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

Graham

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 Battle Week Twelve!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com 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 (#greatdivide vs #ballastpoint), 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 hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Twelve: Rematch! Denver Broncos (#greatdivide) vs San Diego Chargers (#ballastpoint)

Being a Broncos fan I can admit that the season is laughable.  Pre-season I thought there was NO WAY we'd be in the hunt for the division title and felt that Tebow would sit most of the year, develop that throwing motion and we'd give it the old college try next year.  How wrong was I (except on the throwing motion part... jeez that's bad).  The Broncos have found their motivation and he sure does love Jesus - everyone seems to  have an opinion on Tebow and even the concept of "play to win the game" is tossed out the window because his mechanics.  Now I'm on a soapbox here and probably shouldn't be speaking for all Bronco fans but... We know he needs help in the throw/accuracy/strength department - we're not idiots, but the team rallies around him and plays their asses off for him - isn't that what you want in a leader?  Someone leading your football team?  Great Divide is always a leader.  Unbelievable brews are the name of their game and they are constantly winning awards and re-developing themselves (check the variations on Yeti Stout).  While one winning is unexplainable (2 for 8?!?!? Really Chiefs?) the other is easily explained... maybe this yin and yang will matchup in harmony to win this weeks Hashtag battle.

Being a Broncos fan I can admit that the season is laughable (Trust me, this is a new paragraph).  Misery loves company and a San Diego loss can be as good as a Denver win on somedays, but this is a new style for San Diego.  Typically slow starters, fast finishers, and out in the first round of the playoffs, the Norv Turner's might not even make the playoffs this year.  Typical all-star Philip Rivers can't connect with his receivers when it counts (but has awesome garbage time numbers) and the special teams are at it again this year-fumbling the game away.  Apparently the typically soft AFC West isn't gonna take it and there will be a fight for the right to be knocked out in the first round this year.  Ballast Point is another themed brewery out of San Diego, but -trust me- order a Black Marlin Porter and you'll start calling all porters Black Marlins.  The Sculpin IPA won gold in 2010 World Beer cup along with a little "brewer of the year" award... you know... no big deal. Perhaps Ballast Point can tutor Rivers in their winning ways and guide San Diego back to the playoffs (although I kinda hope not...).

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of October 23, 2011

Graham

Tuesday, October 25 - Southern Tier Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: Here's an event you won't want to miss:  Southern Tier's first brewery event at the Pony Bar.  They'll be bringing the best, the biggest and the rarest of their brews.  We're talking hoppy oak age Imperial IPA's, Phin and Matt's Extraordinary Ale and some high alcohol, rare bottles that will be mysteriously popping up around the bar.  If you're lucky one might pop up next to you.

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

Tuesday, October 25 - Tuesday Night Tasting with Empire Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Now here's an interesting beer story - breweries that start in large cities usually export their production to smaller towns in the region in order to produce enough volume to satisfy consumers while not having to pay the immense inner-city rents - Brooklyn Brewery, Sam Adams and Harpoon all have done this among countless other craft brewers.  Empire is a bit different - started in Syracuse, New York way way back, got pretty popular in the region and then opened a second brewery in order to keep up - in Brooklyn.

Both the Syracuse brewery and the Brooklyn based brewery will be helping to support their more popular offerings, while at the same time focusing on their own featured brews.  Assistant brewer Olivia Cerio and brand manager Gabe Barry will be leading the tastings and will feature beers made exclusively at both breweries.  The pours listed so far are - Amber Ale, IPA, Pumpkin, Hefe and Hop Harvest.  Tuesday night tastings are free - but Bierkraft isn't too big - so get there early.

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

Wednesday, October 26 - Beers of San Diego! @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

This Beer Friend has some fond memories of San Diego Breweries after the Southern California Brewery tour stopped there in July.  Now he gets to relive them at the Stag's Head = less palm trees and perfectly sunny weather, but the same great beer.  I'll take that.

Mission Brewery will be on hand alongside Ballast Point, Stone Brewing and Green Flash Brewing.  If San Diego had a brewing all-star team, this would be it.

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

Thursday, October 27 - I Love New York Beer Month - A Tale of Two Forks @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

October at the Spring Lounge is a special time.  Especially for us Empire Staters. For the entire month they've turned over their taps and bottles to the famous craft breweries located here in New York.  As sort of a finale they'll be showcasing two of Long Islands best breweries, Greenport Harbor and Southampton, in an event titled "Strong Ryeland" - which features a rye brew of epic proportions of the same name.  Think of a rye based ESB with, and I quote the Spring Lounge - "enough hops to make your toes tingle."

