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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 4, 2012

Graham

After hurricanes and presidential elections we are finally back here at the Beer Friends with some excellent celebratory/wound licking events for you. Wednesday, November 7 - Fullers Beer Night @ One Stop Beer Shop, Brooklyn:

Depending on your horse you're either loving America this morning or severely disappointed with it. OR you're just sick of the circus-like charade of it all. How about some of the best foreign new from the rest world to forget American politics for a minute? We think yes.

Fullers is renowned as one of the finest beer brewers in the world making everything from the darkest stouts to the hoppiest IPA's on to the most golden of ales. They'll be pouring a wide range of draughts and a strong selection of bottles over at One Stop Beer Shop tonight for you to enjoy.

So head on over to enjoy some nowhere-near-American-partisan brew and forget about attack ads, electoral colleges and primary colored states for a night.

The One Stop Beer Shop is located at 134 Kingsland Avenue between Beadle and Lombardy Streets in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, November 7 - Borubon Barrel Boner Night @ Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

American trivia question: What is our official national alcoholic beverage?

If you said beer, well, you're wrong. It's bourbon.

BUT WAIT! If we somehow combined the smokey, sweet and fiery taste of bourbon with beer then we might just create a super-American hybrid.  If only we could figure that out...

Being served tomorrow night at the Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace:

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Allagash Bourbon Black

You're welcome America.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Thursday, November 8 - Dogfish Head Novemberfest @ Standings, Manhattan:

Oh, so you never cared about American politics and just want to forget about them for a night? We got you.

The heavy hitters at Dogfish Head will be pouring some heavy hitters of their own at Standings this Thursday that will surely help you forget anything.  Including whatever might of happened to you during hurricane sandy.

Here's the list:

Punkin Black and Blue Midas Touch Bitches Brew Saison du Buff

Did we mention that these are all on draught. We seriously didn't even know that was possible for some of them.

Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Thursday, November 8 - Hurricane Sandy Relief with Ithaca Brewery @ George Keeley, Manhattan:

Alright, presidential elections blah blah blah, en vogue, blah blah - does anyone remember the hurricane?!?! That is still affecting thousands of people? Well, we in New York still do and so do the fine folks at George Keeley's.

They were originally supposed to host Ithaca and their Country Pumpkin ale. However, after the superstorm Keeley's decided to throw the party but donate 100% of all Country Pumpkin profits to the Mayor's Fund. On top of that there will be rare Ithaca bottle auctions and a raffle in which all proceeds will head to the same charity.

I can't think of anything more feel-good than good beer and charity for people who still really need it. Desperately in many cases. Hit this one up.

George Keeley is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 5, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, August 7 - Founders Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Last year Founders took the city by storm, this year they are an established leader in the craft beer world.  Just cause they're easier to find these days doesn't mean that we don't still seek them out in all corners of the world and  Rattle n' Hum is making it easy as pie to find them tonight.  Stop in for a Founders extravaganza.  Here's the list:

Founders Cenntenial Founders Porter Founders 111pa Founders CBS Founders KBS Founders Breakfast Stout Founders Cerise

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, August 8 - Allagash Brewing Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

If you could mix Belgian beer and the good ol' American state of Maine you would inevitably get Allagash.  Brewing some of the best Belgian inspired beer this side of the pond, Allagash is a treat for both Belgian lovers and those of us that still find the style mysterious and elusive.  Get on over to Stag's Head on Wednesday to enjoy several pours from Allagash, snacks and rep Susan Greene as she talks up all things Allagash.  Check out the list:

Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Blonde Interlude HLT Saison Mihm

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

Wednesday, August 8 - Green Flash Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

If West Coast brewing is known for one thing it's their creative and generous use of hops in everything they do.  Green Flash embodies this tradition perfectly.  One of the best breweries in San Diego, the state of California and the nation as a whole they have continued to surprise and impress with their interpretations of various beer styles.  Bierkraft will be handing over the reigns to them on Wednesday and we couldn't be more excited and intrigued.

