March Madness Tailgate Weekend

Where: MKNYC Taproom

When: Friday (3/22), Saturday (3/23) & Sunday (3/24)

All weekend we're having March Madness tailgates! Friday, Saturday, & Sunday we'll have all the top college basketball game playing all day erryday. We'll also be featuring $4 pints of house lagers, $7 steins, and $10 pitchers. That's not enough? Come try our $.75 house made buffalo wings and laded nachos!

1 Year Anniversary Party

Where: MKNYC Taproom

When: March 29th; 7 - close

It's crazy to think that at the end of this month we'll have been open for a year! A year full of accomplishments, growing pains, and almost 100 new beers, but for this occasion we're going to take it back to beer #1. On Friday March 29th, we're dropping a rebrew of Filthy Flow (MKNYC x Thin Man Brewery) and celebrating our 1-Year Anniversary. We'd love for our friends, family, and fans to come join us for a birthday celebration of filthy proportions.

Stay tuned! More info coming soon:
- More releases dropping
- Specialty draft & bottle menus

5 Reasons to Get into the NYC Brewery Scene

The best breweries in NYC are only a hop, skip, and jump away. Here are the top five reasons to start checking them out.

There are a Ridiculous Amount of Breweries 

Although there are some annoying things about living in the city (hello, cost of living), one thing nobody can complain about is the amount of amazing breweries in NYC. From tiny craft locales to much larger operations, there's something in this city for everyone-- even you pilsner-philes out there.

Breweries Offer up Opportunities to Explore New Places

Jeffrey Swanson

New York City is big. Like, stupid big. If you live and work in one neighborhood it can seem like a hassle to leave your little bubble when you have your fave restaurants, watering holes, etc. already staked out. However, it becomes much easier to motivate yourself to get out to a new place when there's some craft brews waiting for you at the end of your journey. Explore a new area and try some new fantastic brews? Win win.

The Events

Mikkeller art baseball player

What's better than just having a beer? Having a beer while doing something cool. Sports, live music, perusing art, whatever-- it doesn't really matter what it is, but there's a 10/10 chance that the experience will be greatly enhanced by beer. Most breweries in NYC hold events, although, not trying to toot our own horn here, the fact that Mikkeller is right next to Citi Field pretty much guarantees a good time. It's pretty damn awesome, if we do say so ourselves. *toot*

The Food

The best breweries in NYC also boast some of the best food in NYC. Here at Mikkeller we have menus put together by Claus Meyer and burger shop Whitmans (SO good), but each brewery has a different vibe and caters to different tastes. Whatever floats your boat, though, you can find it at a brewery (and beer makes everything taste better, too).

The Art

Beer, the beverage, is cool. It always has been, and, if there is a god, it always will be. But the label on those beers? They haven't always been quite so cool. That is changing, however, now that we are in the era of Instagram. Showcasing the beverages you're drinking on social media has become more popular than ever, and breweries have responded by stepping up their game in the art department. Amazing beer label art can now be found on many craft brews-- just check out this profile on our own artist, Keith Shore. Even though the point of beer as a beverage is obviously to drink it, it doesn't hurt to hold an actual work of art in your hand while doing so.

Monthly Mixology: The Black Velvet

February sucks, no matter how you look at it. The main complaints are usually some version of the following three reasons.

1. Regardless of relationship status, the existence of Valentine's Day and all that it entails often has people feeling a certain type of way: annoyed.

2. The novelty of cold weather and snow has worn off by this point. What was once a welcome excuse to sport the trendy, layered look is now just a huge pain in the ass.

3. All the warm and cozy feelings everyone had at the beginning of November are long gone. No amount of time spent drinking hot tea while snuggled up reading an actual book is going to bring back The Hygge.

All of us in jail *cough* I mean in the middle of February.

While we may be smack in the middle of the worst part of the winter season, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a crappy drink to get yourself through it-- or that you even have to settle for one type of alcohol, for that matter.

Seasonally depressed person, I present to you your newest favorite beer cocktail-- the black velvet.

The traditional black velvet provides the grounding you need to get through February via a hearty stout while also keeping things light with equal parts bubbly to stout.

Things are looking up, my friend.

Black Velvet Cocktail

To make a black velvet, you will need:

  • a bottle of champagne
  • a bottle of stout

It could not be any simpler to prepare: starting with the stout, pour equal parts stout and champagne into the same glass.

Aaaand voila: you've got yourself a black velvet.

If you're feeling a little extra, you can serve it in a champagne flute as per tradition, but TBH it'll probably be just as good from a coffee mug or whatever else you've got that's clean... although it definitely won't be as Instagrammable.

Your call on that one.

Cheers, fellow February inmate/doggo!