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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 28, 2011

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow, so that just happened. The Beer Friends hope everyone is safe (to drink craft beer) and has power (enough to watch our videos). While people are getting power back and lives together, this week we'll feature something to do every night in effort to get you out of the house. Some of these events are weekly happenings so if you like it, come again next week!

Monday - 25 Cent Wings and Daily Double at Lansdowne Road

The Beer Friends love The Pony Bar, but Lansdowne Road has a special place in our hearts as well. Maybe because they are run by the same amazing manager, maybe because they are a block and a half down the street from Pony Bar, or maybe because every Monday night they have 25 cent wings which you order in 6 packs (naturally). In terms of craft beer, the same manager from Pony Bar has his hand in Lansdowne Road taps so favorites like Sixpoint Sweet Action, Stone IPA, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are available along with a Daily Double: a draft and can/bottle beer that is available for 4 dollars all day long. First to find the Beer Friends gets a free Daily Double of their choice so we'll see you there!

Lansdowne Road is located at 599 10th Ave., New York, NY

Tuesday - Anglo-American Pale Ale Tasting at Bierkraft

The Beer Friends love growlers. There is (almost) nothing better than cracking open a rare beer from a fresh draft pull and enjoying it with friends (we had a few during this Irene thing...). Bierkraft was always mentioned as a destination in Brooklyn for great beer and every time we've made it down we are impressed. While famous for growler fills and a great selection of take home brews, Bierkraft has some great events too. Great beer, knowledgable staff and great sandwiches make the trip to Brooklyn totally worth it. In the spirit of great beer, this Tuesday, August 30th Bierkraft is having Dr. Carl Burger discuss pale ales in the Anglo-American tradition, then a great cool history lesson on styles with focus on the American Pale Ale. Beer-education!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday - The "Perfect Storm" of Beer Events

Wednesday, hump day - hopefully this trifecta of beer events will get you through it (hopefully the MTA will be running as well!).

4pm - Every week Nita Nita has a Craft Can Beer and Grilled Cheese Night. This is a great weekly event, especially with more and more craft breweries switching/adding cans to their lineups.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

6pm - From Nita Nita, jump on the L Train headed to 8th Ave, get off at Union Square and transfer to a 6 Train uptown to 51st St and walk to 2nd Ave for another Beer Friend bar favorite - The Stag's Head. The Stag's Head will be hosting Captain Lawrence, which is a quick easy trip on the Metro North to Pleasantville, NY, a great beer bar and a great brewery is a natural fit. Captain Lawrence will have two different years of their Golden Delicious (a Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels), 5 Years Later (American Black Ale), Nor' Easter (Winter Warmer) and their Smoked Porter.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st St., New York, NY

7pm - From the Stag's Head you can walk to the 51st St E Train and ride that downtown to West 4th stop and walk west to The Blind Tiger. The Blind Tiger has been a fixture in the craft beer scene in NYC for years and the site of many liveblogs from the Beer Friends themselves. Sierra Nevada from Chico, California has been producing great craft beer for years and are commonly seen on the same craft beer level as Samuel Adams. Sierra's Torpedo was the first beer we reviewed and they continue to impress with Beer Camp and the innovative use of Southern Hemisphere hops in their beers. This event will feature some of those Beer Camp brews, Life and Limb 2 (American Strong Ale) and other rarities!

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

Thursday - Brooklyn and Jersey Events

After Wednesday's Perfect Storm, we hope you're still alive. Grab your "Go Bag" of hangover cures (Gatorade and Bacon, Egg and Cheese for me) and head to one of two events - depending on how adventurous you feel.

3-8pm - Kane Brewing at The Copper Mine Pub in Arlington, New Jersey.