West Coast IPA Imperial IPA Hop Head Red Double Stout Porter Trippel Retro Extra Pale Ale 30th Street Pale Ale West Coast IPA (cask) Hop Head Red (cask)

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

Thursday, August 9 - Green Flash! @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

Yes.  You did read that correctly.  There are two Green Flash events happening this week.  If you missed it (or didn't get your fill) of Green Flash at Bierkraft on Wednesday then head right down the street to the Gate on Thursday.  I don't want to say one event is better than another, but the Gate is boasting a very impressive selection, including some "can't get in NYC" and a firkin.  A firkin.

Double Stout w/ Serrano Chilis! West Coast IPA Imperial IPA Palate Wrecker Le Freak Retro Extra Pale Ale Trippel Hop Head Red Saison Diego Baleywine 2008

Hard to find in NYC:

30th St Pale Ale East Village Pilsner Park West Porter

Firkin:

West Coast IPA

I think that's a Gold Medal in the Green Flash event.

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue on the southeast corner of 3rd Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 9 - Greenport Harbor Brewery Evening @ Standings, Manhattan:

I know what you've been thinking recently:  I love watching the Olympics but something's missing.  Well, we've found the solution.  Head to Standings, possibly NYC's finest, dive, sports centered, craft beer bar for some Olympic action, free pizza and taking the gold: Greenport Harbor brews.  They'll be pouring four from this fantastic Long Island brewery.  All of this will be starting as soon as you can get there.

Anniversary Ale Triton Hoppy Stout Summer Ale

Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

2011 New York City Craft Beer Week: The Beer Friends Event List for Monday - Thursday

Graham

What a kick-off weekend! The Beer Friends enjoyed quite a bit of craft beer this weekend in honor of the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week. Rattle n' Hum threw a great Barrier and Greenport bash Friday night, the Smuttynose pouring at Mudville on Saturday was fantastic (especially that Homunculus) and we're still not sure which is better - the Concoction or the Penicillin that we tasted on Sunday. Because there is so much to do this week and weekend, we're going to be breaking up the Beer Friends event listings for the week. Today we're throwing at you the events happening from Monday to Thursday. You can then check back on Thursday for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday events - a.k.a. The Grand Finale of NYC Craft Beer Week. We're hitting the streets, bars and breweries this week with a feverish devotion and we sure hope to see all you NYC Beer Friends out there with us!

Monday, September 19

Got a case of the Monday's after such a fantastic craft beer fueled weekend? We understand. We also know how to help.

Allagash Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Who doesn't love Belgian styled beer straight from the Northeast's wildest state? Well, Phil probably to be honest - but we're dragging his ass along anyways! Allagash will be pouring their finest Dubbles, Tripel's and Quads alongside some Witte's and maybe even an oak-aged or two. Get your Belgian palate ready and put on your best lumberjack inspired plaid jacket and you'll be ready for this event.

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

Empire Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Empire is one of upstate New York's favorite breweries. Trust me, I'm from there - and yes, I represent every upstater. We love the Cream Ale, would drown in the IPA and are fascinated by Deep Purple. When a brewery takes over the taps at Rattle n' Hum - they really take them over, leave no prisoners kind of style - so expect to see everything. You might be surprised.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Oskar Blues Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

Finish Monday night off with the best canned brew coming out of Colorado. Mudville will be hosting the boys and brews from Oskar Blues. Gubna, Dale's Pale, Lil' Yella Pils, Gordon and more. A few Dale's Pales at the end of a hard Monday helps everyone sleep a bit easier.

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

Tuesday, September 20th

Brooklyn Brewery Presents The Companion @ Good Beer, Manhattan:

Brooklyn Brewery brewed up a special brew for the NYC Craft "Brew" Week (that's 4 brews!). The Companion is the newest edition to the Brewmaster's Reserve Series and is being ushered in as the beer in conjunction with the publishing of brewmaster Garrett Oliver's new book - "The Oxford Companion to Beer." The beer itself is a malty "wheat-wine" that is described by Brooklyn as having a deep malt flavor and a surprisingly light palate that finishes with some fruity notes. They'll also be pouring the Brooklyn Blast, the Post Road Pumpkin and another, yet-to-be-determined draft line. And in good favor, there will be a discount on all Brooklyn brews that night.

Good Beer is located at 422 East 9th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan.

