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Beer Review 133: Goose Island Bourbon County Stout 2012

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! The third installment of "Beer Geeks do Thanksgiving" features another true "beer geek" beer... Each year us "Brew Nerd's"  (Beer Geek was getting old) await yearly releases to come out.  Typically I'm excited for the fall/winter season because of football (see Hashtag Battles) and yearly stouts.  The two that come to mind are Founders Breakfast Stout and Goose Islands Bourbon County Stout.  We've reviewed Founders so now it's Goose Islands turn at the table.  Over the years we've tried a bunch of different styles aged in bourbon/whiskey/wine barrels, so let's see how this rich stout stacks up!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 11, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, November 13 - NY vs. NY Beer Fight @ The Owl Farm, Brooklyn: There's a new horse in town.  The town: Brooklyn.  The horse:  well, it's less a horse and more a craft beer bar called The Owl Farm.  Park Slope's newest craft beer bar, brought to you from the devious minds behind Carrol Garden's BGH, has only been open since June but has been packing in the craft beer events for your all your Brooklyn beer loving needs.  Tonight they'll be throwing a NY vs. NY beer night featuring some of the hoppiest, darkest and dangerous Empire State brews for you to spend Tuesday night pondering over.  Check out the list, two NY beers for every style:

IPA: Ithaca Flower Power VS Barrier Ruckus DIPA: Southern Tier Unearthly VS He’Brew Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Nitro Stout: Davidson Brothers Oatmeal VS Sixpoint Otis Belgian-style Ale: Ommegang Rare Vos VS Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold Pils: Southampton Keller Pils VS Sixpoint The Crisp Autumn Seasonal: Ommegang Scythe & Sickle VS Southern Tier Harvest English-style/Session: Barrier MollyCoddle VS Rockaway ESB Cider: Doc’s Hard Apple VS Original Sin Pear

Oh, we almost forgot - there's a Wildcard category - promising some mysterious, nutty selections.

My money's on the new horse.

The Owl Farm is located at 297 9th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, November 13 - Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing @ Sunswick 35-35, Queens:

Goose Island, despite the bland liquids their owners enjoy producing, pack a powerhouse of specialty brews that spread across a wide range of flavor profiles and they all go smashingly with cheese.  Astoria Beer and Cheese, Sunswick's neighbors, want to see how their best cheese stacks up against Goose Island's best brews.

On the list:

Bourbon County Stout India Pale Ale Matilda Pere Jacques Sofie

I'm gonna want to see how this one pans out.

Sunswick 35-35 is located at 3502 35th Street at the corner of 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Wednesday, November 14 - Allagash Night @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

Allagash is one of the Beer Friends favorite breweries this year and they'll be showing up at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday with some crazy sounding concoctions that only the minds behind a wild Belgian inspired American craft ale can come up with.  Alongside their regulars, which are always decadently over-the-top, Rob Tod of Allagash will be bringing two knew barrel aged brews - BAM and BAT.  Both use the same base beers but are barrel aged in some unique ways.  BAM is aged in barrels that once aged mead and BAT is aged in barrels that once held...wait for it...wait for it...T stands for TEQUILA!

Beer aged in tequila huh?  Gotta try this one...

The Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker Street between 7th Avenue and Jones Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Friday, November 16 - IPA/Curry Fest for Sandy Victims @ Alewife, Queens:

I'm going to go ahead and say that as the guy that sits next to the resident hop head in all our videos that he would like this.  So would the rest of us.  Including me.  This is quite possibly the hoppiest event I've seen in a long while and it should not be missed.  Especially if you're the resident hop head and you live in Queens. Alewife in Long Island City is stocking up on their IPA's for their Hop Head Throwdown which is also happening at the same time as this event - the IPA/Curry Fest.  They'll be serving up many curry dishes which happen to go excellent alongside any of the 15 announced and many more secretly promised IPA's on hand.

