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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 15, 2011

Graham

I woke up this morning with great expectations.  The sun was shining, a warm summer breeze blowing through the air, the smell of blossoming plants and then I opened my eyes.  Rain.  Thunder.  Fog.  And it was cold.  And it will be happening all week long.  Then I looked at the list of craft beer events happening this week.  The clouds parted, the sun came back out and the annoying spitting from the dense fog that engulfed the city transformed into a soft mist reminiscent of the Irish countryside.  Yea, craft beer has that affect on me. Tuesday, May 17 - Empire Brewing Company Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Imagine you were taking a boat trip down the Erie Canal (10 points if you know where the Erie Canal is) rafting through the port towns of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and you wanted a beer.  The obvious choice is Empire Brewing Company.  Started in Syracuse and at

times brewing in Buffalo and Rochester it is Western New York's favorite brewery.  They'll be bringing an impressive selection of their brews (which are all impressive) to Rattle n' Hum this Tuesday.    Check out this list of brews:

Empire Brown Ale Empire Wheat Wine Empire IPA (Falconers Flight) Empire Maple Porter

Empire State Pale Ale Deep Purple 2010 Barley Wine 2009 Barley Wine Aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Empire Light Lager Empire Amber Ale Empire Cream Ale White Aphro Black magic Stout

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Great Brewers Beer Tasting @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Great Brewers is a group that represents some of the greatest brewers internationally and in the US.  Their draughts are most easily recognized by the light wood tap handles with the Great Brewers seal.  When you get a pour from one of those tap handles, you know you're getting something good.  Green Port (Long Island), Ballast Point (California), Hitachino (from Hong Kong), Schekerla (Germany) and La Rulles (Belgium).  After all nothing is more international than Long Island.  Here's the list:

Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, Greenport Harbor Canard Noir, Greenport Harbor Ahtamaic IPA, Greenport Harbor Rye Saison Cask, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Abandoned Ship, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, Hitachino Ginger, Schekerla Smoked Lager and La Rulles Triple.

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83th and 84th streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Victory Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Some would say napalm in the morning smells like victory.  We say hops anytime smells like victory.  And Victory. The winningest brewing company ever will be visiting the Double Windsor in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  And they'll be helping you achieve victory with some of their best brews:

Hop Wallop Imperial IPA Hop Devil IPA Yakima Glory Black IPA Headwaters Pale Ale Whirlwind Wit St. Boisterous Hellerbock St. Victorious Dopplebock Braumeister Pils Donnybrook Stout

All for $5 and the first person to bring the bartender a bag of Milano cookies gets a free pint.  Milano's = victory.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, May 18 - Oregon Beer Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer president of America?  Colorado.  Beer vice president of America?  Oregon.  Oregon, the state, with the help of its best breweries will be showcasing its history of brewing tradition.  Join Rogue, Elysian, Full Sail and Dick's at the Stag's Head to celebrate all things Oregon.  Well, mostly just the beer.  And Phil.

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

Thursday, May 19 - River Horse Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we try to be equal-opportunity when it comes to the neighborhoods, counties and states in the New York City metropolitan area.  Certain places get a bad rap with the rest of the world - Murray Hill, Staten Island and Jersey.  Well, River Horse is working to redeem New Jersey's image with the beer world and they're doing a damn good job at it.  They'll be taking over the taps at Bierkraft this Thursday.  The full list has yet to be released but we expect it to be pretty refreshingly gnarly.  Jersey totally just jumped Staten Island in the rankings.

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

Saturday, May 21 - Sixpoint Brewery and Tacos El Bronco @ Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Alright, I know we've made several claims regarding the best food to eat while consuming craft brew, but it's been decided:  Tacos.  The famed Brooklyn taco truck - Tacos El Bronco (as in served from a Ford Bronco) will be making a point to prove their case when it comes to food/beer pairing.  They will be bringing the best tacos in Brooklyn out to Sycamore and Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their namesake and seasonal brews.  I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Literally.  Top of the "Ways to Spend a Saturday Afternoon List."

Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and East 11th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Maine Beer Weekend @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Maine is the unsung hero of East Coast craft beer.  One of the least populated states on the east coast with most of the population hugging the Atlantic Maine's craft beer is full of fisherman culture and grit.  Malty, full-bodied brews that shine nicely in the noon-day sun next to a pile of steamers on the beach.  IPA's that are hopped to the teeth that pair perfectly with the days deep-water catch.  Stouts that are roasted to perfection packed to the gills with body that a master of the ocean would consume during a rugged winter night filled with crab fishing.

