Best Weekend Food Events: Chile Pepper Festival, Beer Circus, Pig & Goat Roast

Chile Pepper Festival
Brooklyn Botanical Gardens (990 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 10 a.m.

Sample chile peppers and sauces from around the world and pick up unique spices at this festival celebrating all things hot and spicy. Tickets are $20 for general admission. Get yours here.

Lagunitas Beer Circus
MCU Park (1904 Surf Avenue, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Show up in costume at this circus-themed party featuring Lagunitas alongside local craft beers. Sip on brews while watching burlesque performances, aerialists, carnival rides, and sideshow acts. Get access to two stages of circus entertainment, one pint, and souvenirs with a $40 ticket. Score yours here. (Note: Must be 21 or older; no children or pets.)

Field: Seeds and Grains for the Future

Greenbelt Native Plant Center/Mid Atlantic Regional Seed Bank (700 Rockland Avenue, Staten Island)
October 1, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Go behind the scenes with forager and James Beard-nominated author Tama Matsuoka Wong at the Greenbelt Native Plant Center. Discover tips for recognizing edible plants in the wild and how to use whole seeds and grains at home. Feast on lunch by Agern’s chef de cuisine, Joe Yardley, and get some samples of flour milled from local grains. “Early risers” can also join in on a walking tour at 11 a.m. with the Natural Areas Conservancy’s senior ecologist. Reserve your ticket ($135) here.

Pig & Goat Roast
Sycamore Flower Shop & Bar (1118 Cortelyou Road, Brooklyn)
Saturday, 1 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5 p.m. seatings

Insa Korean BBQ and Fleishers Craft Butchery are teaming up for an all-day pig and goat roast. For $30, you can feast on a plate of both roasted meats, side dishes, and a pint of beer. You’ll also get to try your hand with some raffle tickets; prizes including butchery classes, karaoke at Insa, and other culinary gifts. Get your ticket here.

Final Oktoberfest Celebration
Watermark Bar on Pier 15 (78 South Street)
Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Celebrate the final weekend of Okotberfest and fill up on beer, brats, and pretzels. The party includes two-hour unlimited beer tastings with food from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Guests are advised to register (for free) in advance here. Food and beverage tickets can be purchased at ticket stations during the event with prices ranging from $8 to $16.


This Week in Food: Oktoberfest, Milkshake Party, Guest Pitmaster at Pig Beach

Saxon + Parole Oktoberfest Party
Saxon + Parole (316 Bowery)
Tuesday, 7 p.m.

Celebrate Oktoberfest with Brad Farmerie’s special menu which includes sausages, German potato salad, and pretzel rolls in addition to a traditional pig feast. Among the beers from Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu are a special Oktoberfest/Märzen and Munich Helles lager. Pint glasses — including a book-shaped glass from Spaten — will be awarded to a few lucky guests. Dinner is $75 per person and includes beer. Guests can make a reservation through the restaurant’s website. Update: The dinner has been moved to the evening of September 27.

Aldea’s Lucky #7 Bar Menu
Aldea (31 West 17th Street)

In honor of Aldea’s seventh anniversary, chef George Mendes is serving up his “Seven Signature Bites” bar menu, which includes a flight of the restaurant’s classic dishes in small-plate form. Guests can order three bites for $21, five for $35, or all seven for $49.

Black Tap and David Burke Boozy Milkshake Party

David Burke Kitchen (23 Grand Street)
Wednesday, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

David Burke Kitchen and Black Tap are throwing a party to show off their boozy doughnut shake. The sweet concoction will be a Breckenridge Bourbon caramel shake rimmed with brownie batter and cookie dough, and garnished with whipped cream, toffee bits, and a caramel-glazed toffee-nut doughnut. The party will also feature Black Tap’s all-American burger, cocktails,  grilled corn, lobster rolls, and baked East Coast oysters on the half shell with bone marrow butter. Tickets are $65. Reserve yours here.

Pig Beach’s Final Guest Pitmaster Takeover
Pig Beach (480 Union Street, Brooklyn)
Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m. until close

Pig Beach’s final guest pitmaster will be Pat Martin of Nashville’s Martin’s BBQ. Known for cooking over a live fire, Martin will build a cinder block pit in the middle of the restaurant to cook the hog.


