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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 17!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Seventeen  - Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (#rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead)

Ah, the last week of the season.  When the Chiefs are officially on the clock and Tom Coughlin is on the hot seat (according to the backpage).  This is the time of the year when we look back at the successes and failures and quietly judge how we could've done a better job from our living room.  With the AFC playoff picture all set we turn our attention to the NFC and specificially the NFC East.  The Redskins have been riding a successful rookie backfield (take that Cleveland) all season long with RG3 stumping for a ROY candidacy in the toughest field ever, meanwhile the Cowboys are figuring out new ways to disappoint and instead of this being Romo's fault - he's done nothing but throw for almost 5000 yards and keep them in playoff contention.  Let's see who wins the NFC East crown in this weeks hash tag battle!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com we will pit two fan bases 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, 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. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Seventeen  - Dallas Cowboys at Washington Redskins (#rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead)

The Dallas Cowboys have the Rex Ryan of owners,  or rather the New York Jets have the Jerry Jones of coaches... Either way both make promises of post-season and can do very little about it.  Jones builds a monument to "Americas Team" circa 1950, then expects the SuperBowl titles to come flowing in.  Well, when you're from the Al Davis school of Ownership and practically send down offensive plays from the owners box to be run... You know your team is doomed.  This year the Cowboys have staved off the off-season blues until the last week of the season and only have to win, on the road, against one of the most exciting teams in football... No big deal.  Romo's offensive explosion carried the winner of my fantasy football league to the championship, although in the first few weeks I was giving them a hard time - talk about a Texas sized egg on my face.  Romo has thrown for 4685 yards going into the game, and averaging 312 yards a game, leaving him 3 yards short of the once famed single season yardage mark.  However, this record now falls the way of 50 home runs where everyone can reach it in a juiced ball era - or rather an era in which DB's have to take ADHD and erection helper meds to keep up.  Now if the defense can keep up and limit RG3, Dallas will have a chance - unless RG3 gets hurt and the 2-0 backup rookie comes in to save the day, again.  Might be a Texas sized off season.

Rahr and Sons Brewing Company comes from Fort Worth, Texas and sports 5 year round brews and 6 seasonal's.  Included in the year round Rahr's Blonde, Texas Red, Ugly Pug Black Lager, Stormcloud and Buffalo Butt; which they have a nice collection of awards from various beer competitions.   The seasonals sound very interesting in the Iron Thistle (Scottish Ale) and Gravel Road (German style Altbier).  With brewery tours on Wednesdays and Saturdays - it gives me time to visit and recover before we head to another tour.

The Washington Redskins have defied expectations this season with the Shanahan and Son LLC coaching staff.  They traded up and took a shot on RG3 and then pulled a "Shanny" and drafted a downhill running RB in the late rounds - then rode this success to a 9-6 record with a shot at the NFC East crown.  RG3 is part of one of the most exciting rookie quarterbacking classes in history.  With Andrew Luck in Indy and Russell Wilson in Seattle, all three have led/could lead their teams into the playoffs.  Not discounting what the other two have done, RG3 has done it in the most difficult division.  The defending SB champions, the high spending Cowboys and the talented (and often out-coached) Eagles make for a very muddled division.  What's possibly the most amazing thing about this situation is that Dan Synder has stayed out of the way long enough to allow this to happen, although more likely he's spent most of the season on the phone trying to Albert Hayneworth to come back and get a return on his biggest investment.

Dogfish Head Brewery is one of the more visible craft breweries on the scene today.  Known for big, bold taste and high ABV's Dogfish Head is typically a favorite of any beer nerd.  The Beer Friends have reviewed a few on camera (Bitches Brew - Theobroma - Festina Peche - Burton Baton), and a bunch more of camera (could you imagine a 120 Minute review?).  Dogfish Head's head brewer and founder Sam Calagione once even had a 6 episode series on Discovery called "Brew Masters" that showed how he got inspiration for many of his brews.  Dogfish Head is very creative with styles and once you've tasted them, you understand why so many beer nerds seek them out.

