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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 11, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, November 13 - NY vs. NY Beer Fight @ The Owl Farm, Brooklyn: There's a new horse in town.  The town: Brooklyn.  The horse:  well, it's less a horse and more a craft beer bar called The Owl Farm.  Park Slope's newest craft beer bar, brought to you from the devious minds behind Carrol Garden's BGH, has only been open since June but has been packing in the craft beer events for your all your Brooklyn beer loving needs.  Tonight they'll be throwing a NY vs. NY beer night featuring some of the hoppiest, darkest and dangerous Empire State brews for you to spend Tuesday night pondering over.  Check out the list, two NY beers for every style:

IPA: Ithaca Flower Power VS Barrier Ruckus DIPA: Southern Tier Unearthly VS He’Brew Lenny’s R.I.P.A. Nitro Stout: Davidson Brothers Oatmeal VS Sixpoint Otis Belgian-style Ale: Ommegang Rare Vos VS Captain Lawrence Xtra Gold Pils: Southampton Keller Pils VS Sixpoint The Crisp Autumn Seasonal: Ommegang Scythe & Sickle VS Southern Tier Harvest English-style/Session: Barrier MollyCoddle VS Rockaway ESB Cider: Doc’s Hard Apple VS Original Sin Pear

Oh, we almost forgot - there's a Wildcard category - promising some mysterious, nutty selections.

My money's on the new horse.

The Owl Farm is located at 297 9th Street between 4th and 5th Avenues in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, November 13 - Goose Island Beer and Cheese Pairing @ Sunswick 35-35, Queens:

Goose Island, despite the bland liquids their owners enjoy producing, pack a powerhouse of specialty brews that spread across a wide range of flavor profiles and they all go smashingly with cheese.  Astoria Beer and Cheese, Sunswick's neighbors, want to see how their best cheese stacks up against Goose Island's best brews.

On the list:

Bourbon County Stout India Pale Ale Matilda Pere Jacques Sofie

I'm gonna want to see how this one pans out.

Sunswick 35-35 is located at 3502 35th Street at the corner of 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.

Wednesday, November 14 - Allagash Night @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

Allagash is one of the Beer Friends favorite breweries this year and they'll be showing up at the Blind Tiger on Wednesday with some crazy sounding concoctions that only the minds behind a wild Belgian inspired American craft ale can come up with.  Alongside their regulars, which are always decadently over-the-top, Rob Tod of Allagash will be bringing two knew barrel aged brews - BAM and BAT.  Both use the same base beers but are barrel aged in some unique ways.  BAM is aged in barrels that once aged mead and BAT is aged in barrels that once held...wait for it...wait for it...T stands for TEQUILA!

Beer aged in tequila huh?  Gotta try this one...

The Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker Street between 7th Avenue and Jones Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Friday, November 16 - IPA/Curry Fest for Sandy Victims @ Alewife, Queens:

I'm going to go ahead and say that as the guy that sits next to the resident hop head in all our videos that he would like this.  So would the rest of us.  Including me.  This is quite possibly the hoppiest event I've seen in a long while and it should not be missed.  Especially if you're the resident hop head and you live in Queens. Alewife in Long Island City is stocking up on their IPA's for their Hop Head Throwdown which is also happening at the same time as this event - the IPA/Curry Fest.  They'll be serving up many curry dishes which happen to go excellent alongside any of the 15 announced and many more secretly promised IPA's on hand.

Check out these breweries:

Bear Republic Alesmith Dogfish Stone Green Flash Flying Dog Victory Barrier Great Divide Heavy Seas Troegs Sixpoint Brekenridge Founders Captain Lawrence

I know! Resident hops heads everywhere just cried a little without even knowing why.

On top of that, a portion of all sales that night will be donated to relief organizations for victims of Hurricane Sandy.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 23, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, September 25 - Tuesday Night Tastings: Birrificio Bruton @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn: Despite our intense love for all-American craft brewing, the Beer Friends have been known to get international.  One of our favorite  event nights of recent memory was at a beer event hosted by the Italian craft brewery Collesi.  Italian beers have always gotten a bad rap here in the US and in most other parts of the world - but as with food, wine and Roman pillars, Italians are master craftsmen when it comes to beer brewing.  Birrificio Bruton boasts a focus of balance with a dedication to food pairing as the central tenets of owner Lacopo Lenci's creation.  He'll be there to walk you through a new viewpoint of craft brewing: Italian culture, food and life all in beer.

