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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 21, 2011

Graham

Wednesday, August 24 - Beer and Lobster Fest @ David Copperfield's, Manhattan: Head on up to the Upper East tomorrow for a chance to snag a delicious deal - lobster, corn on the cob for a $1.  They have 30 lines of craft beer for you to pair with the lobster.  After our New England Brewery Tour we'd suggest an English style IPA.  And since the lobster is only a dollar, you can try pairing over, and over, and over, and over...  Enough said.

David Copperfield's is located at 1394 York Avenue between 74th and 75th Streets, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, August 24 - Beer Club Night @ The Bronx Ale House, The Bronx:

Here's another reason to head up to the Bronx - that often avoided borough that deserves more respect than most New Yorker's give it.  The Bronx Ale House, arguably the Bronx's only craft beer bar, has started a "Beer Club." Similar to a few other beer club's in New York, however while other craft beer bars only reward you once you reach 100 beers the Bronx Ale House rewards you at different points along the way AND once you get to 100 you get quite the package - your name engraved on their wall of fame, a Bronx Ale House t-shirt, a personalized growler which gets you discounted growler fills and %50 off every Wednesday night.  That's where tomorrow comes in.  You might not be a Gold Member, or any kind of member yet, but tomorrow is a good a day as any to start.

The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street between Broadway and Putnam Avenue, Riverdale, The Bronx.

Thursday, August 25 - Goose Island Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

Goose Island has officially passed the test.  Everyone got up in arms about the Anheuser-Busch purchase saying that this sort of business move could begin a chain reaction that would destroy the craft beer industry, the quality of Goose Island would go down, that buying Goose Island is supporting a major beer company.  Well, craft beer is still here, Goose Island still tastes great and in the end drinking good beer is drinking good beer.  Head over to Standing's on Thursday to taste the best of Goose Island's specialty brew line.  We're talking Fleur, Pere Jacques, Matilda and Sofie plus 22 oz bombers of 2009 Goose Island Christmas.  And in good Standings tradition they'll be slinging free brat's from Weschler's alongside the brew.

Standings is located at Downstairs 43 East 7th Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Friday, August 26 - Anniversary Beer Night @ The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains:

Staycation is everyone's new buzz word.  Instead of spending tons of dough on flights and hotels, take a few days or a weekend  stick around where you live and explore your region.  We got a staycation for you.  Take a half day Friday and take the early Metro North Train up to White Plains.  Maybe even get a hotel so you don't have to travel back home.  Then head to the Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House for an anniversary of epic proportions.  What's the anniversary for?  Does it matter?  No.  What does matter is that they'll be tapping several kegs of anniversary brews including Great Divide 17th Anniversary Wood Aged IPA and Captain Lawrence's Five Years Later.  That sounds good enough to hang out all weekend.

The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House is located at 154 Mamaroaneck Avenue at the corner of East Post Road, White Plains, New York.

Saturday, August 27 - Long Island Beer Event @ Breukelen Bier Merchants, Brooklyn:

Long Island brewing has been booming recently.  Head on over to Beukelen Bier Merchant in Williamsburg for a chance to taste the offerings of three of the best upstart Long Island Breweries.  Barrier Brewing Co., Great South Bay Brewery and Blind Bat Brewery will be bringing their beer and brewmasters to showcase their diverse lineups.  If you're looking for some new breweries and brews to add to your vast realm of beer knowledge then this is the event to hit up.

Breukelen Beer Merchants is located at 182 Grand Street between Bedford and Driggs Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 11th, 2011

Beerfriend Paul

It is the unofficial half way point of Good Beer Month 2011! Unofficial because I mostly just made it up... But forget all that.   It's time to talk about good beer, and here are some great events you should keep your eye on this week.

Tuesday July 12th - Mikkeller Single Hop Event @ Rattle N Hum

It's like an event hand picked for our resident hop head Phil... Graham, Paul, and Brad.

This is a great event for hoppy beer lovers.  It doesn't matter if you are new to hop heavy beers or if you have been drinking Imperial IPA's that have been hopped 5 times for years, this is an event for all beer lovers.  Mikkeller has put together a great list of single hop brews that give you a chance to taste what each different hop does to your beer separately.  This is a great event for new beer drinkers to learn about different hops and old beer drinkers to get out and quiz your beer sense.

Rattle N Hum is located at 14 E. 33rd St. Manhattan

Wednesday July 13th - Dogfish Head Special Tapping & 120 @ Standings

Standings is getting a special keg from Dogfish Head of an Imperial IPA called "Hellhound" as well as bottles of the new batch of 120 Minute IPA.  Dogfish Head always does great stuff and they excel at making big beers dangerously drinkable.  Add a bottle of 120 Minute and suddenly your Wednesday is looking up, though much more of that and your Thursday is going to start looking down...