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street on the Corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manahttan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 25, 2011

Graham

Every year, like clockwork, right around this time a question comes up:  What does one do the week after NYC Craft Beer Week?  It's a tough question.  Craft Beer Week was incredible, as always, with the Beer Friends hitting up at least one event every day.  What do we do now that there isn't quite the dozen or so beer events to choose from every day?  Well, we're going to help you answer that question.  There is life after NYC Craft Beer Week.  Here it is: Tuesday, September 27 - Fermented Craft Beer Crawl @ The East Village, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we are men of the masses.  So usually I try to stray away from advertising events that require entry fees or cover charges.  We dig the every man for himself, pay as you go lifestyle.  Unless however, something really cool that's a great deal pops up.  This is one of those times.

The Fermented Craft Beer group Urban Oyster would like you to take you on a tour of craft beer in the East Village.  The tickets are $60, but they include tours of several craft beer bars, a visit to a beer store, information on brewing beer, food and beer pairing and of course, the most important part - 10 brews and food to help you soak up the booze.  Take your girl out to dinner and you'll easy spend $60 on a couple drinks each and your food.  Why don't you treat yourself instead?

The Location comes along with the tickets which can be purchased online here at Urban Oyster's website.

Wednesday, September 28 - Craft Can and Grilled Cheese Night @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

When was the last time you had a really good cave aged Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich?  Along side three or four cans of delicious craft beer?  Don't worry if you can't answer, we have one for you:  This Wednesday.  Hit up Nita Nita for their craft beer can Wednesdays.  You can get that cave aged Gruyere grilled cheese alongside your choice of two canned craft beers for $15.   And you can have it in their heated garden.  Outdoor beer and grilled cheese?  A given.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue on the corner of North 8th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, September 29 - Ballast Point Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Bierkraft is skipping their IPA event this month only, which could potentially be disappointing.  However, they're replacing it with seven draft lines and two casks from Ballast Point Brewery out of San Diego (SoCal Craft Brewery Tour!).  Awesome.  Ballast Point never disappoints.  Bierkraft never disappoints.  You, will not be disappointed.  Check out what Ballast will be bringing:

Big Eye IPA Pale Ale Sculpin Calico Amber Reef Rye Fathom India Pale Lager Sour Wench

Casks: Sculpin Black Marlin Porter

Sound disappointing?  Didn't think so.

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

Saturday, October 1 - Oktoberfest! @ The Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden, Queens:

Happy October!  A special month for any beer enthusiast.  The turn of the seasons coupled with a turn of the beer flavors.  As the days get chillier and colder, the brews get darker and spicier.  The famous Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria is without a doubt the place in New York to kick off this favorite month of ours.  In recent years the Astoria Beer Garden, as it's commonly known, has embraced American craft beer more and more.  Head out there to taste what Germans and Americans think about Fall, Harvest, Pumpkin and Octoberfest brews.  The month kicks of Saturdays with promotional prices, pig roasts, live entertainment and FREE beer tastings.  And of course, there will be girls in lederhosen - the only thing more important than the craft beer.

The Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden is located at 29-12 24th Avenue between 31st and 29th Streets, Astoria, Queens.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 14, 2011

Graham

It happened today - you looked at your calendar and started to get depressed.  We've all noticed that as of today it is the mid-point of August.  Summer is almost over - and that is a depressing thought.  We're already starting to feel it slipping away.  It's been an especially hard summer for Manhattanites - street temperatures in the heart of the city hitting well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, air-conditioners keeping everyone inside cool but pumping out waves of hot air for the rest of us, concrete hot enough to cook an entire turkey and that beautiful skyline blocking any sort of breeze from giving any respite.  So this week the Beer Friends are giving Manhattan a break. That's right - this week every NYC Craft Beer Event is happening outside the center of New York City.  From Brooklyn, to Jersey, to Westchester (first ever I believe!) we've got beer events for everyone else in the Tri-State, multi-boroughed area.  Check em' out!  And watch out for the Manhattan yuppies!

