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Beer Review 70: Boulder Beer Co. Mojo IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! We like Colorado beers, can you tell?  I've always been a bit transparent but I feel I was lucky to grow up in a great state for beer - and I love finding them out in NYC.  We've conquered a few Boulder Beers before (and here) and today we complete the trifecta! Boulder! Beer! Company!

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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!

Beer Review 41: Boulder Beer Co. Never Summer Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we begin our Winter Beer reviews with Boulder Beer Companies Never Summer Ale.  While we did this review slightly before Thanksgiving, there is a lot of Winter Beers (warmers, Christmas Ale, etc...) out there to review so we started early to help you find the perfect beer to take home for the holiday, or to the first holiday meeting with the significant other's parents, or to be the most popular one at the company holiday party!  Holiday beer!

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Featured Brewery: Boulder Beer Company

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Boulder Beer Company Logo30 minutes Northwest of Denver lies the liberal central of Colorado, Boulder.  Home to University of Colorado, the majestic Flatirons, and Boulder Beer Company.  Boulder Beer Company is Colorado's First Microbrewery, which is pretty impressive given the number of breweries in Colorado.  The Beer Friends traveled to Boulder on their recent Colorado Brewery Trip on route to beautiful Red Rocks Amphitheater and had a few samples.  Are are a few highlights:

Cold Hop was fantastic out (t)here.  We can find this beer in NYC and really enjoy it, but always think it can be a little something more.  Direct from the brewery was fantastic.

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Mojo IPA is a good beer, but having it on the sampler platter close to the Mojo Risin Double IPA is unkind and unfortunate for regular Mojo.  Mojo Risin is everything us "hopheads" want out of a beer - drinkable and hoppy - but not over spiced.  Mojo is a good introduction IPA for people and Mojo Risin is a good IPA for us veteran drinkers out there.

Obovoid Stout is a delicious stout by any means.  This is creamy enough to have hints of a milk stout but is a oak-aged Oatmeal Stout instead.  Always a delicious pour and a excellent beer for the upcoming fall and winter seasons.

The Boulder Beer Company is located at: 2880 Wilderness Place, Boulder, CO 80301 [googlemaps http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=2880+Wilderness+Place+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&sll=40.028863,-105.247993&sspn=0.036082,0.083342&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=2880+Wilderness+Pl,+Boulder,+Colorado+80301&ll=40.026678,-105.247982&spn=0.009021,0.020835&z=14&iwloc=A&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The tasting Room is open:

11a - 9p Monday through Friday

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...)