Standings is located at 43 E. 7th St. Manhattan

Thursday July 14th - Brooklyn Black Ops Monster Blast @ David Copperfield's

Brooklyn Brewery is bringing the heat to the Upper East Side this Thursday.  As the title of the event says; they are bringing Monster, Blast!, and Black Ops(limited quantity, come early). Also throw in Black Chocolate Stout and The Concoction and you have the best Brooklyn beer this side of Williamsburg.

David Copperfield's is located at 1394 York Ave. (at 74th St.) Manhattan

Thursday July 14th - Epic Brewing Company NJ Release Party @ Barcade Jersey City

Epic Brewing Company has landed! This is the final venue in this "release party tour" of New Jersey.  Barcade will have 10 special beers from this Salt Lake City brewery.  It is outside of the city, but Barcade always seems to find a way  to be worth the trip.  So put $5 on that metrocard and find your closest path station.  Barcade is a quick walk from the Grove St. Path station.

Barcade is located at 163 Newark Ave. Jersey City

Friday, July 15th - Kelso Beer Tasting with Maya Kaimal Curries @ Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar, Manhattan:

When you think about pairing beer with food this event would probably never enter into the realm of possibilities.  But to tell you the truth - I kind of dig it.  Kelso of Brooklyn will be bringing their favorite brews (Nut Brown, Pilsner and Carroll Garden Wit - their seasonal summer brew in homage to one of Brooklyn's greatest summer neighborhood's) over to Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar.  Nolita Mart - usually just a Nolita style coffee shop/gourmet grocery store - will then be doing a complete 180 and will be combining forces with Maya Kaimal Curries to feed your beer fueled hunger.  Who's Maya Kaimal you ask?  An award winning chef and cookbook author who uses only all natural ingredients to make her delectable curry sauces.  Yes that's right - beer and curry.  We don't know who was the force behind dreaming up this food/beer combination - but we are truly pumped to try it out.

p.s. - There will even be live music.  Local artists Sandra Hong and Laura Sjogren will be providing a live acoustic set.

Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar is located at 156 Mott Street, Manhattan.

Saturday, July 16th - Schmaltz Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here's a two-for-one deal for you.  Schmaltz Brewing Company is the yin-and-yang of breweries.  They put out the selection of Coney Island Craft Lagers as well as the list of He'Brew the Chosen Beer.  Both will be available for your sampling pleasure out at GRAB Specialty Foods this Saturday in their newest installment of the Saturday Tasting Series.  Don't be a bad consumer now - head out and get a two-for-one on your free samples this week!

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 11/8 - 11/14

Graham

What what! Winter feels like it's here and it is starting to taste like it as well.  Winter Warmer is on the shelves, Howl is back in action and I saw somebody order a Sam Adams Winter recently.  Let get right to the cold beer that will help you survive the cold winter nights that NYC is starting to throw at us. Wednesday, November 10 - Craft Cans and Grilled Cheese Night @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn: Favorite thing to do on a rainy day:  Make grilled cheese and tomato soup and watch the rain from inside.  Favorite thing on any other day: Drink craft beer from a can and eat grilled cheese.  Finally, us grilled cheese and craft beer fanatics have a place to head to.  Nita Nita, out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, host the Craft Can and Grilled Cheese Night every Wednesday.  They will shell out any 2 cans from their canned craft beer selection, add in a cave-aged Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich and throw it at you for just $15.  New favorite thing to do during rainy and non-rainy days:  Go do this.

Wednesday, November 10 - Meet Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan: Stag's Head is inviting you out to meet Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence.  He'll answer any brewing and Captain Lawrence question you have.  Like, what exactly inspired the name Freshchester - The name of the county where Captain Lawrence is located or Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  My guess is the latter, but who really knows - probably Scott Vaccaro.  You can also drink some delicious Captain Lawrence brews - Freshchester, St. Vincent's Dubbel and the Smoked Imperial Porter.

Thursday, November 11 - Palm Brewery Night @ David Copperfields, Manhattan: The Beer Friends are mostly American Craft Beer fan, but every once in awhile we got represent for the roots of creative craft beer brewing:  Belgium.  Head on up to the UES and join David Copperfields in celebrating some original Belgium creativity.  Palm Brewery will be pouring everything from the regular Palm Ale, to Flambics and Sours.  Take one day off from American Craft Brew and try some old Belgian styles.  Get back to your roots.

