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New York Beer Events for the Week of August 20th - 25th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We know why you've come here today, just sit back and let us plan your week of beer swigging events...

Monday August 20th -

Murray's Cheese is a locals favorite of most New Yorkers - legendary on Bleecker, I recently had a true New Yorker get so excited that "Murray's now sells beer!" As if the craft beer revolution was now official in his mind.  Well, those of us who've been following for quite some time welcome Murray's Cheese to the table and let's see what they got!  On Monday, August 20th, Murray's Cheese pairs with the Shelton Brothers to present "Belgian Beers and Cheese" - the problem is (with Murray's being new to the craft beer scene - we're very cheap) it's $75 to get in and availability is limited (10 seats for this class).

Murray's Cheese is located at 254 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 21st -

Who doesn't like a little competition?  If there is one thing New Yorkers do well is tell you how great New York is, and we love to prove it.  So head down to Mission Dolores for their NY vs CA Can Beer Night.  Representing CA are breweries such as: Bear Republic, Firestone Walker, Sierra Nevada, 21st Amendment, Stone, Lagunitas and Green Flash.  Representing NY are breweries such as: Southern Tier, Sixpoint, Kelso, Barrier, Empire, Brooklyn Brewery, and Captain Lawrence.  So make your list of great NY things, and stuff from California you can crap on - and head on down!

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 

Wednesday August 22nd -

The baseball season is winding down and most fans have realized whether or not they have a chance for the off-season.  This means that now baseball games actually start to mean something!  Standings is celebrating it by having a few baseball themed beers on tap including Green Monsta Ale from Wachusett Brewing Co. (it doesn't suck like the Sox this year...) and Summer Love from Victory (see the Sox comment and apply to Phillies).  Best thing about Standings? It's directly above Jimmy's No. 43 so make it a doubleheader!

Standings Bar is located at 43 East 7th St., New York, NY

If this doesn't sound interesting - check out Mad River Brewery at Blind Tiger.  Be sure to get there early, the event starts at 3pm and fills up quickly!

Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Thursday August 23rd - 

Bierkraft is legendary in Craft Beer in New York City - so when they invite a "new comer" like Barrier it must be a big deal.  Well, that's partly true - Barrier Brewing Co. is a really big deal.  Barrier started just three years ago in a 1 barrel facility, yada yada yada... a few awards later they've expanded to a five barrel facility in Oceanside, NY.  If you see them around, try their stuff - if you haven't - get to Bierkraft on Thursday when Barrier takes over the taps.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Ave., Brooklyn, NY

Feel like playing some video games?  Check out the greatest idea for a bar since... well ever - at Barcade in Williamsburg.  Barcade has a excellent draft list (always) and this Thursday they invite Flying Dog from Maryland.  In addition to their great year round beers (Gonzo, Snake Bite IPA), the draft list looks very dangerous, so bring your wits and your quarters.

Barcade Brooklyn is located at 388 Union Ave., Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

Friday August 24th - 

It's Friday!  Find a Happy Hour and enjoy yourself!  Be sure to check in on untappd.com and follow us at @thebeerfriends, @beerfriendbrad, @beerfriendphil, @beerfriendpaul, and @beerfriendgrahm and let us know what you're drinking!

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 May 1, 2011

Graham

May.  What a month.  Spring flowers, worker's rights, Mexican Fives and Memorial Day.  May is like a non-stop party.  What kind of beer should we drink to start this party?  Ithaca Flower Power for the flowers? The Peoples Lager from China for May Day? Negro Modelo for Cinco de Mayo? A Southhampton Double White for Memorial Day?  You know, cause we're all double excited to finally be able to wear white now. Tuesday, May 3 - Pretty Things "Once Upon A Time" Launch Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Ever wonder what beer tasted like in 1855?  The country was just about to be divided by civil

war, Lincoln hadn't yet traded in his coon skin hat for his top hat in NYC after having a pint at McSorely's and electricity was still relegated to lightning and sparks between young lovers.  The brewers at Pretty Things wondered all these same things.  So, presumably they dressed up in top hats, turned off all the lights and took different positions on states rights.  Then "Once Upon A Time" was born.  Join the Pretty Things brewmasters along with beer historian Ron Pattinson for a brew event with historical flavor.  There will be cask and draft offerings of many Pretty Things brews, including the new "old" creation!

