Wednesday, July 24, 2013

For over 10 years, the Blind Tiger has been celebrating Christmas in July with some carefully selected kegs that they've laid down since the past winter. And this Wednesday, July 24, is when they'll be cracking them open. Starting at 3pm, come on by the Tiger for some hearty winter ales. The temperatures have cooled slightly so one can almost (almost!) think of drinking something other than a crsip pilsner or refreshing saison.

Among others, they'll have Nøgne Ø Winter Ale, Dieu du Ciel! Solstice d'Hiver, and Mikkeller From Via To.

Here's what Dave Brodrick of the Blind Tiger has to say about Christmas in July:

"At some point in the last month and a half, just about every Tigerite has felt, and looked, like a well basted holiday turkey, which is why we need Christmas in July more than ever this year. And in the nick of time, here it comes, pulling into Bleecker Street just like that ice cold Silver Bullet train of yore, but different. Let's face it, there's something coolly refreshing about cracking open a bunch of Christmas kegs in the middle of a New York City summer. And maybe it's dumb luck, but the weatherman is calling for cooler temperatures.

We've collected some of our winter favorites, including Sierra Celebration, and Avery Old Jubilation '11, along with 14 others, all originally designed to warm you when it's cold (and numb you when it's hot). Then again, this event wasn't founded on the idea of bringing you some Christmas cheer in the middle of summer. We started it back in '97 because, to us, most winter beers seem a bit young when they first come out, and benefit from an extra six months of aging. Plus we had a large cured ham we didn't know what to do with.

But now that our summers are becoming more furnace-like, it seems like we need some of that winter cheer to help us survive until fall. So next Weds, on July the 24th, at 3pm, please join us as we celebrate the Yule Tide and fire up that Christmas spirit. Which means you've only got three days of holiday shopping left..."

Thursday, July 18, 2013

French Beer and the Tour de France

With this heat, does your workout consist of sitting in front of the tv and watching the riders in the Tour de France sweat for you? Then you deserve a cold beer! And why not make it a French beer?

When:  Thursday, 18 July, 6-10 pm
Where:  Brouwerij Lane, 78 Greenpoint Avenue, Brooklyn

Join Jim "Bocky" Barnes for another one of his installments of Soirées Disco. Starting at 6pm, he'll be spinning his selection of cosmic French disco and Brouwerij Lane will be pouring 4 French beers on draft.

Les bières:

  • Ch'ti Blonde - a traditional bière de garde from the family-run Castelain brewery
  • Ch'ti Triple - not a Belgian-style tripel but rather a stronger, maltier bière de garde
  • Mont Blanc La Blonde - brewed with water from the Mont Blanc glacier, this blonde ale is delicately spiced with coriander and liquorice. Sorry, cold glacial water not available by the bucket
  • Thiriez Blonde - earthy, hoppy farmhouse ale from the tiny Thiriez brewery in the north of France


Rather stay in Manhattan? Jump on your bike and make your way to The Cannibal for their Tour de France Soirée. They'll be showing the re-broadcast of the day's stage on their flat screen tv and, after watching the 2 Alpe d'Huez climbs, you'll definitely need a beer. Free bike parking available in their back garden. 

When:  Thursday, 18 July, 7pm onwards
Where:  The Cannibal, 113 E. 29th Street

Les bières:
  • Bretagne Celtika - a Belgian-style tripel with notes of fruit and spice and a hint of acidity
  • Ch'ti Ambrée - amber bière de garde

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

French Beer Tasting at City Swiggers

It's July which, for Shelton Brothers, means French Beer. You've got Bastille Day and the Tour de France. French beers are good year-round but we like to highlight them during the month of July. 

Join us on Wednesday, July 10, at City Swiggers, 320 E. 86th Street from 6-9 pm for a free tasting of several French beers:
  • Bretagne Celtika - Belgian-style tripel
  • Bretagne Gwiniz Du - traditional buckwheat ale from Brittany
  • Castelain Ch'ti Triple - not a Belgian tripel but a stronger blonde bière de garde
  • Mont Blanc La Blonde - brewed with glacial water from Mont Blanc and subtly spiced with coriander and liquorice
  • Page 24 Réserve Hildegarde Ambrée - hoppy amber bière de garde