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Smuttynose-Stone Collaboration Marks Return of Thursday Tap

Smuttynose_Clusters_22oz_FRONTIf you were here in the spring, you might have been dropping by on Thursdays for special keg launches. Well, today, we have a great one as Thursday Tap returns: We’ll be tapping Cluster’s Last Stand, a special limited release IPA by Smuttynose with Stone Brewing. Inspired by Stone brewmaster Mitch Steele’s comprehensive book on India Pale Ale, this recreation of the original Ballantine IPA recipe was brewed for research purposes and sold out quickly last year.

While still in limited distribution, the 8.8% ABV beer will be tapped this afternoon and available while supplies last. You can read more about the beer here, or just come down to Jimmy’s No. 43 after 5 p.m. today and try it yourself! As always, regular bar/craft beer kitchen service is available.

Wet hop and fall beers arrive to celebrate the season

OktoberfeastAs the official Oktoberfest gets underway starting this Saturday, we’re celebrating with our favorite beers of the fall: Wet hop beers! Wet hop beers are those brews made by directly adding fresh cone hops to the beer making process. As this can only occur during the fall season, many of these beers are labeled “harvest” beers, and they are typically characterized by their exteme freshness.
Bar owner Jimmy Carbone has already homed in on his favorite beer of the wet hop season thus far: Barrier Brewing’s Hoplantic, a 5.5% ABV Pale Ale. Jimmy says, “Talk about fresh beer with the super subtle notes of fresh wet hops! This was my beer of the weekend. We have one keg left that we’ll have for the next few days.”
Other beers that Jimmy loved this weekend, included some great sours (still available by the bottle), including The Bruery’s Sour in the Rye, a very limited barrel- aged sour rye beer that we’ll be pouring tomorrow night at $12/glass (from the 750 ml bottle) in honor of his weekly show, Beer Sessions Radio on the Heritage Radio Network (the show airs here at 5 p.m.), where Jimmy will be interviewing the brewery’s (or Bruery’s!) founder Patrick Rue. Having just been to San Diego and getting the opportunity to sample Sour in the Rye (fresh from the growler!), I can attest you don’t want to miss out on trying this beer! Come and get your glass (while supplies last).
And our foray into fall beers continues with next Monday’s Smoked+Smoked beer and food prix fixe dinner. Special guest Jon Lundbom of B. United will be bringing beers from their smoked German portfolio (subject to change):
  • *Schlenkerla Helles
  • *Schlenkerla Maerzen
  • *Carrobiollo (2013)
  • *De Dues Toccata
  • *Schlenkerla Oak Smoke
Get your Smoked+Smoked beer dinner tickets here.
Finally, we’re very excited to be part of a new pop-up venture, OktoberfeAst, which will take place in Lower Manhattan (Front and Fulton) on Saturday, October 11th. We’ll be bringing out our BBQ Rig to pair food with an amazing lineup of German and German-style NY State beers. It’s an outdoor biergarden just right for the beautiful fall days! Find out more about OktoberfeAst here.
So, come out and celebrate the colors of beer with us. It’s fest season!

Sour Beer Weekend – With Saturday Bacon Pairing Guided Tasting

AprilSours2012_6BeersWe’re heading into fall and before we launch our Oktoberfest in a week or so, we’re celebrating the official end of summer with sours! These beers are suddenly all the trend, but we’ve been curating a menu replete with great sour brews for years.
Of course, sour beers make for great food pairings, but we wonder if some of their popularity of late may stem from wine drinkers discovering craft beer. And if you aren’t into hoppy IPAs, the line of sours we carry are a nice break from the bitter!

This past summer, NY Times food editor Eric Asimov wrote that Peekskill’s Simple Sour was his top beer of the summer. It’s a Berliner Weisse style that we have carried regularly.

In fact, we’re so psyched for sours that we’re doing a special guided tasting tomorrow afternoon (tickets here). We’re trying to cover a broader spectrum of sour styles, including Belgian Grand Cru and Flemish reds, German goses, and the best of Belgium (Lambics, Guezes, etc.).

