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2nd Annual NYC Craft Beer Week

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nycbeerWhat’s better than beer? Oh, right, good beer! How about…really good craft beer in all five boroughs? Well, that sounds beyond fantastic to me! Enter the second annual NYC Beer Week. With events that last for quite a bit over a week, the calendar is packed with fun and joy for everyone.

Are you a Brooklynite and/or into biking? Check out:
BIKE BROOKLYN BEER BLITZ!
September 13 & 19 from 2:00-5:00pm
$20/person, plus drinks. Limited to 20 cyclists. Approximately 12 miles at an easy pace.
Contact: iammattlevy@gmail.com

Join tour guide and City Reliquarian Matt Levy on a biking and drinking tour through the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Bushwick, home to German brewers of the late 19th century; cycle past and learn about their brewhouses, mansions and churches. En route, stop at some bars and toast a few pints to breweries gone by. Tour ends at Evergreen Cemetery, the eternal resting place of many of the brewers–with a surprise.

Not packing your helmet? That’s cool. There’s plenty more. Check out neat events like:

GASTROPOLIS: RUSSIAN BRIGHTON BEACH
Saturday, September 19, 4:00pm
Tour limited to 20. $50/person includes a light meal and a signed copy of Gastropolis.
Contact: drjond@gmail.com
Annie Hauck-Lawson and Jonathan Deutsch, co-editors of Gastropolis: Food and New York City (Columbia University Press, 2009) lead a tour along the Coney Island & Brighton Beach boardwalk. They discuss the food history of the area from native times, through settlement and mass immigration, and its relation to the arrival of the lagering process when Brooklyn was the brewing capitol of the US. The group explores present day foods and kvas and concludes with a meal at a Russian restaurant.

ASTORIA CULINARY & BEER STROLL
Tuesday, September 15, 6:00pm
$60/person
Includes sausage demo, food samples at 4 restaurants and a flight of craft beers samples
Contact: staceyornstein@gmail.com
Bring your appetite and walking shoes to stroll through Astoria for tastes of the wider Mediterranean: a sausage stuffing demonstration at an Italian salumeria, a savory Middle Eastern wrap, flaky Bosnian bureks, a detour for Greek sweets, then ending with grass-fed beef sliders and a sample-size flight of craft beer. Food writer and recipe developer Stacey Ornstein leads a group of up to 20 on this 3 hour tour.

Want to save some money? Pick up an NYC Beer Passport and get your drink on, available all over NYC as well as in remote locales like Poughkeepsie and Inwood! You’ll save some cash AND get your drink on, not a bad combo.