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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of January 15, 2012


Aaaaaaand we're back!  After a short hiatus, the Beer Friends are back bringing you the best craft beer events that the bars of the world's finest city have to offer - and we have some excellent beer adventures coming up this week. Check em' out:

Tuesday, January 17 - Dogfish Head Week @ Downtown Bar and Grill, Brooklyn:

Downtown Brooklyn's premier bar, boasting by far the largest bottle list of any place in the 5 borough's, will be hosting Dogfish Head this entire week, starting today.  They will feature 12 lines of your favorite Dogfish Head brews as well as some new releases on draft.  And for those of you who think 60 minutes is too short a time and 90 is too long, they'll have the 75 Minute IPA on cask.

The Downtown Bar and Grill is located at 160 Court Street between Amity and Pacific Streets, Downtown, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, January 18 - Founders Breakfast of Champions @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn:

In our continual efforts to walk that fine line between recognizing the immense craft beer world for their work and avoiding turning it into snobbery that in so many ways it's already become, I have a bone to pick with the beer world.  Stop using acronyms when talking about beer.  Just like I cringe when I hear someone talk about wine using shortened titles like "cabs" and "pinot's", I feel equally annoyed when I hear someone talking about finding the "KBS" or the "CBS."  Using a name that no one else around you knows of doesn't make you more exclusive or better, it makes you douchier.  And it gives us in the craft beer world a bad reputation.  Beer snobs are as bad as wine snobs.

On that note, Founders Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and the Canadian Breakfast Stout are incredible brews and hard to find and definitely worth the effort to go out of your way to get one.  Well, look no further, the Fourth Avenue Pub in Park Slope has all three on draft this Wednesday.

Not only that, they'll be pairing them with their favorite breakfast cereals.  You know - CC, LC, FL and GG.  Now, breakfast cereal snobs are completely okay.

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

Thursday, January 19 - Belgian Keg Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

When it comes to creativity, many American craft beer enthusiasts think that we pegged it here in the USA.  Belgium has been rocking that tune for quite a bit longer, however.  Bierkraft is recognizing the Belgian peoples fantastic cultural tradition of beer brewing with an impressive lineup:

Chimay Cinq Cents T Gaverhopke Extra Duvel Green Saison Dupont Alvinne Kerasus Rodenbach De Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere aged in Pinot Noir/Gin barrel

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

Saturday, January 20 - Barleywine and Strong Ale Tasting @ Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn:

Many people, when see barleywines on the menu, immediately begin searching for something else due to the strong taste and high alcohol content.  Well, it's time to stop being a wimp and take the plunge with a 5 brew sampler that showcases the barleywine and strong ale traditions.  $18 will get you these rare, unique and delicious barleywines, old ales and strong ales:

Firestone Walker XV: Blend of 8 oak aged beers (85% Barleywine, 10% imperial stout, 5% doubleIPA)

The Bruery Cuir: 3rd anniversary blend of anniversary ales from year one and two , 14.5%

BFM/Terrapin Spike and Jerome’s: Collaborative sour barleywine aged in rum barrels

Avery Hog Heaven: Very heavily hopped American barleywine

Pretty Things Our Finest Regards: 13.5% English barleywine

Get a designated driver for this one.  Even if you're taking the subway.

Brouwerij Lane is located at 78 Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

BFF4 - Brad Bracket First Round


Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's that time of year where EVERYONE is swept up in the madness... yes - Beer Friends Final Four Beer Bracket is BACK!

Forget Louisville in the First Round and bubble teams, we're talking ales in the First Round and drinking the suds...

This year we (kinda) followed a regional bracket match up instead of the style like last year.

Brad's Bracket includes beers from Colorado and the Michigan area (somehow Great Lakes snuck in there...).  Vote your favorite brew through and pick that Cinderella team, sorry, stout.  Pick the winner and hold it over your friends heads until the next year (Brooklyn's Dark Matter anyone?) Beer!  Voting!

The 1 vs 16 match up pits Last Years winner, New Belgium's Fat Tire against a stout from Boulder - Avery's Out of Bounds Stout.  The Out of Bounds was delicious when infused with coffee, but Fat Tire seems like the fan favorite - should be interesting.  See more of this entry for voting!

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The 8 vs 9 match up has Breckenridge Breweries 471 Small Batch IPA against Great Lakes Edmund Fitzgerald Porter.  This is a interesting choice because Edmund Fitzgerald is a multiple award winner - but the selection committee always gets a few wrong (they failed the "eye" test?)

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The 5 vs 12 match up sees Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout against Bristol Laughing Lab.  This is a Colorado knock down drag out... Yeti is known all over the US and Laughing Lab all over Colorado - both delicious beers - I'm guessing multiple overtimes.

