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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of January 6, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, January 8 - Night of the Bastards @ The Pony Bar HK, Manhattan: There are so many craft brews out there that name themselves bastards. What does naming a beer "bastard" prove anyways, huh? Does it make it seem bigger, bolder, more intense, bitter, higher ABV??? Yes, it definitely does.

The Pony Bar Hell's Kitchen will be pouring a bunch of bastardly brews - think Stone's Double Bastard and Founder's Backwoods Bastard on top of whatever else fits the definition of "bastard."

The Pony Bar HK is located at 637 10th Avenue on the corner of 45th Street in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, January 9 - Imperial Stout Night @ The Downtown Bar and Grill, Brooklyn:

I feel bad for imperial stouts. With all these big brews of different styles - double/imperial IPA's, barleywines, tripel's, bourbon aged, yhatta, yhatta - imperial stouts have lost some of their notorious press. Well, Downtown Bar and Grill is hoping to remind you of the infamous Imperial Stout style with a few, we'll call them "notable", brews.

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout 2011

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2008
Great Divide Espresso Oak Aged Yeti 2010
Dogfish Head World Wide Stout 2010
Dogfish Head Miles Davis' Bitches Brew 2011
Founders Imperial Stout 2011
I mean, really, really notable.
The Downtown Bar and Grill is located at 160 Court Street between Amity and Pacific Streets in the Downtown Brooklyn neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, January 10 - Weyebacher Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
When one thinks of Weyerbacher beer they probably feel a shiver of mixed excitement and fear coarse through their bodies. That's cause Weyerbacher is famous for making extremely delicious and infamously intense brews. Brand Manager Molly McDevitt will be heading over to Bierkraft this Thursday with a whole slew of their draughts to excite your taste buds while simultaneously punching you in the mouth.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, January 10 - Alphabet City Brewing Company Tasting @ Malt and Mold, Manhattan:
The brewing revolution is officially booming in New York City. Breweries in four of the five boroughs (we're waiting on you Staten Island!) are pumping out high quality delicious craft brew quenching the thirst of all New Yorkers. Alphabet City Brewing Company based in the neighborhood of the same name will be sampling their Easy Blonde Kolsch and possibly a new mystery brew at Malt and Mold this Thursday. Head on over for the tasting, stay for the cheese pairings and more beer.
Malt and Mold is located at 221 East Broadway at Clinton Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.