Here are some of Jimmy Carbone’s notes on the sour beers he loves, including some that will be at tomorrow’s tasting:

  • *Off Color Troublesome Gose (from Chicago) – “To me it’s a wheat-gose hybrid; it’s refreshing, not so sour as a pure gose.
  • *”Bayrisher Bahnhof (from Leipzig, Germany) – “They revived the Leipziger gose style after the wall came down in eastern Germany. I really like their Berliner Weisse, in particular the buckwheat Berliner Weisse. It has more malt body than typical Berliner Weisses.”
  • *Sour in the Rye by The Bruery (California) – “A great sour rye aged in barrels.”
  • *Rodenbach Grand Cru Flemish Red (Belgium) – “Each year at BBQ events like NYC’s Pig Island, I pair the Rodenbach with head cheese for breakfast!”
  • *Surette Provisional Saison by Crooked Stave (Colorado) – “A barrel-aged lambic-style sour that is very popular right now.”
We hope you’ll come down this weekend and get your tart fix at Jimmy’s No. 43 (regular bar and restaurant service is available).

It’s September! Bring on the Sour!

Hanging with the team at B. United, checking out the casks!

Hanging with the team at B. United, checking out the casks!

After what felt like an entire summer crammed into a week, the weather has turned positively autumnal. And with the Harvest Moon on the rise, we’re looking forward to our new fall menu and a couple of very cool beer events coming up in the next couple weeks.

To start us off right, this Saturday, September 13th, owner Jimmy Carbone (also the host of Beer Sessions Radio on the Heritage Radio Network) will be raiding the cellar for a Sour Beer Sampler. For only $35, you’ll get six pours of some amazing sour brews paired with bacon snacks, as Jimmy does a guided tasting of some of his favorite sour beers.

Tentative beer list (subject to change):

  • *Off Color Troublesome Gose (from Chicago)
  • *Tilquin Gueze (from Belgium)
  • *Singlecut Beersmiths “Kim” Sour Sash Sherry Beer(Astoria, Queens)
  • *Alvinne Undressed(Belgium)
  • 2 more TBD

Tickets can be purchased here.

Then, later this month, we’ll be featuring the perfect fall/Oktoberfest when we have our smoked beer week (September 22-28). Each night we’ll be offering suggested smoked beers and food pairings (pay as you go), or if you’re really digging the scene, join us for a five-course Smoked + Smoked prix fixe beer dinner with Jon Lundbom of B. United on Monday, September 22nd. Among the beers we hope to offer (subject to availability, with menu to follow):

  • *Schlenkerla (of course!)
  • *Almond 22 Torbatta
  • *Carrobiollo 1111
  • *De Dues Toccata
  • *La Goutte D’Or Charbonnier
  • *Bayrischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse w/oak smoked wheat

Tickets for the Smoked + Smoked prix fixe dinner ($45) are available here.

And, of course, our craft beer kitchen is always available for regular service, along with a great selection of sours, local beers on tap, ciders and wines from NY State.


Wrap Up Summer at Jimmy’s No. 43

BON-BON-SLIDEAs we head into the holiday weekend, our eyes are looking ahead to September 6th, when we’ll return to Red Hook for the fifth annual Pig Island. But we’ve still got the holiday Labor Day weekend first, and we’ll be pouring some of our favorite end-of-summer brews to head into September with a splash.

Among some of the new beers we’ll be serving on draught this weekend are:

Off Color from Chicago
  • *Troublesome Gose – a blend of two different beers, weighing in at 4.5% ABV: “The base beer is fermented with a wheat yeast strain and spiced with coriander, while the second beer is fermented solely with Lactobacillus which makes up about 20% of the volume.”
  • *Scurry – a 5.3% dark altbier
New from Singlecut Beersmiths
  • *”Bon Bon” 2 X TNT IIPA (double IPA) – an 8.2% ABV that’s dropping today (8/28)! We’ll have one of the first kegs.
One of our favorites from Barrier Brewing
  • *Evil Giant Rye IPA – a 6.4% ABV American IPA
And from The Other Half
  • *Hop Showers IPA – at 7.4% ABV, one of the best received new beers of the year
Our summer menu is still in effect, but look for our expanded fall menu to premiere the week of September 8th.