Happy Good Beer Month, Friends! Earlier this month, Mayor Michael Bloomberg proclaimed July Good Beer Month in New York City for the fifth year in a row. Brought to you by The Good Beer Seal, an organization dedicated to promoting locally brewed beer (as well as local ingredients in drink and food), July in New York City is now a time to recognize the city's great beer bars, restaurants and much more.
Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy's No. 43 and Beer Sessions Radio on Heritage Radio is one of the organizers behind the event and he is not taking it lightly. Jimmy and many other local businesses are putting together a series of events throughout the month. Each event promises great beer but also delicious food and some summer fun.
So what's in store for the month? Starting this week, a series of beer-related events (or Craft Beer Jams) will kick off at The Greene Space. It all starts this Wednesday:
Wednesday, July 10 at 7pm, $25
Get a look at (and taste of) some of the most rare and special brews available today. This includes a few limited release beers from sought-after breweries as well as a few other delightful gems. In addition, some of the best beer bars will be represented: Dan McGloughlin (Pony Bar), Ed Berestecki (Mug's Ale House), Dave Broderick (Blind Tiger Ale House) and Kirk Sturble (4th Avenue Pub) will all join Jimmy in a discussion about beer.
But don't worry -- there'll be some awesome music too (hence the "jam"-ing). Brooklyn country music band The Flanks will perform for the audience after the panel — and after you've had a chance to try some amazing beers.
Wednesday, July 17 at 7pm, $25
This time, talented home brewers like Chris Cuzme (now a pro brewer at 508 Gastrobrewery) and Mary Izett of My Life on Craft join Jimmy and brewing experts John LaPolla of Bitters & Esters along with Sam Merritt, owner of Civilization of Beer to discuss some of the secrets behind brewing great beer at home.
Following the panel and tasting (including beers from Lagunitas), local band The Bailen Brothers, a unique group from Manhattan, will perform for the audience as well. These guys were a hit at CMJ so their sure to entertain at The Greene Space as well.
Wednesday, July 24 at 7pm, $25
While the borough has only recently become host to craft breweries, several small brewers have popped up and proven their worth among New York City's many breweries. Robby Crafton of Big Alice Brewing, Rich Castagna of Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, Ethan Long of Rockaway Brewing Company and Brian Dwyer of Singlecut Beersmiths will discuss the state of brewing in Queens with Jimmy and his guest Chris Schonberger of First We Feast.
And sticking with the Queens theme, a band from the borough, The Great Apes, will perform live as well. They play an electro-funk style of music that will definitely have the crowd dancing.
Best news of all: if you buy tickets for all three events at once, you'll get a discount. We hope to see you there!