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

Graham

We are officially approaching the dog days of August, but it seems like we've been there for a couple of weeks already.  The rest of the world characterizes the "dog days" as those times in August where the days stretch on for endless hours and are filled with heat and humidity that requires 24/7 air conditioning.  Well, after experiencing 2+ weeks of these oppressively hot/humid days and it only now has become the month of August, we are a bit tired of the weather.  We're going to need some help getting through whatever August has to throw at us.  And we have the solution:  Craft beer. Actually there's more than that in this week's post.  In fact, if you keep reading there is a surprise that will make you very, very hoppy, uh, I mean, happy that you did.

Tuesday, August 2nd - Smuttynose Tap Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

No Smutty, No Beer.  Know Smutty, Know Beer.  They don't need to say a word more, it's literally as simple as that.  New Hampshire's premier brewery will be hitting up Rattle n' Hum and owning their tap's this Tuesday night.  They have an impressive list and will be adding a few secret surprises just to keep you intrigued.  Check it out: 2010 S’Muttonator Doppelbock, 2010 Baltic Porter, 2010 Wheat Wine, 2011 Barleywine, 2011 Imperial Stout, 2011 Hommunculus, 2011 SSB#13 Noonan, Big A IPA, “Finestkind” IPA, Old Brown Dog, Robust Porter, Star Island Single and Shoal’s Pale Ale.

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

Wednesday, August 3 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

One of our favorite New York State breweries will be making an much welcomed appearance in Brooklyn this Wednesday at the Double Windsor in Park Slope.  Captain Lawrence (of the Beer Friends Final Four Fame!) will be bringing a slew of their favorite brews - St. Vincents Dubbel, Ginger Man Ale, Xtra Gold, Liquid Gold, Freshchester Pale Ale, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA and Kaptain’s Kolsch - for you to imbibe with pleasure.

And imbibe them in a pleasure-filled manner you shall.

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

Now we have a real surprise for you.  It might seem like we're ending the events week prematurely, but it's only because Thursday is a big day.  A really big, hoppy day.  Welcome to...

Thursday, August 4 - International IPA Day!

Traditional IPA Class @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan

Thought you knew everything about the world's favorite beer style?  Think again.  Time to get schooled at Jimmy's No. 43 this Thursday night.  For a nominal fee ($25) you can participate in an incredibly informative, just over an hour long classes, taught by a couple of NYC beer legends - the esteemed professors of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team: Chris Cuzme of Wandering Star Brewing Co. and President of the New York City Homebrewers Guild and Mary Izett of National Beer Judge and blogger at mylifeoncraft.com.  They won't only show you the ropes, they'll make you climb them all the way up to the brewery ceiling.  The topic?  India Pale Ales.

Right now you might be thinking - "wait, this sounds awesome, but 25 smackaroones and all I get is a lecture?."  C'mon, this isn't college where a bunch of hack's overcharge you so they can have a pedestal to share their "worldly" opinions - the $25 gets you a whole bunch of IPA to drink as well.

So if you're like me and went to your classes a bit tipsy then it shouldn't be too far off from your college experience either.

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

International IPA Day Event @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Don't worry Jersey - you get IPA's too!  The Iron Monkey, one of Jersey City's finest craft beer bars, will be pouring the finest regional, national and international IPA's for all of Jersey's denizens to enjoy (it's might be a bit of a far drive from Atlantic City, but we recommend it none-the-less).  There isn't an official list out yet, but as the big day approaches, the ladies and gents over at the Iron Monkey suggest checking in at the Iron Monkey Facebook page and the @theironmonkey Twitter feed for all those hop-head updates.

IPA-Day "Hop Wars" @ Cafe D'Alsace AND Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we enjoy a bit of theatrics as much as the next guys.  And this is the best, despite being the last.  Possibly one of my favorite events of the year (in it's first annual inception) the IPA-Day "Hop Wars" will prove to be an epic battle between old school European styled IPA's and new school American style IPA's.

