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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 10!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

Hashtag Battles goes coast to coast as a AFC East media darling meets a NFC West media darling.  The Jets make headline not for their play, but for their refusal to play certain "savior like" backup QB's.  The Seahawks make headlines for their play, which is as inconsistant as a meteorologist these days. As the second half of the hashtag battle season begins - let's see who'll be making headlines for the right reasons in the second half!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com, we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle, throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Ten -  New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks (#riverhorsebeer vs #redhookbeer)

As an emerging media outlet, we at The Beer Friends feel the need to talk about the Jets.  Even in the wake of a Hurricane up the East Coast and a hotly contested Presidential election, Rex Ryan is still getting airtime, defending himself as "The Most Overrated Coach" in a Sporting News poll.  However, instead of enlisting Karl Rove, Rex laughed off the criticism and went back to what he does best: avoiding Tim Tebow playing time questions.  The Jets are 3-5 and 3rd in the AFC East.  With the Pats safe at the top and the Dolphins surging, the Jets need to win and get a little help.  What they don't need is Cromartie claiming the Jets will make the playoffs - but this team has gotten hot before and (technically) Sanchez has led them to AFC Championship games before.  With the second half of the season starting, the Jets need a hot streak and with games against a few contenders (Seattle, New England, San Diego) and a few that are watching college football for future teammates (Jacksonville, Tennessee, Buffalo) we'll see if they can put up or shut up - but who are we kidding?  We know they'll never do the latter.

River Horse Brewing Company is from Lambertville, New Jersey...which is about the same distance to Met Life as NYC, so they jump into the mix!  River Horse is also a delicious brewery that has gotten the Beer Friends' attention more than once in these 2.5 years of reviews.  Although this is a Belgian influenced brewery, even Phil tends to enjoy these brews.  With a hippo on the label and big flavor inside, Hop-O-Lot-Amus 2xIPA and Hop Hazard are available year round and Hipp-O-Lantern and Belgian Freeze are seasonals worth waiting for.

The last time we saw the Seattle Seahawks on hashtag battles, they fought against the Detroit Lions in a close 28-24 match.  That was the Seahawks' first loss outside their division... and they are 5-4.  This is not shaping up well for the end of the year come playoff time if tiebreakers are needed for the Seahawks.  Currently, they are 2nd in the NFC West but 0-3 in the division - but the good news is it's the second half.  And the bad news? They could go 0-6.  However, that drama will have to play out way down the line as the Seahawks finish their divisional schedule in the last month of the season.  Currently, the Seahawks have two corners that talk big and play bigger.  These corners are a huge reason (along with a relentless pass rush) that the Seahawks are ranked 7th in Pass Defense - which only improves the play of the offense in practice, although with the bombs that R Wilson throws, I'd imagine 7 on 7 drills look more like games of 500.

Redhook Brewery comes from Washington but covers the East Coast with a brewery in Portsmouth, NH. They have traditional styles like a ESB, Wit, Pilsner, and Longhammer IPA - but the flavors are anything but traditional. On-air, the IPA has been described as having an "ice tea airiness" and behind the scenes, the Wit has been called delicious. With an innovative bottle design that jumps off the shelves, expect more on-air reviews and behind the scenes drinking.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #riverhorsebeer or #redhookbeer, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

Beer Review 112: River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus 2xIPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Today we visit the garden (state that is) for River Horse Brewing Company from Lambertville, New Jersey.  River Horse produces great beer and most Beer Friends favorite episode to date.  We also visited River Horse during the spring and fall seasons, so now it's their Double IPA to satisfy the resident hop-heads in the group.

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Beer Review 89: River Horse Hipp O Lantern Imperial Pumpkin

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week concludes our Pumpkin beer reviews for 2011.  Much like that rotting pumpkin outside your doorstep - the pumpkin beer season has come and gone for the Beer Friends and we are looking forward to the Winter seasonal beers on deck.  We had some crazy beers, some brand new this year beers, and even a first time (for us) Pumpkin Stout!  This week we reviewed River Horse Hipp O Lantern - and now with our expert Pumpkin beer palates we rate it against the past.  River Horse has faired well in the past (and who could forget) so now we're to their Hippo theme Pumpkin beer Hipp O Lantern.  Find it yourself and add your review to the comments at the bottom!  Pumpkin!  Lambertville!  Beer Friends Interaction!

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Beer Review 80: River Horse Farmhouse Saison

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Hurricane Irene hit New Jersey pretty hard and we figured we'd show some love to the Garden State.  In this week's Beer Events we encourage you to try a new brewery - Kane Brewery in Arlington at the Copper Mine Pub in New Jersey.  Barcade Jersey City is always a good time and we've certainly enjoyed ourselves at the Iron Monkey in Jersey City.  This weeks SPotW returns to Lambertville and River Horse's Brewmaster Reserve Farmhouse Saison.  We've tasted River Horse before in what turned out to be a crazy review... lets see what (if any) shenanigans we get into this time... Jersey!  Fist Pumping! Local Brews!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 28, 2011

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow, so that just happened. The Beer Friends hope everyone is safe (to drink craft beer) and has power (enough to watch our videos). While people are getting power back and lives together, this week we'll feature something to do every night in effort to get you out of the house. Some of these events are weekly happenings so if you like it, come again next week!

Monday - 25 Cent Wings and Daily Double at Lansdowne Road

The Beer Friends love The Pony Bar, but Lansdowne Road has a special place in our hearts as well. Maybe because they are run by the same amazing manager, maybe because they are a block and a half down the street from Pony Bar, or maybe because every Monday night they have 25 cent wings which you order in 6 packs (naturally). In terms of craft beer, the same manager from Pony Bar has his hand in Lansdowne Road taps so favorites like Sixpoint Sweet Action, Stone IPA, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are available along with a Daily Double: a draft and can/bottle beer that is available for 4 dollars all day long. First to find the Beer Friends gets a free Daily Double of their choice so we'll see you there!

Lansdowne Road is located at 599 10th Ave., New York, NY

Tuesday - Anglo-American Pale Ale Tasting at Bierkraft

The Beer Friends love growlers. There is (almost) nothing better than cracking open a rare beer from a fresh draft pull and enjoying it with friends (we had a few during this Irene thing...). Bierkraft was always mentioned as a destination in Brooklyn for great beer and every time we've made it down we are impressed. While famous for growler fills and a great selection of take home brews, Bierkraft has some great events too. Great beer, knowledgable staff and great sandwiches make the trip to Brooklyn totally worth it. In the spirit of great beer, this Tuesday, August 30th Bierkraft is having Dr. Carl Burger discuss pale ales in the Anglo-American tradition, then a great cool history lesson on styles with focus on the American Pale Ale. Beer-education!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday - The "Perfect Storm" of Beer Events

Wednesday, hump day - hopefully this trifecta of beer events will get you through it (hopefully the MTA will be running as well!).

4pm - Every week Nita Nita has a Craft Can Beer and Grilled Cheese Night. This is a great weekly event, especially with more and more craft breweries switching/adding cans to their lineups.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

6pm - From Nita Nita, jump on the L Train headed to 8th Ave, get off at Union Square and transfer to a 6 Train uptown to 51st St and walk to 2nd Ave for another Beer Friend bar favorite - The Stag's Head. The Stag's Head will be hosting Captain Lawrence, which is a quick easy trip on the Metro North to Pleasantville, NY, a great beer bar and a great brewery is a natural fit. Captain Lawrence will have two different years of their Golden Delicious (a Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels), 5 Years Later (American Black Ale), Nor' Easter (Winter Warmer) and their Smoked Porter.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st St., New York, NY

7pm - From the Stag's Head you can walk to the 51st St E Train and ride that downtown to West 4th stop and walk west to The Blind Tiger. The Blind Tiger has been a fixture in the craft beer scene in NYC for years and the site of many liveblogs from the Beer Friends themselves. Sierra Nevada from Chico, California has been producing great craft beer for years and are commonly seen on the same craft beer level as Samuel Adams. Sierra's Torpedo was the first beer we reviewed and they continue to impress with Beer Camp and the innovative use of Southern Hemisphere hops in their beers. This event will feature some of those Beer Camp brews, Life and Limb 2 (American Strong Ale) and other rarities!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Thursday - Brooklyn and Jersey Events

After Wednesday's Perfect Storm, we hope you're still alive. Grab your "Go Bag" of hangover cures (Gatorade and Bacon, Egg and Cheese for me) and head to one of two events - depending on how adventurous you feel.

