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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of January 15, 2012

Graham

Aaaaaaand we're back!  After a short hiatus, the Beer Friends are back bringing you the best craft beer events that the bars of the world's finest city have to offer - and we have some excellent beer adventures coming up this week. Check em' out:

Tuesday, January 17 - Dogfish Head Week @ Downtown Bar and Grill, Brooklyn:

Downtown Brooklyn's premier bar, boasting by far the largest bottle list of any place in the 5 borough's, will be hosting Dogfish Head this entire week, starting today.  They will feature 12 lines of your favorite Dogfish Head brews as well as some new releases on draft.  And for those of you who think 60 minutes is too short a time and 90 is too long, they'll have the 75 Minute IPA on cask.

The Downtown Bar and Grill is located at 160 Court Street between Amity and Pacific Streets, Downtown, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, January 18 - Founders Breakfast of Champions @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn:

In our continual efforts to walk that fine line between recognizing the immense craft beer world for their work and avoiding turning it into snobbery that in so many ways it's already become, I have a bone to pick with the beer world.  Stop using acronyms when talking about beer.  Just like I cringe when I hear someone talk about wine using shortened titles like "cabs" and "pinot's", I feel equally annoyed when I hear someone talking about finding the "KBS" or the "CBS."  Using a name that no one else around you knows of doesn't make you more exclusive or better, it makes you douchier.  And it gives us in the craft beer world a bad reputation.  Beer snobs are as bad as wine snobs.

On that note, Founders Breakfast Stout, Kentucky Breakfast Stout and the Canadian Breakfast Stout are incredible brews and hard to find and definitely worth the effort to go out of your way to get one.  Well, look no further, the Fourth Avenue Pub in Park Slope has all three on draft this Wednesday.

Not only that, they'll be pairing them with their favorite breakfast cereals.  You know - CC, LC, FL and GG.  Now, breakfast cereal snobs are completely okay.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen Street and St. Marks Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, January 19 - Belgian Keg Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

When it comes to creativity, many American craft beer enthusiasts think that we pegged it here in the USA.  Belgium has been rocking that tune for quite a bit longer, however.  Bierkraft is recognizing the Belgian peoples fantastic cultural tradition of beer brewing with an impressive lineup:

Chimay Cinq Cents T Gaverhopke Extra Duvel Green Saison Dupont Alvinne Kerasus Rodenbach De Glazen Toren Saison d’Erpe Mere aged in Pinot Noir/Gin barrel

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

Saturday, January 20 - Barleywine and Strong Ale Tasting @ Brouwerij Lane, Brooklyn:

Many people, when see barleywines on the menu, immediately begin searching for something else due to the strong taste and high alcohol content.  Well, it's time to stop being a wimp and take the plunge with a 5 brew sampler that showcases the barleywine and strong ale traditions.  $18 will get you these rare, unique and delicious barleywines, old ales and strong ales:

Firestone Walker XV: Blend of 8 oak aged beers (85% Barleywine, 10% imperial stout, 5% doubleIPA)

The Bruery Cuir: 3rd anniversary blend of anniversary ales from year one and two , 14.5%

BFM/Terrapin Spike and Jerome’s: Collaborative sour barleywine aged in rum barrels

Avery Hog Heaven: Very heavily hopped American barleywine

Pretty Things Our Finest Regards: 13.5% English barleywine

Get a designated driver for this one.  Even if you're taking the subway.

Brouwerij Lane is located at 78 Greenpoint Avenue between Franklin and West Streets, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

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 June 12, 2011

Graham

I had a feeling.  And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings.  The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week.  A HUGE week.  Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy.  It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome.  Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it.  Let's see what we've got... Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area?  But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet?  Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things.  However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions.  And it's happening this week.

The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene.  They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much.  Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.

Even better?  It's at Barcade.  Always a fantastic beer selection.  Always great retro video games to keep us entertained.  And now?  An awards show to give us something to cheer about.  Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award?  We all have our horses that we're pulling for.  Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC.  Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.

The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Were you afraid you missed it?  One of most badass events of 2011.  Well, you did and you're lucky:  it's happening again.  The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307.  TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park.  We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street.  It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar.  Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.

Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event.  Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.

You missed it once.  Don't let it happen again.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.

Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week.  A party that we are all going to love.  Except Phil that is.  And he's the only one who actually live in Queens.  I guess we'll have to make a special trip.

Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium.  The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE

Did I also mention that this event is happening all week?  That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews.  And then making fun of him when he refuses.

Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys.  The newcomers to the craft brew scene.   We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene.  Barrier Brewery is just that.  They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier.  They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.

Let's take a short quiz.

Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?

a) All          b) Some          c) None

If you answered A, then you should attend the event.  If you answered B, then you should attend the event.  If you answered C, then you should attend the event.  That was easy enough to figure out.

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

Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week.  We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far.  Perhaps you should stop reading here.  We know you're better than that though.  So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.

In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember.  We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action.  All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.

You're welcome.

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

Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:

Some things you have to see to believe.  This event is one of them.  The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance.  And the beer was Heineken.

Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.

Or maybe it's just free.  And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.

Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:

Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series.  And it kind of feels like selling out.  Like getting free beer from the man.  However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.

Here's the reason:  Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.

I like variety.  So do you.  Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer.  We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more.  The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on TheBeerFriends.com, so make sure you check in and check in often.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Beer Friends love the summer.  This week is an example of why.  We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!

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.

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/10 - 10/16

Graham

Hey all you Beer Friends out there!  Let's see what's happening beer wise in this great metropolis of ours throughout this upcoming week.

Monday, October 11 - Troeg's Tasting Event @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is the place you go to when your nosing around Washington Square Park with your friends that are visiting the city and wanted to see Washington Square Park and then want beer.  You know it's there, you might not head to an NYU neighborhood regularly, but today you know that you will not take your friends to a light beer bar on Bleecker, but you will take them to a good craft beer bar on West 3rd.  If all this happens to be happening tonight, Monday, October 11, then you will be in for a treat:  Troeg's Tasting Event.  Troeg's is a fantastic brewery from outside of Philadelphia.  So after your friends have taken their respective pictures in front of the newly aligned fountain in Washington Square, bring them to Amity Hall, head upstairs and drink Troeg's. They'll thank you for saving them from tourist dogma.

Tuesday, October 12 - I Love NY Beer Week: Captain Lawrence Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: The Spring Lounge is a great beer bar that borders the entrance to Little Italy, a.k.a. many New Yorkers Tourist Nightmare (seems to be a theme today actually).  However, you are not in Little Italy, nobody is throwing pasta at you and I promise you only have to choose 3 different flavors of gelato if you want to.  The Spring Lounge is spending the week appreciating New York Breweries, from all over the state, starting with Captain Lawrence out of Kingston, NY.  Come on by and grab some Westchester Pale Ale, Brown Bird Brown and Liquid Gold.  And if you want, you can head over to Little Italy and get some gelato on your way out.  You can even choose 3 flavors for the same price.  If you want to.

Wednesday, October 13 - Octoberfest Event @ Standings, Manhattan:  Do you like sports? (YES!)  Do you like bratwurst? (YES!)  Do you like American styled Octoberfest beer?  (YEEEESSSSSS!).  Well, then you should come down to Standings for their Octoberfest celebration on Wednesday.  One of the best craft beer/sports bars in the East Village will be celebrating Octoberfest by featuring 3-5 draughts of American style Octoberfest brews and serving up Bratwursts...for free.  In fact, out of sports, bratwursts and beer...2 out of 3 are free.  That's an Craft Beer Divisional Series win for free stuff.

Wednesday, October 13 - Lagunitas Night @ Amity Hall, Manhattan: Amity Hall is poppin up again in this week's beer events with a night dedicated to Lagunitas Brewery out of Petaluma, Cali, Cali.  Lagunitas, to me at least, is a hidden gem.  Their IPA is popular to the masses, even here in NYC, but with Lagunitas you really have to dig deep to find some truly exceptional beers such as Uncensored, the Little Sumpin' Sumpin', Brown Sugga, Hop Stoopid and Maximus IPA.  Often overlooked, Lagunitas should never be underestimated.  If you think have some re-estimating to do then head on over to Amity Hall and re-estimate the night away.

Thursday, October 14 - I Love NY Week:  Brooklyn Brewery Event @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: Hey Brooklyn Brewery!  Dare we say The Beer Friends favorite NY Brewery?  Dare we might!  They'll be visiting the Spring Lounge this coming Thursday with a great selection of their most popular and rare pours.  Garrett doesn't expect you to head into Little Italy before/after this one, however we know that at this point the gelato desire is actually becoming unbearable.  Here's what we suggest: This years Black Chocolate Stout will premiere at this even, it is better than any gelato you will eat, ever.  Have 3.  And some Detonation.  You can't go wrong with this advice.

