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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 7, 2013

Graham

Tuesday, July 9 - Beer for Breakfast for Dinner @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn: It is arguable that there is no better thing than waking up, making some eggs and then downing a few of your favorite craft brews.  Unfortunately, unless you're a teacher currently on summer vacation, drinking during breakfast is usually interfered with by that whole employment thing.  Unless you're willing to put your job in jeopardy then this Tuesday at the Double Windsor is probably your best best for breakfast and beer at the same time.

Do pancakes, coffee, bacon and orang juice sound good for breakfast?  Well, they got that covered:

Kuhnhenn Blueberry Pancake Ale

Founders Breakfast Stout

Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier Urbock

Against the Grain Citra Ass Down IPA

On top of that, their kitchen will be serving a special breakfast sandwich for the night alongside those nostalgia inducing tiny boxes of your favorite cereal.  Finally, kegs and eggs at an hour that the rest of society finds reasonable.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the northwest corner of 16th Street in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Tuesday, July 9 - Annual IPA Event @ Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

This time of year, in the hot summer sun with the humidity skyrocketing and sweat plastering everything you wear there is only one thing that comes to mind to beat the heat:  AC? Nah.  Ice cold glass of water: Nope.  Dozens of hop loaded beers on draught?  Oh yea.

Head on over to the Spring Lounge in NoLita for their Annual IPA Event for quite the impressive IPA list.  Check it out:

Draught Line-Up: Founders Devil Dancer, Avery The Maharaja, Peekskill Lower Standard, Green Flash Hop Odyssey Citra, Firestone Walker Wookey Jack, Victory Hop Devil Nitro, Ommegang Barrier Relief, Flying Dog Pumpernickel IPA, Empire IPA, Troegs Nugget Nectar

Bottles & Cans: Evil Twin Femme Fatale Blanc, Brasserie d’Achouffe Houblon Chouffe, Blue Point White IPA, Avery IPA

Hops are nature's air conditioner said somebody once.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street on the southwest corner of Mulberry Street in the NoLita neighborhood of Manhattan.

Thursday, July 11 - Peak Organic "Summer Session" Draft Party @Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Maine's Peak Organic Brewery has been brewing local-sourced and sustainable ingredient beer since 2005 and we are lucky enough to get to drink all of their offerings this Thursday at Bierkraft.  They'll be celebrating Peak's Summer Session brew - an easy drinking, low ABV summer beer perfect for any hot day where many refreshments are required to keep one cool.  In addition to Summer Session they'll also be pouring many of Peak's other offerings:

Weisse Principal Espresso Amber Pomegranate Wheat Hop Noir Black IPA IPA Pale Ale Nut Brown

Wait on ordering the Espresso Amber until your body becomes more acclimated to the AC.

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

Thursday, July 11 - Peekskill Brewery Night @ Alewife NYC, Queens:

As a native New York Upstater I love hearing about a new brewery successfully marketing their beer all over the state - especially when it shows up down here in NYC.  Peekskill Brewery is doing just that.  Located on the picturesque Peekskill bay on the Hudson River it represents the true essence of NYS brewing.  Alewife NYC will be throwing a huge bash in their honor and having been one of the first New York bars to pour Peekskill brews from the outset they have earned the right.  Brewmaster Jeff O'Neill and his brew crew will be on hand to walk you through an intriguing, delicious sounding menu:

Midnight Toker – Black IPA

Shotgun Willy – Rye IPA

Higher Standard –  Triple IPA

Eastern Standard – IPA

Lower Standard – Half-IPA.

Amazeballs – Single Hop American Pale Ale

New Wagon – Strong Ale

Simple Sour – Sour Ale

Hop Common – Unfiltered Amber

Skills Pils – Pilsner

Share The Rainbow – Belgian-Style White Beer

If this doesn't convince you to head to Queens Thursday then maybe this in-depth description of each brew will - it definitely worked on me.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 25, 2012

Graham

For some reason the beer gods have decided to grace this week with an extensively excellent selection of beer events to check out.  We picked the best six and are throwing them your way.  Try to make them all?  Sounds crazy, but you're not a light hearted craft beer fan, you take this seriously.  So do we.  Afraid of the magnitude of it all?  Us too. Good thing beer helps with courage.

One more thing, read this one all the way through.  We saved the best for last.

Wednesday, November 28 - Brooklyn Brewery Tap Attack with Garret Oliver @ Dive Bar NYC, Manhattan:

Remember the good ol' days when you could just bump into Garret Oliver at a beer event as he poured you a cask aged Brooklyn Blast while you discussed the ins and outs of craft brewing in America?  Well, we do.  Brooklyn in recent times has reached super-stardom in the craft beer community, expanding their brewery and upstate brewing capacities in order to meet the demands of expanding to other cities, states, countries...and planets? (the Mars rover totally digs Mary's Maple Porter)  We're proud of Brooklyn but we still have fond memories of those face to face times.  If you do to, then you happen to be in luck.  This Wednesday head on up to Dive Bar NYC and meet with Garret Oliver and the Brooklyn Brand Manager Brian Duprey as they serve up an impressive selection of that delicious Brooklyn brew we're still in love with.

