Photograph by Miguel Rivas, The Beer Trekker, Image via Five Boro Craft Beer Fest
We’re fast approaching the end of the work week, and celebratory drinks are in order. But beyond Thirsty Thursday in the city — when you’ll likely encounter questionable dive bars and overpriced cocktails — plenty of annual drinking events are held across the five boroughs.
Granted, there are plethora of food festivals that also sell drinks. But, for the purposes of this list, we’re focusing on events where booze is a shining star. Whether your drink of choice is whiskey or artisan beer, enjoy an array of your favorite alcoholic beverages with these fun festivities. (NYC Beer Week also happens to be right around the corner if you’re keen on grabbing a brew):
10. NYC Craft Beer Festival
Since 2012, the New York City Craft Beer Festival has been a favorite among beer lovers and connoisseurs. Best yet, the event takes place not once, but twice a year — first in the spring and then again in the fall. Each season, the featured drinks are carefully curated to showcase the immense variety of craft beers, meads, ciders and spirits that are available in the city.
In addition, patrons will have the opportunity to interact with beer industry professionals and taste “one-off” cocktails they likely won’t find anywhere else. This year’s spring event takes place on April 20-21, and features 75 breweries and 150 craft beers. General admission will give you access to shopping and food vendors, 2.5 hours of unlimited tastings and a souvenir tasting glass.