so amusing. The beers are brewed with New Zealand ingredients which give them a real sense of terroir. Hops, in particular, tend to provide tropical fruit notes which is why Mike has included the Mikkeller beer to showcase the Nelson Sauvin varietal.

$10 gets you a sample of 6 different beers.  Seating is limited so arrive early to guarantee your spot.  Jimmy's is located at 43 E. 7th St.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

It's Bastille Day - Let Them Drink Beer!

Like we ever need an excuse to drink beer...

The 4th of July has passed which means that it's time to celebrate Bastille Day and all things French. And by all things French, we mean beer.

Many people, even many in France, don't realize that France - particularly in the north, along the border with Belgium - has a long-standing brewing tradition. Unfortunately, the brewing industry was almost completely decimated by the two World Wars while the tradition of farmhouse ales was also adversely affected by the rise in popularity of clean lagers. Fortunately, some of the brewers were able to hold out or returned after a hiatus while other new breweries have been popping up all around the country.

There are several opportunities to drink French beer this weekend. 
Come out to Café d'Alsace or Blind Tiger this weekend or pick up a few bottles at your local good beer shop.

Roast Pig Dinner
When:  Saturday, 14 July - Monday, 16 July, 6-10 pm
Where:  Café d'Alsace, 1695 2nd Avenue (at E. 88th St.)
What:  $49.95 for a 3-course dinner paired with French beers

All weekend long, Café d'Alsace will be celebrating Bastille Day with French beer. They're offering a 3-course roast suckling pig dinner available each night and paired with 3 different French beers. Come see why we think that the varied flavors and styles of beer can hold up to the robust character of the meal better than wine can. 

In addition to the beer dinner, Café d'Alsace will also be offering flights of 4 different French beers for $12.

The choice of breweries includes: 

  • Au Baron - tiny family-run brewery near Belgium making refreshing saison/bière de garde hybrids 
  • Bourganel - located in the Ardèche, in southeast France, they use local products like chestnuts and honey to flavor their beers 
  • Bretagne - from Brittany, Brasserie de Bretagne takes inspiration from both Belgian and Anglo-Saxon styles but puts their own unique twist on them 
  • Castelain - traditional bière de garde brewery in the north of France. Their Ch'ti line of beers are the ones you'll find in France and are named for the local dialect and nickname for the inhabitants of French Flanders. Hé, Biloute!  
  • La Choulette - another bière de garde brewery. Monsieur Dhaussy comes from a long line of brewers and is an expert on French brewing history 
  • Mont Blanc - their beers are brewed with pure glacier water from Mont Blanc in the Alps  
  • St.Germain/Page 24 - new bière de garde brewery making modern versions that are hoppier than their traditional malty counterparts 
  • Theillier - the Theillier brewery has been making 100% malt bière de garde at their small brewery in Bavay since the 1850s 
  • Thiriez - Daniel Thiriez brews earthy farmhouse ales with a Belgian inspiration 

Liberty Leading the People (to a glass of good French beer)

Beer Brunch
When:  Sunday, 15 July, 11:30 am onwards
Where:  Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker Street
What:  pay-as-you-go 

On Sunday, the Blind Tiger will be putting up 4 French drafts in honor of Bastille Day. Come for a special French-ified brunch menu created by Chef Tommy (crêpes!) and enjoy the following beers:

Brasserie de Bretagne Gwiniz Du - dark ale brewed with Brittany's famous buckwheat (known as "gwiniz du" in the Breton language).

Brasserie Castelain Ch'ti Ambrée - a malty amber bière de garde, conditioned - or "guarded" - for 6 weeks before being bottled. Full of roast and caramel flavors.

Brasserie Castelain Ch'ti Triple - a stronger version of their blonde bière de garde, hopped with French-grown hops:  Magnum, Strisselspalt, Spater Select, and Saaz.

Brasserie du Mont Blanc La Rousse - the low mineral content of the water from a glacial spring gives a clean taste to this amber ale brewed with hibiscus and elderberry.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The Festival - Worcester, MA

Surely, you've heard of The Festival!