The Pony Bar shares our sentimental views of Maine, seafood and beer and they are throwing the 3rd Annual Maine Beer Weekend.  Belgian brews straight from Allagash, fishermen's straight from Shipyard and Seadog and malty, woodsy brews from Geary's will fill the draught board and the cask lines.  Fresh seafood shipped in straight from Maine will be cooked up by the gastropub culinary geniuses behind Pony's usual menu - we're talking lobster rolls, scallop sliders and fried oysters.

There's even a hint that some super-special brews will be on tap but cannot be mentioned due to legal reasons.

I like that.  A lot.

See you this weekend!

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 20, 2011

Graham

March Madness is fast upon us and we have some craft beer to keep you company while watching all the games.  If you happen to feel empty and wanting the minute-to-minute thrills of bracket competition  in between rounds then you should check in to The Beer Friends to vote on our own March Madness Tournament - Beer Style.  Whichever event we see you out at this week we expect to see you buried face first into your personal-internet-device as you continuously update TheBeerFriends.com to see who is leading the nations most important beer competition.  Vote early and vote often to help us decide what is the best beer in the country. Tuesday, March 22 - East Coast versus West Coast IPA Challenge @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

The Beer Friends have often discussed how American Craft Breweries often prove their worth by brewing a great IPA. It stands as a benchmark that solidifies you as a notable member of the American craft beer community.  Well, then what better way to judge an East Coast v West Coast competition then going head to head with IPA's. Expect a wide selection of hoppy brew from your favorite east coast and west coast breweries including cask offerings, barrel aged and rare releases that only the craft beer gurus at Rattle n' Hum can get their hands on.  East Coast verse West Coast? Let's let the hops decide!

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Take the 6 train to 33rd. Walk West.

Tuesday, March 22 - Avery Brewery Event @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Avery has long been know in and out of Colorado as a brewery that pushes the boundaries - making some of the hoppiest, maltiest, bad-assiest brews around.  They will be making their Pony Bar debut this Tuesday in full force - taking over all the taps and bringing some of their rarest pours.  Expect the Holy Trinity, Demon and Dictator Series to be hanging out - with a few of the rarer brews only available in 5 oz. pours, due to their extreme awesomeness.  Extreme Awesomeness.

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

Take the A/C/E to 42 St.-Port Authority.

Thursday, March 24 - Midwest Beer Night @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

When you walk by random people in the street do you say hello?  If someone bumps into you on the subway do you smile and wish them a good day?  Are you 24 and already married with three kids?  Do any of these things scare the crap out of you as the hard-ass New Yorker that you are?  Well then, this event is the event for you.  Whether you're from the Midwest or wonder what it means when someone "smiles" at you in a "friendly way" in public, we can all agree that they know how to brew some decent craft beer.  Expect your favorite suds from the following Midwest breweries: Arcadia, Atwater Block, Erie, Founders, Goose Island, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, Leinenkugel, Nebraska, Point, Schlafly and Two Brothers.

Even the most bad-assed, sarcastic New Yorker will be friendly as a Nebraska corn farmer after having one from each brewery.

Barcade is located at 388 Union Avnue, between Ainslie and Powers Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Take the L to Lorimer Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Empire Brewery Tasting @ Dive Bar, Manhattan:

Empire Brewery will be making a big appearance Thursday night at Dive Bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  They'll be featuring 7 draft lines of Empires brews.  No specific names have been released yet but we can only hope that we get some Cream Ale, Black Magic Stout, Deep Purple, ESPA and many others.

Dive Bar is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue between 95th and 96th Streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Take the 1/2/3 or the B/C to 96th Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Bear Republic Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Bierkraft continues their plentiful weekly events by hosting one of California's strongest and hoppiest breweries - Bear Republic - this Thursday.  They say to expect some rare and not so rare stuff.  You know, here at the Beer Friends, we would care if they only poured Racer #5 and Hop Rod Rye - we'd drink em' up and have two of each.  Expect hops and California style in your favorite Brooklyn beer mecca.

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

Take the D/N/R to Union Street.

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27 - Cask Ale Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Cask Ales are those elusive brews that every craft beer fan claims to love but rarely orders.  It's time we fix that.  Jump on in to a deep (15 - 20 line) selection of popular and not so popular craft ales at Rattle n' Hum this weekend.  You have 3 days, starting Friday, so we're pretty sure you can go from a novice to an expert by Sunday.  Even if you don't leave with any increased knowledge, you're brain will forgive you and your taste buds will love you.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Take the 6 to 33rd.

We hope to see all of you out at the events this week!  And remember the Beer Friends Final Four starts today with the Midwest Bracket and continues with the rest of the regions throughout the rest of the week.  Make sure you check in every day to vote in the new regions and in the new rounds!