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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/21

Graham

When it comes to the Beer Friends, we love America.  It's most important ideals are represented everywhere in the craft beer world: liberty, industriousness, creativity and pursuit of happiness.  It's no surprise that the people who penned these ideals, our Founding Fathers, were craft brewers themselves.  Not only were they forming the world's most famous democracy they were doing it while enjoying a pint of their own home brewed porters, stouts and pale ales.  Let's celebrate their ingenuity by drinking the most prized of their creations: craft beer. Tuesday, February 22 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Imperials @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Imperial doesn't quite go well with the Founding Fathers and early America.  It does however go well with, well, everything else.  Expect Imperial IPA's, Souts, Porters, Pilsners and more.  Imperial might not be good for democracy, but it goes great with about every style of brew.

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

Tuesday, February 22 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Great Divide @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Apparently Tuesday night is a good night for beer tasting.  Perhaps it was deemed so by President Grant in 1876 when he admitted Colorado into American statehood.  However it happened, Grant must have loved his craft brew enough to foresee that Colorado would someday become the craft beer capital of America having the highest number of breweries out of any other state.  One of those breweries stands tall.  That brewery is Great Divide out of Denver, Colorado.  Head to Bierkraft on Tuesday to sample some of Great Divide's best brews - including a possible appearance of the Espresso Yeti Stout.  Tuesday Tastings at Bierkraft are free and entertaining and you'll probably leave with at least one growler.  However, you should probably be prepared and bring two or three.

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

Wednesday, February 23 - Captain Lawrence Pairing @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

We've now established that beer and democracy go well together.  A fine pairing of two ideas that compliment each other, each thing making the other better just by being together.  Beer does that with something else - food.  Nita Nita will be hosting Captain Lawrence Wednesday - pouring the Kölsch, Smoked Porter and Pale Ale.  On top of that they will also be rolling out a special menu to compliment each pour.  Check this out:

Drink a Pale Ale while trying the chicken curry or the smashed sweet potatoes & chorizo.

Down a Smoked Porter alongside the smoked beef brisket or the bacon wrapped pork loin.

Sip a Kölsch while savoring the Captain Lawrence steamed mussels (steamed in Kölsch, butter, fennel + coriander) or the garlic shrimp.

It's not glutenous to have all three right?  After all, all opinions need to be taken in account in any sort of healthy democracy.  Holler.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 24 - Avery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I think Bierkraft is trying to tell us something:  They are obsessed with Colorado Brewing.  I mean honestly, who isn't?  Last week was Left Hand, Tuesday is Great Divide and Thursday they'll be bringing in Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO to take over their taps.  Avery is famous for brewing over the top type beers (hoppiest IPA in Colorado - the Beer Friends are still testing this claim).  Whatever your favorite craft brew style is you'll be able to find a pour (or two, or three) on tap Thursday - Avery will be taking over all 14 lines.  Fourteen.  Catorce. Or Franklin Pierce, the 14th and often considered worst president of the United States.  Don't worry about him though, the beer will be great.

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

Thursday, February 24 - East Coast meets West Coast @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

George Washington? Totally West Coast.  Man was gangsta.  Lincoln?  Obviously West Coast.  He kept one in the chamber.  Always.  Jefferson?  Nobody had more East Coast status like TeeJeezy.  Where does Barack fit in?  Chi-town is it's own animal.  Mr. Obama would do both and on Thursday he, and the rest of us have that chance.  Brooklyn Brewery will be bring 10 of their best to compete against 5 of Anchor Brewery's finest pours.  Where do the Beer Friends stand?  Come on out Thursday to find out.  We might even tell you who our favorite presidents are.

Dive 75 is located at 101 W 75th Street at Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

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

To round out President's Week the guys at Rattle n' Hum decided to bring it old school.  Serving beer the way the forefathers of America did while writing the Declaration of Independence and arguing about whether there should be an Amendment declaring craft beer's awesomeness in the Constitution (it was the famed 'lost amendment - Jefferson told Hancock at the bar the night before the signing that they were "totally going to write that shit in when that lame ass Washington wasn't looking" but managed to forget the next morning).  Expect a huge selection of cask craft pours at Rattle n' Hum the entire weekend.  A menu will come soon.

