Hola Beer Amigos. As October winds to a close the temperatures will continue to drop and the wind will start to pick up blowing that pre-winter chill right through to our bones. A good remedy for the precursory signs of winter is to step into your local NYC Craft Beer Bar and grab the last of the fall brews or, if you're lucky, the first of our winter style favorites. Tuesday, October 26 - Harpoon Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: One of our favorite beer bars will be hosting Harpoon Brewery this Tuesday. The Pony Bar will be pouring 15 lines worth of our favorite Harpoon brews - Single Hop ESB and the Oyster Stout as well as several selections from the 100 Barrel Series ('10 Glacier Wet Hop!?) and Leviathan line (Triticus!? Imperial IPA!?). This Beer Friend also saw a sixer of Winter Warmer at the grocery store recently - I'm not totally sure if it's this years or if the store was just trying to get rid of last years that they didn't sell, either way look for it up on the Pony Menu Board when you head on over this Tuesday. It'll really help fight against the cold.
The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th ave (on the NW corner of 45th st.), Manhattan
Tuesday, October 26 - Hoppy Halloween $10 Tuesday Tastings @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Okay, I admit it - I'm a hop-head. In fact, I think 'hop-head' is too light of a term. I'm a hop-aholic. A hop-addict. I have a hop-dependency. I'll be getting my fix this Tuesday at the newest installment of the $10 Tuesday Tasting's at Jimmy's No. 43. For $10 you'll get tastings of 6 beers that feature 6 different hop varieties. Go to Jimmy's, learn about the different hop varieties and drink quality hop-head beer while you're learning.
Jimmy's No. 43 is located downstairs at 43 E 7th St. (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), Manhattan
Wednesday, October 27 - McNeill's Lovers Support Group @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: To keep going on the topic of addiction, McNeill's Brewery has realized that they have a large group of dedicated followers and has kindly begun a support group to fill our craft beer needs. The Double Windsor has given up 6 of their 7 taps to McNeill's and will be featuring some great brews - Blonde Bombshell, ESB (my personal McNeill's favorite), Pullman's Porter, Firehouse Amber, Warlord Double IPA and McNeill's newest family member: a West-Coast styled IPA dubbed Sunshine IPA. McNeill's has quickly become Beer Friends reliable favorite for delicious, quality craft beer. If you need a little bit more McNeill's in your life, don't worry - the support group is here for you. Oh and did I mention the best part besides the beer? Showing up is automatic entrance into the Support Group and members get $4 drafts until 3 AM. How's that for a perk?
The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park W (between Bartel Pritchard Sq & 16th St), Brooklyn, NY 11215
Thursday, October 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn Night @ The Black Swan, Brooklyn: Was the Black Swan supposed to be connected in some way to the ugly duckling? Did the ugly duckling grow up to be a black swan? Do black swans have any relationship to black sheep? Are black sheep really all that bad or did they just get a bad rap? If you are also feeling swamped with swan questions that you need answered then you can probably find your answers by heading to The Black Swan on Bedford Ave in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn. They'll be featuring Kelso of Brooklyn's brews which you can get for the very reasonable price of $5 a pint all night long. They'll probably be able to answer all your swan and sheep questions as well. Or not. Probably not at all actually. However, Kelso's beer will still taste great. Sheep and Swans don't really matter anyways when you have beer.
The Black Swan is located at 1048 Bedford Ave (between Clifton and Lafayette), Brooklyn, NY 11205-4884
Saturday, October 30 - Great Divide Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: Yeti, Samurai, Hibernation and Titan will be offered up for your tasting pleasure at GRAB Specialty Foods in Brooklyn. Thought I'd throw this event in here since The Beer Friends recently visited Great Divide on our Colorado Brewery Tour and we featured them as a Brewery of the Week not so long ago. Great Divide brews some of the best beer in Colorado and we're lucky to have them readily available out here in NYC.
GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th street), Brooklyn, NY 11215
This Beer Friend would also like to offer up an apology and make a correction on the previous NYC Craft Beer Events posting. Sorry GRAB Specialty Foods, when I don't do my research adequately and just glance and see that your cross streets are all numbers and no names I just assume Manhattan. GRAB Specialty Foods is located in the fine City of Brooklyn, NY.
Stay warm this week all you Beer Friends out there and enjoy your NYC Beer Events! See ya at the bar!