Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meet the Brewers - Dieu du Ciel! at Blind Tiger

When:  Wednesday, 30 November, 3 pm onwards
Where:  Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker Street
What:  pay-as-you-go

It's becoming a post-(American) Thanksgiving tradition!  Jean-François Gravel, Luc "Bim" Lafontaine, and Stéphane Ostiguy from Montréal's Dieu du Ciel! come to town along with an insane number of rare kegs.  You might want to think about taking the next day off from work.

Les bières: 
  • Revenante - smoked porter 
  • Aphrodite Méchante - cocoa & vanilla stout with smoked hot peppers 
  • Solstice Mangues - sour wheat with mangos 
  • Mea Culpa - India cream ale
  • Libre Echange - foreign export stout 
  • Vaisseau des Songes - British IPA 
  • Equinoxe Automne - rauchbock 
  • Voyageur des Brumes - ESB 
  • Pénombre - black IPA 
  • 13e Etage - porter with yuzu and peppers  
  • Rigor Mortis de Table - abbey-style blonde table beer   
  • Péché Mortel - imperial coffee stout
  • Péché Mortel Bourbon - aged in bourbon barrels
  • Libre Echange cask
  • Solstice d'Hiver cask - barleywine 

Monday, November 28, 2011

Scandinavian Beers at Rattle n Hum Tuesday

When:  Tuesday, 29 November, 4 pm onwards until the kegs kick
Where: Rattle n Hum, 14 East 33rd Street
What:  pay-as-you-go

The people of the Scandinavian countries know a little bit about keeping warm during the cold, dark months of winter so even though the current weather feels more like September you should still drop by for some of these tasty beers.  They span a range of styles and the list provides a great overview of the new crop of breweries and their creativeness.

The beers: 

  • Beer Here Nordic Rye   
  • Haandbryggeriet Odin's Tipple    
  • Kissmeyer Pale Ale    
  • Kissmeyer Honey Porter
  • Kissmeyer PilNZer
  • Kissmeyer Stockholm Syndrome DIPA 
  • Kissmeyer/Witter Saison de Fleur 
  • Mikkeller Monk's Brew  
  • Mikkeller Cream Ale
  • Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast
  • Mikkeller I Beat yoU
  • Mikkeller Jackie Brown
  • Mikkeller Koppi IPA 
  • Nøgne Ø Tiger Tripel 
  • Nøgne Ø #100
  • Xbeeriment Black Force One   

Monday, November 7, 2011

"Brewed Awakening" Book Release Party

Beer writer and beer drinker extraordinaire Joshua Bernstein is celebrating the release of his new book, Brewed Awakening: Behind the Beers and Brewers Leading the World's Craft Brewing Revolution. His travels in support of the book have taken him around the country but this week he lands at Jimmy's No. 43 for a release party on Wednesday. With beer. 

When: Wednesday, 9 November, 6-8 pm
Where: Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What: pay-as-you-go

Joshua spent 6 years researching the craft beer industry for Brewed Awakening. We're very pleased that for this release party he chose to feature some of our breweries that he wrote about to represent brewers who are "leading a boundary-less charge into the global future of beer". What are those breweries, you ask? You'll have to pick up a book to find out about all of them but some will be poured at Jimmy's No. 43 including Dieu du Ciel!, Epic, Jolly Pumpkin, Nøgne Ø, and Mikkeller.

But before Wednesday's main event, there will be a preview of some of the beers on Tuesday at the weekly $10 Tasting. Please note that Josh will NOT be attending the Tuesday tasting. But if you happen to be in Philadelphia, he will be hosting beer shenanigans (and signing books) at the Nodding Head from 7-9 pm.

When: Tuesday, 8 November, 7:30 pm
Where: Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th Street
What: 6 samples for $10 (seating limited)

The beers:
  • Mikkeller Drink'in the Sun (on draft) - hoppy American-style wheat beer, 2.4%
  • Dieu du Ciel! Corne du Diable (draft) - American-style IPA, 6.5%
  • Jolly Pumpkin La Roja (bottles) - oak-aged Flanders red ale, 7.2%
  • Nøgne Ø Tiger Tripel (bottles) - balanced Belgian tripel, 9%
  • Mikkeller Monk's Brew (bottles) - dark Belgian-style ale inspired by the Trappist beers of Rochefort and Westvleteren, 10%
  • Nøgne Ø Imperial Stout (draft) - Russian Imperial Stout, 9%

Researching breweries is not an easy task. Check out the video to see how Josh managed to survive it all (hint: beer is involved).

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Celebrate International Stout Day with a Mikkeller Black Hole Stout

We've been told that Thursday, 3 November is International Stout Day. And to celebrate, Sunswick will be featuring 4 drafts of the Mikkeller Barrel-Aged Black Hole Imperial Stout series. If you missed the Black Hole event last week at the Ginger Man, this is your chance to try different versions of this beer side by side. Sunswick will be pouring the bourbon, peat whiskey, tequila, and cognac versions. All were aged for 6 months in their respective barrels.

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 35-02 35th Street in Astoria.

Dutch Days, Dutch Beer

Today marks the start of the annual 5 Dutch Days festival, a city-wide collaboration celebrating the continuous influence of Dutch art and culture in New York City. To honor Nieuw Amsterdam's beer heritage - the first brewery was established here by the Dutch in 1612 - Jimmy's No. 43 will be pouring 7 Dutch beers all week.

Can you spot the brewery?

When:  2-6 November
Where:  Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th St.

The beers:
  • Christoffel Blond Bier (on draft) - robust, dry-hopped pilsner, considered to be the best in the Benelux according to beer writer Tim Webb, 6%
  • De Molen Molenbier (draft) - English-style strong ale, 9.2%
  • De Molen Cease & Desist (draft) - Russian imperial stout, formerly known as both Rasputin and Disputin, 10.7%
  • De Molen Pek & Veren (bottles) - smoked beer brewed with peat-smoked malt, 8%
  • De Molen/Pattinson Triple SSS Stout (bottles) - a collaboration between De Molen and beer historian Ron Pattinson brewed from a 1914 recipe from London, 10.3%
  • Drie Horne Bananatana (bottles) - brewed with bananas and sultana raisins, 7%
  • Klein Duimpje Porter (bottles) - traditional British-style porter, 5.5%

The tiny brewhouse at De Molen. They produce a whopping 5 hectoliters of beer a year.