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Welcome to the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week - The Beer Friend's Event List

Graham

It's here! It's here! It's here! It's finally here! I feel like a child on Christmas (Hanukkah, Quanza or Atheist Hate-On-Everyone Day - we're equal opportunity here) - if Christmas was 10,000 times more magical and filled with beer than it already is. The 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week has arrived! From Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 25 (Yes! I know it's more than a week! Two extra days!) we here in NYC will be inundated, not by deluges of hurricanes or the shaky grounds of earthquakes, but floods of delicious craft beer at an incredible number of establishments - so many that you literally couldn't commute to work each day without bumping into at least one event venue. The NYC Craft Beer Week website has the full list of events (along with opportunities to obtain a passport with boatloads of craft beer deals) and it is immense and impressive. To help you sift through the dozens of craft beering happening each day we picked out the events that were the most intriguing, from our favorite breweries, pouring the rarest of brews and in general, a guaranteed damn good time. This edition covers the weekend on Monday. Check back in Monday morning for our take on next week's events.

We hope you agree with our list and, as always, can't wait to see you out there in the jungle...the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week jungle that is!

Friday, September 16

Friday night starts the whole shebang off with a lip smackin' range of events. You can choose to hit up the Official NYC Craft Beer Week opening festivity at Southpaw in Park Slope (the tickets are $50 and include a tasting glass for free tastings and some pretty kick-ass music). Check out their website and see if it's in your sights. If tickets aren't your flavor then check out these pay-as-you-go events:

Ithaca Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

It wouldn't be a start to NYC Craft Beer Week without a Pony Bar brewery event to kick it off. Well, the Pony Bar doesn't disappoint - they grabbed Ithaca Brewery, dragging their beer and Ithaca's NYC Rep Eric VanZile with them. The Pony promises many rare and favorite pours from Ithaca and the sort of revelrous atmosphere you want for kickoff event.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue at 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Left Hand Brewery Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

As our Colorado representative, Brad has been loving the look of this event from the moment he saw it. Left Hand Brewery will be bringing it's finest craft brew selections to Tribeca's best craft beer bar for you to sample, enjoy and then indulge in the celebration of another NYC Craft Beer Week.

Mudville is located at 126 Chambers Street between W. Broadway and Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Why Guinness? @ Dive Bar, Manhattan:

Those are two words we've asked ourselves many times over the course of our craft beer lives - however, they're usually surrounded by other words. For example: Why Guinness when I can have Schlafly? Why is Guinness the only stout ever on tap at non-craft beer bars? Hey man, I got you a Guinness. Ahh damn, why Guinness? Don't you know me? Well, Guinness wants to try and prove those sentiments wrong and make a stand (as if they haven't already) in our beer hearts. Head up to Dive Bar to imbibe a range of stouts and porters and then compare them to Guinness. Sorry beautiful Guinness girls, we can't promise we'll choose a Guinness over a Left Hand Milk Stout, no matter how pretty you are.

Dive Bar is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue at West 96th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Saturday, September 17

Beer Brunch @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

We'd imagine that the Saturday after the official start of NYC Craft Beer Week should require a brunch that includes some Hair of the Dragon. Jimmy's No. 43 has kindly put together something of that sort to help you recover and move on to more craft beering. Head on over to grab some grub, specially prepared to pair with Jimmy's European/American craft beer selection. Always rotating taps and an extensive bottle list should be enough to get you fully back on your feet. Did we mention that Jimmy's No. 43 is the "downstairs" of 43 East 7th Street? That means no bright lights during your breakfast.

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

Concoction vs. Penicillin: The Final Battle @ The Counting Room, Brooklyn:

Brooklyn recently brewed a new creation inspired by the Scottish cocktail - The Penicillin. Their creation - The Concoction - contained an interesting array of flavors to wild to explain with words. I myself have heard some of the strangest descriptions of the tastes people experience while drinking it - everything from medicine, to licorice, to band-aids, to whiskey. Some good, some interesting, some not so good. Either way it's time for you to way in. For $10 you get a sample of "The Concoction" and the cocktail "The Penicillin" with the task of describing both and decreeing a victor. Are you up for the task?

