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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of April 28, 2013


Tuesday, April 30 - Allagash Brewery @ Pony Bar UES, Manhattan: I have long had a love affair with American brewed Belgian beer that comes from Allagash.  For some reason it just speaks to my taste buds more than other American Belgian beer or that weird stuff that actually is brewed in Belgium.  Allagash just gets what true American styled Belgian beer should taste like.  Even Phil gets close to almost appreciating the flavors he finds disgusting in all Belgian beers - almost.  Now that's quality.  Dave Gonzalez from Allagash will be on hand with the usual good stuff and the rarest that Maine Belgian has to offer.

You might even see Phil there (ordering something else).

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

Wednesday, May 1 - PA Brewery Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Nothing like a trip to Queens to visit Pennsylvania.  Although the two places couldn't be more different, Sunswick 35/35 of Astoria will be paying tribute to all the wonderful brew PA has to offer.  Here's the list:

Penn Brewing - Dark, Kaiser, Pils, Weizen

Stoudt's Brewing - Double IPA, Fourplay IPA, Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout

Victory Brewing - Golden Monkey, Tripel, St. Victorious Dopplebock, Swing Spring Saison

Weyerbacher Brewing - Insanity Barrel Aged Barleywine, Last Chance IPA, Quad

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Wednesday, May 1 - Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

American craft beer is known for pushing the limit.  We make Pale Ale's that taste like IPA's, IPA's that taste like a punch in the face, Stouts that are brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels, barleywine's aged in wine casks - the list goes on and on.  The next logical step was to brew beer using food.  Any type of food.  Check out this list:

Ballast Point Indra Kundra - brewed with madras curry, coconut, kaffr lime, cumin and cayenne

Abita Oyster Stout- made with pounds and pounds of oyster shells

Ommegang's Iron Throne - brewed in honor of Game of Thrones brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel

Elysian Malestrom - IPA brewed with blood orange

And as always, in good Stag's Head fashion, there will be some free snacks (in the form of strawberry and cucumber gazpacho).  All this starts at 6 pm.

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

Thursday, May 2 - Oskar Blues Tap Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

One of the Beer Friends favorite breweries is stopping into Brooklyn's Bierkraft this Thursday to feature their classic and rare brews.  The draft list is TBA however you should expect it to be nice and fresh - Oskar Blues recently opened a satellite brewery in North Carolina in order to keep providing the East Coast with the finest quality brew possible.  Bring your growlers and enjoy!

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

Saturday, May 4 - Abita Crawfish Boil @ The Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Head on down - head on way down - as if you were going all the way to the swamp in New Orleans, but really you're just going to the Sycamore in Brooklyn on the opposite side of Prospect Park.  It's still pretty far, but it's definitely worth it.  In honor of the last weekend of Jazz Fest they'll be throwing a good ol' fashion Bayou crawfish boil.  $25 gets you quite the large bucket of crawfish and a pint of seasonal Abita.  You can grab tickets at The Sycamore's website.

The Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster and Stratford Roads in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 9!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle, throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eight -  Philadelphia Eagles at New Orleans Saints (#yardsbeer vs #abitabeer)

This weeks "Monday Night Conversation Between Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden" features the overhyped Eagles against the disappointing Saints.  For the Eagles, last years free agent splash turned into this years "abandon ship!" and no one is safe, including the inconsistant QB who flip flops on himself in news conferences (appropriate this time of year...)  The New Orleans Saints had a disappointing season before the season even started.  With more rumors about them than in a high school lunchroom, they became the villans in the new safety first NFL, and the long contract negotiations of the Big Easy's Chosen Son even had Saints fans wanting to march out.  Who switches their fortunes this week in hashtag battle?  Read on to find out!

The Philadelphia Eagles have it rough.  Seemingly always second fiddle in the NFC East to the defending Super Bowl Champion Giants, which they may beat in the regular season, but are left looking in on the playoffs.  They started the season with a few big wins (3) by a combined 4 points - but that was during the Era of Replacement Refs.  In the A.R.R. (After Replacement Ref) Era the Eagles are winless and Philly Phans are demanding changes.  If the Eagles are smart they'd make some changes before the snow comes for the crowd to hide their batteries in, or before they get angry and just throw C's and 9-volts anyway.  Now Mike Vick and Andy Reed are in a career relationship - much like Jack and Rose in Titanic... remember what happened to that ship?