When:  Saturday 23 June, 2 sessions:  12-4  pm and 5:30-9:30 pm and Sunday, 24 June 12-5 pm
Where:  Mechanics Hall, Worcester, MA

What:  $60 per session or $160 for all 3 sessions. Purchase tickets through Evenbrite at

There are still tickets left for The Festival this weekend. 12% and Shelton Brothers have teamed up to showcase our small breweries, many of whom have brewed special beers for the fest or who are bringing beers never seen before on these shores. This isn't your typical beer fest with sales reps slinging samples of something you can buy at the corner store. Rather, we'll have every single brewer and cider and mead maker in attendance so that you can interact with them personally and ask them about their wares. You could spend thousands of dollars travelling to all of these breweries or you can meet them all in one convenient place. You're welcome!

You can find a list of the brewers and cider and mead makers who will be present here:  There are too many to list but here's a sampling:  Anchorage Brewing, Baird, Cantillon, De Dochter van de Korenaar, De Ranke, De Molen,  Dieu du Ciel!, Emelisse, Evil Twin, Hill Farmstead, Jolly Pumpkin, Mikkeller, Nøgne Ø, Pretty Things, Stillwater, Thiriez, Yeastie Boys...  Thirsty yet?

In addition, the monks at the Abbey of Saint Sixtus have generously allowed us to pour limited samples of Westvleteren 12º at the Festival and festival attendees will have the chance to purchase one gift pack at Julio's Liquors in Westborough, MA (1 per attendee; quantities are limited) in advance of the official release in September.  100% of the profits will be donated to the Abbey to help with their renovations.

Transportation:  No car? Get Real has organized a bus to the Festival from NYC on Saturday. Tickets are $110 and include transportation and festival admission. The bus leaves from Alewife Queens at 8 am.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Mahr's Bräu Dinner

When:  Thursday, 21 June, 7 pm
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street

What:  $45 (plus gratuity) for a family-style dinner paired with beers. Tickets are limited; purchase them at Brown Paper Tickets

The man from Mahr's, Stephan Michel, will be joining us at a dinner featuring his fantastic Franconian lagers from Bamberg, Germany.

 The beers: 
  • Leicht - only 2.8% AND full of flavor  
  • Pils  
  • Hell  
  • Ungespundet - the classic unfiltered lager 
  • Weisse  
  • Saphir Weisse - hoppy wheat beer with Saphir hops 
  • Der Weissebock  
  • ETA Hoffman - dunkel
  • Unfiltered Pils - special gravity keg

Franconia, in Northern Bavaria, boasts more breweries per square mile than anywhere else in the world and 9 of these breweries are located within the city limits of Bamberg. The Mahr's Gasthaus has been around since 1670 and is one of the most picturesque places to have a beer in Bamberg and well as our favorite.  Mahr's Brau brews small batches of beers that are unpasteurized and full of flavor and character; most of them are unfiltered as well. Come to Jimmy's for a taste of Franconia! 

Monday, June 11, 2012

Tuesday $10 Tastings

Every Tuesday at 7:30 pm, Mike Lovullo of Union Beer hosts a $10 tasting at Jimmy's No. 43. $10 gets you tastings of 6 different beers.

This Tuesday, 12 June, I'll be joining him as he samples British and British-style beers including Adnams Southwold Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Coniston Old Man Ale, and De Molen Engels.

Next Tuesday, 19 June, join us as we sample beers from the Southern Hemisphere, including beers from some of our New Zealand breweries:  Epic Brewing, Tuatara, 8 Wired, and the Yeastie Boys (beer list tbd). Bring Your Own Sheep.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sample Beers from France

Join us this Tuesday, 22 May at Bierkraft at 7 pm for a free sampling of some of our beers from France. France has a long brewing tradition but it tends to get overshadowed by the reputation of its neighbors in Belgium and Germany. Learn about the history of French beer, try samples from breweries both new and old, and taste why French beers deserve a place in your beer cooler.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Thursday Tap - De la Senne Zinnebir

The selection for this week's Thursday Tap (May 17) at Jimmy's No. 43 is one of our favorite beers, Zinnebir from Brussel's Brasserie De la Senne.

