You don’t have to travel far to sample the best in beverages thanks to Taste NY’s inaugural Craft Beverage Week, a series of boozy events that runs from November 5th through 11th at venues throughout the city and showcases the finest local craft breweries, wine and cider makers, and spirits distilleries from across the state.
On November 6th, wine lovers can head to Williamsburg for Celebrate New York Wine & Food at Brooklyn Winery, a tasting of over 30 wines from New York vineyards. Indulge in the fruit of the vine alongside bites of regional cuisine and, for a moment, forget that it’s even Monday. Cider enthusiasts won’t want to miss Astor Center’s Cider for Thanksgiving: A Food Pairing Primer, that couples lesser-known cider styles, ranging from bone-dry champagne to sweet pommeau, with traditional Thanksgiving dishes like spiced pumpkin and tart cranberries. The event, hosted by the New York Cider Association, includes a brief history of cider-making (and drinking) in the U.S.
Bundle up and beer crawl your way through Long Island City, Queens on Wednesday, November 8th with the first NYCBrewed Fall Crawl. A $20 ticket lets you meet 4 brewers in the comfort of their LIC taprooms and sample their beer along with 13 additional NYC breweries. Drink-up knowing that your ensuing buzz benefits a good cause; all proceeds will be donated to the New York City Brewers Guild and the New York State Brewers Association, both non-profit organizations that support local breweries and brewing affiliated businesses.
If you have ever wanted to hold a 100 year old bottle of whiskey, don’t miss New York Whiskey — Past, Present, Future on Saturday, November 11th at The Well in Bushwick where you can peruse a whiskey collection with bottles dating back to 1902, listen to a panel of whiskey historians discuss the origins of the spirit, and enjoy a free tasting from 7 local distilleries.
If you can’t catch all of the events this week, you can still #DrinkLocal at participating Greenmarkets from up in Inwood to down to Grand Army Plaza. Through December, local beverage producers will be on-site each weekend to sample their craft spirits, brews and bubbly.
Visit Taste NY to see the full schedule of events.