3-8pm - Kane Brewing at The Copper Mine Pub in Arlington, New Jersey.

Depending on how crazy your Wednesday-night-Beer-Friends-city-wide-perfect-storm-bar-crawl was, this might be the closest location for you! The Beer Friends love new breweries, the excitement of the brewer and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Equinox Brewery was a favorite stop on the Colorado Brewery Tour 2010 and the Beer Friends continue to sing the praises of Cape Cod Beer, only available on Cape Cod itself. Kane Brewing is another startup with three beers on tap: Single Fin (belgian blonde), Afterglow (rye pale ale) and Head High (IPA) and hope is in the air.

The Copper Mine Pub is located at 323 Ridge Road, Arlington, NJ and beers are available on tap at 3pm with the brewers answering questions around 8pm.

7pm - Lagunitas Draft Event at Bierkraft

Lagunitas from California has captured the attention of the Beer Friends twice (and here) and we've been pretty impressed. Now they bring six kegs and three cask (one's a mystery!) to Bierkraft in Brooklyn. If you ventured out to Bierkraft for the Anglo-American Pale Ale tasting on Tuesday use that muscle memory (or beer-muscle memory) and jump back on the train to Brooklyn. They'll have (tentatively): IPA, New Dogtown Pale Ale, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Czech Pils, Lil Sumpin Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale), Lil Sumpin Wild (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Hop Stoopid (Imperial IPA) on Cask and the Mystery Brew!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Friday - A Night at Home with the Beer Friends

You've had a long week. Survived a Hurricane, ate your weight in wings at Lansdowne Road, had a beer-education at Bierkraft, traveled all over the Boroughs for some great beer events, and got stuck in Jersey with a new brewery. Take a night off. Avoid the crowds of people trying to enjoy Friday night by getting wasted on $2.50 bottles of Bud Light and hoping to take a stranger home... Visit your local beer store or Whole Foods and fill a growler. The Whole Foods all over the city all have a different selection and they are all close to a train (the Columbus Circle Whole Foods has a "growler happy hour" which takes a dollar off growlers from 5-6p). Visit the Bowery Beer room and find the Octoberfest and Fall beers on early release. If you're a Harlemite - stay north and check out the beer selection upstairs at the Best Yet Supermarket. Enjoy a night in, and rest up for the Saturday day drinking as college football begins...

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 April 3rd

Graham

I don't like starting the NYC Craft Beer Events post without an original theme, but this week I'm stealing ideas...from us.  I don't know if you've all been keeping tabs on the Beer Friend Final Four Beer-March-Madness tournament but this year has been the craziest ever.  A #12 seed in the Northeast bracket is currently poised to take it all.  Anyone thinking VCU?  Except this VCU could actually do it.  If you haven't voted yet then you should vote now here: http://thebeerfriends.com  I'll come back with an original theme next week, but this week I'm plugging the Beer Friends Final Four all over the place. In the mean time let's see what, and where you're drinking while you're voting this week. (Vote here, again: http://thebeerfriends.com)

Tuesday, April 5 - Lagunitas Night @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, NEW JERSEY:

New Jersey? NEW JERSEY? Yep.  This will be the second time that the craft beer events of the week will cross the Hudson River to the great state of New Jersey.  Now it's not that we don't like New Jersey...there are several amazing beer bars and beer drinking groups that call the Garden State home.  Jersey just doesn't show up on our radar that often (hint, hint: New Jersey, show up on our radar more often already).  Having a Lagunitas night catches the Beer Friends attention.  We don't have an official beer list released yet, but you should expect awesomeness.  Because Lagunitas (and Jersey!) is awesomeness.

The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell New Jersey.

