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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.


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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 24, 2012


Tuesday, March 26 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Oskar Blues @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Oskar Blues made themselves famous over the years as the first, and for most of it, only craft brewery to can their beers.  Now they ship a whole line of craft brew all over the states, from coast to coast, for your drinking pleasure.  Head on over to Bierkraft tonight to have Yvon Pasquarello, straight from the brewery, walk you through their most famous and delicious brews.

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


Tuesday, March 26 - Goose Island @ The Pony Bar UES, Manhattan:

What would you say if I told you there was more than one Bourbon County brew by Goose Island?  Would you be interested?  Would you find it immediately?  Even if that meant leaving all your responsibilities behind (work, school, wedding, birth of your first child, etc.)?  Alright, glad you're on board.  You can grab 16 of Goose Island's brews along with a few different Bourbon County pours tonight at Pony UES.  Get at it!

The Pony Bar UES is located at 1444 1st Avenue at 75th Street in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


Wednesday, March 27 - Birthday Party and Free Beer Tasting with Stone Brewing @ Beer Boutique Inc., Brooklyn:

Many of us are just hearing about Beer Boutique Inc. for the first time.  Well if you missed their first year, it's not too late to join in on their second.  In fact they are throwing a birthday party.  It's more for you than it is for them.  Stone Brewing will be showing up and taking over all the taps with Oak aged Arrogant Bastard, Double Bastard, Russian Imperial Stout, Stone Vertical Epic 12.12.12 and more!  So head on over this Wednesday night and give this "new" spot a shot.  After all, they're throwing a party for you.

Beer Boutique Inc. is located at 497 Union Avenue between Withers and N. 8th Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.


Thursday, March 28 - Anniversary Extravaganza Week @ The Queens Kickshaw, Queens:

Apparently this week is the birthday week for little known beer bars that have been around for awhile that we all should of known about already because they sound pretty damn awesome.  In that regards, The Queens Kickshaw of Astoria has been around for 2 whole years, slinging craft pours for the masses of New York's third favorite borough.  Now they've possibly been doing it all in secret, or we just haven't been looking (ahem Beer Friend Phil, doesn't Queens fall under your jurisdiction?) - either way, this is an event that you would not want to miss.  For their 2nd birthday party they will be throwing a celebration of epic proportions including:  beer, food from their new dinner menus, beer, a live band, beer, a 9:30 pm whole bar toast and, well, this beer specifically:

Hitachino Nest Commmorative Ale (Japan) La Rulles La Grande Tenth Anniversary (Belgium) Ithaca Fourteenth Anniversary ’12 (NY, USA) BFM √225 Fifteenth Anniversary (Belgium) BFM Quatorze Fourteenth Anniversary (Belgium) La Trappe Isid’Or 125th Anniversary (Netherlands) J.W. Lees 25th Anniversary Harvest Ale (England) Uinta Anniversary Barleywine (UT, USA) Dupont Avec Les Bons Voeux (Belgium) He’Brew Jewbelation Sweet Sixteen Anniversary Ale (NY, USA) Bear Republic Cafe Racer 15 Fifteenth Anniversary (CA, USA) Stillwater As Follows Second Anniversary (MD, USA) Brooklyn Silver 25th Anniversary Lager (NY, USA)

ANNIVERSARY BY THE GLASS BOTTLE-POURS Ommegang XV Fifteenth Anniversary (NY, USA) Allagash Eleventh Anniversary (ME, USA) Chimay Spéciale Cent Cinquante 150th Anniversary (Belgium) Two Brothers Anniversary Monarch White (IL, USA) St. Bernardus Abt 12 2006 60th Anniversary (Belgium)

ANNIVERSARY BOTTLES Lakefront 25th Anniversary (WI, USA) Hitachino Nest Commmorative Ale (Japan) Penn 25th Anniversary (PA, USA) Founders Boltcutter 15th Anniversary (MI, USA)

My 2nd birthday was not nearly this impressive.

The Queens Kickshaw is located at 41-17 Broadway between Steinway and 41st Street in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.