It is a hot-topic in all genres of creativity - pay homage to the old, the original or embrace the new and trail-blazing.  This is the exact canyon that lies between European and American IPA's.  European, although at the time they were created considered revolutionary flavor, are usually a bit more subdued, but more easily drinkable and tolerable in their flavor profile.  On the contrary American IPA's (and craft beer in general) prides itself on pushing every boundary possible, including the list of boundaries to be pushed (oak-aging a dry-hopped beer brewed with vanilla, oranges and then refermenting it a few times and only serving it on cask seems like something that only arrogant American idealism could come up with).

I could say that this event looked to provide the world with a winner.  An absolute champion.  But I think it really will prove to highlight the immense care, craft, culture and creativity that goes in to beer brewing no matter what side of any of the ponds you brew on.  Head up to Cafe D'Alsace, an Alsatian (French/German border) restaurant that also pride itself on it's international craft beer selection will be featuring Old World IPA's.  We're talking German, Austrian and the original English style IPA's.

Rattle n' Hum will be featuring a boatload of American style IPA's.  How many is a boatload?  Twenty-five plus.

Short list:

Cafe D'Alsace - Meantime IPA, Thornbridge Jaipur, Nogne-O IPA, Evil Twin Cat Piss and Mikkeller Willamette Single Hop

Rattle n' Hum - Barrier Ruthless Rye, Undarum, Dunegrass, Oil City & Medula, Smuttynose Big A, Two Brothers Hop Juice and Stone Ruination

Just to name a few for either place.

Cafe D'Alsace is located at 1695 2nd Avenue at the Southwest Corner of 88th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

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

BFF4 Championship Game!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! What an exciting tournament this has been.  While we remember tournaments past, we can't remember a tournament with so many up and downs, upsets and heart-breaks, and so many fantastic beers losing by such small amounts.  We are down to two, two from 64, one will be crowded the BFF4 Champion, the other will just be a really good beer.  Who will win?  You decide!  Polls are open until Thursday, April 14th at 11:59pm.  Vote often and show that beer you love it (little known fact - most beers are insecure and need daily pep talks...)

This championship game features 2 local favorites that have used their ferverent following to propel them to this national stage.  These 2 beers, while they may be considered tame in this craft beer culture of 5 hopped IPA's and oak barrel aged stouts, are both exceptional at what they claim to be.  Two great breweries, two solid styles, only one can be crowned Beer Friends Final 4 Champion.

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BFF4 - FINAL FOUR!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow!  This was a tournament to remember... but it's not over yet!  We had Imperial Stouts battling in Brad's Colorado/Michigan Bracket, Newcomer Nebraska showing veteran poise in Paul's Bracket, a California clash of Speakeasy and Stone in Phil's bracket and a epic duel between Captain Lawrence and Cape Cod in the Northeastern Graham bracket.  This was truly one for the ages.  Now we are down to four, four delicious beers with huge fan bases and twitter feeds to back them up.  Four beers enter and one will come out as the 2011 BFF4 champion, with their banner hung in the rafters (next the New Belgium's Fat Tire - last years winner).  Who will be victorious?  You decide!  This round we have completely open and unlimited voting.  If you really love that beer, prove it - hit refresh (cmmd+R on a Mac or ctrl + R on a PC) and vote the day away.  If you spent your March hiding your CBS March Madness broadcast window when your boss walked by - this is much easier.  Polls are open until Monday April 11th at 11:59 EST.  Vote often!  Prove your love - and we don't know who's voting so no commitment issues!  Beer!

For a our take on this round check out our latest video and the vote!

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Founders Breakfast Stout was originally a #3 seed out of Brad's Colorado and Michigan bracket.  This is a complex stout with plenty to offer, sweet enough to drink more than one, but with a 8.3% ABV you probably shouldn't.  This beer is only available seasonally from Sept to December so on those first days of football (college of course because the NFL no longer exists) start looking for this coffee and chocolatey rich stout.  Also keep an eye out for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout (bourbon barrels) and the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout (maple barrels) because these two variations are worth the extra cash!

