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Cider Week Kick-Off Party with Chris Lehault and Reverend Nat

It’s finally here! Cider Week NY returns and we’re kicking things off right with a great group tonight as Serious Eats’ resident cider expert Chris Lehault is in the house along with Reverend Nat of Reverend Nat’s Ciders. Tonight we’ll have a great selection of ciders by the glass, including several of the Kingston Black varietal that were featured earlier this week on Beer Sessions Radio. And for anyone who buys a glass of cider will also receive a free sample (while supplies last) of Reverend Nat’s new cider.

Plus, Jimmy’s No. 43 has some exclusive ciders that you won’t find anywhere else during Cider Week, including:

  • *A full line-up of Redbyrd, including their Workman, Kingston Black, and Wild
  • *Eve’s Cidery Kingston Black
  • *West County Cider 2009 Kingston Black
  • *Farnum Hill Kingston Black

From 3 p.m., with regular bar/restaurant service available.

Finback Brewing Night: Meet the Brewers

Kevin_and_BasilWe’ll have a bit of Queens in the bar this evening, as Finback Brewing’s Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford drop by with several of their yummy brews. Well be rotating several kegs, including:

  • *I Pumpkin A – a 7.1% ABV spiced India Pale Ale
  • *Le Porter Kaldi – a 6.8% ABV American-style porter
  • *Archer’s Saison – an 8.5% ABV Farmhouse Ale
  • *Moby Hop – an 8.3% ABV Double IPA
As always, regular bar/restaurant service is available. Subject to change and while supplies last. And we’ll also be serving many ciders in our lead-up to Friday’s Cider Week NYC Kick-off Party with Chris Lehault.
[photo courtesy Queens Courier]

Weekend Wrap: Kicking the Casks, Jester King Visits, Prepping for Cider Week

JesterKingRonOct2014Have you heard? The Fourth Annual Cider Week NYC officially starts on Friday, but we’re getting our real cider line-up going with an incredible menu of the region’s and world’s best ciders (you can see our full schedule here). Starting tomorrow night with our Kingston Black theme night, we’ll have almost two full weeks of cider events and tastings, including pours by the glass (we’ll have a selection of bottled ciders on the bar from which you can choose your favorites).
Speaking of what’s on the bar, we did it! Kicked our three Franconian casks in three days over the weekend. Among the “beer-lebrities” helping us drink were Rebecca Flynn of Corkbuzz (who finished off the last two pints of the dunkel lager cask on Saturday) and Ron Extract, co-owner and brewer of Jester King! Ron was up from Austin, TX, and hung out with us, drinking Shelton Brothers’ favorites like Taras Boulba on draught and the Konrad Czech Lager in bottles. Ron was very impressed by the Sly Fox O’Reilly Stout we have on nitro pour (photo is of Ron and his dad, Jack). Ron was discussing his recent collaborations with Crooked Stave in Colordo and with Evil Twin down in Austin.
We always enjoy hosting prominent beer industry people, and we can’t wait to see what cider luminaries drop by over the next couple weeks as we serve up ciders from many of our favorite cideries, including:
  • *Farnum Hill
  • *Slyboro
  • *Eden
  • *Foggy Ridge
  • *West County
  • *Eve’s Ice Cider
  • *Red Byrd

German Gravity Cask Weekend

GravityCaskWe’re feeling downright autumnal, and we’re showing off some German (Franconian) Gravity Casks this weekend that are perfect beers for fall that, not coincidentally, go really well with our restaurant menu (Skillet Fried Beer Sausage, Charcuterie Plate, Cheese Plate or Flying Pigs Farm “Fatback” Lardo Toasts for starters).

We’ve brought in several casks from Shelton Brothers imports and for the next three days will be tapping one right on the bar. The schedule is as follows:

*Tonight! Thursday at 5 p.m. – We’ll tap the Weissenohe Monk’s Fest -a 5% ABV hearty, amber-colored, malty, but finely balanced Märzen/Vienna lager that is refreshing and filling all at once; this traditional ‘liquid bread’ is a rare version of the true “Oktoberfest” style, which has sadly been replaced in Munich by everyday Helles.
*Friday at 4 p.m. – Weissenohe Bonifacius, a Dunkel that at 5.1% ABV is a very drinkable beer for fall.
*Saturday at 3 p.m. – Another cask of the Monk’s Fest.

It’s while supplies last, so come out and get your cask on! And as always, regular bar/restaurant service is available, too.

German Casks at Jimmy’s No. 43, Oktoberfeast

This weekend we’re happy to be bringing German Franconian casks to NYC! Traditionally Germans from the Franconia area of Bavaria, Germany, would put their ales and lagers in vertical gravity casks. In celebration of great Oktoberfest German beers, we’ll be tapping one of these kegs this afternoon (at 5 p.m.), Weissenohe Bonifacius, a Dunkel that at 5.1% ABV is a very drinkable beer for fall.

We’ll be bringing more casks to tomorrow’s beer and bratwurst fest, Oktoberfeast, at the Seaport (on 10/11, with two sessions starting at 11 a.m.). Among the beer offerings (subject to change) will include both cask and draught options:

  • Secret Engine – Sticke Handwerker
  • Rocky Point - Das Saftige
  • Radiant Pig – Junior IPA, Gangster Duck
  • Grimm – Bees with a Buzz
  • Barrier – Oktoberfest
  • Gun Hill – Oktoberfest, Gold
  • Other Half – Veldrijden Love
  • SingleCut – Oktoberfest (secret small batch), Jan Michael w/Coffee and Vanilla
  • Third Rail – Bodega, Field 2
  • Bridge and Tunnel – “Maspeth” 1600, Black Rye IPA
  • Perennial – Hommel Bier
  • Jonas Brock – Chocolate Stout, Jasmine Lager
  • Mönchsambacher Unfiltered Lager
  • and, of course, more Weissenohe Bonifacia

For more about tomorrow’s Oktoberfeast and to purchase your tickets, please check out this great article by Lower East Craft.

So come into the bar this afternoon and pay-as-you-go (we’ll have our famous beer sausage for the perfect peppery food-beer pairing) or join us all day tomorrow at the Seaport for great German (and German-style) cask beers!