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

Wednesday, May 4 - California Dreaming @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Simple word recognition.  Spring: Hops.  Summer:  Hops.  Sunshine:  Hops.  Beach: Hops.  Reading in the Park:  Hops.  Going to work in short sleeves:  Hops.  If you're finding this to be a familiar train of thought in your life, as it is in mine, then I think we have the event for you.  The Double Windsor, in honor of the transition into Spring/Summer will be pouring hoppy brews brewed in the state the practically invented summer:  California.  Expect a hopped up night with the likes of Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, The Bruery, Anderson Valley and Sierra Nevada.  There are rumors that a certain Sculpin will be available alongside a certain casked Torpedo.  Hello sunshine.

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

Thursday, May 5 - Oysters and Greenport Harbor @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Favorite food to pair with beer:  Shellfish.  Oysters to be specific.  And you can get East End oysters and beer by a brewery straight from a town built on oysters this Thursday at Jimmy's No. 43.  Greenport, Long Island can be called the oyster capital of New York.  So one would assume that the brewery with the town's name would know how to brew beer that goes with oysters.  And they'll be bringing two new brews with them.  I wonder if they'll pair nicely with oysters?  Of course they will.

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

Saturday, May 7 - Smuttynose Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Know Smutty, Know Beer.  GRAB Specialty foods will be featuring Smuttynose Brewing Company at their next installment of their Saturday tasting series.  The reps at Smutty will be bringing an offering out of their Big Beer Series (Big-A-IPA?) as well as some of their more laid back pours for you to try.  Be generous, try them all.

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

Enjoy the party Beer Friends Nation!

Pony Bar: One Year Anniversary Party

Brad

Beer Friends here giving our brief recap of a night to be remembered at our favorite watering hole, The Pony Bar.  Located in Hells Kitchen on 10th Ave and 45th Street, this craft beer bar has made quite the splash in the first year they've been open.  Besides getting great reviews in Time Out New York and Yelp, The Pony Bar has become one of local legend with it's All American Club.  Drink your way through 100 beers, write them down including Beer, Brewery, date and your own personal rating and receive a awesome Dickies short sleeve button up brewmaster shirt - but wait!  There's more!  Last night the Pony Bar was closed for a private party from 3-7p as Dan the manager and the awesome bartenders and barhops treated All American club members to 20 new pours plus sliders and wings. Of course the Beer Friends made a trip - three of us being members in this exclusive club (we like to drink with a purpose) and here's what our night consisted of:

Brad -

Round One: Started with Sixpoint Autobahn IPA, which is part of the one barrel series.  Again Sixpoint continues to impress.  Not overly spicy like some IPA's seem to be, this pour was very smooth and a great way to start the night.

Round Two: Sierra Nevada Fritz and Ken 30th Anniversary - this made it into my elite club.  Only the best of the best beers (Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare, Left Hand Milk Stout, Magic Hat Howl - notice a theme?) get ranked above a 9 on my card, and slide over because Fritz and Ken are in.  This fantastic coffee Stout is part of the 30th Anniversary series and is well worth the hunt if you can find it!

Round Three: This was a very special pour - Allagash Triple from a bottle that Dan poured for everyone.  This was a great pour... reminded me a lot of the Allagash White, in that traditional Belgian style.

Round Four: Smuttynose Oak aged Imperial Stout - this was another great pour.  Although it's getting warmer outside, I'm really continuing to enjoy these porters and stout tossed at me.  The Smuttynose Oak Aged was aged in apple brandy barrels which gave it more of a alcohol taste mixed with a hint of chocolate made it delicious.  A perfect beet to call it a night with.

Paul

Round 1 Boulder Never Summer Ale – Is technically a winter warmer, but this beer was incredibly refreshing on a warm spring day.  It was heavier than it’s light tan color would suggest.  It had just enough spice to it to make this memorable. This is a good three season beer, the only time I wouldn’t reach for this would be on a sweltering  summer day.  A cool summer day would be different story…

Round 2 Sixpoint Autobahn IPA – This was a nice treat to find here.  Being a limited brew from Sixpoint, I was excited to try it.  Sixpoint being known around the beer friends for Bengali Tiger, this was a nice change of pace from them.  It’s a nice crisp and refreshing IPA that I enjoyed a lot.  If I’m going to seek out an IPA I may look toward something with a little more kick, but I would definitely suggest this to someone who claims not to like IPAs.

