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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.

Live Blog Smuttynose at Pony Bar

Brad

Hello beer Friends Nation! Rub those eyes one more time... Two, yes two live blogs tonight! Personally I'm clocking overtime for this. Two Beer friends awaken to Pony Bar's Smuttynose Brewery event featuring 14 drafts and 2 casks... round 2... Ding ding ding!

Phil's 2nd 1st(I guess) - Smuttynose Finest Kind IPA: a good a around opener IPA. Good, bit not overpowering, hops at the start with a nice sweeter ending that doesn't take away from the overall flavor.

Brad's 1st 2nds(?) - Vunderbar is another German pilsner that's heavier on taste and malts. Not as hoppy as the Rogue pilsner ( t-minus two hours ago) this pilsner is more like a traditional German style which my best reference is Brooklyn Pilsner... Either way it's flavorful and easy to drink!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 1, 2011

Graham

May.  What a month.  Spring flowers, worker's rights, Mexican Fives and Memorial Day.  May is like a non-stop party.  What kind of beer should we drink to start this party?  Ithaca Flower Power for the flowers? The Peoples Lager from China for May Day? Negro Modelo for Cinco de Mayo? A Southhampton Double White for Memorial Day?  You know, cause we're all double excited to finally be able to wear white now. Tuesday, May 3 - Pretty Things "Once Upon A Time" Launch Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Ever wonder what beer tasted like in 1855?  The country was just about to be divided by civil

war, Lincoln hadn't yet traded in his coon skin hat for his top hat in NYC after having a pint at McSorely's and electricity was still relegated to lightning and sparks between young lovers.  The brewers at Pretty Things wondered all these same things.  So, presumably they dressed up in top hats, turned off all the lights and took different positions on states rights.  Then "Once Upon A Time" was born.  Join the Pretty Things brewmasters along with beer historian Ron Pattinson for a brew event with historical flavor.  There will be cask and draft offerings of many Pretty Things brews, including the new "old" creation!

The Rye House is located at 11 West 17th Street between 5th and 6th Avenues, Flatiron District, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 4 - California Dreaming @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Simple word recognition.  Spring: Hops.  Summer:  Hops.  Sunshine:  Hops.  Beach: Hops.  Reading in the Park:  Hops.  Going to work in short sleeves:  Hops.  If you're finding this to be a familiar train of thought in your life, as it is in mine, then I think we have the event for you.  The Double Windsor, in honor of the transition into Spring/Summer will be pouring hoppy brews brewed in the state the practically invented summer:  California.  Expect a hopped up night with the likes of Firestone Walker, Ballast Point, Lagunitas, Stone, Green Flash, The Bruery, Anderson Valley and Sierra Nevada.  There are rumors that a certain Sculpin will be available alongside a certain casked Torpedo.  Hello sunshine.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 5 - Oysters and Greenport Harbor @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Favorite food to pair with beer:  Shellfish.  Oysters to be specific.  And you can get East End oysters and beer by a brewery straight from a town built on oysters this Thursday at Jimmy's No. 43.  Greenport, Long Island can be called the oyster capital of New York.  So one would assume that the brewery with the town's name would know how to brew beer that goes with oysters.  And they'll be bringing two new brews with them.  I wonder if they'll pair nicely with oysters?  Of course they will.

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

Saturday, May 7 - Smuttynose Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Know Smutty, Know Beer.  GRAB Specialty foods will be featuring Smuttynose Brewing Company at their next installment of their Saturday tasting series.  The reps at Smutty will be bringing an offering out of their Big Beer Series (Big-A-IPA?) as well as some of their more laid back pours for you to try.  Be generous, try them all.

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

Enjoy the party Beer Friends Nation!