De la Senne is one of only 2 breweries within the city limits of Brussels (perhaps you've heard of the other one? Cantillon?). Brewers Yvan De Baets and Bernard Leboucq are fiercely principled and are leading the charge to a return to the way things used to be, before big Belgian breweries started over-sugaring, over-spicing, and under-hopping their beers.

The Zinnebir, originally created by Bernard when he worked at the Sint Pieters brewery along the Zenne River (or Senne, in French), evolved from a strong, malt-focused, 8% beer to its current incarnation as a lighter, brighter 6% beer with the same yeasty complexity, malt backdrop, and refreshing hop bitterness.

The name comes from the Belgian slang word "zinneke" or "little bastards" which refers to the mixed-breed wild mutts that used to be found in the poorer sections of Brussels but now more often is used to refer to boys living in those same poor parts of town who have one Flemish-speaking and one French-speaking parent.

Zinnebir will be tapped at 5 pm. Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E. 7th Street.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Meet the Brewer from Nøgne Ø

At the beginning of March, we participated in a clone brew experiment at Brooklyn's brew-on-premise and homebrew shop Bitter & Esters.  For this installment of their "Brew Like the Pros" series, we brewed 2 clone brews by Norway's Nøgne Ø:  their Porter and Sunturnbrew (smoked barleywine). Now the beers are ready and head brewer and founder Kjetil Jikiun is coming to town to pass judgement. Given that their slogan is "the uncompromising brewery", we're a bit nervous to see what he thinks but regardless, it was a fun experiment and the outcome will show how difficult it is to recreate a beer using the exact same ingredients.

Like many of our newer breweries, Kjetil started out as a homebrewer, having been inspired by the many flavors and styles of beer that he discovered on his travels to the US and Western Europe as a commercial airline pilot. The name Nøgne Ø is taken from a line in a Henrik Ibsen poem and means "the barren island", a reference to the rocky islands off of the shore of Grimstad, the town where the brewery is located and where Ibsen lived when he wrote the poem. The protagonist of the poem tries to run the English blockade of Norway during the Napoleonic wars, an effort thought to be against all odds.  Nøgne Ø felt that introducing the first IPA and other styles to Norway was also against all odds but they persevered and the Norwegian beer scene is all the richer for their efforts.

On Friday and Saturday, come out and try some of these uncompromising beers. 


When:  Friday, 27 April, 5 pm tapping of the beers and 7 pm dinner
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street

What:  $45 for a family-style dinner and 8 beers or pay-as-you-go at the bar. Tickets for the dinner are very limited; purchase them at Brown Paper Tickets.  

Jimmy's No. 43 will be hosting a private dinner in their back room featuring 4 Nøgne Ø drafts and 4 bottles plus samples of the clone Porter.  Brewer Kjetil will be there to talk about the brewery, the beers, the Norwegian brewing scene as well as discussing his Porter (a 7% roasty, chocolatey porter brewed with American hops) vs. our Porter.  He'll probably also regal you with stories about his forays into sake brewing.  Dinner, 8 beers, and the brewmaster himself in attendance for $45?  Act fast if you want to attend!

If you are unable to attend the dinner or just want to drop by for a beer, the drafts will be tapped at 5 pm.  With the purchase of a Nøgne Ø beer, you'll also be able to sample the clone Porter. 

On draft:
  • Pale Ale
  • Saison
  • Porter
  • Imperial Stout
In bottles:
  • Two Captains Double IPA
  • Tiger Tripel
  • India Saison
  • Sunturnbrew 

When:  Saturday, 28 April, 2-6 pm
Where:  Swift, 34 E. 4th Street

What:  pay-as-you-go

On Saturday afternoon, join Kjetil at Swift for draft event featuring samples of the clone Porter and Sunturnbrew.

The Sunturnbrew is an 11% smoked barleywine named after the Norwegian legend that says that the sun turns on its axis every winter solstice.  After a few of these beers, you might be ready to agree.  Our clone version, Solar Flare, came in a bit smaller due to some problems with the brewing process but early reports say that it's might tasty

The beers:

  • Wit - first and only keg in NYC! 
  • India Saison - first time in NYC 
  • Tiger Tripel
  • Porter
  • Porter clone
  • Sunturnbrew
  • Solar Flare - Sunturnbrew clone