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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 17, 2012

Graham

We are all looking ahead to this Friday, when NYC Craft Beer Week officially kicks off at craft beer bars and restaurants across the 5 boroughs.  Check back here later this week for The Beer Friends top choices for NYCBW.  Here are a few events for the week to keep you occupied as you wait. Tuesday, February 19 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Cellar Raid @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

When it comes to Jimmy's No. 43, one of the oldest craft beer bars in NYC, the most coveted part of the bar is not what's coming out of the taps but what's beneath them:  the cellar beer.  They'll be breaking out some of their cellar favorites for your drinking desires tonight for a bit pricier than usual ($20) but well worth the cost.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, February 20 - Kelso, Empire and Single Cut at $10 Tasting @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Idle Hands has had a special theme this month for their Wednesday night $10 Tasting events:  New York Breweries in anticipation of the upcoming NYC Beer Week (Feb 22).  This week they are featuring Kelso (of Brooklyn), Empire (of Syracuse) and Single Cut (of Queens).  You'll get 3 pours, one brew from each brewery, a whiskey/bourbon sampling, other beer samples, an order of tots and a special pairing of Jarlsberg Hickory Smoked Cheese and you get to do all this while hanging with brewers and representatives from each brewery and the damn fine gentlemen that run the bar.

Here are the brews:

Keslo Beer Co – Rauchbier Empire Brewing – Amber SingleCut Beer – Beer 18 Watt IPA

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, February 21 - 8th Annual Sixpoint Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Sixpoint has been taking over the taps at one of their favorite Brooklyn beer bars for 8 years and the folks at Bierkraft are thrilled to have them back.  They'll be tapping some of the usuals (Bengali, Sweet Action, Righteous), some rare (Mad Scientist and more) and new (3Bean!).  Head on over this Thursday to hang with the Sixpoint brewers and drink many of their delicious brews.

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

Beer Review 125: Two Brothers Hop Juice

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Remember Tuesday, when we told you about that awesome Idle Hands Bar Birthday coming up... well - it's here.  BUT... Idle Hands Bar doesn't open until a little bit later, so check out this Beer Friends Review with The Rev (hope we can figure it out without "The Table").  Two Brothers is out of Warrensville, Illinois and has shown up on the Beer Friends radar with Cane and Ebel and Heavy Handed so the third times a charm... or just another beer.  Two Brothers has a great story (which The Rev tells us about) and makes some pretty great beer, so sit back - watch a review - subscribe to us on iTunes podcast and enjoy the party!

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Bar Interview #1: Idle Hands Bar

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Beer Reviews with four dudes around a table?  Check.  Brewery Interview?  Check.  This week we cross another item off our to do list as we achieve an audience with The Rev from Idle Hands Bar.  Yes, this is the same Idle Hands Bar that we constantly do Live Blogs from, and yes we've had a bunch of conversations with The Rev, but this time... we filmed it!

Idle Hands has a Bar Birthday coming up on September 14th, so the timing couldn't be more perfect.  With great weekly events, these guys know how to throw a party and this one should be epic.  If you can't make it because you have "plans" be sure to join them September 28th for their Pumpkin Picking Party (click here for tickets).

If this wasn't awesome enough, be sure to check us out later in the week for a Beer Review with The Rev... the party begins.

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 26th - September 1st

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Another week, another week of beer events... check it!

