Drink NY and Be Thankful: Great Local Beer, Wine, Cider and Spirits

One of our favorite cider makers, Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr.
One of our favorite cider makers, Andy Brennan of Aaron Burr.

How do we celebrate Thanksgiving? By keeping it local! You can drink NY every day  at Jimmy’s No. 43! Whatever your beverage preference, we’ve got you covered. Some of our favorites:

  • For Cider – We love Aaron Burr’s East Branch, Eve’s “Northen Spy” Autumn Stoscheck, and Steve Selin’s Packbasket from South Hill Cider
  • For wine – We recently discovered Southold Cellars from North Fork and Shinn Estates Nine Barrel Merlot
  • For spirits – We’re making a “Reverse Martini” a la Julia Child with Brooklyn’s own Uncouth Vermouth topped with a splash of Queens Courage Gin; plus a High Ball with King’s County Bourbon
  • And lest we forget what we’re most famous for… Craft Beer! On draught this week we have a great lineup from Folksbier, Threes Brewing, Barrier, Other Half and Bridge & Tunnel (congrats on their new brewery that recently opened in Ridgewood, Queens)

So come in and be thankful for a wealth of NY State beverages! We’ll be toasting the season and look forward to raising a glass with you. Happy Thanksgiving!

That’s a Wrap! A Great Cider Week with Holidays on the Horizon

We recorded our Cider Salon this past Saturday! We'll let you know when the video can be viewed.
We recorded our Cider Salon this past Saturday! We’ll let you know when the video can be viewed.

It felt like we were running a marathon, but Cider Week NYC wrapped this past Sunday, and we were overwhelmed by the great array of cider makers (and cider lovers) who visited Jimmy’s No. 43. After a sold-out “Rev.” Nat West’s Cider Seminary on Friday, we hosted an all-day Cider Salon with many of the nation’s great cider makers (Aaron Burr, Farnum Hill, Eden Ice Cider, Embark and many more). We’ll be keeping a great list of ciders over the winter, and we’ll be featuring a weekly Cider & Cheese with Bobolink Dairy and Bakehouse (join us Friday afternoons, buy a cider – or beer, wine, cocktail – and you’ll get free cheese samples!).

And as we go in to the holidays, now’s a great time to reflect on all the positive reviews our new menu from Tito King’s Kitchen at Jimmy’s No. 43 has received. We celebrated our 10th Anniversary last month, and the new liquor menu along with delicious dishes such as our Chicken Wings Adobo has brought us to our second decade in style.

Of course, we love our tradition, too. Coming up in a few weeks – on Saturday, December 5th – will be the Sixth Annual Battle of the Belgians (get your tickets now), featuring great imports facing off against  Belgian-style Americans from Two Roads, Jolly Pumpkin, Folksbier, Allagash, LIC Beer Project and others. And tickets for January’s Eighth Annual Cassoulet Cook-Off are already on sale (click here for information on buying tickets or competing as a pro/am chef).

And of course, we’ll have our annual Christmas Day Beer Brunch plus several New Year’s Eve packages to choose from. And we still have plenty of room to host your party (of any size, be sure to email with inquiries).

Our bar is open for business during all the events, so be sure to drop by and see what’s happening at Jimmy’s No. 43!

Cider Week NYC Culminates in Rev. Nat’s Cider Seminary and Full-Day Cider Salon

Cider_PumpkinsWe’re only mid-way through Cider Week, and the best is yet to come. Tonight, we’ll be welcoming Eleanor Leger and the team from Eden’s Ice Ciders, and tomorrow we’ll have reps from Samuel Smith chatting about English Ciders.

Then as we head into the weekend, we have two awesome and different ticketed events no cider lover will want to miss. First up, it’s Reverend Nat’s Cider Seminary on  Friday, November 13th where you can sample 20+ different ciders with “Rev.” Nat West leading a talk about west coast (and other) varieties of cider. For those who hunger for even more insider information, join in the amazing Cider Salon on Saturday, November 14th. The line-up for the day (ticket required – only $15 in advance or $20 at the door, which includes some samples plus all the programming below):

  • 1PM – Jacob Lagoner with Embark Ciders will sample and talk about cask ciders, apple varieties and the evolution of cider making in his area of NY State
  • 2PM – Cheese and Cider Sampling with Lauren McDowell (editor of CheeseRank) and Jahil Maplestone of Descendant Cider featuring Murray’s Cheese (and Descendant cask)
  • 3PM – “Wild Apples” with cider makers Steve Selin and Andy Brennan (of Aaron Burr Ciders): A discussion of using foraged apples for cider recipes
  • 4PM – “The Intersection of Beer and Cider” with Josh Bernstein and Eric West featuring West Coast Ciders from “Rev” Nat West of Reverend Nat’s Ciders
  • 5PM – Apple Varieties with Loulou Spencer of Farnum Hill and Kevin Zielinski of EZ Orchards
  • 6PM – Natural Wine and Cider Making with wine writer Alice Feiring and Andy Brennan

This event was listed as the #1 “Must Attend” event for the week by Cider Journal. Come in this week to celebrate cider and the real cider makers of NY State and beyond!