Well, we’re almost halfway through June and there hasn’t been much on the radar when it comes to beer nerd friendly and fat kid alike events in the area. Things are picking up in the new couple of weeks though, so let’s check it out.
The Country Boil @ The City Beer Hall | June 15th
Happens tonight. Not much info here but CBH’s events are all pretty solid and Chef Dimitrios Menagias never fails to please. Paired up with Brooklyn Brewery.
Rochester Real Beer Week | June 14th – 23rd
For my Western New York beer peeps. Some cool events listed here, although I’m partial to the ones at Tap & Mallet and Lovin’ Cup. Capital District folks, pop a Three Heads bottle this week as a nod to our Western NY brethren.
SAVOR | June 14th-15th
This is the biggie for the month. It’s the first and possibly only time that SAVOR is coming to NY. If DC is too far away for a beer and food festival for you, this may be your only chance. Fair warning: tickets are $175 (minimum) compared to $120 in DC last year. The Three Floyds, Bell’s & Crooked Stave, and The Lost Abbey salons get my top pick.
4th Annual Saratoga Brewfest @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds | June 15th
Saratoga Brewfest and its fall counterpart, Oktobeerfest, might as well be called “Saratoga Brofest” and “Okbrobeerfest”. These are promotions and distributor driven festivals that cater to those looking to “GET FUCKING SHITFACED” than meet many brewers or try new beers. But hey, if that’s your cup of tea, have at it. They do have some bokehlicious photography on their website, though, so bravo for that.
River Street Festival | June 15th
Troy comes alive with food, vendors, performers, and live music on River St. from Fulton to Congress. Should give me a great opportunity to hone some of my street photography skillz on my new Sony NEX-6.
The Festival | June 21st
The sleeper event of 2012. I think this pretty much fell under most people’s radar last year, myself for the sticker shock to its initial price (and missing the price reduction) but I don’t think that will be the case this year. This is the can’t miss beer fest of the 2013, especially if you want to meet with gueuze ninjas Jean Van Roy and Armand Debelder, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø, plus US locals like Shaun Hill, Chad Yakobson, Brian Strumke, Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø, etc.
Annual Pig Roast @ Captain Lawrence | June 22nd
Tickets include beer, pig, music and transport to the Metro North all for $40. This is a STEAL.
Lagunitas Beer Social 2013 @ Lionheart Pub | June 26th
Lionheart’s next beer social features the West Coast brews of Lagunitas, with Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Stout, Sucks, Fusion and many others on tap. Check out the full tap list here.
Left Hand Tap Event @ The Ruck | June 28th
Tap list TBA. Maybe a good time to break out my 2006 Smokejumper?
Riverside Brewfest @ Historic Catskill Point | June 29th-30th
Elise and I have done this festival in the past and have really enjoyed it. It’s a very laid back fest where it’s less about a race to try every single beer there and more about grabbing an (almost) pint and sitting on the lawn on a blanket or chair and enjoying the music while snacking on a few things. Excelsior Pub is doing a bus to and from for those looking for transport.
That’s all I got, folks. I feel like I HAVE to be missing something. If so, hit me up!