Blanche de Brooklyn

2009 Black Chocolate Stout
2009 Monster Ale
Mary's Maple Porter
Brooklyn Radius
Brooklyn Blast
Sorachi Ace
There Will Be Black
Brooklyn Lager
Ama
Brooklyn Winter Ale
Black Chocolate Stout
The Companion
The River

Dive Bar NYC is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue at 96th Street in the Upper West Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, November 28 - Avery Brewing Co. Night @ Sunswick 35-35, Queens:

Avery is well known as being one of the big beer hop kings of Colorado - a title not to be taken lightly in a state that, despite what certain rocky mountain fresh breweries want you to think, also does not take it's beer light.  Sunswick 35-35 in Astoria will be pouring a few taps lines of these Colorado favorites and if you're anywhere nearby, you should stop in to consume them.

duganA DIPA

Ellie's Brown Ale
India Pale Ale
Old Jubilation Ale
The Kaiser Imperial Marzen
Sunswick 35-35 is located at 3502 35th Street on the corner of 35th Avenue in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens.
Wednesday, November 28 - Added Value Fundraiser @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:
Brooklyn loves a few things:  community garden/farm empowerment programs, charity for hurricane victims in Red Hook and beer.  Combine all three of these things together and you'll find yourself at the Double Windsor this Wednesday showing off your Brooklyn.
Added Value is a community farm located in Red Hook that provides access to healthy, affordable food for the local community through something called a Food Justice ecosystem - youth empowerment programs that engage local youths in art of gardening and growing foods while providing them, their families and their communities with cheap, healthy produce.
Stop on in to the Double Windsor this Wednesday, throw down a $10 donation and get a free pint of either of these big-time locally brewed beers:
Barrier Brewing Saazsquash - butternut squash ale brewed with ginger, honey and Sichuan peppercorns.  A note on this one:  Barrier brewery was heavily affected by hurricane Sandy and will be out of commission for some time.  This could be your last chance for awhile to get any fresh Barrier brew.
Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious - Belgian style Tripel aged in Apple Brandy barrels.
Sixpoint Gorilla Warfare Porter - made with Brooklyn's own Gorilla Coffee
Windsor Terrace is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street in the Windsor Terrace neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 29 - Weyerbacher @ The Gate, Brooklyn:
What better way to celebrate the onslaught of winter with an over-the-top winter brew from one of PA's best breweries?  Weyerbacher will be bringing their Merry Monks Tripel along with several of their other delicious brews to help you get your holiday indulgence on at the Gate this Thursday.  Check out the rest of the list:
Merry Monks Tripel

Verboten Belgian Pale Ale
Blithering Idiot 2006
Double Smile
Last Chance IPA
Old Heathen 2007
16th Anniversary Braggot
The Gate  is located at 321 5th Avenue at 3rd Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.
Thursday, November 29 - A Night of Pumpkin Ales @ Standings, Manhattan:
Alright, we accept it:  winter is here.   That doesn't mean, however, that we have to give up on the delicious fall brews that we came to love over the past three months.  Standings agrees.  They'll be pouring a trio of pumpkin brews - the last of their kinds for this year - in defiance of the wintry mix raining down on us this week in NYC.  So nestle up to the bar and the warm glow of Thursday night football, fill your belly with the delectable free pizza arriving at 8 p.m. alongside one of your last pieces of pumpkin pie and top it all off with a few pumpkin brews.
Southern Tier Pumking
Carton Imperial Pumkin Cream Ale
Stoudt's Pumpkinfest Lager
Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.
Thursday, November 29 - Meet Owner Mike Stevens of Founders @ Barcade, Brooklyn:
I told you to read all the way to the end and now reader, you are rewarded.  Beer = good.  Founders beer = fantastic.  Drinking Founders beer with the owner and giving him your eternal thanks and praise for changing your life = Momentous, Epic, Life Defining, etc.  You'll get to do just that at Barcade this Thursday.  Not only will Founders owner Mike Stevens be on hand to pour, drink and talk about his beer, he'll also be bringing a selection unheard of in NYC until now.  Brews that we wish we could consume regularly but rarely get the chance.  Go for the beer, stay for the video games and get giddy like a school girl while talking to the owner.
The (epic) list:
Backwoods Bastard
Blushing Monk
Bolt Cutter
Breakfast Stout
Canadian Breakfast Stout
Centennial IPA
Cerise
Curmudgeon's Better Half
Devil Dancer
Dirty Bastard
Frangelic Mountain Brown
harvest Ale
Imperial Stout 2011
nemesis 2010
Pale Ale
Porter
Red's Rye
Happy Early Christmas.
Barcade is located at 388 Union Avenue between Ainslie and Powers Street in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn.

2011 New York City Craft Beer Week: The Beer Friends Event List for Monday - Thursday

Graham

What a kick-off weekend! The Beer Friends enjoyed quite a bit of craft beer this weekend in honor of the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week. Rattle n' Hum threw a great Barrier and Greenport bash Friday night, the Smuttynose pouring at Mudville on Saturday was fantastic (especially that Homunculus) and we're still not sure which is better - the Concoction or the Penicillin that we tasted on Sunday. Because there is so much to do this week and weekend, we're going to be breaking up the Beer Friends event listings for the week. Today we're throwing at you the events happening from Monday to Thursday. You can then check back on Thursday for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday events - a.k.a. The Grand Finale of NYC Craft Beer Week. We're hitting the streets, bars and breweries this week with a feverish devotion and we sure hope to see all you NYC Beer Friends out there with us!

Monday, September 19

Got a case of the Monday's after such a fantastic craft beer fueled weekend? We understand. We also know how to help.

