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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of April 8, 2012

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Tuesday, April 10 - $10 Tuesday Tastings: Yeast Cultures! @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Even though there are really only 4 ingredients that should go into any beer it as a genre of beverage arguably contains more complexity than any other on the planet.  How can so few ingredients change the flavor in so many, hundreds and thousands even, different ways?  Especially when one ingredient is just water (which believe me, can dramatically affect your beer too!).  Well types of hops and malts are a huge factor, but never discount the little microorganism that makes your brew so fun to drink: YEAST!  Jimmy's No. 43 will be featuring beers made with different yeast cultures and will do their best to educate you on the slight and not so slight changes in flavors when different strains are used.

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

Wednesday, April 11 - Bronx Brewery Bourbon Barrel Aged Pale Ale Release @ Cafe D'Alsace, Manhattan:

Two things the Beer Friends love:  Beer (duh) and being New Yorkers.  So it remains obvious that we especially love New York City Craft Beer.  The Bronx Brewery is one of the newest NYC breweries and we couldn't be more ecstatic with their appearance on the scene.  Well, the NYC beer gods must have been looking down on us recently 'cause the Bronx Brewery has bourbon barrel aged their Bronx Pale Ale.  Cafe D'Alsace, one of the best and only Alsatian food restaurants in NYC, will be featuring this brew this Wednesday.  You can pop into the bar for a quick pint or sit down and enjoy some boubon barrel pale ale with a meal, either way you won't be disappointed.

Cafe D'Alsace is located at 1695 2nd Avenue on the Southwest Corner of 88th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 11 - Stone Brewery Night @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

The Rye House will be featuring Stone Brewery this Wednesday night!  They will have on hand a unique mixture of regualr and rare pours from Stone and as always, as great selection of rye whiskey.  What goes better with beer than whiskey?  Well, probably nothing.  Here's the list:

Arrogant Bastard IPA Ruination IPA Epic 11.11.11 15th Anniversary More Brown than Black IPA

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

Saturday, April 14 - 2nd Annual Oyster Shuck and Cask Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I'm dedicating this event to Brian Lloyd.  If he reads this, I will pay for his complete enjoyment at this event.  That's how serious I am about beer and oysters.  Same thing with the people over at Bierkraft.  They are opening their Bier Garden for the first time this year and are celebrating with the shucking and shooting of fresh regional oysters accompanied by an impressive cask beer list.  There is nothing you should be doing Saturday besides this.  They will be featuring casks from the following breweries:

Barrier Brewing The Brooklyn Brewery Captain Lawrence Chelsea Brewing Company Empire Brewing Company Greenport Harbor Brewing Co. Kelso of Brooklyn Sixpoint Craft Ales Shmaltz Brewing Company

Right!?  I'll see you there.

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