And you know, he has a point. Actually, he has a pint.
It may not be the case that Matt Groening’s everyman owes his record-setting television sitcom longevity to yeast, hops and barley, but certainly many a similar notable accomplishment has been fortified with regular consumption of Homer Simpson’s favorite quaff. Those sharing his obsession have something to look forward to as from February 19-28, the 8th Annual New York City Beer Week will take place – yes it’s a ten-day week, but would seven days be sufficient to allow for a sampling of the fine products of local artisanal brewers? In the elasticity of time, let work weeks be shorter, and beer weeks be longer.
Even ten days may not really be adequate, as there will be some 400 citywide events taking place at 250 beer destinations as part of the festivities, put on by the New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG). Not only will 23 of New York’s premier Guild craft breweries take part, but also standout nationally and internationally renowned breweries, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants will be involved. Kelly Taylor, President of the NYCBG am Co-Founder/Brewer at KelSo Beer Company says he’s “incredibly excited” for this year’s event, as several new aspects are being inaugurated this year. Among these will be the 2016 NYC Beer Trail app (iOS, Android), which focuses on 11 New York regions curated by local retailers and venues, detailing functions including the event schedule, Guild events, beer trails, venues, special programming and a scavenger hunt; it will roll out at the Opening Bash 2016, which takes place aboard Empire Cruises’ Nautical Express on Saturday, February 20 at two times: 1pm-4pm, and 5pm-8pm, and will feature onboard entertainment, artisanal food purveyors and brewmasters pouring their latest releases during a cruise that will pass by the Statue of Liberty.
The kickoff event on February 19 at 7pm will be the citywide Simultap (TM), wherein more than 25 venues will simultaneously tap one of the Guild’s freshly brewed SMASH beers. These brews will then be available on draught throughout beer week at participating bars around the city. Returning attractions include Beer Sessions Radio (TM) and the Good Beer Seal’s 6th Annual NYC Brewers Choice (TM) at Sanders Studio, 525 Waverly, Clinton Hill, on Wednesday, February 24; this event celebrates exceptional workers within the craft beer industry and avails attendees the opportunity to mingle with the brewers themselves. For a list of participating companies, see www.nycbrewerschoice.com.
On Thursday, February 25 the Greene Space hosts “WQXR’s Classical Beer Jam: Made In New York Edition”, hosted by Matt Abramovitz of WQXR. This special event will feature live performances by notable composers who were either born or lived in New York, such as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein, Rachmanoff and Dvo?ák, and classical guitarist Pablo Villegas will play an interpretation of “West Side Story”. Participating brewers will be Transmitter Brewing, Finback Brewery, and the Bronx Brewery. On Saturday, February 27 the celebration will be rounded out by the most ambitious cask festival to ever happen in Gotham, happening at the Altman Building on West 18. NYCBG is teaming up with the NYC Brewers Association, Time Out New York and Get Real Presents for two sessions featuring over 150 casks; an inaugural “Peoples’ Choice” awards ceremony will take place, naming honorees in the following categories: Favorite Beer Week Bartender, Favorite Beer Week Bar, Favorite Beer Week Beer, Favorite Beer Week Event, and Favorite Beer Week New York State Brewery (who will be awarded The Ruppert’s Cup, named in honor of Jacob Ruppert, Jr. legendary brewer, US Congressman and owner of the New York Yankees from 1915-1939.
Guild breweries include Big Alice Brewing, Braven Brewing Co., Bridge and Tunnel Brewing, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Company, Dyckman Beer Co., Eataly Birreria, Finback Brewery, Flagship Brewery, Greenpoint Beer & Ales, Grimm Artisanal Ales, Gun Hill Brewing Co., Harlem Brewing Co., Heartland Brewing Co., KelSo Beer Co., LIC Beer Project, Queens Brewery, Rockaway Brewing Co., Sixpoint Brewery, The Keg & Lantern, Threes Brewing, and Transmitter Brewing.