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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 November 6, 2011


Monday, November 7 - Vintage Three Philosophers @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn: Ommegang's most famous brew will be on hand in vintage style tonight at the Fourth Avenue Pub.  Three kegs of their quadrupel, the Three Philosopher's, have been aging nicely since 2007, 2008 and 2010.  Someone from the brewery will be around to receive your praise and admiration for this spectacular brew.  There will also be a fourth brew on hand from the Ommegang/Duvel collectioin.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen and St. Mark's Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, November 8 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Peak Organic Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Organic is a trend that has sure caught on, especially here in NYC.  However, it hasn't become too overly popular in the craft beer world.  The limited amount of craft brewing has a lot to do with the availability of certified organic ingredients, however there are a few breweries who have made the jump.  Peak Organic is one of them and they'll be bringing their offerings over to Bierkraft this Tuesday for the bars weekly Tasting Night.  The line-up showcases their straight forward styles which put an emphasis on traditional taste - the Amber, IPA, Fall Summit, Nut Brown and Winter Session.  Do organic ingredients really make for a tastier brew?  It's up to you to decide.

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

Wednesday, November 9 - Abita Double Dog Release Party @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

One would expect beer that is craft brewed in New Orleans to be over-the-top.  Double Dog by Abita is just that beer.  Normally an American strong ale of epic proportions - the 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog put's it even further over-the-top.  You can grab a taste of this rare and delicious brew at the Stag's Head this Wednesday as well as catching a few other Abita offerings.  Don't forget to try the free cajun snacks.

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

Thursday, November 10 - Meet the Brewery: North Coast @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Head on over to Jersey City this Thursday for a unique event that you won't want to miss - Northcoast Brewery will be featured at the Iron Monkey.  Fort Bragg, Califronia's favorite brewery will be bringing their best offerings for you to try, check out this list:

North Coast Red Seal North Coast La Merle North Coast Pranqster North Coast Old Rasputin North Coast Brother Thelonious

If these brews made it to my region, I would not miss a chance to try all of them.

The Iron Monkey is located at 99 Greene Street on the corner of York Street, a short walk from the Exchange Place Path Stop, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saturday, November 12 - Stone Brewing Company Presents: Vertical Epic 11/11/11 @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we appreciate the ingenuity of craft brewers everywhere.  We also appreciate it when they go batsh!t crazy.  Introducing this years 11/11/11 Vertical Epic by Stone:  "Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chillis from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley."  Holy sh#t.  Seriously crazy.  Stone's own Dennis Flynn will be on hand at GRAB to walk you through this incredibly unique beer.  As well as three other SoCal classics.  We strongly agree with GRAB's statement "don't forget to bring your growler."

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.



Cinco de Mayo! Bonus Beer Review #16!


Hola!  Cerveza Amigos here with a bonus Beer Review!  In honor of our favorite holidays (the ones where you get to drink) we are reviewing a beer recommended to us by a friend of ours... you might know him as the Most Interesting Man in the World - we know him as William.  So we picked up a six-pack of the Dos Equis Amber - cheers! [youtube=]

Sixpoint Night at Barcade in Williamsburg

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What a great night in Brooklyn last night for The Beer Friends.  We got there early and took advantage of all the rare pours.  All 3 Gorilla Warfare pours were awesome.  This Beer Friend’s favorite was the Coffee Hopped Cask pour, but I wouldn’t kick any of the three out of bed.  Also, an incredible treat for us was the Hops of Love.  I was amazed that one brewery could have two IPA’s that each have such different personalities.  I certainly hope that Sixpoint brings this one out a little more often. Here is our night (now in chronological order) at Barcade.  If you were there early, let us know what you think of our impressions.  For those who got there late, see what you missed…


Hello and welcome to the second straight night of live blogging by the Beer Friends! Tonight we took the long journey out to Williamsburg to visit a great bar - Barcade. Around 24 taps of Sixpoint with a few cask pours... Should be fun so stay tuned!

6:28pm - First Beers: Brad tries the 2010 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare- this porter is brewed with coffee from Gorilla Coffee and has a slightly different taste each year. This is one of my favorites, the smooth slight coffee taste goes down amazingly smooth with a little grounds taste on the aftertaste... This beer never disappoints.

Graham started with Bengali – Great as always.  Went on to Glazer. Interesting flavor at the start that I just can’t peg and a real mellow finish.  This is a pale ale of a unique kind…

Paul had a Bonehead Ale.  It’s a sweet amber ale, there is a kick at the beginning but it finishes soft.  Very light on flavor, could have a few of these in a row and not thing about it.

6:50pm - Second Round Graham- Third round actually Brad... Hops of Love is an extremely well balanced IPA. I don't know to say it any better than this: I have hops of love for Hops of Love!

6:56pm - Paul's second round is the cask pour of the "Coffee Hopped" Gorilla Warfare. The description says this particular GW was hopped with an extra batch of fresh ground coffee, and it tastes like it. I would drink this in the morning with my eggs.

7:02pm - Brad's second round - Sixpoint Express 2008 is a Belgian Quad that has a slight bite, finishes smooth and leaves with a slightly bitter aftertaste.

7:22pm - Paul's Third Round - Hops of Love... What a great IPA. This is like the successful older, more reserved, sister of Bengali Tiger. She's smart and sweet, but she's got the kink where it counts...

8:02pm - Brad's Third Round - Hops of Love (seems to be a popular one) - Sixpoint's Hops of Love is a great floral/citrus-y IPA... Light and refreshing yet enough of a kick to be a tasty beer-looks like we have a winner!

8:02:50pm - Paul's fourth round...ish -Mason's Black Wheat: This is an American wheat, of which I am usually critical, but this dark wheat has something to it. It is a dark beer and it smells that way, but it's sweetness overpowers leaving a very mild wheat beer. Another very strong pint from Sixpoint.

8:03pm - Graham's Fourth Round - 2008 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare - A coffee porter with few equals. Age it a year or two and get something real special. May not pop up again for awhile (if ever again) but if you ever have the opportunity then you should jump on it!

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