Idle Hands Bar – AC/DC “Back In Black” Angus Burger and Beer Pairing Dinner, NY Burger Week

Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B
New York, NY 10009

– 7 Days of delicious Burger events


To celebrate National Hamburger Month, Burger ConquestBurger Maker & The Food Film Festival proudly bring you the 3rd Annual NY Burger Week, May 1-7, 2014.

The Burger Week is a 7-day celebration of trendsetting chefs and unique burgers with a series of daily events.

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Bourbon. Beer. Rock. That’s what we do at Idle Hands Bar and one of our signature events is pairing Rock and Roll music with Beer and Food. Whether it’s our annual Beastie Boys NY Beer Pairing (Put July 16, 2014 in your calendar now) or past Burger Week events featuring Burger and Beer pairings with Iron Maiden or Guns N Roses, we really think it’s fun to drink Beer and eat while listening to good tunes. Seeing that everyone we have ever done has sold out, it seems you do too. When it came to planning for our annual NY Burger Week Burger and Beer pairing I racked my brain trying to think of which band would be perfect to do this with. Upon some investigation I learned that this week was the anniversary of AC/DC recording Back In Black at Electric Lady studios in NYC. When I realized we could call the event “Back In Black Angus,” the decision was made.


At Idle Hands Bar

– $30 for 3 Mini Burgers, Tots & 5 Beers Paired with Back In Black –


Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Idle Hands Bar
25 Avenue B, NYC
7:00 and 8:30 pm seatings

Price: $30
Ticket link:


  • 3 off-menu AC/DC themed mini burgers
  • 1 order of tater tots
  • 5 tastes of beer from breweries
  • 1 shot of whiskey
  • Paired to all 10 tracks from Back In Black by AC/DC

The 2014 Burger Week in NY returns to Idle Hands Bar (25 Avenue B) on May 6th with another installment of their rock ‘n’ roll burger and beer pairing dinners. The event is called the “AC/DC Back In Black Angus Burger and Beer Pairing.” The menu will feature Burgers and beers “expertly paired” with each track on AC/DC’s Back in Black album by The Burger Week founder, Rev Ciancio. The album, originally released in 1980, has gone on to become the 4th highest selling album of all time.

On the anniversary of its recording in New York at Electric Lady Studios, attendees will enjoy a selection of off-menu mini-burgers created by Chef Dennis Hatzinger, each themed with a different song on the album. All Burgers will be made using Burger Maker’s Fresh Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime. FYI – Less than 1% of beef is considered CAB® USDA Prime worthy, so get ready for the good stuff. Burgers will be served with a series of craft beers from Bell’s Brewery, Two Brothers, 21st Amendment and Singlecut Beersmiths. The dinner will also include an order of Tater Tots & a shot of Whiskey.

When I asked Chef Dennis if he could handle this event, he practically laughed at me. That meant he was up for the challenge. When he sent me the menu (see below), my eyes practically popped out of my head. Dennis not only was going to make it happen, he was going to own it. The way the event works, we hit play on the album and as each song comes blaring through the speakers, you get served the item paired with that song. It is expected that you keep pace with the servings. Meaning if the song is only 3 minutes, we expect you to drink your Beer / eat your Burger in 3 minutes. It’s super fast paced, really loud and a lot of fun.

Here are the pairing notes:

Thank you for coming to Idle Hands tonight for a unique version of our weekly beer tasting event. As part of our annual NY Burger Week event, we celebrate the recording of AC/DC’s “Back In Black” album with a special burger and beer pairing. All 10 songs on the record will be paired with a Burger, Beer, Whiskey or Tater Tots. All the meat featured in the burgers tonight is fresh ground Certified Angus Beef USDA Prime from Burger Maker. Only 1% of the cattle in America qualify as CAB USDA Prime. It has strong and intense all natural beef flavors and we thought it was the only meat that could match the intensity of rock and roll we’ll be enjoying tonight.

Beer: Bell’s Black Note
Style: Imperial Stout
ABV: 10.5%
Description: Black Note blends the complex aromatics of Expedition Stout with the velvety smooth texture of Double Cream Stout. The combination is aged in freshly retired oak bourbon barrels for months.
Track:  “Hell’s Bells”
Pairing: The first tolling of the bell in “Hells Bells,” sets the tone for the rock n roll intensity that became the 4th highest selling album of all times. This rare and intense stout from Bell’s should do the same.
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Beer: Bell’s Two Hearted Ale
Style: IPA
ABV: 7%
Description: India Pale Ale style well suited for Hemingway-esque trips to the Upper Peninsula. American malts and enormous hop additions give this beer a crisp finish and incredible floral hop aroma.
Track:  “Shoot To Thrill”
Pairing: Two Hearted Ale is a gold standard IPA. One sip and it gets under your skin. Get your taste buds ready and enjoy at will.
KBC Two Hearted Ale

Burger: Honey Glazed Burger, Crispy Prosciutto & Aged White Cheddar
Track: “What You Do For Money Honey”
Pairing: Honey, what do you do for burgers? You’ll be spending a night in queue for this Burger.

