New York's best beer events in 2015

Hey, suds lover! Get ready to map out the year's best beer events in New York City with our handy guide.

Photograph: Dan D'Ippolito
NYC Beer Week

Wondering where you can sip your favorite craft beers while listening to live music or chowing down on delicious bar food? Feast your eyes on this hops-happy events calendar for beer enthusiasts, which includes tap takeover events in the city as well as boozy festivities upstate.

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Bacon & Bourbon 2015

At this swine-and-spirits bonanza, score salty strips of pork courtesy of Tender Belly and D'Artagnan and bacon-bourbon ice cream sandwiches from Melt Bakery as you sip your way through more than 40 all-American slugs (Elijah Craig, Knob Creek) for two and a half hours. VIP ticketholders will gain access to an exclusive seminar on barrel aging, and a tasting complete with charcuterie pairings.

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Astor Center Feb 14, 2015

NYC Beer Week 2015 Opening Tap

Find 100 rare, one-night-only brews at bars, restaurants and taprooms scattered across the city, including KelSo's dry-hopped Industrial IPA, Gun Hill's barrel-aged Void of Light and Transmitter's Brett Farmhouse Ale.

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Various locations Feb 20, 2015

NYC Beer Week 2015 Opening Day Bash

To kick off the weeklong beer bonanza, 40 breweries from New York State, including 15 from Gotham, pour unlimited samples of their small-batch ales and give guests face time with their master brewers.

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The Altman Building Feb 21, 2015

NYC Beer Week 2015 Brewer's Choice

Join two dozen regional breweries tapping their favorite kegs for this beer-and-food pairing, featuring a local chefs' station and a special Vermont table that highlights suds and snacks from the Green Mountain state.

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Sanders Studios Feb 24, 2015

NYC Beer Week 2015 Ruppert's Cup

During this "people's choice" competition, 17 breweries (Rockaway, Flagship, Gun Hill) vie for the title of best brewery of Beer Week by hosting a series of events highlighting rare and limited-edition suds releases and meet-the-brewer events. Vote for your favorite among them throughout the week using ballots for $5 each, which goes toward NYC City Harvest. The victor will be announced at the closing-party brunch on Mar 1.

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Various locations Feb 20–Mar 1


NYC Craft Beer Festival

Critics' pick

This suds shindig returns for its tenth year with unlimited two-ounce pours of more than 150 brews from 75 breweries across the country, such as Abita, Long Trail and Dogfish Head. Hops-heads can also attend expert-led seminars that highlight home-brewing techniques and introduce up-and-coming microbrewers from New England and the Mid-Atlantic, then sop up the booze with snacks like Tater-Tot nachos and gouda-bacon sandwiches.

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Lexington Avenue Armory Fri Mar 13 - Sat Mar 14


Bacon and Beer Classic

Critics' pick

Breweries (Coney Island, Harlem Brewing) and restaurants (Bareburger, Swine) from all five boroughs come together for this patty fest, where you can sip more than 120 suds and nosh on unlimited bacon bites like chocolate-and-bacon-covered pretzels and beer pancakes with maple-sriracha syrup. Work off your gluttony with rounds of whiffle ball, inflatable bungee run and life-size Jenga on the stadium concourse, or learn home-brewing basics and butchering techniques at complementary demonstrations.

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Citi Field Saturday April 25 2015


Five Boro Craft Beer Fest

This all-you-can-drink tasting includes more than 100 event-exclusive small-batch beers by 33 New York area breweries such as Gun Hill Brewing Co., Finback Brewery and Grimm Artisanal Ales, plus a performance by rock band Stolen Rhodes. Sip unlimited 2-ounce pours and pick the brains of craft brewers, then choose your favorite suds from the home-brew contest and take home a commemorative tasting glass.

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Studio Square Events Friday May 1 2015


Ken K
Ken K

OK, so that covers the next 11 weeks ... what about the rest of the year?