Allagash Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Who doesn't love Belgian styled beer straight from the Northeast's wildest state? Well, Phil probably to be honest - but we're dragging his ass along anyways! Allagash will be pouring their finest Dubbles, Tripel's and Quads alongside some Witte's and maybe even an oak-aged or two. Get your Belgian palate ready and put on your best lumberjack inspired plaid jacket and you'll be ready for this event.

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

Empire Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Empire is one of upstate New York's favorite breweries. Trust me, I'm from there - and yes, I represent every upstater. We love the Cream Ale, would drown in the IPA and are fascinated by Deep Purple. When a brewery takes over the taps at Rattle n' Hum - they really take them over, leave no prisoners kind of style - so expect to see everything. You might be surprised.

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

Oskar Blues Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

Finish Monday night off with the best canned brew coming out of Colorado. Mudville will be hosting the boys and brews from Oskar Blues. Gubna, Dale's Pale, Lil' Yella Pils, Gordon and more. A few Dale's Pales at the end of a hard Monday helps everyone sleep a bit easier.

Mudville is located at 126 Chambers Street between West Broadway and Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Tuesday, September 20th

Brooklyn Brewery Presents The Companion @ Good Beer, Manhattan:

Brooklyn Brewery brewed up a special brew for the NYC Craft "Brew" Week (that's 4 brews!). The Companion is the newest edition to the Brewmaster's Reserve Series and is being ushered in as the beer in conjunction with the publishing of brewmaster Garrett Oliver's new book - "The Oxford Companion to Beer." The beer itself is a malty "wheat-wine" that is described by Brooklyn as having a deep malt flavor and a surprisingly light palate that finishes with some fruity notes. They'll also be pouring the Brooklyn Blast, the Post Road Pumpkin and another, yet-to-be-determined draft line. And in good favor, there will be a discount on all Brooklyn brews that night.

Good Beer is located at 422 East 9th Street between 1st Avenue and Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan.

Captain Lawrence Brewery @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Scott the brewer from Captain Lawrence will be on hand with all of his finest Westchester brews. We're expecting the usuals - Liquid Gold, Westchester Pale Ale, etc. alongside everything in the Captain's Reserve section.

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

A Taste of Brooklyn @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

Brooklyn used to be the capital of brewing in the United States. Then everything went to crap. Now Brooklyn is back. Head up to the Upper West Side for a taste of Brooklyn's finest breweries. Dive 75 will be featuring the best of Brooklyn, Kelso, Coney Island and Sixpoint.

Dive 75 is located at 101 West 75th Street between Columbus and Amsterdam Avenues, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, September 21

Great American Ale Trail Book Signing @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Blind Tiger will be hosting author Christian DeBenedetti and throwing him a rare-NY-state-brewed party as he chats you up and signs your copy of his newest book - The Craft Beer Lover's Guide to the Best Watering Holes in the Nation. Blind Tiger will be finding their rarest NY-state brews to toast the occasion. Come and see why they made it into Christians book, although to be honest, most of you reading this probably already know why.

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

Beer From Strong Island @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Long Island has quickly been falling into place as a big brewing region of New York State. Come see why will 19 taps from Blue Point, Greenport Harbor and Southampton. The list is pretty impressive. Seriously impressive. As in, you'd be foolish not to be there drinking beer from Long Island impressive. Check it out:

Greenport Harbor: Triton, Anti-freeze, Rye Saison, 2nd Anniversary California Common, English IPA, Citrus IPA, The Other Side IPA, Hopnomi, Leaf Pile, Harbor Ale, Black Duck Porter

Southampton: North Fork Fresh Hop, Biere de Mars, Pumpkin, Keller Pils

Blue Point Brewing: Oatmeal Stout Cask, Toxic Sludge, Blueberry Ale, No Apologies

11 Greenport taps? Impressive.

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

Cigar City Brewing Company Throwdown @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Cigar City has quickly become a Beer Friend favorite. Having just hit the NYC beer scene in the recent year or so, we are pleased to have had such a flood of their brew. Now they're throwing it down at Jimmy's No. 43. Brewery Founder Joey Redner will be bringing a solid bunch of kegs for your imbibing pleasure. You'll be drinking Big Apple IPA, Good Gourd, Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Tiaramisu Sweet Stout (one and only NY Keg), Humidor High Jai Alai, Bolita Double Nut Brown, Marshall Zhukov Imperial Stout and White Oak IPA.

How can this getting any better for your palate you ask? Jimmy's will also be throwing an oyster party in the back. That's how.

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

Thursday, September 22

Very Old Beer and Extremely Stinky Cheese @ The Ginger Man, Manhattan:

Beer and food go together like fish in water. Except sometimes your beer is really old and your cheese smells up the whole room. Exactly how we like it. Sam Calagione is bringing 4 of Dogfish Head's vintage brews, pairing them with stinky cheese from Murray's Cheeses and letting you drink and eat your heart out. We're talking washing down some delicious cheese with bottles of 2004 Olde School, 2005 World Wide Stout, 2006 120 Min IPA and a 2007 Fort.

There is a hidden Beer Friends of us reviewing World Wide Stout and if you could watch it then it would help reinforce our suggestion you have a cab ready to take you home after trying all four Dogfish Head brews.

The Ginger Man is located at 11 East 36th Street between 5th and Madison Avenues, Midtown, Manhattan.