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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of April 3rd

Graham

I don't like starting the NYC Craft Beer Events post without an original theme, but this week I'm stealing ideas...from us.  I don't know if you've all been keeping tabs on the Beer Friend Final Four Beer-March-Madness tournament but this year has been the craziest ever.  A #12 seed in the Northeast bracket is currently poised to take it all.  Anyone thinking VCU?  Except this VCU could actually do it.  If you haven't voted yet then you should vote now here: http://thebeerfriends.com  I'll come back with an original theme next week, but this week I'm plugging the Beer Friends Final Four all over the place. In the mean time let's see what, and where you're drinking while you're voting this week. (Vote here, again: http://thebeerfriends.com)

Tuesday, April 5 - Lagunitas Night @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, NEW JERSEY:

New Jersey? NEW JERSEY? Yep.  This will be the second time that the craft beer events of the week will cross the Hudson River to the great state of New Jersey.  Now it's not that we don't like New Jersey...there are several amazing beer bars and beer drinking groups that call the Garden State home.  Jersey just doesn't show up on our radar that often (hint, hint: New Jersey, show up on our radar more often already).  Having a Lagunitas night catches the Beer Friends attention.  We don't have an official beer list released yet, but you should expect awesomeness.  Because Lagunitas (and Jersey!) is awesomeness.

The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell New Jersey.

(Recommendation: It's a bit of a hike from NYC so make friends with someone you work with who lives in Jersey and get them to DD for you.  Work fast in the friend-making department, getting to the DD part of a friendship is a serious step)

Wednesday, April 6 - Smutty Part Deux @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Do you love New Hampshire?  Yes, of course.  And cause you're hear already we know you already love craft beer.  So a Smuttynose Brewery night should be a sure thing right?  Right.  Except this one is more than a sure thing.  The Stag's Head will be grabbing as many Smuttynose kegs as they can and their head chef will be brewing up some delectable quantities of New England clam chowder.  Smuttynose rep Pat Fondiller will be on hand to explain why Smuttynose  beer is so delicious.  Probably has to do with the mountains.

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, April 6 - Barleywine Ale, Strong Ale and Old Ale Style of the Month Kickoff @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Beer Friends are devoted to innovation.  We've been trying to get into barleywines for a while.  Mission - Success. We love Strong Ales too.  And have since gotten into Old Ales.  Despite our love and expertise we need some more practice.  Lucky for us, the Blind Tiger is featuring barleywines, strong ales and old style ales this month in their Style of the Month series.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House this month of a continuous, recycling sample of these styles of brews. We're talking the best brews from the best breweries.

Head there a few times each week to achieve maximum expertise.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 6th Avenue, West Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, April 7 - Two Brothers Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

The Fighting Illini' fought hard in the March Madness tournament this year, the Cubs are not yet mathematically eliminated from the MLB season, the Blackhawks still have a chance to grab that last playoff spot and the Bulls, well screw the Bulls, they're actually playing pretty damn well right now.  Anyways our love for Illinois goes beyond the pity we occasionally feel for their professional sports teams - we also truly love their beer.  Two Brothers Brewing Co. is one of Illinois most treasured and creative breweries and Jim Ebel, the brewmaster, will be bringing his finest pours alongside his extensive knowledge of brewing.  The list hasn't been released yet, but we expect it to be a pretty solid showing.

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

Thursday, April 7 - Cisco Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Continuing their tradition of featuring the country's best and most creative breweries, the Pony Bar will be hosting Cisco Brewery this Thursday night.  Cisco Brewery out of Nantucket will be pouring 10 lines and a cask of their seafaring brews.  Catch a Whale's Tale pale ale, close your eyes and imagine your on a trawler name Downeastern Alexa fishing for your pay or playing the piano with Billy Joel.  After a couple brews my daydreams tend to get a bit jumbled...

The Pony Bar is located on the northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenues, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Thursday, April 7 - Bronx Brewery Event @ The Bronx Ale House, Manhattan:

Recrafting a brewing tradition, recrafting a bourough.  That's the slogan for New York City's newest brewery located in the borough you'd least expect to open a brewery.  The Bronx Ale House will be hosting the Bronx Brewery's grand opening event - featuring their first, and for the time being only, brew.

The Bronx Pale Ale is an amber, American style pale ale that is brewed with 5 different malts and a healthy addition of Cascade and Centennial Hops that provide a delicious floral and citrus flavor.  The malts come from Britain, Germany and American and add a nutty, bready taste and feel to the brew.  Take all that, don't filter or pasteurize it and you have the Bronx Pale Ale. A spicy, gritty, unfettered offering from a spicy, gritty, unfettered borough of New York City that we hope becomes famous for its craft beer.

The Bronx's best beer bar presenting the Bronx's best brewery, The Bronx Ale House is located at 216 West 238th Street between Broadway and Putnam Avenue West, Riverdale, The Bronx.

A lot of people make a habit of steering clear of the Bronx.  It's not what'd you expect.  They have subways that take you right to their beer bars.  Take the 1 Train up to the 238th Street stop and walk half a block West towards Putnam Ave W.  We'll see ya there.

Friday, April 8 - Hill Farmstead Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Do you love the refreshing creativity that newcomers to the scene bring to an industry that is creative as hell already?  We do.  We also love hops.  Hill Farmstead Brewery represents all these things.

Hill Farmstead Brewery is a creative, small batch focused brewery out of Vermont.  They put the art in artisan ales as they rarely brew any of their beers more than once a year, they always dry hop their brews (plentifully we might add - with most of their beers being 85 ibus or higher) and have a thing for aging just about anything in oak barrels (French Oak, Napa Valley and Russian River).

You'll definitely get to experience Edward, their IPA, and the only beer the brew year round (just what you'd expect from a bunch of hop-heads) but bring an open mind and an extra pint glass cause it'll probably get pretty wild after that.  Napa Valley Oak barrel-aged, dry-hopped, espresso porter?  We hope so.

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

Don't forget to vote in the Beer Friends Final Four!

Beer Review 58: Smuttynose IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! The six pack of the week (SPotW) was featured as the #4 seed in the Northeast Bracket of this years BFF4.  This is a classic IPA from Smuttynose, a stop on the original Beer Friends New England Brewery Tour back in 2009.  This is a favorite of one Beer Friend (watch the video to find out) but enjoyed by all.  Will the endorsement of the Beer Friends pull Smuttynose into the third round?  We'll have to wait and see!

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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 2/7/11

Graham

The Beer Friends are curious...What was your craft brew of choice for the Big Game?  Yes that's right, the biggest sporting event of the year.  And no we're not talking about the Superbowl.  We're talking about Chris Paul's 3rd Annual PBA Celebrity Invitational.  That's right, the biggest sports superstars (Chris Paul, Reggie Bush), recording artists (Nelly, Lil' Wayne) and PBA atheletes (PBA = Professional Bowling Association = You wouldn't recognize their names if I told you).  Seriously though - What'd you drink for it?  I think a good Smokey Stout really brings out the bowling ball black flavor.  Although, going with a Belgian White Ale, maybe from Allagash, really brings out the 7-10 split.  Either way, we enjoyed the big game and hope you did too.  Let's see what we have this week to celebrate your own bowling victory's - finally breaking 100-points. Tuesday, February 8th - Boulder Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Boulder Brewery was one of the Beer Friends favorite stops on our Colorado Brewery Tour and this Tuesday they'll be stopping in our town, at Rattle n' Hum, with their best selection of craft brews.  The list of brews is still hidden to the public but we can only imagine that it will include our favorites Mojo IPA, Sweaty Betty Blonde, Planet Porter and Cold Hop and we can only HOPE that they will bring some Killer Penguin and Never Summer Ale.  We also hope they pull the same move they did when we visited the brewery - 4 oz. tasting pours of all 15 of their brews that pour regularly for $13.  Let's quickly do the math in our head on this one... 4 oz. X 15 = 60 oz.  That's roughly 4.5 brews.  Will this happen in NYC on Tuesday?  Beer Gods, we hope so.

Rattle n' Hum is located at 14 E 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenues.

Wednesday, February 9th - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Night @ Mission Dolores, Brooklyn:

And you thought the punk rock festival was over.  Nope.  The anti-everything-except-craft-beer-and-punk-rock-music-revolution continues out in Park Slope, Brooklyn on Wednesday.  East Coast (Smuttynose and Victory) will be battling West Coast (Lagunitas and Ballast Point) with four of their best pours - IPA, Imperial IPA, a Dark and a Wild Card.  Each brewery will also be bringing their best Punk Rock music mix.  In the music competition it's hard to pick a favorite coast - do we go Dropkick Murphy's and Bouncing Souls or Rancid and NOFX?  Hard choice.  Equally hard choice?  The beer.  Smutty IPA and Victory Prima Pils or Hop Stoopid and Sculpin IPA?  The smart answer?  Have it all - music and beer.

Mission Dolores is located at 249 4th Avenue between Presidents and Carroll Streets.

Wednesday, February 9th - Brewery Ommegang Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger has started a new Wednesday Brewery Night where every Wednesday they feature select drafts from their favorite breweries.  This Wednesday night they will be featuring the work from Phil Leinhart and the Brewery Ommegang.  Ommegang hails from upstate New York where they brew their Belgian style ales out of their farmhouse castle outside of Cooperstown.  Some of their most popular beers include their Witte, Rare Vos, Hennepin, Abbey Ale and the world famous Three Philosophers.  Maybe they'll even pour some Chocolate Indulgence.  Holler New York Beglian!

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street between Jones Street and 7th Avenue.

Thursday, February 10th - Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Night @ The Stirling Hotel, New Jersey:

It happens to the best of us beer bloggers, you eventually have to expand your market.  We've hit Westchester and north, we've hit Staten Island, we've even plugged craft breweries out on Long Island.  Well, today, Jersey eat your heart out.  This Thursday, in Stirling, New Jersey, their local hotel of the same name will be celebrating one of our favorite breweries 30th Anniversary - Sierra Nevada.  Maybe it's the Sierra Nevada Pale Ale Chili I made for the Superbowl that brought this on, or maybe I secretly harbor a love for New Jersey (you decide which is more likely), but the Beer Friends think you should take the NJ Path out to Stirling and check out this event.  They will have ALL FOUR of the Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary Brews on tap as well as some other Sierra surprises.  We think that it's time to offer some peace negotiations to Jersey.  You serve craft beer with an event like this, we come out and visit you.  Seems like a good deal.

The Stirling Hotel is located in New Jersey.  I know nothing about the state except for that.  Good luck getting there.

Just kidding!  It's really located at 227 Main Ave Stirling, New Jersey.  Which is literally around the corner from the NJ Transit Stirling Stop.  Seriously, it's wicked close.  Check it out here: Jersey Isn't That Far Away!

Jersey huh?  The Beer Friends are always willing to take it to strange, new places.  Next stop...who knows...maybe South Jersey!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of 1/25/11

Graham

Alright, bust out your studded leather jacket, your dislike for authority and your mohawk wax...it's punk rock beer week in NYC!  Bringing back my past memories of being a punk rocker and combining them with my present interests of...well, beer, and it's enough to get one into a headbanging, sweaty mosh-pit of life changing inspiration.  If this doesn't kick start my quarter life crisis, well, then I don't know what will! Alright, here's what you've been waiting for.  Break out the NOFX shirt.  Break out your skateboard.  Break out your Dead Kennedy's discography selection and Tim Armstrong smokers voice.  It's East Coast/West Coast Punk Rock Tour Time!

Wednesday, January 26 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

I think that someone  that loves me very much stole my wallet, turned all my cash into change and dumped it into every fountain they could find only to wish that someone would think up this event for me.  Thank you.  Do it as often as you like.  Many  people believe that the East Coast/West Coast rivalry started with gangster rap.  Not true. It started with punk rock and now that battle (which has since outlived the rap rivalry) continues.  Smuttynose and Victory will be representing the East Coast and Ballast Point and Lagunitas will be representing the West Side of things.   Each brewery will be providing 5 lines of the same categories:  Light, Dark, IPA, Imperial IPA and WILD CARD!  Think it couldn't get any better?  Each team also has to create their best punk rock mix to compete against the others.  The beer competition is fine - I think I'll be able to enjoy all of it.  The music though, well, I think I'll be able to enjoy all of that as well.

The Pony Bar is located in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan on the Northwest corner of 45th Street and 10th Avenue.

Thursday, January 27 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Wild Goose, Staten Island:

Consider this a first.  Staten Island has finally joined the Beer Friends craft brew events list. Forget the Jersey Shore and the Blowouts, Staten Island has gone punk rock.  The Wild Goose will be hosting their own installment of the Punk Rock Brew Tour featuring the same breweries of above (Smutty/Victory vs. Lagunitas/Ballast Point) but this time only two lines each - IPA and Wild Card.  If your one of the lucky residents of Staten Island then you need to hit up this event.  Chances are you'll hear some Bouncing Souls.  And they're from Jersey.  Just like home.

The Wild Goose is located at 530 Forest Avenue, Staten Island between Lawrence and Davis Street.

Just when you think the punk rock is over Bad Religion comes out with another album and the party continues.

