If you are lucky enough to live in Bar Man's neighborhood, one in which you can walk to a French bistro, Bar Tabac, so authentic you would swear you are in Paris or to a Spanish tapas bar, La Mancha, that makes you feel like you are in Madrid, then listen up.
The Gate, where I hit bar number 500 way back in 2005, is having a cask festival April 9th. 10th, and 11th. I will certainly try to be there for at least one of those days.
The Brazen Head, that I used to be able to see from my window before they built the Brooklyn Law School dormitory, is having their cask festival April 30th, May 1st, and 2nd.
And d.b.a. Brooklyn, not really in my neighborhood but just a short subway or bus ride away in Williamsburg, is having their cask festival May 7th, 8th, and 9th.
If you are cask ale fan (they even have some lagers now) these are kind of must-attend events.
The Brazen Head is also having a clam and oyster shuck on Saturday, April 10th from 5:00 P.M. to 10 P.M. These are always great fun with plenty of fairly inexpensive clams and oysters. I highly recommend that you get there early. And The Brazen Head usually has two cask conditioned hand pulls available along with 15 micro-brews on tap.
After eight weeks of mostly Corona and Pacifico with an occasional Modelo, Bar Man is ready for a bit of a change of pace.