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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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 6, 2011

Graham

Monday, November 7 - Vintage Three Philosophers @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn: Ommegang's most famous brew will be on hand in vintage style tonight at the Fourth Avenue Pub.  Three kegs of their quadrupel, the Three Philosopher's, have been aging nicely since 2007, 2008 and 2010.  Someone from the brewery will be around to receive your praise and admiration for this spectacular brew.  There will also be a fourth brew on hand from the Ommegang/Duvel collectioin.

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

Tuesday, November 8 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Peak Organic Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Organic is a trend that has sure caught on, especially here in NYC.  However, it hasn't become too overly popular in the craft beer world.  The limited amount of craft brewing has a lot to do with the availability of certified organic ingredients, however there are a few breweries who have made the jump.  Peak Organic is one of them and they'll be bringing their offerings over to Bierkraft this Tuesday for the bars weekly Tasting Night.  The line-up showcases their straight forward styles which put an emphasis on traditional taste - the Amber, IPA, Fall Summit, Nut Brown and Winter Session.  Do organic ingredients really make for a tastier brew?  It's up to you to decide.

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

Wednesday, November 9 - Abita Double Dog Release Party @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

One would expect beer that is craft brewed in New Orleans to be over-the-top.  Double Dog by Abita is just that beer.  Normally an American strong ale of epic proportions - the 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog put's it even further over-the-top.  You can grab a taste of this rare and delicious brew at the Stag's Head this Wednesday as well as catching a few other Abita offerings.  Don't forget to try the free cajun snacks.

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

Thursday, November 10 - Meet the Brewery: North Coast @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Head on over to Jersey City this Thursday for a unique event that you won't want to miss - Northcoast Brewery will be featured at the Iron Monkey.  Fort Bragg, Califronia's favorite brewery will be bringing their best offerings for you to try, check out this list:

North Coast Red Seal North Coast La Merle North Coast Pranqster North Coast Old Rasputin North Coast Brother Thelonious

If these brews made it to my region, I would not miss a chance to try all of them.

The Iron Monkey is located at 99 Greene Street on the corner of York Street, a short walk from the Exchange Place Path Stop, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saturday, November 12 - Stone Brewing Company Presents: Vertical Epic 11/11/11 @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we appreciate the ingenuity of craft brewers everywhere.  We also appreciate it when they go batsh!t crazy.  Introducing this years 11/11/11 Vertical Epic by Stone:  "Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chillis from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley."  Holy sh#t.  Seriously crazy.  Stone's own Dennis Flynn will be on hand at GRAB to walk you through this incredibly unique beer.  As well as three other SoCal classics.  We strongly agree with GRAB's statement "don't forget to bring your growler."

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

 

 

NYBrewfest jun 19th!

Phil Foleen

All dressed up and nowhere to go on June 19th?  Well you are in luck, my friend, because the 4th annual NY Brewfest just happens to be on that very day!

Right now they are listing 26 breweries from NY State, 38 breweries from the rest of the US of A, and another 15 breweries of the international variety.  Click through for more details.

The festivities are from 3:30pm-8pm on Governor's Island in NYC, which is pretty fantastic since you can only get there by boat, so you can have as much beer as you want!  Prices range from $55+tax etc, $75 for a Connoisseur's admission which gets you in an hour early, and if for some reason you don't want any beer, there's a Music Lover's ticket for $25.

The best thing about your ticket is it includes your very own sampling glass, all the food you can eat while you're there, and a round trip ticket for the NY Water Taxi to get you there!  Now that's a bargain!  The music is looking pretty good too, c'mon Bagpipe Dudes!

They also have Seminars, but nothing under the heading yet so stay tuned, and if you're in a giving mood you can also Volunteer to help out.

All in all this looks like a can't miss event for anyone who's in the area and loves beer.  On the site they say that the last 3 Brewfests have sold out, so you may want to get your tickets early.  I know I am.  Tickets link is below.

Get you tickets HERE

Thanks Ken for the lead!