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2011 New York City Craft Beer Week: The Beer Friends Event List - The Weekend Finale Edition


The Finale of New York's Craft Beer Week is here and it's a double edged sword.  It's sad that the week is coming to an end, but the all that's happening is definitely worth looking forward to.  We've enjoyed the events this week quite a bit - hit up Idle Hands - Two Brothers, Two Boots, Two Dollar Bourbon, checked out Rattle n' Hum - Empire Brewery Tap Takeover and enjoyed the Strong Island Event at the Stag's Head.  We hope to see you all out at the finale events this weekend - we've got several double brewery events on Friday, an NYC Beer Week officially sponsored send-off party that includes 35 rotating drafts and free 2 oz. samples all night and a whole Sunday filled with beer fueled brunches.  Cheers!

Friday, September 23

Ballast Point v. Two Brothers @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

One of my favorite aspects of NYC Craft Beer Week are when there are so many breweries vying for events that our favorite beer bars have to double stack em'.  I really dig it when it two incredible breweries like Ballast Point from San Diego and Two Brothers from Illinois.  Try a few brews from each and find your favorites!

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

Crossroads and Davidson Brothers @ Broadway Dive, Manhattan:

Another one!  Or two at that! New York favorites Davidson Brothers and an up-and-comer Crossroads are being featured by Broadway Dive this Friday.  Try some of the Davidson your familiar with and try out some new brews from a little guy trying to make it big in the big city.  Pair this one with the double event at Rattle n' Hum and you've got a quadruple.

Broadway Dive is located at 2662 Broadway at 101st Street, Morningside Heights, Manhattan.

Meet the Brewer with Sierra Nevada @ Mug's Alehouse, Brooklyn:

A real brewer from Sierra Nevada at your beck and call?  A bunch of rare Sierra Nevada brews?  Including Life and Limb on cask and Hoptimum?  It starts at 7.  At Mug's Alehouse.

Mug's Alehouse is located at 125 Bedford Avenue at North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Rye Beer Night at Rye House @ Rye House, Manhattan:

Rye.  We should be cooking everything with it these days.  Until that happens I'll have to settle for rye whiskey and rye beer.  I think I'll settle just fine.  Check out both at the aptly named Rye House this Friday.

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Flatiron District, Manhattan.

Saturday, September 24

Bluegrass and Craft Beer Brunch @ The Counting Room, Brooklyn:

How does a $15 prix fix brunch with a bluegrass band sound to you?  Not enough craft beer for you?  How about $2 for any NY State craft brew?  Yes, staying all day is completely appropriate.

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

Breckenridge Brewery @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Breckenridge Brewery is long sought after by the Beer Friends after visiting them during our Colorado Brewery tour.  And they are pretty impossible to find out here.  That's why we're loving this event.  If you haven't ever enjoyed a pint of Breckenridge before then this is your opportunity to drink some great brew from yet another great Colorado brewery.  They'll be pouring 11 lines and 1 pin, so enough to get a well rounded picture of the brewery.

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Flatiron District, Manhattan.

NY Craft Beer Week Blow-Out: Have Beer, Will Travel @ Hudson Terrace, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we normally don't suggest events where you have to pay an entrance fee, but this event is worth every penny.  It's also the blowout finale event for NYC Craft Beer Week thrown by the organizers themselves at that super cool venue, Hudson Terrace.  There are 35 draft lines pouring at all times and you get unlimited 2 oz. samplers all night long.  The brews are mostly NE regional, with a few Canadian offerings.  There will be delicious food available for purchase as well - $3 chicken, beef, veggie or hotdog sliders (or $5 for 2).  Small snacks will be available all night long as well, for free.

Let's recap - Unlimited 2 oz. pours of 35 drafts from the Northeast and Canada for 3+ hours and delicious sliders for dirt cheap at an awesome venue overlooking the Hudson River.  Not convinced?

Here's the list:

Allagash Black Ballast Point Calico Amber Ale Beaus All Natural Lug Tread Lagered Ale Bronx Brewery Pale Ale Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout (2008) Captain Lawrence Pumpkin Church Key West Coast Pale Ale Coney Island Geektoberfest Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel Dieu Du Ciel Saison St-Louis Empire Hefeweizen Empire Hop Harvest Empire Wheatwine F&M Stonehammer Dark Ale Goose Island Matilda Goose Island Sophie Great Lakes Canuck Pale Ale Great Lakes Miami Weiss Great Lakes Pumpkin Greenport Harbor Leaf Pile Pumpkin Ale He'Brew Bittersweet Lennys R.I.P.A on Rye (Rye Whiskey Barrel Aged) Ithaca Smoked Porter Jonas Bronck Pelham Bay IPA Jonas Bronck Woodlawn Weiss Kelso Barrel Aged IPA Le Trou du Diable La Chose Le Trou du Diable La Saison du Tracteur Mill St Lemon Tea Ale Nebraska Cardinal Pale Ale Nicklebrook Headstock IPA Ommegang Abbey Ale Sixpoint Atlantic Antic Amber Sixpoint Belgian IPA Sly Fox Grisette Smuttynose IPA Southampton Double White Victory Festbier Wandering Star Mild at Heart Wellington Imperial Russian Stout

Took you awhile to get down here didn't it.  We're assuming you are now convinced.  Grab tickets here.

Hudson Terrace is located at 621 West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Sunday, September 25

It's hard to let something so awesome as NYC Craft Beer Week go.  Our best advice, seek closure at any number of beer fueled brunches happening on Sunday.

Rare Ass Beer and Brunch Bruzzer @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Stephen and Patrick have dug some rare ass kegs out of the cellar for your enjoyment alongside your breakfast.  Join Rattle n' Hum for your Sunday brunch and we guarantee any sadness you feel for the end of NYC CBW will float away...

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

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

Perhaps you're nursing a sore head from Saturday nights festivities - then Jimmy's No. 43 is the perfect place to head to for the morning after cure.  Hearty food (such as biscuits) and hearty beer (such as anything in Jimmy's diverse beer cellar/draft list) are the perfect morning after hangover solution.

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

Official Closing Event - The Brewer's Brunch @ Hudson Terrace, Manhattan:

Saturday night is going to be epic. So epic that maybe you sleep at Hudson Terrace.  Probably not feasible, but you never know - craft beer brews friendship and hospitality.  If that is the case, or if any other case is the case, then this event is your best bet for a fine Sunday afternoon Craft Beer Week finale.  Thrown by the organizers at that same cool venue, Hudson Terrace, this is Sunday tailgating at it's finest.  Heaping of breakfast foods will be offered, dozens of kegs will be flowing and a challenge is offered:  No one leaves until all the kegs are kicked.  Sounds like the perfect environment for tackling such a noble challenge.

Hudson Terrace is located at 621 West 46th Street between 11th and 12th Avenues, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.