Empire Line Takeover @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

20 Taps. 22 if you count the casks. That's how many Empire brews the Pony Bar will be pouring on Thursday. For those of you who haven't gone beyond the Cream Ale or the IPA, this is your chance to enjoy the liquid product from one of the finest upstate NY breweries. And have another Cream Ale.

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

NY vs. PA @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Obviously New York. But we'll take the competition for the sake of getting to drink the beer to help decide the winner. Bluepoint and Greenport Harbor will be representing NY while Troeg's and Victory will be wearing the Pennsylvania state colors. All of a sudden this competition is looking a bit fierce. They'll probably need all your help to decide the winner. We're sure you won't mind lending a hand.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West on the Northwest Corner of 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Alright all you Beer Friends out there! Those are what we think are the finest things to do this NYC Craft Beer Week. Hopefully we'll see (and remember the next morning) you out at the bars! Make sure to check back Thursday morning to see our favorite events happening during the weekend finale. Cheers!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 14, 2011

Graham

It happened today - you looked at your calendar and started to get depressed.  We've all noticed that as of today it is the mid-point of August.  Summer is almost over - and that is a depressing thought.  We're already starting to feel it slipping away.  It's been an especially hard summer for Manhattanites - street temperatures in the heart of the city hitting well over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, air-conditioners keeping everyone inside cool but pumping out waves of hot air for the rest of us, concrete hot enough to cook an entire turkey and that beautiful skyline blocking any sort of breeze from giving any respite.  So this week the Beer Friends are giving Manhattan a break. That's right - this week every NYC Craft Beer Event is happening outside the center of New York City.  From Brooklyn, to Jersey, to Westchester (first ever I believe!) we've got beer events for everyone else in the Tri-State, multi-boroughed area.  Check em' out!  And watch out for the Manhattan yuppies!

Monday, August 15 - Brooklyn Brewery "Ghost" Night @ The Diamond, Brooklyn:

Talk about black ops - this event might not even exist.  It's the kind of thing that gets blacked out in government documents.  That shady characters with dozens of names and passports engage in only to disappear into the fold.  Some people may or may not have found some brew that may or may not exist and it may or may not be served TONIGHT at a bar that may or may not be real.   Actually, it's all very real - there are four bottles of incredibly rare and specialized brews that sound, to be honest, made up.  Which makes them all the more desirable.  Here's what we're looking at:

Crochet Rouge Rose - Local 1 aged on chardonnay and pinot noir lees. Crochet Rouge Riesling -  Local 1 aged on reisling lees. Barrel Aged Cuvee Noire - Self - explanatory Black Ops Late Bottle Vintage 2007 - Self-explanatorily AWESOME!

There will also be drafts of Blast, Sorachi Ace AND the debut of an all new Brooklyn brew called "Radius."  As if that wasn't enough awesome in your Monday night they'll be pouring the Brooklyn Brown through  the cask engine.

Just remember, keep this under wraps - you definitely didn't here about this from us.  Actually, you totally did and should tell all your friends you heard it from us too.

The Diamond is located at 43 Franklin Street at the corner of Calyer Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, August 16 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Sierra Nevada @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Brooklyn's beer selling masters at Bierkraft will be featuring Sierra Nevada brews and the sales-rep Brian Dwyer as the next installment of their Tuesday Night Tastings series.  The Tuesday Night Tastings events are a great way to get to know a brewery's style and in this case, to help you remember why you love a brewery that you're familiar with already.  We all know how Sierra Nevada rolls and we all love it.  If you haven't had a sampling of Sierra recently then hit up Bierkraft for tastes and pints of Torpedo IPA, Pale Ale, Tumbler, Life and Limb and Ovila Saison.  You get some old, some new and some a rare one to tide over your secret or not-so-secret Sierra Nevada lovefest.

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

Tuesday, August 16 - Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice @ The Cloverleaf Tavern, New Jersey:

Who says Jersey doesn't get a say?  We certainly don't.  In fact at the moment they're one of the only advertised places that do get a say - in this years Sam Adam's Beer Lovers Choice that is.  Every year Sam Adam's asks you, the customer, to choose between several at first and then narrowed down to just a couple of brews for the newest member of the Sam Adam's family.  This year the choice is between an Oaked Ale or a Maple Pecan Porter.  The people are divided and the lines have been drawn.  Head out to the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ this Tuesday for a chance to voice your concern - an have a few pints of each!

The Cloverleaf Tavern is located at 395 Bloomfield Avenue in Caldwell, NJ - Driving Directions Found Here

Wednesday, August 17 - Meet the Brewer: Evil Twin @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Networking is huge.  And unless you're a brewer the only reason you'd come to this event has nothing to do with networking.  You'd most likely show up, having heard of this Danish brewer and his legendary status, expecting the best.  Then you'd taste the beer.  After it blew away your highest of expectations you'd insist that you meet him, only of course to be reminded that he's from Scandinavia and not in town.  Except he is.  And he's at the same bar you are.  Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø of Evil Twin brewing (of which he IS Evil Twin brewing) from Denmark will be bring a range of his brews - Ryan & the Beaster Bunny, Wet Dream, Katz Pis, Before, During and After Christmas Beer and Biscotti Break - as well as his famously vast knowledge of beer brewing.  At this point you will inevitably decide that even though you work as a hedge fund manager/teacher/lawyer/doctor/sanitation worker/subway train driver/mayor/president of the USA/David Beckham/Madonna that networking with this man is imperative for success in your life.

