Upcoming Events for May

Lotta cool shit coming up this month, let’s dive right into it, shall we?

NY Burger Week | May 1st – 7th

Some pretty boss burger events, beer pairing dinners, etc. happening in NY this week. I won’t be able to make it so I will be killing it at home with some house ground half chuck, half pork belly burgers. Who wants in?

A Rare and Unique Craft Beer Experience @ Bootleggers on Broadway | May 2nd

The title may be a misnomer (at least if you’re reading this blog) but the tap list is still worthy.

Wild Game Night with Firestone Walker @ The City Beer Hall | May 2nd

Kaelin has already assured me that Wookey, 14th Anniversary (!!!), Parabola, and Sucuba is all on the menu. For the food check out Daniel B’s post.

Tree House Brewing Co. @ The Dive Bar | May 3rd

The crew from Tree House will be kicking off patio season at The Dive Bar with live music, good company and of course some Tree House beer.

Big Brew Day @ The Homebrew Emporium | May 4th

Homebrew Emporium is holding their 13th (!!!) annual Big Brew Day this Saturday with the English Dark Mild recipe found here. While the ingredients are still free, they’re asking that all brewers donate $10 to Boston Food Bank and bring a nonperishable food item for their can drive that will be running until May 5th.

Derby Day | May 4th

Time to kick back with a New England Distilling Rum Julep!

Food Truck Festival @ River Front Park | May 4th

I’m all for this. The Food Truck scene in Albany is pretty basic, consisting of the equivalent of carnie food and a sea of cupcake trucks. I’d love to see a huge movement towards some really interesting food while some of the insanely strict food truck rules getting a bit more laxed.

Three Penny Taproom’s Montbeerlier @ Langdon Street | May 4th

Three Penny’s ever growing anniversary party. Casks. Kegs. Sausages. Live music. Need I say more?? Wait, did I mention a new brew collaboration with Grassroots Brewing?

Intermezzo Release @ Carton Brewing | May 12

Green Apple and Wasabi sour. Sounds fantastic!

American Craft Beer Week | May 13th-19th

In case you needed another reason to drink great craft beer…

  • Beer Trivia @ The Ruck | May 13th: An extra awesome prize of some Hill Farmstead stuff for the winner.
  • East Coast vs. West Coast IPA Throwdown @ The Ruck | May 14th:  Enjoy By 5/17/13 vs. Ghandi Bot
  • Rushing Duck Launch @ The Ruck | May 15th: Never before carried in the Capital District, they’ve recently been picked up by my friends at Remarkable Liquids. Owners will be in house and Rushing Duck will be pouring from kegs and casks.
  • Rushing Duck Launch @ Excelsior Pub | May 16th: If you can’t make it to The Ruck’s event you have another option to try this area’s latest brew.
  • Kick the Kegs Party @ The Ruck | May 16th: Gotta make room for all the DFH kegs going on the next day. Anyone who kicks a keg that night will receive a  full serving of a very special hush hush beer on DFH Night.
  • Dogfish Head Night @ The Ruck | May 17th: Tap list TBA.
  • Wild Beer Roundup @ Allagash Brewing Co.| May 18th: Ghoulschip, Vrienden, Old HLT, & Coolship Single Barrel One. 2 bottle limit total. $15 a bottle. Doors open at 8AM.
  • WHERE THE WILD BEERS ARE Brooklyn 2013 @ The Gutter | May 19th: The most well organized bottle share I’ve ever heard of. Signups and more info here.
  • A Craft Brew Experience @ Pasta Pane | May 19th: Brew Tour of ADK Pub and Olde Saratoga, followed by beer pairing dinner at Pasta Pane. Transportation to and from breweries included.

St. Sophia Greek Festival | May 16th – 19th

A tradition for Elise and I. Gyros and Loukoumathes anyone?

2nd Annual Lager Cask Fundraiser Session @ The Tavern Framingham | May 24th – May 25th

Three sessions with Jack’s Abby and some of the best breweries New England has to offer, all to benefit One Mission. Tickets here.

Third Anniversary Celebration @ Hill Farmstead Brewery | May 25th

SOLD OUT. Sadly I won’t be making it to this one. I will however be camping up in Waterbury that weekend so if anyone is coming up early and wants to get their drink on, let me know.

Bottle Release @ Hill Farmstead Brewery | May 26th

Elaborative #1, Prolegomena, and a yet unannounced Imperial Stout.


Buy Boston A Beer

Hey guys, I’ve shared this numerous times on Facebook but I wanted to make sure to reach out to as many of you as possible. A bunch of great breweries are getting together and donating some beer and other items to raffle off at The Tavern Framingham 3PM today to benefit The One Fund for those that have been affected by the tragic events that occurred at the Boston Marathon on Monday. The breweries include:
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Lionheart Winterfest Beer Social 2013 – February 7th

Lionheart is ramping up for their next big event, the Winterfest Beer Social. Check out the lineup they have planned:

  • Featured Beer: 2001 Samichlaus Bier (HOUSE AGED VINTAGE RARITY)
  • Corsendonk Christmas Ale
  • Dubuisson Frères sprl Scaldis Noel
  • Oskar Blues Gubna Imperial IPA
  • Einbecker Winter-Bock
  • Bear Republic Racer X Double IPA
  • North Coast Old Rasputin
  • Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous
  • Sierra Nevada Celebration Ale
  • Abita Christmas Ale
  • Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
  • Lagunitas Sucks Holiday Ale
  • Southern Tier Old Man Winter Ale
  • Southern Tier Krampus Imperial Helles
  • Southern Tier Pumking
  • Southern Tier 2Xmas
  • Troegs Mad Elf
  • Emelisse Winterbier

Pretty eclectic tap list they have there. Nice way to catch up on some Christmas and even some fall beers you may have missed. (Actually, I’m just going to go ahead and say Pumking is a year-round beer at this point.) Sucks is getting it’s 15 minutes of fame in a big way right now, stealing it’s thunder from the classic Winter IPA, Celebration Ale. And I’m definitely looking forward to checking out the 2001 Samichlaus and the Emelisse Winterbier the most. How about you?

