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Beer Review 86: Sixpoint Autumnation

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Well we reviewed the original Sixpoint four (Bengali Tiger, Righteous Rye, Crisp, Sweet Action) and now we move to the seasonals.  First up is Autumnation, a wet-hopped pumpkin spiced ale.  We cannot confirm if this uses a similar recipe as last years pumpkin ale from Sixpoint Pumpkin Brewster (best name ever) but we can confirm that they brew with hops, a lot of them.  Grab a can and check it out for yourself!  Sixpoint!  Five Cans!  Pumpkin!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 4, 2011

Graham

This has been a busy summer for the Beer Friends.  We've been through an earthquake, two regional brewery tours (Southern California, Boston/Massachusetts), three of us relocated within the boroughs and finally, to top it all off, a hurricane-the first to hit New York in like 300 years (give or take a few decades).  And none of it could stop us.  This tumultuous summer has come to a close, we'll miss the sun and relaxation - but we're already gearing up for the fantastic craft beer season that autumn brings us.  Let's start off the fall correctly. Tuesday, September 6 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Farmhouse Ales @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I know this week's intro was intriguing, invigorating and inspiring.  Now disregard it.  Just for tonight.  Farmhouse is not quite the style of brew you'd expect to start the fall with, but it's not exactly the worst style to spend an evening imbibing.  Bierkraft will turn it's craft-beery eyes towards the brews that characterize France and Belgian farms during springtime this evening and you should  expect some unique interpretations of the style as it has become a favorite of craft brewers in America for experimenting purposes.  You can find them spicy, herbal, grassy, Belgian-y, candyish and hoppy.  And you can find all types of farmhouse stylings tonight at Bierkraft.  Dr. Carl Burger will be on hand to walk you through the tasting and as always the whole shebang is free.

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

Thursday, September 8 - Smuttynose Promo to Benefit Sanctuary @ The Half Pint, Manhattan:

Drinking for a good cause is a good idea.  Drinking great beer for a good cause is a great idea.  Smuttynose and The Half Pint are throwing a charity bash to benefit the Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Smuttynose will be bringing the Farmhouse Saison, Pumpkin, Robust Porter and Star Island Single and The Half Pint will be generously donating 25% of the nights tab to Sanctuary.  They'll also be serving smashingly good food from Blossom du Jour - from which 100% of the proceeds will be donated.  Another way in which drinking great beer helps us feel awesome.

The Half Pint is located at 76 West 3rd Street, on the corner of Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, September 8 - The Bronx Brewery Pale Ale (Re)Release @ The Bronx Ale House, The Bronx:

Reflection is a good thing.  Awhile ago (you can find it all the way back when) the Bronx Brewery released their first brew, the Bronx Pale Ale at the Bronx Ale House.  Apparently they've spent the past 6 months refining their recipe and are releasing it yet again.  This time only tastier.  A deep amber pale ale brewed with 5 malts , dry hopped with Cascade and Centennial hops and left unpasteurized for a filling body.  Head over to the Bronx Ale House, in Riverdale, this Thursday to sample this recreation.

The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street, Riverdale, The Bronx.

Saturday, September 10 - I Love New York Beer Weekend @ Mug's Ale House, Brooklyn:

It's no secret that the Beer Friends love New York.  That's why this event is one of our yearly favorites.  Mug's will be pouring 24 lines of brew straight from New York's finest breweries.  We're talking Empire, Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Kelso, Sixpoint, Brooklyn, Ithaca, Keegan...the list goes on and on and never gets old.  It starts Saturday and goes on all weekend, but the good stuff will run out fast so get there early.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, September 10 - GRAB Specialty Foods Saturday Tastings - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

