Last Friday marked the beginning of NYC’s annual Beer Week in which the city celebrates everything that is New York State beer. This entire week is full of beer filled events showcasing the best New York has to offer (check out brewyorknewyork.com for a list). The NYC Beer Week Opening Bash party officially kicked things off with a great event at the Altman Building in Manhattan.
Over 40 brewers from across New York State occupied two floors of the event space. A wide range of craft brewers were represented. From larger brewers such as Ommegang, Ithaca, and Southern Tier, to smaller craft brewers such as Transmitter, Dyckman, and City Island. There was even one brand new New York brewery there debuting their first beer. Headed by Chris Cuzme and Mary Izett, Cuzett Libations is the result of two well known beer personalities in NYC brewing together. Their first beer is Cuzett Grisette which is a 4.3% ABV session saison.
Other beer highlights for me included Chester, NY’s Rushing Duck Ded Moroz with Coconut Russian Imperial Stout. A very interest stout as you can see by the description:
Brewing out of Lakewood, NY, Southenr Tier brought their Grand Arbor Farmhouse Ale. This one was interesting in that it was brewed with maple syrup. The earthy sweetness of the maple syrup was a nice addition to the tartness.
I was happy to see that there was a nice selection of cask beer available at the event as well. NYC’s Radiant Pig brought a lovely dry hopped cask version of their Junior IPA:
This Strawberry Blond Cask Ale was brewed by NYC’s Alphabet City Brewing Company:
In addition to all the beer, the were a number of local restaurants serving up snacks to soak up all that beer. From tacos and chili to ramen burgers and pulled pork sushi rolls. There was also a oyster raw bar and pretzel necklace making table.
The Bearded Alchemist was even their to mix up some crazy beer based cocktail:
Overall this was a great event. Very well run and organized with plenty of space to drink and eat. I will definitely be attending next year.