It’s always Beer Week at Jimmy’s No. 43

AlternateBeerAdvocateLooking back over the past 12 years (!!) from our home in the Brewmuda Triangle on East 7th Street, Jimmy’s No. 43 has been part of the larger NYC craft beer scene for more than a decade. We’re very excited to once again be the unofficial “clubhouse” for NYC Beer Week, which kicks off for us this Friday, February 24th, with the annual SimulTap, featuring a local beer made from local ingredients (we’ll be tapping a keg of “Something Ugly this SMASH comes,” a collaboration IPL from KelSo and Greenpoint Harbor featuring a State Malt and State Hop – aka SMASH beer – at 5PM).

Jimmy’s No. 43 has always prided itself on our support of local and artisan brewers around the world (want to know more about the beers that inspired us over the years? check out this article in Brooklyn Magazine), and we still feature many new brewers on our 12 rotating taps and even more beers by the bottle. Drop by and try the newest from IcoNYC (Queens, we have their High Ryse on tap right now), Industrial Arts, Threes and Other Half (among others).

Or maybe whisky is your preference! We have added a robust menu of hand-crafted spirits, which you can drink neat, on the rocks or in one of our signature cocktails – many of these brands are from the emerging distilling scene here in NYC. We also have one of the city’s best selections of cider and several NY State wines.

We’re also serving up a seasonal market menu, featuring both meat and vegetarian options, including our lasagne made with pork from Flying Pigs Farm, one of the sustainable farms we have supported over the years. And speaking of food and showing the love… we’ve nurtured quite a few impressive chefs over the past dozen years, including one of our first chefs, Philip Kirschen-Clark, whose inventive work in our kitchen was profiled many moons ago in this Grub Street article.

We always try to be inventive without being gimmicky, whether it was the city’s first sour beer week (we’ll be bringing back April Sours on Saturday, April 29th) or our annual Battle of the Belgians (which we are bringing to NYC Beer Week with an all-Trappist version – get tickets here).

So as we greet another NYC Beer Week (see our full list of events here), we’re proud of our rich craft beer heritage and how we’ve tried to be a part of the larger East Village community we call home. Hope to see you at the bar… you’re part of Jimmy’s beer family!

Homebrew Connection and Background About Our Brewmuda Triangle

InteriorBW2017Did you know that the very first meeting of the NYC Homebrewers Guild took place right in our building way back in 1987? Yep, for 30 years now this group has been meeting right upstairs from Jimmy’s No. 43 at Burp Castle. In fact, it was where Garrett Oliver – James Beard Award-winning Brewmaster of Brooklyn Brewery  – first shared some of his early concoctions. Due to the three bars sharing the same building (the third place is Standings), we’re colloquially known as the “Brewmuda Triangle,” because you can drop in and never leave thanks to all the amazing beer!

We’re still connected to the larger homebrew community, offering up a spot for their annual BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) studies and as a drop-off point for homebrewers who are entering next month’s Homebrew Alley XI.

We’ll also be celebrating during NYC Beer Week (February 24th-March 4th), with a great line-up of events to include:

  • A kick-off celebration with charcuterie on Friday, February 24th
  • Simultap at 5PM on Friday, February 24th – our special tap for NYC Beer Week
  • Battle of the Belgians: Trappist Edition on Saturday, February 25th
  • Joshua Bernstein’s Homebrew Jamboree on Sunday, February 26th
  • Consider Bardwell Beer & Cheese Pairing on Monday, February 27th
  • Homebrew Happy Hour in honor of the BJCP classes on Tuesday, February 28th
  • NYC Brewer’s Choice (off-site) on Wednesday, March 1st
  • Alpine and Green Flash Night on Thursday, March 2nd
  • Ronnie Sue Chocolates Sampling with Beer on Friday, March 3rd
  • and another cheese-related event TBD

And if you prefer liquor over beer, never fear! Our expanded spirits program will include some exclusive guided tasting events this winter, as we launch Jimmy’s Spirit Council. Among the offerings:

  • Jimmy’s Spirits Council Launch Party on Saturday, January 28th: with El Buho Mezcal, Catsill Provisions Honey Whiskey and McKenzie Rye Whiskey
  • High West Dinner with Eliza Czander on Thursday, February 9th
  • An Irish Spirits St. Patrick’s with Jeff Cioletti (date TBD in March)
  • East Meets South – NY State Bourbon Pairing with Lew Bryson on Tuesday, April 4th

Of course, we also have a great seasonal menu, which currently features our amazing lasagna, cassoulet and new hearty vegetarian items that are perfect for winter!

So come on by and enjoy the history of drinking in the Brewmuda Triangle as we keep pouring the best hand-crafted beers, artisan spirits, orchard-to-bar ciders and local wines.

Where You Bean? Cassoulet Cookoff Returns This Sunday!

cassoulet-judges-tableLeave it to the French to create a peasant dish that has so many variations that we can host an entire cook-off around it! Voilà, this Sunday’s 9th Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off (taking place from 1-4PM on January 15th… a few tickets remain here). We have an incredible line-up of new and returning chefs, and we’re adding our own lamb cassoulet to the menu this week, so you can enjoy this classic meal yourself through the end of the month. Pair with wine or spirits (or even your favorite craft beer). It’s hand-crafted loveliness!

Or join us this Sunday and sample an array of cassoulet styles from the following chefs:

  • Noah Sheetz (former NY Governor’s Mansion chef), co-founder of Chefs’ Consortium
  • Jimmy’s No. 43
  • Grant Springer, Chefs’ Consortium
  • Chef Michael Lapi, Chefs’ Consortium
  • Chef Carolyn Wells, Chefs’ Consortium, who will be competing with a vegetarian cassoulet
  • Chefs Richie Biondo, 5 Napkin Burger
  • Peter Hudson, formerly French Roast, Nizza
  • Chef Jesse Jones
  • Tyler LaCorata, Still The One Distillery
  • Ryan Burk of Angry Orchard ciders
  • Tahisha Solages, Chefs’ Consortium
  • Alana Szemer, who was last year’s people’s choice and judges’ winner in the traditional cassoulet category

A portion of the proceeds will benefit this year’s non-profit partner, Brooklyn Rescue Mission, a food pantry and community garden in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn.