The Beers You Must Try at New York City Beer Week

New York City Beer Week

New York City is one of the most active beer and cocktail scenes in the world, with cutting-edge bars serving unparalleled mixology drinks and notable microbreweries across Gotham. To celebrate this heritage, the NYC Brewers Guild will be hosting New York City Beer Week from February 20th until March 1st.

This 7th edition will gather NYC and NY State craft breweries alongside nationally and internationally acclaimed brewing companies over 200 venues across the City. The 2015 New York City Beer Week promises to be full of surprises, with 400 exciting events and exceptional products from all over the country that will help educate the public about local artisanal beer.

In anticipation of this exciting event, we have shortlisted our favorite local participating breweries and the finest crafts they will present for the occasion!

The Daydreamer Kösch, Ithaca Beer Company

An iconic brewery that has put Ithaca, NY on the map for many good reasons, Ithaca has made a name for itself in the competitive world of fine craft beer. Make sure you try the Daydreamer Kösch, the newest seasonal craft, and take the time to visit their exceptional brewery upstate. Yes, tastings are included.

The Angry Amel Dunkelweizen, Bridge & Tunnel Brewery

Founded in Maspeth, NY in 2012, Bridge & Tunnel has quickly become a locals’ favorite. Known for producing small volumes of exceptional NYC-inspired crafts, popular products include the Angry Amel Dunkelweizen, a dark German style wheat beer with strong clove and banana flavors and the Ol Gilmartin Milk and Oatmeal Stout, a sweet milk stout brewed with a generous addition of flaked oats in the mash.

The Lock n Load, Sixpoint Brewery

‘Founded in 2004, born at the dawn of civilization’, Sixpoint Brewery needs no introduction. Based in Brooklyn, this premium maker of artisan craft is known for being one of the most prolific microbrewery in the region. With over 100 kinds of beers produced, Sixpoint is known for its constant innovation and large palette of styles and tastes. Do not miss the Lock n Load, a tap they have developed especially for NYC Beer Week that will be served exclusively at Kiabacca for the Opening Night of the festival on Feb 20th.

The Runner, Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.

Dirck the Norseman, producing behind the Greenpoint Beer & Ale Company moniker, is a fine purveyor of New York’s most interesting and beloved crafts. All beers are brewed on-site and abide by this sole principle: only make the top beers make the cut. For Beer Week, make sure you get a taste of the Runner aged in Van Brunt Barrel that will be served at Brouwerij Lane for the Opening Tap evening on Feb. 20th.

If this fails to excite you, keep in mind that the NYC Brewers Guild will introduce special State Malts and State Hops Beer for the occasion. This year, each Guild brewery must use a combination of NYS Pale, Vienna, and Amber Rye malts, along with Chinook, Willamette, and Cascade hops, with any yeast they like, for a unique SMASH brew that will only be tasted during New York City Beer Week. We cannot wait!

For more information on New York City Beer Week, go to: www.nycbeerweek.com

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Eva du Monteil is a culinary trained food and wine critic living in NYC. When she is not exploring the country in search for the next hidden gem, she enjoys eating, drinking and cooking in the company of her friends, chefs and fine purveyors of epicurean experiences. While she loves NYC, she believes some of the most exciting food and drink scenes at the moment include Portland, Los Angeles, Austin, Miami, and Philadelphia.

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