The friendly staff over at GRAB Specialty Foods are bringing another great brewery into their store this Saturday for your tasting pleasure - Pretty Things Beer and Ale Project!  Pretty Things, a self-proclaimed gypsy, small batch, artisinal brewery, with no real home but a real knack for brewery delicious beer, will be bringing some of their finest to GRAB Specialty Foods.  You can expect their flagship - Jack D'or - but look for some other rare and delicious offerings including Baby Tree and St. Boltoph's.  Because they only brew when the funds and spaces are available to do so they have a limited selection, but it also means that there is a tremendous amount of care that goes into each one of their quality batches.  As always, the knowledgeable staff at GRAB will walk you through any brew questions that pop into your head.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of April 17

Graham

Hello all you Beer Friends out there!  I'm sure by now you have all heard that Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown is the 2011 Beer Friends Final Four Champion! Congratulations Nebraska!  It was an amazing tournament this year but if you're anything like me then you've been wandering around aimlessly, trying to find something to fill the void now that it's over.  I have just the thing for you:  Sours, Kegs n Eggs, Evil Twins, Breakfast Stouts from Kentucky and a Cask Beer Festival in Brooklyn. I think that should do the trick...

Tuesday, April 19 - $10 Tuesday Tastings 'April Sours' @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

April Sours bring May Flowers?  I think so, but you won't have to wait until may to get those flowers.  Jimmy's No. 43 is offering a selection of sours to sample this Tuesday night as part of their weekly $10 Tuesday Tastings series.  Sours are a very intriguing beer to sample, so there will also be beer experts on hand to walk you through their brewing process and what to look for while drinking them.  Also, how to properly conceal the pucker your face is trying to make so you don't look like a beer wuss in front of all your friends.

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

Tuesday, April 19 - Kegs and Eggs with Smuttynose/Lagunitas @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

Are you looking for something to do Tuesday morning? Say around 8 AM-ish?  Well it's Spring Break and if you're like any adult who's been working for this long it doesn't matter if it's vacation, you're still up at the crack of dawn because the 'man' now has your lazy soul.  Well, sleeping late may be a forgotten experience, but you can still stick it to the man by waking up and mixing your scrambled egg's with some craft beer at the Spring Lounge in NoLita.

Smuttynose and Lagunitas are teaming up to bring you breakfast with a craft beer bang.  Expect eggs, potatoes, bacon, biscuits, gravy and $1 off any Lagunitas or Smuttynose draughts!  The list is TBA at the moment, but we all know that any Lagunitas and Smuttynose brew pairs deliciously with breakfast.  Don't try to hide it.

See you before work at the Spring Lounge, located at 48 Spring Street on the SW corner of Mulberry, NoLita, Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 20 - Weyerbacher Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Weyerbacher is one of those breweries that when you hear their name you're think:  I love those guys! - Almost immediately.  It might take you a minute or two to remember what brews back up those emotions, but it doesn't matter.  Weyerbacher = Awesome.  It's in the dictionary. That's what kind of a staple they are in the craft beer world.  They are also headed to Rattle n' Hum on Wednesday with a booming list of reasons why the name Weyerbacher is synonymous with American craft beer.  Check it out:

On cask: Double Simcoe Hops Infusion Quad Old Heathen Verboten (BPA, not available in NY) Papa (Brewers select series, style TBA)

On tap: Blithering Idiot Merry Monks Quad Insanity Heresy Double Simcoe Hops Infusion Slam Dunkel Lima Tiny Tiny 12 13 14 15 Old Heathen IPA project 1 Quatro Crazy Fireside Pumpkin Blanche

Boom goes the Weyerbacher.

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

Wednesday, April 20 - Evil Twin and Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum:

Every person has an Evil Twin somewhere out there.  The Beer Friends have The Wine Friends, Rattle n' Hum has Off the Wagon, Paul (of the Beer Friends) actually has something like 12 evil twins (seriously, he's set a world record for dopplegangers) and Boulder Brewery has...the Evil Twin Brewery from Denmark.

