contact us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right.


New York, NY
United States

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.

Beer_friends_Logos[1]-14.png

Blog

Share the love, Share the beer.

Filtering by Tag: NYC Good Beer

Sixpoint Craft Ale Event @ The Stag's Head

Graham

This past Tuesday, The Stag's Head and Sixpoint Craft Ale threw an event help the school teachers of New York City cope with the rapid, inevitable end to their summer.  The event, dubbed Sixpoint Back to School Night at The Stag's Head, offered an impressive selection of Sixpoint's finest brews as well as a $1 off every beer if you had a NYC DOE ID.  This is an event that this Beer Friends was sure not to miss at an interesting bar that we have been heading to more and more often these days. The Stag's Head is a neighborhood bar where you wouldn't expect a neighborhod bar to be. The Upper East Side has been void of these types of places for a long time now right? Apparently not.

This is the kinda bar where the bartenders know every other person that walks in...and their choice of poison. It wasn't even close to being dark out and they dimmed the lights...hard. Then they turned up the music, which was rockin', just so you'd know they meant business. The craft beer flowed with expertise, despite the glycol problem, which was solved quickly and all the brews were served up deliciously. In between multiple levels of conversation with up to five or six different people at a time, the bartenders would find you just in time to refill your refreshment and chat about the brews at hand. Let's see what we had...

Graham's Brews:

Bengali Tiger - I started with a personal favorite on this one, Bengali Tiger IPA. I have been sorely deprived of hops recently so you could be in for a theme here. I would be totally happy except it seemed like it was served a bit above temperature. The hops were warm and slightly muted. Not my favorite Bengali pour ever, but it'll do. Hey, maybe we're too far from Red Hook up here and the kegs got warm on the long journey...

Otis - so turns out there was a bit of an issue with their glycol system earlier that is not chilling the brews enough, but they are getting colder! So I decided to mix it up with a brew that I won't mind tastes a bit warmer: The Otis! And you know what? The temperature is cooler, but having it still a bit above perfect works with this one. The roasted malts are way more up front giving you a nice burnt flavor with hints of coffee. It's also a tad smoother. This is a good brew to have while the others are (hopefully) cooling.

Double Sweet Action - Yeah! It's cold again and the double sweet action tastes great! Like the regular Sweet Action but double in every way. A bit hoppier and bit maltier and just the right amount sweeter. The ABV is bigger too, but with something this tasty you couldn't even notice.

Autobahn IPA - When drinking Bengali's interesting sister I can only compare them using two words: Bengali = citrus v. Autobahn = herbal. This strong herbally hopped brew is a fantastic IPA and only pales in comparison to Bengali by personal flavor preference. However I think this solidifies one thing: Sixpoint knows, maybe better than anyone else, how to use hops.

I also had a chance to talk with some of the Sixpoint guys and they were nice enough to pour out a couple samples of their favorite Sixpoint brews for me:  The Apollo Wheat and the Signal Ale.

The Apollo Wheat is an incredibly easy drinking wheat.  With touches of citrus sweetness this brew goes down with a golden, soda like flavor.  Perfect for any warm summer day with enough flavor to keep you going well into the fall.

The Signal is an ale made with a bit of smoked malts.  Think something in the citrusy nature of Bengali but with a background hint of smoke.  Not nearly as hoppy as the Bengali or Autobahn, but the flavor profile keeps you enticed and interested in ordering another.

As always, The Beer Friends love it when Sixpoint throws and event and you will always find at least one of us their enjoying their offerings.  We also recommend that you head on up to The Stag's Head (51st between 2nd and 3rd ave's) and enjoy their ever changing, but always delicious, selection of craft beer.  Thanks Sixpiont and Stag's Head for a great event!

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 8/29 - 9/4

Graham

This week August ends and we start our transition into fall.  The weather will get a bit cooler but we have many things to look forward too in the beer world.  Fall spice brews and Octoberfest's will start to grace the beer menu's at our favorite craft brew bars and we can finally go back to seasonally enjoying the darker beers in life.  Let's see what we have to look forward to this week as fall starts peering around the corner. Tuesday, August 31 - Hodgepodge Event @ Jimmy's No. 43: The East 7th Street craft beer legend has a fantastic series of events, every Tuesday, called $10 Tastings.  They'll bring in brewers and beer experts, including their own famous expert/owner Jimmy Carbone (co-founder of The Good Beer Seal) and for $10 you get to taste and talk about the featured craft brews.  This event is truly Hodgepodge.  Jimmy's is going deep into their bottle collection and pulling out some of their favorite brews for this week's tastings.  When a place as renowned as Jimmy's No. 43 goes into their bottle cellar and pulls out their favorites for you to taste for a 10-spot, you'd want to be there.

Wednesday, September 1 - Whole Foods Market Local Homebrew Hero Contest, Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room: Whole Foods, Kelso of Brooklyn and The Good Beer Seal are sponsoring what may be NYC's biggest homebrewer's contest.  If you are a homebrewer and have faith that the brews you've been creating and enjoying could stand up on a bigger level then check the links below and head on down to Whole Foods Bowery Beer room for to enter it into the competition.  The rewards are pretty amazing:  The winner gets $300 of home brew equipment from Whole Food's Bowery Beer Room, a party thrown at Jimmy's No. 43 in their honor and, the best part, their beer will flow from the taps of some of NYC's best craft beer bars.  I know I have a few friends who need to jump on this one...

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/bowery/beer-room

http://www.kelsoofbrooklyn

Wednesday, September 1 - Founder's Nemesis Release Party @ Puck Fair, The Double Windsor, Fourth Avenue Pub: I could describe the importance of this event, but I feel like Founder's already did a pretty good job of it, so I'll just quote them. Founder's says: “What you have here is a rarity. A special, one-of-a-kind ale that is only made once a year. Sometimes that’s all. Forever. No more. Nada. Limited-time only. You never know what you’re gonna get. But you can be sure that it’ll be damn tasty.”  Need they say more?  You'll be able to get a couple pints of Nemesis at each of these places, but it's been rumored that anyone that has it only has a pony keg, so it'll go out quick.  You can find the addresses below.  Maybe you could make all three...

Puck Fair @298 Lafayette Street, Manhattan

Fourth Ave Pub @ 76 4th Avenue Brooklyn

The Double Windsor @ 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

Saturday, August 4th - Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival: We plugged this installment of the Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival.  We hope that inspired you go head over to the Pony Bar and pick up a ticket to this rare, but awesome, event.  They'll be leaving this Saturday from The Pony Bar (45th st and 10th ave, Manhattan).  We hope you can make it on the bus!

Saturday, September 11th - Victory Brewery Tour - Leaves from Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: We know September 11th is a bit further down the road, but you need to jump on this now.  Head over to Rattle n' Hum and pick up some tickets for you and your friends for this event.  Tickets are $95, which might seem a bit steep, but for all you're getting it's quite the deal.  You get a bus trip down to the Victory Brewery, outside of Philly, to attend a barbecue and beer event thrown by the MAN himself, Bill Covaleski, the founder of Victory Brew Co and the man heralded as founder of Philly craft beer (check out our report on Victory here).  You'll get a return bus trip, t-shirt, beer on the bus, sandwiches on the bus, roasted pig @ the brewery and a lot of Victory beer.  I don't know if you're having the same thoughts I am about this, but it feels like...Victory.

On another note, The Beer Friends were published this Sunday in a New York Times article on New York City craft beer brewing and blogging.  Thanks to Chris O'Leary for the shout out.  Check out his blog Brew York for more things craft beer.