Check out these breweries:

Bear Republic Alesmith Dogfish Stone Green Flash Flying Dog Victory Barrier Great Divide Heavy Seas Troegs Sixpoint Brekenridge Founders Captain Lawrence

I know! Resident hops heads everywhere just cried a little without even knowing why.

On top of that, a portion of all sales that night will be donated to relief organizations for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

Alewife is located at 5-14 51st Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Avenue in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

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.

Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 3!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! 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 breweries 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 Three - St Louis Rams at Chicago Bears (#schlaflybeer vs #gooseisland)

Due to contractual negotiations, for this week Beer Friend Brad has been replaced for Hashtag Battles by Replacement Beer Friend Ron, who is a construction foreman... Enjoy.

This week the LA Rams take on the Chicago Cubs (wearing blue). This game will be played at Chicago stadium and I really need Matt Forte to do well because I have him in fantasy. Actually I'm a huge St Louis fan (check my facebook profile) and I'm super excited to be on national television. These guys are so big they scare me (sometimes when I get nervous I start throwing flags...)

OK... stop. This was a failure - and it only took one paragraph... what's taking the NFL so long?

This week's hashtag battle pits the St Louis Rams against the Chicago Bears. The St Louis Rams have been a interesting team the past few years. Sam Bradford is still trying to come out of his shell and stay alive behind a makeshift line... while Jeff Fisher is trying to build a champion with hard-hitting (dirty?) defense. The only problem is St Louis has never been good because it's a baseball town. I'd even argue that the Super Bowl win and the few years after were the result the backyard football Kurt Warner was playing. Then everyone realized that their defense couldn't tackle, defend, or even stand in the way of opposing players and the Mike Martz schemes got old - finally the team was forced into re-boot mode. Here comes a defensive minded Steve Spags fresh off a SB victory with the G-men and an attempt to right the ship. A 1-15 campaign in 2009 (I bet the 2008 Lions were sweating that one out...) earned the team the first pick in 2010 draft -- Sam Bradford. With a beast of a RB in Steven Jackson, and a weak NFC West, the Rams finished 7-9 and things looked up, then the NFC West got really good (see San Francisco 49ers) and the Rams fell to 2-14 again, oh where have you gone Eric Dickerson? This year the Rams started 1-1, a last minute lost to the Detroit Lions, who managed not to step on a single opposing player, and a victory against the Washington "Offensive Native American Name's" who played the role of the Detroit Lions and shot themselves in the foot. Is this a bounce back year? Stay tuned...

Schlafly is a delicious brewery operating in the shadow of Budweiser. While Bud seems to rule St Louis, Schlafly is providing quality beverages that help the good City of St Louis get drunk (and forget those tough Rams seasons). While the Beer Friends haven't officially reviewed a Schlafly beer, we've drank our fair share. The Steven Jackson of the Schlafly beers (you know, the only player you'd draft in fantasy with a StL next to their name) is the Oatmeal Stout and the Bourbon Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. If you look real close you can see a finished bottle on my wall in recent Beer Friend videos, it was so good I couldn't bring myself to throw the bottle away.

The Chicago Bears are going through a identity crisis. It's unclear who on the team supports Jay Cutler and after every week each player is subject to a straw poll if they want to vote him off the Island. Everything is sweet when the Bears are running over opponents (See Week 1 beat down of the hapless Colts) and sour when they get run over (See Week 2 Green Bay Packers defeat). Jay Culter has become so polarizing, even Brandon Marshall's multiple personalities are split. While Jay Cutler isn't impressed with the offensive additions, and continues to target his favorite receivers -- the other team. To his credit, Cutler has exactly 1 second to throw the ball - thanks to the "look out" blocks the offensive line practices. Unless it changes, this team is looking at the start of a Chicago Cub-like streak of playoff heartbreak.