Overheard on text this week:

This week the Pro Bowl rosters were announced and besides the Richard Sherman snub - perhaps his biggest supporters have ADHD too and couldn't focus long enough to cast a vote after sending him their adderall - is the Chiefs having 5 pro bowlers on their 2-13 team.  Yes, that's 3 more pro-bowlers than wins for the season.  Upon hearing this, a friend texted his frustration with voting: with the combination of a high school student body president popularity contest fan voting, and "oh, I've heard that name" reputation votes...  is a joke.  But the real answer is this: when your team has already lost by halftime, you have a lot more time to cast votes on NFL.com.

Here's to another successful hash tag season and let the battle begin! Tag with #rahrandsonsbrew vs #dogfishhead, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 4, 2012

Graham

After hurricanes and presidential elections we are finally back here at the Beer Friends with some excellent celebratory/wound licking events for you. Wednesday, November 7 - Fullers Beer Night @ One Stop Beer Shop, Brooklyn:

Depending on your horse you're either loving America this morning or severely disappointed with it. OR you're just sick of the circus-like charade of it all. How about some of the best foreign new from the rest world to forget American politics for a minute? We think yes.

Fullers is renowned as one of the finest beer brewers in the world making everything from the darkest stouts to the hoppiest IPA's on to the most golden of ales. They'll be pouring a wide range of draughts and a strong selection of bottles over at One Stop Beer Shop tonight for you to enjoy.

So head on over to enjoy some nowhere-near-American-partisan brew and forget about attack ads, electoral colleges and primary colored states for a night.

The One Stop Beer Shop is located at 134 Kingsland Avenue between Beadle and Lombardy Streets in the East Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, November 7 - Borubon Barrel Boner Night @ Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

American trivia question: What is our official national alcoholic beverage?

If you said beer, well, you're wrong. It's bourbon.

BUT WAIT! If we somehow combined the smokey, sweet and fiery taste of bourbon with beer then we might just create a super-American hybrid.  If only we could figure that out...

Being served tomorrow night at the Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace:

Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout Goose Island Bourbon County Stout Allagash Bourbon Black

You're welcome America.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Thursday, November 8 - Dogfish Head Novemberfest @ Standings, Manhattan:

Oh, so you never cared about American politics and just want to forget about them for a night? We got you.

The heavy hitters at Dogfish Head will be pouring some heavy hitters of their own at Standings this Thursday that will surely help you forget anything.  Including whatever might of happened to you during hurricane sandy.

Here's the list:

Punkin Black and Blue Midas Touch Bitches Brew Saison du Buff

Did we mention that these are all on draught. We seriously didn't even know that was possible for some of them.

Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan. Thursday, November 8 - Hurricane Sandy Relief with Ithaca Brewery @ George Keeley, Manhattan:

Alright, presidential elections blah blah blah, en vogue, blah blah - does anyone remember the hurricane?!?! That is still affecting thousands of people? Well, we in New York still do and so do the fine folks at George Keeley's.

They were originally supposed to host Ithaca and their Country Pumpkin ale. However, after the superstorm Keeley's decided to throw the party but donate 100% of all Country Pumpkin profits to the Mayor's Fund. On top of that there will be rare Ithaca bottle auctions and a raffle in which all proceeds will head to the same charity.

I can't think of anything more feel-good than good beer and charity for people who still really need it. Desperately in many cases. Hit this one up.

George Keeley is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 26, 2011

Graham

This year is special - you're getting some extra time.  To do what with you ask?  Drink more craft beer of course!  What kind of craft beer should you drink and where should you drink it?  Let's see... Tuesday, February 28 - Dogfish Head Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The over-the-top odd-duck of the beer world is bringing their best brews to one of NYC's best brew bars.  Enter Dogfish Head at the Pony Bar.  We're talking 20 draft lines and 2 casks.  Possibly even some fancy rare stuff.  Although, almost anything Dogfish Head makes tastes fancy and rare.  Chris Valente, of Dogfish, will be on hand to get you through the night, but you should probably set something up beforehand to help get you home.  This is going to be a big one.

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

Wednesday, February 29 - Flying Leap Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

What better way to spend the oddest day of the year with a trip out to the oddest borough for an offering of brew from an odd(ly decorated) brewery.  Their brew really isn't so odd, just delicious.  What is odd is their devotion to Gonzo styled artistic design on all their 6-packs and bottles.  Hell, for all we know the Leap Day was created in homage to the Gonzo masters themselves.  Either way, hit them up for a memorable February 29 - the day that only exists every four years!

