My husband, a huge fan of American microbrews, turns 40 in a few months. I went to a wine-tasting/pairing dinner at Italian Wine Merchants a few years ago and it was fantastic. I'd like to re-create something like this, but w/craft beers for his birthday in May. Any recs on a place that could handle something like this? I'd like to find a place that could have most/all of the following:
1) Good food and wide selection of American craft beers
2) A private room for the party, that can hold approximately 16 people
3) A knowledgable beer sommelier who can do a short talk and tasting before dinner (or maybe between courses - not sure if that will kill the mood at the table)
4) In Manhattan
If you have any other thoughts or ideas on how to incorporate my husband's love of beer into a birthday party would be appreciated! I've considered having a large group of people to a beer garden in Brooklyn or Queens, but since most of the invitees have young kids (including us), we would rather stay closer to home.
Italian Wine Merchants
108 E 16th St, New York, NY 10003