Not really.  Boulder Brewery, a famed American craft brewery, is helping to welcome Evil Twin to the United States as they tour our great land sharing their best Danish craft beer.  I'm sure it won't taste very evil.  Check out the line-up for both breweries below:

Evil Twin Brews: Before, During, & After Xmas – 8% - Double IPA Soft DK (Soft Dookie) – 10% Imperial Vanilla Stout Disco Beer – 10.5% Imperial IPA/Chardonnay blend Yin – 10% Imperial Stout Yang – 10% Imperial IPA

It's suggested you make a pretty badass Black & Tan out of the Yin & Yang.

The EXTREMELY Impressive Boulder Beer List:

Hazed and Infused, Mojo, Sweaty Betty, Buffalo Gold, Planet Porter, Singletrack, Flashback India Brown Ale, 2010 Killer Penguin, Mojo Risin', Nitro Obovoid, Never Summer, 2010 Obovoid, Oak Aged American Red, Chocolate Porter, Nitro Mojo Risin' and 2009 Killer Penguin and Apricot Mojo.

Still not impressed?  Let's age some of those in Bourbon Barrel's for ya':

Bourbon Barrel Aged - Singletrack, Vanilla Porter, Obovoid, Never Summer and Spiced Never Summer.

If you still aren't impressed then just don't show up.  Stay home actually.  Forget about craft beer and start drinking more water.

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

Thursday, April 21 - Founders Beer Festival @ Standings, Manhattan:

Founders Brewery has quickly become one of the most sought after craft breweries in America.  They've done this by producing creative, quality and over-the-top flavorful brews that are also extremely drinkable.  Some of their most famous and desired brews will be pouring this Thursday at Standings (right above Jimmy's No. 43) in the East Village.

Founders Draft List:

Kentucky Breakfast Stout (yes, it's true, it will really be there!), Red's Rye Pale Ale, Pale Ale, Cerise, Double Trouble Imperial IPA.

And as usual, FREE pizza at 8 pm.

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

Friday, April 22 - Sunday, April 24 - 5th Annual Williamsburg Cask Festival @ dba Brooklyn, Brooklyn:

dba Brooklyn alongside NYC craft beer guru Alex Hall of Gotham-Imbiber are hosting the 5th Annual Williamsburg Cask Beer festival this year is promising to be better than ever.  They are keeping the draft list secret for now but the Beer Friends will be working hard to bring you some top secret info, or at least spawn some great rumors about what will be pouring.

Here's what we do know:

- 16-18 rare and delicious casks tapped simultaneously.

Sounds pretty enticing to me.

dba Brooklyn is located at 113 North 7th Street between Berry Street and Wythe Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Saturday, April 23 - Troeg's Can Only Give You Everything @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

We're resurrecting an old favorite of the Beer Friends here - the Saturday Tasting Series at GRAB Specialty Foods in Brooklyn.  This week they'll be featuring Troeg's Brewery out of Pennsylvania who promises to be bringing you everything they've got.  Expect free tastes of Troegenator, Sunshine Pils, Hopback Amber and Java Head Stout.

While you're there hit up the GRAB Specialty Foods Beer Store with your growler in hand and bring home a growler from one of their 10 draft lines.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Beer Review 36: Blue Point Supreme Pumpkin and Fire Island Pumpkin Barrel Ale

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Happy October 25th!(?) Today the Beer Friends explore a newer fad within the beer community - Pumpkin Ales.  Available in the fall season, these beers give a alternative to the traditional Octoberfest beers available inbetween Summer and Winter.  We reviewed Blue Point Supreme Pumpkin Ale and Fire Island Pumpkin Barrel Ale to see which was better and why.  This is a battle between two New York City area beers, and the Beer Friends have visited Blue Point Brewery but have yet to check out Fire Island Brewery.  Pumpkin + Beer!  = Pumpkin Beer!