Goose Island made the news in the last few years by being bought out - of course craft beer fans knew Goose Island long before that. 312 is a Presidential Favorite, and IPA is a standard found at quite a few bars this Beer Friend visits. Goose Island specializes in very crafty Belgian or "Vintage" brews (see the line up here) - but what really knocks my socks off is their Bourbon County Beers. The flavors hit me so hard I feel like Jay Cutler, and after a few I start yelling at everyone else too.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #schlaflybeer #gooseisland, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Hashtag Battles Week Nine!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com we will pit two breweries 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 (#gooseisland vs #victory), 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. We're starting on Sunday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Nine - Chicago (#gooseisland) vs Philadelphia (#victory)

Chicago is in trouble.  It all started last year as their season hung in the balance and Jay Cutler couldn't come back on the field.  Instead of explaining to the national TV audience that he sprained his knee and couldn't play - the Bears allowed him to keep his pads on and sit on a bike on the sidelines - then the tweets started rolling in.  The off-season was filled with questions and everybody in Chicago defending Jay - and the interesting Sports illustrated article "Jay Cutler doesn't care what you think".  Now the NFC North (Norris division) is controlled by the undefeated Packers and the up-and-coming Lions which leaves the Bears lumped in with the Vikings (which always play a dynamite first half and then leave their abilities in the locker room for the second half) in the bottom of the division.  But alas there's hope - the season is barely half way over and Cutler has a rocket arm - so there's always a chance...  Goose Island became one of the most talked about breweries in the nation after being bought out by Budweiser.  The marriage was inevitable with the same distribution companies and a craft brewery that's far enough away from anything Bud produces to make it worth while... Then came the aftermath of tweets and people embarrassing themselves at bars - looks like both these franchises are in need of a little face saving and re-birth.

Philadelphia was in trouble - until they won last week and are safe - until they possibly lose this week (also, people are ignoring the fact that they need to rattle off 9 wins in a row to be 12-4 and guarantee a playoff spot) but that's the future and let's look at the now.  The self proclaimed "Dream Team" can be the most exciting team on the field because they only beat themselves.  Last week they looked fantastic against the Cowboys (and those Eagle WR's helped me win a fantasy football matchup) - but they've also self-destructed and had multiple turnover games which resulted in the current 3-4 record.  Unlike the up and down Eagles, Victory Brewing always comes ready to play.  Located outside of Philly - this is a delicious brewery that is always a pleasure to see at the bar.  One Beer Friend still always goes for the Prima Pils and this Beer Friend always enjoys one of their two stouts (Stormking and Donnybrook) on a nitro pour.  While Victory constantly lives up to their good name, can the Eagles join them and win this weeks hashtag battle?

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.

Beer Review 60.5: Red Hook Long Hammer IPA Ballpark Review

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Baseball!  This week the Beer Friends go on location and review Red Hook Long Hammer IPA from Citi Field, home of the Amazing Mets! (Although this Beer Friends was cheering for the Colorado Rockies!)  We all enjoyed the selection from the Big Apple Brews bar located behind the center field scoreboard AND on the 500 level behind Home Plate.  Great selection including Kona Brewing, Redhook, Goose Island and about 15 others - with a Blue Smoke and Shake Shack, Citi Field might be the perfect place to watch a game, if only we could do something about the home team...

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Beer Review 58.5: Goose Island IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! With all the recent talk over a certain large beer distributing company purchasing another small craft brewery the Beer Friends decided to pour one out and discuss the past and future.  This week's SPotW is Goose Island IPA from Chicago and now part of the Anheuser Busch-InBev family - the Beer Friends discuss the possibilities of the beverage giant buyout and whether or not we'll see those delicious Brewmaster Reserves (Sofie, Bourbon County Stout, Matilda) continue, or slowly fade away.  For up-to-date Goose Island / In-Bev info be sure to check back with the Beer Friends, and the Goose Island twitter feed.  In-Bev!  Corporations! Pouring one out for my dead soldiers!  Beer!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 20, 2011

