It happened today - you looked at your calendar and started to get depressed. We've all noticed that as of today it is the mid-point of August. Summer is almost over - and that is a depressing thought. We're already starting to feel it slipping away. It's been an especially hard summer for Manhattanites - street temperatures in the heart of the city hitting well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, air-conditioners keeping everyone inside cool but pumping out waves of hot air for the rest of us, concrete hot enough to cook an entire turkey and that beautiful skyline blocking any sort of breeze from giving any respite. So this week the Beer Friends are giving Manhattan a break. That's right - this week every NYC Craft Beer Event is happening outside the center of New York City. From Brooklyn, to Jersey, to Westchester (first ever I believe!) we've got beer events for everyone else in the Tri-State, multi-boroughed area. Check em' out! And watch out for the Manhattan yuppies!
Monday, August 15 - Brooklyn Brewery "Ghost" Night @ The Diamond, Brooklyn:
Talk about black ops - this event might not even exist. It's the kind of thing that gets blacked out in government documents. That shady characters with dozens of names and passports engage in only to disappear into the fold. Some people may or may not have found some brew that may or may not exist and it may or may not be served TONIGHT at a bar that may or may not be real. Actually, it's all very real - there are four bottles of incredibly rare and specialized brews that sound, to be honest, made up. Which makes them all the more desirable. Here's what we're looking at:
Crochet Rouge Rose - Local 1 aged on chardonnay and pinot noir lees. Crochet Rouge Riesling - Local 1 aged on reisling lees. Barrel Aged Cuvee Noire - Self - explanatory Black Ops Late Bottle Vintage 2007 - Self-explanatorily AWESOME!
There will also be drafts of Blast, Sorachi Ace AND the debut of an all new Brooklyn brew called "Radius." As if that wasn't enough awesome in your Monday night they'll be pouring the Brooklyn Brown through the cask engine.
Just remember, keep this under wraps - you definitely didn't here about this from us. Actually, you totally did and should tell all your friends you heard it from us too.
The Diamond is located at 43 Franklin Street at the corner of Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, August 16 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Sierra Nevada @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
Brooklyn's beer selling masters at Bierkraft will be featuring Sierra Nevada brews and the sales-rep Brian Dwyer as the next installment of their Tuesday Night Tastings series. The Tuesday Night Tastings events are a great way to get to know a brewery's style and in this case, to help you remember why you love a brewery that you're familiar with already. We all know how Sierra Nevada rolls and we all love it. If you haven't had a sampling of Sierra recently then hit up Bierkraft for tastes and pints of Torpedo IPA, Pale Ale, Tumbler, Life and Limb and Ovila Saison. You get some old, some new and some a rare one to tide over your secret or not-so-secret Sierra Nevada lovefest.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue, between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, August 16 - Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, New Jersey:
Who says Jersey doesn't get a say? We certainly don't. In fact at the moment they're one of the only advertised places that do get a say - in this years Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice that is. Every year Sam Adam's asks you, the customer, to choose between several at first and then narrowed down to just a couple of brews for the newest member of the Sam Adam's family. This year the choice is between an Oaked Ale or a Maple Pecan Porter. The people are divided and the lines have been drawn. Head out to the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ this Tuesday for a chance to voice your concern - an have a few pints of each!
The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ - Driving Directions Found Here
Wednesday, August 17 - Meet the Brewer: Evil Twin @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:
Networking is huge. And unless you're a brewer the only reason you'd come to this event has nothing to do with networking. You'd most likely show up, having heard of this Danish brewer and his legendary status, expecting the best. Then you'd taste the beer. After it blew away your highest of expectations you'd insist that you meet him, only of course to be reminded that he's from Scandinavia and not in town. Except he is. And he's at the same bar you are. Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin brewing (of which he IS Evil Twin brewing) from Denmark will be bring a range of his brews - Ryan & the Beaster Bunny, Wet Dream, Katz Pis, Before, During and After Christmas Beer and Biscotti Break - as well as his famously vast knowledge of beer brewing. At this point you will inevitably decide that even though you work as a hedge fund manager/teacher/lawyer/doctor/sanitation worker/subway train driver/mayor/president of the USA/David Beckham/Madonna that networking with this man is imperative for success in your life.
The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Friday, August 19 - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Night @ The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains:
It was a dark, late night in June (or maybe July or August). The Pony Bar was mostly empty, not a soul to be seen (realistically there were probably around 8 - 10 people to be seen). That's where my love affair started. A taster of a strong elixir was poured and handed to me with the explanation - "We can't serve it in anything bigger." I was immediately intrigued. What could be so dastardly, so impressive, so BIG that it could only be served in a 6 oz. tasting glass? I brought it up to my lips, took the first sip and fast forward over two years later and I will search draft pours of brew out at every opportunity. The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains' brightest craft beer bar will be tapping a keg of 120 Minute IPA this Friday at 8 pm.
We anticipate that you will be out of luck acquiring a pint around 8:15. So get there early.
The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between East Post Road and Maple Avenue, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North stop, in White Plains, New York. (Or you can drive in)
Saturday, August 20 - Ballast Point Tastings @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:
After this Beer Friend's recent trip to Ballast Point Brewery there was no way I was going to leave this one out! Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods for a sampling selection of one of San Diego's hoppiest breweries. The full line up of brews has not been released but we can only anticipate Sculpin, Big Eye and other hop-monsters to be pouring this Saturday. Make sure to pick up a growler of SoCal to take home with you for this weekend's summer barbecue or lazy day at the park!
GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
There you have it all you Beer Friends out there! Enjoy adventuring to far off places - like Brooklyn - and locations you only dreamed existed - like White Plains - in search of your favorite, rare and always delicious craft brew. We'll see ya at the taps!