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Live Blog - Sixpoint Night at Barcade


Return of the Live blog! It must be a awesome event to bring the Beer Friends out of the hibernation holes... Sixpoint at Barcade! Brad's 1st - Oyster Stout on Nitro Pour - this is a smooth pour, granted I can't tell whether or not it's the brew or the nitro pour effect. This is exactly what a Oyster Stout from Sixpoint would taste like - a high quality Oyster Stout - the perfect example of the style.

Phil's 1st - Black Coffee IPA - a very good dark IPA that Sixpoint has brewed with his Beer Friend's hometown coffee house Stumptown Roasters. Very smooth, very bitter - just like a good cup of coffee. The coffee definitely over powers the hops, they're in the somewhere, hiding around the end of the taste, but it doesn't take away from how good it is. A keeper in my book.

Brad's 2nd - Time Out for Porter - this is a great pour. Dry tasting and slightly bitter, this porter will be one and done and on to other great Sixpoint brews.

Phil's 2nd - Berserker Boch - best one so far. Another beer featuring coffee infusion by my favorite coffee roasters Stumptown. I like this one better than the coffee IPA, believe it or not. The coffee flavor is less mouthy and more a flavor that comes up your nose towed the end to round out the fantastic malty goodness that is the body of the beer.

Brad's 3rd - Missionary IPA - this is far from lying on top. This is a great IPA alternative to Bengali Tiger, not as strong but still let's you know it's a hoppy beer.

Phil's 3rd - ESB - a little on the weak side compared to the first two, bit still alright. It's kind of a good 3 outta 4 beers for the night, but I definitely need a stronger follow up.

Brad's 4th - Belgian Rye - this beer keeps creeping up my list as the best Sixpoint beers... It's so smooth with enough of the rye bite.

Brad's 5th - Signal - this is a Sixpoint brew made for BBQ. Smoky and delicious makes Signal. This beer is smooth and easy to drink.

Brad's 6th - Bengali Tiger - Hey, where'd Phil go?  Anyway, Bengali Tiger is the perfect way to end tonight, a classic Sixpoint beer that speaks volumes for their style and the way Sixpoint approaches beer.  Phenomenal taste and hop bite - and like these Beer Friends have discussed, the almost perfect IPA.

NYC Beer Events - Week of 10/24


Hola Beer Amigos.  As October winds to a close the temperatures will continue to drop and the wind will start to pick up blowing that pre-winter chill right through to our bones.  A good remedy for the precursory signs of winter is to step into your local NYC Craft Beer Bar and grab the last of the fall brews or, if you're lucky, the first of our winter style favorites. Tuesday, October 26 - Harpoon Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: One of our favorite beer bars will be hosting Harpoon Brewery this Tuesday.  The Pony Bar will be pouring 15 lines worth of our favorite Harpoon brews - Single Hop ESB and the Oyster Stout as well as several selections from the 100 Barrel Series ('10 Glacier Wet Hop!?) and Leviathan line (Triticus!? Imperial IPA!?).  This Beer Friend also saw a sixer of Winter Warmer at the grocery store recently -  I'm not totally sure if it's this years or if the store was just trying to get rid of last years that they didn't sell, either way look for it up on the Pony Menu Board when you head on over this Tuesday.  It'll really help fight against the cold.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th ave (on the NW corner of 45th st.), Manhattan

Tuesday, October 26 - Hoppy Halloween $10 Tuesday Tastings @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Okay, I admit it - I'm a hop-head.  In fact, I think 'hop-head' is too light of a term.  I'm a hop-aholic.  A hop-addict.  I have a hop-dependency.  I'll be getting my fix this Tuesday at the newest installment of the $10 Tuesday Tasting's at Jimmy's No. 43.  For $10 you'll get tastings of 6 beers that feature 6 different hop varieties.  Go to Jimmy's, learn about the different hop varieties and drink quality hop-head beer while you're learning.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located downstairs at 43 E 7th  St. (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), Manhattan

Wednesday, October 27 - McNeill's Lovers Support Group @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: To keep going on the topic of addiction, McNeill's Brewery has realized that they have a large group of dedicated followers and has kindly begun a support group to fill our craft beer needs.  The Double Windsor has given up 6 of their 7 taps to McNeill's and will be featuring some great brews - Blonde Bombshell, ESB (my personal McNeill's favorite), Pullman's Porter, Firehouse Amber, Warlord Double IPA and McNeill's newest family member: a West-Coast styled IPA dubbed Sunshine IPA.  McNeill's has quickly become Beer Friends reliable favorite for delicious, quality craft beer.  If you need a little bit more McNeill's in your life, don't worry - the support group is here for you.  Oh and did I mention the best part besides the beer?  Showing up is automatic entrance into the Support Group and members get $4 drafts until 3 AM.  How's that for a perk?

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park W (between Bartel Pritchard Sq & 16th St), Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, October 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn Night @ The Black Swan, Brooklyn: Was the Black Swan supposed to be connected in some way to the ugly duckling?  Did the ugly duckling grow up to be a black swan?  Do black swans have any relationship to black sheep?  Are black sheep really all that bad or did they just get a bad rap?  If you are also feeling swamped with swan questions that you need answered then you can probably find your answers by heading to The Black Swan on Bedford Ave in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.  They'll be featuring Kelso of Brooklyn's brews which you can get for the very reasonable price of $5 a pint all night long.   They'll probably be able to answer all your swan and sheep questions as well.  Or not.  Probably not at all actually.  However, Kelso's beer will still taste great.  Sheep and Swans don't really matter anyways when you have beer.

The Black Swan is located at 1048 Bedford Ave (between Clifton and Lafayette), Brooklyn, NY 11205-4884

Saturday, October 30 - Great Divide Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: Yeti, Samurai, Hibernation and Titan will be offered up for your tasting pleasure at GRAB Specialty Foods in Brooklyn.  Thought I'd throw this event in here since The Beer Friends recently visited Great Divide on our Colorado Brewery Tour and we featured them as a Brewery of the Week not so long ago.  Great Divide brews some of the best beer in Colorado and we're lucky to have them readily available out here in NYC.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th street), Brooklyn, NY 11215

This Beer Friend would also like to offer up an apology and make a correction on the previous NYC Craft Beer Events posting.  Sorry GRAB Specialty Foods, when I don't do my research adequately and just glance and see that your cross streets are all numbers and no names I just assume Manhattan.  GRAB Specialty Foods is located in the fine City of Brooklyn, NY.

Stay warm this week all you Beer Friends out there and enjoy your NYC Beer Events!  See ya at the bar!