Monday, August 15 - Brooklyn Brewery "Ghost" Night @ The Diamond, Brooklyn:

Talk about black ops - this event might not even exist.  It's the kind of thing that gets blacked out in government documents.  That shady characters with dozens of names and passports engage in only to disappear into the fold.  Some people may or may not have found some brew that may or may not exist and it may or may not be served TONIGHT at a bar that may or may not be real.   Actually, it's all very real - there are four bottles of incredibly rare and specialized brews that sound, to be honest, made up.  Which makes them all the more desirable.  Here's what we're looking at:

Crochet Rouge Rose - Local 1 aged on chardonnay and pinot noir lees. Crochet Rouge Riesling -  Local 1 aged on reisling lees. Barrel Aged Cuvee Noire - Self - explanatory Black Ops Late Bottle Vintage 2007 - Self-explanatorily AWESOME!

There will also be drafts of Blast, Sorachi Ace AND the debut of an all new Brooklyn brew called "Radius."  As if that wasn't enough awesome in your Monday night they'll be pouring the Brooklyn Brown through  the cask engine.

Just remember, keep this under wraps - you definitely didn't here about this from us.  Actually, you totally did and should tell all your friends you heard it from us too.

The Diamond is located at 43 Franklin Street at the corner of Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 16 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Sierra Nevada @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Brooklyn's beer selling masters at Bierkraft will be featuring Sierra Nevada brews and the sales-rep Brian Dwyer as the next installment of their Tuesday Night Tastings series.  The Tuesday Night Tastings events are a great way to get to know a brewery's style and in this case, to help you remember why you love a brewery that you're familiar with already.  We all know how Sierra Nevada rolls and we all love it.  If you haven't had a sampling of Sierra recently then hit up Bierkraft for tastes and pints of Torpedo IPA, Pale Ale, Tumbler, Life and Limb and Ovila Saison.  You get some old, some new and some a rare one to tide over your secret or not-so-secret Sierra Nevada lovefest.

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

Tuesday, August 16 - Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, New Jersey:

Who says Jersey doesn't get a say?  We certainly don't.  In fact at the moment they're one of the only advertised places that do get a say - in this years Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice that is.  Every year Sam Adam's asks you, the customer, to choose between several at first and then narrowed down to just a couple of brews for the newest member of the Sam Adam's family.  This year the choice is between an Oaked Ale or a Maple Pecan Porter.  The people are divided and the lines have been drawn.  Head out to the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ this Tuesday for a chance to voice your concern - an have a few pints of each!

The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ - Driving Directions Found Here

Wednesday, August 17 - Meet the Brewer: Evil Twin @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Networking is huge.  And unless you're a brewer the only reason you'd come to this event has nothing to do with networking.  You'd most likely show up, having heard of this Danish brewer and his legendary status, expecting the best.  Then you'd taste the beer.  After it blew away your highest of expectations you'd insist that you meet him, only of course to be reminded that he's from Scandinavia and not in town.  Except he is.  And he's at the same bar you are.  Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin brewing (of which he IS Evil Twin brewing) from Denmark will be bring a range of his brews - Ryan & the Beaster Bunny, Wet Dream, Katz Pis, Before, During and After Christmas Beer and Biscotti Break - as well as his famously vast knowledge of beer brewing.  At this point you will inevitably decide that even though you work as a hedge fund manager/teacher/lawyer/doctor/sanitation worker/subway train driver/mayor/president of the USA/David Beckham/Madonna that networking with this man is imperative for success in your life.

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

Friday, August 19 - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Night @ The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains:

It was a dark, late night in June (or maybe July or August).  The Pony Bar was mostly empty, not a soul to be seen (realistically there were probably around 8 - 10 people to be seen).  That's where my love affair started.  A taster of a strong elixir  was poured and handed to me with the explanation - "We can't serve it in anything bigger."  I was immediately intrigued.  What could be so dastardly, so impressive, so BIG that it could only be served in a 6 oz. tasting glass?  I brought it up to my lips, took the first sip and fast forward over two years later and I will search draft pours of brew out at every opportunity.  The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains' brightest craft beer bar will be tapping a keg of 120 Minute IPA this Friday at 8 pm.

We anticipate that you will be out of luck acquiring a pint around 8:15.  So get there early.

The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between East Post Road and Maple Avenue, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North stop, in White Plains, New York. (Or you can drive in)

Saturday, August 20 - Ballast Point Tastings @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

After this Beer Friend's recent trip to Ballast Point Brewery there was no way I was going to leave this one out!  Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods for a sampling selection of one of San Diego's hoppiest breweries.  The full line up of brews has not been released but we can only anticipate Sculpin, Big Eye and other hop-monsters to be pouring this Saturday.  Make sure to pick up a growler of SoCal to take home with you for this weekend's summer barbecue or lazy day at the park!