The Breakfast Stout is up against a strong competitor in Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale.  This is a very easily drinkable brown ale that has been getting support since the early rounds and promises to be a fearsome foe in the Final 4.  This beer's resume speaks for itself, it has won Gold, 2010 US Open Beer Championship (English Style Brown Ale), and Bronze, 2010 World Beer Championship, (English Style Brown Ale).  Will Nebraska Brewing be able to add Beer Friend Final 4 Champion to this list?

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The East vs West match up finally comes to a head !

Phil's Bracket seed #5 Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA takes on Cape Cod Red the #2 seed from Graham's Bracket.  Speakeasy is the sweetheart brew from the Western Region, coming in at the 11th hour to defeat Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard Ale for its slot in the Final Four.  Cape Cod has it's work cut out for itself as the Western crowd seems pretty attached to the Big Daddy.

However, Cape Cod Red comes in hot off it's very exciting victory over Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  It was a wild back and forth slug fest that went on for days culminated with Cape Cod Beer raising it's arms in victory. Obviously Cape Cod's troops are mobilized, but will they be able to fend off the surging Speakeasy brew?

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 27, 2011

Graham

It's the last week in March and it feels like nature is playing a cruel April Fools joke on us.  Hey, here's an 80 degree day to inagurate the coming of spring...NOT! BOOM! 25 degrees and snowing! I swear, last week you could look up at the sky and see mother nature flicking you off with middle finger shaped clouds that simultaneously raining a "wintry-mix" down on us.  Jerk.  Well, this week is when April Fools Day actually happens.  My prediction?  Starts off sunny and 70 end up 20 and hailstorms the size of golf balls.  Just make sure you're drinking your craft brews indoor. Tuesday, March 29 - Global Brands Breweries Events @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Global Brands is a fine distributor of many of our favorite craft breweries:  North Coast, Acme, Stoudts, Clipper City and Elysian.  They'll be taking over the taps with a fine potpourri of their favorite brews from these distinguished breweries and will have to of their best reps on hand to answer all of your craft brew distribution questions.  So shuffle up to the Pony, order a brew from each brewery and find Dean Palmer and Susan Greene.  Maybe if you're lucky and charismatic enough you're pitch to get them to distribute your line of homebrews to the rest of New York City.  We all know how hard it is to get carried out in Queens.

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

Tuesday, March 29 - Barrier Brewery Event @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

Barrier Brewery represents the newest, youngest and one of the most creative breweries in New York State.  They will be bringing their "regular" (i.e. awesomely delicious) brews to Bar Great Harry out in Brooklyn.  In between the dominoe games and meat pies that BGH (their nickname, duh) is famous for, make sure you are aggressively sipping some Ruthless Rye IPA, Greenroom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, and Buffalo American Red.  Expect some rare and unique brews on top of those as well.

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street between Degraw and Sackett Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 29 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Spring Seasonals @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Well Mother Nature, as you may have heard, I am currently at odds with you.  It's mostly because I find you untrustworthy at the moment.  Maybe if you kept your word and gave us spring instead of tricking us with your warm weather and already-blossoming-flowers I'd be more accepting of you.  At the moment however, I'm more inclined to trust my spring feelings with Jimmy's No. 43.  On Tuesday they'll be embracing the season by giving you a selection of spring seasonals to taste and discuss for just $10.  What goes in to making a spring seasonal and do all spring seasonals have to look/taste alike?  You'd be surprised.  Head on over to Jimmy's this Tuesday to embrace the side of spring that mother nature is determined to keep from us.  Maybe she'll get jealous and throw some nice days our way.