The list:

Doggie Style Pale Ale Garde Dog Biere de Garde Gonzo Imperial Porter K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, February 29 - Leap Year Beer @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

In a throw back to the last recorded Leap Year, the guys and gals at the gate in Park Slope will be serving up some vintage craft brew memories.  Some big and tasty brews that have been stashed and aged since '08.  Maybe we'll discover that craft beer brewed during a Leap Year tastes best after aging it until the next Leap Year.  Only one way to find out...

The List:

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008 Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2008 Allagash Curieux 2008 Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout 2008 J.W. Lees Manchester Star 2008 Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru 2008

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 1 - English Beer Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I'm going out on a limb on this one.  Usually I wouldn't trust much that comes from that Limey island across the Atlantic, but if the guys and gals at Bierkraft are throwing a party than I have no reason to believe it'll be anything but awesome.  This Thursday they'll be featuring English beers, many which influenced the way craft beer is still made here in the United States - of course leading to our complex that we're just going to grow up to become our fathers.  Bierkraft hasn't released the list yet - but again, if they're picking the pours then I got a good feeling that despite the bad accents and crooked teeth, the beer will be great.

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

Saturday, March 3 - NYC American Craft Beer Festival @ The Lexington Armory, Manhattan:

We love craft beer festivals.  There's a new one hitting the shores of NYC this weekend and there are still tickets available.  Introducing the NYC American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory.  Your general admission ticket will include unlimited tasting of over 150 craft beers from 75 different breweries.  Many of the brewers of the beer you'll be sampling will be standing there with you to guide you through their product.  Imagine sharing your favorite beers with the men and women who brew them.  Now imagine doing it 75 times.  I think that's a challenge.

You can get info and buy all three tiers of tickets here:  http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/

The Lexington Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets, Kips Bay, Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of January 15, 2012

Graham

Aaaaaaand we're back!  After a short hiatus, the Beer Friends are back bringing you the best craft beer events that the bars of the world's finest city have to offer - and we have some excellent beer adventures coming up this week. Check em' out:

Tuesday, January 17 - Dogfish Head Week @ Downtown Bar and Grill, Brooklyn:

Downtown Brooklyn's premier bar, boasting by far the largest bottle list of any place in the 5 borough's, will be hosting Dogfish Head this entire week, starting today.  They will feature 12 lines of your favorite Dogfish Head brews as well as some new releases on draft.  And for those of you who think 60 minutes is too short a time and 90 is too long, they'll have the 75 Minute IPA on cask.

The Downtown Bar and Grill is located at 160 Court Street between Amity and Pacific Streets, Downtown, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, January 18 - Founders Breakfast of Champions @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn:

In our continual efforts to walk that fine line between recognizing the immense craft beer world for their work and avoiding turning it into snobbery that in so many ways it's already become, I have a bone to pick with the beer world.  Stop using acronyms when talking about beer.  Just like I cringe when I hear someone talk about wine using shortened titles like "cabs" and "pinot's", I feel equally annoyed when I hear someone talking about finding the "KBS" or the "CBS."  Using a name that no one else around you knows of doesn't make you more exclusive or better, it makes you douchier.  And it gives us in the craft beer world a bad reputation.  Beer snobs are as bad as wine snobs.

On that note, Founders Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and the Canadian Breakfast Stout are incredible brews and hard to find and definitely worth the effort to go out of your way to get one.  Well, look no further, the Fourth Avenue Pub in Park Slope has all three on draft this Wednesday.

Not only that, they'll be pairing them with their favorite breakfast cereals.  You know - CC, LC, FL and GG.  Now, breakfast cereal snobs are completely okay.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, January 19 - Belgian Keg Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

When it comes to creativity, many American craft beer enthusiasts think that we pegged it here in the USA.  Belgium has been rocking that tune for quite a bit longer, however.  Bierkraft is recognizing the Belgian peoples fantastic cultural tradition of beer brewing with an impressive lineup:

Chimay Cinq Cents T Gaverhopke Extra Duvel Green Saison Dupont Alvinne Kerasus Rodenbach De Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere aged in Pinot Noir/Gin barrel

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

Saturday, January 20 - Barleywine and Strong Ale Tasting @ Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn:

