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“8th Annual New York City Beer Week” February 19 – 28, 2016

nyc-beer-weekThe New York City Brewers Guild (NYCBG) is back at it and ready to celebrate the incredible growth of New York City’s craft beer industry with its Opening Bash 2016 for the “8th Annual New York City Beer Week” taking place aboard Empire Cruises’ Nautical Empress (Sat, Feb. 20: 1pm – 4pm, 5pm – 8pm, $75/$85). Join the NYCBG and New York State Brewers Association along with 30 New York State breweries as they enjoy the region’s finest beers amidst NYC’s most iconic landmarks, including a close pass by the Statue of Liberty. Two sessions include onboard entertainment with a live DJ, artisanal food vendors, a heated interior, and NY’s famed brewmasters pouring their latest releases. The Nautical Empress will depart from Pier 36 (299 South Street, NYC), and tickets can be purchased via Eventbrite.

New York City Beer Week 2016 brings together 23 of NYC’s premier Guild craft breweries, standout nationally and internationally renowned breweries, over 400 events at 250 different NYC beer destinations, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for 10 days of craft beer madness. NYC Beer Week 2016 runs from Fri, Feb. 19Sun, Feb. 28, 2016, and events will take place within all five boroughs.For up-to-date information, please visit:

“I’m incredibly excited for this year’s New York City Beer Week 2016,” says Kelly Taylor (President of the New York City Brewers Guild, Co-Founder/Brewer at KelSo Beer Company, Brewmaster at Heartland Brewery). “A floating craft beer bash around the Statue of Liberty to start the week, brand new SMASH brews, a new Beer Week app, culminating in the largest cask fest/awards gala on the eastern seaboard! Beer Week 2016 will be one to remember.”

Kicking off New York City Beer Week 2016 is the citywide SimulTap(TM) on Fri, Feb. 19, 2016 at 7 pm. More than 25 venues will simultaneously tap one of the Guild’s freshly brewed SMASH beers; the SMASH brew will debut at the SimulTap(TM) venues and then roll out on draught throughout Beer Week at participating bars across the city. The SMASH brew will undergo a dozen unique interpretations of the same three malts and three hops by these Guild breweries: Big Alice Brewing, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Coney Island Brewing Company, Finback Brewery, Greenpoint Beer & Ales, Gun Hill Brewing, Heartland Brewing, Keg & Lantern, KelSo Beer, LIC Beer Project, Rockaway Brewing, Sixpoint Brewery, and Transmitter Brewing. Each brewer will have access to Upstate New York’s Wild Hive Farm‘s Malted Pale Ale Malt, Malted Spelt, and Caramel 20. Bluebell Hopyard LLC out of Farmington, NY provides the hops: Chinook, Willamette, and Cascade.

Returning attractions for New York City Beer Week 2016 include Beer Sessions Radio(TM) and the Good Beer Seal’s 6th Annual NYC Brewers Choice(TM) at Sanders Studios on Weds, Feb. 24, 2016 (525 Waverly, Clinton Hill, 6 pm10 pm, $60 – $80). 6th Annual NYC Brewers Choice(TM) celebrates the exceptional workers within the craft beer industry, offering the opportunity for beer enthusiasts to mingle with the brewers themselves. Upwards of 40 brewers pour their favorite beers; several of the beers were brewed with New York State ingredients. For a list of brewers and spirit companies, please visit

On Thurs, Feb. 25, 2016, The Greene Space hosts “WQXR’s Classical Beer Jam: Made In New York Edition” featuring live performances of works by some of NYC’s quintessential composers. The event spotlights the music of Gershwin and Bernstein, as well asRachmaninoff and Dvo?ák, composers who both spent time in the Big Apple. Classical guitarist Pablo Villegas will be on tap to perform Bernstein’s “West Side Story Suite,” with other guest artists to be announced. WQXR’s Matt Abramovitz hosts while beer samples are provided by Transmitter Brewing, Finback Brewery, and The Bronx Brewery. Tickets can be purchased at this link.

New York City Beer Week 2016 is bookended by the most ambitious cask festival to ever happen in the City. NYCBG partners again with the NYS Brewers Association, Time Out New York and Get Real Presents for a two session cask festival featuring over 150 casks from New York State breweries on Sat, Feb. 27, 2016 at The Altman Building (135 W 18th Street, NYC). An inaugural “People’s Choice” awards ceremony will occur during the two sessions (VIP: 12pm – 1pm, GA: 1pm – 4pm, GA: 5pm – 9pm) with the following categories:Favorite Beer Week Bartender, Favorite Beer Week Bar, Favorite Beer Week Beer, Favorite Beer Week Event, and Favorite Beer Week New York State Brewery (who will be awarded The Ruppert’s Cup). Craft beer fans can vote for free via,, and the 2016 NYC Beer Trail app. To purchase tickets, please visit Eventbrite.

In honor of Jacob Ruppert, Jr., the Brewers Guild resuscitated The Ruppert’s Cup that circulated around to different NYC breweries in the 1990’s vying for “Brewery of the Year.” A celebrated American brewer, US Congressman, and owner of the New York Yankees (1915 – 1939), Ruppert’s name will appear front-and-center on the newly designed trophy destined for the Favorite Beer Week New York State Brewery.

The Opening Bash 2016 marks the release of the 2016 NYC Beer Trail app (iOS, Android). The app focuses on 11 NYC regions curated by local retailers and venues. Functions will include Event Schedule, Guild Events, Beer Trails, Venues, Special Programming, Social, Sponsors, Scavenger Hunt, and FAQ.

A 10-day craft beer extravaganza throughout NYC, come Celebrate An Entire City of Beer during New York City Beer Week 2016 this Feb. 19 – 28, 2016!

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