Monday August 27th - 

In the craft beer world movement to get local, we find Rockaway Brewing Company , a company so local they deliver their kegs via bicycle!  This brewery pairs up with Jimmy's No. 43 and  Queens County Farm Museum to provide a small tasting where you can try this 2 barrel microbrewery and find out a little more about the Queens County Farm Museum in a fun filled evening of food pairing and local drinking.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E 7th St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 28th - 

Sticking with the local breweries theme, Kelso of Brooklyn (click here for location, new website for Kelso coming soon) is serving up suds at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn.  Kelso brews are 4 dollars from 6pm to 8pm so plan accordingly.  Beers being served are:

Kelso Saison Kelso Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA Kelso Pilsner Kelso Industrial IPA Kelso Nut Brown

The Brazen Head is located at 228 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday August 29th - 

While Idle Hands Bar is doing its wonderful $10 Tastings with Harpoon Brewery (including a full pour of UFO Pumpkin), across the island of Manhattan The Blind Tiger is hosting Great Divide Brewing Company with delicious pours including: a few Yeti's (Chocolate Oak-Aged, 2011 Belgian, and Cask Oak-Aged) and a personal favorite - Smoked Baltic Porter.  Be sure to get there early because the Blind Tiger Ale House always fills up quickly.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B

Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street

Thursday August 30th - 

The Growler Station jumped on the Beer Friends radar in a big way.  Excellent pours, great bottle section and a very knowledgable staff (they even have a cool website!) all makes for a great beer hangout.  On Thursday they prove their awesome-ness by hosting Kelso with special pours of Kellerfest and Imperial Pumpkin (tis the season).

The Growler Station is located at 26 W 8th St.

Friday August 31st -

Take the night off, seriously.  Eat a salad and preserve those calories for tomorrow...

Saturday September 1st - 

Pig Island - and this ain't to Lord of the Flies theme park.  Pig Island is in its 3rd Year of serving up all you can eat pork and delicious brews (partly sponsored by Sixpoint).  Honestly this blog can't do justice enough to this great event, you just have to check out the website for more information and to by tickets.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 12, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, August 14 - Tuesday Night Tasting: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Every craft beer lovers dream is to go to a summer camp for brewers and beer lovers alike.  Well, a little over a year ago the good brewers at Sierra Nevada made that possible - giving both professional brewers and homebrewers a chance to work together to create delicious new craft beer.  If you're lucky then you've stumbled upon a spot serving these camp brews.  If you haven't been lucky, then tonight is your night.  Head over to Bierkraft to have Brian from Sierra Nevada educate you on the program as well as tap four new offerings for your drinking pleasure.

Floral IPA Imperial Pilsner Oatmeal Stout Imperial Red

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

Tuesday, August 14 - Belgian Beer Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Don't get me wrong, I like Belgian beer.  This event, however, probably wouldn't have made the list this week though if it weren't for how passionate Phil is about this country's beer.  Phil's so passionate about it that you should check out our reviews of different Belgian style brews just to see his reactions.  Maybe you'll even catch Phil at Rattle n' Hum tonight as he samples all six (at least) of the Belgian brews they'll be pouring.

La Trappe, St. Feuillien Urthel Kwak Tripel Karmeliet St.Feuilien/Greenflash Collaboration Ale

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues in the Midtown neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, August 15 - Beer, Bourbon and Rock: Great Divide @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Great Divide will be gracing the beer, bourbon and rock loving masses at Idle Hands this Wednesday for the newest installment of their Wednesday night beer and bourbon tastings.  For $10 you get two pours and three tastes of Great Divide, a sample of whiskey/bourbon (this week is TBA) and some delicious tater tots from That Burger (located upstairs).  Here's the list:

Full Pours: Hoss Rumble

Tastes: Titan Hercules Yeti

Idle Hands is located at downstairs 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, August 16 - Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA Release @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

NEW BEER! 25 points if you can name the craft beer bar that popularized that one.  Well, we have a real new one for ya this time.  Pretty Things is releasing a new beer and style that is new two them.  Usually a brewer of Belgian and English styled brews, this one is inspired by a staple of most American craft brewers: the American IPA.  The Meadowlark IPA is heralded as being smooth, slightly bitter and layered with floral hops and it's coming at you for the first time ever this Thursday at Bierkraft.  Jim Barnes of Pretty Things will be there to lead you through the brew, share some other Pretty Things pours and of all things, spin some tunes.  There will also be bottles of Meadowlark to take home with you.