Friday, January 28 - East Coast vs. West Coast Punk Rock Brew Tour @ The Lazy Boy Saloon, White Plains:

I know what you're thinking:  After two days of Punk Rock Brew Tour how could anything else compare?  Answer: More Punk Rock Brew Tour...but this time you get to take a scenic train ride on the way!  Head up to Westchester's bustling city of lights to continue your week-long punk rock adventure.  The Lazy Boy Saloon in White Plains will be featuring 5 tap lines from each crew - Dark, Light, IPA, Imperial IPA and a Wild Card and an old school punk rock mix to drink along with!   3rd time is the charm and we at the Beer Friends hear that Westchester is nice this time of year.

The Lazy Boy Saloon is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between Court Street and Maple Avenue.  It's also a short walk from the White Plains stop on the Metro North commuter line.  Jump on it!

Saturday, January 29 - Captain Lawrence Tasting Event @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brookyn:

You have now been punk rocked out.  You feel like Green Day when they made that crappy acoustic sounding album or Rancid when they went on that tour with Good Charlotte.  Nobody is happy and everyone's head hurts.  Well a perfect cure to punk rock party hangover is to taste small amounts of good craft beer in a calm quiet atmosphere.  Captain Lawrence will be pouring samples of Liquid Gold, Pleasantville Smoked Porter, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, and Westchester Pale Ale at GRAB Specialty Foods over in Brooklyn.  Head over to do some specialty food shopping and while you're add it help your body recover from this weeks punk rock festivities.

Don't know about all y'all out there but I've already put The Decline on repeat with occasional interruptions of Less Than Jake, Pennywise and Millencolin.  My predictions:  East Coast wins with the music, West Coast dominates IPA's/Imperials, East Coast grabs darks, West Coast grabs lights and I will bet that the Wild Cards will blow us away no matter what coast you're on!

Craft Beer Week Continues - Events for the Week of 9/27-10/2

Graham

I don't know how you all felt about the 'opening ceremonies' of New York City Craft Beer Week but over here at the Beer Friends we thought it was just fantastic. Ithaca had some tasty brews pouring over at the Pony Bar, the Get Real NY Cask and Food festival was for real with 80+ casks pouring and 20+ local restaurants serving up their best samples, the Staten Island beer festival had some of the Beer Friends favorite breweries on hand and saying the Atlantic Antic was antic would be an understatement. You'll be hearing more about these events as Craft Beer Week sprints along, but for now let's see what we have coming to us in the week ahead. Monday, September 27 - Kelso of Brooklyn @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Need a good reason to head over to Rattle n' Hum on a Monday night? Well, no, any reason should do, it's one of the city's finest beer bars. However, if you did feel like you needed a reason then this would be it. Kelso of Brooklyn will be bringing their best tonight at RnH. Head over and grab their IPA, it's one of my favorites.

Tuesday, September 28 - Kelso of Brooklyn and Sausage Pairing @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: What!? More Kelso! Woo! And sausage! Have some more Kelso, maybe the pilsner this time, paired with some sausage at Jimmy's No. 43's weekly beer tastings with seasoned beer experts. This week they'll be pairing Kelso's brews with sausages. Oktoberfest celebration anyone?

Tuesday, September 28 - L'Asso and Sixpoint Brewery Pairings Dinner @ L'Asso Pizza: I knew these two things would eventually find each other and life would then be closer to reaching perfection. Eat some of the city's finest pizza on the Lower East Side at L'Asso and drink some of it's finest beer alongside your slices. I knew there was nothing wrong with my weekly Tuesday Sixpoint Growler and Pizza Night on the couch.

Wednesday, September 29 - Stone Brewing Co. @ Sunswick 35/35 , Queens: Love me some Stone brews! I love em' enough to head all the way out to Queens even. Sunswick 35/35 is Queens shining beer bar and proof that you don't have to settle for drinking German beers in someone's backyard. It's not that bad of a train ride from Manhattan either, you even get panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline. And let's not forget the beer either.

Thursday, September 30 - Left Hand Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: Let's keep the love up for the outer boroughs (they love craft beer as much as any Manhattanite!). Head to Park Slope for a night with one of Colorado's finest breweries. One of the Beer Friends favorite stops in Co., savor up some Milk Stout, Polestar Pilsner and some Sawtooth. Make sure you grab a few extra before you leave though, you know, to keep yourself going on that extended train ride home.

