Friday, February 21, 7 p.m.
NYC Beer Week Opening Night Bash 2014
Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal, East 42nd Street, Manhattan
One might say that every week is beer week in New York City. (Seriously, where would corner pizza joints be without suds?) But the 6th annual event promises to celebrate the pint in special beer-lovin’ style. That means 16 NYC craft breweries, nationally & internationally renowned breweries and over 100 venues, with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs and acclaimed restaurants in the mix. The New York City Brewers Guild kicks it all off at the Opening Night Bash, where the $75 admission grants us unlimited samples from our favorite breweries, plus light snacks through the night. (So don’t feel bad about stopping for a slice on the way home — in honor of beer, naturally.)
Deal nearby: Sushi-Teria
Friday, February 21, 6 p.m.
Geek Week: Geeks vs. Nerds Trivia Happy Hour
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, 126 Crosby Street, Manhattan
It may have garnered us torture in grade school, but as adults we know being a geek or a nerd is endlessly cool. Heal those emotional scars at this trivia happy hour dedicated to the shunned brainiacs among us. Before entering the fray, use this handy test from Housing Works to decide which team to play on: “Clock what most bothers you about this sentence: Aragorn’s story is one not only of protecting Frodo on his way to Mordor, but of returning to Dagobah and becoming it’s rightful king. If you said ‘ARRGGH! Someone confused The Lord of the Rings with Star Wars!’ you’re a geek. If you said, ‘ARRGGH! The possessive form of it does not have an apostrophe!,’ you’re a nerd. If your head exploded, you’re probably both.” Admission is free.
Deal nearby: Prince Street Kitchen
Saturday, February 22, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Food Makers Market
Bat Haus, 279 Starr Street, Brooklyn
For those of us who aren’t quite ambitious enough to whip up our own marmalade for toast on Saturday morning, there’s still hope for a handmade meal. Enter the Food Makers Market. The emphasis here is on all things small-batch, locally made and delicious. Hardworkin’ handcrafters will include the likes of Bacchanal Pepper Sauce, Brooklyn Delhi, Better Off Spread, The Jam Stand, Cocktail Crate, Plate & Pencil, Mike’s Hot Honey, Gustavo’s Salsa, Fatty Cakes and more to come. Admission to the market is free, as are the samples, hot chocolate and music. Sounds like a mighty good Saturday to us.
Deal nearby: The Salad Wheel
Saturday, February 22, 11:30 p.m.
Soul Clap National Championship
Brooklyn Bowl, 61 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn
A name like “Soul Clap” sort of makes us feel good inside, like that blissful boozy moment when our favorite song finally comes on at a party. This weekend, New York Night Train brings us a special installment of their monthly Soul Clap dance party, complete with an epic dance-off hosted by special guest DJ Andrew WK. Contest winners from around the country compete for cool a $1000 prize while DJ Jonathan Toubin spins smooth soul 7-inch vinyls at 45 rpm. Tickets are $7 per person.
Deal nearby: Fanny
Sunday, February 23, 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
Caskalot: A Festive Celebration of Cask-Conditioned Ales
508 GastroBrewery, 508 Greenwich Street, Manhattan
Caskalot sounds a lot like Lancelot, but we’re pretty excited that a knight with this kind of shining armor rolls up with copious amounts of beer instead of a white horse. Over at 508 GastroBrewery, they’ll add to the Beer Week festivities with cask-conditioned ales from some of the best local breweries. The $45 admission comes with 3-hours of unlimited pours at one of the two sessions, either from 2 - 5 p.m. or 6 - 9 p.m. We’ll raise a cask to that.
Deal nearby: Shigure