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

Live Blog! Empire Brewing & Four Roses at Idle Hands NYC

Phil Foleen

Hello Beer Friends Nation! It's Live Bloggin' time! We are coming to you, once again, from Idle Hands Bar here in New York City for Empire Brewing Night (previous Idle Hands Event - Previous Rattle N Hum) with Four Roses in the guest spot. For now we are laying low and getting ready with a few Oskar Blues G'Knights and burgers from That Burger, but stay tuned for the festivities, there might be a couple we have never had!

Paul's First: Empire IPA (full pour) - Had this one last time at the $10 Tasting. It's what you expect for a staple IPA from a good craft brewery. A good beer I'd like to see in six packs around the city. Until then I will settle for a pint where I can get it around the city.

Brad's First: Empire IPA (full pour) - Always enjoyable and reliable to be a good pour - what I mean is that typically only quality beer bars carry this quality beer with clean lines. Delicious.

Phil's First: Empire IPA (Full Pour) - always a good bet and never disappoints. Well rounded IPA, not too strong but still gives you a nice hop flavor that keeps you thinking this is an IPA.

Graham's First: IPA - for some reason the bitterness in this one is a lot stronger than I remember. I still like it but it was a bit intense as a first pour. Go for this brew as long as you are down with a slight punch to the face.

Brad's Second: Empire White Aphro (small taste) - this delicious sample (two ounces) is a Belgian wheat with hints of lavender - and awesome, can't wait to get more

Phil's Second: Empire White Aphro (Small Taste) - yes. It is a Belgian beer and yes you can definitely tell from the smell and the first part of the flavor, but I've always said my least favorite part of a Belgian beer is the sweetness at the end, and this beers variety of ingredients covers that very nicely.

Graham's Second: White Aphro (small taste)- I'm still convinced I've seen this one before around the halls of the Pony Bar. Either way, they say it's new to NYC (the Pony always did get their hands on some mysterious brew) and I couldn't be happier. Spicy, Belgiany and floral. This brew would be refreshing to a volcano.

Paul's Second: White Aphro (small taste)- Great brew for the summer. Crisp and refreshing with a great floral flavor. This is Empire's answer to the bigger breweries white ales, and it blows them away. This is currently rare one around the city, I look forward to seeing it more.

Paul's Bourbon Taste: Four Roses Single Barrel - had not had Four Roses before this and I am sad to say that I incorrectly categorized them. For some reason I had this distillery pegged for one I did not like. I do not remember what lead me to think this way, but all I can say is I was wrong.... Very very wrong. I am a lover of single barrel bourbons and this one does not disappoint. I suggest this to those who like the taste of their bourbon.

Brad's Bourbon Taste: Four Roses Single Barrel - this is very smooth for a delicious bourbon. The main characteristic I find on a first taste of bourbon is the harshness (maybe I'm not seasoned enough) of the bourbon - some are harsh and overpowering and some are smooth and this falls in the latter category. Enjoyed this in the past and will continue to enjoy in the future.

Phil's Bourbon Taste: Four Roses single Barrel - it tastes like bourbon. I gave mine to Brad and Graham.

Graham Bourbon Taste - smooth, kind of fruity with a nice alcohol taste. Warms you right up with a pleasant flavor and a burn that lets you know you're still a man.

Paul's Third: Empire Summer (Small Taste) - Its a light summer beer. It is heavy on the pilsner malts, and I don't mean that as a bad thing. It's got a nice hop flavor at the beginning before the malts take over. It's an nice take on an American pilsner.

Brad's Third: Empire Summer (Small Taste) - a typical summer beer - light and easy to drink, perfect for a growler and summer concert in Central Park.

Phil's Third: Empire Summer (Small Taste) - nice summer from Empire. A good balance between the hops and the very present Pilsner breads taste. Nice and light with a hint of citrus from the lemon it's fermented with, all in all a great light beer to have on a Saturday afternoon in the sunshine.

