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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 25, 2011

Graham

Every year, like clockwork, right around this time a question comes up:  What does one do the week after NYC Craft Beer Week?  It's a tough question.  Craft Beer Week was incredible, as always, with the Beer Friends hitting up at least one event every day.  What do we do now that there isn't quite the dozen or so beer events to choose from every day?  Well, we're going to help you answer that question.  There is life after NYC Craft Beer Week.  Here it is: Tuesday, September 27 - Fermented Craft Beer Crawl @ The East Village, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we are men of the masses.  So usually I try to stray away from advertising events that require entry fees or cover charges.  We dig the every man for himself, pay as you go lifestyle.  Unless however, something really cool that's a great deal pops up.  This is one of those times.

The Fermented Craft Beer group Urban Oyster would like you to take you on a tour of craft beer in the East Village.  The tickets are $60, but they include tours of several craft beer bars, a visit to a beer store, information on brewing beer, food and beer pairing and of course, the most important part - 10 brews and food to help you soak up the booze.  Take your girl out to dinner and you'll easy spend $60 on a couple drinks each and your food.  Why don't you treat yourself instead?

The Location comes along with the tickets which can be purchased online here at Urban Oyster's website.

Wednesday, September 28 - Craft Can and Grilled Cheese Night @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

When was the last time you had a really good cave aged Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich?  Along side three or four cans of delicious craft beer?  Don't worry if you can't answer, we have one for you:  This Wednesday.  Hit up Nita Nita for their craft beer can Wednesdays.  You can get that cave aged Gruyere grilled cheese alongside your choice of two canned craft beers for $15.   And you can have it in their heated garden.  Outdoor beer and grilled cheese?  A given.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue on the corner of North 8th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, September 29 - Ballast Point Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Bierkraft is skipping their IPA event this month only, which could potentially be disappointing.  However, they're replacing it with seven draft lines and two casks from Ballast Point Brewery out of San Diego (SoCal Craft Brewery Tour!).  Awesome.  Ballast Point never disappoints.  Bierkraft never disappoints.  You, will not be disappointed.  Check out what Ballast will be bringing:

Big Eye IPA Pale Ale Sculpin Calico Amber Reef Rye Fathom India Pale Lager Sour Wench

Casks: Sculpin Black Marlin Porter

Sound disappointing?  Didn't think so.

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

Saturday, October 1 - Oktoberfest! @ The Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden, Queens:

Happy October!  A special month for any beer enthusiast.  The turn of the seasons coupled with a turn of the beer flavors.  As the days get chillier and colder, the brews get darker and spicier.  The famous Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden in Astoria is without a doubt the place in New York to kick off this favorite month of ours.  In recent years the Astoria Beer Garden, as it's commonly known, has embraced American craft beer more and more.  Head out there to taste what Germans and Americans think about Fall, Harvest, Pumpkin and Octoberfest brews.  The month kicks of Saturdays with promotional prices, pig roasts, live entertainment and FREE beer tastings.  And of course, there will be girls in lederhosen - the only thing more important than the craft beer.

The Bohemian Beer Hall & Beer Garden is located at 29-12 24th Avenue between 31st and 29th Streets, Astoria, Queens.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 4, 2011

Graham

This has been a busy summer for the Beer Friends.  We've been through an earthquake, two regional brewery tours (Southern California, Boston/Massachusetts), three of us relocated within the boroughs and finally, to top it all off, a hurricane-the first to hit New York in like 300 years (give or take a few decades).  And none of it could stop us.  This tumultuous summer has come to a close, we'll miss the sun and relaxation - but we're already gearing up for the fantastic craft beer season that autumn brings us.  Let's start off the fall correctly. Tuesday, September 6 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Farmhouse Ales @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I know this week's intro was intriguing, invigorating and inspiring.  Now disregard it.  Just for tonight.  Farmhouse is not quite the style of brew you'd expect to start the fall with, but it's not exactly the worst style to spend an evening imbibing.  Bierkraft will turn it's craft-beery eyes towards the brews that characterize France and Belgian farms during springtime this evening and you should  expect some unique interpretations of the style as it has become a favorite of craft brewers in America for experimenting purposes.  You can find them spicy, herbal, grassy, Belgian-y, candyish and hoppy.  And you can find all types of farmhouse stylings tonight at Bierkraft.  Dr. Carl Burger will be on hand to walk you through the tasting and as always the whole shebang is free.