Depending on how crazy your Wednesday-night-Beer-Friends-city-wide-perfect-storm-bar-crawl was, this might be the closest location for you! The Beer Friends love new breweries, the excitement of the brewer and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Equinox Brewery was a favorite stop on the Colorado Brewery Tour 2010 and the Beer Friends continue to sing the praises of Cape Cod Beer, only available on Cape Cod itself. Kane Brewing is another startup with three beers on tap: Single Fin (belgian blonde), Afterglow (rye pale ale) and Head High (IPA) and hope is in the air.

The Copper Mine Pub is located at 323 Ridge Road, Arlington, NJ and beers are available on tap at 3pm with the brewers answering questions around 8pm.

7pm - Lagunitas Draft Event at Bierkraft

Lagunitas from California has captured the attention of the Beer Friends twice (and here) and we've been pretty impressed. Now they bring six kegs and three cask (one's a mystery!) to Bierkraft in Brooklyn. If you ventured out to Bierkraft for the Anglo-American Pale Ale tasting on Tuesday use that muscle memory (or beer-muscle memory) and jump back on the train to Brooklyn. They'll have (tentatively): IPA, New Dogtown Pale Ale, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Czech Pils, Lil Sumpin Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale), Lil Sumpin Wild (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Hop Stoopid (Imperial IPA) on Cask and the Mystery Brew!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Friday - A Night at Home with the Beer Friends

You've had a long week. Survived a Hurricane, ate your weight in wings at Lansdowne Road, had a beer-education at Bierkraft, traveled all over the Boroughs for some great beer events, and got stuck in Jersey with a new brewery. Take a night off. Avoid the crowds of people trying to enjoy Friday night by getting wasted on $2.50 bottles of Bud Light and hoping to take a stranger home... Visit your local beer store or Whole Foods and fill a growler. The Whole Foods all over the city all have a different selection and they are all close to a train (the Columbus Circle Whole Foods has a "growler happy hour" which takes a dollar off growlers from 5-6p). Visit the Bowery Beer room and find the Octoberfest and Fall beers on early release. If you're a Harlemite - stay north and check out the beer selection upstairs at the Best Yet Supermarket. Enjoy a night in, and rest up for the Saturday day drinking as college football begins...

Beer Review 52: Lagunitas Hop Stoopid

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today's Six Pack of the Week isn't a sixer at all, it's a bomber of Hop Stoopid from Lagunitas Brewing Company in Petaluma, California.  This is described as a hops lovers dream, but having a few Hop-Heads in the group we'll see how this stacks up! Also check out the other brews from Lagunitas that the Beer Friends have reviewed... perfect for the V-Day hangover...

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

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

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue.

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!

Daily Beer Calendar February 2nd - 7th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Democracy now!  Stand in line and wait your turn for the little voting booth with the shower curtain!  Leave no hanging chads! (Isn't that joke burned out by now?)  One visit, five votes and check back for results...

February 2nd - Isle of Arran Dark Premium Beer from Isle of Arran Brewery in Claddach, Brodick, Isle of Arran, Scotland - I couldn't make that up if I tried.

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February 3rd - Lagunitas Hop Stoopid Ale from Petaluma, California

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February 4th - Zywiec Porter from Grupa Zywiec S.A. - owned by Heineken - in Zywiec, Poland

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February 5th - Murphy's Red Beer from Heineken (surprise, surprise) Nederland in Hertogenbosch, The Nederlands

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February 6th - Beamish Genuine Draught Irish Stout from Beamish and Crawford Breweries Plc., Cork, Ireland - This has long been discussed in the Beer Friends circle as an amazing beer...

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February 7th - Zelta Premium Lager from Aldaris Brewery, Riga, Lativa

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NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/31 - 11/6

Graham

The other day I was standing in a bodega in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan gazing at the beer cooler.  I must've stood there for 5 minutes with a content grin on my face.  Craft beer took up 4.5 of the 5 coolers dedicated to brew.  There was so few American Lagers and Corn/Rice Pilsners that I had to actually look to find them.  Not that I was looking to find them.  I walked out with a sixer of Smuttynose IPA and a sense that maybe the country isn't totally heading in the right direction.  Perhaps instead of looking up to dirty politicians and corrupt above-the-law athletes as our role models we should look to the hard working, steadily growing, creatively inspired people of the craft beer world. On that note, let's see what some of those people are up to this week...

