It’s July Good Beer Month… Where To Drink

Proclamation2014_2For New Yorkers, it seems like every other day there’s some incredible beer release or cool gathering. The whole “too many beers, too little time” can seem overwhelming, but there are certain times of the year when being a part of the beer scene is like running a marathon.

July Good Beer Month is certainly one of those times. For 31 days every July, NYC celebrates as the Mayor’s office delivers the July Good Beer Month Proclamation (if you want the audio version, listen here at the 30 minute mark for Garrett Oliver’s oration… it’s brilliant!):

Office of the Mayor, City of New York – PROCLAMATION

WHEREAS, July is Good Beer Month in New York City. And at barbecues and picnics and pubs and groggeries across the five Boroughs, our city’s residents and visitors are getting into the spirit and are beating the summer’s heat with cold beers. Even more refreshing is the fact that some of the best brews we have in the fridge and on tap are made right here in New York as our city’s craft beer scene continues to thrive.

WHEREAS, like any top quality product, good beer is the result of dedication of many people. Growing New York’s collegial, knowledgeable, independent beer community has required the passion and expertise of farmers, brewers, distributors, importers and devoted patrons alike. The community has also focused on keeping its industry sustainable and environmentally conscious. Brewers have formed partnerships with both city farms and local artisans, and foster the kind of conversations that keep their taverns and tasting rooms great places to share big ideas about what’s next in craft brewing.

The proclamation continues, acknowledging the Good Beer Seal bars (full disclosure, I blog for GBS). But what’s really cool is the Mayor’s support for five years and how craft beer has truly grown in the city. Here are a handful of the events you will want to check out this month. And feel free to tag me (@BKLYNbeerbitch) or the Good Beer Seal (@goodbeerseal) on Twitter for RTs; I want to know what you’re drinking and where you’re headed in July.

My favorites for the month include:

  • The Total Long Island City ImmersionSaturday, July 13th – Starting at noon, you can score a pass to get free beer samples from Brooklyn Brewery, among others, as you wind your way through LIC’s best pubs, patios and brunch spots.
  • The Parisian Ball on Governors Island – Saturday, July 13th – Starting at 4 p.m. and going until the wee hours of Bastille Day, you can be a kid again with vintage rides, music, libations and—one can muse—a central square for beheadings (no, not really; that was The Bitch’s attempt at a joke). This site offers slightly discounted tickets from the official website. It is 21+.
  • Mission Dolores Hosts Pioneers of American CraftWednesday, July 17th – MD does some counter programming from all the rare and unusual stuff going on tap across the city by putting the “Old Guard” beers of Anchor, Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada and Brooklyn Brewery. Sure, they’re your father’s craft beers, but I’m probably old enough to date your dad so it works for The Bitch!
  • Duvel/Ommegang Belgian Independence Day Celebration at Sunswick 35/35Thursday, July 18th – If you don’t make it out to Governors Island for Bastille Day, this is the next best Euro-independence event I could find to slate your need to act all superior to us ‘Mericans. Added bonus for those not able to make it to BCTC in August.
  • July Good Beer Month Presents NY State Food & Beer Expo – Saturday, July 27th – Come to Williamsburg’s East River Park for a great lineup of beer from KelSo, Shmaltz/Coney Island, Sixpoint and Brooklyn Brewery, among many others. Entry is at 90 Kent, and GA tickets will be available day of. VIP will be on sale the week of 7/15 at Good Beer Seal.
  • Prix Fixe dinner featuring Jeff O’Neill of Peekskill BrewingTuesday, July 30th – Jimmy’s No. 43 will be hosting Jeff O’Neill for a beer pairing dinner. Here’s hoping Jeff brings his Simple Sour!
  • Edible’s Good Beer at 82 Mercer – Wednesday, July 31st – This is the premiere event that wraps up July Good Beer Month each year. Try to score a ticket now, because they typically sell out well in advance.

Welcome to NYC Beer Week! 61 Local Celebrates 2nd Anniversary

DSCN2845While we think every day is a craft beer day in NYC, the official NYC Beer Week is here, and we’re offering suggestions on where to go and what to do. The big event for today is at 61 Local, where they will be celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a party, raffle and general great community vibe from 5-9 p.m. (and beyond, we’re guessing).

The first thing you’ll probably notice about 61 Local upon entering it is ALL. THAT. SPACE. Even though it’s in Brooklyn (very conveniently located, too, because those in the “know” know the G Train is the best kept north-to-south Brooklyn secret, and 61 Local is steps away from the Bergen Subway stop on the G Train), the high ceilings and clean open floor plan gives a new name to spaciousness. In fact, the space continues to a second floor, where 61 Local often hosts film screenings, book readings and other community-centric events.

61 Local also defies definition. Have a teetotaler in your life? No worries at 61 Local, which has a full coffee bar to complement its many local draft beer offerings. They were among three bars city-wide to get a keg of Blue Point Barrier Brewing relief beer, Surge Protector, for example. They also offer a clever array of “sandwiches” and “non-sandwiches” to nosh on (their chili is to die for!).

Among their community partnerships are BK FarmyardsBrooklyn Soda Works, and Cut Brooklyn, all of which will be featured at tonight’s 2nd anniversary celebration. In fact, the bar/coffee shop/community hang-out will be serving up Brooklyn Soda Works shandies, raffling off a one-of-a-kind knife (Cut Brooklyn is the exclusive provider of cutlery at 61 Local), with all proceeds going to BK Farmyards.

Without a doubt, 61 Local is everything a quintessential Good Beer Seal bar should be. And NYC Beer Week dovetails nicely with their 2nd anniversary party, so be sure to check them out!