Man cannot live by bread alone. Occasionally, he needs a cocktail, beer, or shot to wash it down.
This week is loaded with opportunities to derive sustenance in liquid form. If you’d like to be loaded too, the festivities begin tonight, September 20, at Macao Trading Co. (311 Church Street, bet Walker and Lispenard Sts), which is hosting the National Bärenjäger Cocktail Competition. Original cocktails created by six mixological finalists from around the country will be showcased, with the winner claiming an all-expense-paid trip to Oktoberfest in Munich, as well as $1,000 in cash. An additional $1,000 cash prize will go to the “audience favorite.” The curtain goes up at 7 p.m.
If you’re looking to cash in on a little prize money of your own, you have until September 22 to devise and submit an oyster shooter recipe in time for the first-ever “Great Oyster Shooter Faceoff” to be held on Saturday, September 25, at Grand Central Oyster Bar. The event is to be cosponsored by 901 Silver Tequila and Double Cross Vodka. Winning recipes using one or other of the named spirits will fetch a grand prize of $500 or $350 respectively, as well as dinner for two at the subterranean restaurant. Entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and should have the advice “Great Oyster Shooter Face Off” in the subject line. In the body of your email, state whether you are an amateur or professional, and where you tend bar. Grand Central Oyster Bar is located on the Lower Level at Grand Central Terminal.
Starting on Friday and running through October 3, the city will host its third annual NY Craft Beer Week. The week will kick off on the 24th with Freaktoberfect at Shmaltz Brewing Company (249 Fourth Avenue, at President St, Brooklyn). Over 35 brewery owners will be on hand dispensing samples of their wares at an open bar while the Coney Island Sideshow troupe heads up a list of performers that also includes local indie rock bands, burlesque dancers, and DJs. Reservations can be made by emailing email@example.com or by phoning 415-655-3431. The event, which runs from 7 p.m. to midnight, is $55 a person. A full schedule of other events and participating bars and restaurants can be found here.
Finally, if you’re so inclined, you can make the craft beer festival a permanent fixture in your life with one of Brooklyn Brew Shop’s handy-dandy home brewing kits. The kits, which start at around $40, contain everything you need to make authentic suds, and the smaller 1-gallon kits are sized to fit even the smallest of New York City studios. The shop also sells mixes of grain, hops, and other essentials of brewing for around $15 a bag. The Brew Shop operates every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Brooklyn Flea, 176 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn. You can also mail-order your kit.
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