Friday, October 1 - Smuttynose and Ballast Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Rattle n' Hum is offering you a twofer of an event this Friday. Head on over after work to grab delicious pints of Smuttynose and Ballast Point. I'd suggest going for the Smutty's Big A IPA and Ballast's Big EYE IPA. Don't get them confused though, or do get them confused and go back for a second round of each just to be sure.

Friday, October 1 - Empire Brewing Co. Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: They don't call it the Empire State for nothin' and the same goes for Empire Brewing Co. Some of upstate New York's best beer flows from Empire, situated in Syracuse, NY. I say go for the Cream Ale. The Pony pours it on a nitro tap which leaves you with a super smooth and super creamy refreshing beverage. Also, it's at the Pony Bar. Who doesn't love the Pony Bar? It's definitely the Beer Friends favorite.

Saturday, October 2 - Boulder, Riverhorse and Blue Point @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: So maybe the good folks at Rattle n' Hum like Craft Beer Week a little bit. Maybe they were instrumental in its creation. Or maybe they are just solidly awesome at what they do. As if two breweries at a time weren't pushing the scientific limits of craft brew domination, try three! They are bringing Blue Point from Long Island, Riverhorse from Jersey and Boulder all the way from Colorado (The Beer Friends sure stopped in on our 2010 Colorado Brew Tour). Diversity in life is such a great thing.

All right you Craft Beer lovers out there, time to head off and enjoy what the rest of NYC Craft Beer Week has to offer. Remember, this list here is just a selection of the Beer Friends favorite events over the next week. To get the whole event listing (of which there are hundreds) shoot on over to the NYC Craft Beer Week website. Don't forget to keep checking in on where the Beer Friends end up this week by following TheBeerFriends on both Facebook and Twitter. See you at the bar!

New York City Good Beer Month Events: Week of July 19th

Graham

  

Woah! Another craft brew filled week during Good Beer Month here in New York City...and this month is jam packed with events!  Let's check a few out.  

Tues, July 20 - Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Our favorite Empire State Building beer bar will be featuring Southern Tier Tuesday night.   I am a big fan of the imperal ales from this brewery, I am specifically looking forward to the Oak Aged Unearthy and the Farmers Tan Imperial Pale Lager. Then I'll move to Phin & Matts Extraordinary Ale for something a little lighter...   

Tues, July 20 - Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: Every Tuesday this East Village basement cavern of craft brew holds $10 beer tastings with brewing experts.  This Tuesday will feature American made German style beer led by Sean from Victory Brewery.  Sean and the guys at Victory are just coming off a successful event over at Blind Tiger last Wednesday night.  Apparently they just decided to keep it rolling.  We're okay with that.  

Weds, July 21 - Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: Merry Christmas!  In July!  Christmas in July, originally dreamt up by department stores to have an excuse to sell clothes has been commandeered by the craft beer world to provide us with a much needed excuse to consume the winter/holiday ales that we've been "aging" for the past six months.  Well, those long, dark six months are over and it's time to celebrate.  Blind Tiger will be featuring a multitude of winter and holiday brews to celebrate July's only real notable holiday.  Although, there use to be something that happened on the 4th...  

Thurs, July 22 - Swift, Manhattan: Come celebrate Belgian Independence Day with a special pour of Ommegang's Zur, their new sour beer.    They also are promising some other hard-to-find treats  

Thurs, July 22 - Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan: These guys are busy this week.  On Thursday they are bringing us the Slow Food Oyster Festival with the help of local oyster grower Karen Rivera and Southhampton Brewing Co., which will be pouring all night with those oysters you're shooting.  

Thurs, July 22 -Standings, Manhattan: Bear Republic has been a NYC Good Beer Month favorite, as well as a Beer Friends favorite recently and they are back again!  Standings will be featuring four of their brews this Thursday.  Which ones will they be!?! Racer #5? Red Rocket? Crazy Ivan??  Only way to find out it to show up and have all four!  

Thurs, July 22 - The Gate, Brooklyn: Head on over to this Park Slope craft brew location to try a featured selection of Smuttynose Brewery's finest.  

This is a jam-packed Good Beer Month week.  The Beer Friends will be out attending as many events as possible, maybe even all of them?  Keep following our twitter and facebook feeds to see what we're up to, what we're drinking and where you can be the first to find us an grab a free pint!