Yards Brewing Company is located on the Delaware River that separates New Jersey from Philadelphia, and opens around noon on the weekends - the only reason I know this is because I have (multiple times) taken the NJ Transit from Penn Station in NYC and arrived at 30th Street just in time to catch a metro train to Yards when they open, it makes for a awesome weekend trip.  Yards was the creation of Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit in 1994 when they wanted a decent English style beer (which were few and far between in Philadelphia at the time).  So they brewed, won some awards and expanded, brewed won some awards and expanded, and so on.... Now the warehouse offers tours on the weekends from Noon til 4pm, with a tasting room opening at Noon everyday and closing (usually) around 7pm.  Yards also has the amazing "Revolutionary Ales" series which features recipes (closely followed) of a few of our Fore Fathers (also located on the $1, $2, and $100 dollar bill).  Even the modern day stuff is delicious, with their Saison and Cape Hope 2xIPA being two of this Beer Friends favorite of the style.

The poor, poor Saints.  The NFL's punching bag in the off-season to show they were tough on players safety (all the while wanting to expand to 18 games - two more games for players to get hurt!) while Saints players allegedly put down money for hard hits on opposing players.  With the way the Saints defense is playing this year - I'd buy them a hamburger if they'd actually tackle someone.  However, the focus of the Saints hasn't been on defense for a few years - that high flying, aerial attack was supposed to put up 35 a game to allow the defense to break down a little.  Unfortunately Sean Peyton isn't allowed contact with the team and can't tell them that "Defense wins Championships" or at least better than a 2-5 record.  Last week against the Broncos, the Saints folded like Greg Williams in front of Roger Goodell, allowing Peyton to throw all day from his wheelchair and back-brace (which only proves they aren't paying for hits anymore - Peyton is a violent sneeze away from more neck issues).  The Saints are featured in a Monday Night game that was supposed to be featuring two offensive juggernauts - but instead features a middle of the road Eagles team vs a pass heavy (1st in league at 316 ypg) can't run to save their lives (32nd at 72.6 ypg) Saints that round out the bottom three on passing yards and rushing yards given up.  The plus side of this matchup?  With all the high scoring this will look more like a basketball game which New Orleans and Philadelphia are probably more interested in now anyway.

Abita Brewing Company is located just outside of New Orleans, and any beer drinking Big Easy'er will tell you how delicious they really are.  Being located close to the Big Easy, Abita has a laid back party kind feel - with brews like Purple Haze and Mardi Gras Bock - they capture the Cajun feel perfectly.  However, Abita is also a very caring institution and with brews like Restoration Ale and S.O.S. (Save Our Shores) they help those in need by getting others drunk (and helping those people out as well).  Abita is a little tough to get in NYC, but whenever I see Turbodog, Jockamo IPA or Andygator available - I'm sure to grab one.  Abita is definitely a needed stop on a future brewery tour and a Beer Friend review... anyone got a request?

Let the battle begin! Tag with #yardsbeer or #abitabeer,  the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 19, 2012


Tuesday, February 21 - Brooklyn Brewmaster Reserve Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn: Brooklyn Brewery's main line of beers sticks mostly to old world, traditional styles.  Easily drinkable beer with nothing over-the-top.  Something you can always count on being delicious to almost any group of people.  Their Brewmasters Reserve collection?  Out of control.  In the best way.  They will be bringing the whole entourage of brewmaster brews as well as some surprises.

2009 Monster Ale AMA Bionda 2007 Black Chocolate Stout Radius Concoction Mary’s Maple Porter Sorachi Ace Winter Ale Blast

After reading that I am actually a bit afraid to find out what the "special surprises" are going to be. 

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Carroll and President streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, February 21 - Fat Tuesday Blowout @ Standings, Mahattan AND Fat Tuesday with Abita @ One Mile House, Manhattan

We couldn't escape an events list without at least mentioning Mardi Gras this Tuesday.  Yes, the holiday famous for beads, breasts and booze is on Tuesday.  Most often the preferred beverage choice is some fizzy light brew or a tropical storm named ice blended rum drink.  In the craft beer world it's always Abita.  And why not?  Craft brew from Louisiana makes sense.  However, many of these events leaves me a bit disappointed - having only one or two on tap (most of the time just Abita Light).

