National Beer Day specials in NYC: Free brews at Bierhaus, discounts at Grand Central Terminal and more

Want free beer? All you have to do is show up at this midtown beer garden.

The first round is on the haus.

Saturday marks National Beer Day, and German beer garden Bierhaus NYC is celebrating with a traditional keg tapping at 8 p.m., offering all patrons who attend a complimentary round of beer.

Biehaus serves up brews by Munich’s Hofbräu, from seasonal taps to the classic varieties, including lagers, Hefe Weizen and more. Head there early to enjoy beer by the half liter ($8), liter ($16) and 2-liter boot ($32). Or, sample a variety of brews with a five-beer flight for $11.

In addition to traditional German fare, like pretzels and bratwurst, Bierhaus is serving up an all-day holiday special of half-off beer cheese dip and chips with the purchase of a liter.

Bierhaus NYC is at 712 Third Ave., near East 45th Street, and is open from 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Thursdays through Saturdays.

Other deals, specials and events to catch Saturday include:

Craft beer flights at Lillie’s Victorian Establishment

The Times Square location of the Victorian era-themed bar, at 249 W. 49th St., is celebrating National Beer Day with a craft beer flight highlighting four special releases from Firestone Walker (California), Ithaca (New York), Cigar City Green Flash (California) and Grimm Artisanal Ales (Brooklyn) breweries. The flight is $16, but if that’s more than you’re willing to spend, order yourself a pint of one of 35 beers on draft.

A bar crawl in Hell’s Kitchen

This adventure on April 6 kicks off at the House of Brews location at 302 W. 51st St. at 5 p.m., but you also can catch up with the crowd at the pub’s Restaurant Row outpost at 7 p.m., or at the New York Beer Company (321 W. 44th St.) at 8 p.m. A $44.28 open bar bracelet, for purchase online here, gets you bottomless Sierra Nevada and California Stone Brewing Company drafts at each stop on the crawl. Stay as long as you like at any one, and enjoy the open bar until 9 p.m.

Vinyl records and Dogfish Head beer at Maggie Mae’s

The National Beer Day festivities start at 6:30 p.m. at this Sunnyside craft beer bar at 4115 Queens Blvd. Dogfish Head brewery is technically in charge, promising a party with vinyl records, special prizes and plenty of Record Store Day’s official beer.

Beer specials and raffle prizes at Five Boroughs Brewing Co.

The Sunset Park brewery at 215 47th St. is bringing out its “wheel of specials” and spinning it once an hour. That means beer deals for all taproom visitors, who may want to save their cash for a special can release. Five Boroughs will be selling 16-ounce cans of its Mosaic Pale Ale, Gridlock, in four packs. Each beer purchased on Saturday provides the chance to win a day-long behind-the-scenes brewing experience with the Five Boroughs team. 

$5 beers at Maya

Chef Richard Sandoval’s modern Mexican restaurants on the Upper East Side will celebrate the boozy holiday with $5 beers all day long. Take your pick of any of the brews on the menu, from Corona Extra to Dos Equis Lager, each $1 off.

Live music and beer-infused food specials at Zum Schneider

The house oompah band at this Bavarian bierhaus in the East Village will be entertaining the crowd on Saturday when doors open at 1 p.m. Food specials include a lager-infused French onion soup and a pan-seared fillet of flouder served with a beer-and-mushroom cream sauce. Among the beers on tap will be a Bavarian pale ale from Apostelbräu and a sour gose from Bayerischer Bahnhof Leipziger Gewürz.

Dinner by craft brewery chefs at the James Beard House

Make reservations for a 7 p.m., multi-course dinner at the champion of American cooking, James Beard’s former home. Helming a kitchen team of chefs from independent craft brewieres around the country is Brewers Association executive chef Adam Duyle. Each item on the menu is paired with a unique beer. For example, pastrami-cured makarel with green onions, potatoes and caraway seeds comes with Maine Beer Company’s Lunch IPA. Tickets for the meal at 167 W. 12th St. cost $135 for members, $175 for the public. Call 212-627-2308 for reservations.

All kinds of deals and specials at Grand Central Terminal

Beer Table to Go: This shop in the Graybar Passage is offering a 20 percent discount on all draft beer from Friday through Sunday. You can take your suds home in a 64-ounce growler or a capped Mason jar.

Café Spice: The Indian take-out counter in the lower-level dining concourse is celebrating with a samosa and beer special. For $5.99, you get your choice of beer and two potato samosas.

Central Market New York: If you stop by for a sandwich on Saturday, order yourself a 10-ounce beer for $3 to wash it down.

THE BAR at Great Northern Food Hall: Located in the back of Vanderbilt Hall, this spot for Nordic-inspired cocktails and other libations is offering special prices on craft beers all day long. Twelve-ounce cans will be $5, pints $7.

Michael Jordan’s The Steakhouse N.Y.C.: Swing by the restaurant on the terminal’s mezzanine level for complimentary tastings of craft beers from Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company, and hot pretzels. A representative from the Virginia-based brewery will be on site to answer all your beer geek questions. All the brews will be available for purchase at the bar for $6.

amNY staff