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The 4 vs 13 match has upset special all over it.  Odell Cutthroat Porter against the ultimate mid-major in Equinox Nova Pale Ale.  These two breweries are miles apart (if even a mile) but the beers couldn't be different.  Dick Vitale is watching this one as a "upset special!"

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The 6 vs 11 match up has another two close breweries duking it out.  Oskar Blues Dale's Pale Ale against Boulder Beer Companies Cold Hop.  Both beers are available all over the US, but only one beer became available at my local grocery store which puts their RPI in the 20's!

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The 3 vs 14 match up is another mismatch.  Founders Breakfast Stout against Fort Collins Brewery Rocky Mountain IPA.  While Rocky Mountain IPA is a great beer, Breakfast Stout is built to win.

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The 7 vs 10 match up could go either way.  Two completely different beer styles in Bristol's Mass Transit against Founder's Porter - but great brews in their own rights.  Will the up-tempo smooth play of Mass Transit triumph over the slow down pace of Founder's Porter?

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The 2 vs 15 match up could be another upset special.  Bell's Oberion vs Ska Brewing Company Pinstripe Ale.  Oberion is a summer time favorite but Ska is quickly moving up the popular breweries ladder.  With Ska Brewing Company now available in cans... will this be enough for the 15 over 2 upset?

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Featured Brewery: Avery Brewing Company


Hello Beer Friends Nation! Located in a industrial park off Arapahoe in Boulder, unless you know Avery tap room and brewery is back there, you'll miss it.  Bad decision.  Avery brewery has been doing some powerful stuff over the last few years and being recognized for it in the awards they rack up each year.  Year after year Avery produces big flavors and excellent beers, and these Beer Friends all the way out in NYC get excited for every time it pops up on our radar.  Upon visiting we tried some fantastic samples are have a few quick thoughts.


The Seventeen Dry Hopped Black Lager was fantastic.  Lately I've kept my eye open for this "new" style (I say new only because I haven't seen a lot and I'm assuming it, otherwise I'm way behind the times... oops) of Black Lagers and Black Pilsners.  As soon as I saw Black lager I was sold and soon there after wasn't disappointed.  Bottled in May 2010, this was a one and done series so if you're in the Boulder area, find Arapahoe Road and Avery Tap road for this one time offering.

The Out of Sight Stout is a take off their Out of Bounds Stout with Malawi coffee beans added to the brewing process.  This was one of the more "coffee" stouts I've ever had, much like the 2010 Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare offering.  This is a bit too acidic for me, but I enjoy a smoother coffee stout, much like I enjoy a little sugar and milk in my coffee.

Dry Hopped IPA this style is a new favorite of mine as well.  The flavor change from a regular IPA that happens with the "dry hopping" is a welcome one in my book.  A delicious take on a IPA from Avery.

Avery Brewing Company is located at: 5763 Arapahoe Ave # E Boulder, CO 80303-1350


The tasting room is open: 12p - 10p 7 Days a Week!

Beer Review 34: Avery Brewing Co - The Kaiser


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we're showing the first (filmed) Beer Friends review in October... so we figured we could continue our Colorado Brewery theme AND do a delicious Imperial Oktoberfest beer - enter Avery Brewing Company The Kaiser.  This is available in bombers out here in NYC and that's a good thing, at 9.73 ABV, you don't want a six pack available.  Beer!  Prost!


Colorado Brewery Tour - Beer Friends Style!


The moment you have all been waiting for is here: The Beer Friends Colorado Brewery Tour starts today!  Three of the Beer Friends and one guest, who you most likely be hearing about, are heading out to the great state of Colorado today, August 12 to experience the mountains, forests and, most important, the craft beer. Colorado has the highest concentration of craft breweries out of any state in the country, and they feature some heavy hitters in the craft beer world.  We will be doing posts, talking to brewmasters and imbibing the finest craft beer creations from breweries such as Avery, New Belgium, Left Hand, Dostal Alley, Boulder Brewing Co,  Bristol, Tommyknockers, Oskar Blues, Odell, Great Divide, Breckenridge aaaaand...Fort Collins.  Woo.  Almost ran out of typing stamina trying to get through that huge list of great Colorado Breweries.

This trip will be the finest Beer Friends Brewery Tour to date and we are going to enjoy every second of it.  Although in no way will it be possible for you to live this trip like we will (it's going to be pretty fantastic) we will be providing you the opportunity to see and hear about everything craft beer we experience by posting reviews, pictures and videos of beers and breweries.  Make sure check in daily and follow those twitter/facebook feeds for everything Colorado Craft Beer...Beer Friends Style!