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

Thursday, September 8 - Smuttynose Promo to Benefit Sanctuary @ The Half Pint, Manhattan:

Drinking for a good cause is a good idea.  Drinking great beer for a good cause is a great idea.  Smuttynose and The Half Pint are throwing a charity bash to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Smuttynose will be bringing the Farmhouse Saison, Pumpkin, Robust Porter and Star Island Single and The Half Pint will be generously donating 25% of the nights tab to Sanctuary.  They'll also be serving smashingly good food from Blossom du Jour - from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated.  Another way in which drinking great beer helps us feel awesome.

The Half Pint is located at 76 West 3rd Street, on the corner of Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, September 8 - The Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (Re)Release @ The Bronx Ale House, The Bronx:

Reflection is a good thing.  Awhile ago (you can find it all the way back when) the Bronx Brewery released their first brew, the Bronx Pale Ale at the Bronx Ale House.  Apparently they've spent the past 6 months refining their recipe and are releasing it yet again.  This time only tastier.  A deep amber pale ale brewed with 5 malts , dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops and left unpasteurized for a filling body.  Head over to the Bronx Ale House, in Riverdale, this Thursday to sample this recreation.

The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street, Riverdale, The Bronx.

Saturday, September 10 - I Love New York Beer Weekend @ Mug's Ale House, Brooklyn:

It's no secret that the Beer Friends love New York.  That's why this event is one of our yearly favorites.  Mug's will be pouring 24 lines of brew straight from New York's finest breweries.  We're talking Empire, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Kelso, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Ithaca, Keegan...the list goes on and on and never gets old.  It starts Saturday and goes on all weekend, but the good stuff will run out fast so get there early.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, September 10 - GRAB Specialty Foods Saturday Tastings - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

The friendly staff over at GRAB Specialty Foods are bringing another great brewery into their store this Saturday for your tasting pleasure - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project!  Pretty Things, a self-proclaimed gypsy, small batch, artisinal brewery, with no real home but a real knack for brewery delicious beer, will be bringing some of their finest to GRAB Specialty Foods.  You can expect their flagship - Jack D'or - but look for some other rare and delicious offerings including Baby Tree and St. Boltoph's.  Because they only brew when the funds and spaces are available to do so they have a limited selection, but it also means that there is a tremendous amount of care that goes into each one of their quality batches.  As always, the knowledgeable staff at GRAB will walk you through any brew questions that pop into your head.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 1, 2011

Graham

We are officially approaching the dog days of August, but it seems like we've been there for a couple of weeks already.  The rest of the world characterizes the "dog days" as those times in August where the days stretch on for endless hours and are filled with heat and humidity that requires 24/7 air conditioning.  Well, after experiencing 2+ weeks of these oppressively hot/humid days and it only now has become the month of August, we are a bit tired of the weather.  We're going to need some help getting through whatever August has to throw at us.  And we have the solution:  Craft beer. Actually there's more than that in this week's post.  In fact, if you keep reading there is a surprise that will make you very, very hoppy, uh, I mean, happy that you did.

Tuesday, August 2nd - Smuttynose Tap Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

No Smutty, No Beer.  Know Smutty, Know Beer.  They don't need to say a word more, it's literally as simple as that.  New Hampshire's premier brewery will be hitting up Rattle n' Hum and owning their tap's this Tuesday night.  They have an impressive list and will be adding a few secret surprises just to keep you intrigued.  Check it out: 2010 S’Muttonator Doppelbock, 2010 Baltic Porter, 2010 Wheat Wine, 2011 Barleywine, 2011 Imperial Stout, 2011 Hommunculus, 2011 SSB#13 Noonan, Big A IPA, “Finestkind” IPA, Old Brown Dog, Robust Porter, Star Island Single and Shoal’s Pale Ale.