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

Friday, August 19 - Dogfish Head 120 Minute IPA Night @ The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains:

It was a dark, late night in June (or maybe July or August).  The Pony Bar was mostly empty, not a soul to be seen (realistically there were probably around 8 - 10 people to be seen).  That's where my love affair started.  A taster of a strong elixir  was poured and handed to me with the explanation - "We can't serve it in anything bigger."  I was immediately intrigued.  What could be so dastardly, so impressive, so BIG that it could only be served in a 6 oz. tasting glass?  I brought it up to my lips, took the first sip and fast forward over two years later and I will search draft pours of brew out at every opportunity.  The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House, White Plains' brightest craft beer bar will be tapping a keg of 120 Minute IPA this Friday at 8 pm.

We anticipate that you will be out of luck acquiring a pint around 8:15.  So get there early.

The Lazy Boy Saloon & Ale House is located at 154 Mamaroneck Avenue between East Post Road and Maple Avenue, a short walk from the White Plains Metro North stop, in White Plains, New York. (Or you can drive in)

Saturday, August 20 - Ballast Point Tastings @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

After this Beer Friend's recent trip to Ballast Point Brewery there was no way I was going to leave this one out!  Head on over to GRAB Specialty Foods for a sampling selection of one of San Diego's hoppiest breweries.  The full line up of brews has not been released but we can only anticipate Sculpin, Big Eye and other hop-monsters to be pouring this Saturday.  Make sure to pick up a growler of SoCal to take home with you for this weekend's summer barbecue or lazy day at the park!

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

There you have it all you Beer Friends out there!  Enjoy adventuring to far off places - like Brooklyn - and locations you only dreamed existed - like White Plains - in search of your favorite, rare and always delicious craft brew.  We'll see ya at the taps!

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

Graham

We are officially approaching the dog days of August, but it seems like we've been there for a couple of weeks already.  The rest of the world characterizes the "dog days" as those times in August where the days stretch on for endless hours and are filled with heat and humidity that requires 24/7 air conditioning.  Well, after experiencing 2+ weeks of these oppressively hot/humid days and it only now has become the month of August, we are a bit tired of the weather.  We're going to need some help getting through whatever August has to throw at us.  And we have the solution:  Craft beer. Actually there's more than that in this week's post.  In fact, if you keep reading there is a surprise that will make you very, very hoppy, uh, I mean, happy that you did.

Tuesday, August 2nd - Smuttynose Tap Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

No Smutty, No Beer.  Know Smutty, Know Beer.  They don't need to say a word more, it's literally as simple as that.  New Hampshire's premier brewery will be hitting up Rattle n' Hum and owning their tap's this Tuesday night.  They have an impressive list and will be adding a few secret surprises just to keep you intrigued.  Check it out: 2010 S’Muttonator Doppelbock, 2010 Baltic Porter, 2010 Wheat Wine, 2011 Barleywine, 2011 Imperial Stout, 2011 Hommunculus, 2011 SSB#13 Noonan, Big A IPA, “Finestkind” IPA, Old Brown Dog, Robust Porter, Star Island Single and Shoal’s Pale Ale.

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

Wednesday, August 3 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

One of our favorite New York State breweries will be making an much welcomed appearance in Brooklyn this Wednesday at the Double Windsor in Park Slope.  Captain Lawrence (of the Beer Friends Final Four Fame!) will be bringing a slew of their favorite brews - St. Vincents Dubbel, Ginger Man Ale, Xtra Gold, Liquid Gold, Freshchester Pale Ale, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA and Kaptain’s Kolsch - for you to imbibe with pleasure.

And imbibe them in a pleasure-filled manner you shall.

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

Now we have a real surprise for you.  It might seem like we're ending the events week prematurely, but it's only because Thursday is a big day.  A really big, hoppy day.  Welcome to...

Thursday, August 4 - International IPA Day!

Traditional IPA Class @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan

Thought you knew everything about the world's favorite beer style?  Think again.  Time to get schooled at Jimmy's No. 43 this Thursday night.  For a nominal fee ($25) you can participate in an incredibly informative, just over an hour long classes, taught by a couple of NYC beer legends - the esteemed professors of the New York City Degustation Advisory Team: Chris Cuzme of Wandering Star Brewing Co. and President of the New York City Homebrewers Guild and Mary Izett of National Beer Judge and blogger at mylifeoncraft.com.  They won't only show you the ropes, they'll make you climb them all the way up to the brewery ceiling.  The topic?  India Pale Ales.

Right now you might be thinking - "wait, this sounds awesome, but 25 smackaroones and all I get is a lecture?."  C'mon, this isn't college where a bunch of hack's overcharge you so they can have a pedestal to share their "worldly" opinions - the $25 gets you a whole bunch of IPA to drink as well.

So if you're like me and went to your classes a bit tipsy then it shouldn't be too far off from your college experience either.

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

International IPA Day Event @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Don't worry Jersey - you get IPA's too!  The Iron Monkey, one of Jersey City's finest craft beer bars, will be pouring the finest regional, national and international IPA's for all of Jersey's denizens to enjoy (it's might be a bit of a far drive from Atlantic City, but we recommend it none-the-less).  There isn't an official list out yet, but as the big day approaches, the ladies and gents over at the Iron Monkey suggest checking in at the Iron Monkey Facebook page and the @theironmonkey Twitter feed for all those hop-head updates.

IPA-Day "Hop Wars" @ Cafe D'Alsace AND Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Here at the Beer Friends we enjoy a bit of theatrics as much as the next guys.  And this is the best, despite being the last.  Possibly one of my favorite events of the year (in it's first annual inception) the IPA-Day "Hop Wars" will prove to be an epic battle between old school European styled IPA's and new school American style IPA's.

It is a hot-topic in all genres of creativity - pay homage to the old, the original or embrace the new and trail-blazing.  This is the exact canyon that lies between European and American IPA's.  European, although at the time they were created considered revolutionary flavor, are usually a bit more subdued, but more easily drinkable and tolerable in their flavor profile.  On the contrary American IPA's (and craft beer in general) prides itself on pushing every boundary possible, including the list of boundaries to be pushed (oak-aging a dry-hopped beer brewed with vanilla, oranges and then refermenting it a few times and only serving it on cask seems like something that only arrogant American idealism could come up with).

I could say that this event looked to provide the world with a winner.  An absolute champion.  But I think it really will prove to highlight the immense care, craft, culture and creativity that goes in to beer brewing no matter what side of any of the ponds you brew on.  Head up to Cafe D'Alsace, an Alsatian (French/German border) restaurant that also pride itself on it's international craft beer selection will be featuring Old World IPA's.  We're talking German, Austrian and the original English style IPA's.

Rattle n' Hum will be featuring a boatload of American style IPA's.  How many is a boatload?  Twenty-five plus.

Short list:

Cafe D'Alsace - Meantime IPA, Thornbridge Jaipur, Nogne-O IPA, Evil Twin Cat Piss and Mikkeller Willamette Single Hop

Rattle n' Hum - Barrier Ruthless Rye, Undarum, Dunegrass, Oil City & Medula, Smuttynose Big A, Two Brothers Hop Juice and Stone Ruination

Just to name a few for either place.

Cafe D'Alsace is located at 1695 2nd Avenue at the Southwest Corner of 88th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of July 24, 2011

Graham

Hello all you Beer Friends out there!  We'd like to apologize for releasing the craft brew events a bit late this week.  We promise it's not because we drank too much craft brew.  Actually we've been so caught up with our different regional brewery tours - the South, Southern California (Day one, two, three and Stone) and Boston/Cape Cod - that we were late for the boat this week.  Although, I suppose that's from drinking too much craft brew during our brewery tours. Anywho's - we got a great (half) week of events for ya!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 27 - Sierra Nevada Beer Camp Cookout @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

I think Sierra Nevada just became the new replacement for my nerdy childhood dream of Space Camp.  Every year they invite some of the best and luckiest homebrewers out to Chico to participate in their Summer Brewing Program.  Throughout the program they pick the best homebrews and produce a bit more for people throughout the country to fruitfully imbibe.  This Wednesday you can drinks pints of these brews while enjoying campout inspired food, including, but not limited to, s'mores.

Here's the list of brews:  Beer Camp Double IPA, Beer Camp Juniper Black Ale, Beer Camp Weizenbock, Beer Camp California Common and the Torpedo, Ovila Saison and Summerfest (these last three are normal Sierra brews).

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

Wednesday, July 27 - New York, New York @ The Hop Devil Grill & The Belgian Room, Manhattan:

Is there a better place to be during the summer than in New York?  The temperature is perfect, there are no unpleasant smells and everyone is at their friendliest.  Well, at least the beer is good and year round too!  Southampton, Ithaca, Kelso and Captain Lawrence will be bringing their crews and their brews down to the St. Mark's area of the East Village and taking over the taps at not just ONE bar but TWO!

The Hop Devil Grill and the Belgian Room will be hosting these breweries and their brew crew (coming with brewery junk for your trunk, or pockets rather) throughout the night, so we suggest you do what they'll probably be doing - a pint here, a pint there, a pint here, a pint there.  It's good to mix it up.

The Hop Devil Grill is located at 129 St. Mark's Place (8th St.), while The Belgian Room is located just down the street at 125 St. Mark's Place both between Avenue A and 1st Avenue, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, July 28 - IPA Night!! @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Remember last month when I informed everyone out there about Beirkraft's new monthly event installment dubbed "IPA Night" which happens on the last Thursday of every month?  Well it's back!!

Join the boys (and girls) of Beirkraft as they celebrate everyone's (or at least mine and sometime Phil's) favorite beer style: the IPA.  They only have a partial lineup so far but it includes some good stuff, let's check em' out:  Barrier Dunegrass Double IPA and Captain Lawrence Captain's Reserve IPA on Cask!

No better beer to have during the summer than IPA.  At least Bierkraft agrees with me, and I agree with them.

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

Friday, July 29 - Sixpoint Tasting @ The Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room, Manhattan:

It seems like Sixpoint has been the brewery in demand this year.  They've put out their "micro-keg" series that is now distributed throughout several northeastern states and they are brewing up a storm of new and different brews that they are pouring at dozens of events around New York.  Well, this Friday they'll be blowing your mind with both of these success stories.

Head over to the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room to sample a selection Sixpoint's canned series - The Crisp, Sweet Action, Righteous (Rye) Ale and Bengali Tiger IPA.  They'll also be filling your growlers of all sizes with Signal (remember: smokey), Gemini IPA, Autobahn IPA and the Brevity Wit - of which I could go on and on and on and on and on about how much I enjoy this brew.