Beer: Two Brothers Dog Days
Style: Dortmunder/Helles
ABV: 4.9%
Description: Brewed in the style of Dortmund, Germany, this golden lager has a delicate caramel malt character, balanced by a light body and mild German noble hops, creating a crisp, refreshing finish.
Track:  “Givin The Dog A Bone”
Pairing: Angus & Malcom Young – two brothers that redefined Rock N Roll. Jim & Jason Ebel,- two brothers that redefined European style brewing in America. See what we did there?

Beer: 21st Amendment Back In Black
Style: Black IPA
ABV: 6.8%
Description: Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character you expect with a smooth, mellow finish.
Track:  “Let Me Put My Love Into You”
Pairing: How do we possibly have this event and not serve this beer? They question you should ask is why this song? Because Chef Dennis wanted to pair a Burger with “Back In Black.” Save a sip for what’s coming next.

Burger: Blackened Burger, Fried Shallots, Bacon & Provolone
Track: “Back In Black”
Pairing: Let loose from the noose because this Burger will be getting you high on the savory and spicy flavors. It’s Outta sight.

Beer: Singlecut Bon TNTPA
Style: Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2%
Description: If you want hops, you got it! Oi! So you want to get kicked in the teeth with a lupulin kick that’s all from Down Under? (Well OK, maybe some New Zealand in there too). This is a whole lotta dry-hopped powder keg in a sessionable package and only for you problem childs out there.
Track:  “You Shook Me All Night Long
Pairing: If a brewery is going to make an AC/DC themed beer, we’ll make sure we have it for an AC/DC Beer pairing.

Whiskey: Jameson Irish Whiskey
Style: Porter
Proof: 80
Description: A pot still whiskey with a delicate grain whiskey, infuse them with the nuttiness of our sherry casks and balance the flavours with the fragrant vanilla of our bourbon casks. And, like all our whiskeys, Jameson Irish Whiskey is triple distilled, creating a smoother spirit perfect for any occasion
Track:  “Have A Drink On Me”
Pairing: What is the first word of this song?

Burger: The Berry Goat – Goat Cheese & Raspberry Compote
Track: “Shake A Leg”
Pairing: You’ll be kicking like a goat after eating this taste sensation. Also, what’s the 1st word of this song?

Tater Tots
Track: “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution”
Pairing: If you’re gonna pair 1 of the greatest rock n roll songs of all times with a potato, why not the best potato product of all times?

Man oh man. This is a really, really, really tough event to make happen. 10 courses in 49 minutes is not only hard to serve, it’s hard to eat / drink!! It took a team of 4 of us just to serve 20 people! But honestly, the mayhem and chaos is all worth it because of how much fun it is to produce it.

Thanks. I mean really, that’s the one word I want to get across here. Thanks. To everyone who bought a ticket and came to the party, thank you. I don’t have to say “I hope you had a good time” because I know you did, especially the group of ladies who decided to sit through the second seating just because they wanted to listen to more AC/DC. Every single person that came was super nice and a lot of fun to serve. Thanks goes to Sean from Two Brothers, Nick & Brian from Singlecut, Susanne from 21st Amendment, Zalika from Manhattan Distributors, Matt from Union Distributors and Yvon from Bell’s Brewing. Each one of these people not only showed up to the event day of to pour you their Beer and talk about it but they also made sure we were able to get the special Beers we poured during the tasting. Only 14 kegs of Two Brothers Dog Days came into NYC, only 1 keg of Singlecut Bon TNTPA was available, only 40 cases of Bell’s Black Note came into the state of NY. You guys were treated to some very special, small batch and unique Craft Beers. Thank you to Chef Dennis, Chris P & Chris T from Idle Hands Bar. It’s a pleasure to work with you guys and I appreciate how dedicated you were to making this a smooth and fun event. To Dennis, man, it’s been a pleasure working with you for the last year. Your Food is excellent and your dedication to cooking perfect Hamburgers is like no other. You took the Food at Idle Hands to another level and I have been extremely proud of the Burgers we’ve served, especially on this, your final night at the bar. To Rob and Marc, my partners at Idle Hands Bar, you guys are way more than  just that to me and I’m super proud of what we are able to do there. This event was super fun and I appreciate you letting me get away with putting us in legal jeopardy. Ha ha ha

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