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

Wednesday, August 3 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

One of our favorite New York State breweries will be making an much welcomed appearance in Brooklyn this Wednesday at the Double Windsor in Park Slope.  Captain Lawrence (of the Beer Friends Final Four Fame!) will be bringing a slew of their favorite brews - St. Vincents Dubbel, Ginger Man Ale, Xtra Gold, Liquid Gold, Freshchester Pale Ale, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA and Kaptain’s Kolsch - for you to imbibe with pleasure.

And imbibe them in a pleasure-filled manner you shall.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Now we have a real surprise for you.  It might seem like we're ending the events week prematurely, but it's only because Thursday is a big day.  A really big, hoppy day.  Welcome to...

Thursday, August 4 - International IPA Day!

Traditional IPA Class @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan

Thought you knew everything about the world's favorite beer style?  Think again.  Time to get schooled at Jimmy's No. 43 this Thursday night.  For a nominal fee ($25) you can participate in an incredibly informative, just over an hour long classes, taught by a couple of NYC beer legends - the esteemed professors of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team: Chris Cuzme of Wandering Star Brewing Co. and President of the New York City Homebrewers Guild and Mary Izett of National Beer Judge and blogger at mylifeoncraft.com.  They won't only show you the ropes, they'll make you climb them all the way up to the brewery ceiling.  The topic?  India Pale Ales.

Right now you might be thinking - "wait, this sounds awesome, but 25 smackaroones and all I get is a lecture?."  C'mon, this isn't college where a bunch of hack's overcharge you so they can have a pedestal to share their "worldly" opinions - the $25 gets you a whole bunch of IPA to drink as well.

So if you're like me and went to your classes a bit tipsy then it shouldn't be too far off from your college experience either.

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

International IPA Day Event @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Don't worry Jersey - you get IPA's too!  The Iron Monkey, one of Jersey City's finest craft beer bars, will be pouring the finest regional, national and international IPA's for all of Jersey's denizens to enjoy (it's might be a bit of a far drive from Atlantic City, but we recommend it none-the-less).  There isn't an official list out yet, but as the big day approaches, the ladies and gents over at the Iron Monkey suggest checking in at the Iron Monkey Facebook page and the @theironmonkey Twitter feed for all those hop-head updates.

IPA-Day "Hop Wars" @ Cafe D'Alsace AND Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we enjoy a bit of theatrics as much as the next guys.  And this is the best, despite being the last.  Possibly one of my favorite events of the year (in it's first annual inception) the IPA-Day "Hop Wars" will prove to be an epic battle between old school European styled IPA's and new school American style IPA's.

It is a hot-topic in all genres of creativity - pay homage to the old, the original or embrace the new and trail-blazing.  This is the exact canyon that lies between European and American IPA's.  European, although at the time they were created considered revolutionary flavor, are usually a bit more subdued, but more easily drinkable and tolerable in their flavor profile.  On the contrary American IPA's (and craft beer in general) prides itself on pushing every boundary possible, including the list of boundaries to be pushed (oak-aging a dry-hopped beer brewed with vanilla, oranges and then refermenting it a few times and only serving it on cask seems like something that only arrogant American idealism could come up with).

I could say that this event looked to provide the world with a winner.  An absolute champion.  But I think it really will prove to highlight the immense care, craft, culture and creativity that goes in to beer brewing no matter what side of any of the ponds you brew on.  Head up to Cafe D'Alsace, an Alsatian (French/German border) restaurant that also pride itself on it's international craft beer selection will be featuring Old World IPA's.  We're talking German, Austrian and the original English style IPA's.

Rattle n' Hum will be featuring a boatload of American style IPA's.  How many is a boatload?  Twenty-five plus.

Short list:

Cafe D'Alsace - Meantime IPA, Thornbridge Jaipur, Nogne-O IPA, Evil Twin Cat Piss and Mikkeller Willamette Single Hop

Rattle n' Hum - Barrier Ruthless Rye, Undarum, Dunegrass, Oil City & Medula, Smuttynose Big A, Two Brothers Hop Juice and Stone Ruination

Just to name a few for either place.