Hold a Steady Stein, Try Blind Wine Tasting, and Toast New York State This Weekend

Battle of the Halls Oktoberfest Celebration, Clinton Hall and West End Hall, 90 Washington Street and 2756 Broadway, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. till late both days

Grab a stein and try to outlast the competition at these sister beer halls, which are both holding competitions this weekend. German beers like Radeberger, Weihenstephan, and Hofbrau will be available, with prize giveaways for the winners. There’s also a cornhole championship taking place at Clinton Hall on Saturday for those of us too distraught to watch our fantasy team any longer.

Claire Ptak Ice Cream Party and Brunch, Achilles Heel and Estela, 180 West Street, Brooklyn and 47 East Houston Street, Friday and Saturday, 6 p.m. until late/11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. brunch

London based baker and food writer Claire Ptak is flying across the pond for a weekend collaboration with locals Andrew Tarlow and Ignacio Mattos. On Friday, Ptak will host an ice cream party (with flavors like fig leaf and roasted quince) and will sign copies of her latest book The Violet Bakery Cookbook. Specialty cocktails will also be available, along with a live DJ and dance party. On Saturday, Ptak heads to Soho for a brunch collaboration at Estela, focusing on baked goods like bacon and egg buttermilk biscuits, cinnamon buns, and chocolate sandwich cookies with parsnip ice cream. Guests can secure a reservation or walk in for both events.

Wine on Wheels, Papillon Bistro, 22 East 54th Street, Friday, 6:30 to 9 p.m.

Improve your sense of taste this weekend as sommelier Yannick Benjamin and Wheeling Forward, an organization that supports the disabled, will host the second annual Wine on Wheels consumer blind tasting challenge. With a focus on the casual wine drinker, Benjamin and fellow sommeliers will offer over 20 wines representing the most common varietals as well as give tips on insider tasting techniques. The guest who is the most accurate upon completion of the blind tasting will receive a case of wine. Tickets are $55 and can be secured here.

NYC Craft Coffee Festival, Villain, 50 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn, Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Sample over twenty different coffees from specialty roasters like Irving Farm and get to know more about what makes up your favorite morning blend. Additional coffee shops scheduled to participate include Sweetleaf and Cafe Grumpy, while plenty of pastries from Underwest Donuts and others are also included in the cost of a ticket. Secure one for $35 here.

Cheers NY, Industry City, 37th Street and 2nd Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, Saturday and Sunday, 12 to 8 p.m/12 to 3 p.m.

Learn more about the local cheeses, wines, and beers that are being made in New York State at this two day festival, which features an additional marketplace stocked full of Brooklyn’s best menu items. There’s also an outdoor biergarten and games section. Ticket options start at $10 and can be reserved here.


Where to Celebrate the Final Days of Oktoberfest in NYC

With larger than life Bavarian pretzels, specially brewed beer, and polka music, Oktoberfest has once again descended upon our fair city. But with festivities already underway and running well into October, finding the right party can be harder than squeezing into a pair of lederhosen after a plate of blood sausages. That’s why we’ve highlighted the best remaining deals and events. You just have to focus on carrying a handful of steins.


Zum Schneider’s Munich on the East River, Solar One, 24-20 FDR Drive, October 3 through 5 and October 10 through 12

Strong men contests, cotton candy, and a stein to bring home make this Oktoberfest celebration one of the most family friendly events in NYC. Add in German beers, haxn, and a live oompah band, and you’ve got yourself a date on the waterfront. Tickets start at $25 (cash only), and will be sold at the door on the day of the event. VIP tickets are available online.

NYC Oktoberfest, Stone Street between William and Pearl Streets, October 4, 12 p.m.

Twelve businesses unite on the Financial District’s most raucous block to celebrate the official end of Oktoberfest. Restaurants like Bavaria Bier Haus will grill up smoked sausage, currywurst, and crispy pork belly-waffle sliders; there will also be live Bavarian music and a brewing demonstration by Bitter & Esters. Beers will be provided by Erdinger Weissbräu and Sixpoint Brewery, with a selection of non-German bites also on hand for those bored with brats.

Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hudson's seasonal pop up Crab and Claw
Celebrate Oktoberfest at Hudson’s seasonal pop up Crab and Claw

Crab and Claw’s Lobstoberfest, Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, October 11

Pretzels with beer cheese sauce and three different kinds of lobster rolls dominate this holiday celebration with a nautical twist, which runs until October 30. Twelve beers, including a special batch from Brooklyn’s own Kelso Brewery, fill the bar. On October 11, the venue will feature live music, free samples, and beer tastings, too.

Food Network New York City Wine & Food Festival’s Oktoberfest, Studio Square, 35-33 36th Street, Queens, Sunday October 19, 2 p.m.

Andrew Zimmern returns to serve as MC for the Food and Wine Festival’s Germanic shindig. Schnitzel and strudel from chefs like Daniel Boulud and Wolfgang Ban will be paired with a selection of beers. The party will also feature drinking games and a band playing traditional music; grab your tickets before the party.

Giant pretzels pair well with giant beers. It's science.
Giant pretzels pair well with giant beers. It’s science.

Restaurant Deals

Ambrose Beer Garden, 18 Fulton Street

Throughout the month of October, this South Street Seaport beer garden and its next door sibling Ambrose Hall are offering a new seasonal beer list that includes pours like Coney Island’s Freakoberfest. Guests might want to stop by during Ambrose’s happy hour from 4 to 7 p.m., as a stein hoisting competition will run every day through the end of the month. The champion will be crowned on October 31, and those who win the daily competition will receive a complimentary commemorative stein. Look, too, for sausages sourced from Upper East Side butcher Schaller and Weber.

Ardesia Wine Bar, 510 West 52nd Street

Chef Amorette Casaus’ weisswurst — accompanied by sauerkraut and sweet mustard — will be available for $13 throughout the month of October. Guests can also add on a pint of Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest-style Fiestbier for an additional $5.

Artisanal Bistro and Wine Bar, 2 Park Avenue

Oktoberfest beer and cheese pairings are available until the 31st at this Murray Hill restaurant. Chef Terrance Brennan’s kitchen is also cooking up a few German delicacies on a special menu to mark the occasion, with cheese experts on hand to assist guests in choosing good dairy.

Blue Ribbon Brasserie Brooklyn, 250 Fifth Avenue, Brooklyn

Through October 5, the Brooklyn branch of the Blue Ribbon franchise is offering a variety of German dishes courtesy of native son Chef Martin Brock. Cheese spaetzle, warm pretzels with obatzda dip, and plenty of Paulaner beer can be found on the menu.

Colicchio & Sons, 85 Tenth Avenue

After working up an appetite on the Highline, diners can head to this nearby restaurant for an Oktoberfest meal, which includes seasonal beer pairings and housemade sausages served with sauerkraut, warm potato salad, and pretzel bread. Look for three American beers on the list: Ommegang Brewery’s Harvest Ale Scythe & Sickle, Victory Brewery’s Oktoberfest Fiestbier, and Smuttynose Brewery’s Pumpkin Ale. The main course is offered for $48, with optional beer pairings for $12 per person.

Kegs are open at Loreley! Stop by for beer pairings and more!
Kegs are open at Loreley! Stop by for beer pairings and more!

Loreley, 7 Rivington Street

With events like Sausage Fest on October 4 and a beer pairing dinner on October 9, this Lower East Side retreat is one of the liveliest destinations to eat and drink the night away in lederhosen. There’s also an Oktoberfest Halloween party, and deals like the first beer of the evening free on select dates. A full line up of festivities and the option to purchase tickets can be viewed on the restaurant’s website.

Radegast Hall and Biergarten, 113 North 3rd Street, Brooklyn

Through October 4, this Williamsburg biergarten is offering a special menu along with stein-holding competitions and live music. The expansive German beer list includes favorites like Erdinger and Hofbrau.

The Standard Biergarten, 848 Washington Street

The German brewers behind Bitburger created a special beer exclusively for this perenially packed destination. Dubbed The Standard Brahaus Licher Oktoberfest, the brew is now available, and has a touch of caramel and toasted grain.

Zum Stammtisch, 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, Queens

One of New York’s old-school German drinking dens, this Glendale restaurant is the perfect place for a plate of schnitzel and crisp German lager. The restaurant is offering a special $60 four-course holiday menu and will feature live music on select dates; reservations are currently being accepted.


