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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 20, 2011


March Madness is fast upon us and we have some craft beer to keep you company while watching all the games.  If you happen to feel empty and wanting the minute-to-minute thrills of bracket competition  in between rounds then you should check in to The Beer Friends to vote on our own March Madness Tournament - Beer Style.  Whichever event we see you out at this week we expect to see you buried face first into your personal-internet-device as you continuously update to see who is leading the nations most important beer competition.  Vote early and vote often to help us decide what is the best beer in the country. Tuesday, March 22 - East Coast versus West Coast IPA Challenge @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

The Beer Friends have often discussed how American Craft Breweries often prove their worth by brewing a great IPA. It stands as a benchmark that solidifies you as a notable member of the American craft beer community.  Well, then what better way to judge an East Coast v West Coast competition then going head to head with IPA's. Expect a wide selection of hoppy brew from your favorite east coast and west coast breweries including cask offerings, barrel aged and rare releases that only the craft beer gurus at Rattle n' Hum can get their hands on.  East Coast verse West Coast? Let's let the hops decide!

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

Take the 6 train to 33rd. Walk West.

Tuesday, March 22 - Avery Brewery Event @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Avery has long been know in and out of Colorado as a brewery that pushes the boundaries - making some of the hoppiest, maltiest, bad-assiest brews around.  They will be making their Pony Bar debut this Tuesday in full force - taking over all the taps and bringing some of their rarest pours.  Expect the Holy Trinity, Demon and Dictator Series to be hanging out - with a few of the rarer brews only available in 5 oz. pours, due to their extreme awesomeness.  Extreme Awesomeness.

The Pony Bar is located on the Northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Take the A/C/E to 42 St.-Port Authority.

Thursday, March 24 - Midwest Beer Night @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

When you walk by random people in the street do you say hello?  If someone bumps into you on the subway do you smile and wish them a good day?  Are you 24 and already married with three kids?  Do any of these things scare the crap out of you as the hard-ass New Yorker that you are?  Well then, this event is the event for you.  Whether you're from the Midwest or wonder what it means when someone "smiles" at you in a "friendly way" in public, we can all agree that they know how to brew some decent craft beer.  Expect your favorite suds from the following Midwest breweries: Arcadia, Atwater Block, Erie, Founders, Goose Island, Jolly Pumpkin, Kuhnhenn, Leinenkugel, Nebraska, Point, Schlafly and Two Brothers.

Even the most bad-assed, sarcastic New Yorker will be friendly as a Nebraska corn farmer after having one from each brewery.

Barcade is located at 388 Union Avnue, between Ainslie and Powers Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Take the L to Lorimer Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Empire Brewery Tasting @ Dive Bar, Manhattan:

Empire Brewery will be making a big appearance Thursday night at Dive Bar on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.  They'll be featuring 7 draft lines of Empires brews.  No specific names have been released yet but we can only hope that we get some Cream Ale, Black Magic Stout, Deep Purple, ESPA and many others.

Dive Bar is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue between 95th and 96th Streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Take the 1/2/3 or the B/C to 96th Street.

Thursday, March 24 - Bear Republic Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Bierkraft continues their plentiful weekly events by hosting one of California's strongest and hoppiest breweries - Bear Republic - this Thursday.  They say to expect some rare and not so rare stuff.  You know, here at the Beer Friends, we would care if they only poured Racer #5 and Hop Rod Rye - we'd drink em' up and have two of each.  Expect hops and California style in your favorite Brooklyn beer mecca.

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

Take the D/N/R to Union Street.

Friday, March 25 - Sunday, March 27 - Cask Ale Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Cask Ales are those elusive brews that every craft beer fan claims to love but rarely orders.  It's time we fix that.  Jump on in to a deep (15 - 20 line) selection of popular and not so popular craft ales at Rattle n' Hum this weekend.  You have 3 days, starting Friday, so we're pretty sure you can go from a novice to an expert by Sunday.  Even if you don't leave with any increased knowledge, you're brain will forgive you and your taste buds will love you.

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

Take the 6 to 33rd.

We hope to see all of you out at the events this week!  And remember the Beer Friends Final Four starts today with the Midwest Bracket and continues with the rest of the regions throughout the rest of the week.  Make sure you check in every day to vote in the new regions and in the new rounds!

New York City Good Beer Month: Rattle n' Hum Cool Sh#t Review


Yesterday afternoon a couple of The Beer Friends made their way over to Rattle n' Hum (33rd st. just East of 5th ave) for their "Cool Sh#t Event."  This event featured four very unique and eccentric breweries from some unexpected places.  Unibroue and Dieu Du Ciel hail from Canada, Jolly Pumpkin is out of Michigan(correction), USA and Nogne O (pronounced Nog) comes all the way from Norway. The brews were very surprising and unique.  Read on to find out what we had and what we thought of the beers and the event itself!

Graham's Brews

Nogne O IPA

It tastes like this brew is appropriately hopped but as soon as they show up at the front they are dominated by an extremely malty, resinous flavor. Very interesting brew that will leave you thinking about how the Vikings must have felt as they imbibed it on their way to sack some poor English village.

Jolly Pumpkin Luciernaga

Rugged. It's hard to describe this beer beyond that. Malts are there and they give it a rugged Michigan flavor. However, it stays refreshing and drinkable throughout. Don't want to forget the tartness that stays with you and gives it that extra ruggedness. Like the Minnesota wilderness.

Unibroue Trois Pistoles

Woah. This brew is like getting beat up by three different Belgian dudes who are carrying three different items: cocoa, ripe fruit and roasted malts. They come in quick, rough you up and run away fast. It finishes that quickly leaving you wondering what just happened, how much you enjoyed it (sicko) and where you can get more.

Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel

Strong coffee malts give this beer a great dark color and flavor. The surprise comes at the end with a lingering sweetness that is very refreshing and peachy.

Nogne O Sunturnbrew

This is a sweet smoked barleywine where the sweetness is not overpowering due to it's fruity nature. The fruit resembles a date or a plum and it is an enjoyable way to mask the 11% abv.  The taste stays with you well after your first sip and it really makes you feel like celebrating like a Viking after the raid on that poor English village.

Brad's Take

Watching World Cup - awesome Tilapia lunch special and now onto the beers...

Nogne Saison - 1st Taste - pretty bland Saison - not terribly spicy doesn't mean bad but certainly doesn't celebrate Spring after the long months of Winter.

Nogne #100 - 2nd - listed as a American Imperial IPA but the first taste make it seem like a porter or stout, upon further review it smooths out but still doesn't have the hoppy kick of a typical IPA.

Nogne Porter - 3rd - hints of Chocolate dominate the aftertaste of this well balanced Porter.  Although we went for the 4 oz flights- I could definitely drink a full pint of this.

Dieu Du Ciel - Aphrodite - 4th - this beer takes me back to my childhood, not the Coors Light my mother used to pack in my lunchbox (I love you mom!) - but the nestle quik chocolate milk powder I used to drop in the Tupperware cup afterschool.  Very smooth and no hint of the 6.5 ABV.