Cafe D'Alsace is located at 1695 2nd Avenue at the Southwest Corner of 88th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 24, 2011

Graham

Hello all you Beer Friends out there!  We'd like to apologize for releasing the craft brew events a bit late this week.  We promise it's not because we drank too much craft brew.  Actually we've been so caught up with our different regional brewery tours - the South, Southern California (Day one, two, three and Stone) and Boston/Cape Cod - that we were late for the boat this week.  Although, I suppose that's from drinking too much craft brew during our brewery tours. Anywho's - we got a great (half) week of events for ya!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27 - Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Cookout @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

I think Sierra Nevada just became the new replacement for my nerdy childhood dream of Space Camp.  Every year they invite some of the best and luckiest homebrewers out to Chico to participate in their Summer Brewing Program.  Throughout the program they pick the best homebrews and produce a bit more for people throughout the country to fruitfully imbibe.  This Wednesday you can drinks pints of these brews while enjoying campout inspired food, including, but not limited to, s'mores.

Here's the list of brews:  Beer Camp Double IPA, Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale, Beer Camp Weizenbock, Beer Camp California Common and the Torpedo, Ovila Saison and Summerfest (these last three are normal Sierra brews).

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Prospect Park, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, July 27 - New York, New York @ The Hop Devil Grill & The Belgian Room, Manhattan:

Is there a better place to be during the summer than in New York?  The temperature is perfect, there are no unpleasant smells and everyone is at their friendliest.  Well, at least the beer is good and year round too!  Southampton, Ithaca, Kelso and Captain Lawrence will be bringing their crews and their brews down to the St. Mark's area of the East Village and taking over the taps at not just ONE bar but TWO!

The Hop Devil Grill and the Belgian Room will be hosting these breweries and their brew crew (coming with brewery junk for your trunk, or pockets rather) throughout the night, so we suggest you do what they'll probably be doing - a pint here, a pint there, a pint here, a pint there.  It's good to mix it up.

The Hop Devil Grill is located at 129 St. Mark's Place (8th St.), while The Belgian Room is located just down the street at 125 St. Mark's Place both between Avenue A and 1st Avenue, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, July 28 - IPA Night!! @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Remember last month when I informed everyone out there about Beirkraft's new monthly event installment dubbed "IPA Night" which happens on the last Thursday of every month?  Well it's back!!

Join the boys (and girls) of Beirkraft as they celebrate everyone's (or at least mine and sometime Phil's) favorite beer style: the IPA.  They only have a partial lineup so far but it includes some good stuff, let's check em' out:  Barrier Dunegrass Double IPA and Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve IPA on Cask!

No better beer to have during the summer than IPA.  At least Bierkraft agrees with me, and I agree with them.

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

Friday, July 29 - Sixpoint Tasting @ The Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, Manhattan:

It seems like Sixpoint has been the brewery in demand this year.  They've put out their "micro-keg" series that is now distributed throughout several northeastern states and they are brewing up a storm of new and different brews that they are pouring at dozens of events around New York.  Well, this Friday they'll be blowing your mind with both of these success stories.

Head over to the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room to sample a selection Sixpoint's canned series - The Crisp, Sweet Action, Righteous (Rye) Ale and Bengali Tiger IPA.  They'll also be filling your growlers of all sizes with Signal (remember: smokey), Gemini IPA, Autobahn IPA and the Brevity Wit - of which I could go on and on and on and on and on about how much I enjoy this brew.

The Whole Foods Bowery Location is located at 95 East Houston Street, you can find their Bowery Beer Room at the same address just on the corner of East Houston and Chrystie Streets, The Bowery, Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 11th, 2011

Beerfriend Paul

It is the unofficial half way point of Good Beer Month 2011! Unofficial because I mostly just made it up... But forget all that.   It's time to talk about good beer, and here are some great events you should keep your eye on this week.

