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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 25, 2012

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For some reason the beer gods have decided to grace this week with an extensively excellent selection of beer events to check out.  We picked the best six and are throwing them your way.  Try to make them all?  Sounds crazy, but you're not a light hearted craft beer fan, you take this seriously.  So do we.  Afraid of the magnitude of it all?  Us too. Good thing beer helps with courage.

One more thing, read this one all the way through.  We saved the best for last.

Wednesday, November 28 - Brooklyn Brewery Tap Attack with Garret Oliver @ Dive Bar NYC, Manhattan:

Remember the good ol' days when you could just bump into Garret Oliver at a beer event as he poured you a cask aged Brooklyn Blast while you discussed the ins and outs of craft brewing in America?  Well, we do.  Brooklyn in recent times has reached super-stardom in the craft beer community, expanding their brewery and upstate brewing capacities in order to meet the demands of expanding to other cities, states, countries...and planets? (the Mars rover totally digs Mary's Maple Porter)  We're proud of Brooklyn but we still have fond memories of those face to face times.  If you do to, then you happen to be in luck.  This Wednesday head on up to Dive Bar NYC and meet with Garret Oliver and the Brooklyn Brand Manager Brian Duprey as they serve up an impressive selection of that delicious Brooklyn brew we're still in love with.

Blanche de Brooklyn

2009 Black Chocolate Stout
2009 Monster Ale
Mary's Maple Porter
Brooklyn Radius
Brooklyn Blast
Sorachi Ace
There Will Be Black
Brooklyn Lager
Ama
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Black Chocolate Stout
The Companion
The River

Dive Bar NYC is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue at 96th Street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, November 28 - Avery Brewing Co. Night @ Sunswick 35-35, Queens:

Avery is well known as being one of the big beer hop kings of Colorado - a title not to be taken lightly in a state that, despite what certain rocky mountain fresh breweries want you to think, also does not take it's beer light.  Sunswick 35-35 in Astoria will be pouring a few taps lines of these Colorado favorites and if you're anywhere nearby, you should stop in to consume them.

duganA DIPA

Ellie's Brown Ale
India Pale Ale
Old Jubilation Ale
The Kaiser Imperial Marzen
Sunswick 35-35 is located at 3502 35th Street on the corner of 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.
Wednesday, November 28 - Added Value Fundraiser @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:
Brooklyn loves a few things:  community garden/farm empowerment programs, charity for hurricane victims in Red Hook and beer.  Combine all three of these things together and you'll find yourself at the Double Windsor this Wednesday showing off your Brooklyn.
Added Value is a community farm located in Red Hook that provides access to healthy, affordable food for the local community through something called a Food Justice ecosystem - youth empowerment programs that engage local youths in art of gardening and growing foods while providing them, their families and their communities with cheap, healthy produce.
Stop on in to the Double Windsor this Wednesday, throw down a $10 donation and get a free pint of either of these big-time locally brewed beers:
Barrier Brewing Saazsquash - butternut squash ale brewed with ginger, honey and Sichuan peppercorns.  A note on this one:  Barrier brewery was heavily affected by hurricane Sandy and will be out of commission for some time.  This could be your last chance for awhile to get any fresh Barrier brew.
Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious - Belgian style Tripel aged in Apple Brandy barrels.
Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare Porter - made with Brooklyn's own Gorilla Coffee
Windsor Terrace is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 29 - Weyerbacher @ The Gate, Brooklyn:
What better way to celebrate the onslaught of winter with an over-the-top winter brew from one of PA's best breweries?  Weyerbacher will be bringing their Merry Monks Tripel along with several of their other delicious brews to help you get your holiday indulgence on at the Gate this Thursday.  Check out the rest of the list:
Merry Monks Tripel

Verboten Belgian Pale Ale
Blithering Idiot 2006
Double Smile
Last Chance IPA
Old Heathen 2007
16th Anniversary Braggot
The Gate  is located at 321 5th Avenue at 3rd Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 29 - A Night of Pumpkin Ales @ Standings, Manhattan:
Alright, we accept it:  winter is here.   That doesn't mean, however, that we have to give up on the delicious fall brews that we came to love over the past three months.  Standings agrees.  They'll be pouring a trio of pumpkin brews - the last of their kinds for this year - in defiance of the wintry mix raining down on us this week in NYC.  So nestle up to the bar and the warm glow of Thursday night football, fill your belly with the delectable free pizza arriving at 8 p.m. alongside one of your last pieces of pumpkin pie and top it all off with a few pumpkin brews.
Southern Tier Pumking
Carton Imperial Pumkin Cream Ale
Stoudt's Pumpkinfest Lager
Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, November 29 - Meet Owner Mike Stevens of Founders @ Barcade, Brooklyn:
I told you to read all the way to the end and now reader, you are rewarded.  Beer = good.  Founders beer = fantastic.  Drinking Founders beer with the owner and giving him your eternal thanks and praise for changing your life = Momentous, Epic, Life Defining, etc.  You'll get to do just that at Barcade this Thursday.  Not only will Founders owner Mike Stevens be on hand to pour, drink and talk about his beer, he'll also be bringing a selection unheard of in NYC until now.  Brews that we wish we could consume regularly but rarely get the chance.  Go for the beer, stay for the video games and get giddy like a school girl while talking to the owner.
The (epic) list:
Backwoods Bastard
Blushing Monk
Bolt Cutter
Breakfast Stout
Canadian Breakfast Stout
Centennial IPA
Cerise
Curmudgeon's Better Half
Devil Dancer
Dirty Bastard
Frangelic Mountain Brown
harvest Ale
Imperial Stout 2011
nemesis 2010
Pale Ale
Porter
Red's Rye
Happy Early Christmas.
Barcade is located at 388 Union Avenue between Ainslie and Powers Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.