Many people, when see barleywines on the menu, immediately begin searching for something else due to the strong taste and high alcohol content.  Well, it's time to stop being a wimp and take the plunge with a 5 brew sampler that showcases the barleywine and strong ale traditions.  $18 will get you these rare, unique and delicious barleywines, old ales and strong ales:

Firestone Walker XV: Blend of 8 oak aged beers (85% Barleywine, 10% imperial stout, 5% doubleIPA)

The Bruery Cuir: 3rd anniversary blend of anniversary ales from year one and two , 14.5%

BFM/Terrapin Spike and Jerome’s: Collaborative sour barleywine aged in rum barrels

Avery Hog Heaven: Very heavily hopped American barleywine

Pretty Things Our Finest Regards: 13.5% English barleywine

Get a designated driver for this one.  Even if you're taking the subway.

Brouwerij Lane is located at 78 Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Beer Review 96: Dogfish Head Burton Baton

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Happy New Year! With the Holiday season upon us we've been reviewing holiday ales, but schedules have also been switched up.  This we we travel way back to the vault and post a review of Dogfish Head's Burton Baton.  Dogfish Head has been known for big favors and their ancient series (which we very much enjoy), along with some interesting light beers and works well with others.  That's quite the resume.  This week we travel back to last summer... and tried Burton Baton, a English style ale mixed with a Imperial IPA to equal a nice 10% ABV.  In the meantime we've been making list of New Years resolutions: drink good beer, hit good events, check out The Beer Friends daily, and... well... what else do you need?  Beer!  Friends!  Resolutions!

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

Graham

Holy Crap.  What are you doing this week?  Cancel it.  There are too many great events.  AND - the Beer Friends are bottling one of their newest creations - a holiday hopped and spiced IPA.  It's probably a good idea not even to go to work this week.  You might miss something. Tuesday, November 29 - Tuesday Night Tasting with Smuttynose Brewing Company @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I told you.  Great events.  Including this one.  Head out to Brooklyn's most notorious beer bar and store for a sampling of one of New England's best breweries.  Smuttynose will be pouring tastes (and pints, and growlers) of Big A IPA, Gravitation, Star Island Single and Smuttanator.  The Smuttanator will be poured on cask.  The rest will be on draught with free samples.  It all will be fantastic brew.

Get there early.

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

Wednesday, November 30 - Dogfish Head Occupies Stag's Head @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

It's time an honest conversation of beer equality happened in this country.  While much beer is brewed in this great nation of ours, only an incredibly small minority is brewed as "craft" beer.  The rest is brewed by watered down giants focused on making a profit on billions (trillions?) of gallons of what you might be able to call beer (only by default) that control 99% of the market.  In order to combat such inequality of wealth (and quality itself for that matter) Dogfish Head will be occupying Stag's Head.

Alright, so a craft brewery occupying the Stag's Head isn't the same as a bunch of out-of-work campers occupying Wall Street, but they'll be bringing some great shit for your brew tasting:

Pangaea 120 Minute Chateau Jiahu Sah’tea Olde School Barleywine World Wide Stout Namaste Immort Ale Bitches Brew Burton Baton 60 Minute Chicory Stout My Antonia Hell Hound

There are also rumors that Randall the Enamel Animal on the Immort Ale will be on hand.  Is it true?  Does a beer that contains vanilla and bacon truly exist?  Set up a tent at the Stag's Head on Wednesday and find out.

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

Thursday, December 1 - Bronx Pale Ale vs. Victory Hop Devil : Cascade vs. Centennial @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Bronx Pale Ale has been on the scene for a bit now.  Victory Hop Devil has owned markets within the reach of the PA brewery for quite a while.  Who will win?  It comes down to the hops and the experts at Idle Hands will differentiate between two of the favorites of American craft brewers: Cascade and Centennial.  Get a crash course on brews from blue collar locales and hops from a red, white and blue country at Idle Hands on Thursday.

Idle Hands is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Alphabet City, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Four Founders at the Fair @ Puck Fair, Manhattan:

Remember a couple weeks ago when there were barely any beer events and everyone had to drink the beer that was regularly on draft?  I do too.  Let's try to keep forgetting that with this week's Founders event at Puck Fair.  They'll be bringing four of their founding beers to Puck Fair, pouring out the Dry-Hopped Cascade Ale, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Centennial IPA and the Breakfast Stout.