Captain Lawrence Brewery @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Scott the brewer from Captain Lawrence will be on hand with all of his finest Westchester brews. We're expecting the usuals - Liquid Gold, Westchester Pale Ale, etc. alongside everything in the Captain's Reserve section.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

A Taste of Brooklyn @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

Brooklyn used to be the capital of brewing in the United States. Then everything went to crap. Now Brooklyn is back. Head up to the Upper West Side for a taste of Brooklyn's finest breweries. Dive 75 will be featuring the best of Brooklyn, Kelso, Coney Island and Sixpoint.

Dive 75 is located at 101 West 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 21

Great American Ale Trail Book Signing @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger will be hosting author Christian DeBenedetti and throwing him a rare-NY-state-brewed party as he chats you up and signs your copy of his newest book - The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation. Blind Tiger will be finding their rarest NY-state brews to toast the occasion. Come and see why they made it into Christians book, although to be honest, most of you reading this probably already know why.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Beer From Strong Island @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Long Island has quickly been falling into place as a big brewing region of New York State. Come see why will 19 taps from Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Southampton. The list is pretty impressive. Seriously impressive. As in, you'd be foolish not to be there drinking beer from Long Island impressive. Check it out:

Greenport Harbor: Triton, Anti-freeze, Rye Saison, 2nd Anniversary California Common, English IPA, Citrus IPA, The Other Side IPA, Hopnomi, Leaf Pile, Harbor Ale, Black Duck Porter

Southampton: North Fork Fresh Hop, Biere de Mars, Pumpkin, Keller Pils

Blue Point Brewing: Oatmeal Stout Cask, Toxic Sludge, Blueberry Ale, No Apologies

11 Greenport taps? Impressive.

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

Cigar City Brewing Company Throwdown @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Cigar City has quickly become a Beer Friend favorite. Having just hit the NYC beer scene in the recent year or so, we are pleased to have had such a flood of their brew. Now they're throwing it down at Jimmy's No. 43. Brewery Founder Joey Redner will be bringing a solid bunch of kegs for your imbibing pleasure. You'll be drinking Big Apple IPA, Good Gourd, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Tiaramisu Sweet Stout (one and only NY Keg), Humidor High Jai Alai, Bolita Double Nut Brown, Marshall Zhukov Imperial Stout and White Oak IPA.

How can this getting any better for your palate you ask? Jimmy's will also be throwing an oyster party in the back. That's how.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at Downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, September 22

Very Old Beer and Extremely Stinky Cheese @ The Ginger Man, Manhattan:

Beer and food go together like fish in water. Except sometimes your beer is really old and your cheese smells up the whole room. Exactly how we like it. Sam Calagione is bringing 4 of Dogfish Head's vintage brews, pairing them with stinky cheese from Murray's Cheeses and letting you drink and eat your heart out. We're talking washing down some delicious cheese with bottles of 2004 Olde School, 2005 World Wide Stout, 2006 120 Min IPA and a 2007 Fort.

There is a hidden Beer Friends of us reviewing World Wide Stout and if you could watch it then it would help reinforce our suggestion you have a cab ready to take you home after trying all four Dogfish Head brews.

The Ginger Man is located at 11 East 36th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Empire Line Takeover @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

20 Taps. 22 if you count the casks. That's how many Empire brews the Pony Bar will be pouring on Thursday. For those of you who haven't gone beyond the Cream Ale or the IPA, this is your chance to enjoy the liquid product from one of the finest upstate NY breweries. And have another Cream Ale.

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

NY vs. PA @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Obviously New York. But we'll take the competition for the sake of getting to drink the beer to help decide the winner. Bluepoint and Greenport Harbor will be representing NY while Troeg's and Victory will be wearing the Pennsylvania state colors. All of a sudden this competition is looking a bit fierce. They'll probably need all your help to decide the winner. We're sure you won't mind lending a hand.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the Northwest Corner of 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Alright all you Beer Friends out there! Those are what we think are the finest things to do this NYC Craft Beer Week. Hopefully we'll see (and remember the next morning) you out at the bars! Make sure to check back Thursday morning to see our favorite events happening during the weekend finale. Cheers!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 15, 2011