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This Weekend’s Five Best Food Events – 9/26/2014

Pumpkin spice lattes aren’t the only way to enjoy fall. Check out what’s on the docket for this weekend.

Slow Food NYC Triathlon – Run, Yoga, Eat, Prospect Park, Grand Army Plaza at 95 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn, Saturday, 9 a.m.

If you’re an early riser, consider putting a few miles on your feet for a cause this weekend. Athletes will take part in a two and a half mile run followed by yoga and then a picnic catered by Runner & Stone. Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit Slow Food.

Chile Pepper Festival, Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn, Saturday, 11 a.m.

This festival showcases a selection of hot sauces from around the globe, and attendees will be able to pick their own peppers. Tickets start at $15 and can be purchased through the Brooklyn Botanical Garden’s website.

Oyster Frenzy, Grand Central Oyster Bar, 89 East 42nd Street, Saturday, noon

Sports broadcasters Pat O’Keefe and Justin Shackil will be calling the play-by-play as competitors aim to out slurp and shuck one another. Open to the public, guests can attempt to suck down a dozen oysters in the fastest time, while chefs will conduct public tastings. There’s also a pro oyster shucking and beer competition, featuring top competitors from around the globe. Food and drink will also be available for purchase.

Craft and Claw, Hudson, 356 West 58th Street, Saturday, 5 p.m.

Hudson debuts its new seasonal Oktoberfest pop-up this weekend, featuring pretzel bites and brewskis to be enjoyed outdoors. Chef Tien Ho, formerly of Montmartre, is whipping up crab rolls and lobster bahn mis as part of the casual menu; you can pair his food to seasonal fall beers like Scythe’s Oktoberfest Witbier from Ommegang. On October 11, the pop-up will host an all-day party, which includes live performances, all-you-can-eat lobster rolls, and beer tastings.

First Taste: Hand & Seal Release, Brooklyn Brewery, 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, Sunday, 11 a.m.

Grab a pint of Brooklyn Brewery’s latest offering before heading off to watch Sunday’s football games. Taste the barleywine-style ale dubbed Hand & Seal, and have a cup of coffee and scones from Ovenly. You’ll get a bottle of the new brew and an open beer bar until noon. Most importantly: early access to the brewery and first dibs on seating. Just be sure to make a reservation.

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This Weekend’s Four Best Food Events – 9/19/2014

Fall is the most glorious time of the year in New York City, so get out and enjoy the things that are going on around town. Start with one of these events.

Conversation and Cocktails, Mount Vernon Hotel Museum and Garden, 421 East 61st Street, Friday, 6 p.m.

For $18, guests can sip a vintage cocktail at one of Manhattan’s oldest buildings and learn about life in this city in the 1830s. The event will include a talk from “British tourist and time traveler” Fanny Trollope. This is one of Manhattan’s secret treasures. Tickets can be purchased by contacting the museum.

Oktoberfest 2014, The Frying Pan, Pier 66 at 207 Twelfth Avenue, Saturday, noon

Schnitzel, pretzels, and German brews will keep the boat rockin’ at The Frying Pan’s inaugural Oktoberfest bash. Look for a costume contest, stein-hoists, and the traditional German drinking game of…just drinking. For $9, guests receive a 16-ounce mug — with the first beer included — and the right to discounted refills all night long. For $26, guests receive the above as well as a dinner plate. Both offers include VIP admission.

“The Carbon Foodprint”: How the New School Is Reducing Its Impact, The New School, 65 West 11th Street, Saturday, 1 p.m.

Consider spending your Saturday afternoon learning about food sustainability issues from a panel of well-informed individuals. Representatives from Corbin Hill and Hudson Valley Harvest farms will be in attendance, along with the New School’s director of dining. Stick around for a Q&A session. The event is free to attend — you’ll just need to register.

Il Buco’s “Sagra del Maiale” Outdoor Pig Roast, Il Buco, 47 Bond Street, Sunday, 1 p.m.

One of Noho’s longest-tenured residents is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a Sunday feast. The main attraction? A 300-pound heritage hog prepared three different ways, plus sides like pasta Genovese and apple ricotta fritters. Tickets are $25 per plate for adults, with a prosecco option also available for a few bucks more.


