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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 7, 2013

Graham

Tuesday, July 9 - Beer for Breakfast for Dinner @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: It is arguable that there is no better thing than waking up, making some eggs and then downing a few of your favorite craft brews.  Unfortunately, unless you're a teacher currently on summer vacation, drinking during breakfast is usually interfered with by that whole employment thing.  Unless you're willing to put your job in jeopardy then this Tuesday at the Double Windsor is probably your best best for breakfast and beer at the same time.

Do pancakes, coffee, bacon and orang juice sound good for breakfast?  Well, they got that covered:

Kuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake Ale

Founders Breakfast Stout

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Against the Grain Citra Ass Down IPA

On top of that, their kitchen will be serving a special breakfast sandwich for the night alongside those nostalgia inducing tiny boxes of your favorite cereal.  Finally, kegs and eggs at an hour that the rest of society finds reasonable.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the northwest corner of 16th Street in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, July 9 - Annual IPA Event @ Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

This time of year, in the hot summer sun with the humidity skyrocketing and sweat plastering everything you wear there is only one thing that comes to mind to beat the heat:  AC? Nah.  Ice cold glass of water: Nope.  Dozens of hop loaded beers on draught?  Oh yea.

Head on over to the Spring Lounge in NoLita for their Annual IPA Event for quite the impressive IPA list.  Check it out:

Draught Line-Up: Founders Devil Dancer, Avery The Maharaja, Peekskill Lower Standard, Green Flash Hop Odyssey Citra, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, Victory Hop Devil Nitro, Ommegang Barrier Relief, Flying Dog Pumpernickel IPA, Empire IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar

Bottles & Cans: Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc, Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe, Blue Point White IPA, Avery IPA

Hops are nature's air conditioner said somebody once.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street on the southwest corner of Mulberry Street in the NoLita neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, July 11 - Peak Organic "Summer Session" Draft Party @Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Maine's Peak Organic Brewery has been brewing local-sourced and sustainable ingredient beer since 2005 and we are lucky enough to get to drink all of their offerings this Thursday at Bierkraft.  They'll be celebrating Peak's Summer Session brew - an easy drinking, low ABV summer beer perfect for any hot day where many refreshments are required to keep one cool.  In addition to Summer Session they'll also be pouring many of Peak's other offerings:

Weisse Principal Espresso Amber Pomegranate Wheat Hop Noir Black IPA IPA Pale Ale Nut Brown

Wait on ordering the Espresso Amber until your body becomes more acclimated to the AC.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Thursday, July 11 - Peekskill Brewery Night @ Alewife NYC, Queens:

As a native New York Upstater I love hearing about a new brewery successfully marketing their beer all over the state - especially when it shows up down here in NYC.  Peekskill Brewery is doing just that.  Located on the picturesque Peekskill bay on the Hudson River it represents the true essence of NYS brewing.  Alewife NYC will be throwing a huge bash in their honor and having been one of the first New York bars to pour Peekskill brews from the outset they have earned the right.  Brewmaster Jeff O'Neill and his brew crew will be on hand to walk you through an intriguing, delicious sounding menu:

Midnight Toker – Black IPA

Shotgun Willy – Rye IPA

Higher Standard –  Triple IPA

Eastern Standard – IPA

Lower Standard – Half-IPA.

Amazeballs – Single Hop American Pale Ale

New Wagon – Strong Ale

Simple Sour – Sour Ale

Hop Common – Unfiltered Amber

Skills Pils – Pilsner

Share The Rainbow – Belgian-Style White Beer

If this doesn't convince you to head to Queens Thursday then maybe this in-depth description of each brew will - it definitely worked on me.

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

Beer Review 132: Upslope IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Our Beer Friends Thanksgiving Advice Beer Buying Extravaganza (working title) continues!  Today we look at another delicious and Colorado based brew - Upslope IPA.  Upslope is an up-and-coming brewery from Boulder, Colorado with 4 current styles to date (IPA, Pale Ale, Craft Lager, Brown) and a focus on the environment.  Today we join in the Thanksgiving spirit by being thankful for Untappd and Greg Avola - which joins us on this review.

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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.

Beer Review 128: Opa Opa IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we review a beer that we enjoyed at our friends, Larry and Niki's Wedding.  Larry and Niki met in NYC, that's where we met them, then moved to Massachusetts and got married up there, and that's where we got the beer - Opa Opa IPA.  Opa Opa is a brewery and steakhouse, which I don't know how you could get any better (inflatable jumping tent in parking lot?),  located in Southampton, MA and offers a few different styles.  This Beer Friend has enjoyed the IPA, the Red Rock Amber Ale, and the American Wheat - I'd go back to try their King Oak Milk Stout and R2K (Bourbon-barrel aged Barleywine).  Let's welcome Larry and Niki as newlyweds and Opa Opa to the Table!

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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!

Brewery Interviews: Cape Cod Beer Part 3

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we finish up with the 3rd part of the Cape Cod Beer interview series.  Beth and Todd Marcus were so amazing to allow us a few minutes on camera to discuss their wonderful business with us - and we have been eternally grateful.  In Part 1 Paul, Beth and Brad discuss origins of Cape Cod Beer, their “1 Barrel Series,” and the creation of their Christmas in July speciality brew.  In Part 2 they discuss the passion that Cape Cod Beer brings to their beer and tours, expansion of the brand, and a little bit about the can craft beer revolution.  Part 3 finishes the series with insightful questions like: Why doesn't your beer taste like Bud Light? and Where's the bathroom?... kidding, we are professional beer journalist and discuss the brewing schedule, and the business side of a small craft brewery.

