NYC Craft Beer Festival

| March 22, 2013

craft beer festivalOn Saturday March 30th, the NYC Craft Beer Festival returns to the Lexington Avenue Armory (68 Lexington Ave.) in Manhattan. This awesome tasting event will showcase spring releases from 75 of America’s best Craft Breweries, featuring approximately 150 selections. Examples include Allagash Interlude, Firestone Walker Double Jack, Two Brothers Cain & Ebel, Goose Island Sofie and Ballast Point Sculpin Ale. Of interest to the hardcore ‘brew hound’ is that Founders Brewing Co’s 2013 release of KBS will make its NYC debut on the festival floor in advance of its official release date.

These will be paired along with wonderfully prepared food that is designed specifically to be consumed while enjoying these brews, by Coopers Craft & Kitchen and Tavern 29. The selections include Stout Braised Pulled Pork Sandwich with chipotle barbecue on a brioche bun; Triple Cream (gluten-free) Mac and Cheese; Jalapeno Guacamole with cilantro lime chips; Hickory Smoked Chicken Empanadas with charred tomato sauce; and Steak Skewers with grilled grass fed hanger steak, bell peppers, and ancho bourbon BBQ sauce.

Beer tapsDuring the event, leading craft beer and homebrew experts will host intimate, 50 person, first come, first served seminars and many brewer representatives will be available at the taps to educate the guests about their liquid offerings.

Giancarlo and Sarah Annese from the NYC Craft Beer News site,, will hold a seminar and blind tasting to explore the question, “What is "Craft" beer, really?” Attendees will participate in a blind tasting of Craft beers alongside non-craft beers to see if they can tell the difference. A spirited discussion will focus on the official definition of "craft" beer, and what it may mean to you.

Douglas Amport from Bitter & Esters will teach people the basics of Home Brewing. In this discussion, Douglas will cover all the basic brewing points and provide resources that will have you brewing your beer in your apartment in no time. You'll learn about extract brewing, malts, grains, yeasts and how to avoid or troubleshoot the most common problems.

Mike Lovullo, Specialty Brands Manager from Union Beer Distributors, will be hosting a Beer style comparison seminar and tasting. The  tasting will include six beers with two examples from each of the three styles being discussed. As there are hundreds of different beer styles and growing, there are still many different variations within those styles and this seminar and tasting is meant to educate the seminar audience about the differences and nuances.

The NYC Craft Beer Festival will offer two sessions, 12:30 PM-4:00 PM, and 6:00 PM-9:30 PM.

Tickets are on-sale now at