Welcome to the “Brewmuda” Triangle: Where the NYC Beer Scene got its start

BJCPWe are very excited once again to be hosting some of the coolest beer geeks around as they study to pass the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). As the proliferation of homebrew events continues, more beer judges are needed. While sometimes beer professionals who are not certified are completely competent to judge, the BJCP trains beer drinkers (as opposed to beer makers) in the many characteristics that go into making 28 different beer styles in multiple variations.

Our building at 43 E. 7th Street in the East Village has a rich beer history. In fact, back in the 1980s, Garrett Oliver and the nascent NYC homebrewers would gather to sample each others brews. Currently, the address is home to three beer bars including Jimmy’s No. 43, which has led some beer fans to call this area of the city the “Brewmuda Triangle.”

We love offering up opportunities for the judges of tomorrow, who will be hanging out in the back room (and probably around the bar) every Tuesday for the next three months. And we’ll be offering up some great beer drinking this weekend:

  • On Friday, from 5-7 we’ll be offering a $10 NY beer sampler: get four tastings of NY beers
  • On Saturday, we’re hosting a TedX Manhattan viewing party and from 2-4 we’ll be serving up $15 plates of Chaucroute Garni from our e-cookbook I Like Pig
  • Then on Sunday from 4-10 p.m. Tastes and Sounds of the South returns with a Cajun pop-up kitchen (menu items to include jambalaya, catfish salad, mac & cheese fritters, and more great southern style Cajun cuisine)

Hope to see you this week at the bar!

Finnish Sahti Very Special Keg Tap Tonight!

The brewer from Lammi, Finland, and headbrewer Ben Neidhart brewing up Sahti last month in Connecticut.
The brewer from Lammi, Finland, and headbrewer Ben Neidhart brewing up Sahti last month in Connecticut.

UPDATED 2/28 – The keg has arrived at will be tapped at 2 p.m. Thanks for your patience!

It’s finally here! The Sahti brewed in Connecticut last month by Finnish brewer Pekka Kaariainen will be tapped tonight. A great way to end NYC Beer Week in style.

If you don’t know, Sahti is a quick-fermenting beer made with Juniper instead of hops (maybe follow it with one of our great artisanal gins). Only a handful of restaurants are getting this beer, and Jimmy’s No. 43 is one of them. We hope you can join us for one of the freshest beers on the market (we expect our keg to last at least though tomorrow).
And hear more about the brew day on Beer Sessions Radio.

It’s Finally Here: NYC Beer Week Returns to Jimmy’s No. 43

CiceronevCicerone1We think that every week is beer week at Jimmy’s No. 43, but this week, it’s official! We’ll have a full line-up of tastings, events, dinners and outstanding beers during NYC Beer Week (February 20th through March 1st). And with our new artisanal liquor program, we’ll have plenty of options for spirits’ lovers, too.

We officially launch NYC Beer Week tonight at 7 p.m. with the citywide Opening Tap (we’ll be raising our glass filled with Rocky Point Artisan Brewers’ American Brown Ale), but it’s only one of many local beers we’ll be tapping. Among the kegs ready to tap:

  • Transmitter Brewing Co. (Queens) – NY1 beer, a pale ale/sour made with all NY State ingredients
  • Folksbier (Brooklyn) – Dark Rye Ale and Light Helles Lager
  • Big Alice (Queens) – Rye IPA and Multi-grain Sour
  • Other Half (Brooklyn) – Hop Deeded Imperial IPA and Nelson Sauvin Hop IPA
  • Plus, we’ll be hosting Wild Beer Company’s Andrew Cooper and Brett Ellis tonight (Friday, February 20th) and be tapping their Evolver IPA-

Among our favorite events we’re hosting is Cicerone v. Cicerone Beer & Food Pairing (tickets here) this Sunday, February 22nd from 2-4 p.m. James Tai and Brendan Woodcock (both candidates for Master Cicerone and posing in their “fighter stance” in the photo) will be pairing beers (5 each; so 10 beers total) to a tasting menu that will include:

  • Scallops wrapped in bacon and cooked in gueuze to pair with gueuze
  • A parsnip and Brussels’ sprout dish with lemon gremolata to pair with a saison
  • Three additional pairings TBD

Also coming up next week, Whiskey aficionado Lew Bryson returns for a pay-as-you-go Beer & Spirits Tasting (with food specials and an option to buy Lew’s book, Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits).

And don’t forget that all week long we’ll be featuring the portraits of photographer Matt Coats, who was recently featured on the cover of Beer Advocate Magazine.

Our full beer week schedule:

Friday, February 20th – Opening Tap at 7 p.m

Saturday, February 21st – Josh Bernstein’s Third Annual Homebrew Jamboree

Saturday, February 21st – Matt Coats Exhibition Party

Sunday, February 22nd – Cicerone v. Cicerone: 5-beer + food pairing event with James Tai and Brendan Woodcock

Sunday, February 22nd – Tastes and Sounds of the South with George Kilby, Jr.

Monday, February 23rd – Beer Sessions Radio Prix Fixe Rare Beer Dinner Featuring Chef Matt Garelick

Tuesday, February 24thNYC Brewer’s Choice at Sanders Studios

Wednesday, February 25th – Beer & Spirits Night with Lew Bryson

Friday, February 27th – Very Special Tap: Sahti from Finland

Saturday, February 28th –Pig & Whiskey Bacon Brunch Sampler

We hope to see you during NYC Beer Week!