Graham's Third: Empire Summer (Small Taste) - The first thing this brew says to me is bread. In a good way. The forward malt factor adds a nice depth that is carried by the refreshing quality of this brew. Good for a summer day when you want a beer that has some substance.

Paul's Fourth: Liv and Let Rye (full pour) - This is their new Rye IPA, this is a style that is relatively new and one that I am a big fan of. This one has a great hop character that mixes well with the rye malts. This has a great flavor that leaves you refreshed, it's a great beer that I could drink anytime.

Brad's Fourth: Liv and Let Rye (full pour) - I like this a lot- with the recent influx of Rye beers in the market, this stands in the middle of strong rye taste and smoothness. I'll be sure to enjoy this taste because I don't know when I'll see this again (hard to type with crossed fingers...)

Phil's Fourth: Liv and Let Rye (full pour) - yum yum yum. I love rye IPA's and this one is no slouch to the style. Double the rye over what is usually put in one of these let's the bitterness run wild with the hops and gives a fantastic overall taste.

Graham's Fourth: Liv and Let Rye (full pour) - this brew creates a conundrum in my mind. Most of the rye beers I've had are super in your face deliciouscity. Empire boasts that they use almost double the average rye malts compared to other rye brewers. However, this one is kind of low key in comparison. Maybe it's because the other ryes are brewed with extra hops for that intense flavor. When I heard double rye malts however, I thought punch in the face. Not quite.

Paul's Fifth: Empire Blueberry Ale (small pour) - For a blueberry beer, and I don't want to talk down to blueberry beers, this is excellent. Lots of blueberry beers lose the fruit flavor to the beer flavor, but this one... This holds the blueberry flavor throughout and reminds me more of another carbonated alcoholic beverage than it does a beer. This isn't a bad thing either, it's a great blueberry beer. If you are open to that sort of thing and come across this beer get yourself a pint.

Brad's Fifth: Empire Blueberry Ale (small pour) - This is very tasty - not too blueberry and not too weak. Having toured Maine and their blueberry beer obsession - this is right up there.

Phil's Fifth: Empire Blueberry Ale (small pour) - this one is not a fruited up as you think. Usually the blueberry beers you find are overly fruity with either not enough beer taste, or a strong beer flavor that completes with the fruit. This one toes that line, maybe straying onto the beer side more than the fruit, with a nice bitter flavor to counter the sweetness of the blueberries. Another good summer afternoon choice in my book.

Graham's Fifth: Empire Blueberry Ale (small pour) - I enjoyed the blueberry thoroughly. Very reserved but still present. Nicely refreshing but not too sweet. Exactly what you want a brewer to do with the king of fruits.

The Beer Friends Sixth: Empire IPA - purchased by Dave (the owner) and Liv ( the NYC rep) for the bar - because they are that awesome. Congratulations to creating great craft beer and the hard work put into every drop.

And here we are. Our Empire t-shirts to show our love!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 29, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, July 31 - $10 Tuesday Tastings: Cellar Reserve Selections @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: There are certain cellars New Yorkers would love to get into: Museum of Natural History (dinosaur bones!), the Comedy Cellar (surprise Louis C.K. standup) and Jimmy's No. 43.  We can only imagine what their collection of cellar reserve bottles looks like.  Well, we don't have to imagine anymore.  Tuesday night they'll be featuring special selections from their cellar for your tasting pleasure.  Expect greatness.

Tuesday Tastings are only $10 and Jimmy's suggests that you get there early.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 East 7th Street, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Tuesday, July 31 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Sour Beers @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Sour beers elude even the best of us beer drinkers in the world.  Hard to find and, for some, even more difficult to develop a taste for, sour beers can be exceptionally flavorful and refreshing.  Matt Barclay, Bierkraft's cellar manager, will lead you through the tastes and brewing techniques of these mysterious brews.  As always, Tuesday Night Tastings are free and get busy, so head there a bit early for a couple pints before the night begins.