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

There you have it all you Beer Friends out there!  Enjoy adventuring to far off places - like Brooklyn - and locations you only dreamed existed - like White Plains - in search of your favorite, rare and always delicious craft brew.  We'll see ya at the taps!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 1, 2011

Graham

May.  What a month.  Spring flowers, worker's rights, Mexican Fives and Memorial Day.  May is like a non-stop party.  What kind of beer should we drink to start this party?  Ithaca Flower Power for the flowers? The Peoples Lager from China for May Day? Negro Modelo for Cinco de Mayo? A Southhampton Double White for Memorial Day?  You know, cause we're all double excited to finally be able to wear white now. Tuesday, May 3 - Pretty Things "Once Upon A Time" Launch Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Ever wonder what beer tasted like in 1855?  The country was just about to be divided by civil

war, Lincoln hadn't yet traded in his coon skin hat for his top hat in NYC after having a pint at McSorely's and electricity was still relegated to lightning and sparks between young lovers.  The brewers at Pretty Things wondered all these same things.  So, presumably they dressed up in top hats, turned off all the lights and took different positions on states rights.  Then "Once Upon A Time" was born.  Join the Pretty Things brewmasters along with beer historian Ron Pattinson for a brew event with historical flavor.  There will be cask and draft offerings of many Pretty Things brews, including the new "old" creation!

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Flatiron District, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 4 - California Dreaming @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Simple word recognition.  Spring: Hops.  Summer:  Hops.  Sunshine:  Hops.  Beach: Hops.  Reading in the Park:  Hops.  Going to work in short sleeves:  Hops.  If you're finding this to be a familiar train of thought in your life, as it is in mine, then I think we have the event for you.  The Double Windsor, in honor of the transition into Spring/Summer will be pouring hoppy brews brewed in the state the practically invented summer:  California.  Expect a hopped up night with the likes of Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, The Bruery, Anderson Valley and Sierra Nevada.  There are rumors that a certain Sculpin will be available alongside a certain casked Torpedo.  Hello sunshine.

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

Thursday, May 5 - Oysters and Greenport Harbor @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Favorite food to pair with beer:  Shellfish.  Oysters to be specific.  And you can get East End oysters and beer by a brewery straight from a town built on oysters this Thursday at Jimmy's No. 43.  Greenport, Long Island can be called the oyster capital of New York.  So one would assume that the brewery with the town's name would know how to brew beer that goes with oysters.  And they'll be bringing two new brews with them.  I wonder if they'll pair nicely with oysters?  Of course they will.

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

Saturday, May 7 - Smuttynose Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Know Smutty, Know Beer.  GRAB Specialty foods will be featuring Smuttynose Brewing Company at their next installment of their Saturday tasting series.  The reps at Smutty will be bringing an offering out of their Big Beer Series (Big-A-IPA?) as well as some of their more laid back pours for you to try.  Be generous, try them all.

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

Enjoy the party Beer Friends Nation!

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!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 1/25/11

Graham

Alright, bust out your studded leather jacket, your dislike for authority and your mohawk wax...it's punk rock beer week in NYC!  Bringing back my past memories of being a punk rocker and combining them with my present interests of...well, beer, and it's enough to get one into a headbanging, sweaty mosh-pit of life changing inspiration.  If this doesn't kick start my quarter life crisis, well, then I don't know what will! Alright, here's what you've been waiting for.  Break out the NOFX shirt.  Break out your skateboard.  Break out your Dead Kennedy's discography selection and Tim Armstrong smokers voice.  It's East Coast/West Coast Punk Rock Tour Time!

Wednesday, January 26 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

I think that someone  that loves me very much stole my wallet, turned all my cash into change and dumped it into every fountain they could find only to wish that someone would think up this event for me.  Thank you.  Do it as often as you like.  Many  people believe that the East Coast/West Coast rivalry started with gangster rap.  Not true. It started with punk rock and now that battle (which has since outlived the rap rivalry) continues.  Smuttynose and Victory will be representing the East Coast and Ballast Point and Lagunitas will be representing the West Side of things.   Each brewery will be providing 5 lines of the same categories:  Light, Dark, IPA, Imperial IPA and WILD CARD!  Think it couldn't get any better?  Each team also has to create their best punk rock mix to compete against the others.  The beer competition is fine - I think I'll be able to enjoy all of it.  The music though, well, I think I'll be able to enjoy all of that as well.