Wait, you look disappointed.  Is it because there are only four on draft?  Why don't you have one of each and then try to convince the world of your disappointment?

Puck Fair is located at 298 Lafayette Street between Houston and Jersey Street, Soho, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Harpoon Brewery Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Two Bierkraft events in one week!?!?  False.  Every night at Bierkraft is an event of craft beer excellence.  This is just the second one they're labeling this week.  And the second one that you definitely shouldn't miss.  Harpoon will be bringing some BIG brews and some regularly AWESOME brews.  Check out the list:

UFO Belgian Pale Ale Leviathan Quad Leviathan Barleywine 2010 Chocolate Stout Spruce Tip Ale Cider Leviathan Imperial IPA Winter Warmer

With a hit list like that one could say that Harpoon deserves their own label.

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

Friday, December 2 - Founders Night @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Another Founders Night!?!?!?  This week seems to be the week of twins.  And shouldn't you be so lucky.  In fact, up until now I bet you were still whining to yourself about all the different Founders you didn't get to try on Thursday.  Well good thing that Friday is just a day later and Founders is bringing a whole bunch of great brew that you didn't have on Thursday to the Rye House on Friday.  Check out this lineup:  Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Old Curmudgeon, Centennial IPA, Dry Hopped Pale Ale and Red’s Rye.

At this rate of Founder's consumption you can just combine the two nights together in your mind as one.  Certainly will make it easier to check into Untappd.

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

2011 New York City Craft Beer Week: The Beer Friends Event List for Monday - Thursday

Graham

What a kick-off weekend! The Beer Friends enjoyed quite a bit of craft beer this weekend in honor of the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week. Rattle n' Hum threw a great Barrier and Greenport bash Friday night, the Smuttynose pouring at Mudville on Saturday was fantastic (especially that Homunculus) and we're still not sure which is better - the Concoction or the Penicillin that we tasted on Sunday. Because there is so much to do this week and weekend, we're going to be breaking up the Beer Friends event listings for the week. Today we're throwing at you the events happening from Monday to Thursday. You can then check back on Thursday for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday events - a.k.a. The Grand Finale of NYC Craft Beer Week. We're hitting the streets, bars and breweries this week with a feverish devotion and we sure hope to see all you NYC Beer Friends out there with us!

Monday, September 19

Got a case of the Monday's after such a fantastic craft beer fueled weekend? We understand. We also know how to help.

Allagash Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Who doesn't love Belgian styled beer straight from the Northeast's wildest state? Well, Phil probably to be honest - but we're dragging his ass along anyways! Allagash will be pouring their finest Dubbles, Tripel's and Quads alongside some Witte's and maybe even an oak-aged or two. Get your Belgian palate ready and put on your best lumberjack inspired plaid jacket and you'll be ready for this event.

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

Empire Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Empire is one of upstate New York's favorite breweries. Trust me, I'm from there - and yes, I represent every upstater. We love the Cream Ale, would drown in the IPA and are fascinated by Deep Purple. When a brewery takes over the taps at Rattle n' Hum - they really take them over, leave no prisoners kind of style - so expect to see everything. You might be surprised.

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

Oskar Blues Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

Finish Monday night off with the best canned brew coming out of Colorado. Mudville will be hosting the boys and brews from Oskar Blues. Gubna, Dale's Pale, Lil' Yella Pils, Gordon and more. A few Dale's Pales at the end of a hard Monday helps everyone sleep a bit easier.

Mudville is located at 126 Chambers Street between West Broadway and Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Tuesday, September 20th

Brooklyn Brewery Presents The Companion @ Good Beer, Manhattan:

Brooklyn Brewery brewed up a special brew for the NYC Craft "Brew" Week (that's 4 brews!). The Companion is the newest edition to the Brewmaster's Reserve Series and is being ushered in as the beer in conjunction with the publishing of brewmaster Garrett Oliver's new book - "The Oxford Companion to Beer." The beer itself is a malty "wheat-wine" that is described by Brooklyn as having a deep malt flavor and a surprisingly light palate that finishes with some fruity notes. They'll also be pouring the Brooklyn Blast, the Post Road Pumpkin and another, yet-to-be-determined draft line. And in good favor, there will be a discount on all Brooklyn brews that night.