Tuesday, November 2 - Victory Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Speaking of Craft Beer All-Stars, Patrick Donagher and the employees at Rattle n' Hum are coming at us with a big one:  Victory Brewing Company will be taking over ALL the taps.  ALL of them.  That's 40 lines.  Every beer that makes your mouth water when you're thinking about Victory will be on.  Another Craft Beer All-Star Bill Covaliski, Victory Brewmaster and the founder of craft beer in Philly, will be leading the celebrations.  Tell ya what, I don't need to say anything else besides this:  I'm off of work at 5, I'll see you there.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street, between Madison Ave and 5th Ave, Manhattan.

Thursday, November 4 - Longtrail Night @ David Copperfields, Manhattan: Alright anyone who has access to the 4/5/6 trains, here's a treat for you.  Jump on the uptown line and head straight to the UES for the Longtrail Brewing Company event at David Copperfields.  We're talking Hibernator, Imperial Porter and Double Bag to warm you up.  It's been cold out recently and you deserve it.

David Copperfields is located at 1394 York Ave, corner of 74th street, Manhattan.

Thursday, November 4 - Lagunitas Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: This might be the best event of the week.  Lagunitas will be bringing some of their rarest and best craft brews out to the Brooklyn's best beer haven.  Bierkraft will be featuring the Bourbon Aged Cappuccino Stout, Habanero IPA, Wethop IPA, Hop Stoopid and Fusion 4 (rumored to be the only keg in NYC).  They also are pouring my personal Lagunitas favorite: Maximus.  Except this one will be cask-conditioned.  I feel like I'm repeating myself with this one, but, I get out of work at 5.  I'll see you there.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave, between Sackett and Union, Brooklyn.

Saturday, November 6 - Dogfish Head Brewery  @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: GRAB has really earned a regular appearance on our events listings recently.  Each Saturday they feature a craft brewery and they have been bringing in some heavy hitters recently, including Great Divide and Sixpoint.  Well they aren't backing down this week.  Dogfish Head will be bringing in many of our regular favorites 60 and 90 Minutes, Chicory Stout.  You know, the usual's.  They'll also be bringing some of their, well, heavy hitters: Theobroma, Midas Touch and Red & White.  I'll see ya there?  Definitely.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Ave (between 14th and 15th streets), Brooklyn.

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/10 - 10/16

Graham

Hey all you Beer Friends out there!  Let's see what's happening beer wise in this great metropolis of ours throughout this upcoming week.

Monday, October 11 - Troeg's Tasting Event @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is the place you go to when your nosing around Washington Square Park with your friends that are visiting the city and wanted to see Washington Square Park and then want beer.  You know it's there, you might not head to an NYU neighborhood regularly, but today you know that you will not take your friends to a light beer bar on Bleecker, but you will take them to a good craft beer bar on West 3rd.  If all this happens to be happening tonight, Monday, October 11, then you will be in for a treat:  Troeg's Tasting Event.  Troeg's is a fantastic brewery from outside of Philadelphia.  So after your friends have taken their respective pictures in front of the newly aligned fountain in Washington Square, bring them to Amity Hall, head upstairs and drink Troeg's. They'll thank you for saving them from tourist dogma.

Tuesday, October 12 - I Love NY Beer Week: Captain Lawrence Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: The Spring Lounge is a great beer bar that borders the entrance to Little Italy, a.k.a. many New Yorkers Tourist Nightmare (seems to be a theme today actually).  However, you are not in Little Italy, nobody is throwing pasta at you and I promise you only have to choose 3 different flavors of gelato if you want to.  The Spring Lounge is spending the week appreciating New York Breweries, from all over the state, starting with Captain Lawrence out of Kingston, NY.  Come on by and grab some Westchester Pale Ale, Brown Bird Brown and Liquid Gold.  And if you want, you can head over to Little Italy and get some gelato on your way out.  You can even choose 3 flavors for the same price.  If you want to.