Highlights From NYCWFF: Jets Tailgate, Guy Fieri, Oktoberfest, Sunday Slice (Photos)

A collective “I ate way too much” burst forth from the mouths of attendees of the New York City Wine and Food Festival last night, wrapping up the event for another year. 2013 saw the return of old favorites like La Sagra’s Sunday Slice and Blue Moon’s Burger Bash as well as brand new tailgate and Oktoberfest festivities, which helped attract food lovers of all kinds. Here’s a look at the highlights from some of the weekend’s festivities.

Jets + Chefs: The Ultimate Tailgate

On Saturday, the New York Jets hosted a tailgate party of epic proportions: With Mario Batali, Rocco DiSpirito, and Joe Namath leading the charge, some of the city’s most globally diverse kitchens huddled up. The result? Not your typical stadium parking lot dining experience. Combinations like smoked brisket tacos, kimchi shrimp rolls, and beef tongue pastrami had people lining up in formation, the human wall surrounding Dominique Ansel’s tent wasn’t letting anyone through, and buffalo shrimp inundated the sea of green jerseys like a Rex Ryan blitz package. The Jets may want to think about running a tailgate like this every weekend: They defeated the rival New England Patriots by a field goal this past Sunday. Hey, a superstition isn’t weird if it works, right?

DiSpirito pumps up the crowd during a demonstration
DiSpirito pumps up the crowd during a demonstration
Batali and sons showcase their custom Jets jerseys
Batali and sons showcase their custom Jets jerseys
Deviled eggs, one of the unique dishes spotted at tailgate
Deviled eggs, one of the unique dishes spotted at tailgate
Socarrat Paella Bar's classic Spanish paella, something you don't see at an everyday tailgate
Socarrat Paella Bar’s classic Spanish paella, something you don’t see at an everyday tailgate
You know, just your typical tailgate ham
You know, just your typical tailgate ham
AG Kitchen's pomegranate and grilled pineapple guacamole. Serve in metal tub for ultimate impact.
AG Kitchen’s pomegranate and grilled pineapple guacamole. Serve in metal tub for ultimate impact.
Corn on the cob gets a facelift with coconut flakes and chili mayo courtesy of Num Pang
Corn on the cob gets a facelift with coconut flakes and chili mayo courtesy of Num Pang
Need a drink? Guy Fieri is ready to serve and carry on some conversation
Need a drink? Guy Fieri is ready to serve and carry on some conversation

Guy Fieri’s Rock of Ages party

Fieri greeted each attendee at the door during his Rock of Ages party on Saturday night, nearly a year after that same door swung open on Flavor Town, welcoming tourists, locals, and, eventually, unsympathetic reviewers. By the time Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update got through lampooning the star chef back then, his image had taken a serious hit. Yet here was Fieri one year later playing it up for a packed house. He played host. He played bartender. He ran the show. Oh, and he also tied for first place for the Burger Bash’s People’s Choice award. The guy’s in-your-face personality may not win over everyone, but like the Journey song blasting in the night, his popularity just seems to go on and on and on and on.

Guy Fieri. Owner. Chef. Professional Greeter.
Guy Fieri. Owner. Chef. Professional Greeter.
The bar portion of Guy's American Kitchen and Bar
The bar portion of Guy’s American Kitchen and Bar
Sashimi tacos, a typical menu item you'll find at Fieri's Times Square restaurant
Sashimi tacos, a typical menu item you’ll find at Fieri’s Times Square restaurant
Fieri goes behind his bar to please thirsty revelers
Fieri goes behind his bar to please thirsty revelers
Huli Huli Chicken, a featured entree at Guy's American Kitchen & Bar
Huli Huli Chicken, a featured entree at Guy’s American Kitchen & Bar
Zimmern engages the crowd while offering several varieties of his new sausage line with LaFrieda
Zimmern engages the crowd while offering several varieties of his new sausage line with LaFrieda


Amidst the sea of steins, lederhosen, and giant pretzels with cheese dip, Zimmern and LaFrieda showcased their collaborative effort on a new line of all-natural sausages to coincide with the first NYCWFF Oktoberfest. After all, if you’re going to recreate Bavaria in Queens, you’re going to need a meat-focused menu. LaFrieda’s presence throughout the weekend is typically associated with the various blends that make up the entrants in the Burger Bash, but this collaboration focused on offering an equally iconic foodstuff: the New York hot dog. The new line features a preservative-free Piedmontese heritage beef along with selections like bratwursts with cheese and goat sausage

“I like the goat sausage because I like the mint in it, I like the fennel. It’s very very different,” LaFrieda told us. “I would say that goat is going to be America’s next big protein.” Zimmern added that he’s anxious to see what chefs like Alex Stupak of Empellon start doing with the animal–which he noted is like soccer in that it seems to just be loved a little more outside of the U.S.