Good Beer is located at 422 East 9th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan.

Captain Lawrence Brewery @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Scott the brewer from Captain Lawrence will be on hand with all of his finest Westchester brews. We're expecting the usuals - Liquid Gold, Westchester Pale Ale, etc. alongside everything in the Captain's Reserve section.

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

A Taste of Brooklyn @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

Brooklyn used to be the capital of brewing in the United States. Then everything went to crap. Now Brooklyn is back. Head up to the Upper West Side for a taste of Brooklyn's finest breweries. Dive 75 will be featuring the best of Brooklyn, Kelso, Coney Island and Sixpoint.

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

Wednesday, September 21

Great American Ale Trail Book Signing @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger will be hosting author Christian DeBenedetti and throwing him a rare-NY-state-brewed party as he chats you up and signs your copy of his newest book - The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation. Blind Tiger will be finding their rarest NY-state brews to toast the occasion. Come and see why they made it into Christians book, although to be honest, most of you reading this probably already know why.

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

Beer From Strong Island @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Long Island has quickly been falling into place as a big brewing region of New York State. Come see why will 19 taps from Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Southampton. The list is pretty impressive. Seriously impressive. As in, you'd be foolish not to be there drinking beer from Long Island impressive. Check it out:

Greenport Harbor: Triton, Anti-freeze, Rye Saison, 2nd Anniversary California Common, English IPA, Citrus IPA, The Other Side IPA, Hopnomi, Leaf Pile, Harbor Ale, Black Duck Porter

Southampton: North Fork Fresh Hop, Biere de Mars, Pumpkin, Keller Pils

Blue Point Brewing: Oatmeal Stout Cask, Toxic Sludge, Blueberry Ale, No Apologies

11 Greenport taps? Impressive.

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

Cigar City Brewing Company Throwdown @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Cigar City has quickly become a Beer Friend favorite. Having just hit the NYC beer scene in the recent year or so, we are pleased to have had such a flood of their brew. Now they're throwing it down at Jimmy's No. 43. Brewery Founder Joey Redner will be bringing a solid bunch of kegs for your imbibing pleasure. You'll be drinking Big Apple IPA, Good Gourd, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Tiaramisu Sweet Stout (one and only NY Keg), Humidor High Jai Alai, Bolita Double Nut Brown, Marshall Zhukov Imperial Stout and White Oak IPA.

How can this getting any better for your palate you ask? Jimmy's will also be throwing an oyster party in the back. That's how.

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

Thursday, September 22

Very Old Beer and Extremely Stinky Cheese @ The Ginger Man, Manhattan:

Beer and food go together like fish in water. Except sometimes your beer is really old and your cheese smells up the whole room. Exactly how we like it. Sam Calagione is bringing 4 of Dogfish Head's vintage brews, pairing them with stinky cheese from Murray's Cheeses and letting you drink and eat your heart out. We're talking washing down some delicious cheese with bottles of 2004 Olde School, 2005 World Wide Stout, 2006 120 Min IPA and a 2007 Fort.

There is a hidden Beer Friends of us reviewing World Wide Stout and if you could watch it then it would help reinforce our suggestion you have a cab ready to take you home after trying all four Dogfish Head brews.

The Ginger Man is located at 11 East 36th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Empire Line Takeover @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

20 Taps. 22 if you count the casks. That's how many Empire brews the Pony Bar will be pouring on Thursday. For those of you who haven't gone beyond the Cream Ale or the IPA, this is your chance to enjoy the liquid product from one of the finest upstate NY breweries. And have another Cream Ale.

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

NY vs. PA @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Obviously New York. But we'll take the competition for the sake of getting to drink the beer to help decide the winner. Bluepoint and Greenport Harbor will be representing NY while Troeg's and Victory will be wearing the Pennsylvania state colors. All of a sudden this competition is looking a bit fierce. They'll probably need all your help to decide the winner. We're sure you won't mind lending a hand.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the Northwest Corner of 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Alright all you Beer Friends out there! Those are what we think are the finest things to do this NYC Craft Beer Week. Hopefully we'll see (and remember the next morning) you out at the bars! Make sure to check back Thursday morning to see our favorite events happening during the weekend finale. Cheers!

