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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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Happy Hour

Bonn Place Brewing

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We get away from New York and out to the Lehigh Valley to visit one of our favorite bartenders turned professional brewer. Sam Masotto and his wife Gina own and operate Bonn Place Brewing on the south side of Bethlehem Pennsylvania. This is the culmination of an idea that has been brewing since we first met Sam when he worked at The Pony Bar. He tells us how he got his start home brewing to the jobs he had in the beer industry through opening the doors of Bonn Place on July 31st, 2016. We discuss how Bonn Place settled in Bethlehem, how their business has changed in the first year, and their unique Instagram videos. If you find yourself near Bethlehem get over to 310 Taylor St and try one of their award-winning beers!

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Stay Gold Pony!

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The heart of The Pony Bar still beats on the Upper East Side. We sit down with Dan McLaughlin to discuss how he got started in craft beer, the history of The Pony Bar, and how the American craft beer scene has changed since the doors first swung open in April of 2009. We talk about how these bars impacted our craft beer journey personally and their effect on the New York craft beer culture. Dan takes us through the years of The Pony Bar from the expansion on the UES to the Closing of the Hell’s Kitchen location and what the future holds for one of our favorite bars of all time. You can find The Pony Bar on Twitter or on the corner of 75th St. and 1st Ave. Though it is important to remember “Some Night’s You Ride the Pony, Some Night’s the Pony Rides You.” Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Celebrate Beer!

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It’s National American Beer Day ! We thought this would be the perfect time to release the podcast we recorded way back on Drink Beer Day about some of our favorite beer themed holidays. Also in this episode, we recap some things that happened over the summer on the craft beer scene. Then we discuss two breweries that are moving forward in different directions, one with another expansion and another’s foray into the digital frontier. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Malt and Mold

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We stopped by the Gramercy location of Malt and Mold to sit down and talk with proprietor Kevin Heald. He tells us about opening a beer and cheese shop in Manhattan in 2012 and he reminds us that this craft beer surge in NYC has been going on a little longer than we remember. We discuss what it’s like to have a beer and cheese shop in Manhattan and he tells us about the different decisions he has had to make in each neighborhood. Follow them on facebook , twitter, and instagram . Then find your way to the Lower East Side or Gramercy location to taste some great local beer and bring home some fantastic fromage. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Lineup Brewing with Katarina Martinez

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We went out to Greenwood Park in Brooklyn to talk to Lineup Brewing owner and head brewer, Katarina Martinez. We find out how she started brewing and how her background outside of the craft beer business gave her experience for starting her own brewery. We discuss the future of Lineup Brewing and Katarina alludes to what might be in the near future for the brewery. This episode comes complete with a cameo form a head brewer of another popular New York City craft brewery (that is a professional tease). Find Lineup on facebook, twitter, and instagram. Special thanks to Greenwood Park for allowing us record on their patio. Though it may sound like we were recording in traffic, I can assure you (mom and dad) that we were safely on bar property. Grab a pint and join our conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Beer Karma: One Year Later

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Last summer we visited an empty storefront in Williamsburg Brooklyn to talk to Dan Lamonaca to talk about his plans for a future bottle shop in this space. One year later we went back out to see his progress and visit the now open Beer Karma Bottle Shop and Tasting Counter. From the liquor license to construction permits we go through the hurdles he encountered and the hoops he had to jump through to open his doors. Dan gives us a unique perspective of what it’s like to open a small craft beer business in New York City. Find Beer Karma on twitter , instagram, and visit Dan at the shop. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Wartega Brewing with Merlin Ward

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Merlin from Wartega Brewing joins us this week to talk about the brewery he owns and operates with his wife Mimi. A founding member of the Brewminaries ; Merlin tells us how he turned his home brew hobby into a fully functioning brewery. From the cultivation of their recipes to how they acquired their brewing equipment to we talk about the road they took from brewing in the kitchen of a Brooklyn apartment to their grand opening earlier this year. You can follow them on all social media platforms @wartega and you can get their beer visiting the taproom they share with Industry City Distillery (which boasts one of the best views in the city) or you can join the Wartgea Family to get exclusive release bottles every month. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Yes, And... with Radio Room

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We invited Steele Filipek and Adam Lance Garcia from Radio Room to come on to talk about new episodes of their show and drink some of Steele’s homebrew. We discuss all the aspects of home brewing WORTS and all… (get it?!?) A wide-ranging conversation that touches on Ideas for nerdy breweries to different styles of beards and a lot in between. New episodes of Radio Room available now and you can catch up on Soundcloud or your favorite podcast app. You can also find Steele or Adam as well as Green Lama novels online. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.

Good Beer Passport with Rev

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This week we are joined by an old friend Rev from the Good Beer Passport. Rev is a food influencer, an expert burger taster , and (most importantly to us) a former craft beer bar owner. We reminisce about the bar he used to own, how the craft beer market has shifted in New York City since that bar opened, and how the Good Beer Passport started to what it has grown in today’s craft beer landscape. You can find Rev on all social media platforms @RevCiancio, The Good Beer Passport is available now and is valid until September 4th. Also, a very special thanks to Good Passport participant One Mile House for hosting and allowing us to record in their space. Grab a pint and join the conversation on facebook, twitter, or email us.