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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 13, 2011

Graham

Hello Beer Friends Nation.  If you're like me then this is one of your favorite weeks of the year - the week where everyone you meet, no matter where they're from, gets a chance to indulge their deepest desire: being Irish.  Even though the main ingredients to St. Patrick's Day are the Irish, whiskey, beer and the color green, it has always been beer bummer sort of day.  Everyone enjoys a pint of Guinness here and there, but there is no reason one should feel forced to drink 20 of them on St. Patty's.  Here are some ideas to keep your St. Patrick's Day week the color of craft beer - and I don't mean green. Tuesday, March 15 - $10 Tuesday Night Tastings - IPA's @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

We've all done our research on IPA's and most of us have discovered there are some discrepancies regarding the naming process.   Well, here's another theory:  IPA's are bitter.  The majority of (non-craft) beer drinkers shy away in distaste at the bitterness.  One of the central tenants of Irish history and heritage is that we've always been bitter thorns in the side of the British.  The British create IPA's, they taste bitter and think of the Irish and name it after us:  Irish Pale Ales.  Add that to the beer history books.

Whatever your thoughts are on IPA's naming stories we here at the Beer Friends know you love them.  You can share your love of IPA's at Jimmy's No. 43 on Tuesday at their $10 Tasting Series.  There will be $6 different IPA's on tap and a beer expert on hand to tell you everything you need to know about the IPA style.  Just don't believe their naming style story.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Tuesday, March 15 - Tuesday Night Tap Takeover - Kelso Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

The Irish of Brooklyn were some of the toughest guys on the block.  When it comes to brewing in Brooklyn it's an equally tough block to make a name for yourself - Kelso has done just that.  Kelso will be taking over the taps of Brooklyn's craft beer mecca, Beirkraft.  Expect to drink Pils, Nut Brown Lager, IPA, St.Gowanus Belgian Pale and the Rye Aged Belgian Golden Ale.  You might also be lucky enough to grab some barrel aged deliciousness.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Avenue between Union and Sackett Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 15 - National Buzzard Day Event @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

What is National Buzzard Day?  Spring Lounge's homage to the bird that is the buzzard, IPA's and their response to St. Patrick's Day.  Well, competition is healthy, even between holidays.  The Spring Lounge will be pouring an impressive list of IPA's on Tuesday.  Almost impressive enough to make you forget your once-yearly-Irish-heritage.  Check it out:

Drafts:

Arcadia IPA Ballast Point Sculpin (nitrogen pour!) Brooklyn Detonation Ale Cigar City Jai Alai Founders Centennial Greenport Harbor Black IPA (gravity keg) Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Nebraska Hop God Rogue Yellow Snow Sierra Nevada Hoptimum

Bottles and Cans:

Belhaven Twisted Thistle                                                                                                                                                                                         Sam Smith India Ale                                                                                                                                                                                                 Stone IPA                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Green Flash West Coast IPA                                                                                                                                                                                 Ithaca Alphalpha                                                                                                                                                                                                   Butternuts Snapperhead                                                                                                                                                                                          Oskar Blues Gubna

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street on the corner of Mulberry, Nolita, Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 16 - Pickles and Beer with Rick's Pick @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

The Irish had it right when it came to beer drinking food - crackers, onions and cheese.  Okay, maybe it's not the finest of pub fare, but it does the job.  What is the best beer snack?  Nuts? Pretzels?  I think not.  It's pickles.  The pickling geniuses from Rick's Pick's will be bringing their best pickled vegetables to Jimmy's No. 43 on Wednesday.  You can pair the pickles with Orwasher's bread and American craft beer.  What a healthy combination.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 16 - Stone Brewing Company Event @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

There is not a whole lot Irish about San Diego.  But San Diego does have Stone Brewery.  And Stone Brewery has delicious beer that they are bringing to the Blind Tiger on Wednesday.  Taking over the taps with the likes of Cali-Belgique, Sublimely Self-Righteous, Arrogant Bastard (Oaked maybe?), Smoked Porter, Ruination and Levitation.

Thursday, March 17 - Annual Kegs N' Eggs Event @ The Peekskill Brewery, Peekskill, NY:

You ready for the Beer Friends to drop some NYC St. Patty's day knowledge on you?  Here goes:  If you're staying in the city on Thursday then you need to do three things.  First, go watch at least thirty minutes of the parade.  Second, find an Irish bar and have yourself a pint of Guinness and some traditional American Irish fair (my choice being corned beef and cabbage).  Lastly, leave the Irish bar and find a craft beer bar and spend the rest of the day there.  Don't worry about wanting to be around Irish-minded people - EVERYONE is Irish minded in New York City on St. Patrick's Day.

However, if you're looking for a St. Patty's Day adventure then Peekskill Brewery has just the thing for you.  Every year on St. Patrick's Day they throw their annual Kegs N' Eggs event at their brewery in the upstate New York town of the same name.  They will be opening at 7 A.M. serving you egg sandwiches alongside several other Irish style beers - including an Oatmeal Raisin Stout.

The party will go on all day and at dinner they're switching the food up to corned beef and cabbage, shepherd's pie and Irish soda bread.

Around 8 P.M. multi-genre, rocking party band Billy and the Barfight's will be jamming until the brewery runs out of beer.  So why don't we all take Thursday off work and head up to this epic St. Patrick's Day adventure.  Sure we'll miss the parade, but they have it every year.  And this event sounds epic.  You might want to take Friday off as well.

The Peekskill Brewery is located at 55 Hudson Avenue, Peekskill, New York.  Right near the Metro North station.

Saturday, March 19 - Sixpoint Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

It's Saturday.  We barely made it through Friday, nursing the way the excitement of St. Patrick's Day feels the next morning.  It was tough but we knew we had something to look forward to:  Sixpoint Brewery is having a tasting event at GRAB Specialty Foods today.  The party continues!

They're usual's will be on hand - Righteous Rye, Sweet Action and Bengali Tiger.  There are even hints being thrown around that the boys from Sixpoint will be bringing something extra special for us to try.  They are so generous.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.