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NYC Beer Events - Week of 10/24

Graham

Hola Beer Amigos.  As October winds to a close the temperatures will continue to drop and the wind will start to pick up blowing that pre-winter chill right through to our bones.  A good remedy for the precursory signs of winter is to step into your local NYC Craft Beer Bar and grab the last of the fall brews or, if you're lucky, the first of our winter style favorites. Tuesday, October 26 - Harpoon Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: One of our favorite beer bars will be hosting Harpoon Brewery this Tuesday.  The Pony Bar will be pouring 15 lines worth of our favorite Harpoon brews - Single Hop ESB and the Oyster Stout as well as several selections from the 100 Barrel Series ('10 Glacier Wet Hop!?) and Leviathan line (Triticus!? Imperial IPA!?).  This Beer Friend also saw a sixer of Winter Warmer at the grocery store recently -  I'm not totally sure if it's this years or if the store was just trying to get rid of last years that they didn't sell, either way look for it up on the Pony Menu Board when you head on over this Tuesday.  It'll really help fight against the cold.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th ave (on the NW corner of 45th st.), Manhattan

Tuesday, October 26 - Hoppy Halloween $10 Tuesday Tastings @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Okay, I admit it - I'm a hop-head.  In fact, I think 'hop-head' is too light of a term.  I'm a hop-aholic.  A hop-addict.  I have a hop-dependency.  I'll be getting my fix this Tuesday at the newest installment of the $10 Tuesday Tasting's at Jimmy's No. 43.  For $10 you'll get tastings of 6 beers that feature 6 different hop varieties.  Go to Jimmy's, learn about the different hop varieties and drink quality hop-head beer while you're learning.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located downstairs at 43 E 7th  St. (between 2nd and 3rd Ave), Manhattan

Wednesday, October 27 - McNeill's Lovers Support Group @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: To keep going on the topic of addiction, McNeill's Brewery has realized that they have a large group of dedicated followers and has kindly begun a support group to fill our craft beer needs.  The Double Windsor has given up 6 of their 7 taps to McNeill's and will be featuring some great brews - Blonde Bombshell, ESB (my personal McNeill's favorite), Pullman's Porter, Firehouse Amber, Warlord Double IPA and McNeill's newest family member: a West-Coast styled IPA dubbed Sunshine IPA.  McNeill's has quickly become Beer Friends reliable favorite for delicious, quality craft beer.  If you need a little bit more McNeill's in your life, don't worry - the support group is here for you.  Oh and did I mention the best part besides the beer?  Showing up is automatic entrance into the Support Group and members get $4 drafts until 3 AM.  How's that for a perk?

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park W (between Bartel Pritchard Sq & 16th St), Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, October 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn Night @ The Black Swan, Brooklyn: Was the Black Swan supposed to be connected in some way to the ugly duckling?  Did the ugly duckling grow up to be a black swan?  Do black swans have any relationship to black sheep?  Are black sheep really all that bad or did they just get a bad rap?  If you are also feeling swamped with swan questions that you need answered then you can probably find your answers by heading to The Black Swan on Bedford Ave in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn.  They'll be featuring Kelso of Brooklyn's brews which you can get for the very reasonable price of $5 a pint all night long.   They'll probably be able to answer all your swan and sheep questions as well.  Or not.  Probably not at all actually.  However, Kelso's beer will still taste great.  Sheep and Swans don't really matter anyways when you have beer.

The Black Swan is located at 1048 Bedford Ave (between Clifton and Lafayette), Brooklyn, NY 11205-4884

Saturday, October 30 - Great Divide Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn: Yeti, Samurai, Hibernation and Titan will be offered up for your tasting pleasure at GRAB Specialty Foods in Brooklyn.  Thought I'd throw this event in here since The Beer Friends recently visited Great Divide on our Colorado Brewery Tour and we featured them as a Brewery of the Week not so long ago.  Great Divide brews some of the best beer in Colorado and we're lucky to have them readily available out here in NYC.