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

Daily Beer Calendar Feb 14th-20th

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Nothing says love more than ignoring that girlfriend/boyfriend and going online to TheBeerFriends.com to vote on some beers!  This week we (again) travel all over for a variety of styles!  Beer!  Democracy! February 14th - Sapporo Reserve Remember the last time you went to that half off sushi joint, sake bombs and a Sapporo chaser?  Don't be mistaken... this ain't the same beer - this one has Reserve on the Label...

Sapporo Reserve

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February 15th - Newcastle Brown Ale

Unlike Sapporo Reserve, Newcastle Brown Ale is a easy to find beer - but unlike the Bud's and Coors Lights - this beer is worth a try.  From Newcastle Federation Breweries Ltd. in Dunston, England this brew is legendary so we hope voting numbers are high on this one. (With a awesome website if I do say so myself...)

Newcastle Brown Ale

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February 16th - Allagash White Ale

From Japan to Enlgand to Portland, Maine for a Belgian beer from Allagash Brewing Company.  Allagash sticks to what they do best, which is Belgian brews and we thank them for that...

Allagash White Ale

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February 17th - Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

Like Newcastle Brown Ale, Young's Luxury Chocolate Stout can be found in the states in multiple places.  From the Wells & Young Brewing Company Ltd. in Bedford, England this Chocolate Stout is world famous for it's use of real chocolate in the brewing process.  This probably should've been the February 14th Beer of the Day... right ladies?

Young's Luxury Double Chocolate Stout

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February 18th - Schlafly Kolsch

Schlafly Kolsch comes from The Saint Louis Brewery in St. Louis, Missouri

Schlafly Kolsch

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February 19th - Drifter Pale Ale

Drifter Pale Ale comes from Portland, Oregon from the Widmer Brothers Brewing Company.

Drifter Pale Ale

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February 20th - Stoudts American Pale Ale

Doubling up on the Pale Ale's, today's Beer of the Day is from Stoudts Brewing Company from Adamstown, Pennsylvania.  The Beer Friends have reviewed some products from Stoudts, their American Pale Ale is their most popular beer for ten years running.

American Pale Ale

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Daily Beer Calendar February 8-13

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! These next few days the Beer Calendar racks up the miles in multiple countries and multiple styles... vote and check back often for results.

February 8th - Twisted Thistle IPA for Belhaven Brewery Company in Dunbar, Scotland.  Last time we visited Dunbar for the Belhaven Brewery Company it was for a malty brew that reminded you of a good highland scotch whiskey - now it's for a IPA.  Challenger and Cascade are the main hops used but the full malt flavor is what stands out.

Twisted Thistle IPA

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February 9th - Provo Girl Pilsner from Squatters Pub and Brewery in Park City, Utah.  What else would you expect from Utah but a basic beer! Although the state of Utah mandates that beer be kept around 4% ABV, this Bavarian style Pilsner has enough taste to forget all that.

Provo Girl Pilsner

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February 10th - Kostritzer Schwarzbier from Kostritzer Schwarzbier Brewery in Kostritz/Thuringen, Germany.  That was a mouthful and the beer description doesn't get any better "a black beer with a blonde soul"... What?!?!  Guess we'll have to try one to figure it all out. (Check out the brewery link for a awesome way to drink away your sickness!)

Kostritzer Schwarzbier

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February 11th - Alaskan Summer Ale from Alaskan Brewery in Juneau, Alaska.  This brewery is always impressive and continues to upset me that we can't get there stuff in NYC.  This session beer is dominated by the malts but not the bitterness of most Kolsch beers.

Alaskan Summer Ale

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February 12th - Blanche De Chambly from Unibroue Brewery in Chambly, Canada.  The Beer Friends enjoyed a afternoon drinking Unibroue brews and this pale gold beer is one of their staples.

Blanche De Chambly

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February 13th - Molson Canadian Lager from Molson Canada, Toronto, Canada.  If you're a hockey fan, click the "I've had this beer" box.  Enough said.

Molson Canadian Lager

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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