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

Wednesday, March 30 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

We are proud of Captain Lawrence for making such a strong showing in the Beer Friends Final Four - Liquid Gold, welcome to the second round! You beat the refreshing hops of Sam Adams Noble Pils, but can you stand up to the aggressive herbal hops of Smuttynose IPA?  Either way, we enjoy your presence in the BFF4 and we love your beers.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House on Wednesday for the full range of Captain Lawrence brews.  They'll be pouring Nor’Easter Winter Warmer, Golden Delicious, Five Years Later, Winter Rye, Espresso Stout, Rosso e Marrone, Xtra Gold, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, Black & Brown Sour #1, Funky Sour Cherry  #2, “Chilli” Lambic 2008 and Spring Blend 2011.  Captain Scott Vaccaro will also be there to talk about all things Captain Lawrence and sailing the high seas of the Hudson.  If that's not enough to entice you, every Wednesday at 6:00 the Blind Tiger lays out approximately 4 lbs. of cheese from Murray's Cheese Shop for you to nibble at liberally.  Includes baguettes.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Wednesday, March 30 - Big Beer Night with Lagunitas @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

What do we love?  Big beer.  Who do we love that brews them? Lagunitas.  We're talking the excellent recipes of the biggest brews that Lagunitas has to offer.  We're talking Fusion Five, Lil' Sumpin Wild, Brown Sugga and Hairy Eyeball.  We're talking free tostada's to fill your belly alongside hops and higher ABV.  We're talking Stag's Head on Wednesday.  We're talki....stop your talking.  Start eating and drinking.  Get big.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Thornbridge Brewery Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Thornbridge huh?  Where are they from?  Never heard of em'?  They don't sound the usual American craft brewery.  That's 'cause they're not.  Thornbridge hails from the UK and they will be joining us at Bierkraft with some of their finest brews straight from Auld England.  This won't be the usual Thursday Night Tap Takeover that we're used to at Bierkraft however.  CEO Jim Harrison will be on hand and will be giving a lecture to help guide you along the Thornbridge brew selection.  They will be pouring several brews on draft and cask as well as a few straight from the rare bottle selection.  Enjoy meeting Jaipur IPA, Kipling IPA and Petersburg Stout.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Speakeasy Brewery Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

I hear they already have spring out in San Fransisco.  What a glorious life people must lead out there...  That's probably the brews from Speakeasy taste so delicious.  Some of your favorite brews from San Fransisco - White Lightening, Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale and the Double Daddy Imperial IPA - will be pouring at Dive 75 this Thursday.  The best part?  While you're drinking one of Speakeasy's Brews you can close your eyes and it will actually feel like you are drinking it in Golden Gate Park wearing nothing but a t-shirt, shorts and sandals in 80 degree weather.  Eat that mother nature.

Dive 75 is located at 101 West 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/10 - 10/16

Graham

Hey all you Beer Friends out there!  Let's see what's happening beer wise in this great metropolis of ours throughout this upcoming week.

Monday, October 11 - Troeg's Tasting Event @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is the place you go to when your nosing around Washington Square Park with your friends that are visiting the city and wanted to see Washington Square Park and then want beer.  You know it's there, you might not head to an NYU neighborhood regularly, but today you know that you will not take your friends to a light beer bar on Bleecker, but you will take them to a good craft beer bar on West 3rd.  If all this happens to be happening tonight, Monday, October 11, then you will be in for a treat:  Troeg's Tasting Event.  Troeg's is a fantastic brewery from outside of Philadelphia.  So after your friends have taken their respective pictures in front of the newly aligned fountain in Washington Square, bring them to Amity Hall, head upstairs and drink Troeg's. They'll thank you for saving them from tourist dogma.

Tuesday, October 12 - I Love NY Beer Week: Captain Lawrence Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: The Spring Lounge is a great beer bar that borders the entrance to Little Italy, a.k.a. many New Yorkers Tourist Nightmare (seems to be a theme today actually).  However, you are not in Little Italy, nobody is throwing pasta at you and I promise you only have to choose 3 different flavors of gelato if you want to.  The Spring Lounge is spending the week appreciating New York Breweries, from all over the state, starting with Captain Lawrence out of Kingston, NY.  Come on by and grab some Westchester Pale Ale, Brown Bird Brown and Liquid Gold.  And if you want, you can head over to Little Italy and get some gelato on your way out.  You can even choose 3 flavors for the same price.  If you want to.