Tuesday July 12th - Mikkeller Single Hop Event @ Rattle N Hum

It's like an event hand picked for our resident hop head Phil... Graham, Paul, and Brad.

This is a great event for hoppy beer lovers.  It doesn't matter if you are new to hop heavy beers or if you have been drinking Imperial IPA's that have been hopped 5 times for years, this is an event for all beer lovers.  Mikkeller has put together a great list of single hop brews that give you a chance to taste what each different hop does to your beer separately.  This is a great event for new beer drinkers to learn about different hops and old beer drinkers to get out and quiz your beer sense.

Rattle N Hum is located at 14 E. 33rd St. Manhattan

Wednesday July 13th - Dogfish Head Special Tapping & 120 @ Standings

Standings is getting a special keg from Dogfish Head of an Imperial IPA called "Hellhound" as well as bottles of the new batch of 120 Minute IPA.  Dogfish Head always does great stuff and they excel at making big beers dangerously drinkable.  Add a bottle of 120 Minute and suddenly your Wednesday is looking up, though much more of that and your Thursday is going to start looking down...

Standings is located at 43 E. 7th St. Manhattan

Thursday July 14th - Brooklyn Black Ops Monster Blast @ David Copperfield's

Brooklyn Brewery is bringing the heat to the Upper East Side this Thursday.  As the title of the event says; they are bringing Monster, Blast!, and Black Ops(limited quantity, come early). Also throw in Black Chocolate Stout and The Concoction and you have the best Brooklyn beer this side of Williamsburg.

David Copperfield's is located at 1394 York Ave. (at 74th St.) Manhattan

Thursday July 14th - Epic Brewing Company NJ Release Party @ Barcade Jersey City

Epic Brewing Company has landed! This is the final venue in this "release party tour" of New Jersey.  Barcade will have 10 special beers from this Salt Lake City brewery.  It is outside of the city, but Barcade always seems to find a way  to be worth the trip.  So put $5 on that metrocard and find your closest path station.  Barcade is a quick walk from the Grove St. Path station.

Barcade is located at 163 Newark Ave. Jersey City

Friday, July 15th - Kelso Beer Tasting with Maya Kaimal Curries @ Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar, Manhattan:

When you think about pairing beer with food this event would probably never enter into the realm of possibilities.  But to tell you the truth - I kind of dig it.  Kelso of Brooklyn will be bringing their favorite brews (Nut Brown, Pilsner and Carroll Garden Wit - their seasonal summer brew in homage to one of Brooklyn's greatest summer neighborhood's) over to Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar.  Nolita Mart - usually just a Nolita style coffee shop/gourmet grocery store - will then be doing a complete 180 and will be combining forces with Maya Kaimal Curries to feed your beer fueled hunger.  Who's Maya Kaimal you ask?  An award winning chef and cookbook author who uses only all natural ingredients to make her delectable curry sauces.  Yes that's right - beer and curry.  We don't know who was the force behind dreaming up this food/beer combination - but we are truly pumped to try it out.

p.s. - There will even be live music.  Local artists Sandra Hong and Laura Sjogren will be providing a live acoustic set.

Nolita Mart and Espresso Bar is located at 156 Mott Street, Manhattan.

Saturday, July 16th - Schmaltz Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here's a two-for-one deal for you.  Schmaltz Brewing Company is the yin-and-yang of breweries.  They put out the selection of Coney Island Craft Lagers as well as the list of He'Brew the Chosen Beer.  Both will be available for your sampling pleasure out at GRAB Specialty Foods this Saturday in their newest installment of the Saturday Tasting Series.  Don't be a bad consumer now - head out and get a two-for-one on your free samples this week!

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue, Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 3, 2011

Graham

We definitely have a reason to celebrate this weekend.  Actually, two reasons. First, we celebrate the great country we live in.  A country, that sense its beginning has encouraged ingenuity and creativity among its citizens.  It's that common instinct that inspires that brewers of the craft beer that we love to do what they do.  It's why the craft beer industry has continued to be successful and grow by leaps and bounds every year. Craft Beer is as natural to America as fireworks and cookouts on the 4th of July.

