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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 5, 2013

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Tuesday, May 7 - The Mega Barrel-Aged Night @ The One Mile House, Manhattan: We all know what barrel aged means.  The "mega" in this event's title however, well, that stands for many things.  The big-ness of the beers involved, the amount of big barrel aged beers involved and the beer community's opinion of these brews.  The One Mile House hasn't featured a beer event like this yet, but there's no reason why that should stop you from pulling up a stool and getting into this in a real dedicated sort of way.  Check out this list:

Founders KBS

Firestone Walker Parabola

Harvistoun Ola Dubh 21 yr.

Goose Island Bourbon County Stout

Smuttynose Baltic Porter

Brooklyn Black Ops

Flying Dog Barrel Aged Gonzo

Weyerbacher Heresy

Stone Mixtape Vol. 4 RK & JM's Blend

Kelso Rye Barrel Aged Porter

Now most of the beers will be pouring when they open at 3 pm, but some of the rarer brews won't be tapped until 8.

That gives you 5 hours to warm yourself up.

The One Mile House is located at 10 Delancey Street between Bowery and Chrystie Street in the Lower East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Tuesday, May 7 - Tuesday Tasting: Hitachino and Japanese Brews @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Here at The Beer Friends we normally stick to American craft beer, but I had to throw this one into the mix.  If you've never tried Hitachino, or any other Japanese brewery, then you are truly missing out on some fantastic beer.  The craft beer world often focuses on the spread of American craft creativity to Europe, forgetting the intrepid brewers from other parts of the world that get dismissed and lumped in with fizzy yellow beer producers.  However, the Japanese might have been doing it first.  Hitachino produces some fine product that everyone should give a try.  In order to properly educate yourself on the issue, you should head over to Jimmy's No. 43 tonight, hand them a crisp twenty spot and allow them to walk you through the full range of Hitachino and other Japanese beers.

Dōmo.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 8 - Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Festival @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Festival at Blind Tiger is not just a beer and food festival of epic proportions, but probably the greatest indicator mankind has ever had for detecting the beginning of the wonder that is Spring.  Over the top assessment?  I think not.

The oysters are flown fresh and direct to NYC just for the festival.  The beer list is immense and in past festivals has only come from Rogue.  This year however, they've expanded the fest to cover brews from all over the Pacific Northwest region.  The breweries and beer their bringing is really impressive.  Check it out:

Rogue Double Chocolate Stout

Rogue Brutal Bitter

Rogue Morimoto

Rogue Vintage Old Crusty Barleywine

Rogue Younger’s Special Bitter

Rogue Shakespeare Stout

Rogue Hazelnut Brown Nectar

Rogue Farms Dirtoir Black Lager

Rogue Captain Sig’s Deadliest Ale

Rogue Farms Good Chit Pilsner

Midnight Sun Arctic Devil

Midnight Sun Obliteration

Midnight Sun Sockeye

Midnight Sun Fallen Angel

Midnight Sun Triple X

Midnight Sun Panty Peeler

Elysian Superfuzz Blood Orange

Elysian Peste Chocolate Chili

Elysian Perseus Porter

Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws

Now this event has garnered some popularity over the years, so get there early.  We're talking early afternoon early.  Get a table by the window with a few friends to join you.  Get some oysters.  Get some beer.  Repeat the last steps 5 or 6 (or 7 or 8 or 9) times.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.