The Whole Foods Bowery Location is located at 95 East Houston Street, you can find their Bowery Beer Room at the same address just on the corner of East Houston and Chrystie Streets, The Bowery, Manhattan.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 12, 2011

Graham

I had a feeling.  And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings.  The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week.  A HUGE week.  Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy.  It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome.  Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it.  Let's see what we've got... Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:

Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area?  But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet?  Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things.  However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions.  And it's happening this week.

The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene.  They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much.  Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.

Even better?  It's at Barcade.  Always a fantastic beer selection.  Always great retro video games to keep us entertained.  And now?  An awards show to give us something to cheer about.  Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award?  We all have our horses that we're pulling for.  Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC.  Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.

The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Were you afraid you missed it?  One of most badass events of 2011.  Well, you did and you're lucky:  it's happening again.  The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307.  TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park.  We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street.  It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar.  Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.

Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event.  Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.

You missed it once.  Don't let it happen again.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.

Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week.  A party that we are all going to love.  Except Phil that is.  And he's the only one who actually live in Queens.  I guess we'll have to make a special trip.

Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium.  The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE

Did I also mention that this event is happening all week?  That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews.  And then making fun of him when he refuses.

Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys.  The newcomers to the craft brew scene.   We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene.  Barrier Brewery is just that.  They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier.  They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.

Let's take a short quiz.

Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?

a) All          b) Some          c) None

If you answered A, then you should attend the event.  If you answered B, then you should attend the event.  If you answered C, then you should attend the event.  That was easy enough to figure out.

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

Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:

We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week.  We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far.  Perhaps you should stop reading here.  We know you're better than that though.  So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.

In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember.  We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action.  All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.

You're welcome.

Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.

Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:

Some things you have to see to believe.  This event is one of them.  The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance.  And the beer was Heineken.

Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM.  I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.

Or maybe it's just free.  And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.

Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.

Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:

Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series.  And it kind of feels like selling out.  Like getting free beer from the man.  However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.

Here's the reason:  Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.

I like variety.  So do you.  Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer.  We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more.  The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on TheBeerFriends.com, so make sure you check in and check in often.

Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Beer Friends love the summer.  This week is an example of why.  We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of May 22, 2011

Graham

Hallelujah! The Apocalypse/Judgement Day/Coolest Party Ever has been averted! Well, maybe it wasn't ever going to happen in the first place, or maybe somebody out there prayed really hard...or the Big Guy upstairs didn't want to end the ingenuity of American Craft Brewing just yet.  You know, just when it was starting to get good. Tuesday, May 24 - Founders Takes the Taps @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Founders Brewery has quickly become one of New York City's favorite craft breweries.  Just yesterday I saw Founders Pale Ale at a Morton Williams.  And last week, their Rye was on sale at a local bodega.  They've caught on and they've caught quick.  Rattle n' Hum will be handing over control of their 40+ draught lines to the Grand Rapids brewery.  You can better believe that you will not be disappointed with what they'll be bringing.  Check out the list:

Pale Ale Centennial IPA Porter Double Trouble Cerise Dirty Bastard Reds Rye Old Curmudgeon Nemesis Backwoods Bastard Breakfast Stout Kentucky Breakfast Stout Black Biscuit Imperial Stout Kaiser Curmudgeon Canadian Breakfast Stout

Canadian Breakfast Stout is the Breakfast Stout aged in Maple Syrup barrels.  Holy Crap.

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

Tuesday, May 24 - So You Think You're A Beer Geek? @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:

Alright, just cause we at the beer friends speak fluent Malton and occasionally dress up as hop-nuggets doesn't make us beer geek's.  Actually spending our free time running a beer blog probably is what makes us beer geeks.  Well, it's time to be proud of who we are.  A newly minted beer bar titled TapRoom 307 in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Manhattan is throwing a unique event.  Their geekiest patrons will be bringing their rarest and best bottles of bought and home-brewed beer AND the owners will be uncorking their own favorite selections from their private bottle cellar.

All you have to do to join in the fun?  Bring your favorite rare, delicious or homemade bottled brew and $12 for a tasting glass.  Then get ready to sample the deliciousness that everyone else brought.

TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets, Murray Hill, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 25 - Bear Republic Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

The Bear Republic stands for much more than a brewery that brews fantastically hoppy brews out of California.  It stands for the growing brewing tradition in the nations most famous state.   Bear Republic brewery will be bringing their finest brews to the Blind Tiger Ale House this Wednesday.   Check out the list:

Cher Ami Heritage End 10 Carburetor Volks Bier El Oso Mai Bock Ryevalry Stick Ball Alt Racer 5 Red Rocket Hop Rod Rye

Sorry Freddy, no Crazy Ivan.  Maybe next time.  You should still go check it out though.

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

Wednesday, May 25 - Deers and Beers with Founders Brewery @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Now this is a man's man beer event.  We're talking beer out of the Michigan woods and animals killed in those woods.  With someones bare hands.  Yeah, I know.  Man's man.  Really though, Founder's hometown, Grand Rapids, isn't quite the woods and the venison is probably from upstate New York.  Regardless, Founders Beer + Venison = Straight Manliness.

Founder's will be bringing several great brews to the Double Windsor in Park Slope, Brooklyn, who in their honor will be serving up delicious venison based grub.  We're talking venison burgers, venison carpaccio, and homemade venison charcuterie.

