This has been a busy summer for the Beer Friends. We've been through an earthquake, two regional brewery tours (Southern California, Boston/Massachusetts), three of us relocated within the boroughs and finally, to top it all off, a hurricane-the first to hit New York in like 300 years (give or take a few decades). And none of it could stop us. This tumultuous summer has come to a close, we'll miss the sun and relaxation - but we're already gearing up for the fantastic craft beer season that autumn brings us. Let's start off the fall correctly. Tuesday, September 6 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Farmhouse Ales @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
I know this week's intro was intriguing, invigorating and inspiring. Now disregard it. Just for tonight. Farmhouse is not quite the style of brew you'd expect to start the fall with, but it's not exactly the worst style to spend an evening imbibing. Bierkraft will turn it's craft-beery eyes towards the brews that characterize France and Belgian farms during springtime this evening and you should expect some unique interpretations of the style as it has become a favorite of craft brewers in America for experimenting purposes. You can find them spicy, herbal, grassy, Belgian-y, candyish and hoppy. And you can find all types of farmhouse stylings tonight at Bierkraft. Dr. Carl Burger will be on hand to walk you through the tasting and as always the whole shebang is free.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue, between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, September 8 - Smuttynose Promo to Benefit Sanctuary @ The Half Pint, Manhattan:
Drinking for a good cause is a good idea. Drinking great beer for a good cause is a great idea. Smuttynose and The Half Pint are throwing a charity bash to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary. Smuttynose will be bringing the Farmhouse Saison, Pumpkin, Robust Porter and Star Island Single and The Half Pint will be generously donating 25% of the nights tab to Sanctuary. They'll also be serving smashingly good food from Blossom du Jour - from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated. Another way in which drinking great beer helps us feel awesome.
The Half Pint is located at 76 West 3rd Street, on the corner of Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.
Thursday, September 8 - The Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (Re)Release @ The Bronx Ale House, The Bronx:
Reflection is a good thing. Awhile ago (you can find it all the way back when) the Bronx Brewery released their first brew, the Bronx Pale Ale at the Bronx Ale House. Apparently they've spent the past 6 months refining their recipe and are releasing it yet again. This time only tastier. A deep amber pale ale brewed with 5 malts , dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops and left unpasteurized for a filling body. Head over to the Bronx Ale House, in Riverdale, this Thursday to sample this recreation.
The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street, Riverdale, The Bronx.
Saturday, September 10 - I Love New York Beer Weekend @ Mug's Ale House, Brooklyn:
It's no secret that the Beer Friends love New York. That's why this event is one of our yearly favorites. Mug's will be pouring 24 lines of brew straight from New York's finest breweries. We're talking Empire, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Kelso, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Ithaca, Keegan...the list goes on and on and never gets old. It starts Saturday and goes on all weekend, but the good stuff will run out fast so get there early.
Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Saturday, September 10 - GRAB Specialty Foods Saturday Tastings - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:
The friendly staff over at GRAB Specialty Foods are bringing another great brewery into their store this Saturday for your tasting pleasure - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project! Pretty Things, a self-proclaimed gypsy, small batch, artisinal brewery, with no real home but a real knack for brewery delicious beer, will be bringing some of their finest to GRAB Specialty Foods. You can expect their flagship - Jack D'or - but look for some other rare and delicious offerings including Baby Tree and St. Boltoph's. Because they only brew when the funds and spaces are available to do so they have a limited selection, but it also means that there is a tremendous amount of care that goes into each one of their quality batches. As always, the knowledgeable staff at GRAB will walk you through any brew questions that pop into your head.
GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.