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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of March 27, 2011


It's the last week in March and it feels like nature is playing a cruel April Fools joke on us.  Hey, here's an 80 degree day to inagurate the coming of spring...NOT! BOOM! 25 degrees and snowing! I swear, last week you could look up at the sky and see mother nature flicking you off with middle finger shaped clouds that simultaneously raining a "wintry-mix" down on us.  Jerk.  Well, this week is when April Fools Day actually happens.  My prediction?  Starts off sunny and 70 end up 20 and hailstorms the size of golf balls.  Just make sure you're drinking your craft brews indoor. Tuesday, March 29 - Global Brands Breweries Events @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Global Brands is a fine distributor of many of our favorite craft breweries:  North Coast, Acme, Stoudts, Clipper City and Elysian.  They'll be taking over the taps with a fine potpourri of their favorite brews from these distinguished breweries and will have to of their best reps on hand to answer all of your craft brew distribution questions.  So shuffle up to the Pony, order a brew from each brewery and find Dean Palmer and Susan Greene.  Maybe if you're lucky and charismatic enough you're pitch to get them to distribute your line of homebrews to the rest of New York City.  We all know how hard it is to get carried out in Queens.

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

Tuesday, March 29 - Barrier Brewery Event @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

Barrier Brewery represents the newest, youngest and one of the most creative breweries in New York State.  They will be bringing their "regular" (i.e. awesomely delicious) brews to Bar Great Harry out in Brooklyn.  In between the dominoe games and meat pies that BGH (their nickname, duh) is famous for, make sure you are aggressively sipping some Ruthless Rye IPA, Greenroom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, and Buffalo American Red.  Expect some rare and unique brews on top of those as well.

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street between Degraw and Sackett Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 29 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Spring Seasonals @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Well Mother Nature, as you may have heard, I am currently at odds with you.  It's mostly because I find you untrustworthy at the moment.  Maybe if you kept your word and gave us spring instead of tricking us with your warm weather and already-blossoming-flowers I'd be more accepting of you.  At the moment however, I'm more inclined to trust my spring feelings with Jimmy's No. 43.  On Tuesday they'll be embracing the season by giving you a selection of spring seasonals to taste and discuss for just $10.  What goes in to making a spring seasonal and do all spring seasonals have to look/taste alike?  You'd be surprised.  Head on over to Jimmy's this Tuesday to embrace the side of spring that mother nature is determined to keep from us.  Maybe she'll get jealous and throw some nice days our way.

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

Wednesday, March 30 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

We are proud of Captain Lawrence for making such a strong showing in the Beer Friends Final Four - Liquid Gold, welcome to the second round! You beat the refreshing hops of Sam Adams Noble Pils, but can you stand up to the aggressive herbal hops of Smuttynose IPA?  Either way, we enjoy your presence in the BFF4 and we love your beers.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House on Wednesday for the full range of Captain Lawrence brews.  They'll be pouring Nor’Easter Winter Warmer, Golden Delicious, Five Years Later, Winter Rye, Espresso Stout, Rosso e Marrone, Xtra Gold, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, Black & Brown Sour #1, Funky Sour Cherry  #2, “Chilli” Lambic 2008 and Spring Blend 2011.  Captain Scott Vaccaro will also be there to talk about all things Captain Lawrence and sailing the high seas of the Hudson.  If that's not enough to entice you, every Wednesday at 6:00 the Blind Tiger lays out approximately 4 lbs. of cheese from Murray's Cheese Shop for you to nibble at liberally.  Includes baguettes.

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

Wednesday, March 30 - Big Beer Night with Lagunitas @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

What do we love?  Big beer.  Who do we love that brews them? Lagunitas.  We're talking the excellent recipes of the biggest brews that Lagunitas has to offer.  We're talking Fusion Five, Lil' Sumpin Wild, Brown Sugga and Hairy Eyeball.  We're talking free tostada's to fill your belly alongside hops and higher ABV.  We're talking Stag's Head on Wednesday.  We're talki....stop your talking.  Start eating and drinking.  Get big.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Thornbridge Brewery Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Thornbridge huh?  Where are they from?  Never heard of em'?  They don't sound the usual American craft brewery.  That's 'cause they're not.  Thornbridge hails from the UK and they will be joining us at Bierkraft with some of their finest brews straight from Auld England.  This won't be the usual Thursday Night Tap Takeover that we're used to at Bierkraft however.  CEO Jim Harrison will be on hand and will be giving a lecture to help guide you along the Thornbridge brew selection.  They will be pouring several brews on draft and cask as well as a few straight from the rare bottle selection.  Enjoy meeting Jaipur IPA, Kipling IPA and Petersburg Stout.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Speakeasy Brewery Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