For this Mardis Gras the Beer Friends did the leg work for you and found the two best Abita Mardis Gras events in New York at Standings and One Mile House.

AtStandings you will get the Purple Haze, Jockamo IPA, the New Select Barleywine and Bock.  Plus, in good Standings fashion, they'll be free pizza at 8 served alongside what they've named their "incendiary Cajun spice bar."

One Mile House will be pouring Restoration, S.O.S. and Andygator alongside 3 tons of beads for your wearing pleasure.

Happy Mardi Gras.

Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street upstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village Manhattan.

One Mile House is located at 10 Delancey Street between the Bowery and Chrystie Streets, NoLita, Manhattan.

Thursday, February 23 - Greenport Harbor Tap Takeover & Supeh Freekeh Debut @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

This is one hell of an event.  I wish I was there right now, but I guess we'll all just have to wait until Thursday.  They'll have 15 brews on tap including the debut of "Supeh Freekeh"  a triple collaboration between Greenport Harbor, the LES restaurant Back 40 and Bierkraft.  Check out the list:

Other Side IPA Black Duck Porter Spring Turning Saison Chinook’red Harbor Ale Anti-Freeze Wheesh’d Scottish Ale Canard Noir 2011 Triton Supeh Freekeh (draft and cask) Anniversary #2 Strong Ryeland Hammer & Sickle Imperial Stout

They suggest calling in sick beforehand.  I suggest taking the whole week off.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Hashtag Battles Week Two!


Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle, throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. And because football needs beer, we're starting on Saturday morning to include the brews consumed during College Football Saturdays. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Two - Chicago vs New Orleans (#twobrothersbeer vs #theabitabeer)

Chicago, the Windy City, is full of footballs in the air with Jay Cutlers arm and Mike Martz offensive scheme. They got off to a great start last week taking out Peter King's Superbowl pick Atlanta Falcons and now continue their NFC South tour with former Superbowl Champion Saints. Chicago is also home to a few great breweries that aren't purchased by large corporations - enter Two Brothers Brewing. Two Brothers Brewing is kept in the family by Jim and Jason Ebel and producing quality brews since 1996, will the new combo of Cutler and Martz help the old combo of Jim and Jason win this weeks Hashtag Battle?

New Orleans has been in the news for the right and wrong reasons: the horrific hurricane and the rise and rebuilding efforts of the Saints football team and more specifically Drew Brees. Abita also has it's own rebuilding efforts with their S.O.S. Weizen Pils (Save Our Shores). So New Orleans plays the heart strings card and plays good football, produces good beer and (hopefully) wins this (very) important hashtag battle.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 12, 2011


I had a feeling.  And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings.  The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week.  A HUGE week.  Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy.  It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome.  Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it.  Let's see what we've got... Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area?  But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet?  Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things.  However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions.  And it's happening this week.

The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene.  They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much.  Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.

Even better?  It's at Barcade.  Always a fantastic beer selection.  Always great retro video games to keep us entertained.  And now?  An awards show to give us something to cheer about.  Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award?  We all have our horses that we're pulling for.  Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC.  Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.

The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Were you afraid you missed it?  One of most badass events of 2011.  Well, you did and you're lucky:  it's happening again.  The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307.  TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park.  We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street.  It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar.  Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.

Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event.  Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.

You missed it once.  Don't let it happen again.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.

Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week.  A party that we are all going to love.  Except Phil that is.  And he's the only one who actually live in Queens.  I guess we'll have to make a special trip.

Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium.  The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE

Did I also mention that this event is happening all week?  That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews.  And then making fun of him when he refuses.

Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys.  The newcomers to the craft brew scene.   We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene.  Barrier Brewery is just that.  They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier.  They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.

Let's take a short quiz.

Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?

a) All          b) Some          c) None

If you answered A, then you should attend the event.  If you answered B, then you should attend the event.  If you answered C, then you should attend the event.  That was easy enough to figure out.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week.  We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far.  Perhaps you should stop reading here.  We know you're better than that though.  So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.

In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember.  We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action.  All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.

You're welcome.

Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:

Some things you have to see to believe.  This event is one of them.  The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance.  And the beer was Heineken.

Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.

Or maybe it's just free.  And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.

Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:

Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series.  And it kind of feels like selling out.  Like getting free beer from the man.  However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.

Here's the reason:  Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.

I like variety.  So do you.  Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer.  We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more.  The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on, so make sure you check in and check in often.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Beer Friends love the summer.  This week is an example of why.  We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!

Great Beer Events in NYC Week of 9/5 -9/11


Hey all you craft beer lovers out there!  We here at the Beer Friends as usual are bringing you your weekly beer events.  School's back in session and what a great way to celebrate sending off the kids than with some good ol' craft brews.  Come have a few with us at these great NYC brew events.

Tuesday, September 7 - Back To School Night with Sixpoint Craft Ale @ The Stag's Head: We got a huge event for you with this one, especially if you're one of NYC's Smartest - Public School Teacher's that is.  The Stag's Head, 51st street between 2nd and 3rd, is throwing a back to school bash for teachers and non-teachers alike.  Sixpoint will be taking control of 8 draft lines.  8!  If you know how many brews Sixpoint regularly produces, then you know that this is almost all of their continuous selection.  We're talking Sweet Action, Righteous Rye, Bengali Tiger, Brownstone, Redd, Otis and who knows what else!  Maybe you'll even get a chance to try their new fall brew Pumpkin-brewster.  Great name.  Also, they are honoring those public school teacher's with a $1 off everything with a DOE ID.  AND if you're good at poetry then take a chance by writing a poem or haiku about your favorite Sixpoint craft ale for a $50 bar tab.  As far as I'm concerned, the only thing you need for Back-To-School is a Sixpoint Craft Ale!

Wednesday, September 8th - IPA Week @ The Double Windsor: The Double Windsor is celebrating their last week before their 1st birthday by declaring it IPA week!  You know one Beer Friend who loves IPA's and this has definitely sparked his interest!  They will be featuring mostly American IPA's but you'll be lucky enough to find some from across-the-pond as well.  They haven't released a list yet, which is kind of exciting in all it's mysteriuosness.  The only way to shed some light on the issue is to head down to Park Slope and check it out yourself.  Did I mention that this week all the beers are $5?  This mystery just got good.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West @ 16th Street.  Take the F or the G to 15th street/Prospect Park.

Thursday, September 9 - Abita NFL Kickoff Party @ Standings: Standings comes through again as one of the best craft brew sports bars in the city.  The Vikings and the Saints are going head-to-head in the first NFL game of the season and Standings is throwing up a bunch of lines of Louisiana's favorite craft brew:  Abita.  Find Satsuma Wit, Andy Gator and Turbodog along with a few others.  You can also find free pizza.  Standings loves free pizza.  So do I.  And football.  And craft beer.  What a good relationship we all have.

Hope to see you all out at the bars!  As always, if you're the first find us then we'll buy ya a craft brew...or two.

NYBrewfest jun 19th!

Phil Foleen

All dressed up and nowhere to go on June 19th?  Well you are in luck, my friend, because the 4th annual NY Brewfest just happens to be on that very day!

Right now they are listing 26 breweries from NY State, 38 breweries from the rest of the US of A, and another 15 breweries of the international variety.  Click through for more details.

The festivities are from 3:30pm-8pm on Governor's Island in NYC, which is pretty fantastic since you can only get there by boat, so you can have as much beer as you want!  Prices range from $55+tax etc, $75 for a Connoisseur's admission which gets you in an hour early, and if for some reason you don't want any beer, there's a Music Lover's ticket for $25.

The best thing about your ticket is it includes your very own sampling glass, all the food you can eat while you're there, and a round trip ticket for the NY Water Taxi to get you there!  Now that's a bargain!  The music is looking pretty good too, c'mon Bagpipe Dudes!

They also have Seminars, but nothing under the heading yet so stay tuned, and if you're in a giving mood you can also Volunteer to help out.

All in all this looks like a can't miss event for anyone who's in the area and loves beer.  On the site they say that the last 3 Brewfests have sold out, so you may want to get your tickets early.  I know I am.  Tickets link is below.

Get you tickets HERE

Thanks Ken for the lead!