Fans flocked to Studio Square in Astoria for the brand new Oktoberfest event this year hosted by Zimmern
Fans flocked to Studio Square in Astoria for the brand new Oktoberfest event this year hosted by Zimmern
Bronwyn featured a giant pretzel with traditional cheese dip
Bronwyn featured a giant pretzel with traditional cheese dip
DBGB joins in on the Oktoberfest festivities
DBGB joins in on the Oktoberfest festivities
Oktoberfest at Studio Square might just become a regular event based on the turnout this year
Oktoberfest at Studio Square might just become a regular event based on the turnout this year


Brooklyn's own Adam Richman was on hand to help pick a winner
Brooklyn’s own Adam Richman was on hand to help pick a winner

La Sagra Sunday Slices

New Yorkers–as we all know–are particular about their pizza, whether it’s fried up montanara-style, spiced up with soppressata, or even served upside down. With Brooklyn native Adam Richman and Anne Burrell leading the charge, pizzerias like Motorino, Co., and Rubirosa converged to offer their interpretation of what makes the best slice, ultimately demonstrating what a little mozzarella, dough, and tomato sauce can do to make magic.

Pizza-tossing 101
Pizza-tossing 101
The upside down pizza from NY Pizza Suprema
The upside down pizza from NY Pizza Suprema
Co.'s Green Tomato Pie
Co.’s Green Tomato Pie
La Montanara from Forcella features a fried crust, which makes throwing it away a sin
La Montanara from Forcella features a fried crust, which makes throwing it away a sin
Rubirosa's Pizza Rustica featured a thin crunchy crust
Rubirosa’s Pizza Rustica featured a thin crunchy crust
One of the few times people don't notice the city skyline because they are staring at pizza
One of the few times people don’t notice the city skyline because they are staring at pizza

Oktoberfest Events and Living Colour Party: What To Do This Weekend

Pumpkin Ale. Pumpkin Spiced Latte. Pumpkin Pie. Whatever your fall vice may be, pumpkins don’t have to be all of them. In fact, if you haven’t had a chance to strap on some lederhosen, this weekend is a good time to catch some last minute Oktoberfest fever. Here’s a look at a few ways to ring in October without having to carve through the guide books:

Sausage Fest Launch Party/Oktoberfest, Loreley, 7 Rivington Street, Saturday, 4 p.m.

Kicking off an eight-day-long celebration of sausage, attendees will be treated to one free Oktoberfest beer while chowing down on tubular treats care of purveyor Schaller & Weber. Classics like weisswurst and smoked bratwurst along with mashed potatoes and sauerkraut compose many of the platters available. Opt for three or grab some friends and go for the full monty with the twelve sausage platter. The festival will run through October 13th. Additionally, Loreley is featuring a variety of Oktoberfest specials up until its Oktoberfest Halloween Party this year. Saturday’s beer specials include $1 off half-liters and $3 off liters of Oktoberfest beers. A full line-up of events that’ll make you scream PROST can be found on the Loreley website.

Oktoberfest Finale, Stone Street Tavern, 52 Stone Street, Saturday, noon

This all-day affair featuring seasonal beer and soft pretzels comes with no additional ticket price. Look for German beers like Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen as well as a variety of German fare. Dine on corned beef served on a warm pretzel roll or fill up on German potato salad. Even Pat LaFrieda is getting in on the action: A special “Alpine Burger” complete with blended ground brisket will be on the menu to cap off the celebration.

Biru-fest, Sen, 12 West 21st Street, Saturday and Sunday

Fans of Japanese beer should head to the lounge and bar area at this spot for a twist on Oktoberfest beer tastings. Flights of beer will pair with your choice of select small plates; the tasting will feature several obscure brews including the rice lager Echigo Koshihikari and Yukidoke, a Japanese IPA.

