Barbecue ribs with a smoky rauchbier. A melon salad with a dark doppelbock. The folks behind Get Real Presents specialize in pairings like these, sharing the joys of craft beer and delicious, locally-sourced foods. In this spirit, its team of foodies and beer aficionados hosts festivals featuring more than 80 brews, as well as restaurant events that pair craft beer with regional foods. As unique as it sounds, they admit this isn't exactly a new idea—they take a page from other countries, such as Belgium, who actually anchor much of their cuisine around the effervescent beverage. Following this "cuisine a la biere" model, they aim to highlight all of the great things a freshly crafted brew can do to enhance an evening out on the town, such as highlighting the flavors of a complementary dish, spicing up a local chef's stew, or softening your dad to the idea of paying off all of your student loans.
• For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Saturday, June 18 (up to a $70 value). • For $35, you get a one-day festival ticket for Sunday, June 19 (up to a $70 value). • For $70, you get a weekend pass for both days of the festival (up to a $95 value).
When British Colonel Roger Morris and his wife stumbled upon a piece of unclaimed Manhattan hilltop, they knew it would be the ideal spot for their summer home. Built in 1765, the 8,500-square foot Morris-Jumel Mansion—as it's known today—was the centerpiece of an estate that extends more than 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson River. Loyal to the British crown, Morris left America during the Revolution; in the fall of 1776, General George Washington used the home as headquarters during the Battle of Harlem Heights.
Today, the mansion offers guided tours of its historic property. After becoming president, Washington returned on July 10, 1790, to dine with cabinet members that included future presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson; you can visit the dining room where they ate together. More than 40 years later, in 1833, Aaron Burr got married to Madame Eliza Jumel—the widow of the mansion's second namesake owner, Stephen Jumel—right in the parlor of this estate.
Besides tours, the mansion now hosts rotating exhibits that display everything from period costumes to the axe Washington used to floss his wooden teeth. There are also events throughout the year, from classical and jazz concerts to wine tastings and, once, a lively debate between Burr and Alexander Hamilton scholars.
The fourth incarnation of the Festival unites the latest brainchildren from local filmmakers such as Jason Cusato with indie movies from all over the globe for daily matinees from July 21 to July 25 at 12:30 p.m., 3 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. More than 75 films from every genre will be screened and followed by a question-and-answer session with the filmmaker. Unlike a normal movie-going experience, your VIP pass will finally enable you to prod the director for the juiciest details, such as the lead character's motivation behind shaving his pompadour before taking his date out on the town. You'll also gain admission to all of the numerous after-parties, allowing you to mingle with the city's most creative minds in surrounding Upper West Side restaurants, nightclubs, bars, taxis, and sewers. Watch the trailers and catch up on past films to get a sense of where you'd like to gravitate, but don't be surprised if something completely unexpected drives you to delighted distraction over the course of the five days.