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

Wednesday, September 26 - Oktoberfest Sampling/Beer Pairings @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer and food.  Beer and fall. Fall and food.  Can't go wrong with any of those combinations so why not go with all three.  Head on over to the Stag's Head this Wednesday for some very specific beer/food pairings all based on the fall tradition of Oktoberfest.  They'll be pairing a dish and beer together to ensure maximum deliciousness for your taste buds.  Here are the slices of fall foliage heaven that await your mouth:

Sweet Potato Croquettes with rosemary and goat cheese Paired with Southern Tier Harvest

Bratwurst Sandwich - grilled brats, sauerkraut, Märzen mustard, pretzel roll Paired with Sly Fox Oktoberfest

Punkin’ Chunkin’ Tartlette with farmer’s cheese, roasted pumpkin, baby arugula, warm brown butter-maple vinaigrette Paired with Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale

Beer-braised Short Rib with parsnip puree & braised red cabbage Paired with Left Hand Octoberfest

The Stag's Head is located at 252 East 51st Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 26 - Victory Night @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

The craft beer world has grown large in recent years, so large in fact that once common meetings between beer bar owners/brewing innovators does not happen as often as it used to when the whole world was a bit smaller.  However , this does set the stage for more epic reunions now that the beer world has blossomed and exploded into it's current state of dominance.  Such a meeting of epic proportions will be occurring this Wednesday:  Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing will be making his yearly trek to the Blind Tiger Ale House.

Think beer brewing god meets beer bar god and they're inviting you to their hangout AND they are pouring all the beer they brought for your enjoyment.  Plus, a first timer: Polaris IPA.  Made with the Polaris hops which are described as being minty and glacier-like by Dave Brodrick, Blind Tiger owner.

Check it:

Prima Pils Golden Monkey Festbier V12 Donnybrook Stout (Nitro) Braumeister Pils – Saaz Baltic Thunder Headwaters Pale Ale Summer Love Ale Helios Ale Ranch DIPA – Chinook Mild Rye’d Otto in Oak Bavarian Polaris IPA Storm King – firkin HopDevil – firkin

VICTORY!

The Blind Tiger is located at 281 Bleecker Street between 6th Avenue and Jones Street in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 26 - Three Heads Brewery Night @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Who says there isn't room for comedy in the craft beer world?  Nobody actually, I think we'd actually prefer it.  Especially when the brewing comedians come from this Beer Friend's home town.  Introduce: Three Heads Brewing from Rochester, NY.  They'll be bringing a few brews over to George Keeley's on the Upper West Side this Wednesday and boy are they funny.  Check out their website sometime and I guarantee you'll laugh at least once - and not at their web design!

They'll be bringing for your drinking pleasure...:

Bromingo Smoked Maple Amber Ale

The Kind IPA

Loopy

The Common Man

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 26th - September 1st

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Another week, another week of beer events... check it!

Monday August 27th - 

In the craft beer world movement to get local, we find Rockaway Brewing Company , a company so local they deliver their kegs via bicycle!  This brewery pairs up with Jimmy's No. 43 and  Queens County Farm Museum to provide a small tasting where you can try this 2 barrel microbrewery and find out a little more about the Queens County Farm Museum in a fun filled evening of food pairing and local drinking.

