Hitting the Big Apple for the first time in its six years, Savor is the place to be for beer lovers this weekend. This year's event, held at the Metropolitan Pavilion and adjoining Altman Building in Manhattan, will see food and beer pairings served up from the likes of 21st Amendment, Bell's, Cigar City, Dogfish Head, Lagunitas, New Belgium, Sam Adams, Stone, and 68 other breweries. In addition, attendees will have the opportunity to talk with many industry leaders, and will receive a program with room for tasting notes, a commemorative glass, and an exit gift, which for the last two years has been an exclusive collaboration beer made available on at the event.
Let's face it: it's a lot easier for a business to be great at what they do when they only do one thing. As it is with the Bedford Cheese Shop. Founded in 2003, this neighborhood-style shop works directly with farms to get their cheeses when they're at their absolute peak, and thanks to a well-trained, highly-knowledgeable staff, you never feel overwhelmed by the huge array of goodies on offer. Can't make it out of Manhattan? Not to worry, as they operate a separate shop in Gramercy Park. [Scouted by Nick]
We could tell you all about The Governors Ball Music Festival, but really, the acts speak for themselves. This year's lineup includes Kings of Leon, Kanye West, Nas, The XX, Grizzly Bear, Foals, Kendrick Lamar, Yeasayer, Thievery Corporation, Crystal Castles, Best Coast, Beach House, Animal Collective, Local Natives, Dirty Projectors, and about 20 other bands we don't have time to list. The fun kicks off on Randall's Island this Friday and runs through Sunday — tickets are still available, so make your plans now.
Most modern speakeasies are tucked away in basements or hidden inside restaurants, but otherwise have little to do with their Prohibition-era kin. All of which makes The Night Heron special. This secret bar is sadly done for now — it ran for six weeks earlier this Spring — but the chances of a repeat make it worth sharing. Housed in a Chelsea water tower, you needed a ticket — in the form of a pocket watch that was sent to you — to enter, and had to climb a fire escape, cross a chasm, and negotiate a ladder to the tower's trap door to enter. Once inside, there was candlelight, cocktails, and live performances by various artists, including Amanda Palmer. Interested in being a part of the next one? We recommend signing up for their mailing list ASAP. [via]
Pretty much anybody with an interest music would like to be a DJ — but the fact of the matter is it's not the easiest thing to learn on your own. Which is why they hold these Dubspot DJ Weekend Workshops. Designed for beginners, these two-day classes will teach you how a DJ setup works, with overviews of the turntable, mixer, and headphones, proper vinyl playback and manipulation techniques, an intro to digital DJ software Serato Scratch Live, how to count beats, beatmatching methods, and how to perform basic mixes and blends. By the end, you'll perform your first live two-song mix for the class, hopefully giving you the confidence you need to continue on your way to thrilling club goers the world over. Or maybe just impressing your friends. Either way.
Longtime readers of Uncrate will likely recognize the name from the company's axes, belts, and other implements. The Best Made Shop gives you a chance to visit the spot where the magic happens. This Tribeca space serves as a store, headquarters, and workshop space, hosting courses on Axe Restoration, Field Medicine, and Foraged Cocktail Making. The store itself offers a wide range of products — including the company's signature axes — in an inviting, open space. The grand opening is this coming Friday, with normal store hours running Noon to 7pm, Wednesday through Sunday.
Part museum, part bar, the Fraunces Tavern is a hidden gem of the Financial District. Widely known as the spot where George Washington gave his farewell speech to his Continental Army, this historic bar was built in 1719 and has operated as a bar since 1762. The spot now offers a wide selection of beers, an Irish-centric food menu, and multiple rooms, including the secluded Dingle Whiskey Bar. As we mentioned above, the place is also a museum — really — that encompasses four 19th century buildings as well as part of the original Tavern, which also played host to the Departments of War, Treasury and Foreign Affairs in our nation's earliest days.
Wait, what? That's right — the Food Book Fair isn't a celebration of edible manuscripts, but rather of tomes dedicated to food. Featured during the three-day festival will be over 200 books, appearances by well known food-related authors, chefs, artists, publishers, designers and editors, thirty independent food publications, panel discussions, an entrepreneurial pitch competition, a coffee crawl, and, for those with an appetite for more than just words, cooking demonstrations. The best part? You don't even have to wait — it runs May 3-5.
Leave it to a city known for its financial prowess to come up with a bar like this. The Exchange Bar & Grill puts the economic principles of supply and demand front-and-center in a way we've never seen before. Thanks to unique, fully-automated drink market software, the prices of drinks rise the more they're ordered and fall when they're not, letting you watch the ticker above the bar to pick just the right time to place your order. Oh, and be sure to keep your eyes open for the Market Crash, when everything hits rock-bottom pricing. They also offer a menu of tasty bar food and plenty of TVs for watching the big game, if you can take your eyes off the ticker, that is. [via]
There are literally hundreds of places to stay in NYC, but if you're looking for an experience that's a little less traditional, Bivouac might be just the thing. This art project/campsite will be open in New Yorkin May & June, then head to London in August and Boston in September. In every case, the camp will feature seven custom-made tents that can hold up to two people (three if you want to get extra cozy), and a canteen that offers a kitchen, oversized communal table, library, and morning coffee. Oh, and did we mention it's on a rooftop? Yeah, so you get some nice views as well. Just don't go in expecting too much luxury, as Internet, electricity, and showers aren't part of the deal.
It's not quite a speakeasy, at least by original standards, but that doesn't mean the ambiance inside Employees Only is any less impressive. This bar/restaurant/club has long been an after-work hang out for service industry types, and for good reason. The drinks are strong yet crazy delicious — the Ginger Smash is a particular favorite — and the food doesn't disappoint, either. Oh, and be sure to keep an eye out for an impromptu burlesque show, which seem to happen from time to time.
Responsibly raised meat isn't exactly a rarity in the NYC area, but if you want to learn about it, instead of just eat it, Fleisher's Grass-Fed & Organic Meats is the place to go. Opened in 2011, this offshoot of the upstate butchery is known for its training and schooling program — but trust us, the meat is great as well. All Fleisher's animals are pasture-raised on local farms without antibiotics or hormones, and are butchered in-house to become common cuts, off-beat selections like oxtail and lamb's neck, or turned into homemade sausages, blends, and grinds. [via]