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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of December 9, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, December 11 - Tuesday Night Tasting: Kelso Beer Company @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Kelso is one of the unsung heroes of the NYC craft beer scene.  A Brooklyn based brewery that often gets overshadowed by Brooklyn's omnipresence and Sixpoint's artsy-edginess, Kelso still puts out a wide range of delicious craft brew.  Owner Kelly Taylor will be hosting a taking over tonight's Tuesday Night Tastings at Bierkraft and they'll be bringing an interesting selection that is sure to please.

Nut Brown Lager Winter Lager IPA Industrial Imperial IPA Rye-barrel-aged Tripel Fuku (a rauchbier/witbier/gose hybrid)

There will also be a special opening of the Bierkraft 10th Anniversary Maple-liquor-barrel-aged Imperial Stout.

How's that for overshadowed?

Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Berkeley and Union Streets in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Wednesday, December 12 - Stone Brewing Co. Vertical Epic - The Final Chapter 12.12.12 @ Alewife, Queens:

For the past 10 years Stone has created a brew ready to drink on the triple-repeated-date of that year (2/2/2 - 12/12/12).  Even though that brew could've been enjoyed anytime between then and now, they were specially developed to be aged and sipped gently (read: Devoured) on 12.12.12 - the last reincarnation of Vertical Epic until the next century (seriously, Wednesday is the last triple-repeated date until 2100 - time to celebrate!).  They'll be serving up every Vertical Epic since 2003 alongside Ruination IPA, Smoked Porter, and Imperial Russian Stout.

Can you drink all the Stone beer at this event?  It would be vertically epic.

Alewife is located 5-14 51st Avenue between 5th Street and  Vernon Boulevard in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens.

Wednesday, December 12 - Once In 100 Years Event @ Beer Boutique Inc., Brooklyn:

Thought we were done with triple repeating dates?  Not even close. Beer Boutique Inc. of Brooklyn wants to help you celebrate by providing you with access to some of the rarest, biggest Brooklyn brewery beers of this (and the last decade of the previous) century.

Vintage Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

The Companion
Brooklyn Blast
There Will BE Black
Beer Boutique Inc. is located at 497 Union Avenue between N 8th Street and Withers Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, December 13 - Christmas Bash @ Standings, Manhattan:
It's not quite Christmas yet.  For that you'll have to wait until this Thursday.  At Standings.  They'll be pouring three of the finest Christmas ales in the land for your  holiday cheering pleasure alongside free brat's from Wechsler's.
Brekcenridge Christmas
Defiant Christmas
Southern Tier 2X Christmas
PLUS: Weyerbacher Last Chance IPA on Cask
Nothing says happy holidays like beer and free brat's.
And afterwards you can head downstairs to Jimmy's No. 43 for their Barrier "Submersible" Belgian 1 event.
Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, December 13 - Thursday Tap: Barrier "Submersible" Belgian 1 @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:
Jimmy's No. 43 has been close friends with Barrier brewing since they started brewing.  So, when Hurricane Sandy devastated their brewing processes, Jimmy's happened to have some of the last kegs on hand and in honor of helping them get back on their feet have been slipping them into rotation one-by-one.  This Thursday they'll be tapping the keg of their Submersible Belgian 1 - the brew in the fermenters at the time the storm hit - extra fermented by the hurricane.
This is a rare one, that you'll probably never see again.
And afterwards you can head upstairs and hit up Standings for their Christmas bash.
Jimmy's No. 43 is located at Downstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

BFF4 - Phil's Bracket: First Round

Phil Foleen

What's up everyone time to get the Western Bracket for the 2011 Beer Friends Final 4 up and running! This year Phil's bracket has contenders from Oregon(of course), California, Hawaii, and a surprise showing from Mexico!  Make sure your vote counts, check back often and get your friends to support your favorite beers in all four brackets all the way to the Final Round!

The first match up is our 1 vs 16 with Sierra Nevada's Torpedo going head to head with Kona Brewery's Fire Rock Pale Ale.  A good showing from both, but I'd have to side with the Torpedo, alot more flavor even with the Hops kick has enough in my opinion to unseat the standard flavored Fire Rock.  But who am I to tell you that?  Click on through to the rest of the article and get all 8 of your votes in!

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The 8 vs 9 match has Lagunitas Hop Stoopid going up against this Beer Friend's personal fav Deschutes Brewery Black Butte Porter!  Hop Stoopid was a pretty delicious beer, but for my 2 cents I'm throwing in with the Black Butte, there's just something about the overall taste the eeks it out over the other one's hops.

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For the 5 vs 12 1st rounder we have Stone Brewing Collaboration Saison vs Widmer Brother's Drop Top Amber.  My pick is the Drop Top, mostly because i have a special place for that beer(being one of my gateway brews) but mostly because I am not a fan of the Saison.  Even if it was a team effort with Victory and Dogfish Head.

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Rounding out the first half of the Western Bracket at 4 vs 13 we have Rogue Brewery's Mocha Porter vs Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA.  Mocha Porter is the pick from the BF's here, Big Daddy is an all around well-flavored IPA, but the Porter really takes the taste of the beer to a whole new level.  But vote for the one you want!

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Top of the bottom half of the bracket at 6 vs 11 we've got Anchor Brewing Christmas Ale vs Stone's Arrogant Bastard.  Alright, alright, I'll go with popular opinion here: Arrogant Bastard is the pick.  definitely has the intense flavor that helps the fans out, pulls ahead of a good but less arrogant(get it?) flavor from Anchor.

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Next we have the 3 vs 14 match: Dos Equis Amber vs Sierra Nevada Estate Ale.  I choose the Estate ale from Sierra Nevada, mostly for political reasons, I think having a beer brewed completely from ingredients that are grown on your brewery's grounds is an admirable achievement.  And it tastes better.  But who am I to judge?!  Vote for your fav!

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Coming up towards the end of our bracket we have the 7 vs 10 match with Rogue Brewing's Shakespeare Stout vs Green Flash's West Coast IPA.  I'm gonna have to go with Rogue again, the Oatmeal Stout has a much better overall flavor than the Green Flash, despite being on opposite ends of the drinking spectrum.

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And last, but certainly not least, we have the 2 vs 15 match! Lagunitas Censored Red vs Kona Brewing's Pipeling Porter. I'm siding with the Hawaiians on this one.  Pipeline Porter delivers a much more substantial and enjoyable flavor profile than the Censored, it's much more enjoyable to have on a cold day or a hot day.

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Thanks for voting!  But don't forget this is just the FIRST ROUND!  Come back for the next round to make sure your favorite beer makes it to NUMBER 1!