(Recommendation: It's a bit of a hike from NYC so make friends with someone you work with who lives in Jersey and get them to DD for you.  Work fast in the friend-making department, getting to the DD part of a friendship is a serious step)

Wednesday, April 6 - Smutty Part Deux @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Do you love New Hampshire?  Yes, of course.  And cause you're hear already we know you already love craft beer.  So a Smuttynose Brewery night should be a sure thing right?  Right.  Except this one is more than a sure thing.  The Stag's Head will be grabbing as many Smuttynose kegs as they can and their head chef will be brewing up some delectable quantities of New England clam chowder.  Smuttynose rep Pat Fondiller will be on hand to explain why Smuttynose  beer is so delicious.  Probably has to do with the mountains.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 6 - Barleywine Ale, Strong Ale and Old Ale Style of the Month Kickoff @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Beer Friends are devoted to innovation.  We've been trying to get into barleywines for a while.  Mission - Success. We love Strong Ales too.  And have since gotten into Old Ales.  Despite our love and expertise we need some more practice.  Lucky for us, the Blind Tiger is featuring barleywines, strong ales and old style ales this month in their Style of the Month series.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House this month of a continuous, recycling sample of these styles of brews. We're talking the best brews from the best breweries.

Head there a few times each week to achieve maximum expertise.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, April 7 - Two Brothers Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

The Fighting Illini' fought hard in the March Madness tournament this year, the Cubs are not yet mathematically eliminated from the MLB season, the Blackhawks still have a chance to grab that last playoff spot and the Bulls, well screw the Bulls, they're actually playing pretty damn well right now.  Anyways our love for Illinois goes beyond the pity we occasionally feel for their professional sports teams - we also truly love their beer.  Two Brothers Brewing Co. is one of Illinois most treasured and creative breweries and Jim Ebel, the brewmaster, will be bringing his finest pours alongside his extensive knowledge of brewing.  The list hasn't been released yet, but we expect it to be a pretty solid showing.

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

Thursday, April 7 - Cisco Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Continuing their tradition of featuring the country's best and most creative breweries, the Pony Bar will be hosting Cisco Brewery this Thursday night.  Cisco Brewery out of Nantucket will be pouring 10 lines and a cask of their seafaring brews.  Catch a Whale's Tale pale ale, close your eyes and imagine your on a trawler name Downeastern Alexa fishing for your pay or playing the piano with Billy Joel.  After a couple brews my daydreams tend to get a bit jumbled...

The Pony Bar is located on the northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenues, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Thursday, April 7 - Bronx Brewery Event @ The Bronx Ale House, Manhattan:

Recrafting a brewing tradition, recrafting a bourough.  That's the slogan for New York City's newest brewery located in the borough you'd least expect to open a brewery.  The Bronx Ale House will be hosting the Bronx Brewery's grand opening event - featuring their first, and for the time being only, brew.

The Bronx Pale Ale is an amber, American style pale ale that is brewed with 5 different malts and a healthy addition of Cascade and Centennial Hops that provide a delicious floral and citrus flavor.  The malts come from Britain, Germany and American and add a nutty, bready taste and feel to the brew.  Take all that, don't filter or pasteurize it and you have the Bronx Pale Ale. A spicy, gritty, unfettered offering from a spicy, gritty, unfettered borough of New York City that we hope becomes famous for its craft beer.

The Bronx's best beer bar presenting the Bronx's best brewery, The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street between Broadway and Putnam Avenue West, Riverdale, The Bronx.

A lot of people make a habit of steering clear of the Bronx.  It's not what'd you expect.  They have subways that take you right to their beer bars.  Take the 1 Train up to the 238th Street stop and walk half a block West towards Putnam Ave W.  We'll see ya there.

Friday, April 8 - Hill Farmstead Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Do you love the refreshing creativity that newcomers to the scene bring to an industry that is creative as hell already?  We do.  We also love hops.  Hill Farmstead Brewery represents all these things.

Hill Farmstead Brewery is a creative, small batch focused brewery out of Vermont.  They put the art in artisan ales as they rarely brew any of their beers more than once a year, they always dry hop their brews (plentifully we might add - with most of their beers being 85 ibus or higher) and have a thing for aging just about anything in oak barrels (French Oak, Napa Valley and Russian River).

You'll definitely get to experience Edward, their IPA, and the only beer the brew year round (just what you'd expect from a bunch of hop-heads) but bring an open mind and an extra pint glass cause it'll probably get pretty wild after that.  Napa Valley Oak barrel-aged, dry-hopped, espresso porter?  We hope so.

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

Don't forget to vote in the Beer Friends Final Four!

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!