First up is one of my favorite craft brew bars in the city: Valhalla. Valhalla consistently rolls out top notch selections on tap. They rotate their lines almost daily. What separates Valhalla from the pack is an incredible lunch special. For $12 you get any draft and anything from their bar menu, which includes sliders, bratwurst and some other quality choices. When you consider some of the beers are $9 on their own it's a real steal. If you're in Midtown West during lunch, definitely stop by Valhalla. And if you're not, it's worth the trip. I haven't found any other deal in the city that can compare.
Next up is something several craft beer bars have been doing more of recently: the tap takeover. The bar taps several kegs from one top notch brewery, typically featuring around a dozen or so different beers, often accompanied by a rep from the brewery who talks about the different beers. These events are always great because you get to try a variety of different beers and learn about them at the same time. The takeovers also often feature some really rare, hard to find, high quality beers. I've recently been to a Dogfish Head tap takeover at Rattle n Hum and will be attending a Firestone Walker takeover there in a few weeks that will feature their bourbon barrel aged stout, Parabola. I'm attending a Founders takeover this week downtown at the Blind Tiger. Founders will be debuting a new beer that night, Dissenter IPL, as well as showcasing some other great beers, including KBS. Very much looking forward to trying a few of these. I'll have a full report in next week's blog.
I've found the best way to keep in the loop about these events is by following your favorite breweries and bars on twitter, and checking their websites event's sections regularly. Rattle n Hum does a great job of keeping their events list up to date, with some more awesome events coming up over the next several weeks.