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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.

Magic Hat to be bought?

Beerfriend Paul

Rumor has it that North American Breweries Inc. is set to acquire Magic Hat Brewing Co. It is assumed that this sale will be of International Brewers United Inc. and North American Breweries would acquire Pyramid Breweries of Seattle as well.  Though, details are sketchy as no one from any of the breweries will confirm or deny any of the reports. Hopefully a sale like this allows Magic Hat to  produce and distribute some more of their lesser known beers while still keeping the quality that we expect from them.  Magic Hat is already available in 26 states; it's probably safe to assume this will give them the distribution to become a truly national brand.

Another possible effect of this acquisition would be that we could see more Pyramid brews distributed on the east coast.

That's about enough speculation for right now, I will wait to hear official word before I start to demand a wider distribution of Odd Notion...

Here are a couple other articles about the sale:

http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20100728/NEWS01/100728026/Reports-brew-on-possible-sale-of-Magic-Hat

http://beernews.org/2010/07/report-magic-hat-pyramid-breweries-close-to-being-sold-to-nab/

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...)

NYBrewfest jun 19th!

Phil Foleen

All dressed up and nowhere to go on June 19th?  Well you are in luck, my friend, because the 4th annual NY Brewfest just happens to be on that very day!

Right now they are listing 26 breweries from NY State, 38 breweries from the rest of the US of A, and another 15 breweries of the international variety.  Click through for more details.

The festivities are from 3:30pm-8pm on Governor's Island in NYC, which is pretty fantastic since you can only get there by boat, so you can have as much beer as you want!  Prices range from $55+tax etc, $75 for a Connoisseur's admission which gets you in an hour early, and if for some reason you don't want any beer, there's a Music Lover's ticket for $25.

The best thing about your ticket is it includes your very own sampling glass, all the food you can eat while you're there, and a round trip ticket for the NY Water Taxi to get you there!  Now that's a bargain!  The music is looking pretty good too, c'mon Bagpipe Dudes!

They also have Seminars, but nothing under the heading yet so stay tuned, and if you're in a giving mood you can also Volunteer to help out.

All in all this looks like a can't miss event for anyone who's in the area and loves beer.  On the site they say that the last 3 Brewfests have sold out, so you may want to get your tickets early.  I know I am.  Tickets link is below.

Get you tickets HERE

Thanks Ken for the lead!

The Beer Friends Final Four

Corporate Kerouac

It is March and here at the beer friends we are all swept up in bracket madness.  We picked 32 beers to fight through a bracket to see which one would come out #1.  Today is the first round of voting to help us decide the #1 BFFF Beer.

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Beer Review 06: Magic Hat Howl

Phil Foleen

As a treat we have the very first Beer Review we recorded!  Take a look, it's fun to watch as we're just getting our video sea-legs, so don't hold it against us(wink wink), and if you can find some Magic Hat Howl this weekend, pick it up, it might be the last you see till next winter! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jw3DMYkHKI]