Pucker up.

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

Wednesday, August 1 - $10 Beer, Bourbon and Rock: Empire Brewing Company @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Have we mentioned how much we love Empire Brewing Company?  If we haven't then you should join the Beer Friends at Idle Hands Bar (one of our other loves) this Wednesday where you can see it in action.  This beer and bourbon installment will feature Empire brews that one cannot acquire here in NYC and bourbon from Four Roses distillery.  When the forces behind the Empire Brewing Company and Idle Hands come together, you get a night that you won't forget.  Actually, some memories may become hazy.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B, downstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, August 2 - So Long Stinky @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

We mentioned earlier that Matt Barclay, the cellar manager for Bierkraft, would be teaching you something fancy about sour beers on Tuesday night.  It will be a special one too, as this is Matt's last week at Bierkraft.  Tuesday, you'll learn from him.  Thursday, you'll celebrate his tenure and wish him good luck for the future - by drinking all sorts of rare, interesting and unique brews that he'll be bringing up from the cellar.  The list is hush-hush at the moment, with some wondering if even he knows, but it surely will be a potpourri of deliciousness.

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

Live Blog Bourbon and Beer Tasting at Idle Hands

Brad

It's Wednesday. That only means The Beer Friends are at Idle Hands. tonight's Bourbon and Beer tasting features Anderson Valley Brewing and McKenzies Rye - without further ado... Brad's Pre-Game(s) - Midnight Sun Hop Dog Double Wheat IPA - delicious from the largest state in the Union. Complex beer with a strawberry taste from the wheat(?).

Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Stranahan's Whiskey barrel aged - 2 for 2 on the Pre-Game. This is also very complex on the other end of the spectrum. This had a nice whiskey taste in the middle that doesn't linger.

Update: The final taste is like a shot... I dig that.

Paul's Pre-Game - Breckenridge Small Batch 471 Stranahan's Whiskey barrel aged - Absolutely spectacular! I have had IPA's that were oak aged, but I can't remember any that were aged in whiskey barrels. This is seriously great, another win for Breckenridge.

Brad's First - Anderson Valley Imperial IPA - delicious but not over powering. Reminds me of River Horse 2xIPA that might(...) be featured as a review in the next few weeks. At 8.7% it's dangerously smooth.

Paul's First - Anderson Valley Imperial IPA - Brad is right. Very tasty and won't kill you with hops. Very mellow for 100 IBU's. Dare I say "dangerously drinkable."

Brad's Second (just a taste) - Summer Solstice - a smooth cream wheat ale.  Nice taste that goes down smooth.

Paul's Second (just a taste) - Summer Solstice - Very tasty cream ale. It's slightly heavier than I thought for a summer ale, but it delivers. Very impressed by this beer so far, looking forward to the rest of the night.

Brad's Third (just a taste) - Anderson Valley Boont Amber - this is exactly what a Amber should be... Unbelievably smooth that's easy to drink and you don't think twice about.

Paul's Third (just a taste) - Anderson Valley Boont Amber - To call this normal sounds like an insult, but this beer is just what I want out of an Amber. A normal, delicious amber. I have enjoyed this brew before and I always look forward to enjoying it again.

Brad's Last - Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout - awesome... Very smooth for a non-milk stout - easy to drink and delicious - are you sure this isn't a milk stout?

Paul's fourth (FULL POUR!) - Anderson Valley Oatmeal Stout - This is a hard beer to talk about. It's a very good stout, but there are so many great Oatmeal Stouts out there and this is one that is light on the oatmeal. I do not mean to disparage this beer, because it is good, but to be called an oatmeal Stout conjures up feelings about other oatmeal stouts, and it is hard to live up to the hype.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 27, 2011

Graham

Holy Crap.  What are you doing this week?  Cancel it.  There are too many great events.  AND - the Beer Friends are bottling one of their newest creations - a holiday hopped and spiced IPA.  It's probably a good idea not even to go to work this week.  You might miss something. Tuesday, November 29 - Tuesday Night Tasting with Smuttynose Brewing Company @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I told you.  Great events.  Including this one.  Head out to Brooklyn's most notorious beer bar and store for a sampling of one of New England's best breweries.  Smuttynose will be pouring tastes (and pints, and growlers) of Big A IPA, Gravitation, Star Island Single and Smuttanator.  The Smuttanator will be poured on cask.  The rest will be on draught with free samples.  It all will be fantastic brew.