We also get to celebrate craft beer itself.  As deemed by the brewers and craft beer bar owners behind The Good Beer Seal, July is Good Beer Month.  Now here at the Beer Friends believe every month should be Good Beer Month.  But we're pretty okay with picking one out and giving it a name.  So tomorrow, while your cooking out and watching the fireworks, raise your glass of your favorite brew in a toast to craft beer and to America, the country that not only allows craft beer to exist, but inspires it's incredible and delicious diversity.

Enjoy the events:

Tuesday, July 5 - The Big Le-Brewski Event: Part 2 @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Sit down.  If you're sitting - get closer to the ground.  I'm about to unload every craft beer lovers dream on you.  Imagine you could sample everything that Rattle n' Hum keeps in their cellar.  Bottles of the some of the rarest stuff that's ever been brewed, aged to perfection.  Well, it's not a dream.  It's a reality.  In Part 2 of their "Big Le-Brewski" event Rattle n' Hum will be raiding their cellar to quench any desire your craft beer imagination can conjure up.  Head over Tuesday to sample some really special stuff.  No list is available yet, but c'mon, if it's coming out of Rattle n' Hum's private cellar then who needs a list.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 17 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Wednesday, July 6 - Barcade Yards Events @ Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City:

One of the best parts about summer is outdoor craft beer drinking.  The cool, carbonated hops and barley make even the hottest summer days bearable.  Barcade Jersey City feels the same way.  As you step of the PATH train Barcade will be waiting with their new draft trailer to pour you a cold, delicious beer from Yards Brewery.  Yards beer, poured by Barcade, outside at the Grove Street PATH Plaza?  Yea, it's summertime.

The Barcade Beer Trailer is located at 325 Grove Street between Newark Avenue and Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Thursday, July 7 - Brooklyn Brewery BLAST @ Standings, Manhattan:

Brooklyn Breweries Brewmaster Reserve Collection is a much anticipated and coveted collection of beers that push the boundaries of craft beer to new and excellent heights.  The newest concoction - called "The Concoction" - doesn't stray from the theme.  The Concoction is brewed from an old Scottish cocktail recipe called "The Penicillin" and includes peat smoked malt, minced ginger, lemon juice and wildflower honey.  If you don't know what to think right now, then I think you're getting the point.  To try to make sense of aptly named "The Concoction" head to Standings this Thursday.  It will be on tap alongside four other Brooklyn favorites.  And as always, in perfect Standings tradition, there will be free pizza.

Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street, Upstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, July 7 - Captain Lawrence Meet the Brewer Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

One of our favorite New York State breweries will be bringing their beer and their brewmaster to Bierkraft this Thursday night.  Scott Vacarro of Captain Lawrence will be on hand to discuss his brews and what makes them so delicious.   Bierkraft hasn't posted a list of brews yet, but we expect the usual Captain Lawrence favorites will be on tap.  As the Beer Friends found out during this years Beer Friends Final Four, Captain Lawrence has a cult following.  So we suggest getting to Bierkraft early to score a seat next to Scott.

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

Saturday, July 9 - Kelso of Brooklyn Tasting @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

GRAB Specialty Foods will be featuring a local Brooklyn favorite in this Saturdays installment of their Saturday Craft Beer Tasting series.  They'll be four or five beers from Kelso of Brooklyn available for tasting.  The people at GRAB also suggest you bring home a growler or two of your favorite brews to help you enjoy your weekend.  We endorse their suggestion.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 1, 2011

Graham

May.  What a month.  Spring flowers, worker's rights, Mexican Fives and Memorial Day.  May is like a non-stop party.  What kind of beer should we drink to start this party?  Ithaca Flower Power for the flowers? The Peoples Lager from China for May Day? Negro Modelo for Cinco de Mayo? A Southhampton Double White for Memorial Day?  You know, cause we're all double excited to finally be able to wear white now. Tuesday, May 3 - Pretty Things "Once Upon A Time" Launch Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Ever wonder what beer tasted like in 1855?  The country was just about to be divided by civil

war, Lincoln hadn't yet traded in his coon skin hat for his top hat in NYC after having a pint at McSorely's and electricity was still relegated to lightning and sparks between young lovers.  The brewers at Pretty Things wondered all these same things.  So, presumably they dressed up in top hats, turned off all the lights and took different positions on states rights.  Then "Once Upon A Time" was born.  Join the Pretty Things brewmasters along with beer historian Ron Pattinson for a brew event with historical flavor.  There will be cask and draft offerings of many Pretty Things brews, including the new "old" creation!

