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Beer Review 134: Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout

Brad

Hello Beer Friend Nation! Can you feel the chill in the air?  In NYC the leaves have fallen and snow is in the forecast - it's Stout season.  Stout season is wonderful how that dark beer you avoided in the hot months, suddenly becomes the brew you reach for to warm you up.  Traditionally, stouts should be served at room temperature - but depending on how lazy your landlord is... room temperature can vary drastically.  This week we try Left Hand Brewing Company's Imperial Stout - Wake Up Dead.  Left Hand is a favorite (see Milk Stout below) and recently featured on hashtag battles representing the Denver Broncos.  They are a favorite because the quality brews they have and continue to impress with Sawtooth on Nitro and the Fade to Black series.  Winter!  Dark Brews!  Beer!

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Stout Reviews: Yeti Imperial Stout - Left Hand Milk Stout - Rogue Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Stout - Goose Island Bourbon County 2012 - Cape Cod Beer Stock Stout - Founders Breakfast Stout - Cape Ann Pumpkin Stout - Sixpoint Diesel - Brooklyn Black Ops - Troegs Java Head - Cape Cod Beer Stargazer Stout - Dogfish Head Bitches Brew

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 22, 2011

Graham

Hallelujah! The Apocalypse/Judgement Day/Coolest Party Ever has been averted! Well, maybe it wasn't ever going to happen in the first place, or maybe somebody out there prayed really hard...or the Big Guy upstairs didn't want to end the ingenuity of American Craft Brewing just yet.  You know, just when it was starting to get good. Tuesday, May 24 - Founders Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Founders Brewery has quickly become one of New York City's favorite craft breweries.  Just yesterday I saw Founders Pale Ale at a Morton Williams.  And last week, their Rye was on sale at a local bodega.  They've caught on and they've caught quick.  Rattle n' Hum will be handing over control of their 40+ draught lines to the Grand Rapids brewery.  You can better believe that you will not be disappointed with what they'll be bringing.  Check out the list:

Pale Ale Centennial IPA Porter Double Trouble Cerise Dirty Bastard Reds Rye Old Curmudgeon Nemesis Backwoods Bastard Breakfast Stout Kentucky Breakfast Stout Black Biscuit Imperial Stout Kaiser Curmudgeon Canadian Breakfast Stout

Canadian Breakfast Stout is the Breakfast Stout aged in Maple Syrup barrels.  Holy Crap.

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

Tuesday, May 24 - So You Think You're A Beer Geek? @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Alright, just cause we at the beer friends speak fluent Malton and occasionally dress up as hop-nuggets doesn't make us beer geek's.  Actually spending our free time running a beer blog probably is what makes us beer geeks.  Well, it's time to be proud of who we are.  A newly minted beer bar titled TapRoom 307 in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan is throwing a unique event.  Their geekiest patrons will be bringing their rarest and best bottles of bought and home-brewed beer AND the owners will be uncorking their own favorite selections from their private bottle cellar.

All you have to do to join in the fun?  Bring your favorite rare, delicious or homemade bottled brew and $12 for a tasting glass.  Then get ready to sample the deliciousness that everyone else brought.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, Murray Hill, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Bear Republic Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Bear Republic stands for much more than a brewery that brews fantastically hoppy brews out of California.  It stands for the growing brewing tradition in the nations most famous state.   Bear Republic brewery will be bringing their finest brews to the Blind Tiger Ale House this Wednesday.   Check out the list:

Cher Ami Heritage End 10 Carburetor Volks Bier El Oso Mai Bock Ryevalry Stick Ball Alt Racer 5 Red Rocket Hop Rod Rye

Sorry Freddy, no Crazy Ivan.  Maybe next time.  You should still go check it out though.

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

Wednesday, May 25 - Deers and Beers with Founders Brewery @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Now this is a man's man beer event.  We're talking beer out of the Michigan woods and animals killed in those woods.  With someones bare hands.  Yeah, I know.  Man's man.  Really though, Founder's hometown, Grand Rapids, isn't quite the woods and the venison is probably from upstate New York.  Regardless, Founders Beer + Venison = Straight Manliness.

Founder's will be bringing several great brews to the Double Windsor in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who in their honor will be serving up delicious venison based grub.  We're talking venison burgers, venison carpaccio, and homemade venison charcuterie.

