I don't know how you all felt about the 'opening ceremonies' of New York City Craft Beer Week but over here at the Beer Friends we thought it was just fantastic. Ithaca had some tasty brews pouring over at the Pony Bar, the Get Real NY Cask and Food festival was for real with 80+ casks pouring and 20+ local restaurants serving up their best samples, the Staten Island beer festival had some of the Beer Friends favorite breweries on hand and saying the Atlantic Antic was antic would be an understatement. You'll be hearing more about these events as Craft Beer Week sprints along, but for now let's see what we have coming to us in the week ahead. Monday, September 27 - Kelso of Brooklyn @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Need a good reason to head over to Rattle n' Hum on a Monday night? Well, no, any reason should do, it's one of the city's finest beer bars. However, if you did feel like you needed a reason then this would be it. Kelso of Brooklyn will be bringing their best tonight at RnH. Head over and grab their IPA, it's one of my favorites.
Tuesday, September 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn and Sausage Pairing @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: What!? More Kelso! Woo! And sausage! Have some more Kelso, maybe the pilsner this time, paired with some sausage at Jimmy's No. 43's weekly beer tastings with seasoned beer experts. This week they'll be pairing Kelso's brews with sausages. Oktoberfest celebration anyone?
Tuesday, September 28 - L'Asso and Sixpoint Brewery Pairings Dinner @ L'Asso Pizza: I knew these two things would eventually find each other and life would then be closer to reaching perfection. Eat some of the city's finest pizza on the Lower East Side at L'Asso and drink some of it's finest beer alongside your slices. I knew there was nothing wrong with my weekly Tuesday Sixpoint Growler and Pizza Night on the couch.
Wednesday, September 29 - Stone Brewing Co. @ Sunswick 35/35 , Queens: Love me some Stone brews! I love em' enough to head all the way out to Queens even. Sunswick 35/35 is Queens shining beer bar and proof that you don't have to settle for drinking German beers in someone's backyard. It's not that bad of a train ride from Manhattan either, you even get panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. And let's not forget the beer either.
Thursday, September 30 - Left Hand Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: Let's keep the love up for the outer boroughs (they love craft beer as much as any Manhattanite!). Head to Park Slope for a night with one of Colorado's finest breweries. One of the Beer Friends favorite stops in Co., savor up some Milk Stout, Polestar Pilsner and some Sawtooth. Make sure you grab a few extra before you leave though, you know, to keep yourself going on that extended train ride home.
Friday, October 1 - Smuttynose and Ballast Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Rattle n' Hum is offering you a twofer of an event this Friday. Head on over after work to grab delicious pints of Smuttynose and Ballast Point. I'd suggest going for the Smutty's Big A IPA and Ballast's Big EYE IPA. Don't get them confused though, or do get them confused and go back for a second round of each just to be sure.
Friday, October 1 - Empire Brewing Co. Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: They don't call it the Empire State for nothin' and the same goes for Empire Brewing Co. Some of upstate New York's best beer flows from Empire, situated in Syracuse, NY. I say go for the Cream Ale. The Pony pours it on a nitro tap which leaves you with a super smooth and super creamy refreshing beverage. Also, it's at the Pony Bar. Who doesn't love the Pony Bar? It's definitely the Beer Friends favorite.
Saturday, October 2 - Boulder, Riverhorse and Blue Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: So maybe the good folks at Rattle n' Hum like Craft Beer Week a little bit. Maybe they were instrumental in its creation. Or maybe they are just solidly awesome at what they do. As if two breweries at a time weren't pushing the scientific limits of craft brew domination, try three! They are bringing Blue Point from Long Island, Riverhorse from Jersey and Boulder all the way from Colorado (The Beer Friends sure stopped in on our 2010 Colorado Brew Tour). Diversity in life is such a great thing.
All right you Craft Beer lovers out there, time to head off and enjoy what the rest of NYC Craft Beer Week has to offer. Remember, this list here is just a selection of the Beer Friends favorite events over the next week. To get the whole event listing (of which there are hundreds) shoot on over to the NYC Craft Beer Week website. Don't forget to keep checking in on where the Beer Friends end up this week by following TheBeerFriends on both Facebook and Twitter. See you at the bar!