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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 13, 2012

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Tuesday, May 15 - Pony Bar Upper East Side Grand Opening @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: The Upper East Side just got way cooler - the genius minds behind The Pony Bar decided that the city needed more craft beer and delicious food and lucky UES-craft-beer-heads are getting the second installation.  It's been described as the second mecca of craft beer in NYC (after the first Pony of course).  The new spot will be a bit bigger in size and is keeping with the same 20 taps/2 casks system.  Of course everything will be $5 - an exceptionally reasonable price for some of the craft staples and specialty pours of which they always seem to have several on hand.  On top of all that good stuff they will be keeping with the great food, music and rustic Americana atmosphere, all to provide you with arguably the best craft beer drinking experience in the city.

The UES Pony Bar is located at 1444 1st Ave on the corner of 75th St. in the Upper East Side, Manhattan

Tuesday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 16 - Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Festival @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

Beer and oysters.  A magical pairing.  No two things go together finer.  Oh, now what's that you say?  There's a festival devoted to it happening this Tuesday and Wednesday?  At the Blind Tiger Ale House? Well now, looks like my week is shot.  Going to have to attend of course.  Yes, both nights, obviously.  Oh and all the beer and oysters are from the Pacific Northwest?  You didn't have to do that, pulling out all the stops to provide me, your average beer drinker, with the best oysters and beer in the country.  Really, it means a lot to me.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker St on the corner of Jones St. in the West Village, Manhattan

Thursday, May 17 - Long Island Week Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Long Island has sure solidified it's position recently in the East Coast craft beer world.  They went from having one or two to having a half dozen craft breweries in less than a three year period.  And, unlike many products (people) from Long Island, they've shed the Strong Island stereotype, producing some of the best beers in this part of the world.  Join Bierkraft for a night of Long Island beer appreciation with the likes of Greenpoint Harbor, Blue Point, Barrier, Southampton and more.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Ave between Union St and Berkeley Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Friday, May 18 - 4th Annual Maine Event @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

As if this week wasn't already totally mind blowingly exciting for the Pony Bar - their Hell's Kitchen location will be throwing their 4th Annual Maine Beer and Food Event.  That's right, a weekend where the Pony brings you to the shores, mountains and forests of the northeast's most rugged wilderness: Maine. Think Shipyard, Allagash, Sea Dog, Sebago, Baxter, Marshall Wharf and Belfast Bay paired alongside scallop sliders, lobster rolls and baskets of fried oysters.

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