The Counting Room is located at 44 Berry Street between 11th and 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Pig Roast with Lagunitas @ The Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Here's your main event for Saturday. It involves slow, roasted, smoke pig, loads of sides and $5 pints of Lagunitas's best craft brew offerings. The Sycamore is bringing in a whole pig and will spend all night, morning and afternoon slow roasting it, for 14 hours to be precise, until it's ready for you at 2 pm. At this point you will show up, grab a plate of food ($25 - but we're told it's well worth it) and consume your fair share of Lagunitas craft brew. This event is listed as going on until 8. But we have a feeling they'll keep it going until "question mark."

The Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road at Westminster Road, Park Slope South, Brooklyn.

Sunday, September 18

Alright, Sunday you can take it a bit easier. It's been a long weekend filled with craft beer, delicious food and fantastic locations. Let's take an abbreviated look at a day prepared to get you ready for the week. The 7th day was meant for resting - only no one said that resting couldn't include beer, brunch, beer, cheese and more beer.

Beer Brunch @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Same as Saturday. But it's Sunday, so you could show up a bit later. Why not sleep in?

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

Dogfish Head Brunch and Bruzzer @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Not totally sure what the word "Bruzzer" implies, but with Dogfish Head throwing this brunch party we're sure it's something having to do with getting a bit buzzed up on a Sunday afternoon. Why not hit Jimmy's for the early brunch and Rattle n' Hum for the late brunch. It's Sunday after all.

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

Ommegang Beer and Cheese Pairing @ Greene Grape Provisions, Brooklyn:

Now that brunch(es) is(are) finished we can move on with our day. Straight to more beer and food. Greene Grape Provisions, located in Fort Greene, has invited New York's most famous Belgian style brewery in to pair their suds with some fine cheeses. Have you been wondering what the pros think of your French aged gruyere and Hennepin pairing? Then you should go. You should also head over if your more the type that leans towards cheddar cheese wiz and beast ice. You need more help than the rest of us.

Greene Grape Provisions is located at 753 Fulton Street at the corner of South Portland Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Trivia Night @ Manchester Pub, Manhattan:

Of course the best way to end your Sunday is with a little craft beer inspired battle of the minds. Prove your brilliance, with the help of a team, at Manchester Pub's Trivia Night. Manchester Pub focuses on good food and good craft beer. So there will be plenty of liquid inspiration to help you out.

Manchester Pub is located at 920 2nd Avenue at 49th Street, Midtown East, Manhattan.

Monday, September 19

Got a case of the Monday's after such a fantastic craft beer fueled weekend. We understand. We also know how to help.

Allagash Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Who doesn't love Belgian styled beer straight from the Northeast's wildest state? Well, Phil probably to be honest - but we're dragging his ass along anyways! Allagash will be pouring their finest Dubbles, Tripel's and Quads alongside some Witte's and maybe even an oak-aged or two. Get your Belgian palate ready and put on your best lumberjack inspired plaid jacket and you'll be ready for this event.

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

Empire Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Empire is one of upstate New York's favorite breweries. Trust me, I'm from there - and yes, I represent every upstater. We love the Cream Ale, would drown in the IPA and are fascinated by Deep Purple. When a brewery takes over the taps at Rattle n' Hum - they really take them over, leave no prisoners kind of style - so expect to see everything. You might be surprised.

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

Oskar Blues Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

Finish Monday night off with the best canned brew coming out of Colorado. Mudville will be hosting the boys and brews from Oskar Blues. Gubna, Dale's Pale, Lil' Yella Pils and more. A few Dale's Pales at the end of a hard Monday helps everyone sleep a bit easier.

Mudville is located at 126 Chambers Street between West Broadway and Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan.