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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 28, 2011

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow, so that just happened. The Beer Friends hope everyone is safe (to drink craft beer) and has power (enough to watch our videos). While people are getting power back and lives together, this week we'll feature something to do every night in effort to get you out of the house. Some of these events are weekly happenings so if you like it, come again next week!

Monday - 25 Cent Wings and Daily Double at Lansdowne Road

The Beer Friends love The Pony Bar, but Lansdowne Road has a special place in our hearts as well. Maybe because they are run by the same amazing manager, maybe because they are a block and a half down the street from Pony Bar, or maybe because every Monday night they have 25 cent wings which you order in 6 packs (naturally). In terms of craft beer, the same manager from Pony Bar has his hand in Lansdowne Road taps so favorites like Sixpoint Sweet Action, Stone IPA, and Sierra Nevada Pale Ale are available along with a Daily Double: a draft and can/bottle beer that is available for 4 dollars all day long. First to find the Beer Friends gets a free Daily Double of their choice so we'll see you there!

Lansdowne Road is located at 599 10th Ave., New York, NY

Tuesday - Anglo-American Pale Ale Tasting at Bierkraft

The Beer Friends love growlers. There is (almost) nothing better than cracking open a rare beer from a fresh draft pull and enjoying it with friends (we had a few during this Irene thing...). Bierkraft was always mentioned as a destination in Brooklyn for great beer and every time we've made it down we are impressed. While famous for growler fills and a great selection of take home brews, Bierkraft has some great events too. Great beer, knowledgable staff and great sandwiches make the trip to Brooklyn totally worth it. In the spirit of great beer, this Tuesday, August 30th Bierkraft is having Dr. Carl Burger discuss pale ales in the Anglo-American tradition, then a great cool history lesson on styles with focus on the American Pale Ale. Beer-education!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday - The "Perfect Storm" of Beer Events

Wednesday, hump day - hopefully this trifecta of beer events will get you through it (hopefully the MTA will be running as well!).

4pm - Every week Nita Nita has a Craft Can Beer and Grilled Cheese Night. This is a great weekly event, especially with more and more craft breweries switching/adding cans to their lineups.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

6pm - From Nita Nita, jump on the L Train headed to 8th Ave, get off at Union Square and transfer to a 6 Train uptown to 51st St and walk to 2nd Ave for another Beer Friend bar favorite - The Stag's Head. The Stag's Head will be hosting Captain Lawrence, which is a quick easy trip on the Metro North to Pleasantville, NY, a great beer bar and a great brewery is a natural fit. Captain Lawrence will have two different years of their Golden Delicious (a Tripel aged in apple brandy barrels), 5 Years Later (American Black Ale), Nor' Easter (Winter Warmer) and their Smoked Porter.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st St., New York, NY

7pm - From the Stag's Head you can walk to the 51st St E Train and ride that downtown to West 4th stop and walk west to The Blind Tiger. The Blind Tiger has been a fixture in the craft beer scene in NYC for years and the site of many liveblogs from the Beer Friends themselves. Sierra Nevada from Chico, California has been producing great craft beer for years and are commonly seen on the same craft beer level as Samuel Adams. Sierra's Torpedo was the first beer we reviewed and they continue to impress with Beer Camp and the innovative use of Southern Hemisphere hops in their beers. This event will feature some of those Beer Camp brews, Life and Limb 2 (American Strong Ale) and other rarities!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker St., New York, NY

Thursday - Brooklyn and Jersey Events

After Wednesday's Perfect Storm, we hope you're still alive. Grab your "Go Bag" of hangover cures (Gatorade and Bacon, Egg and Cheese for me) and head to one of two events - depending on how adventurous you feel.

3-8pm - Kane Brewing at The Copper Mine Pub in Arlington, New Jersey.

Depending on how crazy your Wednesday-night-Beer-Friends-city-wide-perfect-storm-bar-crawl was, this might be the closest location for you! The Beer Friends love new breweries, the excitement of the brewer and enjoying the fruits of their labor. Equinox Brewery was a favorite stop on the Colorado Brewery Tour 2010 and the Beer Friends continue to sing the praises of Cape Cod Beer, only available on Cape Cod itself. Kane Brewing is another startup with three beers on tap: Single Fin (belgian blonde), Afterglow (rye pale ale) and Head High (IPA) and hope is in the air.

The Copper Mine Pub is located at 323 Ridge Road, Arlington, NJ and beers are available on tap at 3pm with the brewers answering questions around 8pm.

7pm - Lagunitas Draft Event at Bierkraft

Lagunitas from California has captured the attention of the Beer Friends twice (and here) and we've been pretty impressed. Now they bring six kegs and three cask (one's a mystery!) to Bierkraft in Brooklyn. If you ventured out to Bierkraft for the Anglo-American Pale Ale tasting on Tuesday use that muscle memory (or beer-muscle memory) and jump back on the train to Brooklyn. They'll have (tentatively): IPA, New Dogtown Pale Ale, Undercover Shutdown Ale, Czech Pils, Lil Sumpin Ale (American Pale Wheat Ale), Lil Sumpin Wild (Belgian Strong Pale Ale), Hop Stoopid (Imperial IPA) on Cask and the Mystery Brew!

