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

Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Casks: Sculpin Black Marlin Porter

Sound disappointing?  Didn't think so.

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

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

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

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/21

Graham

When it comes to the Beer Friends, we love America.  It's most important ideals are represented everywhere in the craft beer world: liberty, industriousness, creativity and pursuit of happiness.  It's no surprise that the people who penned these ideals, our Founding Fathers, were craft brewers themselves.  Not only were they forming the world's most famous democracy they were doing it while enjoying a pint of their own home brewed porters, stouts and pale ales.  Let's celebrate their ingenuity by drinking the most prized of their creations: craft beer. Tuesday, February 22 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Imperials @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Imperial doesn't quite go well with the Founding Fathers and early America.  It does however go well with, well, everything else.  Expect Imperial IPA's, Souts, Porters, Pilsners and more.  Imperial might not be good for democracy, but it goes great with about every style of brew.

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

Tuesday, February 22 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Great Divide @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Apparently Tuesday night is a good night for beer tasting.  Perhaps it was deemed so by President Grant in 1876 when he admitted Colorado into American statehood.  However it happened, Grant must have loved his craft brew enough to foresee that Colorado would someday become the craft beer capital of America having the highest number of breweries out of any other state.  One of those breweries stands tall.  That brewery is Great Divide out of Denver, Colorado.  Head to Bierkraft on Tuesday to sample some of Great Divide's best brews - including a possible appearance of the Espresso Yeti Stout.  Tuesday Tastings at Bierkraft are free and entertaining and you'll probably leave with at least one growler.  However, you should probably be prepared and bring two or three.

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

Wednesday, February 23 - Captain Lawrence Pairing @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

We've now established that beer and democracy go well together.  A fine pairing of two ideas that compliment each other, each thing making the other better just by being together.  Beer does that with something else - food.  Nita Nita will be hosting Captain Lawrence Wednesday - pouring the Kölsch, Smoked Porter and Pale Ale.  On top of that they will also be rolling out a special menu to compliment each pour.  Check this out:

Drink a Pale Ale while trying the chicken curry or the smashed sweet potatoes & chorizo.

Down a Smoked Porter alongside the smoked beef brisket or the bacon wrapped pork loin.

Sip a Kölsch while savoring the Captain Lawrence steamed mussels (steamed in Kölsch, butter, fennel + coriander) or the garlic shrimp.

It's not glutenous to have all three right?  After all, all opinions need to be taken in account in any sort of healthy democracy.  Holler.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 24 - Avery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I think Bierkraft is trying to tell us something:  They are obsessed with Colorado Brewing.  I mean honestly, who isn't?  Last week was Left Hand, Tuesday is Great Divide and Thursday they'll be bringing in Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO to take over their taps.  Avery is famous for brewing over the top type beers (hoppiest IPA in Colorado - the Beer Friends are still testing this claim).  Whatever your favorite craft brew style is you'll be able to find a pour (or two, or three) on tap Thursday - Avery will be taking over all 14 lines.  Fourteen.  Catorce. Or Franklin Pierce, the 14th and often considered worst president of the United States.  Don't worry about him though, the beer will be great.

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

Thursday, February 24 - East Coast meets West Coast @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

George Washington? Totally West Coast.  Man was gangsta.  Lincoln?  Obviously West Coast.  He kept one in the chamber.  Always.  Jefferson?  Nobody had more East Coast status like TeeJeezy.  Where does Barack fit in?  Chi-town is it's own animal.  Mr. Obama would do both and on Thursday he, and the rest of us have that chance.  Brooklyn Brewery will be bring 10 of their best to compete against 5 of Anchor Brewery's finest pours.  Where do the Beer Friends stand?  Come on out Thursday to find out.  We might even tell you who our favorite presidents are.

