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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 12, 2011

Graham

I had a feeling.  And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings.  The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week.  A HUGE week.  Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy.  It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome.  Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it.  Let's see what we've got... Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area?  But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet?  Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things.  However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions.  And it's happening this week.

The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene.  They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much.  Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.

Even better?  It's at Barcade.  Always a fantastic beer selection.  Always great retro video games to keep us entertained.  And now?  An awards show to give us something to cheer about.  Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award?  We all have our horses that we're pulling for.  Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC.  Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.

The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Were you afraid you missed it?  One of most badass events of 2011.  Well, you did and you're lucky:  it's happening again.  The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307.  TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park.  We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street.  It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar.  Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.

Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event.  Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.

You missed it once.  Don't let it happen again.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.

Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week.  A party that we are all going to love.  Except Phil that is.  And he's the only one who actually live in Queens.  I guess we'll have to make a special trip.

Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium.  The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE

Did I also mention that this event is happening all week?  That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews.  And then making fun of him when he refuses.

Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys.  The newcomers to the craft brew scene.   We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene.  Barrier Brewery is just that.  They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier.  They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.

Let's take a short quiz.

Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?

a) All          b) Some          c) None

If you answered A, then you should attend the event.  If you answered B, then you should attend the event.  If you answered C, then you should attend the event.  That was easy enough to figure out.

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

Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week.  We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far.  Perhaps you should stop reading here.  We know you're better than that though.  So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.

In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember.  We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action.  All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.

You're welcome.

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

Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:

Some things you have to see to believe.  This event is one of them.  The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance.  And the beer was Heineken.

Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.

Or maybe it's just free.  And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.

Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:

Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series.  And it kind of feels like selling out.  Like getting free beer from the man.  However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.

Here's the reason:  Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.

I like variety.  So do you.  Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer.  We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more.  The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on TheBeerFriends.com, so make sure you check in and check in often.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Beer Friends love the summer.  This week is an example of why.  We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!

New York City Good Beer Month - Week of July 26

Graham

It is sad, but it is true….this is the last week of New York City Good Beer Month. We at the Beer Friends would like to give a huge thanks to the guys over at the Good Beer Seal for coming up with the NYC Good Beer Month idea, getting the mayor to proclaim it to be true and then organizing a multitude of good events with local bars, breweries and organizations to highlight how much this city loves its craft beer. If this isn’t a sign that the Craft Beer Revolution is in full force, then I don’t know what is.

Your last week of NYC Good Beer Month is filled with some exciting culminating events. Check em’ out below…we’ll see you there!

Tuesday, July 27 – Sixpoint @ Rattle N’ Hum, Manhattan: On Tuesday we will all be very lucky people. The city’s youngest brewery and one of the brightest on the scene will be showcasing their best pours (which is all of them) at Rattle n’ Hum (33rd just East of 5th). Come catch all of Sixpoint’s best beers with the Beer Friends. We will definitely be in attendance searching for some Bengali Tiger, Sweet Action, Righteous Rye, Brownstone, Otis and some of the new Signal IPA. Nothing like Sixpoint to bring NYC Good Beer Month back home. Plan to check back here tomorrow for the recap...I wouldn't miss this for anything.

****Sixpoint Craft Ales has been a Beer Friend Brewery of the Week.  Check out the article!****

Wednesday, July 28 – Good Beer At Bam, Manhattan: This event is the signature farewell to NYC Good Beer Month. The guys at Good Beer Seal got some of the best regional brewers to provide their beer as inspiration for some of the best regional chefs in an event that is all-encompassingly mouth watering. Using the beer to fuel their fires, the best NYC and surrounding area chefs will be cooking up succulent food pairings. The event is only for ticketed guests so make sure you go purchase yours today. I’m sure they are going fast.  Buy your tickets here!

Wednesday, July 28 – Two Brothers Night @ Blind Tiger, Manhattan: Two Brothers Brewery will be making a rare trip to NYC to provide us with 15+ taps of their delicious craft creations. Make your way down to the village for some delicious craft beer. The Beer Friends will be in attendance.

