Aaaaaand we're back! The Beer Friends NYC Beer Events calendar updates took a bit of hiatus recently if you hadn't noticed. I'd apologize, but it was for a good reason. A Colorado Brewery Tour is a good reason right? I think so. You'll be hearing all about the Colorado trip and the 15 breweries we visited while there all in good time. For now let's talk about what's happening with craft beer this week in this little town. Wednesday, August 25 - Sierra Nevada Extravaganza, Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: It's that time of year again! Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps at the Blind Tiger Ale House for their yearly extravaganza. Last years event was phenomenal with all of Sierra Nevada's fantastic regulars and more than a handful of rarely released and specialty brews. This is a brewery event you won't want to miss at a beer bar that always puts on a great time.
Wednesday, August 25 - Blue Point Night, Standings, Manhattan: East Village Craft Brew hotspot Standings will be featuring four lines of Long Island's favorite brewery: Blue Point Brewing Co., out of Patchogue, New York. They haven't released the names of the brews that will be pouring but we imagine it'll be somewhere along the lines of the Toasted Lager, Blueberry, Hoptical and maybe something mysterious. Or the Summer Ale.
Thursday, August 26 - Allagash Night, Barcade, Brooklyn: It has been faaar too long since the Beer Friends have made it out to this Brooklyn brewhouse/arcade. It has been one of our favorite bars for beer events and Pac-man and an Allagash event seems like a perfect reason to head back. So come on out to Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and join us in sharing some of Allagash's traditional and experimental Belgian-Style Brews. I'm looking forward to grabbing an Allagash Black and maybe a Curieux.
Saturday, September 4- Pony Bar Express, (leaving from) The Pony Bar, Manhattan: I know that Sept. 4th is not part of the week of 8/22...however this is something you need to do a.s.a.p. The Pony Bar is featuring another installment of their Pony Bar Express tours, this one up to Ithaca, NY for the Ithaca Beer Co.'s Beer Festival. Let's talk about this event for a moment before you run out and by tickets: The Pony Bar rents out a chartered coach bus, taps a few (last time it was 4 - this time is a longer drive so...6?) kegs for the ride up and heads out to whatever brewery in the tri (quad?) state area is having a beer festival. This one is sure to be as spectacular as all the previous combined. Over 40 breweries will head to Ithaca, a quiet, college city nestled against Cayuga, one of the many gorgeous finger lakes. We're not sure how many tickets remain but you have to order from the friendly bartenders. So head in and have a pint and buy yourself a ticket. However, in order to get a spot on this trip, you gotta act quickly. As in now. Run!
The Pony Bar @ 45th and 10th Ave (NW Corner)
The Beer Friends, although we miss Colorado already, are very happy to be back among the concrete mountains of NYC and the crisp craft beer rivers flowing from its many beer bars. We hope to see you out at these events this week and the many more to come. Keep checking in every Monday/Tuesday for more weekly brew events here in the world's greatest city.