Round 3 Dogfish Head Immort Ale – This was a very sweet and smoky beer.  Given that it was peat smoked barley and maple syrup as ingredients that makes a lot of sense.   I enjoyed this one a lot, I got a small glass because the ABV was 11% but that didn’t affect how the beer went down.  Very smooth with a lot of flavor.  I’d definitely buy a 4-pack of this to try again at home.

Round 4Firestone Walker Union Jack – Was prepared to be blown away by this because of some hype I had heard, but as a big IPA drinker I was slightly disappointed.  It was a strong IPA, but again it’s probably not something I would seek out.  I may have to give this one another chance on a less overwhelming evening.

Round 5Schlafly Imperial Stout – Yet another Bourbon barrel aged beer that I have come across this year.  This style being very popular through the beginning of this year this is the first Imperial Stout I’ve had that’s like this.  It’s fun to see how all the different styles take the barrel aging. This beverage was very boozy.  It was very tasty with the bourbon giving it a sweet sting, but as it rolled over it tasted more like a mixed drink than a beer.

Round 6 Dogfish Head Red & White -  I was eyeballing this one all night.  I had read a bunch about this beer on some of the blogs so I was excited to give it a try.  I found this brew to be very tasty.  It was sweet, from the wit beer side, and dry, from the wine side.  Normally I’m turned off by the American style wheat beers that are brewed with citrus peels, but it’s not overpowering in this pour.  I’m not a big fan of the sweet wheat beers but the other flavors are a great compliment and make this very enjoyable.

Graham -

First Brew - I also started the night with Sixpoint Autobahn IPA.  Man, Sixpoint knows how to brew a tasty beer, especially in the IPA region.  The Autobahn had a strong bitter start to it that finished with a malty sweetness.  Sixpoint hasn't outdone the Bengali Tiger yet, but they sure come close with this one.

Second Brew - For my second round I went a little haywire with the Empire Deep Purple.  This beer is most definitely...PURPLE!  It is brewed with a whole bunch of Concorde Grapes which are famously used in the health/healing juice of the same name and it tasted like it.  The Pony was pouring everything in 14 oz. glasses (instead of the usual high alcohol/super special beers being in 8 oz. pours)  and it was hard to put down the whole thing.  I would've rather had an 8 oz. of the Deep Purple, but it was a new experience that I won't soon forget...

Third Brew - Ithaca Alphalpha.  Don't make the mistake I did and order this one by the name Alpha Alpha because it is definitely made with alfalfa!  A lighter in color, medium in body spring beer base made with real alfalfa and honey with a beautifully delicious contribution of hops to it gives this beer a spicy belgian mead type of taste.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Alphalpha experience.

Fourth Brew -  Dogfish Head Red and White.  A little on the Belgian side, this brew went down smooth but with a unique yeast taste to it in the Dogfish Head style of individuality.  I wish I had more to say about this one but...what the hell I was four beers in at this point!

Fifth (And LAST but definitely not LEAST) Brew - The Schlafly Imperial Stout.  Everyone stop what you are currently doing, stand up and start clapping.  Slow clap is encouraged.  This beer took the cake for me last night.  An imperial stout aged in Jim Beam barrels that leaves you with one sentiment:  Wow.  Strong coffee flavors that any Yankee stout drinker would appreciate and caramelly bourbon flavors straight from Jim Beam that any true Southern Gentleman would enthusiastically applaud while shooting off his shotgun in celebration!  This beer could truly have solved the Civil War had it been around at the time.  We all would've made peace and reconciliation and agreed that all men and women should be free to pursue the liberty and happiness of consuming such a fine beverage.  I'm still clapping about it this morning, so should you.  Standing ovation for the Schlafly Imperial Stout.  Bravo.

Thanks Pony Bar for the great time!  See you next year!  (Or today after work...)