The brews include the Nemesis Barley Wine, Curmudgeon Old Ae, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Red’s Rye PA, Centennial IPA, Porter and Pale Ale.

The Founder's Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of brewing the over the top flavors of Founders brew.  You might learn something.  That is if you can catch him in between bites of venison deliciousness.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 26 - Oysters and Captain Lawrence @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Hey Jimmy's No. 43, we here at the Beer Friends just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for starting and continuing, with such awesomeness, your oysters and brewery nights every week.  We love oysters and we love breweries.  We especially love brewery's with nautical themes.  Like Captain Lawrence (remember their domination in the Beer Friends Final Four?).  Thank you for hosting Captain Lawrence this Thursday and for pouring their staples and new/rare releases.  Thank you for combining their brews with oysters shucked by your ace-oyster-shucker Eddie Oyster.  We'll see ya there!  Thanks for having us.  In advance.   And thank you Captain Lawrence for brewing such fantastic beer.

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

Saturday, May 28 - Sixpoint Presents the UEFA Champions League Final @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

We learned something new about Sixpoint that we never knew before:  they love European football.  We support that.  We also support the release of their most famous brews in cans, available for purchase all around the five boroughs.  The Spring Lounge (Little Italy's most famous and possibly only craft beer bar) is claiming that they will be one of the first bars in the city to release for consumption Sixpoint Bengali Tiger cans.   Do we believe them?  Ya know, even if they're not telling the truth you'll still get to drink a bunch of Sixpoint draught pours.  And watch a pretty awesome soccer match-up: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona.

I just don't see how that could end pourly.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street, at the corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manhattan.

Saturday, May 28 - Founders Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

This week's NYC Craft Beer events has a recurring theme if you haven't noticed:  Founder's.  I wanted to end this post by expressing the Beer Friends love for Founders Brewing Company.  Not in a weird way though.  Just in a way where we want to consume their brews at Rattle n' Hum, enjoy them with some Venison burgers at Double Windsor and finish the week off with some free tastings at GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  They'll be pouring a secret selection of Founders at the store this Saturday.  To be honest, they can keep it secret until the event is over and we'd still be happy.  Their beer tastes that awesome.

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

Beer Review 47: Great Divide Yeti Imperial Stout

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! With Great Divide Brewery winning awards year after year, Beer Friends had to take a second trip back - and third and forth - to sample some beers and feature them as the Six Pack of the Week.  This week we looked at Yeti Imperial Stout, a dark delicious beer that won multiple awards, most recently a 2009 Silver Medal at the Great American Beer Festival, in Denver, Colorado.  The Beer Friends got their hands on the regular Yeti Imperial Stout, but there are a few varieties including - Oak Aged, Chocolate Oak Aged, and  Espresso Oak Aged, with plenty more opinions out there.  Yeti!  I believe!  Stout!  Beer!

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Sierra Nevada Blind Tiger Extravaganza Recap

Graham

Finally it has returned: The Sierra Nevada Blind Tiger Extravaganza!  One of The Beer Friends favorte breweries has come back to take over almost all of the Blind Tigers taps.  This night started as just one Beer Friend headed down to one of his favorite NYC beer bars to sample some of Sierra Nevada's finest offerings.  It quickly turned into something bigger.  How could one man attempt to tackle so many fine offerings...by himself?  The choices were tough, but they were made.  Here's the best attempt by one man at recapping a truly epic event. Numero One - Southern Hemisphere Harvest Ale 6.7%. - One of the rumors surrounding this event was that this will be one of the places that Sierra will unveil this years Harvest Ale. A fall brew from start to finish, this pour offers up hearty malts, seasonal spices reminiscent of October and a big hop character.  I could definitely see myself drinking this one or the usual Harvest that comes to us New Yorkers throughout the fall season.  It warms you, without taking away the drinkability or versatile flavors. Number Dos - Chico IPA 7.2%. - Do not confuse this with the Pale. It is a different hop animal unto itself. Crisper brew with a lighter malt presence and a very interesting borderline herbal/citrus hop flavor and aroma. EASILY drinkable. I'd have three if I wasn't on a one man Sierra Nevada mission.  Unfortunately this one is hard to find in the New York area.  This is one of the brews that Sierra claims to have hardly made it to the East Coast.