The Pony Bar is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan on the Northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenue.

Thursday, January 27 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Wild Goose, Staten Island:

Consider this a first.  Staten Island has finally joined the Beer Friends craft brew events list. Forget the Jersey Shore and the Blowouts, Staten Island has gone punk rock.  The Wild Goose will be hosting their own installment of the Punk Rock Brew Tour featuring the same breweries of above (Smutty/Victory vs. Lagunitas/Ballast Point) but this time only two lines each - IPA and Wild Card.  If your one of the lucky residents of Staten Island then you need to hit up this event.  Chances are you'll hear some Bouncing Souls.  And they're from Jersey.  Just like home.

The Wild Goose is located at 530 Forest Avenue, Staten Island between Lawrence and Davis Street.

Just when you think the punk rock is over Bad Religion comes out with another album and the party continues.

Friday, January 28 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains:

I know what you're thinking:  After two days of Punk Rock Brew Tour how could anything else compare?  Answer: More Punk Rock Brew Tour...but this time you get to take a scenic train ride on the way!  Head up to Westchester's bustling city of lights to continue your week-long punk rock adventure.  The Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains will be featuring 5 tap lines from each crew - Dark, Light, IPA, Imperial IPA and a Wild Card and an old school punk rock mix to drink along with!   3rd time is the charm and we at the Beer Friends hear that Westchester is nice this time of year.

The Lazy Boy Saloon is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between Court Street and Maple Avenue.  It's also a short walk from the White Plains stop on the Metro North commuter line.  Jump on it!

Saturday, January 29 - Captain Lawrence Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brookyn:

You have now been punk rocked out.  You feel like Green Day when they made that crappy acoustic sounding album or Rancid when they went on that tour with Good Charlotte.  Nobody is happy and everyone's head hurts.  Well a perfect cure to punk rock party hangover is to taste small amounts of good craft beer in a calm quiet atmosphere.  Captain Lawrence will be pouring samples of Liquid Gold, Pleasantville Smoked Porter, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, and Westchester Pale Ale at GRAB Specialty Foods over in Brooklyn.  Head over to do some specialty food shopping and while you're add it help your body recover from this weeks punk rock festivities.

Don't know about all y'all out there but I've already put The Decline on repeat with occasional interruptions of Less Than Jake, Pennywise and Millencolin.  My predictions:  East Coast wins with the music, West Coast dominates IPA's/Imperials, East Coast grabs darks, West Coast grabs lights and I will bet that the Wild Cards will blow us away no matter what coast you're on!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 1/9/11

Graham

The New Years Eve hangover is finished and Craft Beer is back in full force this week in New York City.  Let's see what kind of trouble we can get into and where we can go to get into it... Monday, January 10 - Shmaltz Brewery Event @ The Good Beer Store, Manhattan: Shmaltz Brewery is the mastermind behind the brews from Coney Island and Hebrew.  Jeremy Cowan will be heading to the Good Beer Store in the East Village to sign copies of his book and feed you select offerings of his delicious brews.  The Good Beer Store is new to the New York City craft beer scene and it is a great place to grab a pint/flight, fill your growler or find your favorite craft bottles.  They also serve craft beer type foods - sausages, cheeses and other deliciousness.  It gets a Beer Friends stamp of approval.

The Good Beer Store is located at 422 E 9th Street between Avenue A and 1st Avenue.

Wednesday, January 12 - Troeg's Brewery Event @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan: Troegs is a fantastic brewery straight out of PA and they are heading straight to the Stag's Head Wednesday evening to provide you with sustenance.  Expect the best they have to offer- think Troegenator, Hopback Amber, Nugget Nectar and Flying Mouflan.  And think about going there.  Actually, don't just think about it - Do it.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 E 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues.

Thursday, January 13 - Sierra Nevada Draft Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: I believe at least one (or more) Beer Friend has been quoted as saying that Bierkraft is the best place in NYC to get your growler filled.  Now we won't give it that official title (although it is pretty damn awesome) but it's gotta be close.  Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps with some regular and rare brews, including Hoptimum.  Declicious.

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

Saturday, January 15 - Ballast Point and Two Brothers Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope for the newest installment of their Saturday tasting events.  Two Brothers will be bringing Cane & Ebel, Northwind Imperial Stout, and Domaine Dupage while Ballast Point will be pouring their Sculpin IPA and Calico Amber Ale.