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Our Cape Cod Reviews:  Red - Bourbon Barrel Red - 1000th Batch Series Imperial Red - Stargazer Stout - Stock Stout - IPA

Beer Friends Nation Review #1: Stone Ruination 10th Anniversary

Phil Foleen

Hello Beer Friends Nation!!!  You may have noticed our fancy new logo AND you may have noticed we are up on iTunes now(so you can take us everywhere with you) BUT here's our brand new feature: Beer Friends Nation Reviews!  That's right!  Have we missed your favorite beer?  let us know by writing up a review and sending it to phil@thebeerfriends.com or brad@thebeerfriends.com and we'll get it up on the site!  Spread the love and Spread the word! For our first BFN Review we have Michael from San Diego telling us his thoughts on Stone's Ruination 10th Anniversay.  Click through for Michael's review...

Stone Ruination IPA 10 year anniversary.

This being my first review I will start off with a small introduction about myself. Im in the Navy and curently stationed in San Diego, so most of my beer reviews will be about beer created in the magical beer factories of the San Diego area.

Now that the introductions are out of the way, lets talk beer. The Ruination IPA from Stone is an Imperial IPA or 'double' IPA, given the name because this style uses double the amount of hops and double the ABV of normal IPAs. If anyone is curious this one is 10.8% ABV so be forwarned.

I first opened this beer and like any 'responsible' beer reviewer I sniffed it. Once I recovered from my mental walk through the pine forest the initial whiff gave me I took a sip, and contrary to the smell of the beer, it is actually very drinkable. It still has the trademark bite that I've come to expect from a Stone IPA but the aftertaste is much fuller than its non-imperial cousin. It even feels richer when I swish it around my mouth.

One thing that stands out as a plus for me with this beer is that even as I nurse it slowly, it being a pint and quite strong, I am finding no reduction in taste or enjoyment; which is a large selling point for me since IPAs are made to be consumed while cold and any beer that stays tasty while it warms up is an beer I can enjoy.

Thanks again Michael.  We'll have another one from him for you guys next week!

Beer Review 121: Cape Cod Beer IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Well, here we are, in the heat of summer and everyone is thinking about the beach.  How about beach, seafood, and delicious beer?  Well, look no further and travel up to Cape Cod to find all three, the last in the form of Cape Cod Beer.  Cape Cod Beer has been featured a few times on our little beer blog here (RedBourbon Red - 1000th Batch Imperial RedStargazer Stout) and recently we've started posting an interview we had with Beth Marcus, Business Manager and Founder.  Today we review a staple of the Cape Cod Beer line up, simply put - the IPA.  Continue to stop by for more Cape Cod beer Interviews and Review.  Beach! Cape Cod! Beer!

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Beer Review 114: Barley Creek Rescue IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We are back after a few weeks... this is what happens when our production house is lazy (Brad...).  Here at the Beer Friends we are always trying to find new and fun brews to review.  The Rescue IPA from Barley Creek Brewing Company is right up our alley.  This 20 year old brewpub doesn't bottle and is probably the favorite of the locals - so we decided to bring a growler back to NYC and check it out.  Brewpub!  New Growler! Local Beer!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 6, 2011

Graham

Monday, November 7 - Vintage Three Philosophers @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn: Ommegang's most famous brew will be on hand in vintage style tonight at the Fourth Avenue Pub.  Three kegs of their quadrupel, the Three Philosopher's, have been aging nicely since 2007, 2008 and 2010.  Someone from the brewery will be around to receive your praise and admiration for this spectacular brew.  There will also be a fourth brew on hand from the Ommegang/Duvel collectioin.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen and St. Mark's Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, November 8 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Peak Organic Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Organic is a trend that has sure caught on, especially here in NYC.  However, it hasn't become too overly popular in the craft beer world.  The limited amount of craft brewing has a lot to do with the availability of certified organic ingredients, however there are a few breweries who have made the jump.  Peak Organic is one of them and they'll be bringing their offerings over to Bierkraft this Tuesday for the bars weekly Tasting Night.  The line-up showcases their straight forward styles which put an emphasis on traditional taste - the Amber, IPA, Fall Summit, Nut Brown and Winter Session.  Do organic ingredients really make for a tastier brew?  It's up to you to decide.

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

Wednesday, November 9 - Abita Double Dog Release Party @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

One would expect beer that is craft brewed in New Orleans to be over-the-top.  Double Dog by Abita is just that beer.  Normally an American strong ale of epic proportions - the 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog put's it even further over-the-top.  You can grab a taste of this rare and delicious brew at the Stag's Head this Wednesday as well as catching a few other Abita offerings.  Don't forget to try the free cajun snacks.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Thursday, November 10 - Meet the Brewery: North Coast @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Head on over to Jersey City this Thursday for a unique event that you won't want to miss - Northcoast Brewery will be featured at the Iron Monkey.  Fort Bragg, Califronia's favorite brewery will be bringing their best offerings for you to try, check out this list:

North Coast Red Seal North Coast La Merle North Coast Pranqster North Coast Old Rasputin North Coast Brother Thelonious

If these brews made it to my region, I would not miss a chance to try all of them.

The Iron Monkey is located at 99 Greene Street on the corner of York Street, a short walk from the Exchange Place Path Stop, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saturday, November 12 - Stone Brewing Company Presents: Vertical Epic 11/11/11 @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we appreciate the ingenuity of craft brewers everywhere.  We also appreciate it when they go batsh!t crazy.  Introducing this years 11/11/11 Vertical Epic by Stone:  "Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chillis from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley."  Holy sh#t.  Seriously crazy.  Stone's own Dennis Flynn will be on hand at GRAB to walk you through this incredibly unique beer.  As well as three other SoCal classics.  We strongly agree with GRAB's statement "don't forget to bring your growler."

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