Thursday, October 14 - Southern Tier Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan: What we're about to tell you might feel strange to the ears of anyone who lives south of 59th street:  You need to get off  your midtown/downtown ass and explore the beer bars of Uptown Manhattan!  Dive 75 at Columbus and 75th street is a for-real beer bar.  They will be featuring Southern Tier (the Beer Friends 2nd favorite NY brewerey?) this Thursday.  Expect many favorites from the Rattle n' Hum event to be reappearing here.  And seriously, subways go uptown too.  They don't all terminate at 59th street.  The beer flows just as good up there too!

Saturday, October 16 - I Love NY Beer Week: Southampton Brewery Night @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan: One more time!  And we promise not to make fun of Little Italy during this post.  However, we do promise to instruct you to head to the Spring Lounge for at least one of these events.  Really, it's an east village dive bar with quite a bit of atmosphere right on the boundaries of one of the city's most famous neighborhoods.  You can't get more perfect than this.  Head to the back room with a pint and a friend, or two, get a seat by the open air windows and enjoy a crisp fall evening with a Southampton Altbier, Double White or IPA.  Seriously, there's a playground across the street where little village munchkins who will grow up having that NYC lifestyle ingrained in their bones play their NYC hearts out.  What more of an NYC scene could you ask for?  Especially while drinking beer from inside of a dimly lit dive bar?

Enjoy the turning of the leaves this week all you Beer Friends out there!  Fall is here in full swing and the beer is dark, pumpkiny and fall spiced.  Let us know what you're drinking by tweeting us @TheBeerFriends and writing on out Facebook wall at TheBeerFriends.  Hope to see you out this week!

TheBeerFriends Trivia Question (post your response in the comment section, if you're the first correct answer we'll buy you a beer at the bar of your choosing - hint: you can find any of the answers in old articles on http://thebeerfriends.com):  What craft brewery event at which NYC craft beer bar did Graham, Phil and Brad shoot whole families worth of raw oysters?  Literally, we destroyed whole generations of oyster existence here.

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 10/3 - 10/9

Graham

Craft Beer Week is over.  And it was fantastic.  Anything that brings that much craft beer into this great city of ours is a good thing.  The Beer Friends were in full support throughout the week and were thrilled with all the great beer events.  Thank you to the organizers, the bars and the brewers for fantastic times!   Although NYC Craft Beer  Week is over, the craft beer events have not stopped flowing.  This week's listing is non-surprisingly thinner than last week's, however I think you'll still be able to find some great gems to head out to. Tuesday, October 5 - Sierra Nevada Night @ The Pony Bar: The Beer Friends favorite NYC Craft Beer Bar is throwing another epic brewery event in a chain of equally epic brewery events.  If you remember last years Sierra Nevada night then you will want to head on over to this one.  Sierra will be taking over the taps and throwing on a couple cask lines hopefully filling our beer desires with Tumbler, Torpedo, Rebellion, Chico IPA and many more favorites.  If you know Sierra, and how many beers they brew, then you know you'll be able to find one, or two (or three, or four) brews of theirs that will ignite your curiosity.  Oh, and we always forget to mention that the craft beers at The Pony Bar are only $5.  ALL THE TIME.  Except for 4:20 - 5:20 everyday.  WHEN THEY'RE ONLY $4.  Get there early, get a table, order the Roast Beast ( or the Friend Oysters and Bacon, or the Avocado-Lettuce-Tomato if you're a Vegetarian) and get as much Sierra Nevada brew as your body can handle (responsibly of course), in an All-American atmosphere, all while being easy on your wallet.

Thursday, October 7 - Archaeology of Beers:  Tasting Ancient Ales @ The China Institute: I had to throw this one on here because it is a topic that continuously peaks my interest.  Humankind has been brewing beer since before written record.  Hammurabi had a strict written code of rules for how to brew beer, for which we can only conclude the punishment for breaking such rules were "beer for a beer?"  Pottery has been found before the ancient Sumerians with brew like bio-remnants present.  They say that prostitution is the oldest profession, but I'm pretty sure we're gonna have to knock the street workers down a peg to make room for the original human occupation:  Craft Brewer.  Buy a $30 ticket from the China Institute in America get to taste newly brewed renditions of ancient brewing recipes at an event hosted by Dogfish Head Brewery’s founder and president Sam Calagione, Dr. Patrick McGovern of the University of Pennsylvania, and Dr. Agnes Hsu, China Institute’s Resident Scholar and Consulting Archaeologist to UNESCO World Heritage Centre.  Mr. Calagione is famed for recreating, with the help of Dr. McGovern a 9,000 year old Turkish beer recipe from molecular evidence gathered from ancient pottery believing to have belonged to the mythical Greek King Midas, hence the brew's name:  Midas Touch.  This find and recreation actually proved that alcoholic beverages brewed from grains predated alcoholic beverage brewed from grapes.  Score one for beer snobbery.  This event is sure to be very heavy in the history and archaeology.  To some that sounds awesome, to others boring.  To entice everyone involved:  You get to drink a whole bunch of Dogfish Head historical recreations and seasonal brews.  While listening to Sam Calagione speak.  If this is the case then how is history not awesome?