Looking ahead to NYC Beer Week

AlternateBeerAdvocateWe’ve just programmed our events for NYC Beer Week (February 20th-March 1st), and it’s looking like our best Beer Week ever. This is officially the “seventh” beer week, but a lot has changed in those seven years; we were there at the beginning and it has been great to watch the local craft beer scene grow and expand.

This year we will be hosting events almost every day of beer week (we still have room for private parties), and among our features will be a photography exhibit of Matt Coats’ pictures of self-distributed breweries in the city. Matt’s work was recently seen on the cover of Beer Advocate Magazine (we had a little fun and substituted one of Matt’s photos featuring the Beer Sessions Radio team for the original cover photo, pictured at left).

Matt’s work will be featured at Jimmy’s No. 43 throughout NYC Beer Week with a big kick-off party (where you can meet Matt) on Saturday, February 21st.

Among our other NYC Beer Week events (also see event links to the right):

  • Cicerone v. Cicerone Beer & Food Pairing. Sunday, February 22nd from 2-4 p.m. We take five dishes, ten beers, and two Certified Cicerones and ask you to be the judge! You’ll get to hobnob with two of the best beer experts in the area as James Tai and Brendan Woodcock (both candidates for Master Cicerone) will be pairing beers to foods selected by each competitor, Jimmy’s No. 43 and a special “surprise guest chef”. More details and tickets here.
  • Beer Sessions Radio Presents Rare Beer Dinner with Chef Matthew Garelick. Monday, February 23rd at 7 p.m. We’ll be raiding the cellar for rare and “wild” beers that will be paired to a gourmet 5-course tasting menu curated by Chef Matt formerly of L’atelier de Joel Robuchon, Adour Alain Ducasse, Del Frisco’s Steakhouse and 57 at the Four Seasons, among others. Tickets to this sit-down dinner are available here.
  • 5th Annual NYC Brewer’s Choice. Tuesday, February 24th from 6-10 p.m. at Sanders Studios (Brooklyn). The ultimate food and beer pairing event features 40+ beers, including special “SMASH” beers using 100% NY State hops and malt plus out-of-state breweries using at least 30% NY regional grains. With a keynote address from Mike Hinkley of Green Flash and food from 20+ chefs, restaurants and artisanal food purveyors (including a raw bar!), this year’s NYC Brewer’s Choice will be the biggest and best yet. Get your all-inclusive tickets here. Co-produced with the NYC Brewers’ Guild and NY State Brewers Association.
  • Tastings with Whiskey, Cheese and Bacon. We’re thrilled to have several $15 tastings that will bring special guests including author and Whiskey expert Lew Bryson (Wednesday, February 25th), Consider Bardwell’s Peter Henry (Thursday, February 26th), and the I Like Pig crowd for a “bacon brunch sampler” (Saturday, February 28th). It’s your chance to mix and mingle in a casual setting with all the great industry people who frequent Jimmy’s No. 43 during NYC Beer Week and all year round!

You can read about all our events and keep up to date on changes and additions on our Events page.

Pig & Whiskey Spirits Party and I Like Pig Recipe Cook-Off

Lew Bryson will be signing books and sipping whiskey with us on January 31st. Photo courtesy of pennlive.com.

“Quality spirits, especially from our home state of New York, are the perfect way to round out a meal and finish the night after a few good craft beers. We are proud to offer a specialty NY and indie spirits list: Whiskeys will be our specialty.” — Jimmy Carbone, publican and owner of Jimmy’s No. 43

It has been an exciting month* for us here at Jimmy’s No. 43, and as January draws to a close, we’re looking forward to our “official” launch party this Saturday (1/31) when we welcome several luminaries for a Pig & Whiskey Party! From 1 p.m. until early evening, we’ll be celebrating the spirit alongside Lew Bryson, spirits expert and author of Tasting Whiskey: An Insider’s Guide to the Unique Pleasures of the World’s Finest Spirits. Lew has been an integral part of the nation’s emerging craft spirits movement and has witnessed how the industry has changed over the past decade or so.

“Spirits may have discovered variety, innovation, and the appeal of small, local producers after wine and beer did, but it’s happened now, and folks are loving it,” Lew notes. “There are hundreds of new spirits coming out, and it’s a blast to try them, to make cocktails with them, and learn about them. Jump on in, folks; the water of life is fine!

Lew will be signing copies of his book ($20 cash if you don’t have your own already!) and collaborating with Edible Manhattan’s Amy Zavatto and High West Whiskey for a spirits sampling (free; additional beverages are pay-as-you-go).

Our spirits celebration will lead straight into our I Like Pig recipe cook-off, featuring amateur chefs serving up pork dishes inspired by our Pig Island e-cookbook (Cathy Erway—a contributing chef to the e-book and a co-curator of the cook-off—has a very cool write-up of the event here). We welcome the public to sample two-hours of pork yumminess ($15 cash at the bar, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Edible Schoolyard) as they sample whiskey and kibitz with chefs and culinary celebrities!

We hope to see you this Saturday (January 31st)!

*Among other new happenings at Jimmy’s No. 43, we are in the process of updating the design and flow of the website. Please be patient as we get all the functionality in place. We believe the new streamlined flow will make it easier to navigate as we continue to offer the best craft beer experience in the city with the addition of a local artisanal spirits menu.