Wondering where you can sip on your favorite craft beers while listening to live music or chowing down on artisanal foods? Have a pint at a tap takeover event in the city, or discover boozy festivities in Beacon, NY or at Uniondale's Nassau Coliseum. Plan your year out with our hoppy events calendar for the beer enthusiast.
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Jan 25, Feb 10, Mar 18:
Tröegs tap takeoversThis English-style brewery (troegs.com) is seizing spigots all over NYC this winter—at Valhalla (815 Ninth Ave at 54th St; Feb 10 6–8pm), at the Jeffrey (311 E 60th St between First and Second Aves; Mar 18 6–9pm) and with a growler tasting at the Ploughman (438 Seventh Ave between 14th and 15th Sts, Park Slope, Brooklyn; Jan 25 4–7pm).
Bell’s tap takeover at Idle Hands BarNew Yorkers will soon find out that Kalamazoo, Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery, which concocts two dozen of the Midwest’s most sought-after seasonal and year-round beers, freakin’ rules. Many of its offerings, otherwise unavailable in NYC, will be on tap all month at this Alphabet City joint (we recommend the robust, IPA-style Two Hearted Ale). Visit on Wednesdays to take advantage of $10 tastings (7–9pm, must R.S.V.P. at bit.ly/bellsnyc). 25 Ave B between 2nd and 3rd Sts, downstairs (917-338-7090, idlehandsbar.com)
Big Brew NY Beer FestivalA trip to White Plains will earn you unlimited tastings of more than 200 unique beers and the opportunity to knock a few back with brewery reps. Westchester County Center, 198 Central Ave, White Plains, NY (bigbrewny.com). 5–8:30pm; $50.
Feb 28–Mar 1:
NYC Craft Beer FestivalHey, spring is just around the corner! Celebrate with unlimited tastings of 150 of the season’s crispest craft brews during one of the year’s big-deal events. Lexington Avenue Armory, 68 Lexington Ave between 25th and 26th Sts (nyccraftbeerfest.com). Feb 28 at 8pm, Mar 1 at 2, 7pm; $49 and up.
Mar 1, 2:
Split Thy Brooklyn SkullCome to Mugs Ale House prepared to sample a head-spinning collection of super strong (8 percent ABV or above) ales, stouts and barley wines. Remember to hydrate. 125 Bedford Ave between North 10th and 11th Sts, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-486-8232, mugsalehouse.com)
Spring Craft Beer FestivalLike your favorite indie band, when craft beers start filling arenas, does that mean they’ve sold out? The only way to find out is to venture to Nassau Coliseum for this fest—which also features a silent disco. Nassau Coliseum, 1255 Hempstead Tpke, Uniondale, NY (springcraftbeerfestival.com). 12:30–4pm, 5:30–9pm; $45.
Apr 26, 27:
TAP New YorkThe scenic outdoor beer-and-food fest has been going strong in the Catskills since 1997. This year’s incarnation will feature representation from as many as 70 breweries, in addition to cooking demos, food pairings and more. Many of the participating in-state suds makers will be judged in an epic beer tasting competition to see who can dethrone Sixpoint, last year’s victor. Hunter Mountain, 64 Klein Ave, Hunter, NY (tap-ny.com). Apr 26 1–5pm; $73. Apr 27 noon–4pm; $60. Two-day pass $113.
Good BeerPresented by local organization Good Bear Seal in conjunction with Edible Manhattan magazine, this Brooklyn bash is the culminating event of Good Beer Month, a slate of tastings and other gatherings at locations around the city. Keep your stomach padded at the sudsy soiree by chowing down on artisanal food from local purveyors. Location and date TBA (ediblemanhattan.com).
Aug 8, 9:
Belgium Comes to Cooperstown
Trekking to Cooperstown and camping out for two days just for beer is a great-outdoor trip we can get behind. Especially when host Ommegang Brewery is providing a world-class array of Belgian-style brews. Ommegang Brewery, 656 County Hwy 33, Cooperstown, NY (ommegang.com). Tickets go on sale Apr 1 at noon.
Hudson River Craft Beer FestivalThe Hudson River Valley has become fertile ground for craft brews in recent years. Get with the program right on the banks of the river in Beacon, New York (near the Metro-North station), drink your fill, and rock out to live music. Riverfront Park, 1 Flynn Dr, Beacon, NY (hudsonrivercraftbeerfestival.com). Date TBA.