Get there early.

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

Wednesday, November 30 - Dogfish Head Occupies Stag's Head @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

It's time an honest conversation of beer equality happened in this country.  While much beer is brewed in this great nation of ours, only an incredibly small minority is brewed as "craft" beer.  The rest is brewed by watered down giants focused on making a profit on billions (trillions?) of gallons of what you might be able to call beer (only by default) that control 99% of the market.  In order to combat such inequality of wealth (and quality itself for that matter) Dogfish Head will be occupying Stag's Head.

Alright, so a craft brewery occupying the Stag's Head isn't the same as a bunch of out-of-work campers occupying Wall Street, but they'll be bringing some great shit for your brew tasting:

Pangaea 120 Minute Chateau Jiahu Sah’tea Olde School Barleywine World Wide Stout Namaste Immort Ale Bitches Brew Burton Baton 60 Minute Chicory Stout My Antonia Hell Hound

There are also rumors that Randall the Enamel Animal on the Immort Ale will be on hand.  Is it true?  Does a beer that contains vanilla and bacon truly exist?  Set up a tent at the Stag's Head on Wednesday and find out.

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

Thursday, December 1 - Bronx Pale Ale vs. Victory Hop Devil : Cascade vs. Centennial @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Bronx Pale Ale has been on the scene for a bit now.  Victory Hop Devil has owned markets within the reach of the PA brewery for quite a while.  Who will win?  It comes down to the hops and the experts at Idle Hands will differentiate between two of the favorites of American craft brewers: Cascade and Centennial.  Get a crash course on brews from blue collar locales and hops from a red, white and blue country at Idle Hands on Thursday.

Idle Hands is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Alphabet City, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Four Founders at the Fair @ Puck Fair, Manhattan:

Remember a couple weeks ago when there were barely any beer events and everyone had to drink the beer that was regularly on draft?  I do too.  Let's try to keep forgetting that with this week's Founders event at Puck Fair.  They'll be bringing four of their founding beers to Puck Fair, pouring out the Dry-Hopped Cascade Ale, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Centennial IPA and the Breakfast Stout.

Wait, you look disappointed.  Is it because there are only four on draft?  Why don't you have one of each and then try to convince the world of your disappointment?

Puck Fair is located at 298 Lafayette Street between Houston and Jersey Street, Soho, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Harpoon Brewery Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Two Bierkraft events in one week!?!?  False.  Every night at Bierkraft is an event of craft beer excellence.  This is just the second one they're labeling this week.  And the second one that you definitely shouldn't miss.  Harpoon will be bringing some BIG brews and some regularly AWESOME brews.  Check out the list:

UFO Belgian Pale Ale Leviathan Quad Leviathan Barleywine 2010 Chocolate Stout Spruce Tip Ale Cider Leviathan Imperial IPA Winter Warmer

With a hit list like that one could say that Harpoon deserves their own label.

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

Friday, December 2 - Founders Night @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Another Founders Night!?!?!?  This week seems to be the week of twins.  And shouldn't you be so lucky.  In fact, up until now I bet you were still whining to yourself about all the different Founders you didn't get to try on Thursday.  Well good thing that Friday is just a day later and Founders is bringing a whole bunch of great brew that you didn't have on Thursday to the Rye House on Friday.  Check out this lineup:  Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Old Curmudgeon, Centennial IPA, Dry Hopped Pale Ale and Red’s Rye.

