LIFE IN THE APPLE
|NYC’s Annual German-American Parade celebrates the start of Oktoberfest (This year September 25) –credit|
though Munich and Manhattan are quite a ways from each other, there’s no reason
we can’t celebrate the local and imported brews so available to us in
NYC. Because October is easily inseparable from beer, I’ve enjoyed the excuse to day drink with my friends and check out
local breweries and notable beer gardens while the weather is still nice enough
to enjoy a pint outside.
on your beer tour with, the more beers you can try. It may be cold/flu season, but let’s just say
beer kills all the germs…
|Refreshing, filling, and fun –credit|
|Inside Chelsea Brewing Company –credit|
Seasonally rotating menus feature a curated selection of local beers, all with detailed descriptions to help you find the exact kind you’ll like. Don’t be afraid to ask for samples before you go for the double pint. My current favorite on tap right now is the Dunkle, described as “Caramel, rich toffee, roasted nut with a clean finish.” Along with your beer, you can indulge in the best of foods: dumplings and Milk Truck grilled cheese. Yum. Be sure to head in early on the weekends, as a cover charge starts around 8 p.m. when the lines start to form. Houston Hall’s “sexy sister” Flatiron Hall recently opened further uptown, and though I have yet to check it out, I’m sure even more fun is in store.
|Big fun at Houston Hall –credit|
While the beer is delicious, affordable, and there’s always plenty of variety, a huge benefit of drinking at the Brooklyn Brewery is their food policy: you can have it delivered or bring it in to eat at their indoor picnic tables. Pick up some tacos or pizza from the food trucks outside, or order carry out from your favorite Williamsburg restaurant and enjoy a day of drinking and dining. Moreover, the brewery’s blog suggests weekly cheese pairings with their brews.
Many bring cards or board games to use at the communal tables, which is not a bad idea. Though located in a predominately young area, the crowd at Brooklyn Brewery is always diverse, from those young 20-somethings to suburban grandparents who have come in for the weekend in search of a good time.
|A tour of the brewery –credit|
free or just watching their carbs, you can still join in the fermented fun with Cider Week, which
starts October 18. The events to celebrate hard cider include tastings, samplings, history lessons, pairings, feasts and more. Personally, I’m looking forward to the Union Square Nightmarket, which will feature dozens of ciders available by the glass as well as other local edibles, along with live jazz.