It’s the perfect time of year for drinking outdoors (Photo: Chris O’Leary)
Today is the first day of meteorological summer. Apparently, all these years we’ve been saying that summer starts around Memorial Day. We’d always be corrected by some smartass, but it turns out we weren’t that far off after all. And with the arrival of summer comes some great outdoor beer events and lots of great, easy-drinking beer that’s best consumed on rooftops and patios. Might we suggest breaking open the last of your Sixpoint Apollo, or maybe a Blue Point Summer Ale in can? Hell, if it tastes good and it’s refreshing, drink it this weekend.
Here’s where to grab some great beer in New York this weekend:
- Firkin Friday is back at Cafe D’Alsace (1695 2nd Ave., at 88th St., Upper East Side) tonight with a cask of the Bronx Pale Ale. Celebrate great local beer in its truest form! They’ll tap it starting at 6pm. Then, over at Alewife (5-14 51st Ave., at 5th St., Long Island City), they’ll tap a rare cask of the Ballast Point Sculpin Habanero tonight. It’s exactly what you think it is: a chili pepper-spiked version of their infamous IPA.
- Enjoy samples of KelSo Beer at the Brew York City Growler Bar Union Square (52 E. 14th St., at 4th Ave., Union Square) starting at 5pm. Then, fill up a growler at a nice price and take it home! Meanwhile, sample some Harpoon starting at 6pm at On Tap at Whole Foods Columbus Circle (10 Columbus Circle, at 59th St., Upper West Side). They’ll be pouring the best kind of beer: free beer!
- If you’re a fan of beer, pickles, and cheese, stop by Nolita Mart (156 Mott St., at Broome St., Little Italy) tonight from 6-8pm for a free “triple tasting,” with beer from Abita, pickles and chips from McClure’s, and cheese from Artisanal Cheeses. They’ll pour samples of the Andygator, Jockamo IPA, Strawberry Harvest, and even root beer for the teetotalers!
- Head to Sycamore (1118 Cortelyou Rd., at Westminster Rd., Ditmas Park) for their annual Crawfish Boil with Abita. $25 gets you a bucket of crawfish and a pint of beer. Additional pints are just five bucks after that. There are two feedings - at 2pm and 4:30pm - and you’ll need to buy tickets in advance.
- Sixpoint is a sponsor of the Beer Garden at Saturday’s Bushwick Five Points Festival. Head to the corner of St. Nicholas Ave., Scott Ave., and Troutman St. for live music, food vendors, artists, and more from 10am-7pm. Then, enjoy the art galleries opening their doors for Bushwick Open Studios!
- The New-York Historical Society (170 Central Park West, at 77th St., Upper West Side) host their weekly beer tastings on Saturday afternoon as part of their exhibit Beer Here: Brewing New York’s History. Each half-hour tasting will give you a chance to meet the people behind a specific local brewery. This week, it’s KelSo, with brewmaster Kelly Taylor serving up tastings at 2pm and 4pm. Each tasting is $35 (or $20 for Historical Society members), or you can buy a six-pack of tasting tickets for $150 ($100 for members). You can purchase tickets through the museum’s web site.
- If you’re looking for something a bit on the strange side, join beer writer Josh Bernstein for a night of books, food, film, and beer on Saturday at 8pm at a ACME Studio (63 N. 3rd St., at Wythe Ave., Williamsburg) for a screening of the 1983 film Strange Brew. The movie will be accompanied by food and beers from Samuel Adams. You can also meet Josh, author of the craft beer tome Brewed Awakening. Tickets are just $25 in advance ($20 with the discount code “keeprickcompany”), and you can even do an add-on for a copy of the book!
- Today might be a good day to check out the annual two-week long Belgianfest at Sunswick 35/35 (35-02 35th St., at 35th Ave., Astoria). From June 1st-18th, they’ll be pouring exclusively Belgian beers, from Hop–Ruiter to Maredsous 8 to St. Bernardus Abt 12 to Saison Dupoint. If you like Belgian beer, you need to venture over to Queens for this.