Beer Review 82: Dogfish Head Festina Peche

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Ah, fall is in the air - the air is getting crisp and signs of a full harvest takeover are all around us... so this week we reviewed a summer beer!  Dogfish Head Festina Peche is so good we couldn't resist.This seasonal offering by Dogfish Head comes in four packs and goes quick when it's around.  The Beer Friends typical enjoy Dogfish Head ancient brews and the experimental series they create, even their collaborations - so let's see how a seasonal stacks up!

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Beer Review 75: Dogfish Head Theobroma

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we grabbed a brew from Ancient Honduras - Theobroma from Dogfish Head Brewery.  This beer is part of the Ancient Ales Series which Sam Calagione (Founder and CEO) researches beers ancient roots and attempts to recreate some of these early brewing methods and recipes.  Although the Beer Friends have looked at other Dogfish Head brews and Collaborations, this is the first in the Ancient Ales series of which you can drink 3 of 5 on Untappd.com and earn a badge for your efforts.  Ancient Ales!  Beer Rewards!  Early Honduras Brew Masters!

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BFF4 - Phil's Bracket: First Round

Phil Foleen

What's up everyone time to get the Western Bracket for the 2011 Beer Friends Final 4 up and running! This year Phil's bracket has contenders from Oregon(of course), California, Hawaii, and a surprise showing from Mexico!  Make sure your vote counts, check back often and get your friends to support your favorite beers in all four brackets all the way to the Final Round!

The first match up is our 1 vs 16 with Sierra Nevada's Torpedo going head to head with Kona Brewery's Fire Rock Pale Ale.  A good showing from both, but I'd have to side with the Torpedo, alot more flavor even with the Hops kick has enough in my opinion to unseat the standard flavored Fire Rock.  But who am I to tell you that?  Click on through to the rest of the article and get all 8 of your votes in!

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The 8 vs 9 match has Lagunitas Hop Stoopid going up against this Beer Friend's personal fav Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter!  Hop Stoopid was a pretty delicious beer, but for my 2 cents I'm throwing in with the Black Butte, there's just something about the overall taste the eeks it out over the other one's hops.

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For the 5 vs 12 1st rounder we have Stone Brewing Collaboration Saison vs Widmer Brother's Drop Top Amber.  My pick is the Drop Top, mostly because i have a special place for that beer(being one of my gateway brews) but mostly because I am not a fan of the Saison.  Even if it was a team effort with Victory and Dogfish Head.

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Rounding out the first half of the Western Bracket at 4 vs 13 we have Rogue Brewery's Mocha Porter vs Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.  Mocha Porter is the pick from the BF's here, Big Daddy is an all around well-flavored IPA, but the Porter really takes the taste of the beer to a whole new level.  But vote for the one you want!

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Top of the bottom half of the bracket at 6 vs 11 we've got Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale vs Stone's Arrogant Bastard.  Alright, alright, I'll go with popular opinion here: Arrogant Bastard is the pick.  definitely has the intense flavor that helps the fans out, pulls ahead of a good but less arrogant(get it?) flavor from Anchor.

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Next we have the 3 vs 14 match: Dos Equis Amber vs Sierra Nevada Estate Ale.  I choose the Estate ale from Sierra Nevada, mostly for political reasons, I think having a beer brewed completely from ingredients that are grown on your brewery's grounds is an admirable achievement.  And it tastes better.  But who am I to judge?!  Vote for your fav!

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Coming up towards the end of our bracket we have the 7 vs 10 match with Rogue Brewing's Shakespeare Stout vs Green Flash's West Coast IPA.  I'm gonna have to go with Rogue again, the Oatmeal Stout has a much better overall flavor than the Green Flash, despite being on opposite ends of the drinking spectrum.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have the 2 vs 15 match! Lagunitas Censored Red vs Kona Brewing's Pipeling Porter. I'm siding with the Hawaiians on this one.  Pipeline Porter delivers a much more substantial and enjoyable flavor profile than the Censored, it's much more enjoyable to have on a cold day or a hot day.

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Thanks for voting!  But don't forget this is just the FIRST ROUND!  Come back for the next round to make sure your favorite beer makes it to NUMBER 1!