Wednesday, October 13 - Octoberfest Event @ Standings, Manhattan:  Do you like sports? (YES!)  Do you like bratwurst? (YES!)  Do you like American styled Octoberfest beer?  (YEEEESSSSSS!).  Well, then you should come down to Standings for their Octoberfest celebration on Wednesday.  One of the best craft beer/sports bars in the East Village will be celebrating Octoberfest by featuring 3-5 draughts of American style Octoberfest brews and serving up Bratwursts...for free.  In fact, out of sports, bratwursts and beer...2 out of 3 are free.  That's an Craft Beer Divisional Series win for free stuff.

Wednesday, October 13 - Lagunitas Night @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is poppin up again in this week's beer events with a night dedicated to Lagunitas Brewery out of Petaluma, Cali, Cali.  Lagunitas, to me at least, is a hidden gem.  Their IPA is popular to the masses, even here in NYC, but with Lagunitas you really have to dig deep to find some truly exceptional beers such as Uncensored, the Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Brown Sugga, Hop Stoopid and Maximus IPA.  Often overlooked, Lagunitas should never be underestimated.  If you think have some re-estimating to do then head on over to Amity Hall and re-estimate the night away.

Thursday, October 14 - I Love NY Week:  Brooklyn Brewery Event @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: Hey Brooklyn Brewery!  Dare we say The Beer Friends favorite NY Brewery?  Dare we might!  They'll be visiting the Spring Lounge this coming Thursday with a great selection of their most popular and rare pours.  Garrett doesn't expect you to head into Little Italy before/after this one, however we know that at this point the gelato desire is actually becoming unbearable.  Here's what we suggest: This years Black Chocolate Stout will premiere at this even, it is better than any gelato you will eat, ever.  Have 3.  And some Detonation.  You can't go wrong with this advice.

Thursday, October 14 - Southern Tier Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan: What we're about to tell you might feel strange to the ears of anyone who lives south of 59th street:  You need to get off  your midtown/downtown ass and explore the beer bars of Uptown Manhattan!  Dive 75 at Columbus and 75th street is a for-real beer bar.  They will be featuring Southern Tier (the Beer Friends 2nd favorite NY brewerey?) this Thursday.  Expect many favorites from the Rattle n' Hum event to be reappearing here.  And seriously, subways go uptown too.  They don't all terminate at 59th street.  The beer flows just as good up there too!

Saturday, October 16 - I Love NY Beer Week: Southampton Brewery Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: One more time!  And we promise not to make fun of Little Italy during this post.  However, we do promise to instruct you to head to the Spring Lounge for at least one of these events.  Really, it's an east village dive bar with quite a bit of atmosphere right on the boundaries of one of the city's most famous neighborhoods.  You can't get more perfect than this.  Head to the back room with a pint and a friend, or two, get a seat by the open air windows and enjoy a crisp fall evening with a Southampton Altbier, Double White or IPA.  Seriously, there's a playground across the street where little village munchkins who will grow up having that NYC lifestyle ingrained in their bones play their NYC hearts out.  What more of an NYC scene could you ask for?  Especially while drinking beer from inside of a dimly lit dive bar?

Enjoy the turning of the leaves this week all you Beer Friends out there!  Fall is here in full swing and the beer is dark, pumpkiny and fall spiced.  Let us know what you're drinking by tweeting us @TheBeerFriends and writing on out Facebook wall at TheBeerFriends.  Hope to see you out this week!

TheBeerFriends Trivia Question (post your response in the comment section, if you're the first correct answer we'll buy you a beer at the bar of your choosing - hint: you can find any of the answers in old articles on http://thebeerfriends.com):  What craft brewery event at which NYC craft beer bar did Graham, Phil and Brad shoot whole families worth of raw oysters?  Literally, we destroyed whole generations of oyster existence here.