Labor Day weekend brought summer to an end, and with it rosé season. Don’t cry into your wine glass though — September offers a bumper crop of beer events (including Oktoberfest, which will get its own special coverage later this week) to get you excited for the coming cool nights and seasonal eats.
Canada’s long-running impaired improv show BeerProv finally comes to NYC on Sept. 10. Get to the Highline Ballroom to watch a cast of 10 comedians improvise their sets using audience suggestions — while both cast and the crowd get progressively more drunk. Hilarity is guaranteed, one way or another. $15, 8 p.m., 431 W. 16th St.
Pair your beer with art
The Society of Illustrators is devoting three floors to a sprawling retrospective of cartoonist Ralph Steadman. You probably know his iconic “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” illustrations for Hunter S. Thompson’s gonzo reporting, but he’s been creating edgy work for over 50 years. The exhibit opens with a free reception Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m., with a cash bar by Maryland’s Flying Dog Brewery, whose labels have featured Steadman’s art since 1995. 128 E. 63rd St.
Beer in the Garden
Something new is sprouting at the New York Botanical Garden’s Conservatory Plaza Terrace on the weekend of Sept. 17-18: a beer garden, with free samples of craft brews and ciders in a special souvenir tumbler. Blues, Brews and Botany will trace beer back to the farm with talks by brewers and the garden’s experts, accompanied by live bluegrass bands and lawn games like cornhole, lawn darts and more. $30, 12-5 p.m., 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx
A new beer festival on Randall’s Island
Burn off some calories in preparation for the beer festival that follows at the inaugural Brew Hop on Sept. 18. The Randall’s Island event combines a 5K run/walk along the East River with a festival of local breweries including Gun Hill Co. from the Bronx and Long Island’s Blue Point offering unlimited tastings, plus food trucks including Blossom’s Thai rolled ice cream (bring cash!), games, lounge areas and live music. No, you don’t have to take part in the race to indulge, but your body will thank you. $60 racers, $50 GA, registration begins at 10 a.m., festival 12:30-4 p.m.
Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival
You’re sure to taste something that can’t be found anywhere else at the sixth annual Brooklyn Pour Craft Beer Festival. Sample among more than 120 microbrews, reserve beers and seasonal specialties at the Brooklyn Expo Center along with food vendors, entertainment and more. $55-$85, Sept. 24 3-6 p.m., 72 Noble St.
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