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Featured Brewery: Harpoon

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! For you avid twitter followers out there, you'll notice that the Beer Friends checked into a few Boston area Breweries earlier this week, this was part of our Boston Area Brewery Tour 2011 (Working Title), the first stop - appropriately enough - was the Harpoon Brewery off the Silver Line (you know, the weird bus line that goes underground in Boston). Harpoon was actually the first brewery issued a license in the state of Massachusetts, and proudly display their 001 Brewers License on merchandise.

C'mon with me for more and follow along with my tour...

The brewery tour includes a five dollar fee, mainly because you get to take the glass home. The tasting room is a great mix of displays honoring the past beers, with a corner of old beer cans of every variety and a wall of banners including every kind of beer (year round and seasonal) that Harpoon offers. Growlers are a big push and if I didn't live 4+ hours away I would've walked out with one. The tour started where seemingly every tour starts, at the beginning of the brewing process. We saw the grain hopper, the mash tun, the lautern tun and the fermenting tanks. One thing that was new from the other brewery tours was the pressurized tanks, which adds pressure to the beer allowing heating and cooling to happen faster. I could only surmise it did something to the taste because we were informed that only one other brewery in the US (a unnammed California brewery) has the same pressurized tanks.

Once among the tanks on the production floor we tasted the Harpoon IPA in its Green version, green means straight from the tank without the completed yeast process, aging and bottling. The Green beer was flatter but still had hints of the IPA which was a nice addition to this tour. After the green beer tasting we checked out the bottling line (which I always get a kick out of) and headed to "Beer Heaven" or better known as "The Warehouse". Basically Beer Heaven was ceiling to floor cases of every variety of Harpoon beer (including the UFO Pumpkin - that has yet to be released!). Think of Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark, with beer. Then the tour when winding back through the previous stops and into the tasting room!

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First Taste - Harpoon IPA I've had this beer before, but the point of the tasting was to go between the Green beer downstairs and the finished product from the keg. The obvious difference was the carbonation after the yeast had done their job and the product was kegged. A great beer either way.

Second Taste - UFO Pumpkin UFO stands for UnFiltered Offering and typically features a Pale Ale, Hefeweizen, Raspberry Hefeweizen and a White Ale. This Pumpkin offering fit in well with its brothers in the series. Having had a few Pumpkin Ales/Beers before the taste was pretty similar to what I expected. A little creaminess and hints of nutmeg pushed this brew more towards the Pumpkin pie flavor beer, but lacking in sweetness. Out of the four Pumpkin beers I've tasted (including Post Road from Brooklyn) I liked this the best. However, I still place pumpkin ales in the category of "one and done".

Third Taste - Belgian Pale Ale I, unlike Phil, enjoy all beers, but have the least experience with Belgians... you know, one of the most popular beer styles out there. Growing up in Colorado I skipped over that first step in beer-education and went right for the American Craft stuff, so I'm backtracking. Recently I've found a few Belgian Pale Ale's I really enjoyed (see Sixpoint and John Harvard Brewhouse) and figured I'd take a chance on this one. Good flavor but didn't have the kick that the Sixpoint does (I'm sure the Sixpoint is very hopped) and the full flavor profile that John Harvard does. A great beer none the less.

After this third tasting they rang the bell and kicked us out, this was the worst part of the tour.

The Harpoon Brewery is located at 306 Northern Ave [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=306+Northern+Avenue,+Boston,+MA&aq=1&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=43.664131,66.269531&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=306+Northern+Ave,+Boston,+Massachusetts+02210&t=h&z=14&ll=42.346546,-71.034406&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The tasting room is open Monday through Friday from 2-4pm Tours are available on Saturday (10:30a to 5p) and Sunday (11:30a to 3p) and start every half hour.

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!

Harpoon Night at Blind Tiger: Hangover Edition

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation!  Good Beer Month continues into August with Harpoon Brewery at the Blind Tiger NYC.  Harpoon Brewery is from Boston and a favorite of the two Red Sox fans in the Beer Friends.  Tonight should be fun with a few common pours, a few 100 Barrel series pours and a few from the Leviathan series! Beer! Brad 1st - Harpoon Leviathan Baltic Porter 2008: Honestly hard to get past the alcoholic taste on this one.  At 12 percent I knew it was high but most times the harshness is cut by another favor - not this time.

Graham #1 - Harpoon Landbier.  This German lager is a light, easily drinkable session beer from Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Tan in color, slight malt aroma and very light body, this easy to take down 6 of lager is not compromising on taste. It's got a burst of malt flavor that stays with you through a clean finish. If this was in sixers it'd b perfect for a summer day outside.

Paul's 1st - Landbier: This is a delicious session lager. It's hard to disagree with Graham's assessment about how often this beer could be consumed. I would love to drink this beer after work on a cool late summer day.

Brad #2 - Leviathan Imperial IPA; I love this beer.  The regular IPA is too light for me but this one does well with the 4 (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, an Amarillo) Hops used. Easy to drink and spicy enough to feel it, plus the 10 ABV is hidden under the hops taste which is fantastic.

Graham Número Dos - Harpoon Single [Delta] Hop ESB: Using a new hop variety with this one gives it a different hop character than the regular ESB. Easily drinkable with an herbal aroma and a bronze color, this brew has an earthy hop flavor to it that is delicious.

