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Beer aficionados: Propose our afternoon-long beer-tasting itinerary!

My husband's going to be pleased when I propose an afternoon of beer tasting as birthday gift. But we're not so beer-savvy. Can you all suggest a few stops--in the same general neighborhood--where we can create our own pub crawl / tasting menu? I'm thinking a variety of approaches might be fun: German restaurant, Japanese place, Korean, Irish pub. Food to accompany our itinerary is possible, but not required. We are in the East Village, where there are many nearby options, but open to other neighborhoods. Thanks for the ideas!

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  1. I'm not sure about the opening times for these places, so you'll have to look that up, but in the EV, you can check out Jimmy's No. 43 for small selection of craft beers, Burp Castle next door for Belgian brews, East Village Tavern further east for larger selection of craft, head south to DBA for same, Zum Schneider for German beers, and cross into LES for Spitzer's Corner, nice beer selection and gastropub.......More uptown you could start at Gingerman on 36th for kind of classic style bar, move on to Rattle N' Hum on 33rd, which is on the surface is an Irish joint but they have best selection of American craft drafts in the city and do flights of 4 to sample, and then you could finish up near MSP at Birreria, the rooftop beer place at Eataly....There's really not much in the way of a Korean or Japanese craft beer scene here, unless you want to include sake at Decibel, which is also in the EV.

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    Zum Schneider
    107 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

    Spitzer's Corner
    101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    Jimmy's No. 43
    43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    Decibel
    240 E 9th St, New York, NY 10003

    Ginger Man
    11 E 36th St, New York, NY 10016

    d.b.a.
    41 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Burp Castle
    41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

    East Village Tavern
    158 Ave C, New York, NY 10009

    Rattle 'n' Hum
    14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

    Birreria
    200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: Silverjay

        Your best bet is to follow this route. Other East Village options are Hop Devil Grill and the adjacent Belgian Room on St Marks. One block up on 9th between First and A is a place called Good Beer. They sell bottles and growlers to go but also sell draft beer and offer flights. They have rarer beers on draft for you two to try.

        Will also stress Rattle N Hum as a destination. Their selection is one of the best in the city, along with the Blind Tiger in the West Village

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        Blind Tiger
        281 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10014

        Hop Devil Grill
        129 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

        Rattle 'n' Hum
        14 E 33rd St, New York, NY 10016

        Good Beer Store
        422 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

        The Belgian Room
        125 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

        1. re: Silverjay

          If you are at birreria, you should walk across the park and have a bite and a beer at EMP's bar. best restaurant beer list in the city.

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          Eleven Madison Park
          11 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10010

          Birreria
          200 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: nmprisons

            If you don't mind paying $17.00 for 11.2 oz of Uerige Alt; heck of a list, but some wild mark ups.

        2. Dunno when you're planning this, but Jimmy's 43 does beer tastings every Tuesday at 7:30 pm (which is not in the afternoon, I know). Jimmy's is in the EV, and even if you go on a not Tuesday at not 7:30 pm, you'll find a nice selection. Also, food (from 5:30). And if you go on 12/13, you'll find me! I can't imagine that'd be much of a draw for anyone, but I'm just throwin' it out there.

          http://jimmysno43.com/

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          Jimmy's No. 43
          43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

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          1. re: small h

            Thanks for the suggestion! I won't be there on the 13th to see you, but don't sell yourself short re. being a draw.

          2. In the East Village (and Lower East Side) you have a bunch of good options. I'd start out with a place that does brunch as it will be open earlier in the day. I assume you'll do this on the weekend, preferably a Saturday.

            LES
            Spitzer's Corner -- BTW they have a decent brunch, too, opens at 10am on weekends, they are known for having 40 beers on tap. It gets douchebaggy at night but is fine during the afternoon.
            http://www.spitzerscorner.com/
            Marshall Stack -- chill beer bar, cash only, but they have board games and it is usually not too crowded. I think it opens at 1pm.
            Loreley -- lovely back garden (not sure if it is heated in the winter), decent food and service, big portions of German food, pretzels are OK as is the burger, I really like the meatballs, but I think the food is only OK overall. Opens at noon daily.
            http://loreleynyc.com/
            Cafe Katja -- the beer list they have online is smaller than the one I've seen in person, regardless, their food is also excellent and gently priced. Great spƤtzle, pretzels, service. Opens at 5pm.
            http://www.cafekatja.com/

