Next Week’s NY Happenings: Game Of Thrones Finale, Saxon + Parole, SAVOR

SUNDAY: A Song of Ice & Beer
Assuming you’re able to get off your analyst’s couch after last week’s Red Wedding, it’s time for the Game of Thrones season finale. If it’s group therapy you seek, Professor Thom’s gathers a rabid crew to watch (George R.R. Martin himself has been spotted here). Lola BKLYN and Halyards also roll out big screens, with a GoT trivia warmup at the latter. Staying at home? Grab an Ommegang Iron Throne ale from Alphabet City Beer Co.—and listen to your mother.

Game of Thrones season three wraps up at 9pm on Sunday, June 9th. Watch it at Professor Thom’s (219 Second Ave., East Village). To learn more about the bar, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

WEDNESDAY: Napa Comes To NoHo
Saxon + Parole shows off its pairing skill with a series of wine dinners. This Wednesday you can sample the Bordeaux-style Napa blends of Arietta from winery co-founder Fritz Hatton.

Arietta wine dinner at Saxon + Parole (316 Bowery, NoHo) starts at 7pm on Wednesday, June 12th. Call for reservations. To learn more about the restaurant, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

FRIDAY: Beer Craft
A cool 76 beers representing 31 states will be settling into the Metropolitan Pavilion for SAVOR: An American Craft Beer and Food Experience. The two-day beer blast will feature pairings, ultra-rare quaffs, and smart talk from brewers like Dogfish Head and the Bronx Brewery.

General admission entry to SAVOR starts at 7:30pm on Friday, June 14th, and Saturday, June 15th, at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W. 18th St., Chelsea). Tickets start at $170. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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New York Openings: Alphabet City Beer Co., Malt & Mold

The craft beer craze has hit New York hard. Recent legislation in Albany encouraging microbrews is only upping the beer renaissance. Downtown newcomers Alphabet City Beer Co. (pictured) and Malt & Mold are showcasing fine Empire State suds, along with some other craft finds. Bring along your state-sanctioned growler. 

Alphabet City Beer Co. is two doors down from its wine sibling. The space has a coffee shop feel with leather seats, a chandelier from the Puck Building, and a huge raw-wood communal table. Huge does not even begin to describe the bottled beer selection, with 350 on hand for your horizon-broadening pleasure. A dozen more come off the tap lines. Free WiFi helps settle pesky barguments. Petite take-out shop Malt & Mold sells fifty craft beers, with eight tap lines handling growler duty. A smart cheese selection steers mostly domestic, with a few rare imports. Complete your gourmet spread with chocolates, yogurts, vinegars, and cured meats. With the way New York is going after craft beer, there should be plenty of room for coexistence with Top Hops, which joined the neighborhood brew party in earlier this year. 

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