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It’s April Sours!

rampsIt’s our annual Sour Beer Dinner. Five-courses of spring market freshness paired with lambics, gueuzes and bretts.

It’s our favorite time of year when we get to “ramp” up our sour beer inventory. Beginning tonight through next Tuesday, we’ll have plenty of opportunities for you to pucker up and enjoy a delicious line-up of lambics, gueuzes and bretts.

This evening (Tuesday, April 23 – happy Earth Day!), we’ll have one of our famous Industry Nights, whereby brewers, reps, and industry insiders congregate, answer your questions, share their love of great craft beer, and keep the pints flowing! We’ll have sours/spring seasonals from Allagash, Shelton Brothers, Crooked Stave, Peekskill and The Other Half, among others.

And be sure to get your tickets for next week’s April Sours beer dinner (on sale here).  Five courses from locally-source markets, farms and fisheries. Beers that will be served include the finest lineup of sours:

Crooked Stave from Colorado
Cantillon Gueze-Lambic
Trois Dames from Switzerland Grand Dames Flemish Red
The Commons Brewery (Portland, OR) Flemish Kiss

Paired with a special menu of spring farm highlights, including:

Hudson Valley Duck
Ramps from the Hudson valley
Scallops from Long Island
Grits sourced from the Finger Lakes region
Strawberry-Rhubarb Cobbler from upstate

Plus we’ll have pay-as-you-go spring menu and sour beer options all week (and if you want to balance your palate, be sure to join us for the Educated IPA Blind Tasting on Saturday).

Get Your Hop On With Our Educated IPA Blind Tasting!

IPAGlassThis weekend we’re taking a serious look—er, taste—at some widely available commercial craft beers in a quest to find the best widely-available IPA. With nearly every craft brewer in America seeking the quintessential hop rush, we wondered if the label factors in to how we perceive taste. Thus, the Educated IPA Blind Tasting was born!

Jimmy’s No. 43 owner Jimmy Carbone notes, “There are may ways to judge beer. Around the country—and at Jimmy’s No. 43—BJCP (Beer Judge Certification Program) courses are taught to discern flavors and styles based on the BJCP style guide. We wanted to create a blind tasting and judge IPAs based only on taste, to find out how the commercially available IPAs stack up against those hard-to-find beers.”

While we won’t be sneaking in any Pliny or Heady Topper, we will have an extensive list of IPAs from Sam Adams, Sierra Nevada, Bell’s, Smuttynose, Lagunitas, Victory and many others.

Day One (Friday, April 25) of the Educated IPA event is an invitation-only professional judging with a panel of esteemed judges, who will conduct a blind tasting of 10 IPAs. Judges include beer writers (e.g. Justin Kennedy, Paul Sullivan), food bloggers (e.g. Chris Schonberger), and some of New York City’s favorite beer bar owners (Ed Berestecki, Jimmy Carbone), among other special guests. The judges will blind taste the 10 entries and vote on the best example of the style (based on BJCP style guidelines). The IPAs will be judged from specialty IPA glassware courtesy of Spiegelau/Riedel. The winner will be announced during the Public Tasting on Day Two!

Day Two (Saturday April 26) offers the public to “be the judge” with a ticketed event (get them here) that includes the same 10 IPAs, plus food and “swag” giveaways from industry reps. Certified Cicerone Ross Shepard will teach you how to properly taste and judge an IPA. You’ll be making “Educated” judgments, with a list of breweries whose beers are entered, as well as a description of the hops used in the entries.

The Saturday event begins at 4 p.m., but we’ll have pay-as-you-go options from noon. Come and mingle and get your hop on with two days of Educated IPA tastings.


Spring Market Brings Fresh Produce, Meats To Our Gastropub

SlowFoodSnailHave you heard? Jimmy’s No. 43 has been selected as one of the best gastropubs in the U.S. by Food & Wine. Aside from already having received the Slow Food NYC Snail of Approval, we’re thrilled to be recognized for our diverse menu dedicated to locally sourced ingredients.
Now that Spring has sprung, we’re back to shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket several times each week in addition to other area markets. Some of our favorites from our current menu include:
  • Fish Tacos – Four days each week (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat) we meet up with a fish monger for our “catch of the day” direct from Long Island. We typically use cod or flounder, which is currently readily available and as fresh as fish gets!
  • Duck from Hudson Valley Duck Farm is the best! Try our spring duck breast served with farro and kale. Better than beef, trust us!
  • Cheeses are all sourced from the northeast, with these farmstead cheeses, chosen each week by our friends at Saxelby Cheesemonges. The other day a customer asked, “What is a cheesemonger?” Visit Saxelby at the Essex Street Market and find out!
  • Ronnybrook Dairy in the Hudson Valley hand delivers all our butter, milk and cream every week.
Other menu highlights include our buttermilk biscuits, our Charcuterie Plate with salami from Flying Pigs Farm, smoked duck breast, ham from East Village Meat Market and our root vegetable pickles! And for dessert, we recommend our apple crisp or the bread pudding. They’re both to die for!
And if you want to try a sit-down fresh market dinner, please join us for next month’s ticketed “Romancing the Stove” fresh market beer dinner source at the greenmarket day-of by guest chef Annette Tomei (details here).

