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Midway through Cider Week, Cider Makers’ dinner + Eric West “Cider Guide” Tasting Yet to Come

CiderNightCLehault1We’ve had a great Cider Week thus far, and last night we had an amazing group of people hanging out after this week’s cider-focused episode of Beer Sessions Radio. Discussing everything from “gateway” ciders to fine/fancy ciders, cider experts Chris Lehault (of Serious Eats) and Gay Howard (of The United States of Cider) led a sold-out tasting of avowed fancy/fine cider fans!

Chris curated a list among the best ciders available, including:
  1. Eden’s new dry sparkling cider from Vermont made with Champagne yeast
  2. Redbyrd’s Wild Pippin, a single varietal available in NYC only at Jimmy’s No. 43
  3. Redbyrd’s Kingston Black varietal
  4. Massachusetts’ West County’s Kingston Black varietal from their 2009 harvest
  5. Farnum Hill’s Kingston Black reserve
  6. Plus a few special samples of West Coast’s EZ and Eve’s very rare “perry”

Didn’t make it in last night? No worries! There’s still plenty of great cider to drink as we reach the mid-way point of Cider Week NYC. Not only does Jimmy’s No. 43 have several exclusive ciders by the glass (including Redbyrd Cider’s Kingston Black), but we’ll have two of the premiere cider makers in the world in attendance at tonight’s Cider Makers’ Farm-Style Prix Fixe Dinner. Join Steve Wood of Farnum Hill Ciders for cider talk and a pass-around family-style dinner with six cider pairings (three from Farnum Hill and three from Eden’s Ice Ciders). The full menu and ticket link can be found here.

And this Friday at 4 p.m. we’re doing another ticketed guided tasting with the Cider Guide himself, Eric West! He’ll be putting together a selection of the best of Rowan Imports ciders from England, Spain, France, Germany and NY State. Tickets for Friday’s tasting are still on sale here.

So don’t worry about comparing mass-produced Angry Orchard or Harpoon’s “cider” with specialty fine/fancy “real” ciders we’re always featuring. We only serve up the best ciders (year-round, not just during cider week), made from real cider apples by people who grow them (and/or source from growers near their cideries). Come out and drink what you’ve been missing!

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.