Graham

I woke up this morning with great expectations.  The sun was shining, a warm summer breeze blowing through the air, the smell of blossoming plants and then I opened my eyes.  Rain.  Thunder.  Fog.  And it was cold.  And it will be happening all week long.  Then I looked at the list of craft beer events happening this week.  The clouds parted, the sun came back out and the annoying spitting from the dense fog that engulfed the city transformed into a soft mist reminiscent of the Irish countryside.  Yea, craft beer has that affect on me. Tuesday, May 17 - Empire Brewing Company Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Imagine you were taking a boat trip down the Erie Canal (10 points if you know where the Erie Canal is) rafting through the port towns of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and you wanted a beer.  The obvious choice is Empire Brewing Company.  Started in Syracuse and at

times brewing in Buffalo and Rochester it is Western New York's favorite brewery.  They'll be bringing an impressive selection of their brews (which are all impressive) to Rattle n' Hum this Tuesday.    Check out this list of brews:

Empire Brown Ale Empire Wheat Wine Empire IPA (Falconers Flight) Empire Maple Porter

Empire State Pale Ale Deep Purple 2010 Barley Wine 2009 Barley Wine Aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Empire Light Lager Empire Amber Ale Empire Cream Ale White Aphro Black magic Stout

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Great Brewers Beer Tasting @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Great Brewers is a group that represents some of the greatest brewers internationally and in the US.  Their draughts are most easily recognized by the light wood tap handles with the Great Brewers seal.  When you get a pour from one of those tap handles, you know you're getting something good.  Green Port (Long Island), Ballast Point (California), Hitachino (from Hong Kong), Schekerla (Germany) and La Rulles (Belgium).  After all nothing is more international than Long Island.  Here's the list:

Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, Greenport Harbor Canard Noir, Greenport Harbor Ahtamaic IPA, Greenport Harbor Rye Saison Cask, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Abandoned Ship, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, Hitachino Ginger, Schekerla Smoked Lager and La Rulles Triple.

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83th and 84th streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Victory Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Some would say napalm in the morning smells like victory.  We say hops anytime smells like victory.  And Victory. The winningest brewing company ever will be visiting the Double Windsor in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  And they'll be helping you achieve victory with some of their best brews:

Hop Wallop Imperial IPA Hop Devil IPA Yakima Glory Black IPA Headwaters Pale Ale Whirlwind Wit St. Boisterous Hellerbock St. Victorious Dopplebock Braumeister Pils Donnybrook Stout

All for $5 and the first person to bring the bartender a bag of Milano cookies gets a free pint.  Milano's = victory.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, May 18 - Oregon Beer Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer president of America?  Colorado.  Beer vice president of America?  Oregon.  Oregon, the state, with the help of its best breweries will be showcasing its history of brewing tradition.  Join Rogue, Elysian, Full Sail and Dick's at the Stag's Head to celebrate all things Oregon.  Well, mostly just the beer.  And Phil.

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

Thursday, May 19 - River Horse Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we try to be equal-opportunity when it comes to the neighborhoods, counties and states in the New York City metropolitan area.  Certain places get a bad rap with the rest of the world - Murray Hill, Staten Island and Jersey.  Well, River Horse is working to redeem New Jersey's image with the beer world and they're doing a damn good job at it.  They'll be taking over the taps at Bierkraft this Thursday.  The full list has yet to be released but we expect it to be pretty refreshingly gnarly.  Jersey totally just jumped Staten Island in the rankings.

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

Saturday, May 21 - Sixpoint Brewery and Tacos El Bronco @ Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Alright, I know we've made several claims regarding the best food to eat while consuming craft brew, but it's been decided:  Tacos.  The famed Brooklyn taco truck - Tacos El Bronco (as in served from a Ford Bronco) will be making a point to prove their case when it comes to food/beer pairing.  They will be bringing the best tacos in Brooklyn out to Sycamore and Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their namesake and seasonal brews.  I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Literally.  Top of the "Ways to Spend a Saturday Afternoon List."

Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and East 11th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Maine Beer Weekend @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Maine is the unsung hero of East Coast craft beer.  One of the least populated states on the east coast with most of the population hugging the Atlantic Maine's craft beer is full of fisherman culture and grit.  Malty, full-bodied brews that shine nicely in the noon-day sun next to a pile of steamers on the beach.  IPA's that are hopped to the teeth that pair perfectly with the days deep-water catch.  Stouts that are roasted to perfection packed to the gills with body that a master of the ocean would consume during a rugged winter night filled with crab fishing.