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

Wednesday, May 4 - California Dreaming @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Simple word recognition.  Spring: Hops.  Summer:  Hops.  Sunshine:  Hops.  Beach: Hops.  Reading in the Park:  Hops.  Going to work in short sleeves:  Hops.  If you're finding this to be a familiar train of thought in your life, as it is in mine, then I think we have the event for you.  The Double Windsor, in honor of the transition into Spring/Summer will be pouring hoppy brews brewed in the state the practically invented summer:  California.  Expect a hopped up night with the likes of Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, The Bruery, Anderson Valley and Sierra Nevada.  There are rumors that a certain Sculpin will be available alongside a certain casked Torpedo.  Hello sunshine.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 5 - Oysters and Greenport Harbor @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Favorite food to pair with beer:  Shellfish.  Oysters to be specific.  And you can get East End oysters and beer by a brewery straight from a town built on oysters this Thursday at Jimmy's No. 43.  Greenport, Long Island can be called the oyster capital of New York.  So one would assume that the brewery with the town's name would know how to brew beer that goes with oysters.  And they'll be bringing two new brews with them.  I wonder if they'll pair nicely with oysters?  Of course they will.

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

Saturday, May 7 - Smuttynose Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Know Smutty, Know Beer.  GRAB Specialty foods will be featuring Smuttynose Brewing Company at their next installment of their Saturday tasting series.  The reps at Smutty will be bringing an offering out of their Big Beer Series (Big-A-IPA?) as well as some of their more laid back pours for you to try.  Be generous, try them all.

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

Enjoy the party Beer Friends Nation!

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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

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

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

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

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 1/9/11

Graham

The New Years Eve hangover is finished and Craft Beer is back in full force this week in New York City.  Let's see what kind of trouble we can get into and where we can go to get into it... Monday, January 10 - Shmaltz Brewery Event @ The Good Beer Store, Manhattan: Shmaltz Brewery is the mastermind behind the brews from Coney Island and Hebrew.  Jeremy Cowan will be heading to the Good Beer Store in the East Village to sign copies of his book and feed you select offerings of his delicious brews.  The Good Beer Store is new to the New York City craft beer scene and it is a great place to grab a pint/flight, fill your growler or find your favorite craft bottles.  They also serve craft beer type foods - sausages, cheeses and other deliciousness.  It gets a Beer Friends stamp of approval.

The Good Beer Store is located at 422 E 9th Street between Avenue A and 1st Avenue.

Wednesday, January 12 - Troeg's Brewery Event @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan: Troegs is a fantastic brewery straight out of PA and they are heading straight to the Stag's Head Wednesday evening to provide you with sustenance.  Expect the best they have to offer- think Troegenator, Hopback Amber, Nugget Nectar and Flying Mouflan.  And think about going there.  Actually, don't just think about it - Do it.

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

Thursday, January 13 - Sierra Nevada Draft Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: I believe at least one (or more) Beer Friend has been quoted as saying that Bierkraft is the best place in NYC to get your growler filled.  Now we won't give it that official title (although it is pretty damn awesome) but it's gotta be close.  Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps with some regular and rare brews, including Hoptimum.  Declicious.

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

Saturday, January 15 - Ballast Point and Two Brothers Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope for the newest installment of their Saturday tasting events.  Two Brothers will be bringing Cane & Ebel, Northwind Imperial Stout, and Domaine Dupage while Ballast Point will be pouring their Sculpin IPA and Calico Amber Ale.

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