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Top Picks for New York City Beer Week

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This was previously published on my app, Craft Beer New York.

This week marks the return of New York City Beer Week, a blowout of the the best brews in the Big Apple. From February 22  until March 3 (yeah, the week lasts 10 days), the city will be overrun with beer-soaked events. Here are my top choices for abusing your liver.

Williamsburg Cask Ale Festival: Over four days, cask-ale expert Alex Hall will be taking over the Brooklyn branch of d.b.a. to serve up some of the city’s choicest cask ales. (February 23–26, 1 p.m. to late daily; pay as you  go)

Spanish Beer and Cider Fest: Today, Chelsea’s La Nacional will be serving some of Spain’s best beer and cider, which will be paired with unlimited tapas. (February 23, 3 to 7 p.m.; $35)

The World of Wheat: All week, Park Slope’s the Owl Farm will be serving strange, unusual wheat beers, from salty and sour goses to strong, caramel-nuanced wheat wines. (February 22 to March 3, pay as you go)

All-Queens Breweries Dinner For two nights, the Queens Kickshaw will host a four-course dinner featuring food paired with the best local brews from SingleCut, Bridge and Tunnel, Rockaway Brewing and Beyond Kombucha. To reserve a spot, email info@thequeenskickshaw.com. (February 26–27, 6 to 9:30 p.m.; $55 plus tax and tip)

Brewer’s Choice: Tonight, City Winery is filled with the best and brightest of the regional beer scene. You’ll find beers from more than 20 breweries such as Evil Twin, Stillwater and White Birch, many of which will be poured by the brewers themselves.  Plus: food and booze! (February 27, 6 to 10 p.m.; $60)

Jimmy’s Homebrew Jamboree: Fifteen of New York’s best homebrewers have crafted beers especially for this brunch blowout, including coffee-infused oatmeal stouts, IPAs aplenty and even an oak-aged Berliner weisse. (March 2, 12 to 3 p.m.; $35)

aPORKalyspe Now: Like swine and beer? Head to Alewife Queens for a celebration of two of the finer things in life. Expect brews from the likes of Blind Bat, Peekskill, Blue Point and Port Jeff. (March 2, 12 to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m.; $40 for 10 tastes of food and 10 tastes of beer)

Closing Party: Come tie one on one last time at La Birreria’s stunning rooftop brewpub. The event is pay as you go, and it will feature plenty of rarities from members of the New York City Brewers Guild. (March 3, 12 to 4 p.m.)

Murray’s Cheese Bar Beer Dinner with Garrett Oliver: Brooklyn Brewery’s brewmaster will pair rare beers and bottles during a five-course, fromage-focused affair. (March 3, 5 to 7 p.m.; $75)

What’s the Deal With White IPA?

Photo: Dan Thompson

Fashion codes dictate that you can wear white only from Memorial Day till Labor Day. But this summer, several brewers are demanding your beer be snow-hued too.

Last month, Oregon’s Deschutes Brewery and Kansas City, Missouri’s Boulevard Brewing released the fruits of their collaborative labor, a white IPA. I’m sure you’re scratching your skull. You’ve only now begun to wrap your brain around the concept of black IPA, which mate piney, citric bitterness with complementary notes of cocoa and java. Deschutes and Boulevard have taken that concept to the opposite end of the color spectrum, creating a white IPA that’s the offspring of each brewery’s specialties.

Curious how Deschutes’ hoppy brews pair with Boulevard’s beautiful wheat beers? Check out my full story at Food Republic. Drink it up!