Upcoming Events for Jan/Feb 2013

Haven’t done one of these in a while. Wow, there are a TON of events popping up in the next few weeks. I’m trying to keep everything on a calendar on the right sidebar, and you can see the full calendar here.

Winter VT BeerAdvocate Meet-Up @ Drop-In Brewing – January 12th

The semi-annual meetup of the Vermont BAs. It’s being held at Drop-In Brewing and generally can’t be missed.

Wild Game Night with Dogfish Head Brewery @ The City Beer Hall- January 17th

The City Beer Hall is back at it again with another one of their awesome game dinners. DFH really isn’t my thing, but man I would like to get my hands on that West Indian Curried Iguana. Yes I said “IGUANA”.

Wing Wars @ The Franklin Terrace – January 19th

All you can eat wings from some of the best restaurants in the area. What more do I have to say? Buy your tickets at any of the participating venues.

Wood and Fire Dinner @ Druthers Brewing Co. – January 23th

I haven’t been back to Druthers since my less than positive experience there when they opened. Might be time to give them another shot when it isn’t track season.

Stone Brewing Co. Night @ The Ruck – January 25th

If you’re like me, you missed out on all of the great Vertical Epic events in NYC and Mass. back in December. Here’s your chance to play catch up.

Festival of Barrels @ Adirondack Pub & Brewery – January 26th

One of the few breweries in our area doing some serious work with barrel aged beers. They’ve been hit or miss for me, but this is a great opportunity to get a sample of everything ADK Pub has been working on. Also whets the appetite for the upcoming Night of the Barrels!

Homebrewers Shin Dig @ The Ruck – January 27th

Awards and bottle share for those who participated in this year’s Extreme Homebrew Competition.

Beer Dinner at @ Crossroads Brewing Co. – February 5th

“Pate”, “Terrine”, “Confit”, “Truffle”. Looks like they hit all of the keywords for a seriously delicious dinner!

Night of the Barrels / Extreme Beer Fest @ The Cyclorama – February 8th / February 9th

Already sold out, hope you got your tickets! BeerAdvocate’s yearly look at the extreme side of beer. Elise and I will be heading to NotB. See you there?

Mac-n-Cheese Bowl @ Albany Marriott – February 16th

I love Mac-n-Cheese (when it isn’t $13 for a bowl). My problem with events like this, and the Chowderfest is also a victim of this, is that as chefs try to stand out from the crowd, they add more and more shit to the mac-n-cheese to make their particular version unique. It stops being about the dish, and starts being about who can add the craziest shit to their mac-n-cheese.  The “people” can keep their Double Bacon Cheeseburger and Cheddar-Apple “Kugel” mac-n-cheeses to themselves. Me? I prefer my mac-n-cheese generally unfucked with.

Dogfish Head Night at The Ruck Tap List Announced

— Got this response about their November 16th event via their Facebook this morning:

  • 60 min
  • 90 min
  • 120 min
  • Faithfull 
  • Palo Santo
  • Midas Touch
  • Black and Blue
  • Burton Baton
  • Red and White
  • Chicory Stout
  • Aprihop
  • Chateau Jiahu
  • Namaste
  • Sah Tea
  • Festina Peche
  • World Wide Stout
  • Miles Davis’ Bitches Brew
  • Tweason’ale
  • Raison D’etre
  • Immort Ale
  • Theobroma
  • Hellhound On My Ale
  • Punkin
  • My Antonia
  • Indian Brown
  • Shelter Pale Ale

And the bottle list:

  • Urkontinent
  • 75 Min
  • Saison Du Buff (Stone Version)

I’ll update if I hear anything about casks, Randalls, build your own Randalls, etc.

EDIT: Brian updated me with the Randall list:

  • Midas Touch with lime and mint
  • One year old World Wide Stout with vanilla beans, bourbon soaked coffee beans and Werther’s Originals.


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Spider Bite Beer Co. One Year Anniversary Party at Tap and Barrel – Nov 21st [Upcoming Events]

Any Spider Bite fans out there? These guys killed it at TAP NY this year and I just haven’t gotten my hands on their beer since. Looks like their portfolio has expanded greatly in the meantime and they have a really solid lineup for their Anniversary party.

From their Facebook event page:

We are having our 1 year anniversary party at Tap and Barrel on November 21st, Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Along side our current lineup we will have available (subject to change):

  • Saison dry hopped with Hallertauer 7% abv, new beer no name yet Hoppy
  • Smoked stout, home smoked malt 8.5% abv new beer no name yet
  • Rophenia, Quad aged 7 months 11.5% abv
  • American Farmhouse, dry hopped with experimental hop HBC-342 huge Brett component and 5.5% new beer no name yet
  • pHlow (aka Huffin’), Flemish Red with Zin grapes. 8% abv. New beer for acidic lovers only
  • Czech Pilsner, lagered 3 months with Budvar yeast 6% abv new beer
  • Black Widow, black IIPA aged a few months now and ready to strike. 12.2% abv
  • Chocolate Cinnamon Babka, stout base 8.5% abv new beer
  • Boris the Spider aged 11 months and finished with Bourbon soaked oak
  • Boris the Spider aged 11 months and finished with chocolate and cherries
  • Burton Bite-On, English style pale ale.

Watch for additions/changes.


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