I don't like starting the NYC Craft Beer Events post without an original theme, but this week I'm stealing ideas...from us. I don't know if you've all been keeping tabs on the Beer Friend Final Four Beer-March-Madness tournament but this year has been the craziest ever. A #12 seed in the Northeast bracket is currently poised to take it all. Anyone thinking VCU? Except this VCU could actually do it. If you haven't voted yet then you should vote now here: http://thebeerfriends.com I'll come back with an original theme next week, but this week I'm plugging the Beer Friends Final Four all over the place. In the mean time let's see what, and where you're drinking while you're voting this week. (Vote here, again: http://thebeerfriends.com)
Tuesday, April 5 - Lagunitas Night @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, NEW JERSEY:
New Jersey? NEW JERSEY? Yep. This will be the second time that the craft beer events of the week will cross the Hudson River to the great state of New Jersey. Now it's not that we don't like New Jersey...there are several amazing beer bars and beer drinking groups that call the Garden State home. Jersey just doesn't show up on our radar that often (hint, hint: New Jersey, show up on our radar more often already). Having a Lagunitas night catches the Beer Friends attention. We don't have an official beer list released yet, but you should expect awesomeness. Because Lagunitas (and Jersey!) is awesomeness.
The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell New Jersey.
(Recommendation: It's a bit of a hike from NYC so make friends with someone you work with who lives in Jersey and get them to DD for you. Work fast in the friend-making department, getting to the DD part of a friendship is a serious step)
Wednesday, April 6 - Smutty Part Deux @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:
Do you love New Hampshire? Yes, of course. And cause you're hear already we know you already love craft beer. So a Smuttynose Brewery night should be a sure thing right? Right. Except this one is more than a sure thing. The Stag's Head will be grabbing as many Smuttynose kegs as they can and their head chef will be brewing up some delectable quantities of New England clam chowder. Smuttynose rep Pat Fondiller will be on hand to explain why Smuttynose beer is so delicious. Probably has to do with the mountains.
The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.
Wednesday, April 6 - Barleywine Ale, Strong Ale and Old Ale Style of the Month Kickoff @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:
The Beer Friends are devoted to innovation. We've been trying to get into barleywines for a while. Mission - Success. We love Strong Ales too. And have since gotten into Old Ales. Despite our love and expertise we need some more practice. Lucky for us, the Blind Tiger is featuring barleywines, strong ales and old style ales this month in their Style of the Month series. Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House this month of a continuous, recycling sample of these styles of brews. We're talking the best brews from the best breweries.
Head there a few times each week to achieve maximum expertise.
The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.
Thursday, April 7 - Two Brothers Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
The Fighting Illini' fought hard in the March Madness tournament this year, the Cubs are not yet mathematically eliminated from the MLB season, the Blackhawks still have a chance to grab that last playoff spot and the Bulls, well screw the Bulls, they're actually playing pretty damn well right now. Anyways our love for Illinois goes beyond the pity we occasionally feel for their professional sports teams - we also truly love their beer. Two Brothers Brewing Co. is one of Illinois most treasured and creative breweries and Jim Ebel, the brewmaster, will be bringing his finest pours alongside his extensive knowledge of brewing. The list hasn't been released yet, but we expect it to be a pretty solid showing.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, April 7 - Cisco Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:
Continuing their tradition of featuring the country's best and most creative breweries, the Pony Bar will be hosting Cisco Brewery this Thursday night. Cisco Brewery out of Nantucket will be pouring 10 lines and a cask of their seafaring brews. Catch a Whale's Tale pale ale, close your eyes and imagine your on a trawler name Downeastern Alexa fishing for your pay or playing the piano with Billy Joel. After a couple brews my daydreams tend to get a bit jumbled...
The Pony Bar is located on the northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenues, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.
Thursday, April 7 - Bronx Brewery Event @ The Bronx Ale House, Manhattan:
Recrafting a brewing tradition, recrafting a bourough. That's the slogan for New York City's newest brewery located in the borough you'd least expect to open a brewery. The Bronx Ale House will be hosting the Bronx Brewery's grand opening event - featuring their first, and for the time being only, brew.
The Bronx Pale Ale is an amber, American style pale ale that is brewed with 5 different malts and a healthy addition of Cascade and Centennial Hops that provide a delicious floral and citrus flavor. The malts come from Britain, Germany and American and add a nutty, bready taste and feel to the brew. Take all that, don't filter or pasteurize it and you have the Bronx Pale Ale. A spicy, gritty, unfettered offering from a spicy, gritty, unfettered borough of New York City that we hope becomes famous for its craft beer.
The Bronx's best beer bar presenting the Bronx's best brewery, The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street between Broadway and Putnam Avenue West, Riverdale, The Bronx.
A lot of people make a habit of steering clear of the Bronx. It's not what'd you expect. They have subways that take you right to their beer bars. Take the 1 Train up to the 238th Street stop and walk half a block West towards Putnam Ave W. We'll see ya there.
Friday, April 8 - Hill Farmstead Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:
Do you love the refreshing creativity that newcomers to the scene bring to an industry that is creative as hell already? We do. We also love hops. Hill Farmstead Brewery represents all these things.
Hill Farmstead Brewery is a creative, small batch focused brewery out of Vermont. They put the art in artisan ales as they rarely brew any of their beers more than once a year, they always dry hop their brews (plentifully we might add - with most of their beers being 85 ibus or higher) and have a thing for aging just about anything in oak barrels (French Oak, Napa Valley and Russian River).
You'll definitely get to experience Edward, their IPA, and the only beer the brew year round (just what you'd expect from a bunch of hop-heads) but bring an open mind and an extra pint glass cause it'll probably get pretty wild after that. Napa Valley Oak barrel-aged, dry-hopped, espresso porter? We hope so.
Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.
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