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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 24, 2011

Graham

Hello all you Beer Friends out there!  We'd like to apologize for releasing the craft brew events a bit late this week.  We promise it's not because we drank too much craft brew.  Actually we've been so caught up with our different regional brewery tours - the South, Southern California (Day one, two, three and Stone) and Boston/Cape Cod - that we were late for the boat this week.  Although, I suppose that's from drinking too much craft brew during our brewery tours. Anywho's - we got a great (half) week of events for ya!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27 - Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Cookout @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

I think Sierra Nevada just became the new replacement for my nerdy childhood dream of Space Camp.  Every year they invite some of the best and luckiest homebrewers out to Chico to participate in their Summer Brewing Program.  Throughout the program they pick the best homebrews and produce a bit more for people throughout the country to fruitfully imbibe.  This Wednesday you can drinks pints of these brews while enjoying campout inspired food, including, but not limited to, s'mores.

Here's the list of brews:  Beer Camp Double IPA, Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale, Beer Camp Weizenbock, Beer Camp California Common and the Torpedo, Ovila Saison and Summerfest (these last three are normal Sierra brews).

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

Wednesday, July 27 - New York, New York @ The Hop Devil Grill & The Belgian Room, Manhattan:

Is there a better place to be during the summer than in New York?  The temperature is perfect, there are no unpleasant smells and everyone is at their friendliest.  Well, at least the beer is good and year round too!  Southampton, Ithaca, Kelso and Captain Lawrence will be bringing their crews and their brews down to the St. Mark's area of the East Village and taking over the taps at not just ONE bar but TWO!

The Hop Devil Grill and the Belgian Room will be hosting these breweries and their brew crew (coming with brewery junk for your trunk, or pockets rather) throughout the night, so we suggest you do what they'll probably be doing - a pint here, a pint there, a pint here, a pint there.  It's good to mix it up.

The Hop Devil Grill is located at 129 St. Mark's Place (8th St.), while The Belgian Room is located just down the street at 125 St. Mark's Place both between Avenue A and 1st Avenue, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, July 28 - IPA Night!! @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Remember last month when I informed everyone out there about Beirkraft's new monthly event installment dubbed "IPA Night" which happens on the last Thursday of every month?  Well it's back!!

Join the boys (and girls) of Beirkraft as they celebrate everyone's (or at least mine and sometime Phil's) favorite beer style: the IPA.  They only have a partial lineup so far but it includes some good stuff, let's check em' out:  Barrier Dunegrass Double IPA and Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve IPA on Cask!

No better beer to have during the summer than IPA.  At least Bierkraft agrees with me, and I agree with them.

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

Friday, July 29 - Sixpoint Tasting @ The Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, Manhattan:

It seems like Sixpoint has been the brewery in demand this year.  They've put out their "micro-keg" series that is now distributed throughout several northeastern states and they are brewing up a storm of new and different brews that they are pouring at dozens of events around New York.  Well, this Friday they'll be blowing your mind with both of these success stories.

Head over to the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room to sample a selection Sixpoint's canned series - The Crisp, Sweet Action, Righteous (Rye) Ale and Bengali Tiger IPA.  They'll also be filling your growlers of all sizes with Signal (remember: smokey), Gemini IPA, Autobahn IPA and the Brevity Wit - of which I could go on and on and on and on and on about how much I enjoy this brew.

The Whole Foods Bowery Location is located at 95 East Houston Street, you can find their Bowery Beer Room at the same address just on the corner of East Houston and Chrystie Streets, The Bowery, Manhattan.

Sixpoint Craft Ale Event @ The Stag's Head

Graham

This past Tuesday, The Stag's Head and Sixpoint Craft Ale threw an event help the school teachers of New York City cope with the rapid, inevitable end to their summer.  The event, dubbed Sixpoint Back to School Night at The Stag's Head, offered an impressive selection of Sixpoint's finest brews as well as a $1 off every beer if you had a NYC DOE ID.  This is an event that this Beer Friends was sure not to miss at an interesting bar that we have been heading to more and more often these days. The Stag's Head is a neighborhood bar where you wouldn't expect a neighborhod bar to be. The Upper East Side has been void of these types of places for a long time now right? Apparently not.

This is the kinda bar where the bartenders know every other person that walks in...and their choice of poison. It wasn't even close to being dark out and they dimmed the lights...hard. Then they turned up the music, which was rockin', just so you'd know they meant business. The craft beer flowed with expertise, despite the glycol problem, which was solved quickly and all the brews were served up deliciously. In between multiple levels of conversation with up to five or six different people at a time, the bartenders would find you just in time to refill your refreshment and chat about the brews at hand. Let's see what we had...

Graham's Brews:

Bengali Tiger - I started with a personal favorite on this one, Bengali Tiger IPA. I have been sorely deprived of hops recently so you could be in for a theme here. I would be totally happy except it seemed like it was served a bit above temperature. The hops were warm and slightly muted. Not my favorite Bengali pour ever, but it'll do. Hey, maybe we're too far from Red Hook up here and the kegs got warm on the long journey...

Otis - so turns out there was a bit of an issue with their glycol system earlier that is not chilling the brews enough, but they are getting colder! So I decided to mix it up with a brew that I won't mind tastes a bit warmer: The Otis! And you know what? The temperature is cooler, but having it still a bit above perfect works with this one. The roasted malts are way more up front giving you a nice burnt flavor with hints of coffee. It's also a tad smoother. This is a good brew to have while the others are (hopefully) cooling.

Double Sweet Action - Yeah! It's cold again and the double sweet action tastes great! Like the regular Sweet Action but double in every way. A bit hoppier and bit maltier and just the right amount sweeter. The ABV is bigger too, but with something this tasty you couldn't even notice.

Autobahn IPA - When drinking Bengali's interesting sister I can only compare them using two words: Bengali = citrus v. Autobahn = herbal. This strong herbally hopped brew is a fantastic IPA and only pales in comparison to Bengali by personal flavor preference. However I think this solidifies one thing: Sixpoint knows, maybe better than anyone else, how to use hops.

I also had a chance to talk with some of the Sixpoint guys and they were nice enough to pour out a couple samples of their favorite Sixpoint brews for me:  The Apollo Wheat and the Signal Ale.

The Apollo Wheat is an incredibly easy drinking wheat.  With touches of citrus sweetness this brew goes down with a golden, soda like flavor.  Perfect for any warm summer day with enough flavor to keep you going well into the fall.

The Signal is an ale made with a bit of smoked malts.  Think something in the citrusy nature of Bengali but with a background hint of smoke.  Not nearly as hoppy as the Bengali or Autobahn, but the flavor profile keeps you enticed and interested in ordering another.

As always, The Beer Friends love it when Sixpoint throws and event and you will always find at least one of us their enjoying their offerings.  We also recommend that you head on up to The Stag's Head (51st between 2nd and 3rd ave's) and enjoy their ever changing, but always delicious, selection of craft beer.  Thanks Sixpiont and Stag's Head for a great event!