Last summer, one of my favorite events was a killer pig roast that I helped run at Bushwick’s premier North Carolina-style BBQ joint, Arrogant Swine. Think: 25-plus low-alcohol beers, ciders and meads, combined with more pig than you could ever hope to devour. It was an epic afternoon, so epic that we've decided to repeat the event next month. This will likely be my last beer event till the fall, so get in while the getting is good.
Event: Solstice Session at the Arrogant Swine, Take Two Where: 173 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn When: Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets: $45. Ticket link: Here.
Tyson Ho likes swine. Joshua M. Bernstein and Chris Cuzme? They like beer. Today, Pitmaster Ho will slow-roast the finest heritage pig and serve mountains of pulled-pork sandwiches. (Don’t worry: veggies will have food too.) To drink, Cuzme and Bernstein have assembled a line-up of the city’s best session beer, cider and mead–that is, low alcohol but not low in flavor. And perfect for drinking all afternoon.
We’ve enlisted 10 of the city’s best homebrewers to make session beers, then we’ve tabbed NYC’s best and brightest breweries to craft low-alcohol beauties too. That means you’ll be drinking the likes of Transmitter, Finback, Threes,Greenpoint Beer and Ale, Folksbier, SingleCut, Bridge and Tunnel and Big Alice, as well as the brand-new LIC Beer Project. There will be 25 unique, rarely tasted session brews on offer, from oat-driven grisettes to tart sours, refreshing goses, session IPAs and everything under the low-alcohol sun. (And yes, you’ll be able to drink all you want.)
You’ll savor the beverages in more than 3,000 square feet of indoor-outdoor industrial paradise, with picnic tables and plenty of large-scale Jenga. Better still: June 20 is the Summer Solstice, meaning that today is the first, and longest, day of summer. Once again, there’s no better way to kick off the summer.