One of our favorite yearly events is coming up, so important it deserved it’s own post, a celebration of all things craft beer in Brooklyn hosted by the Village Voice! At the 4th annual Brooklyn Pour, the event will offer tastings of over 100 craft beers being poured by breweries across the country, with a focus on the tri-state area, and of course, New York City. You’ll be able to taste seasonal, micro & reserve brews with each brewery bringing their best to impress.
With the $85 “VIP ticket”, you can enter at 2pm (public entry at 3pm) and have access to the VIP lounge which boasts a private bar & mezzanine to observe all of entertainment below. You’ll also bring home a VIP gift bag. A $65 “Early Entry” ticket will get you in a half hour early at 2:30pm and a $55 “General Admission” ticket will get you in at 3pm. All tickets including beer tastings, entertainment and a commemorative tasting glass. To fill your stomach in between brews you can check out the food court (keep checking back to the Brooklyn Pour page for the announcement of food vendors).
Some of our favorite breweries will be representing so make sure not to miss them. Brooklyn Brewery, Singlecut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewing Company & 508 Gastro Brewery all on our NYC Brewery Tour. The event will take place at the Skylight One Hanson in Fort Green, the original Williamsburg Savings Bank, once the tallest (now the 2nd tallest) building in Brooklyn. As you drink you can take in this gorgeous Art Deco masterpiece with 63ft. tall ceilings covered in mosaics, murals and 22 different kinds of marble. This is definitely an event not to be missed!
Game Night at Willoughby
Wednesday, Aug. 27, 4pm
Stop by Willoughby Plaza for a free festival of outdoor games, boardgames and live music. Enjoy happy hour drink specials and BBQ from Hill Country. For more information, click here.
A Baylander Tour
Saturday, Aug. 30, 10am
Tour the Baylander, IX-514, a historic US Navy vessel originally deployed fduring Vietnam and later used to train helicopter pilots. Docked at Pier 5 of the Brooklyn Bridge Park, you can take a free public tour. For more information, click here.
E Coast v. W Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour
Saturday, Aug. 30, [check site for updates on time]
Enjoy American craft beers while you rock out to punk and heavy metal. Enjoy Smuttynose, Sixppoint and more ipa’s to go along with the rocking soundtrack at The Gutter. For more information, click here.
New Orleans Style, Gumbo Brunch
Sunday, Aug. 31, 11am
The St. Mazie, a speakeasy cellar restaurant with great classic cocktails, is hosting a Gumbo brunch each Sunday this summer on their pack patio. Come to enjoy live music by the Blue Vipers of Brooklyn along with your bowl of gumbo. After brunch there’ll be live swing dance lessons and more live music. For more information, click here.
Right over the East River into Queens, only a few stops from Times Square on the 7 train (or the “International Express”), you can find one of the fastest developing neighborhood in the biggest borough in New York City. From old factories and a Pepsi Cola bottling factory, this neighborhood has become a gorgeous retreat from the city with an incredible waterfront, easy ferry access and an incredible variety of restaurants.
In its final phase of development, the waterfront area has become a one stop community with an incredible view of the Manhattan Skyline complete with its own shopping, restaurants and a public school. Some locals have even begun to call the area “The Queens Riviera”- separating it from “Hunter’s Point” At Gantry Plaza State Park (named for the industrial structures still standing which used to unload cargo from ships and transfer them to waiting trains) you’ll find some of the best views of the Manhattan skyline. You can stroll along the piers, go fishing, run your dog in the dog park, sunbath on one of their many lounge chairs or grab a bite to eat from the many food trucks that park in the Plaza.
What to Eat:
If you head back towards the train on Vernon Blvd. you’ll find a mix of restaurants as diverse as the borough itself, which is saying something considering Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the United States. From about 51st Ave. to 47th Ave. you’ll find the street lined with restaurants, bars, and small shops. From French Louisiana cuisine to doughnuts to Thai food, you’ll never run out of variety.
Life’s a Picnic
Tues. August 19, 11am
This “indoor picnic” will have food, shows and live music. Catch illuminate, Jr.’s cheesecake, Two Boots Pizza and Ciao Bello Gelato all under one roof! For more information and for the performance schedules, click here.
Cafe Ghia Crab Feast
Thurs. August 21, 7pm (1st seating), 9:30pm (2nd seating)
Eat all the blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes and watermelon you can handle at this annual event sponsored by Sixpoint (Apollo on draft). Crab expert (and Baltimore native) will be on hand with tutorials for any first time crab eaters. For more information, click here.
3rd Rail Beer Launch
Sat. August. 23, 6pm
Head to One Mile House to get in on the NYC debut of Third Rail Beer (who’s brewmaster has a background in microbiology and organic chemistry), celebrating with two new beers, the Bodega American Pale Aleand the Field 2 Farmhouse Ale. This will make the city’s 33rd brewery. For more information, click here.
Gun Hill’s 6th Month Anniversary Party
Sat. August 23, 2pm
Come celebrate Gun Hill’s sixth month of brewing in the Bronx. Grab some of their fresh brews using ingredients from local New York farmers. For more information, click here.
On a hot summer day in New York City, it can be extremely enticing to enjoy a nice refreshing dessert. We’ve listed before some of our favorite ice-creams spots in the city but on a particularly hot & humid day, dairy heavy ice-cream can seem unappetizing. Cue, the Italian Ice. Not to be confused with Snow Cones, or Sorbet, this delicious ice is made with fruit (or concentrates, juices or artificial flavorings if you go to the wrong place!). The fruit is mixed with water continuously as it’s frozen so they freeze mixed together.
There are a few different theories on how Italian Ice came to be, although none are confirmed. Some say that Roman Emperor Nero sent a servant to chill his wine far up in the hills and somehow the snow became mixed with the drink, creating the first Italian (or, ancient Roman) Ice. They say this resulted in the fastest runners being tasked to run up to the mountains to mix honey & seasonal fruit with the fresh snow. Some even credit the Chinese for giving Marco Polo his first taste, who then brought it back to Europe.
Regardless of its origins, Italian Ice has long been a NYC staple, starting with our historic street carts that used to roam the streets of the city’s ethnic neighborhoods. Today, Court Pastry Shop in Brooklyn is known for its incredible ice and enormous portions- a hefty “small”, will run you about $2. All their ices are still served in the classic paper cup. The Lemon Ice King of Corona, made nationally famous from the opening credits of “King of Queens”, is still family run and boasts incredible flavors, including rum raisin, peanut butter & licorice). For the modern New Yorker on the go, there’s Andy’s Italian Ices, a dessert truck that makes its rounds in Manhattan offering flavors such as green sour martini, pink grapefruit and root beer, as well as a variety of creme ice flavors like apple pie, banana creme & cannoli. You can visit the Court St. Pastry Shop and try them for yourself on our Neighborhood Eats Brooklyn Brownstone Tour.
Beer Geek Trivia: Peekskillz
Wed. August 13, 8pm
This round of Beer Geek Trivia by our favorite brew ladies; The Beerded Ladies, will be at Glorietta Baldy. Enjoy Peekskil on tap with incredible draft specials. For more information, click here.
Wed. August 13, 8pm
“The Remix” will be the finale party of this series by City Museum and El Museo del Barrio . Enjoy dance shows, live DJ’s, summer drinks and great food from this historically Puerto Rican neighborhood. For more information and to make reservations, click here.
Thurs. August 14, 7pm
A ball for, yup, bicyclists. There will be a bike valet, dancing (bike-friendly dress code), unlimited beer & wine, silent auctions of bicycles and more! For more information and tickets, click here.