The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game? Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year. And no we're not talking about the Superbowl. We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational. That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you). Seriously though - What'd you drink for it? I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor. Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split. Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too. Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:
Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews. The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale. We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13. Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz. That's roughly 4.5 brews. Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday? Beer Gods, we hope so.
Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.
Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:
And you thought the punk rock festival was over. Nope. The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday. East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card. Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix. In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX? Hard choice. Equally hard choice? The beer. Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA? The smart answer? Have it all - music and beer.
Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.
Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:
The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries. This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang. Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown. Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers. Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence. Holler New York Beglian!
The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue.
Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:
It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market. We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island. Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out. This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada. Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event. They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises. We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey. You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you. Seems like a good deal.
The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey. I know nothing about the state except for that. Good luck getting there.
Just kidding! It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey. Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop. Seriously, it's wicked close. Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!
Jersey huh? The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places. Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!