At this rate of Founder's consumption you can just combine the two nights together in your mind as one.  Certainly will make it easier to check into Untappd.

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Flatiron District, Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/14

Graham

Valentines Day is a time to express your love for the most wonderful, important and meaningful thing in your life - craft beer!  And instead of buying it chocolates or roses you can show your affection by heartily consuming it at the following craft beer events - enjoy! Monday, February 14 - Magic Hat Beer Tasting @ Broadway Dive Bar, Manhattan:

What says Valentines Day most to you?  A) Chocolates B) Overpriced Greeting Card Holiday C) Roses D) Magic Hat Beer.  In the unlikely chance that you answered D, then you've made it to the right place.  The Dive Bar on Broadway in Morningside Heights is having a Magic Hat beer tasting event Monday night for all you lovers...and haters...out there.  Stop on by for some of the best brews that Magic Hat has to offer.  Stick around for the good music and good atmosphere.  And the love.

Broadway Dive is located at 2662 Broadway at 101st Street, Morningside Hieghts, Manhattan.

Tuesday, February 15 - Geary's Brewery @ Rattle N' Hum, Manhattan:

When you think of Geary's one thinks of lobsters.  I know I do.  On Tuesday when I think of Rattle n' Hum, I'll now think of Geary's.  New Hampshire's staple brewery, Geary's, will be bringing some of their craftiest pours to you at Rattle n' Hum on Tuesday.  They'll be pouring the Pale Ale, Geary's Hampshire Ale, Porter, Winter, Autumn and a delicious Geary's Hampshire Ale on cask infused with whiskey.  With Whiskey!  New Hampshire winters are pretty frigid, what would you expect them to do?

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

Tuesday, February 15 - A Taste of Victory @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Our favorite brewery from Pennsylvania will be having themselves an event at the Stag's Head on Tuesday.  Victory Brewing Co. will be setting up 10 draft lines that will be pouring all our favorites - Saison de BUFF, Moonglow, St. Victorious, Yakima Glory, Storm King, Pursuit Pale Ale and Harvest Pils.  They'll also be introducing their newest brew - Headwater Pale Ale.  Headwater refers to the water source that they use for brewing their craft - The Brandywine River.  They'll also be serving up some classic Philly-style cheese steak spring rolls in order to satiate your love for Philadelphia.  And steak.

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

Wednesday, February 16 - Learn More About Beer with Blue Point @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

We all know plenty about beer.  It's kind of our passion, inspiration, life.  Well same deal goes for Blue Point and they are showcasing event to share their love with you.  They will be bringing a few of their master brewers down to Idle Hands Bar in Alphabet City to share their knowledge and their beer.  A $30 event ticket gets you access to a two hour event tasting featuring tastings of 5 of their brews, an expert to inform you and answer any questions about style and brand, special Blue Point pours, appetizers and collectibles to bring home.  Whether you are a beer genius or beginner Blue Point will bring their passion to you.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, February 17 - Left Hand Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Left Hand has been showing up a lot recently in the Beer Friends world.  Events around the city, visits to the brewery this past summer and a possible Fade to Black Beer Friends review coming in the near future (hint hint).  Well, nothing better to keep them on your mind than another Left Hand event in NYC!  Head out to the BK Growler Mecca at Bierkraft this Thursday and have a few pints of Left Hands best offerings.   Just to let you know - this years Fade to Black is a smoked Baltic porter.  Holler.

Bierkraft is located at 151 5th Avenue between Sackett and Union Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Saturday, February 19 - Left Hand Brewery Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Are you seeing double?  Well that depends how many craft brews have you had before you started reading this?  In reality though you are not.  Two Left Hand events in 3 days is a reality.  And we're excited.  Head over to GRAB Specialty Foods for the next installment of their Saturday brewery tastings.  Left Hand will be heading straight from Bierkraft over to GRAB with their finest brews for you to continue tasting.  And oh will you continue tasting them.

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