The Pony Bar shares our sentimental views of Maine, seafood and beer and they are throwing the 3rd Annual Maine Beer Weekend.  Belgian brews straight from Allagash, fishermen's straight from Shipyard and Seadog and malty, woodsy brews from Geary's will fill the draught board and the cask lines.  Fresh seafood shipped in straight from Maine will be cooked up by the gastropub culinary geniuses behind Pony's usual menu - we're talking lobster rolls, scallop sliders and fried oysters.

There's even a hint that some super-special brews will be on tap but cannot be mentioned due to legal reasons.

I like that.  A lot.

See you this weekend!

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest Corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Daily Beer Calendar Feb 14th-20th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Nothing says love more than ignoring that girlfriend/boyfriend and going online to TheBeerFriends.com to vote on some beers!  This week we (again) travel all over for a variety of styles!  Beer!  Democracy! February 14th - Sapporo Reserve Remember the last time you went to that half off sushi joint, sake bombs and a Sapporo chaser?  Don't be mistaken... this ain't the same beer - this one has Reserve on the Label...

Sapporo Reserve

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February 15th - Newcastle Brown Ale

Unlike Sapporo Reserve, Newcastle Brown Ale is a easy to find beer - but unlike the Bud's and Coors Lights - this beer is worth a try.  From Newcastle Federation Breweries Ltd. in Dunston, England this brew is legendary so we hope voting numbers are high on this one. (With a awesome website if I do say so myself...)

Newcastle Brown Ale

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February 16th - Allagash White Ale

From Japan to Enlgand to Portland, Maine for a Belgian beer from Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash sticks to what they do best, which is Belgian brews and we thank them for that...

Allagash White Ale

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February 17th - Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

Like Newcastle Brown Ale, Young's Luxury Chocolate Stout can be found in the states in multiple places.  From the Wells & Young Brewing Company Ltd. in Bedford, England this Chocolate Stout is world famous for it's use of real chocolate in the brewing process.  This probably should've been the February 14th Beer of the Day... right ladies?

Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

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February 18th - Schlafly Kolsch

Schlafly Kolsch comes from The Saint Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri

Schlafly Kolsch

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February 19th - Drifter Pale Ale

Drifter Pale Ale comes from Portland, Oregon from the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

Drifter Pale Ale

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February 20th - Stoudts American Pale Ale

Doubling up on the Pale Ale's, today's Beer of the Day is from Stoudts Brewing Company from Adamstown, Pennsylvania.  The Beer Friends have reviewed some products from Stoudts, their American Pale Ale is their most popular beer for ten years running.

American Pale Ale

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue.

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!

Beer Review 50: Allagash Four

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In our constant attempt to impress you, yes you... the ladies... Beer Friends branch out this we and try Allagash Brewing Companies Four.  This is a intense Belgian beer, 4 hops, 4 malts, and fermented 4 times!  All those led to a pretty big beer ranking 10 on the ABV scale!  Beer!  Portland, Maine! Belgian!

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NYC Beer Events - Week of 8/22

Graham

Aaaaaand we're back!  The Beer Friends NYC Beer Events calendar updates took a bit of hiatus recently if you hadn't noticed.  I'd apologize, but it was for a good reason.  A Colorado Brewery Tour is a good reason right?  I think so.  You'll be hearing all about the Colorado trip and the 15 breweries we visited while there all in good time.  For now let's talk about what's happening with craft beer this week in this little town. Wednesday, August 25 - Sierra Nevada Extravaganza, Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: It's that time of year again!  Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps at the Blind Tiger Ale House for their yearly extravaganza.  Last years event was phenomenal with all of Sierra Nevada's fantastic regulars and more than a handful of rarely released and specialty brews.  This is a brewery event you won't want to miss at a beer bar that always puts on a great time.

Wednesday, August 25 - Blue Point Night, Standings, Manhattan: East Village Craft Brew hotspot Standings will be featuring four lines of Long Island's favorite brewery:  Blue Point Brewing Co., out of Patchogue, New York.  They haven't released the names of the brews that will be pouring but we imagine it'll be somewhere along the lines of the Toasted Lager, Blueberry, Hoptical and maybe something mysterious.  Or the Summer Ale.

