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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of October 30, 2011

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Tuesday, November 1 - Laughing Dog Unleashed! @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: How many breweries can you name that are from the state of Idaho?  Not many.  Well Laughing Dog proves that it's quality, not quantity that matters.  They'll be showing up at Rattle n' Hum on Tuesday with an impressive collection of brews for your drinking pleasure.  AND - owner and brewer Fred Colby will be on hand to talk about his craft and pour you some pints.  Check out the list:

St. Benny’s Hoppy Monk Belgian IPA 14 Dogs Barleywine Alpha Dog DIPA Coffee Imperial Porter Crotch Sniffing Bastard Dogfather Imperial Stout Dogzilla Black IPA Rocket Dog Rye IPA

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

Wednesday, November 2 - Laughing Dog in the House @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Did you miss Laughing Dog at Rattle n' Hum on Tuesday?  It's okay. Do you live in Manhattan and are  scared of taking the train out to Brooklyn?  It's time to get over it.  Brewer and owner Fred Colby will be bringing his brews out to Brooklyn on Wednesday for you to imbibe.  The Double Windsor will also be serving Idaho Spud chocolate bars - which they insist you try alongside the Anubis Porter.  Check out the list:

Saint Benny’s Hoppy Monk Crotch Sniffing Bastard (CSB) Alpha Dog Imperial IPA Dogzilla Black IPA Anubis Imperial Coffee Porter Rocket Dog Rye IPA

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the Northwest Corner of 16th Street, Windsor Terrace, Brooklyn.

Thursday, November 3 - IPA Night! @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Happy birthday Bierkraft!  How would you like to celebrate turning 10 years old?  Oh, you say you'd like to round up all your favorite IPA's and take over your taps with them?  Thursday at 7?  For everyone's enjoyment?  That sounds like an excellent birthday party.  We also love hops (I mean, we have two resident hop-heads) and we would love to celebrate your birthday.  See you on Thursday.

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

Thursday, November 3 - Mikkeller Black Hole Tasting @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

I think it's fair to say that the barrel-aging trend is a fantastic one.  Mikkeller is taking it to the next step.  This Thursday is International Stout Day and Mikkeller has figured out the perfect way to celebrate - barrel aging their Black Hole Stout in just about every type of barrel you can think of.  There's the bourbon, the cognac, peat whiskey (personal favorite) and tequila.  These brews are not easy to find, so if you want a (four) unique perspective on an already great stout then be sure not to miss this event.

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 35-02 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Friday, November 4 - Sunday, November 6 - Williamsburg Cask Festival @ dba Brooklyn, Brooklyn:

Ah, the elusive art of cask ales.  An art that we plan on exploring enthusiastically this weekend at dba Brooklyn.  Beer guru Alex Hall, working alongside dba Brooklyn, will betapping 16 hard to find firkins of cask ale on Friday.  As of now, they say that the casks are projected to last until Sunday, but there is only one firkin of each kind, so like the recently extinct Vietnam Rhino, once they're dead, they're dead for good.  Unlike the Vietnam Rhino, killing one of these firkin species will leave you feeling fantastic.

dba Brooklyn is located at 113 North 7th Street between Wythe Avenue and Berry Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.