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Event: RaR Bar Progressive Dinner at Rockaway Brewing Company
Where: 46-01 5th Street, Long Island City, Queens
When: Tuesday, May 12, 7:30 p.m.
Ticket link: Here!
There’s only one thing better than drinking beer in a brewery, and that is eating dinner in a brewery.
Tonight, join Rockaway Brewing Company and Long Island City’s Rèst-âü-Ránt for their first-ever progressive beer-pairing dinner. Typically, a progressive dinner features diners traveling to different locales for each dish. We’re going to do the same – just inside Rockaway’s typically off-limits nooks, crannies and hidden rooms.
Upon arriving, attendees – just 30, as tickets are extremely limited – will receive welcome beers and meet the evening’s host, The Complete Beer Course author Joshua M. Bernstein. We’ll mingle in the tasting room for passed appetizers and plenty of beer, before repairing to the secret event room upstairs for dinner: beer-can chicken sandwiches, beer-infused mac ‘n’ cheese and, well, beer. Finally, we’ll venture inside the heart of Rockaway’s brewhouse for dessert of the decadent, chocolate-drenched variety.
As a bonus treat, Rockaway brewers will be on hand to answer any and all questions as they brew a batch of beer on their experimental pilot system.
This might just be Queens Beer Week’s most deliciously educational event.
Event: Solstice Session at the Arrogant Swine, Take Two
Where: 173 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn
When: Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Tickets: $45. They go on sale Tuesday, May 5, at 12 p.m.
Ticket link: Here!
Tyson Ho likes swine. Joshua M. Bernstein and Chris Cuzme? They like beer.
To combine these two great life pleasures, the gluttonous trio is again joining forces to throw Solstice Session at Bushwick’s premier North Carolina-style BBQ joint, Arrogant Swine.
Pitmaster Ho will slow-roast the finest heritage pig and serve mountains of pulled-pork sandwiches. (Don’t worry: veggies will have food too.) To drink, Cuzme and Bernstein have assembled a line-up of the city’s best session beer, cider and mead–that is, low alcohol but not low in flavor. And perfect for drinking all afternoon.
We’ve enlisted 10 of the city’s best homebrewers to make session beers, then we’ve tabbed NYC’s best and brightest breweries to craft low-alcohol beauties too. That means you’ll be drinking the likes of Transmitter, Finback, Threes, Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Folksbier, SingleCut, Bridge and Tunnel and Big Alice. There will be 25 unique, rarely tasted session brews on offer, from oat-driven grisettes to tart sours, refreshing goses, session IPAs and everything under the low-alcohol sun. (And yes, you’ll be able to drink all you want.)
You’ll savor the beverages in more than 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor industrial paradise, with picnic tables and plenty of large-scale Jenga. Better still: June 20 is the Summer Solstice, meaning that today is the first, and longest, day of summer. Once again, there’s no better way to kick off the summer.