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Get Real NY Cask Ale and Food Festival Recap

Graham

Last Saturday Get Real NY threw an epic bash that will sure to be remembered in cask ale history. The Get Real NY Cask Ale and Food Festival was held at the spectacular space in the Altman Building on 18th street between 6th and 7th in the Chelsea Neighborhood of Manhattan. Craft Beer Week banners hung from the outside of the building and there were happy cask alers milling about, at once this Beer Friend knew he was at a friendly place. Upon entering I was given a list of the featured cask ales and food, a NYC Craft Beer Week passport AND a commemorative glass. As well as unlimited access to all the craft beer and NYC featured food that I could eat. To say that I was exhilarated here would be an understatement. I did a quick round of the place, trying to take in as much as possible before diving in to all the delicious beer and food. A large red curtain hung in the entranceway, dimming that harmful sunlight that we all know can inhibit drinking and make hangovers worse, but while keeping the room classy at the same time. The cask brew kegs were set up in the middle of the room on a three tiered rectangular wooden structure that had to be 10 kegs x 4 kegs x 3 kegs for you geometry nuts out there. The cask structure was then surrounded by serving tables that held even more kegs, with one side completely devoted to specially selected regional homebrew winners. An excellent staff of pourers - including the homebrewers themselves as well as a selection from the NYC Bartending School - were kindly serving up generous samples of the cask ales all the while providing good beer conversation. The food tables lined the walls, with a special selection devoted to even more beer mostly from Duvel and Ommegang. In one corner a 3 piece band - stand up bass, saxophone and electric guitar - made up of the members of the NYC band Big 5 Core (who will be playing at Rodeo Bar on 10/10/10) played jazz/classical/blues favorites with an electric guitar rock twist, which gave the event an edgy-classiness. After taking all this in, I decided to head for the beer.

This is just a short list of the cask brews I sampled during the event. Somewhere near the middle you'll notice that I found the Sixpoint section and got sucked in, rightfully so, to trying 3 new brews of theirs that were not only new to the taste, but I had never even heard of - you can imagine how excited I was. I tried to describe the ones that really stuck out in my mind, but since the sampling of food and brew was so fast paced I wasn't able to record all my thoughts. I will however denote whether or not it was a brew I'd never tried or never heard of before, of which there were many.

Bear Republic - Rebellion - New! citrusy and nicely hopped. Left hand - Milk Stout Greenport - Hopnami Sixpoint - Pumpkin - New! Lighter in flavor but definitely pumpkin pie. Smooth and easy to drink with a thanksgiving feel to it. Sixpoint - Oyster - New! A lighter tasting stout, still big in flavor but real easy in drinkability. Sixpoint - Missionary - New! This beer smells like a hop nugget. I want an air freshener that smells this way. That I could liquify and drink like a beer. Maybe I'd just like this beer all the time. Bruery - Mischief - New! Strong Belgian pale ale Southern Tier - 2x IPA - Hops, hops, hops. Alcohol. Hops. Riverhorse - Hippo Latern Otter Creek - Alpine Black IPA - New! Really roasted malt heavy IPA. The cask brings out that malt flavor, which keeps the hops a little more in check but with out putting them to bed. Lagunitas - Maximus - This beer has been steadily rising on my all-time-favorite-beer-list, and this helped it go up further. The cask style brings out so much of the bready malt flavor and the hops are perfect. If you can find a sixer of this, then do so. Two Brothers - Resistance IPA Blue Point - Toxic sludge Black IPA - New! Another black IPA well worth the adventure to find. Again the cask brings out those dark malts and this one had a bit more hops present than the Otter Creek Alpine. You know how those hops get me goin'. Bear Republic - Norcal Bitter - New! Billingsgate - Belgian Strong Ale - New! This is a home-brew winner made by Dylan and Andrew out of a home-brewery they've named Hell's Gate. Very tart and delicious. I will be plugging you with their info very soon (like two paragraphs from now!) Pretty Things - St Boltophs

Now mind you, these were only sampler pours. Had they not been, well...you can imagine the state I would've been in. Throughout the process of sampling all these delicious cask brews I would head over to grab samples of meat, cheese (Lucy's Whey Cheese Shop), bread (Grandaisy Bakery - their bread is incredible and I probably ate half of it), pretzels (Martin's Pretzel's), salsa (Brooklyn Salsa), olive-based-everything-that-is-delicious-stand (Wall and Water), pickled everything (Sour Puss Pickles), lobster rolls (Luke's Lobster's), cookies (Amy's Cookies), etc. Needless to say, with all these fantastic restaurants participating, I did not go hungry (or thirsty!).