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

Craft Beer Week Continues - Events for the Week of 9/27-10/2

Graham

I don't know how you all felt about the 'opening ceremonies' of New York City Craft Beer Week but over here at the Beer Friends we thought it was just fantastic. Ithaca had some tasty brews pouring over at the Pony Bar, the Get Real NY Cask and Food festival was for real with 80+ casks pouring and 20+ local restaurants serving up their best samples, the Staten Island beer festival had some of the Beer Friends favorite breweries on hand and saying the Atlantic Antic was antic would be an understatement. You'll be hearing more about these events as Craft Beer Week sprints along, but for now let's see what we have coming to us in the week ahead. Monday, September 27 - Kelso of Brooklyn @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Need a good reason to head over to Rattle n' Hum on a Monday night? Well, no, any reason should do, it's one of the city's finest beer bars. However, if you did feel like you needed a reason then this would be it. Kelso of Brooklyn will be bringing their best tonight at RnH. Head over and grab their IPA, it's one of my favorites.

Tuesday, September 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn and Sausage Pairing @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: What!? More Kelso! Woo! And sausage! Have some more Kelso, maybe the pilsner this time, paired with some sausage at Jimmy's No. 43's weekly beer tastings with seasoned beer experts. This week they'll be pairing Kelso's brews with sausages. Oktoberfest celebration anyone?

Tuesday, September 28 - L'Asso and Sixpoint Brewery Pairings Dinner @ L'Asso Pizza: I knew these two things would eventually find each other and life would then be closer to reaching perfection. Eat some of the city's finest pizza on the Lower East Side at L'Asso and drink some of it's finest beer alongside your slices. I knew there was nothing wrong with my weekly Tuesday Sixpoint Growler and Pizza Night on the couch.

Wednesday, September 29 - Stone Brewing Co. @ Sunswick 35/35 , Queens: Love me some Stone brews! I love em' enough to head all the way out to Queens even. Sunswick 35/35 is Queens shining beer bar and proof that you don't have to settle for drinking German beers in someone's backyard. It's not that bad of a train ride from Manhattan either, you even get panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. And let's not forget the beer either.

Thursday, September 30 - Left Hand Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: Let's keep the love up for the outer boroughs (they love craft beer as much as any Manhattanite!). Head to Park Slope for a night with one of Colorado's finest breweries. One of the Beer Friends favorite stops in Co., savor up some Milk Stout, Polestar Pilsner and some Sawtooth. Make sure you grab a few extra before you leave though, you know, to keep yourself going on that extended train ride home.

Friday, October 1 - Smuttynose and Ballast Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Rattle n' Hum is offering you a twofer of an event this Friday. Head on over after work to grab delicious pints of Smuttynose and Ballast Point. I'd suggest going for the Smutty's Big A IPA and Ballast's Big EYE IPA. Don't get them confused though, or do get them confused and go back for a second round of each just to be sure.

Friday, October 1 - Empire Brewing Co. Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: They don't call it the Empire State for nothin' and the same goes for Empire Brewing Co. Some of upstate New York's best beer flows from Empire, situated in Syracuse, NY. I say go for the Cream Ale. The Pony pours it on a nitro tap which leaves you with a super smooth and super creamy refreshing beverage. Also, it's at the Pony Bar. Who doesn't love the Pony Bar? It's definitely the Beer Friends favorite.

Saturday, October 2 - Boulder, Riverhorse and Blue Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: So maybe the good folks at Rattle n' Hum like Craft Beer Week a little bit. Maybe they were instrumental in its creation. Or maybe they are just solidly awesome at what they do. As if two breweries at a time weren't pushing the scientific limits of craft brew domination, try three! They are bringing Blue Point from Long Island, Riverhorse from Jersey and Boulder all the way from Colorado (The Beer Friends sure stopped in on our 2010 Colorado Brew Tour). Diversity in life is such a great thing.

All right you Craft Beer lovers out there, time to head off and enjoy what the rest of NYC Craft Beer Week has to offer. Remember, this list here is just a selection of the Beer Friends favorite events over the next week. To get the whole event listing (of which there are hundreds) shoot on over to the NYC Craft Beer Week website. Don't forget to keep checking in on where the Beer Friends end up this week by following TheBeerFriends on both Facebook and Twitter. See you at the bar!