Graham

March Madness is fast upon us and we have some craft beer to keep you company while watching all the games.  If you happen to feel empty and wanting the minute-to-minute thrills of bracket competition  in between rounds then you should check in to The Beer Friends to vote on our own March Madness Tournament - Beer Style.  Whichever event we see you out at this week we expect to see you buried face first into your personal-internet-device as you continuously update TheBeerFriends.com to see who is leading the nations most important beer competition.  Vote early and vote often to help us decide what is the best beer in the country. Tuesday, March 22 - East Coast versus West Coast IPA Challenge @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

The Beer Friends have often discussed how American Craft Breweries often prove their worth by brewing a great IPA. It stands as a benchmark that solidifies you as a notable member of the American craft beer community.  Well, then what better way to judge an East Coast v West Coast competition then going head to head with IPA's. Expect a wide selection of hoppy brew from your favorite east coast and west coast breweries including cask offerings, barrel aged and rare releases that only the craft beer gurus at Rattle n' Hum can get their hands on.  East Coast verse West Coast? Let's let the hops decide!

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

Take the 6 train to 33rd. Walk West.

Tuesday, March 22 - Avery Brewery Event @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Avery has long been know in and out of Colorado as a brewery that pushes the boundaries - making some of the hoppiest, maltiest, bad-assiest brews around.  They will be making their Pony Bar debut this Tuesday in full force - taking over all the taps and bringing some of their rarest pours.  Expect the Holy Trinity, Demon and Dictator Series to be hanging out - with a few of the rarer brews only available in 5 oz. pours, due to their extreme awesomeness.  Extreme Awesomeness.

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

Take the A/C/E to 42 St.-Port Authority.

Thursday, March 24 - Midwest Beer Night @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

When you walk by random people in the street do you say hello?  If someone bumps into you on the subway do you smile and wish them a good day?  Are you 24 and already married with three kids?  Do any of these things scare the crap out of you as the hard-ass New Yorker that you are?  Well then, this event is the event for you.  Whether you're from the Midwest or wonder what it means when someone "smiles" at you in a "friendly way" in public, we can all agree that they know how to brew some decent craft beer.  Expect your favorite suds from the following Midwest breweries: Arcadia, Atwater Block, Erie, Founders, Goose Island, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, Leinenkugel, Nebraska, Point, Schlafly and Two Brothers.

Even the most bad-assed, sarcastic New Yorker will be friendly as a Nebraska corn farmer after having one from each brewery.

Barcade is located at 388 Union Avnue, between Ainslie and Powers Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Take the L to Lorimer Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Empire Brewery Tasting @ Dive Bar, Manhattan:

Empire Brewery will be making a big appearance Thursday night at Dive Bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  They'll be featuring 7 draft lines of Empires brews.  No specific names have been released yet but we can only hope that we get some Cream Ale, Black Magic Stout, Deep Purple, ESPA and many others.

Dive Bar is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue between 95th and 96th Streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Take the 1/2/3 or the B/C to 96th Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Bear Republic Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Bierkraft continues their plentiful weekly events by hosting one of California's strongest and hoppiest breweries - Bear Republic - this Thursday.  They say to expect some rare and not so rare stuff.  You know, here at the Beer Friends, we would care if they only poured Racer #5 and Hop Rod Rye - we'd drink em' up and have two of each.  Expect hops and California style in your favorite Brooklyn beer mecca.

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

Take the D/N/R to Union Street.

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27 - Cask Ale Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Cask Ales are those elusive brews that every craft beer fan claims to love but rarely orders.  It's time we fix that.  Jump on in to a deep (15 - 20 line) selection of popular and not so popular craft ales at Rattle n' Hum this weekend.  You have 3 days, starting Friday, so we're pretty sure you can go from a novice to an expert by Sunday.  Even if you don't leave with any increased knowledge, you're brain will forgive you and your taste buds will love you.

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

Take the 6 to 33rd.

We hope to see all of you out at the events this week!  And remember the Beer Friends Final Four starts today with the Midwest Bracket and continues with the rest of the regions throughout the rest of the week.  Make sure you check in every day to vote in the new regions and in the new rounds!