NYC Craft Beer Festival, Bourbon Bash, Pig Beach Pitmaster Series

By Annie Wu, Epoch Times
June 14, 2016 11:16 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

Pour the Core: Brooklyn

Sample more than 75 hard ciders from local and international makers, along with food truck eats. Participating companies include Big Apple Hard Cider, Angry Orchard, and brands from Spain, England, and beyond. Several cider makers will also give seminars on their craft.

Saturday, June 11
Session 1: Noon–3:30 p.m.
Session 2: 5 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Expo Center
72 Noble St., Brooklyn

Chef Joel Gamoran. (Courtesy of Bar Bolonat)
Chef Joel Gamoran. (Courtesy of Bar Bolonat)

Guest Dinner Series at Bar Bolonat 

Chef Einat Admony’s Mediterranean restaurant is hosting Seattle chef Joel Gamoran for a dinner featuring ingredients from the Pacific Northwest. The four-course dinner will include dishes like Warm Smoked Morel Mushroom Salad with foraged greens, flowers, and herbs; Table Side Lamb Leg with gooseberries, potatoes, and ramps; and Rainier Cherry Yogurt Eton Mess. $110 per person.

Sunday, June 12
6 p.m.–10 p.m.
Bar Bolonat
611 Hudson St. 

Eataly Grilled Meat and Grilled Fish Week

Eataly is hosting Grilled Meat and Grilled Fish weeks in June. The market and restaurants will have specials and wine pairings, while chefs will teach two grilling classes. Meat purveyor Pat LaFrieda and Eataly’s cooking school, La Scuola, will teach attendees how to choose the right cut of meat for meals, and how to break down an animal, then roast, sear, or grill it to perfection. Meanwhile, Eataly’s resident chef Nicoletta Grippo will teach a class on how to grill indoors. She will demonstrate preparing three dishes with wine pairings.

Grilled Meat Week
Monday, June 13–Sunday, June 19
Grilled Fish Week
Monday, June 20–Sunday, June 26
200 Fifth Ave.

Spring Agnolotti. (Burcu Avsar and Zach Desart)
Spring Agnolotti. (Burcu Avsar and Zach Desart)

The Good Fork Tenth Anniversary

The Brooklyn restaurant The Good Fork is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a special six-course dinner. Dishes include diner favorites and dishes featured in chef Sohui Kim’s upcoming cookbook, such as Oyster Po’Boy; Crispy Skinned Artic Char with jalapeño and fingerling potatoes; and Panna Cotta with chocolate bread pudding. $65 per person. 

Thursday, June 16
The Good Fork
391 Van Brunt St., Brooklyn
For reservations, call 718-643-6636

NYC Craft Beer Festival

Get your hands on 150 different beers, ciders, and meads from 75 different breweries at the fifth annual Craft Beer Festival. You’ll also get to attend seminars with industry experts and sample savory bites. $15 to $85 per person. 

Friday, June 17–Saturday, June 18
Lexington Avenue Armory
68 Lexington Ave.

Last year's Bourbon Bash event. (Courtesy of Bourbon Bash)
Last year’s Bourbon Bash event. (Courtesy of Bourbon Bash)

Bourbon Bash

Take a tour of downtown’s popular bars while enjoying a different type of bourbon at each joint, including Old Forester, Maker’s Mark, Burnside 4 Year, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, Four Roses Single Barrel, Bulleit, and Knob Creek. $65 per person.

Saturday, June 18
Noon–10 p.m.
Parkside Lounge
317 E. Houston St. 

Children learn to make empanadas at last year's festival. (Kate Milford)
Children learn to make empanadas at last year’s festival. (Kate Milford)

Egg Rolls, Egg Creams, and Empanadas Festival

Celebrate the diverse Chinese, Jewish, and Puerto Rican heritages of the Lower East Side with the Museum at Eldridge St. At the festival, there will be food, music, and entertainment from all three cultures, including Chinese mask making, yarmulke making, and salsa music.

Sunday, June 19
Noon–4 p.m.
Museum at Eldridge Street
12 Eldridge St.

The Mushimono course: savory egg custard and foie gras with crab sauce. (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)
The Mushimono course: savory egg custard and foie gras with crab sauce. (Courtesy of Tempura Matsui)

Tempura Matsui’s New Menu

Under a new chef, Japanese tempura restaurant Tempura Matsui is serving several new dishes on its tasting menu. Chef Kiyoshi Chikano’s creations include an appetizer course of Scallop Tartar and Pea Mousse with uni sauce; a Somen Noodle dish with okra, lime, water lily bud, and cherry tomato; and a Tencha rice course with broth infused with tea leaves. Aside from the restaurant’s usual tempura courses, an extra dish is now available to order: Lobster Tail Tempura, served with baby corn and asparagus tempuras, boiled lobster claw meat, and vinegar soy sauce. 

Tempura Matsui
222 E. 39th St.

Kobrick Coffee New Cocktail Menu

With the summer season, Kobrick Coffee’s cocktail bar is launching a new menu. The drinks include Just Past First Crack, with housemade malabar coffee syrup, Chartreuse, dry vermouth, and lime juice; the Mastercassis Theatre, with Cassis Noir, London dry gin, Pavan liqueur, lime juice, muddled cucumber, and mint; and Black & Blue Punch, with Guji cold brew coffee, Smith & Cross Jamaican rum, lime juice, blueberry syrup, and angostura bitters.

Kobrick Coffee Co.
24 Ninth Ave.

Shake Shack Summer Specials

For a limited time this summer, Shake Shack is offering two new items on its menu: the Bacon CheddarShack, with an Angus beef patty, smoked Niman Ranch bacon, and Wisconsin aged cheddar cheese sauce; and the BlueBerry Pie Oh My frozen custard, blended with a slice of Four & Twenty Blackbirds blueberry pie and topped with whipped cream (available as a shake or a concrete).

All NYC locations

(Katie Burton)
(Katie Burton)

Pig Beach Guest Pitmaster Takeover Series

Pig Beach, the outdoor barbecue restaurant in Gowanus, Brooklyn, is launching a summer series with guest pitmasters from around the country taking turns at the Pig Beach smoker. The lineup includes Kelly Dallas of Hogapalooza in Wynnee, Arkansas; John Wheeler of Memphis BBQ Co. in Mississippi; and Carey Brindle of Peg Leg Porker in Nashville, Tennessee. $50 to $350 per ticket. 

Pig Beach
480 Union St., Brooklyn

(Courtesy of Ribalta)
(Courtesy of Ribalta)

Ribalta America and Euro Cup Viewing

Watch the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) European Football Championship and the Copa América soccer tournament while enjoying Ribalta pizza and Italian pasta dishes. Ribalta will be live-streaming all the games on its big screen projectors.

Copa América
Friday, June 3–Sunday, June 26
Euro Cup
Friday, June 10–Sunday, July 10
48 E. 12th St.