Living Colour’s 25th Anniversary of Vivid Party, Ginny’s Supper Club, 310 Lennox Avenue, Saturday, 8:30 p.m.

Living Colour is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Grammy-winning album with an evening of music featuring Tamar-kali underneath Red Rooster. After the performance, attendees are invited to join the band for an afterparty. Dinner reservations can be made by calling the club directly, and $20 tickets are available via Ticketfly.



It’s KelSo in Cans!

Get ready for some big Brooklyn beer news: KelSo is launching a canned beer line. Known for easy-drinking and innovative brews, the small husband-and-wife operation is taking new form as beers goes beyond the tap and into the can. We caught up with Kelly Taylor, head brewer and co-owner, to learn more about what KelSo of Brooklyn has in store in the coming months.

So what’s new?
We’ve got cans coming out–our pilsner, brown lager, and an IPA. The pilsner cans will be available around Halloween, and lager and IPA in November. They will be coming to your corner bodega soon.

Are you canning in the brewery?
We’re using a mobile canning line. This guy has a canning line on his truck. He fills up a bunch of beers for you and leaves. It’s perfect for the urban environment where you don’t have the space for a bottling line or the empty cans. We ship him the cans, and then he brings the cans down, only the amount he can fill. It’s pretty big on the West coast with smaller breweries that don’t have the money or time to commit to a full-on canning operation.

What about your other brews?
We have our winter lager coming out starting in November. At Brooklyn Pour we’re going to have our Oktoberfest and Imperial Pumpkin. We have a lot of barrel-aged stuff coming out that’s been sitting from four to eight months: stouts, scotch ales, red ales in whiskey barrels. Rum barrels hold our brown lager.

What does aging do to the beer?
Typically it softens the beer a little bit and lends a little oakiness, or the flavor of whatever was aged in there before. The first time you use a barrel it assaults you with the flavor, and then the second or third use you start to get more of the woody, coconuty flavor. It’s more oxidized. It softens the hops and malt character.

We have soured some of the aging beers too. One time, the beer started to turn, and now we’ll let those go for a year and hit it with brettanomyces, a cultured wild yeast. It adds a barnyardy, horsey flavor, at first a little disgusting but then over six to eight months gets kind of earthy.

We’ve been putting beers in the barrel then culturing the barrel. We’ll have IPAs and saison in these sour barrels, and we brewed a lambic exclusively for the sour barrels. We’re putting them away for a year then adding fruit to them, so the lambic will be one to two to three years old by the time we get them out of the barrels.

We have an IPA coming out of whiskey barrels, a saison that was in brandy barrels with brettanomyces. I think we have 25 barrels.

Do you ever create something you’re not happy with?
I think one of them we just threw away. We sample them periodically, and we’ll go through and see how the barrels change all the time, and every once in awhile it gets weird in a not good way. It doesn’t have the structure to the weirdness. If it’s just sour, it’s no good. That’s just not right. I don’t want to put a beer out just because the beer is drinkable. And I bounce off of Sonya too. Better just to not do it. Though that having been said, we reserve the right to use that as blend. If we just take that sour IPA and throw it into the industrial IPA then all of sudden you’ve got that tang and depth and something completely unique and engaging to the palate.

So where can people find these funkier brews?
We’ll be putting those out in bars and restaurants like Mission Dolores, Blind Tiger, and Spuyten Duyvil. We don’t really have a schedule, they just come out and they go.

Come to Brooklyn Pour, October 12th, to get a taste of KelSo’s new Oktroberfest and Imperial Pumpkin.



Do a Shot of Jägermeister From a 25-Foot “Shot-Ski” to Celebrate Oktoberfest’s End

Oktoberfest is coming to an end, and New York is celebrating with a 25-foot-long shot-ski at Penn Plaza’s OktoberfestNYC event today.

The toast is tonight, October 4, at 7. With the help of Jägermeister, a German 70-proof digestif, the organizers are going to toast out the last Oktoberfest weekend with a shot-ski that holds a 20-person shot round.

The festival lasts until Sunday, October 7, and features a 6,000-square-foot beer garden. The event will feature genuine German folk bands, live music, fashion shows, cultural attractions, and other great events commemorating German culture.