GRAB Specialty Foods is located at 438 7th Avenue (between 14th and 15th street), Brooklyn, NY 11215

This Beer Friend would also like to offer up an apology and make a correction on the previous NYC Craft Beer Events posting.  Sorry GRAB Specialty Foods, when I don't do my research adequately and just glance and see that your cross streets are all numbers and no names I just assume Manhattan.  GRAB Specialty Foods is located in the fine City of Brooklyn, NY.

Stay warm this week all you Beer Friends out there and enjoy your NYC Beer Events!  See ya at the bar!

Harpoon Night at Blind Tiger: Hangover Edition

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation!  Good Beer Month continues into August with Harpoon Brewery at the Blind Tiger NYC.  Harpoon Brewery is from Boston and a favorite of the two Red Sox fans in the Beer Friends.  Tonight should be fun with a few common pours, a few 100 Barrel series pours and a few from the Leviathan series! Beer! Brad 1st - Harpoon Leviathan Baltic Porter 2008: Honestly hard to get past the alcoholic taste on this one.  At 12 percent I knew it was high but most times the harshness is cut by another favor - not this time.

Graham #1 - Harpoon Landbier.  This German lager is a light, easily drinkable session beer from Harpoon's 100 Barrel Series. Tan in color, slight malt aroma and very light body, this easy to take down 6 of lager is not compromising on taste. It's got a burst of malt flavor that stays with you through a clean finish. If this was in sixers it'd b perfect for a summer day outside.

Paul's 1st - Landbier: This is a delicious session lager. It's hard to disagree with Graham's assessment about how often this beer could be consumed. I would love to drink this beer after work on a cool late summer day.

Brad #2 - Leviathan Imperial IPA; I love this beer.  The regular IPA is too light for me but this one does well with the 4 (Chinook, Centennial, Simcoe, an Amarillo) Hops used. Easy to drink and spicy enough to feel it, plus the 10 ABV is hidden under the hops taste which is fantastic.

Graham Número Dos - Harpoon Single [Delta] Hop ESB: Using a new hop variety with this one gives it a different hop character than the regular ESB. Easily drinkable with an herbal aroma and a bronze color, this brew has an earthy hop flavor to it that is delicious.

Paul's 2nd - Belgian Pale Ale (cask): I am already a big fan of this beer and having it out of the cask doesn't disappoint.  It's very light and sweet, the Belgian part of it gives the pale part of it a lot of flavor.  It's very easy to drink and the lack of carbonation from the cask makes it really smooth.  It's cloudy out of the cask and looks more like apple cider.  This was my favorite of the night and I was looking forward to it as soon as I saw it on the menu.  I only wish it came in a larger glass...

Brad #3 - Harpoon Leviathan Triticus: Triticus is Latin for "wheat" and this is a dark wheat wine-style ale and is delicious.  Slightly sweet and easily drinkable, this was the winner of the night for me.

Graham Number Trois - Harpoon Bohemian Imperial Pilsner: This brew is  part of the 32nd release of their 100 Barrel Series. It is definitely a bog beer with the 9% ABV and the increased malt sweetness. The hops are even more pronounced. It is definitely an "assertive but not overly aggressive beer" as Harpoon describes it, however it leaves me wanting it more aggressive. When ordering it I more wanted a punch-in-the-face mugging in the park imperial pilsner not a brisk walk through the hop/malt tourist part of the park.

Paul's 3rd - Munich Dark: This dark lager has a great bite to it.  It starts smooth but quickly jumps out and let's you know it's there.  This would be a great beer for late summer or early fall. Honestly, it would be a pretty good beer anytime, but it was a hot day in NYC today and I think I'm in a certain mindset... a hot, dehydrated mindset.

Graham 4th - Harpoon Triticus: Wheat Wine. I'm not sure what that conjures up in your mind...perhaps a barley wine style brew made with wheat malts instead of barley. High in alcohol taste with a sweet malt that will hope to overpower the 12% ABV. Well take that notion, drop the sugary malts, keep the ABV and add a boatload of roasted and burnt malts that blow this brew out of the water. This one drinks like a coffeeish, dark flavored imperial stout. Bit don't let it fool you, it's still 11.1% ABV.

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