Liquid Lent Ends at Monk’s Trail

EmptyBelgiansWe hope you’ve enjoyed our regular updates about Liquid Lent. We’ve had a lot of fun reading about others who are foregoing food for beer during a season where you can “drink like a Monk.” Now as Lent draws to a close, we’ll be serving up a terrific list of beers on draft and in the bottle starting tomorrow (Friday-Sunday).

In addition, we’ll open at noon on Saturday (April 12th) for a pay-as-you-go celebration of the “Monk’s Trail,” with a ticketed guided tasting at 4 p.m. For two hours, you can drink with owner and Beer Sessions Radio host Jimmy Carbone at this sit-down tasting of 20+ beers that will include some rare bottle selections from the Jimmy’s No. 43 cellar.

Among the beers we will have throughout the weekend and at the ticketed tasting:

  • Classic Belgians and Trappists (e.g. Rochefort 8,10; Westmalle Dubbel, Triple; Achel Brown; La Trappe; Orval; Vicaris Triple; Duvel Triple Hop; D’Chouffe Houblon Chouffe; Andechs Dunkelweiss)
  • Rare Belgians (Het Nest Ace of Spades Saison, Hof Ten Dormaal/Stillwater collaboration “Bronze Age,” Blaugies Saison d’Épeautre, De La Senne Taras Boulba)
  • Plus Belgian-style and sours from the USA and Switzerland (Crooked Stave Surette, Vielle Saison; Brouwerij West Triple from Los Angeles; The Commons Brewery Flemish Kiss, Urban Farmhouse from Portland, OR; Stillwater Brontide, Folklore; Trois Dames Grand Dame Oud Bruin Flemish Red from Switzerland; Jolly Pumpkin Bam Biere from Michigan
  • Plus Food choices of charcuterie, bacon, cheese, mini-cheeseburger sliders, cheese plates and other brunch offerings
We also invite you to visit the other East Village bars celebrating Liquid Lent this weekend:

  • ABC Beer Co., Burp Castle, dba East Village, Eastwood, Malt & Mold, and Top Hops and, of course, Jimmy’s No. 43
  • Plus you can “check in” at Four-Square for a special badge celebrating Liquid Lent

Weekend Dinners Match Wine Against Beer, Bring Westeros to the EVil


The Dragon Egg Frittata at our Westeros Feast.

This past weekend we held two dinners of very different themes. On Saturday, we used our Wine v. Beer template and paired rare beef with roasted parsnips, which we paired to a Rhone red and a Trappist strong ale. Both brought out unique flavors in the meat, and it was a treat to enjoy wine during “liquid lent.”

Then last night, we held a five-course, five-beer pairing modeled on Game of Thrones, which returned to HBO for its fourth season. Interestingly, owner Jimmy Carbone has never seen the series but has read the books.

The dinner allowed us to launch Ommegang’s latest GoT beer, Fire and Blood (which we still have on tap this week for as long as it lasts). Among the pairings were:

  • Cheese and Honey paired with Bell’s Oberon, a wheat/saison-style beer
  • A “Dragon Egg” Omelette: a frittata that we paired with Le Trou Diable’s “Saison du Tongka” a traditional saison from Quebec
  • “Pigeon pie,” which we actually made with ground lamb, roots and served with Ommegang’s Abbey Dubbel
  • Bloody Duck: Hudson Valley-raised duck breast served over farro grain and kale and paired with Fire and Blood
  • “Sweets” for dessert: baked apple crisp with oatmeal topping and Ronnybrook whipped cream paired with Grado Plato San Felice chestnut ale

These pairings show the best of Jimmy’s No. 43′s food and beer/wine offerings. We hope you will join us this week, as many of these items are available on our spring menu. And be sure to come to our Belgian beer tasting this weekend or to our next dinner featuring pork dished paired with sour beers on April 28th.