I woke up this morning with great expectations. The sun was shining, a warm summer breeze blowing through the air, the smell of blossoming plants and then I opened my eyes. Rain. Thunder. Fog. And it was cold. And it will be happening all week long. Then I looked at the list of craft beer events happening this week. The clouds parted, the sun came back out and the annoying spitting from the dense fog that engulfed the city transformed into a soft mist reminiscent of the Irish countryside. Yea, craft beer has that affect on me.
Tuesday, May 17 - Empire Brewing Company Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:
Imagine you were taking a boat trip down the Erie Canal (10 points if you know where the Erie Canal is) rafting through the port towns of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and you wanted a beer. The obvious choice is Empire Brewing Company. Started in Syracuse and at
times brewing in Buffalo and Rochester it is Western New York's favorite brewery. They'll be bringing an impressive selection of their brews (which are all impressive) to Rattle n' Hum this Tuesday. Check out this list of brews:
Empire Brown Ale
Empire Wheat Wine
Empire IPA (Falconers Flight)
Empire Maple Porter
Empire State Pale Ale
2010 Barley Wine
2009 Barley Wine Aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel
Empire Light Lager
Empire Amber Ale
Empire Cream Ale
Black magic Stout
Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 East 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.
Wednesday, May 18 - Great Brewers Beer Tasting @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:
Great Brewers is a group that represents some of the greatest brewers internationally and in the US. Their draughts are most easily recognized by the light wood tap handles with the Great Brewers seal. When you get a pour from one of those tap handles, you know you're getting something good. Green Port (Long Island), Ballast Point (California), Hitachino (from Hong Kong), Schekerla (Germany) and La Rulles (Belgium). After all nothing is more international than Long Island. Here's the list:
Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, Greenport Harbor Canard Noir, Greenport Harbor Ahtamaic IPA, Greenport Harbor Rye Saison Cask, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Abandoned Ship, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, Hitachino Ginger, Schekerla Smoked Lager and La Rulles Triple.
George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83th and 84th streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.
Wednesday, May 18 - Victory Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:
Some would say napalm in the morning smells like victory. We say hops anytime smells like victory. And Victory. The winningest brewing company ever will be visiting the Double Windsor in Brooklyn this Wednesday. And they'll be helping you achieve victory with some of their best brews:
Hop Wallop Imperial IPA
Hop Devil IPA
Yakima Glory Black IPA
Headwaters Pale Ale
St. Boisterous Hellerbock
St. Victorious Dopplebock
All for $5 and the first person to bring the bartender a bag of Milano cookies gets a free pint. Milano's = victory.
The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Wednesday, May 18 - Oregon Beer Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:
Beer president of America? Colorado. Beer vice president of America? Oregon. Oregon, the state, with the help of its best breweries will be showcasing its history of brewing tradition. Join Rogue, Elysian, Full Sail and Dick's at the Stag's Head to celebrate all things Oregon. Well, mostly just the beer. And Phil.
The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.
Thursday, May 19 - River Horse Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
Here at the Beer Friends we try to be equal-opportunity when it comes to the neighborhoods, counties and states in the New York City metropolitan area. Certain places get a bad rap with the rest of the world - Murray Hill, Staten Island and Jersey. Well, River Horse is working to redeem New Jersey's image with the beer world and they're doing a damn good job at it. They'll be taking over the taps at Bierkraft this Thursday. The full list has yet to be released but we expect it to be pretty refreshingly gnarly. Jersey totally just jumped Staten Island in the rankings.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Saturday, May 21 - Sixpoint Brewery and Tacos El Bronco @ Sycamore, Brooklyn:
Alright, I know we've made several claims regarding the best food to eat while consuming craft brew, but it's been decided: Tacos. The famed Brooklyn taco truck - Tacos El Bronco (as in served from a Ford Bronco) will be making a point to prove their case when it comes to food/beer pairing. They will be bringing the best tacos in Brooklyn out to Sycamore and Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their namesake and seasonal brews. I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Literally. Top of the "Ways to Spend a Saturday Afternoon List."
Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and East 11th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Maine Beer Weekend @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:
Maine is the unsung hero of East Coast craft beer. One of the least populated states on the east coast with most of the population hugging the Atlantic Maine's craft beer is full of fisherman culture and grit. Malty, full-bodied brews that shine nicely in the noon-day sun next to a pile of steamers on the beach. IPA's that are hopped to the teeth that pair perfectly with the days deep-water catch. Stouts that are roasted to perfection packed to the gills with body that a master of the ocean would consume during a rugged winter night filled with crab fishing.
The Pony Bar shares our sentimental views of Maine, seafood and beer and they are throwing the 3rd Annual Maine Beer Weekend. Belgian brews straight from Allagash, fishermen's straight from Shipyard and Seadog and malty, woodsy brews from Geary's will fill the draught board and the cask lines. Fresh seafood shipped in straight from Maine will be cooked up by the gastropub culinary geniuses behind Pony's usual menu - we're talking lobster rolls, scallop sliders and fried oysters.
There's even a hint that some super-special brews will be on tap but cannot be mentioned due to legal reasons.
I like that. A lot.
See you this weekend!
The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest Corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.