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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 12, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, August 14 - Tuesday Night Tasting: Sierra Nevada Beer Camp @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Every craft beer lovers dream is to go to a summer camp for brewers and beer lovers alike.  Well, a little over a year ago the good brewers at Sierra Nevada made that possible - giving both professional brewers and homebrewers a chance to work together to create delicious new craft beer.  If you're lucky then you've stumbled upon a spot serving these camp brews.  If you haven't been lucky, then tonight is your night.  Head over to Bierkraft to have Brian from Sierra Nevada educate you on the program as well as tap four new offerings for your drinking pleasure.

Floral IPA Imperial Pilsner Oatmeal Stout Imperial Red

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 14 - Belgian Beer Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Don't get me wrong, I like Belgian beer.  This event, however, probably wouldn't have made the list this week though if it weren't for how passionate Phil is about this country's beer.  Phil's so passionate about it that you should check out our reviews of different Belgian style brews just to see his reactions.  Maybe you'll even catch Phil at Rattle n' Hum tonight as he samples all six (at least) of the Belgian brews they'll be pouring.

La Trappe, St. Feuillien Urthel Kwak Tripel Karmeliet St.Feuilien/Greenflash Collaboration Ale

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

Wednesday, August 15 - Beer, Bourbon and Rock: Great Divide @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Great Divide will be gracing the beer, bourbon and rock loving masses at Idle Hands this Wednesday for the newest installment of their Wednesday night beer and bourbon tastings.  For $10 you get two pours and three tastes of Great Divide, a sample of whiskey/bourbon (this week is TBA) and some delicious tater tots from That Burger (located upstairs).  Here's the list:

Full Pours: Hoss Rumble

Tastes: Titan Hercules Yeti

Idle Hands is located at downstairs 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets in the Alphabet City neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, August 16 - Pretty Things Meadowlark IPA Release @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

NEW BEER! 25 points if you can name the craft beer bar that popularized that one.  Well, we have a real new one for ya this time.  Pretty Things is releasing a new beer and style that is new two them.  Usually a brewer of Belgian and English styled brews, this one is inspired by a staple of most American craft brewers: the American IPA.  The Meadowlark IPA is heralded as being smooth, slightly bitter and layered with floral hops and it's coming at you for the first time ever this Thursday at Bierkraft.  Jim Barnes of Pretty Things will be there to lead you through the brew, share some other Pretty Things pours and of all things, spin some tunes.  There will also be bottles of Meadowlark to take home with you.

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

BFF4 - Graham and Phil's Sweet Sixteen Brackets

Graham

Here it is.  This tournament just got serious - East vs. West style.  The best of the Northeast's breweries are taking on their arch-rivals on the West Coast for total beer supremacy in the Sweet 16 of this years Beer Friends Final Four Tournament.  Click on through to Vote!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Northeast Region - Sweet 16 (Graham's Brackets)

To say that the Northeast Brackets have been topsy-turvy is an understatement.  It's been a whirlwind of ups and downs, upsets and close calls.  Sixpoint's Bengali Tiger, the Northeast favorite for the tournament with the #1 seed has continued their winning streak onto the 3rd round but is now facing their toughest opponent:  Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  Liquid Gold has played far better than anyone else in the tournament so far with decisive victories over #5 ranked Sam Adams Noble Pils and #4 ranked Smuttynose IPA, two other favorite East Coast contenders.  Can Captain Lawrence take to another round with what would be the biggest upset on their road to the championship?

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Game 2 of the Northeast Sweet 16 round is an all out New England battle.  These two brews are looking to tip the scales on the New York domination on this branch of the bracket and they are gunning for each other with the chance to do it.  Will the Green Mountains of Vermont be celebrating after this weekend as Long Trail's Hibernator rolls into the Elite 8 or will the beaches of Cape Cod be Red...not with sunburns but with their own 'hoods Cape Cod Red.  Massachusetts or Vermont?  It's a #2 vs. #3 matchup and the choice couldn't be tougher.  Throw in your say below and help your favorite beer with a New England accent get to the next round.

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West Region - Sweet 16 (Phil's Brackets)

Time for the West to show it's stuff!!!  These are the crucial times where we decide which beer is our best bet to take on the rest of the country!  what?  too Braveheart?  should i put blue makeup and a kilt on?  anyway....We have four contenders up for the righteous honor of carrying the West into the Beer Friends Final Four!  We've had a pretty regular season so far, but now we're down to the wire, the next two games are shaping the fate of the Western region:

First up we have the 1 vs 5 pitting Sierra Nevada Torpedo against Speakeasy's Big Daddy IPA!  Both have been strong showings in the previous rounds, Sierra Nevada defeating Kona Fire Rock Pale Ale and Lagunitas Hop Stoopid and Speakeasy taking out Rogue's Mocha Porter and Stone's Collaboration Saison!  But you, YOU decide the fate of these two great brews, vote below to make sure your favorite takes it to the next round:

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Next up we have the 7 vs 11 round!  Two of my favorite contenders going head to head, only one to come out on top:  We have Rogue Brewery's Shakespeare Oatmeal Stout verses Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard!  Two absolute power houses taking each other to the mats to determine who will continue on to the next round.  Neither of these brews is a surprise being here: Rogue Shakespeare taking out Green Flash IPA and Kona's Pipeline Porter to be here while Stone's Arrogant Bastard bested Anchor Brewing's Christmas ale and Sierra Nevada's home grown Estate Ale to place their flag in this the pivotal third round of competition.  Who's the best?  Who will continue on for Western dominance to represent in the Final Four?  it's up to you....Vote Now!!!

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Vote now or forever hold your peace!

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.