The Third - Sierra Nevada & Rattle n' Hum's Black IPA 8.9% - And here's where things start to get interesting.  I have to come clean. I've been toying with you up until now. Holding back the big ones. I needed to make sure you could handle it. Well, whether you like it or not we're here. This is a collaboration between the brewers at Sierra Nevada AND the owner of NYC's Rattle n' Hum, Patrick Donagher. In fact this keg is a relic donated by Mr. Donagher, from his own collection,  for this event.

Let me be the first to say: Thank you Mr. Donagher. Thank you Sierra. Thank you beer.

Super hoppy - three different New Zealand hops and 'torpedoed' with a fourth. Super dark. Burnt and roasted malts to the max. Easily drinkable, wildly flavorful and an artistic masterpiece of a brew.  This beer has so much flavor that you'll put the whole thing down without even noticing, it compels you to keep sipping.  If it wasn't for the necessity to press on into Sierra's collection, I could see myself drinking this one all night.

Fourth Buck - Jack and Ken 30th Anniversary 1o.2%- This beer makes me nervous. I've been looking at it in front of me now for three minutes. Can't think how to approach it. It's rumored to be a barleywine/imperial stout mix. I don't even know who Jack is. Alright fine, I'll stop being a wimp. Here goes!

No one survived the last post. If you find this brew proceed with caution and have two. But really though, you couldn't handle two.  Seriously though, I can't even begin to describe this one.  The flavor range is so crazy that all I can say is if you have a chance to try Jack and Ken's 30th Anniversary, you try it.  You try it good.

Since I'm only a one man army, and since the Jack and Ken's was so amazing, I decided to leave the jungle after those four before things started to get really hairy (like Predator hairy).  However I did leave behind some good men.  Here's a memorial to their honor:

Soldiers I left behind: Bigfoot 06' and 10', Best Bitter (never arrived), Tumbler, Kolsch, Limb and Life, Estate Harvest, Pilsner, Vienna Lager, Fritz and Ken 30th Ave Stout.

Blind Tiger Sierra Nevada Night

Blind Tiger Sierra Nevada Night

Pony Bar: One Year Anniversary Party

Brad

Beer Friends here giving our brief recap of a night to be remembered at our favorite watering hole, The Pony Bar.  Located in Hells Kitchen on 10th Ave and 45th Street, this craft beer bar has made quite the splash in the first year they've been open.  Besides getting great reviews in Time Out New York and Yelp, The Pony Bar has become one of local legend with it's All American Club.  Drink your way through 100 beers, write them down including Beer, Brewery, date and your own personal rating and receive a awesome Dickies short sleeve button up brewmaster shirt - but wait!  There's more!  Last night the Pony Bar was closed for a private party from 3-7p as Dan the manager and the awesome bartenders and barhops treated All American club members to 20 new pours plus sliders and wings. Of course the Beer Friends made a trip - three of us being members in this exclusive club (we like to drink with a purpose) and here's what our night consisted of:

Brad -

Round One: Started with Sixpoint Autobahn IPA, which is part of the one barrel series.  Again Sixpoint continues to impress.  Not overly spicy like some IPA's seem to be, this pour was very smooth and a great way to start the night.

Round Two: Sierra Nevada Fritz and Ken 30th Anniversary - this made it into my elite club.  Only the best of the best beers (Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare, Left Hand Milk Stout, Magic Hat Howl - notice a theme?) get ranked above a 9 on my card, and slide over because Fritz and Ken are in.  This fantastic coffee Stout is part of the 30th Anniversary series and is well worth the hunt if you can find it!

Round Three: This was a very special pour - Allagash Triple from a bottle that Dan poured for everyone.  This was a great pour... reminded me a lot of the Allagash White, in that traditional Belgian style.

Round Four: Smuttynose Oak aged Imperial Stout - this was another great pour.  Although it's getting warmer outside, I'm really continuing to enjoy these porters and stout tossed at me.  The Smuttynose Oak Aged was aged in apple brandy barrels which gave it more of a alcohol taste mixed with a hint of chocolate made it delicious.  A perfect beet to call it a night with.