Thursday, August 26 - Allagash Night, Barcade, Brooklyn: It has been faaar too long since the Beer Friends have made it out  to this Brooklyn brewhouse/arcade.  It has been one of our favorite bars for beer events and Pac-man and an Allagash event seems like a perfect reason to head back.  So come on out to Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and join us in sharing some of Allagash's traditional and experimental Belgian-Style Brews.  I'm looking forward to grabbing an Allagash Black and maybe a Curieux.

Saturday, September 4- Pony Bar Express, (leaving from) The Pony Bar, Manhattan: I know that Sept. 4th is not part of the week of 8/22...however this is something you need to do a.s.a.p.  The Pony Bar is featuring another installment of their Pony Bar Express tours, this one up to Ithaca, NY for the Ithaca Beer Co.'s Beer Festival.  Let's talk about this event for a moment before you run out and by tickets:  The Pony Bar rents out a chartered coach bus, taps a few (last time it was 4 - this time is a longer drive so...6?) kegs for the ride up and heads out to whatever brewery in the tri (quad?) state area is having a beer festival.  This one is sure to be as spectacular as all the previous combined.  Over 40 breweries will head to Ithaca, a quiet, college city nestled against Cayuga, one of the many gorgeous finger lakes.  We're not sure how many tickets remain but you have to order from the friendly bartenders.  So head in and have a pint and buy yourself a ticket.  However, in order to get a spot on this trip, you gotta act quickly.  As in now.  Run!

The Pony Bar @ 45th and 10th Ave (NW Corner)

The Beer Friends, although we miss Colorado already, are very happy to be back among the concrete mountains of NYC and the crisp craft beer rivers flowing from its many beer bars.  We hope to see you out at these events this week and the many more to come.  Keep checking in every Monday/Tuesday for more weekly brew events here in the world's greatest city.

New York City Good Beer Month Events: Week of July 19th

Graham

  

Woah! Another craft brew filled week during Good Beer Month here in New York City...and this month is jam packed with events!  Let's check a few out.  

Tues, July 20 - Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Our favorite Empire State Building beer bar will be featuring Southern Tier Tuesday night.   I am a big fan of the imperal ales from this brewery, I am specifically looking forward to the Oak Aged Unearthy and the Farmers Tan Imperial Pale Lager. Then I'll move to Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale for something a little lighter...   

Tues, July 20 - Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Every Tuesday this East Village basement cavern of craft brew holds $10 beer tastings with brewing experts.  This Tuesday will feature American made German style beer led by Sean from Victory Brewery.  Sean and the guys at Victory are just coming off a successful event over at Blind Tiger last Wednesday night.  Apparently they just decided to keep it rolling.  We're okay with that.  

Weds, July 21 - Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: Merry Christmas!  In July!  Christmas in July, originally dreamt up by department stores to have an excuse to sell clothes has been commandeered by the craft beer world to provide us with a much needed excuse to consume the winter/holiday ales that we've been "aging" for the past six months.  Well, those long, dark six months are over and it's time to celebrate.  Blind Tiger will be featuring a multitude of winter and holiday brews to celebrate July's only real notable holiday.  Although, there use to be something that happened on the 4th...  

Thurs, July 22 - Swift, Manhattan: Come celebrate Belgian Independence Day with a special pour of Ommegang's Zur, their new sour beer.    They also are promising some other hard-to-find treats  

Thurs, July 22 - Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: These guys are busy this week.  On Thursday they are bringing us the Slow Food Oyster Festival with the help of local oyster grower Karen Rivera and Southhampton Brewing Co., which will be pouring all night with those oysters you're shooting.  

Thurs, July 22 -Standings, Manhattan: Bear Republic has been a NYC Good Beer Month favorite, as well as a Beer Friends favorite recently and they are back again!  Standings will be featuring four of their brews this Thursday.  Which ones will they be!?! Racer #5? Red Rocket? Crazy Ivan??  Only way to find out it to show up and have all four!  

Thurs, July 22 - The Gate, Brooklyn: Head on over to this Park Slope craft brew location to try a featured selection of Smuttynose Brewery's finest.  

This is a jam-packed Good Beer Month week.  The Beer Friends will be out attending as many events as possible, maybe even all of them?  Keep following our twitter and facebook feeds to see what we're up to, what we're drinking and where you can be the first to find us an grab a free pint!