I hear they already have spring out in San Fransisco.  What a glorious life people must lead out there...  That's probably the brews from Speakeasy taste so delicious.  Some of your favorite brews from San Fransisco - White Lightening, Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale and the Double Daddy Imperial IPA - will be pouring at Dive 75 this Thursday.  The best part?  While you're drinking one of Speakeasy's Brews you can close your eyes and it will actually feel like you are drinking it in Golden Gate Park wearing nothing but a t-shirt, shorts and sandals in 80 degree weather.  Eat that mother nature.

Dive 75 is located at 101 West 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Long Trail Night at The Pony Bar


Hello! Beer Friends here checking out Long Trail Brewery night at The Pony Bar in Hells Kitchen, Manhattan. Long Trail is from Bridgewater Corners, Vermont and might have the most beautiful brewery ever... On the backside of the restaurant portion there is a outside eating area and a small brook running through - pictures to come later. Here are some late thoughts on the night, but hell it's a blog and you can read it anytime-enjoy!

Brad- super excited for this one... After visiting the Brewery in bridgewater corners this summer- tickle me pink for Long Trail to come to Pony Bar.

First beer - brewmasters reserve Double IPA - this is a classic example of a "let it warm up" beer. Strange biting taste at the beginning but as it warmed up in the crowded bar it smoothed out nicely with less bite and a small after taste. This doesn't have nearly the spices of a typical or rather what I'm used to IPA. This is good but I'm looking forward to other stuff....

Graham - Long Trail is a favorite, a brewery that Ive been to many times and is close to my families New Hampshire/Vermont roots. Very excited about tonights event. Double bag is a smooth, malty but strong brew. Easy drinking with subtle malt complexities and a touch of bitterness from the hops.

Phil's first: I started with an Otter Creek Pale Ale, thanks to Graham. A good mild pale ale, but nothing special. a little watered down tasting but decent. Not a bad start

Paul- First round -Brewmaster Reserve Coffee Porter- first sip was very strong but balanced out a lot on the second sip. The entire pint was overall very good. It was a little heavier than I expected.

Brad round two - Long Trail Double Bag- amazing I feel like I heard bagpipes as I started drinking this... it turns out they came in the back door. Double Bag has long been a favorite for me and this was good... Needed to be warmer and will report back later...

Graham - brewmasters reserve porter -My first sip also came with bagpipes and chocolate malts. It's an upfront solid porter. More complex as it gets warmer. I would drink 3.

Phil's second: Next I took on the Brewmaster's Reserve Coffee Stout. Fan-freakin'-tastic! If you like coffee and you like beer, this is the one for you. Excellent coffee flavoring right out of the gate followed by a slow mellowing out to a great stout finish. If you see it. Get it.

Paul-Second round - Brewmaster Reserve Double IPA - Tastes like lemons... It's not bad, it's strong, but I personally like this citrus flavor. I love the bitter flavor, but this one is not for everybody.

Paul-Third round - Brewmaster Reserve Porter - described to me as "the beer I was put on this earth to drink" I found it pretty good. Its a porter that is very full of flavor. Mocha is the flavor I want to peg this with, but it could be any mixture of coffee and chocolate. Very tasty, however, I prefer a smoother porter.

Brad again... Again the taste I was looking for as it warms up. Finally.

Paul-Fourth round - Double Bag- one of the first beers I ever experimented with. When I first tried this beer it was the highest APV I had ever had. This beer is strong and wheaty, both qualities make is something special. This is my favorite beer by Long Trail. I am used to finding this in Coos County, it was a treat to get this on draft. I suggest it to anyone who likes strong beers.

Long Trail at Pony Bar