County of kegs: New York City Beer Week stays in Brooklyn

Cheers for beers: Samuel Richardson of the Other Half brewery in Carroll Gardens will be among the many Brooklyn brewers at the Opening Bash of New York City Beer Week on Feb. 25.
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Brooklyn’s got buzz!

New York City Beer Week is an annual eight-day celebration of suds, and this year the beer bash will hold all of its major events — and dozens of smaller gatherings — in the borough of Kings! To help you sort through the frothy offerings organized by the New York City Brewer’s Guild, we have put together this list of highlights from the hoppiest week of the year.

Swede song

Brooklyn Brewery welcomes Swedish beer makers Nya Carnegie to the festivities with a “Swedish Sing-along” bar crawl. The night begins in the brewery’s tasting room, where attendees will down a couple of beers before hitting the streets with songbooks, making stops to serenade neighborhood watering holes with Swedish pop hits. Tickets include a songbook and one beer at each bar along the way.

Brooklyn Brewery (79 N. 11th St. at Wythe Ave. in Williamsburg, Feb. 24 at 6 pm. $20.

Bottle opener

The week-long ale extravaganza officially kicks off with the Opening Bash Invitational on Feb. 25. New York City brewers have invited some of their favorite beer creators from across the country — and one brewer from Sweden, making it an one-night international beer festival! Visitors will get a glass for unlimited tastes from more than 50 breweries, including Brooklyn natives Strong Rope, Other Half, Sixpoint, Lineup, Folksbier, Wartega, Threes Brewing, Kings County Brewing Collective, Coney Island, the Brooklyn Brewery, and more.

Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble St. at Franklin St. in Greenpoint, Feb. 25, 5:30–9:30 pm. $55–$70.

Just brew it

Learn how to whip up your own beer at the “Homebrewing Workshop” hosted by expert Dailey Crafton. Along with learning the art of the brew, attendees will also taste six popular beer styles created within the city.

Brooklyn Kitchen (100 Frost St. at Meeker Ave. in Williamsburg, Feb. 27 at 6:30 pm. $60.

Living Easy

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with Sixpoint Brewery at the “Mardi Gras Mambo” party. You can listen to live Cajun music, eat some southern cookin’, and sip beers from Sixpoint’s tap takeover at this N’awlins-themed extravaganza.

Bar Chord (1008 Corteylou Rd at. Coney Island Avenue in Ditmas Park, (347) 240–6033, Feb. 28 at 7 pm. Free.

Spoiled for Choice

More than 40 breweries will craft custom beers for “NYC Brewer’s Choice,” the marquee event of New York City Beer Week. A ticket gets you all of the beer you can drink at this intimate event, plus access the brewers themselves and a chef’s table loaded with brisket, cheeses, and a raw bar.

Food Science Academy at Long Island University (1 University Plaza at Flatbush Avenue Downtown, March 1, 6–9:30 pm. $80.

Beware goggles!

Find someone who loves beer as much as you do at the special speed dating and drinking event “Tap That.” A ticket gets you at least five rounds of awkward dates, and a rare or unique craft brew with each round, along with access to a post-event mixer with two-for-one drink specials.

The Well (272 Meserole St. at Waterbury St. in Williamsburg, March 2 at 7:30 pm. $25.

Big beer Cup

Celebrate the end of Beer Week at the Ruppert’s Cup Awards, which will honor New York City’s Favorite Craft Brewer, along with people’s choice awards for favorite beer event, bartender, venue, and the best beer brewed especially for NYC Beer Week. It all happens at Barcade, which will serve special beers made in collaboration between brewers inside and outside the city.

Barcade (388 Union Ave. between Ainslie and Powers streets in Williamsburg, March 4, noon–3 pm.

Reach reporter Lauren Gill at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her on Twitter @laurenk_gill
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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