Jimmy's No. 43 is located at 43 E 7th St., New York, NY

Tuesday August 28th - 

Sticking with the local breweries theme, Kelso of Brooklyn (click here for location, new website for Kelso coming soon) is serving up suds at The Brazen Head in Brooklyn.  Kelso brews are 4 dollars from 6pm to 8pm so plan accordingly.  Beers being served are:

Kelso Saison Kelso Cabernet Barrel Aged IPA Kelso Pilsner Kelso Industrial IPA Kelso Nut Brown

The Brazen Head is located at 228 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Wednesday August 29th - 

While Idle Hands Bar is doing its wonderful $10 Tastings with Harpoon Brewery (including a full pour of UFO Pumpkin), across the island of Manhattan The Blind Tiger is hosting Great Divide Brewing Company with delicious pours including: a few Yeti's (Chocolate Oak-Aged, 2011 Belgian, and Cask Oak-Aged) and a personal favorite - Smoked Baltic Porter.  Be sure to get there early because the Blind Tiger Ale House always fills up quickly.

Idle Hands Bar is located at 25 Avenue B

Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker Street

Thursday August 30th - 

The Growler Station jumped on the Beer Friends radar in a big way.  Excellent pours, great bottle section and a very knowledgable staff (they even have a cool website!) all makes for a great beer hangout.  On Thursday they prove their awesome-ness by hosting Kelso with special pours of Kellerfest and Imperial Pumpkin (tis the season).

The Growler Station is located at 26 W 8th St.

Friday August 31st -

Take the night off, seriously.  Eat a salad and preserve those calories for tomorrow...

Saturday September 1st - 

Pig Island - and this ain't to Lord of the Flies theme park.  Pig Island is in its 3rd Year of serving up all you can eat pork and delicious brews (partly sponsored by Sixpoint).  Honestly this blog can't do justice enough to this great event, you just have to check out the website for more information and to by tickets.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 13, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, May 15 - Pony Bar Upper East Side Grand Opening @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: The Upper East Side just got way cooler - the genius minds behind The Pony Bar decided that the city needed more craft beer and delicious food and lucky UES-craft-beer-heads are getting the second installation.  It's been described as the second mecca of craft beer in NYC (after the first Pony of course).  The new spot will be a bit bigger in size and is keeping with the same 20 taps/2 casks system.  Of course everything will be $5 - an exceptionally reasonable price for some of the craft staples and specialty pours of which they always seem to have several on hand.  On top of all that good stuff they will be keeping with the great food, music and rustic Americana atmosphere, all to provide you with arguably the best craft beer drinking experience in the city.

The UES Pony Bar is located at 1444 1st Ave on the corner of 75th St. in the Upper East Side, Manhattan

Tuesday, May 15 - Wednesday, May 16 - Pacific Northwest Beer and Oyster Festival @ The Blind Tiger, Manhattan:

Beer and oysters.  A magical pairing.  No two things go together finer.  Oh, now what's that you say?  There's a festival devoted to it happening this Tuesday and Wednesday?  At the Blind Tiger Ale House? Well now, looks like my week is shot.  Going to have to attend of course.  Yes, both nights, obviously.  Oh and all the beer and oysters are from the Pacific Northwest?  You didn't have to do that, pulling out all the stops to provide me, your average beer drinker, with the best oysters and beer in the country.  Really, it means a lot to me.

The Blind Tiger Ale House is located at 281 Bleecker St on the corner of Jones St. in the West Village, Manhattan

Thursday, May 17 - Long Island Week Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Long Island has sure solidified it's position recently in the East Coast craft beer world.  They went from having one or two to having a half dozen craft breweries in less than a three year period.  And, unlike many products (people) from Long Island, they've shed the Strong Island stereotype, producing some of the best beers in this part of the world.  Join Bierkraft for a night of Long Island beer appreciation with the likes of Greenpoint Harbor, Blue Point, Barrier, Southampton and more.

Bierkraft is located at 191 Fifth Ave between Union St and Berkeley Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn

Friday, May 18 - 4th Annual Maine Event @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

As if this week wasn't already totally mind blowingly exciting for the Pony Bar - their Hell's Kitchen location will be throwing their 4th Annual Maine Beer and Food Event.  That's right, a weekend where the Pony brings you to the shores, mountains and forests of the northeast's most rugged wilderness: Maine. Think Shipyard, Allagash, Sea Dog, Sebago, Baxter, Marshall Wharf and Belfast Bay paired alongside scallop sliders, lobster rolls and baskets of fried oysters.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Ave on the corner of 45th Street in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan

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...