Paul's 2nd - Belgian Pale Ale (cask): I am already a big fan of this beer and having it out of the cask doesn't disappoint.  It's very light and sweet, the Belgian part of it gives the pale part of it a lot of flavor.  It's very easy to drink and the lack of carbonation from the cask makes it really smooth.  It's cloudy out of the cask and looks more like apple cider.  This was my favorite of the night and I was looking forward to it as soon as I saw it on the menu.  I only wish it came in a larger glass...

Brad #3 - Harpoon Leviathan Triticus: Triticus is Latin for "wheat" and this is a dark wheat wine-style ale and is delicious.  Slightly sweet and easily drinkable, this was the winner of the night for me.

Graham Number Trois - Harpoon Bohemian Imperial Pilsner: This brew is  part of the 32nd release of their 100 Barrel Series. It is definitely a bog beer with the 9% ABV and the increased malt sweetness. The hops are even more pronounced. It is definitely an "assertive but not overly aggressive beer" as Harpoon describes it, however it leaves me wanting it more aggressive. When ordering it I more wanted a punch-in-the-face mugging in the park imperial pilsner not a brisk walk through the hop/malt tourist part of the park.

Paul's 3rd - Munich Dark: This dark lager has a great bite to it.  It starts smooth but quickly jumps out and let's you know it's there.  This would be a great beer for late summer or early fall. Honestly, it would be a pretty good beer anytime, but it was a hot day in NYC today and I think I'm in a certain mindset... a hot, dehydrated mindset.

Graham 4th - Harpoon Triticus: Wheat Wine. I'm not sure what that conjures up in your mind...perhaps a barley wine style brew made with wheat malts instead of barley. High in alcohol taste with a sweet malt that will hope to overpower the 12% ABV. Well take that notion, drop the sugary malts, keep the ABV and add a boatload of roasted and burnt malts that blow this brew out of the water. This one drinks like a coffeeish, dark flavored imperial stout. Bit don't let it fool you, it's still 11.1% ABV.

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The Beer Events Continue! - Week of August 1st

Graham

We miss New York City Good Beer Month already, quite a bit actually, and we're not getting it back anytime soon, however that does not mean that the good beer has stopped flowing in this great city.  July was a fantastic month, however we at the Beer Friends promise that August will not disappoint.  The Beer Friends have some big announcements coming out this month, including some breaking beer news, special events and Beer Friends exclusive happenings. Make sure you keep checking in to stay up to date during these exciting craft beer times. For now let's just check out the events we have happening this week here in good ol' NYC:

Tuesday, August 3 - Speakeasy Night @ Toast Uptown: Many beer lovers shy away from heading north of say...George Keeley's when it comes to finding craft beer in this town.  This is disappointing, but mostly for those who won't do the trek.  Toast Uptown, just south of 125th Street/Tiemann Place on Broadway is a Morningside Heights craft beer gem and tonight they will be featuring the Speakeasy Brewery out of San Fransisco.  In addition to their semi-regular pour Speakeasy Prohibition Ale they will be serving up the "Big Daddy" IPA and two other special Speakeasy brews.  While your there enjoying a few Speakeasy brews you should take it upon yourself to dive into one of their famous burgers or their infamously delicious 'toasts' (think steak, pulled pork or goat cheese on perfectly "toasted" baguette slices).  I would say that Speakeasy brews perfectly compliment the food, but wouldn't one just imply on their own that great beer would compliment great food?

Wednesday, August 4 - Harpoon Night @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: Come on over to your favorite West Village beer bar for a night to remember with the Harpoon Brewing Company.  Harpoon will be taking over the taps with lot's of rare stuff, including select pours from their Leviathan Series, 100 Barrel Series, as well as two beers that will be brewed special for this event.  There is a good chance you will see a Beer Friend or two making an appearance at this one.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, August 6/7/8 - The "A" Rated Event @ Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn: This is an event of epic proportions, contrived from the minds behind the Williamsburg craft beer haven of Mug's Ale House and the guys behind the beer dictionary websites of BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com.  Users on these two websites take the time to give number/letter ratings to all the craft brews they drink.  Mug's will be pouring beers that only receive the highest, "A", ratings on these websites.  The lineup is still in the "coming soon" phase, but since this ale house consistently has an exceptionally diverse and quality selection, I wouldn't hold back from betting that they will provide us with the finest craft beers this country has to offer.  It's a three day event, but you should go early and often cause when the best is gone, it's gone...

Sunday, August 8 - The Benefit For the Gulf @ Blind Tiger, Manhattan: One recurring and inspiring theme that has been happening throughout Good Beer Month is the craft beer worlds dedication to helping the fishermen and other business effected by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Part of the profits from the event this Sunday will go towards helping these good people get back on their feet.

ALL WEEK LONG, 8/1 - 8/8 - Local Brewery Appreciation Week @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: The guys over at Rattle n' Hum are keeping up their local brew lovefest, this time with every brewery in the 5 bourough area...and beyond.  This event will feature pours from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Crapt Ales, Kelso of Brookyn, Captain Lawrence and Ithaca Brewing Co.

Alright, Beer Friends out for now!  But keep checking in daily for event updates and information on where the Beer Friends will be imbibing their favorite craft beers this week.  July was NYC Good Beer Month, however, we promise August will be awesome.

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!