Nine out of ten historians agree that beer's invention coincided with early humans evolving powerful chugging muscles and enough balance to perform prolonged keg stands. Celebrate ale-advanced anatomy with today's Groupon to the Get Real NY Belgian Festival at The Altman Building on West 18th Street. Choose from the following ticket options:
• For $36, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, July 8, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (an $85 value).
• For $44, you get one general-admission ticket on Friday, July 8, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (an $85 value).
• For $44, you get one general-admission ticket on Saturday, July 9, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. (an $85 value).
• For $44, you get one general-admission ticket on Saturday, July 9, from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. (an $85 value).
Get Real NY's one-of-a-kind festival of flavor packs its space with a huge assortment of beers, representatives from more than a dozen breweries, and locally made artisanal eats. Each general-admission ticket comes with unlimited tasting pours, unlimited food sampling, and a souvenir glass. Upon arrival, simply hold out your complimentary beer-conveyance vessel, and you'll be poured a sample from more than 90 Belgian-inspired brews that hail from liquid alchemists such as Mikkeller, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, Allagash Brewing Company, and Sixpoint. Or check out the homebrew area, where you'll get to sip, swish, and gargle the work of up-and-coming amateur beer-wrights. Gourmet sweets and savories from a variety of vendors such as Petite Abeille, Luke's Lobster, and Café D’Alsace are also on hand to help tipplers to soak up excess stomach suds and cleanse palates between sips.
Because copious beer ingestion is synonymous with higher education, Get Real NY will also present a program of homebrew lessons to help ale auteurs to break the bonds of commercial consumption and do a little indie imbibing. Brewers and chefs will hold seminars that include tastings and answers to attendees' questions, sometimes in the form of Socratic dialogue, metaphorical parables, or cryptic verse. Invite along some discriminating drinking buddies and celebrate the science of suds with today's Groupon to the Get Real NY Belgian Festival.
Get Real Presents
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.