Thursday, July 29 - Christmas in July @ Burp Castle, Manhattan: Keeping with the Christmas in July theme, Burp Castle is throwing their own celebration.  Featuring Troeg's Mad Elf and Jenlain Noel on tap along with free Belgian fries at the bar.  After all, what is Christmas without Belgian fries?

Saturday, July 31 - The Great Hot Dog Cookoff @ Kelso Brewery, Brooklyn: Good beer leads to good things.  Kelso Brewery takes that to the next level by closing down their block in Brooklyn and hosting a huge craft brew fueled hotdog cookoff to benefit City Harvest, a New York food bank charity.  They bring in a bunch of culinary experts to compete for your attention for their hotdogs in order to find out who cooks up the best weiner.  There will also be plenty of craft beer available.  I've heard they got a pretty rockin' set of bands playing too.  Charity never tasted so good.

The Beer Friends would like to thank you for hanging out with us during this wonderful craft beer month.  Hopefully we'll get to see familiar faces at all the events this week.  We'll be the ones walking around with the petition to extend NYC Good Beer Month to August.  And September, and October and...

New York City Good Beer Month: Events for Week of 7/12

Graham

Hello Beer Friends!

The first week of New York City Good Beer Month was a resounding success with the 'Cool Sh#t Event' at Rattle n' Hum, the Bear Republic 'Sour Patch' Event at Bar Great Harry and Magic Hat Brew Night at Standings.  And we heard that Sixpoint Craft Ales were pouring like waterfalls over at Meatopia on Governors Island Sunday.

Let's look forward to another great week, as usual you will be able to catch The Beer Friends at most of these events.

July 13 - Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Pretty Things Brewery event!  The self-proclaimed gypsy brewery, Pretty Things, is most notable for their cute tap handles (seriously, craft beer chick's love the tap handles) and their Belgian influenced beers and ales.  Rattle n' Hum will be featuring some of our Pretty Things favorites, might we even see the appearance of the 22 oz.  London Mild Ale historical recreation?  One could only hope...

July 13 - Burp Castle, Manhattan: Starkbierzeit Festival!  The Starkbierzeit Festival, which tranlates to Strong Beer Festival, will be featuring several high profile and high intensity brews along with free Belgian fries (are there better fries then Belgian fries?).  But Shhhh!  Try to keep your excitement quiet while ordering, Burp Castle has a strict, low volume rule while on premise.  Sometimes though, it's better to sip on high octane brews in a low octane sort of way.

July 14 - Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: I'm happy to announce that one of The Beer Friends favorite breweries will be having a brewery event at one of The Beer Friends favorite New York Beer Bars.  Head down to the West Village this Wednesday for the Victory Brewery Night at the Blind Tiger Ale House.  You will definitely find The Beer Friends at this one having a few of their favorite Victory Brews:  Prima Pils, Hop Devil IPA, Storm King Stout and hopefully a few other secret/rare releases.

There is another special event on Tuesday, July 13.  New York City Beer Month has its own Beer Sessions Radio hosted by Jimmy Carbone, co-founder of the Good Beer Seal and owner of Jimmy's No. 43 in the East Village.  This week they will be releasing, for the first time, a limited smoked beer brewed by Sixpoint Craft Ales specially for the New York City Good Beer Month.  It was poured for the first time at Meatopia and can only be found at certain Good Beer Seal bars.  This is truly a treasure that The Beer Friends will be hunting to find throughout the month.  Listen to the Beer Sessions Radio tomorrow @ 5 p.m. for where to catch it and follow The Beer Friends twitter/facebook feed to join the hunt with us.

As always, thanks to our New York Good Beer Month organizers over at the Good Beer Seal and our beloved Mayor Bloomberg.

Let's hope Good Beer Month stays for awhile.  See you at the bars!