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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 11, 2011

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Good morning all you Beer Friends out there! This week's NYC craft beer events list will be slightly abridged, and for a good reason. We'll only be showcasing events from today until Thursday, after that there's a bit of a surprise in store for you. New York City Craft Beer Week. Beginning Friday, September 16. We here at the Beer Friends think that a week dedicated solely to craft beer happening in the greatest city on the planet (and sponsored by the mayor) is important enough to deserve its own post. So, when Thursday comes around and you realize that you've come to the end of this week's Beer Friends sponsored events, don't fret. That morning we'll throw our list of the Beer Friends most anticipated events for NYC Craft Beer Week 2011. Yes, two Beer Friends events listings a week makes should make you feel warm inside, it's natural. Tuesday, September 13 - 12% Imports Tap Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Most of what we do here at the Beer Friends focuses on American Craft Beer, however there is a whole other world (literally, it's from a different part of the world) that is blowing up bigtime when it comes to craft beer. Breweries all over Scandanavia, Western Europe and the old world brewing powerhouses of Belgium, Germany and England have become havens for smaller craft brewing enterprises, much like here in the U.S. 12% Imports, which headlines in bringing the best of these breweries to the U.S. has been getting major play here in NYC and they continue to do so this Tuesday night at Rattle n' Hum. They'll be showcasing Evil Twin and Stillwater, while bringing along samplings from many other breweries. Check out the beer list:

Tilquin Gueuze Evil Twin Biscotti Break Evil Twin Katz Pis Evil Twin Soft DooKie Evil Twin Ashtray Heart Stillwater Autumnal (only batch of the year) Stillwater Cellar Door Stillwater Barrel Aged Our Side (very limited…) Stillwater/Sint Canarus Rule of Thirds (new beer) Hof ten Dormaal White Gold Hof ten Dormaal Amber Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken Hantverksbryggeriet Munken Tournay Black Tournay Saison Cazeau Emelisse Rauchbier Emelisse Barley Wine Hopfenestark Helles Hopfenstark Loulou Porter Gaverhopke Singing Blond

Put on your Viking helmet, grab your Stein and cheers with a German accent.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 14 - Shipyard Tap Takeover @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The Pony Bar Brewery Events are back! And we couldn't be happier. After a short pause from throwing epic brewery events, the Pony Bar starting back up again with Shipyard Brewery from Maine. They'll be pouring draughts from 10 Shipyard line including the PumpkinHead and Smashin' Pumpkin seasonal brews. Maine expert and Shipyard representative Bruce Forsely will be happy to chat you up about everything Shipyard and as always the staff at the Pony are the most well-versed when it comes to craft brew and the friendliest when it comes to bartending - a.k.a. - they'll be happy to pour and walk you through all 10 lines.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 14 - Riverhorse Tasting @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

The Stag's Head will be hosting New Jersey's finest brewery this Wednesday and brewer Chris McGrath will be on hand to drink you through the selection. You'll need his help too, because it is an impressive selection that will surely blow away someone drinking without a brewer's help. Check out the list: Hop-A-Lot-Amus DIPA, Double White, Tripel Horse, Hop Hazard, ESB, Lager and Hipp-O-Lantern. Plus a cask of Hipp-o-Latern aged in oak barrels with vanilla! We told you, assistance may be required.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Thursday, September 15 - Rogue Ales Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Knowing that Friday is the beginning of NYC's 2011 Craft Beer Week, one might want to get a good night's rest and a fresh start the next morning. Bright eyed and bushy-tailed and all that. Well Rogue Brewery just stepped in an stomped on your bright eyed and bushy tailed morning, crushed your early bedtime and did anything they damn well pleased to your start, except make it fresh that is. Rogue just called you out - you going to say no to them? I wouldn't. What I would do is look them in the face and drink they're entire lineup this Thursday at Bierkraft. That's 14 lines featuring these fantastic brews:

Double Mocha Porter Somer Orange Honey Wheat Dad’s Beer Black IPA McRogue Scotch Ale Brutal Bitter Ale Dead Guy Ale Dry Hopped Red Ale American Amber Ale Soba Ale Smoke Ale Imperial IPA Chatoe Rogue: Floor Malt Ale Maierfest Lager Mom’s Hefeweizen

Alright, you might want to bring a friend. 14 can be a bit heavy.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Enjoy these precursor to NYC 2011 Craft Beer Week events Beer Friends Nation! Make sure to come back to thebeerfriends.com this Thursday morning for the list of the must-go-to Craft Beer Week events!