Dive 75 is located at 101 W 75th Street at Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Friday, February 25 - Sunday, February 27 - Rattle n' Hum Cask Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

To round out President's Week the guys at Rattle n' Hum decided to bring it old school.  Serving beer the way the forefathers of America did while writing the Declaration of Independence and arguing about whether there should be an Amendment declaring craft beer's awesomeness in the Constitution (it was the famed 'lost amendment - Jefferson told Hancock at the bar the night before the signing that they were "totally going to write that shit in when that lame ass Washington wasn't looking" but managed to forget the next morning).  Expect a huge selection of cask craft pours at Rattle n' Hum the entire weekend.  A menu will come soon.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 11/8 - 11/14

Graham

What what! Winter feels like it's here and it is starting to taste like it as well.  Winter Warmer is on the shelves, Howl is back in action and I saw somebody order a Sam Adams Winter recently.  Let get right to the cold beer that will help you survive the cold winter nights that NYC is starting to throw at us. Wednesday, November 10 - Craft Cans and Grilled Cheese Night @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn: Favorite thing to do on a rainy day:  Make grilled cheese and tomato soup and watch the rain from inside.  Favorite thing on any other day: Drink craft beer from a can and eat grilled cheese.  Finally, us grilled cheese and craft beer fanatics have a place to head to.  Nita Nita, out of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, host the Craft Can and Grilled Cheese Night every Wednesday.  They will shell out any 2 cans from their canned craft beer selection, add in a cave-aged Gruyere grilled cheese sandwich and throw it at you for just $15.  New favorite thing to do during rainy and non-rainy days:  Go do this.

Wednesday, November 10 - Meet Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan: Stag's Head is inviting you out to meet Scott Vaccaro of Captain Lawrence.  He'll answer any brewing and Captain Lawrence question you have.  Like, what exactly inspired the name Freshchester - The name of the county where Captain Lawrence is located or Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  My guess is the latter, but who really knows - probably Scott Vaccaro.  You can also drink some delicious Captain Lawrence brews - Freshchester, St. Vincent's Dubbel and the Smoked Imperial Porter.

Thursday, November 11 - Palm Brewery Night @ David Copperfields, Manhattan: The Beer Friends are mostly American Craft Beer fan, but every once in awhile we got represent for the roots of creative craft beer brewing:  Belgium.  Head on up to the UES and join David Copperfields in celebrating some original Belgium creativity.  Palm Brewery will be pouring everything from the regular Palm Ale, to Flambics and Sours.  Take one day off from American Craft Brew and try some old Belgian styles.  Get back to your roots.

Thursday, November 11 - Dogfish Head NOVEMBERFEST @ Standings, Manhattan: Why is it fair that only one month of the year gets a Fest?  Well the guys at Dogfish Head and Standings agree it's a slight that will go on no longer.  Introducing (for the 6th year in a row): Novemberfest.  Dogfish Head will be pouring Punkin Ale, Bitches Brew, Palo Santo Marron and Red and White.  There will also be some specially selected rare bottles being poured.  And free pizza! I like this fest-equality-movement. Can't wait for January-fest.

Thursday, November 11 - Sixpoint Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Alright, put your seatbelt on.  Sit down.  Put your legs up.  Drink some water.  Whatever else you can do to prepare yourself for this.  Beirkraft is featuring Sixpoint on Thursday, by featuring I mean allowing them to takeover their taps.  They have 14 taps.  Name 14 Sixpoint brews and pick out the ones you don't like.  You should have zero names.  You should also go to this.

Saturday, November 13 - The New York Beer and Brewery Tour @ Chelsea Brewing Co., Manhattan: Ask yourself:  How much do you love craft beer?  Ask yourself:  How much do you love New York City?  If the answer to both those questions are "I would sell my kidneys to continue drinking it/living there" then you should check out this Chelsea Brewery Event.  Grab a ticket ($100, you better love both a lot) and you get a chartered afternoon trip through three of NYC's boroughs where you will learn about the history of beer brewing in NYC, hit up two breweries, one of the city's best beer bars and do some archaeology in Brooklyn's 'old brewer's row'?  There's also generous beer sampling at each stop.  Ask yourself this question:  Is it worth it?  Yes.