Thursday, November 11 - Dogfish Head NOVEMBERFEST @ Standings, Manhattan: Why is it fair that only one month of the year gets a Fest?  Well the guys at Dogfish Head and Standings agree it's a slight that will go on no longer.  Introducing (for the 6th year in a row): Novemberfest.  Dogfish Head will be pouring Punkin Ale, Bitches Brew, Palo Santo Marron and Red and White.  There will also be some specially selected rare bottles being poured.  And free pizza! I like this fest-equality-movement. Can't wait for January-fest.

Thursday, November 11 - Sixpoint Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Alright, put your seatbelt on.  Sit down.  Put your legs up.  Drink some water.  Whatever else you can do to prepare yourself for this.  Beirkraft is featuring Sixpoint on Thursday, by featuring I mean allowing them to takeover their taps.  They have 14 taps.  Name 14 Sixpoint brews and pick out the ones you don't like.  You should have zero names.  You should also go to this.

Saturday, November 13 - The New York Beer and Brewery Tour @ Chelsea Brewing Co., Manhattan: Ask yourself:  How much do you love craft beer?  Ask yourself:  How much do you love New York City?  If the answer to both those questions are "I would sell my kidneys to continue drinking it/living there" then you should check out this Chelsea Brewery Event.  Grab a ticket ($100, you better love both a lot) and you get a chartered afternoon trip through three of NYC's boroughs where you will learn about the history of beer brewing in NYC, hit up two breweries, one of the city's best beer bars and do some archaeology in Brooklyn's 'old brewer's row'?  There's also generous beer sampling at each stop.  Ask yourself this question:  Is it worth it?  Yes.

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/31 - 11/6

Graham

The other day I was standing in a bodega in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan gazing at the beer cooler.  I must've stood there for 5 minutes with a content grin on my face.  Craft beer took up 4.5 of the 5 coolers dedicated to brew.  There was so few American Lagers and Corn/Rice Pilsners that I had to actually look to find them.  Not that I was looking to find them.  I walked out with a sixer of Smuttynose IPA and a sense that maybe the country isn't totally heading in the right direction.  Perhaps instead of looking up to dirty politicians and corrupt above-the-law athletes as our role models we should look to the hard working, steadily growing, creatively inspired people of the craft beer world. On that note, let's see what some of those people are up to this week...

Tuesday, November 2 - Victory Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Speaking of Craft Beer All-Stars, Patrick Donagher and the employees at Rattle n' Hum are coming at us with a big one:  Victory Brewing Company will be taking over ALL the taps.  ALL of them.  That's 40 lines.  Every beer that makes your mouth water when you're thinking about Victory will be on.  Another Craft Beer All-Star Bill Covaliski, Victory Brewmaster and the founder of craft beer in Philly, will be leading the celebrations.  Tell ya what, I don't need to say anything else besides this:  I'm off of work at 5, I'll see you there.

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

Thursday, November 4 - Longtrail Night @ David Copperfields, Manhattan: Alright anyone who has access to the 4/5/6 trains, here's a treat for you.  Jump on the uptown line and head straight to the UES for the Longtrail Brewing Company event at David Copperfields.  We're talking Hibernator, Imperial Porter and Double Bag to warm you up.  It's been cold out recently and you deserve it.

David Copperfields is located at 1394 York Ave, corner of 74th street, Manhattan.

Thursday, November 4 - Lagunitas Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: This might be the best event of the week.  Lagunitas will be bringing some of their rarest and best craft brews out to the Brooklyn's best beer haven.  Bierkraft will be featuring the Bourbon Aged Cappuccino Stout, Habanero IPA, Wethop IPA, Hop Stoopid and Fusion 4 (rumored to be the only keg in NYC).  They also are pouring my personal Lagunitas favorite: Maximus.  Except this one will be cask-conditioned.  I feel like I'm repeating myself with this one, but, I get out of work at 5.  I'll see you there.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave, between Sackett and Union, Brooklyn.

Saturday, November 6 - Dogfish Head Brewery  @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: GRAB has really earned a regular appearance on our events listings recently.  Each Saturday they feature a craft brewery and they have been bringing in some heavy hitters recently, including Great Divide and Sixpoint.  Well they aren't backing down this week.  Dogfish Head will be bringing in many of our regular favorites 60 and 90 Minutes, Chicory Stout.  You know, the usual's.  They'll also be bringing some of their, well, heavy hitters: Theobroma, Midas Touch and Red & White.  I'll see ya there?  Definitely.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Ave (between 14th and 15th streets), Brooklyn.