Wednesday, October 13 - Octoberfest Event @ Standings, Manhattan:  Do you like sports? (YES!)  Do you like bratwurst? (YES!)  Do you like American styled Octoberfest beer?  (YEEEESSSSSS!).  Well, then you should come down to Standings for their Octoberfest celebration on Wednesday.  One of the best craft beer/sports bars in the East Village will be celebrating Octoberfest by featuring 3-5 draughts of American style Octoberfest brews and serving up Bratwursts...for free.  In fact, out of sports, bratwursts and beer...2 out of 3 are free.  That's an Craft Beer Divisional Series win for free stuff.

Wednesday, October 13 - Lagunitas Night @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is poppin up again in this week's beer events with a night dedicated to Lagunitas Brewery out of Petaluma, Cali, Cali.  Lagunitas, to me at least, is a hidden gem.  Their IPA is popular to the masses, even here in NYC, but with Lagunitas you really have to dig deep to find some truly exceptional beers such as Uncensored, the Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Brown Sugga, Hop Stoopid and Maximus IPA.  Often overlooked, Lagunitas should never be underestimated.  If you think have some re-estimating to do then head on over to Amity Hall and re-estimate the night away.

Thursday, October 14 - I Love NY Week:  Brooklyn Brewery Event @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: Hey Brooklyn Brewery!  Dare we say The Beer Friends favorite NY Brewery?  Dare we might!  They'll be visiting the Spring Lounge this coming Thursday with a great selection of their most popular and rare pours.  Garrett doesn't expect you to head into Little Italy before/after this one, however we know that at this point the gelato desire is actually becoming unbearable.  Here's what we suggest: This years Black Chocolate Stout will premiere at this even, it is better than any gelato you will eat, ever.  Have 3.  And some Detonation.  You can't go wrong with this advice.

Thursday, October 14 - Southern Tier Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan: What we're about to tell you might feel strange to the ears of anyone who lives south of 59th street:  You need to get off  your midtown/downtown ass and explore the beer bars of Uptown Manhattan!  Dive 75 at Columbus and 75th street is a for-real beer bar.  They will be featuring Southern Tier (the Beer Friends 2nd favorite NY brewerey?) this Thursday.  Expect many favorites from the Rattle n' Hum event to be reappearing here.  And seriously, subways go uptown too.  They don't all terminate at 59th street.  The beer flows just as good up there too!

Saturday, October 16 - I Love NY Beer Week: Southampton Brewery Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: One more time!  And we promise not to make fun of Little Italy during this post.  However, we do promise to instruct you to head to the Spring Lounge for at least one of these events.  Really, it's an east village dive bar with quite a bit of atmosphere right on the boundaries of one of the city's most famous neighborhoods.  You can't get more perfect than this.  Head to the back room with a pint and a friend, or two, get a seat by the open air windows and enjoy a crisp fall evening with a Southampton Altbier, Double White or IPA.  Seriously, there's a playground across the street where little village munchkins who will grow up having that NYC lifestyle ingrained in their bones play their NYC hearts out.  What more of an NYC scene could you ask for?  Especially while drinking beer from inside of a dimly lit dive bar?

Enjoy the turning of the leaves this week all you Beer Friends out there!  Fall is here in full swing and the beer is dark, pumpkiny and fall spiced.  Let us know what you're drinking by tweeting us @TheBeerFriends and writing on out Facebook wall at TheBeerFriends.  Hope to see you out this week!

TheBeerFriends Trivia Question (post your response in the comment section, if you're the first correct answer we'll buy you a beer at the bar of your choosing - hint: you can find any of the answers in old articles on http://thebeerfriends.com):  What craft brewery event at which NYC craft beer bar did Graham, Phil and Brad shoot whole families worth of raw oysters?  Literally, we destroyed whole generations of oyster existence here.