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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 23, 2012

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Tuesday, September 25 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Birrificio Bruton @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Despite our intense love for all-American craft brewing, the Beer Friends have been known to get international.  One of our favorite  event nights of recent memory was at a beer event hosted by the Italian craft brewery Collesi.  Italian beers have always gotten a bad rap here in the US and in most other parts of the world - but as with food, wine and Roman pillars, Italians are master craftsmen when it comes to beer brewing.  Birrificio Bruton boasts a focus of balance with a dedication to food pairing as the central tenets of owner Lacopo Lenci's creation.  He'll be there to walk you through a new viewpoint of craft brewing: Italian culture, food and life all in beer.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, September 26 - Oktoberfest Sampling/Beer Pairings @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer and food.  Beer and fall. Fall and food.  Can't go wrong with any of those combinations so why not go with all three.  Head on over to the Stag's Head this Wednesday for some very specific beer/food pairings all based on the fall tradition of Oktoberfest.  They'll be pairing a dish and beer together to ensure maximum deliciousness for your taste buds.  Here are the slices of fall foliage heaven that await your mouth:

Sweet Potato Croquettes with rosemary and goat cheese Paired with Southern Tier Harvest

Bratwurst Sandwich - grilled brats, sauerkraut, Märzen mustard, pretzel roll Paired with Sly Fox Oktoberfest

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Tartlette with farmer’s cheese, roasted pumpkin, baby arugula, warm brown butter-maple vinaigrette Paired with Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale

Beer-braised Short Rib with parsnip puree & braised red cabbage Paired with Left Hand Octoberfest

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

Wednesday, September 26 - Victory Night @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

The craft beer world has grown large in recent years, so large in fact that once common meetings between beer bar owners/brewing innovators does not happen as often as it used to when the whole world was a bit smaller.  However , this does set the stage for more epic reunions now that the beer world has blossomed and exploded into it's current state of dominance.  Such a meeting of epic proportions will be occurring this Wednesday:  Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing will be making his yearly trek to the Blind Tiger Ale House.

Think beer brewing god meets beer bar god and they're inviting you to their hangout AND they are pouring all the beer they brought for your enjoyment.  Plus, a first timer: Polaris IPA.  Made with the Polaris hops which are described as being minty and glacier-like by Dave Brodrick, Blind Tiger owner.

Check it:

Prima Pils Golden Monkey Festbier V12 Donnybrook Stout (Nitro) Braumeister Pils – Saaz Baltic Thunder Headwaters Pale Ale Summer Love Ale Helios Ale Ranch DIPA – Chinook Mild Rye’d Otto in Oak Bavarian Polaris IPA Storm King – firkin HopDevil – firkin

VICTORY!

The Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker Street between 6th Avenue and Jones Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 26 - Three Heads Brewery Night @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Who says there isn't room for comedy in the craft beer world?  Nobody actually, I think we'd actually prefer it.  Especially when the brewing comedians come from this Beer Friend's home town.  Introduce: Three Heads Brewing from Rochester, NY.  They'll be bringing a few brews over to George Keeley's on the Upper West Side this Wednesday and boy are they funny.  Check out their website sometime and I guarantee you'll laugh at least once - and not at their web design!

They'll be bringing for your drinking pleasure...:

Bromingo Smoked Maple Amber Ale

The Kind IPA

Loopy

The Common Man

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.