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Looking Ahead to Battle of the Belgians

BotBPreviewOn Saturday, December 6th, Jimmy’s No. 43 will once again be gathering the world’s best Belgian and Belgian-style beers for the Fifth Annual Battle of the Belgians. This year, we welcome newcomer (and possible upset winner) Italy! Yes, we’ll have some Belgian-style Italian beers, along with a great list of Americans.

Some of the people behind these amazing brews dropped by the bar yesterday, including Michael Opalenski of B. United Importers, Mike Lovullo (who is curating the American side of Battle of the Belgians) and this “brain trust” of beer. We were purchasing beer for an upcoming preview event this Saturday, November 22nd, when from 4-6 p.m. Jimmy Carbone will be doing a guided tasting of six rare Belgian (or Belgian style ales). Take a tour of our beer cellar, help choose your own beer, taste, talk and sample some of our favorite bacons and cured meats (yes, it is another Bacon & Belgians event! tickets here).

We asked the group to “match that brew” in a bit of a beer geek challenge. Jimmy said to choose a beer with a high malt profile (not too hoppy), sessionable (less than 6% ABV), something in a pale ale, and something a consumer could drink all night long.

Mike Lovullo, Union Specialty Rep (not pictured as he was taking a sales call) picked Maine Beer Co.’s “Mo” Pale Ale and the Hitachino Dai Dai Blood Orange Saison (we’ll have Mo on the menu with Dai Dai coming in next week). Andrew (Union rep-in-training) went for our favorite beer from NJ, the Carton Boat Beer. Michael Opalenski  picked Schlenkerla Helles Lager and Hofstetten 1810 Lager (both of which will be available in the run up to Battle of the Belgians). Finally, Mick Bonde (also a Union rep) chose Heavy Seas Winter Storm.
Heavy seas winter storm

Just another typical day at work!

 And be sure to get your ticket to Battle of the Belgians (very limited in quantity). Current beer list and tickets available here.

Weekend Wrap-up with Southern Food & Music


It was a slow-food-soul-food kind of weekend at Jimmy’s No. 43, as we went from a pig carving with Colonial-era music from live singers to Southern food favorites and music harkening to the Big Easy from George Kirby, Jr., and friends. George presented the Sounds of the South with an amazing accordion player, plenty of blues, and down-home country.

The food was all courtesy of Ben LeBlanc’s Good Stock Soups and Annie Etheridge’s Field & Clover biscuits. The gumbo was a crowd favorite (we’ll be serving up his gumbo at this Friday’s FallFunFood! at Albany Plaza – more info here), influenced by the flavors of Louisiana. Annie’s authentic, handmade, buttermilk biscuits were a great complement to the gumbo made with organic bacon from NY and cheddar from Vermont.

And if you missed out this weekend, no worries! The whole group will be back with this particular pop-up on Sunday, December 14th.

It’s Slow Food Week at Jimmy’s No. 43


Carlo Petrini is back in NYC!

Jimmy’s No. 43 is committed to supporting local food purveyors and area farmers, and you see it in our menu (and our tap list – beer and cider are foods, right?) every day. Featured on our menu this week is a new dish: Flying Pigs Farm Smoked Pork Chop, served with Brussels Sprouts and Grits

It’s all part of our focus on slow food for the next week or so in honor of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini, who we hope will be visiting us again (a recap on his visit last month to Jimmy’s No. 43 is here). Among the features of our Slow Food “Week”:
  • *Hosting Slow Food Italy students for an upcoming luncheon.
  • *Appearing at TedX Change Food panel on Thursday, November 13th.
  • *On Saturday, November 15th, we are hosting a slow food/slow music with Ted “The Butcher” Nigro leading a whole hog carving workshop in one room of the restaurant while Shape Note performs (their colonial era sacred harp singing was a highlight of Carlo’s last visit; he remarked how Jimmy’s No. 43 is a pleasant change from all the NYC bars with TVs).
  • *Hosting new Just Food Executive Director Jasmine Nielsen for a meet-and-greet on November 20th.
  • *And, of course, featuring other local foods on the menu and beers by NYC brewers, ciders by NY State cideries, and wines from Long Island.

Speaking of Slow Food… our friends at Slow Food NYC are presenting a documentary at this weekend’s NYC DOC film festival: Grazers: A Cooperative Story about the great group of people behind the Adirondack Grazers Cooperative (get tickets to see the movie here).

Finally, owner Jimmy Carbone was recently profiled in the Eat Well Guide, where he talked about his journey in slow food.

And we’ll have regular bar/restaurant service available all week long during these events.


Special Guests, Special Beers this Week at Jimmy’s No. 43

TonyMageeIt’s another great week for beer (or cider! we still have plenty of bottles of “fancy” cider on the menu) at Jimmy’s No. 43, where we prepare to welcome beer and food luminaries coming to town. First up is Lagunitas founder Tony Magee who will be talking about his new book, So You Want to Start a Brewery, on Beer Sessions Radio. After the show we’re hoping he’ll drop by Jimmy’s No. 43, where we’ll have two special kegs on tap: the Lagunitas Sucks (Brown Shugga Substitute) and the Lil Something Wild. (Be sure to tune in to the show at 5 p.m.)
Tomorrow, we’ll be welcoming author and foodie Suzanne Cope for a Small Batch Food Pop-Up Market. Come by our back room from 6-8 p.m. to sample and buy from local food artisans (admission is free! pay as you go).

Then on Friday, we welcome Manhattan’s newest brewery Third Rail for a mini-tap-takeover of three of their beers:

  • *Field 2 Farmhouse Ale – 6.1% ABV / 28 IBU: a Farmhouse Ale highlighting rustic yeast from French-Belgian border
  • *Bodega American Pale Ale – 5.6% ABV / 79 IBU: an American Pale Ale with pronounced Citra and Centennial hop profile
  • *Innate IPA – The “Very Piney” IPA – 6.3% ABV / 83 IBU: an India Pale Ale built around Simcoe hops at each hopping stage with citrus accents from Cascade and other classic American hops

We close out with the launch of our Slow Food Week so look for more details soon (including the return of Slow Food founder Carlo Petrini).

As always, line-up is subject to change and regular bar/restaurant service is available.

Finish Out Cider Week with Guided Tasting, World’s Best Ciders

Ciderfeast2We are still pouring an amazing line-up of ciders as we head into the final weekend of Cider Week NYC (of COURSE there are two weekends in Cider Week… why do you ask?). In all seriousness, we have another killer guided tasting today at 4 p.m. (tickets here or $40 at the door) led by Cider Guide Eric West, who will be pouring an array of European and domestic ciders including three Irish Ciders! All three are founding members of cider ireland, the craft Irish cider guild, which is dedicated to making true Irish cider (as opposed to Magners so not from concentrate) from Irish apples.  We’ll talk about the climate in Ireland, apple varietals and fermentation practices and taste!

Ciders we plan to sample (subject to substitution):

  • *Craigies Ballyhook Flyer (Ireland)
  • *Dan Kelly’s (Ireland)
  • *Longueville (Ireland)
  • *Villacubera (Lagar Sidra Cortina, Asturias, Spain) + one more additional Spanish sidra
  • *Millstone Farmgate (Maryland)
  • *Slyboro- Black Currant and Hidden Star (NY State)
  • *Uncle John’s (Ohio)
  • *Aaron Burr (NY State)
  • *Weidman (Germany)
And if you don’t make it to the tasting, we’ll have some of these (and many additional) ciders available for purchase by the glass all weekend long!