The China Institute of America is located at 125 E 65th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues.  Show up and buy tickets at the door.  There is also a special non-member price for attendance to a second tasting session at a later date.

Saturday, October 9 - Sixpoint Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods: Love that Sixpoint!  Drop on over to GRAB Specialty Foods (7th Ave between 14th and 15th streets) to participate in a Sixpoint tasting event while picking up some fine cheese, charcuterie and specialty food.  I have Sixpoint all the time.  Literally, many times a week.  I still wouldn't pass up a chance to try some of their selections while hanging out with their brewers and reps.  It's hard to find a friendlier group of knowledgeable beer guys in the city that make as good a product as Sixpoint.  Also, I've been meaning to add more charcuterie to my life.

Also, I'd like to throw some props towards our beloved blog hoster Wordpress for posting two articles involving beer on their front page:

Check out a bloggers trip to Germany for Oktoberfest and learn how to make Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes from another blogger here.

Keep the beer news flowing Wordpress!

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.

NYC Beer Events - Week of 8/22

Graham

Aaaaaand we're back!  The Beer Friends NYC Beer Events calendar updates took a bit of hiatus recently if you hadn't noticed.  I'd apologize, but it was for a good reason.  A Colorado Brewery Tour is a good reason right?  I think so.  You'll be hearing all about the Colorado trip and the 15 breweries we visited while there all in good time.  For now let's talk about what's happening with craft beer this week in this little town. Wednesday, August 25 - Sierra Nevada Extravaganza, Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: It's that time of year again!  Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps at the Blind Tiger Ale House for their yearly extravaganza.  Last years event was phenomenal with all of Sierra Nevada's fantastic regulars and more than a handful of rarely released and specialty brews.  This is a brewery event you won't want to miss at a beer bar that always puts on a great time.

Wednesday, August 25 - Blue Point Night, Standings, Manhattan: East Village Craft Brew hotspot Standings will be featuring four lines of Long Island's favorite brewery:  Blue Point Brewing Co., out of Patchogue, New York.  They haven't released the names of the brews that will be pouring but we imagine it'll be somewhere along the lines of the Toasted Lager, Blueberry, Hoptical and maybe something mysterious.  Or the Summer Ale.

Thursday, August 26 - Allagash Night, Barcade, Brooklyn: It has been faaar too long since the Beer Friends have made it out  to this Brooklyn brewhouse/arcade.  It has been one of our favorite bars for beer events and Pac-man and an Allagash event seems like a perfect reason to head back.  So come on out to Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and join us in sharing some of Allagash's traditional and experimental Belgian-Style Brews.  I'm looking forward to grabbing an Allagash Black and maybe a Curieux.

Saturday, September 4- Pony Bar Express, (leaving from) The Pony Bar, Manhattan: I know that Sept. 4th is not part of the week of 8/22...however this is something you need to do a.s.a.p.  The Pony Bar is featuring another installment of their Pony Bar Express tours, this one up to Ithaca, NY for the Ithaca Beer Co.'s Beer Festival.  Let's talk about this event for a moment before you run out and by tickets:  The Pony Bar rents out a chartered coach bus, taps a few (last time it was 4 - this time is a longer drive so...6?) kegs for the ride up and heads out to whatever brewery in the tri (quad?) state area is having a beer festival.  This one is sure to be as spectacular as all the previous combined.  Over 40 breweries will head to Ithaca, a quiet, college city nestled against Cayuga, one of the many gorgeous finger lakes.  We're not sure how many tickets remain but you have to order from the friendly bartenders.  So head in and have a pint and buy yourself a ticket.  However, in order to get a spot on this trip, you gotta act quickly.  As in now.  Run!

The Pony Bar @ 45th and 10th Ave (NW Corner)

The Beer Friends, although we miss Colorado already, are very happy to be back among the concrete mountains of NYC and the crisp craft beer rivers flowing from its many beer bars.  We hope to see you out at these events this week and the many more to come.  Keep checking in every Monday/Tuesday for more weekly brew events here in the world's greatest city.