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This Friday, February 21st, begins the sixth annual NYC Beer Week, in celebration of local NY breweries and the bars that proudly serve them. Throughout the city and the outside boroughs, tastings, lectures and parties will be held to promote the great beer that is made all within a short train ride for most New Yorkers. Hosted by the NYC Brewers Guild, the week’s events hope to bring focus to local brewers and advance New York’s brewing industry, thereby “lessening human misery”, as the Guild says. Their week of festivities is sure to do just this and make the winter just a little bit better.

The first night of the Week kicks off with the Opening Night Bash at Grand Central Terminal, which is the biggest event of the week. Bringing together 30 breweries from around the tri-state area, Vanderbilt Hall will be home to unlimited tastings, food, and music for the start of an exciting ten day cross-city beer expo. Following the opening event, comes the Brooklyn Brewery Mash Bash with Dinner Lab on Saturday night which is a beer dinner and dance party featuring dishes by Chef Andrew Gerson. The week after brings about tons of beer pairings, with 4 course dinners at Blue Smoke Battery Park City and Blue Ribbon Bakery Kitchen, and a beer and cheese pairing meal at Murray’s. Continuing the festivities to the following weekend is the NYC Craft Beer Festival Spring Seasonals at the Lexington Armory, showcasing 150 craft beers for tastings on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The final event of the week will be the Closing Beer Brunch on March 2nd, at Houston Hall, sure to cure the week-long hangover that the festival with bring.

Although most of the events require tickets, there are tons of bars throughout the city offering specials throughout the week and will host tap takeovers of the locally crafted brews. Restaurants like Dovetail, Barcade, The Pony Bar, Rattle and Hum and The Gibson will host local beers so even those who do not attend an event can try a local beer that they may not have had before.

With a week full of activities, it’s easy to find ways to celebrate great NY beer. Whether you attend an event or merely order a locally made pint in one of the participating bars, the main point of NYC Beer Week is to support local brewers. So go out, have a pint, and support the city you love.

NYC Beer Week
February 21st-March 2, 2014