We definitely have a reason to celebrate this weekend. Actually, two reasons. First, we celebrate the great country we live in. A country, that sense its beginning has encouraged ingenuity and creativity among its citizens. It's that common instinct that inspires that brewers of the craft beer that we love to do what they do. It's why the craft beer industry has continued to be successful and grow by leaps and bounds every year. Craft Beer is as natural to America as fireworks and cookouts on the 4th of July.
We also get to celebrate craft beer itself. As deemed by the brewers and craft beer bar owners behind The Good Beer Seal, July is Good Beer Month. Now here at the Beer Friends believe every month should be Good Beer Month. But we're pretty okay with picking one out and giving it a name. So tomorrow, while your cooking out and watching the fireworks, raise your glass of your favorite brew in a toast to craft beer and to America, the country that not only allows craft beer to exist, but inspires it's incredible and delicious diversity.
Enjoy the events:
Tuesday, July 5 - The Big Le-Brewski Event: Part 2 @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:
Sit down. If you're sitting - get closer to the ground. I'm about to unload every craft beer lovers dream on you. Imagine you could sample everything that Rattle n' Hum keeps in their cellar. Bottles of the some of the rarest stuff that's ever been brewed, aged to perfection. Well, it's not a dream. It's a reality. In Part 2 of their "Big Le-Brewski" event Rattle n' Hum will be raiding their cellar to quench any desire your craft beer imagination can conjure up. Head over Tuesday to sample some really special stuff. No list is available yet, but c'mon, if it's coming out of Rattle n' Hum's private cellar then who needs a list.
Rattle n' Hum is located at 17 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.
Wednesday, July 6 - Barcade Yards Events @ Grove Street PATH Plaza, Jersey City:
One of the best parts about summer is outdoor craft beer drinking. The cool, carbonated hops and barley make even the hottest summer days bearable. Barcade Jersey City feels the same way. As you step of the PATH train Barcade will be waiting with their new draft trailer to pour you a cold, delicious beer from Yards Brewery. Yards beer, poured by Barcade, outside at the Grove Street PATH Plaza? Yea, it's summertime.
The Barcade Beer Trailer is located at 325 Grove Street between Newark Avenue and Christopher Columbus Drive, Jersey City, New Jersey.
Thursday, July 7 - Brooklyn Brewery BLAST @ Standings, Manhattan:
Brooklyn Breweries Brewmaster Reserve Collection is a much anticipated and coveted collection of beers that push the boundaries of craft beer to new and excellent heights. The newest concoction - called "The Concoction" - doesn't stray from the theme. The Concoction is brewed from an old Scottish cocktail recipe called "The Penicillin" and includes peat smoked malt, minced ginger, lemon juice and wildflower honey. If you don't know what to think right now, then I think you're getting the point. To try to make sense of aptly named "The Concoction" head to Standings this Thursday. It will be on tap alongside four other Brooklyn favorites. And as always, in perfect Standings tradition, there will be free pizza.
Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street, Upstairs, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.
Thursday, July 7 - Captain Lawrence Meet the Brewer Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:
One of our favorite New York State breweries will be bringing their beer and their brewmaster to Bierkraft this Thursday night. Scott Vacarro of Captain Lawrence will be on hand to discuss his brews and what makes them so delicious. Bierkraft hasn't posted a list of brews yet, but we expect the usual Captain Lawrence favorites will be on tap. As the Beer Friends found out during this years Beer Friends Final Four, Captain Lawrence has a cult following. So we suggest getting to Bierkraft early to score a seat next to Scott.
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Saturday, July 9 - Kelso of Brooklyn Tasting @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:
GRAB Specialty Foods will be featuring a local Brooklyn favorite in this Saturdays installment of their Saturday Craft Beer Tasting series. They'll be four or five beers from Kelso of Brooklyn available for tasting. The people at GRAB also suggest you bring home a growler or two of your favorite brews to help you enjoy your weekend. We endorse their suggestion.
GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.