Towards the end of the event I started up a short conversation with one of the home-brew winners that I mentioned earlier. Dylan and Andrew are a home-brewing team that submitted two beers into the Get Real NY Cask and Food event. I got to try their Strong Ale, which was nice and tart with a great drinkable character to it. They've also submitted a couple concoctions to the Whole Foods HomeBrew Contest and are waiting to see how they place. They were friendly enough to chat me up for awhile even as the event was closing down, so I'm sure they'd be friendly enough to chat you up as well. Maybe even give you a sample, or at least tell you where to find one of their brews. You can stay up to date with Dylan and Andrew on Facebook at Billingsgate.

I feel like I can't give this review enough positive feedback to you as a reader, without you having gone and experienced it with me. The music was calming, creative and energetic. The food was top notch and the event space was beautiful. The staff was friendly and familiar with beer and was happy to pour you anything twice. The cask ales gave unique perspectives to familiar brews and offered us fresh tastes of newly brewed (or never had before) creations. This is an event that I will keep coming back to as long as they decide to keep throwing it. Cheers to this one!

As always you can friend and follow The Beer Friends on both Twitter and Facebook. Just look us up under the name TheBeerFriends

Great Beer Events in NYC Week of 9/5 -9/11

Graham

Hey all you craft beer lovers out there!  We here at the Beer Friends as usual are bringing you your weekly beer events.  School's back in session and what a great way to celebrate sending off the kids than with some good ol' craft brews.  Come have a few with us at these great NYC brew events.

Tuesday, September 7 - Back To School Night with Sixpoint Craft Ale @ The Stag's Head: We got a huge event for you with this one, especially if you're one of NYC's Smartest - Public School Teacher's that is.  The Stag's Head, 51st street between 2nd and 3rd, is throwing a back to school bash for teachers and non-teachers alike.  Sixpoint will be taking control of 8 draft lines.  8!  If you know how many brews Sixpoint regularly produces, then you know that this is almost all of their continuous selection.  We're talking Sweet Action, Righteous Rye, Bengali Tiger, Brownstone, Redd, Otis and who knows what else!  Maybe you'll even get a chance to try their new fall brew Pumpkin-brewster.  Great name.  Also, they are honoring those public school teacher's with a $1 off everything with a DOE ID.  AND if you're good at poetry then take a chance by writing a poem or haiku about your favorite Sixpoint craft ale for a $50 bar tab.  As far as I'm concerned, the only thing you need for Back-To-School is a Sixpoint Craft Ale!

Wednesday, September 8th - IPA Week @ The Double Windsor: The Double Windsor is celebrating their last week before their 1st birthday by declaring it IPA week!  You know one Beer Friend who loves IPA's and this has definitely sparked his interest!  They will be featuring mostly American IPA's but you'll be lucky enough to find some from across-the-pond as well.  They haven't released a list yet, which is kind of exciting in all it's mysteriuosness.  The only way to shed some light on the issue is to head down to Park Slope and check it out yourself.  Did I mention that this week all the beers are $5?  This mystery just got good.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West @ 16th Street.  Take the F or the G to 15th street/Prospect Park.

Thursday, September 9 - Abita NFL Kickoff Party @ Standings: Standings comes through again as one of the best craft brew sports bars in the city.  The Vikings and the Saints are going head-to-head in the first NFL game of the season and Standings is throwing up a bunch of lines of Louisiana's favorite craft brew:  Abita.  Find Satsuma Wit, Andy Gator and Turbodog along with a few others.  You can also find free pizza.  Standings loves free pizza.  So do I.  And football.  And craft beer.  What a good relationship we all have.

Hope to see you all out at the bars!  As always, if you're the first find us then we'll buy ya a craft brew...or two.