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Ave Brooklyn, NY

Friday - A Night at Home with the Beer Friends

You've had a long week. Survived a Hurricane, ate your weight in wings at Lansdowne Road, had a beer-education at Bierkraft, traveled all over the Boroughs for some great beer events, and got stuck in Jersey with a new brewery. Take a night off. Avoid the crowds of people trying to enjoy Friday night by getting wasted on $2.50 bottles of Bud Light and hoping to take a stranger home... Visit your local beer store or Whole Foods and fill a growler. The Whole Foods all over the city all have a different selection and they are all close to a train (the Columbus Circle Whole Foods has a "growler happy hour" which takes a dollar off growlers from 5-6p). Visit the Bowery Beer room and find the Octoberfest and Fall beers on early release. If you're a Harlemite - stay north and check out the beer selection upstairs at the Best Yet Supermarket. Enjoy a night in, and rest up for the Saturday day drinking as college football begins...

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/21

Graham

When it comes to the Beer Friends, we love America.  It's most important ideals are represented everywhere in the craft beer world: liberty, industriousness, creativity and pursuit of happiness.  It's no surprise that the people who penned these ideals, our Founding Fathers, were craft brewers themselves.  Not only were they forming the world's most famous democracy they were doing it while enjoying a pint of their own home brewed porters, stouts and pale ales.  Let's celebrate their ingenuity by drinking the most prized of their creations: craft beer. Tuesday, February 22 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Imperials @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Imperial doesn't quite go well with the Founding Fathers and early America.  It does however go well with, well, everything else.  Expect Imperial IPA's, Souts, Porters, Pilsners and more.  Imperial might not be good for democracy, but it goes great with about every style of brew.

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

Tuesday, February 22 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Great Divide @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Apparently Tuesday night is a good night for beer tasting.  Perhaps it was deemed so by President Grant in 1876 when he admitted Colorado into American statehood.  However it happened, Grant must have loved his craft brew enough to foresee that Colorado would someday become the craft beer capital of America having the highest number of breweries out of any other state.  One of those breweries stands tall.  That brewery is Great Divide out of Denver, Colorado.  Head to Bierkraft on Tuesday to sample some of Great Divide's best brews - including a possible appearance of the Espresso Yeti Stout.  Tuesday Tastings at Bierkraft are free and entertaining and you'll probably leave with at least one growler.  However, you should probably be prepared and bring two or three.

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

Wednesday, February 23 - Captain Lawrence Pairing @ Nita Nita, Brooklyn:

We've now established that beer and democracy go well together.  A fine pairing of two ideas that compliment each other, each thing making the other better just by being together.  Beer does that with something else - food.  Nita Nita will be hosting Captain Lawrence Wednesday - pouring the Kölsch, Smoked Porter and Pale Ale.  On top of that they will also be rolling out a special menu to compliment each pour.  Check this out:

Drink a Pale Ale while trying the chicken curry or the smashed sweet potatoes & chorizo.

Down a Smoked Porter alongside the smoked beef brisket or the bacon wrapped pork loin.

Sip a Kölsch while savoring the Captain Lawrence steamed mussels (steamed in Kölsch, butter, fennel + coriander) or the garlic shrimp.

It's not glutenous to have all three right?  After all, all opinions need to be taken in account in any sort of healthy democracy.  Holler.

Nita Nita is located at 146 Wythe Avenue between 8th and 9th Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Thursday, February 24 - Avery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I think Bierkraft is trying to tell us something:  They are obsessed with Colorado Brewing.  I mean honestly, who isn't?  Last week was Left Hand, Tuesday is Great Divide and Thursday they'll be bringing in Avery Brewing from Boulder, CO to take over their taps.  Avery is famous for brewing over the top type beers (hoppiest IPA in Colorado - the Beer Friends are still testing this claim).  Whatever your favorite craft brew style is you'll be able to find a pour (or two, or three) on tap Thursday - Avery will be taking over all 14 lines.  Fourteen.  Catorce. Or Franklin Pierce, the 14th and often considered worst president of the United States.  Don't worry about him though, the beer will be great.

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

Thursday, February 24 - East Coast meets West Coast @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

George Washington? Totally West Coast.  Man was gangsta.  Lincoln?  Obviously West Coast.  He kept one in the chamber.  Always.  Jefferson?  Nobody had more East Coast status like TeeJeezy.  Where does Barack fit in?  Chi-town is it's own animal.  Mr. Obama would do both and on Thursday he, and the rest of us have that chance.  Brooklyn Brewery will be bring 10 of their best to compete against 5 of Anchor Brewery's finest pours.  Where do the Beer Friends stand?  Come on out Thursday to find out.  We might even tell you who our favorite presidents are.

Dive 75 is located at 101 W 75th Street at Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Friday, February 25 - Sunday, February 27 - Rattle n' Hum Cask Festival @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

To round out President's Week the guys at Rattle n' Hum decided to bring it old school.  Serving beer the way the forefathers of America did while writing the Declaration of Independence and arguing about whether there should be an Amendment declaring craft beer's awesomeness in the Constitution (it was the famed 'lost amendment - Jefferson told Hancock at the bar the night before the signing that they were "totally going to write that shit in when that lame ass Washington wasn't looking" but managed to forget the next morning).  Expect a huge selection of cask craft pours at Rattle n' Hum the entire weekend.  A menu will come soon.

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