NYC Craft Beer Events - Week of 8/29 - 9/4

Graham

This week August ends and we start our transition into fall.  The weather will get a bit cooler but we have many things to look forward too in the beer world.  Fall spice brews and Octoberfest's will start to grace the beer menu's at our favorite craft brew bars and we can finally go back to seasonally enjoying the darker beers in life.  Let's see what we have to look forward to this week as fall starts peering around the corner. Tuesday, August 31 - Hodgepodge Event @ Jimmy's No. 43: The East 7th Street craft beer legend has a fantastic series of events, every Tuesday, called $10 Tastings.  They'll bring in brewers and beer experts, including their own famous expert/owner Jimmy Carbone (co-founder of The Good Beer Seal) and for $10 you get to taste and talk about the featured craft brews.  This event is truly Hodgepodge.  Jimmy's is going deep into their bottle collection and pulling out some of their favorite brews for this week's tastings.  When a place as renowned as Jimmy's No. 43 goes into their bottle cellar and pulls out their favorites for you to taste for a 10-spot, you'd want to be there.

Wednesday, September 1 - Whole Foods Market Local Homebrew Hero Contest, Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room: Whole Foods, Kelso of Brooklyn and The Good Beer Seal are sponsoring what may be NYC's biggest homebrewer's contest.  If you are a homebrewer and have faith that the brews you've been creating and enjoying could stand up on a bigger level then check the links below and head on down to Whole Foods Bowery Beer room for to enter it into the competition.  The rewards are pretty amazing:  The winner gets $300 of home brew equipment from Whole Food's Bowery Beer Room, a party thrown at Jimmy's No. 43 in their honor and, the best part, their beer will flow from the taps of some of NYC's best craft beer bars.  I know I have a few friends who need to jump on this one...

http://wholefoodsmarket.com/storesbeta/bowery/beer-room

http://www.kelsoofbrooklyn

Wednesday, September 1 - Founder's Nemesis Release Party @ Puck Fair, The Double Windsor, Fourth Avenue Pub: I could describe the importance of this event, but I feel like Founder's already did a pretty good job of it, so I'll just quote them. Founder's says: “What you have here is a rarity. A special, one-of-a-kind ale that is only made once a year. Sometimes that’s all. Forever. No more. Nada. Limited-time only. You never know what you’re gonna get. But you can be sure that it’ll be damn tasty.”  Need they say more?  You'll be able to get a couple pints of Nemesis at each of these places, but it's been rumored that anyone that has it only has a pony keg, so it'll go out quick.  You can find the addresses below.  Maybe you could make all three...

Puck Fair @298 Lafayette Street, Manhattan

Fourth Ave Pub @ 76 4th Avenue Brooklyn

The Double Windsor @ 210 Prospect Park West, Brooklyn

Saturday, August 4th - Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival: We plugged this installment of the Pony Express Brewery Tour to Ithaca Beer Co. Beer Festival.  We hope that inspired you go head over to the Pony Bar and pick up a ticket to this rare, but awesome, event.  They'll be leaving this Saturday from The Pony Bar (45th st and 10th ave, Manhattan).  We hope you can make it on the bus!

Saturday, September 11th - Victory Brewery Tour - Leaves from Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: We know September 11th is a bit further down the road, but you need to jump on this now.  Head over to Rattle n' Hum and pick up some tickets for you and your friends for this event.  Tickets are $95, which might seem a bit steep, but for all you're getting it's quite the deal.  You get a bus trip down to the Victory Brewery, outside of Philly, to attend a barbecue and beer event thrown by the MAN himself, Bill Covaleski, the founder of Victory Brew Co and the man heralded as founder of Philly craft beer (check out our report on Victory here).  You'll get a return bus trip, t-shirt, beer on the bus, sandwiches on the bus, roasted pig @ the brewery and a lot of Victory beer.  I don't know if you're having the same thoughts I am about this, but it feels like...Victory.

On another note, The Beer Friends were published this Sunday in a New York Times article on New York City craft beer brewing and blogging.  Thanks to Chris O'Leary for the shout out.  Check out his blog Brew York for more things craft beer.