Idle Hands Bar, the “bourbon, beer, rock” basement below Billy Hurricanes, since their opening. I was recently told about their weekly beer tastings, and couldn’t resist attending. Every Wednesday they host Learning to Beer, a series of tastings by brewery. You’ll learn the history of the featured brewery and the story behind each beer you sample. This two hour event includes 3-5 beers to taste, at least two full pours after the tastings have completed, and appetizers that compliment the types of beers served.
Kris and I attended Learning to Beer with Two Brothers Brewing Company. Armed with my camera, a pen, tasting notes, and a glass of water, I was ready to take on the beers. Rev. David Ciancio, an owner at Idle Hands, who is also highly networked in the restaurant and PR industries, and the writer of the blog Burger Conquest, began the evening by introducing Ben Wood, the representative who would educate us on all things Two Brothers Brewing Company. The first tasting poured was The Bitter End Pale Ale. As a fan of lighter beers, I loved this! With citrus and floral notes, I was a happy girl. Next, we sampled Long Haul Session Ale, which was still a light beer, but with oaky flavors. The third tasting was the Domaine DuPage, a French Style Country Ale translated as a “beer to keep”. This amber colored ale was delicious highlighting both caramel and fruity flavors with a floral and spicy hop balanced to cleanse the palate. The fourth beer poured into our glasses was Cane and Abel, which is brewed with Thai palm sugar. I noticed vanilla and tropical fruit flavors (mango and papaya are mentioned in our tasting notes) and it definitely had a kick to it.
Two Boots was served to compliment the interesting beers. I had small slices of The Newman (sopressata & sweet italian sausage on a white pie), The Dude (a cajun bacon cheeseburger pie with tasso, ground beef, cheddar, & mozzarella), Night Tripper (sun-dried tomatoes, roasted garlic & jalapeno pesto on a white pie with a whole wheat crust), and Bayou Beast (bbq shrimp, crawfish, andouille, jalapenos, & mozzarella). Each week, Rev. orders local East Village food to accentuate the specific beers. Everything from Croxley’s wings to Korzo Haus’s fried burgers has been included. I’d seriously attend these weekly tastings for the food alone, as this neighborhood truly has some of the best restaurants in the city.
These weekly events are perfect for a night out with your crew, to meet cute guys (hipster and preppy dudes alike), or even for an interactive date! Check out the upcoming events and buy tickets for only $35 here.
Where do you go for beer or wine tastings? xo