Paul

Round 1 Boulder Never Summer Ale – Is technically a winter warmer, but this beer was incredibly refreshing on a warm spring day.  It was heavier than it’s light tan color would suggest.  It had just enough spice to it to make this memorable. This is a good three season beer, the only time I wouldn’t reach for this would be on a sweltering  summer day.  A cool summer day would be different story…

Round 2 Sixpoint Autobahn IPA – This was a nice treat to find here.  Being a limited brew from Sixpoint, I was excited to try it.  Sixpoint being known around the beer friends for Bengali Tiger, this was a nice change of pace from them.  It’s a nice crisp and refreshing IPA that I enjoyed a lot.  If I’m going to seek out an IPA I may look toward something with a little more kick, but I would definitely suggest this to someone who claims not to like IPAs.

Round 3 Dogfish Head Immort Ale – This was a very sweet and smoky beer.  Given that it was peat smoked barley and maple syrup as ingredients that makes a lot of sense.   I enjoyed this one a lot, I got a small glass because the ABV was 11% but that didn’t affect how the beer went down.  Very smooth with a lot of flavor.  I’d definitely buy a 4-pack of this to try again at home.

Round 4Firestone Walker Union Jack – Was prepared to be blown away by this because of some hype I had heard, but as a big IPA drinker I was slightly disappointed.  It was a strong IPA, but again it’s probably not something I would seek out.  I may have to give this one another chance on a less overwhelming evening.

Round 5Schlafly Imperial Stout – Yet another Bourbon barrel aged beer that I have come across this year.  This style being very popular through the beginning of this year this is the first Imperial Stout I’ve had that’s like this.  It’s fun to see how all the different styles take the barrel aging. This beverage was very boozy.  It was very tasty with the bourbon giving it a sweet sting, but as it rolled over it tasted more like a mixed drink than a beer.

Round 6 Dogfish Head Red & White -  I was eyeballing this one all night.  I had read a bunch about this beer on some of the blogs so I was excited to give it a try.  I found this brew to be very tasty.  It was sweet, from the wit beer side, and dry, from the wine side.  Normally I’m turned off by the American style wheat beers that are brewed with citrus peels, but it’s not overpowering in this pour.  I’m not a big fan of the sweet wheat beers but the other flavors are a great compliment and make this very enjoyable.

Graham -

First Brew - I also started the night with Sixpoint Autobahn IPA.  Man, Sixpoint knows how to brew a tasty beer, especially in the IPA region.  The Autobahn had a strong bitter start to it that finished with a malty sweetness.  Sixpoint hasn't outdone the Bengali Tiger yet, but they sure come close with this one.

Second Brew - For my second round I went a little haywire with the Empire Deep Purple.  This beer is most definitely...PURPLE!  It is brewed with a whole bunch of Concorde Grapes which are famously used in the health/healing juice of the same name and it tasted like it.  The Pony was pouring everything in 14 oz. glasses (instead of the usual high alcohol/super special beers being in 8 oz. pours)  and it was hard to put down the whole thing.  I would've rather had an 8 oz. of the Deep Purple, but it was a new experience that I won't soon forget...

Third Brew - Ithaca Alphalpha.  Don't make the mistake I did and order this one by the name Alpha Alpha because it is definitely made with alfalfa!  A lighter in color, medium in body spring beer base made with real alfalfa and honey with a beautifully delicious contribution of hops to it gives this beer a spicy belgian mead type of taste.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Alphalpha experience.

Fourth Brew -  Dogfish Head Red and White.  A little on the Belgian side, this brew went down smooth but with a unique yeast taste to it in the Dogfish Head style of individuality.  I wish I had more to say about this one but...what the hell I was four beers in at this point!

Fifth (And LAST but definitely not LEAST) Brew - The Schlafly Imperial Stout.  Everyone stop what you are currently doing, stand up and start clapping.  Slow clap is encouraged.  This beer took the cake for me last night.  An imperial stout aged in Jim Beam barrels that leaves you with one sentiment:  Wow.  Strong coffee flavors that any Yankee stout drinker would appreciate and caramelly bourbon flavors straight from Jim Beam that any true Southern Gentleman would enthusiastically applaud while shooting off his shotgun in celebration!  This beer could truly have solved the Civil War had it been around at the time.  We all would've made peace and reconciliation and agreed that all men and women should be free to pursue the liberty and happiness of consuming such a fine beverage.  I'm still clapping about it this morning, so should you.  Standing ovation for the Schlafly Imperial Stout.  Bravo.

Thanks Pony Bar for the great time!  See you next year!  (Or today after work...)