            East Village
            DBGB -- Daniel Boulud's beer focused restaurant. Probably the most ambitious food you're going to find on a beer craw I really like their sausages and charcuterie. Opens at 11am on weekends.
            http://www.danielnyc.com/dbgb.html
            McSorley's -- old timey NY atmosphere where they only have two kinds of beer, light and dark, sawdust on the ground, no standing in the backroom, and a piece of NYC history, loud/crowded on the weekends so we prefer to go in the afternoon. An experience. There's an unproven rumor that President Lincoln drank here. Opens on 11am on Saturdays, 1pm on Sundays.
            http://www.mcsorleysnewyork.com/
            Jimmy's No 43 -- feels a little "hidden" because it's basement level, opens at 12pm but no food until 5:30pm, I echo what small h said, and it's next door to Burp Castle, which makes it really convenient for a crawl down 7th Street between McSorley's and Burp Castle!
            http://jimmysno43.com/
            Burp Castle -- known for shushing you if you get too loud, sometimes they bring over frites from around the corner form Pommes Frites for happy hour, Belgian, could be fun to stop in. Opens at 4pm on weekends.
            http://burpcastlenyc.wordpress.com/
            Weschler's -- they have currywurst and claim to be "a taste of Berlin" in the EV. Opens at 12pm. Fun atmosphere. On 1st Ave and 7th.
            http://www.currywurstnyc.com/
            Vandaag -- newish spot, very sleek and modern decor, it's a restaurant with specialty beer and beer cocktails, might be worth a stop, too. Very close to Burp Castle/Jimmys/etc. on 2nd Ave and 6th.
            http://www.vandaagnyc.com/

            I've also been hearing good things about Good Beer. 8 dollar tasting flights (four 4.5 oz pours) sounds pretty fun.
            https://www.facebook.com/goodbeernyc

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            Cafe Katja
            79 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

            Loreley
            7 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            Spitzer's Corner
            101 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            Jimmy's No. 43
            43 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            Burp Castle
            41 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            Marshall Stack
            66 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

            McSorley's Old Ale House
            15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

            Wechsler's
            120 1st Ave, New York, NY 10009

            DBGB
            299 Bowery, New York, NY 10003

            Vandaag
            103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            Good Beer Store
            422 E 9th St, New York, NY 10009

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            1. re: kathryn

              If you take kathryn's good advice to hit Vandaag, the Popeye (fresno chili pepper, akvavit, spicy tomato, pilsner, fennel pollen, salt rim) is excellent, provided you're a fan of beer cocktails. And if you're not, you could become one.

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              Vandaag
              103 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: kathryn

                McSorely's sucks. Recommend giving that one a pass......Just looked at the DBGB draft list and it is very well curated.

                1. re: Silverjay

                  McSorley's beer does suck. It is interesting from a historical perspective as long as you are there off hours.

                  1. re: Silverjay

                    McSorley's dark ale is fine. McSorley's has more soul in the sawdust on it's floor than DBGB will ever have starting with Daniel Boulud and working down to the guy who cleans up at night. It's been around 150 years. That counts for a lot.

                    Yes, it's best to go in the afternoon, and weekdays are best. Jerks often show up in the evenings. They have that in common with DBGB.

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                    McSorley's Old Ale House
                    15 E 7th St, New York, NY 10003

                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                      McSorley's is a lousy place to drink. There are better old style bars in the city.

                      1. re: Silverjay

                        Sure, there are other good bars in NYC where you have a drink. It would be amazing if there weren't - there are 8,000,000 people here.

                        I never said McSorely's was the best bar in the city. I was reacting to your statement - "McSorely's sucks."

                        To the OP - go there on a quiet Tuesday afternoon on a cold day. Sit by the coal fired potbelly stove. Order a couple of dark beers and drink in 150 year's worth of history. Your husband will love it. You'll probably love it too.

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                        1. re: Bob Martinez

                          You can always walk out after your first beer if you hate it. They are like $1 each.

                          1. re: Bob Martinez

                            No argument from me. As a place to take in dusty historic relics and crane your neck around the room, it's a winner. As a place to drink beer from a beer aficionado perspective, it sucks.

                            1. re: Bob Martinez

                              Of course it's not the best bar in the city. But if you're going to be right down there, go in, get a few beers, some cheese and crackers with that spicy mustard, and say hello to Brendan and Kevin. The earlier in the day, the better.

                              1. re: southernitalian

                                I'm familiar with McSorley's, though it's been several years. It's fun for the kitsch factor and a really cheap beer (at off hours!). Will see if it makes it onto the itinerary. In the meantime, here's what it looked like in 1912: http://bit.ly/u6Eqtg

                    2. In Murray Hill you can do a beer tasting at Artisinal and even pair with Cheese if you like. Then walk a few blocks and go to Cask and have another huge variety of beers as well.

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                      Artisanal
                      2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016

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                      1. re: princeofpork

                        I checked Artisinal's website & didn't see anything about a beer tasting. Is it an off-the-menu kind of item? Sounds wonderful.

                      2. Consider two options in Brooklyn:
                        In Park Slope, there's Bierkraft on Fifth Ave. Sit yourself down at the picnic tables located in the store, order a few beers and some sandwiches and enjoy. Afterwards, explore the many fine restaurants along Fifth Ave. (go to the outer boroughs board to get an idea of what you'll fine along Fifth Ave.)
                        In Greenpoint, there's Brouwerij Lane. No food here, but always a great selection of beers you can sample. After you've had a few beers, walk a few steps down Greenpoint Ave. and have some of NYC's best pizza at Paulie Gee's.