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Thursday, October 25, 2007

NYC Beer Tour (V1.0) this Saturday

This Saturday I'm heading out to the Big Apple for my first attempt at a NYC Beer Tour. I've managed to talk a couple of buddies that I've known since college to come along with me. They've seen me at my worst, when Natty Ice was my idea of quality. Hey, it was college, I was broke and I didn't know any better...



I have a hand full of stops already mapped out with the help of Google Maps. Thanks to the BeerPirate for some great location suggestions. But I'm open to more, so if you're from NYC or at least know of some must go places for enjoying the New York beer scene, please let me know.

I was a little disappointed in the brewery selection in NY. You have Brooklyn Brewery, which will be my first stop, but apparently they charge for each beer, no free tastings like Sam Adams or Harpoon. I called the Chelsea Brewing Co. and while they do offer free tours M-F, they charge... brace yourself... $75 for a tour on Saturday! let me say that again, $75!!! That's not including the tasting, that's an additional $10 a piece... Good god!

Six Point Craft Ales seems to be hibernating or something at the moment... So perhaps I'll hit them up on a later NYC trip. There's also Greenpoint Beer Works but I have not been able to get a hold of them yet... Besides that, there's a brewery or two on Long Island, but I want to stick close to the city, so they'll need to wait a bit before I visit them...

This leaves me with some cool bars to hit like Barcade and the Millennium Hilton Hotel bar, which in and of itself isn't that cool, but it offers an outstanding nearly bird's eye view of Ground Zero and doesn't seem to ever be super busy. I'll be sure to toast those we lost on 9-11 from my favorite booth. I may stop at Moran's for a quick pint, this is another 9-11 connected favorite spot of mine, but I'll save that story for later. There's a number of other places I may stop at, but I wont spill all the beans now.

If our time and budget allows we may hit the Brewtopia: the Great World Beer Festival. But we haven't decided just yet. Like I said above, if you have any recommendations, please let me know by Friday night this week so I can add them to the list.

More to follow...

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