The brews include the Nemesis Barley Wine, Curmudgeon Old Ae, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Red’s Rye PA, Centennial IPA, Porter and Pale Ale.

The Founder's Brewmaster, Jeremy Kosmicki, will be on hand to discuss the ins and outs of brewing the over the top flavors of Founders brew.  You might learn something.  That is if you can catch him in between bites of venison deliciousness.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West at 16th Street, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, May 26 - Oysters and Captain Lawrence @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Hey Jimmy's No. 43, we here at the Beer Friends just wanted to say thank you.  Thank you for starting and continuing, with such awesomeness, your oysters and brewery nights every week.  We love oysters and we love breweries.  We especially love brewery's with nautical themes.  Like Captain Lawrence (remember their domination in the Beer Friends Final Four?).  Thank you for hosting Captain Lawrence this Thursday and for pouring their staples and new/rare releases.  Thank you for combining their brews with oysters shucked by your ace-oyster-shucker Eddie Oyster.  We'll see ya there!  Thanks for having us.  In advance.   And thank you Captain Lawrence for brewing such fantastic beer.

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

Saturday, May 28 - Sixpoint Presents the UEFA Champions League Final @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

We learned something new about Sixpoint that we never knew before:  they love European football.  We support that.  We also support the release of their most famous brews in cans, available for purchase all around the five boroughs.  The Spring Lounge (Little Italy's most famous and possibly only craft beer bar) is claiming that they will be one of the first bars in the city to release for consumption Sixpoint Bengali Tiger cans.   Do we believe them?  Ya know, even if they're not telling the truth you'll still get to drink a bunch of Sixpoint draught pours.  And watch a pretty awesome soccer match-up: Manchester United vs. FC Barcelona.

I just don't see how that could end pourly.

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street, at the corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manhattan.

Saturday, May 28 - Founders Brewing Company @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

This week's NYC Craft Beer events has a recurring theme if you haven't noticed:  Founder's.  I wanted to end this post by expressing the Beer Friends love for Founders Brewing Company.  Not in a weird way though.  Just in a way where we want to consume their brews at Rattle n' Hum, enjoy them with some Venison burgers at Double Windsor and finish the week off with some free tastings at GRAB Specialty Foods in Park Slope, Brooklyn.  They'll be pouring a secret selection of Founders at the store this Saturday.  To be honest, they can keep it secret until the event is over and we'd still be happy.  Their beer tastes that awesome.

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 May 15, 2011

Graham

I woke up this morning with great expectations.  The sun was shining, a warm summer breeze blowing through the air, the smell of blossoming plants and then I opened my eyes.  Rain.  Thunder.  Fog.  And it was cold.  And it will be happening all week long.  Then I looked at the list of craft beer events happening this week.  The clouds parted, the sun came back out and the annoying spitting from the dense fog that engulfed the city transformed into a soft mist reminiscent of the Irish countryside.  Yea, craft beer has that affect on me. Tuesday, May 17 - Empire Brewing Company Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Imagine you were taking a boat trip down the Erie Canal (10 points if you know where the Erie Canal is) rafting through the port towns of Syracuse, Rochester and Buffalo and you wanted a beer.  The obvious choice is Empire Brewing Company.  Started in Syracuse and at

times brewing in Buffalo and Rochester it is Western New York's favorite brewery.  They'll be bringing an impressive selection of their brews (which are all impressive) to Rattle n' Hum this Tuesday.    Check out this list of brews:

Empire Brown Ale Empire Wheat Wine Empire IPA (Falconers Flight) Empire Maple Porter

Empire State Pale Ale Deep Purple 2010 Barley Wine 2009 Barley Wine Aged in a Heaven Hill Bourbon Barrel Empire Light Lager Empire Amber Ale Empire Cream Ale White Aphro Black magic Stout

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

Wednesday, May 18 - Great Brewers Beer Tasting @ George Keeley's, Manhattan:

Great Brewers is a group that represents some of the greatest brewers internationally and in the US.  Their draughts are most easily recognized by the light wood tap handles with the Great Brewers seal.  When you get a pour from one of those tap handles, you know you're getting something good.  Green Port (Long Island), Ballast Point (California), Hitachino (from Hong Kong), Schekerla (Germany) and La Rulles (Belgium).  After all nothing is more international than Long Island.  Here's the list:

Greenport Harbor Black Duck Porter, Greenport Harbor Harbor Ale, Greenport Harbor Canard Noir, Greenport Harbor Ahtamaic IPA, Greenport Harbor Rye Saison Cask, Ballast Point Yellow Tail Pale Ale, Ballast Point Abandoned Ship, Ballast Point Wahoo Wheat, Hitachino Ginger, Schekerla Smoked Lager and La Rulles Triple.

George Keeley's is located at 485 Amsterdam Avenue between 83th and 84th streets, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 18 - Victory Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:

Some would say napalm in the morning smells like victory.  We say hops anytime smells like victory.  And Victory. The winningest brewing company ever will be visiting the Double Windsor in Brooklyn this Wednesday.  And they'll be helping you achieve victory with some of their best brews:

Hop Wallop Imperial IPA Hop Devil IPA Yakima Glory Black IPA Headwaters Pale Ale Whirlwind Wit St. Boisterous Hellerbock St. Victorious Dopplebock Braumeister Pils Donnybrook Stout

All for $5 and the first person to bring the bartender a bag of Milano cookies gets a free pint.  Milano's = victory.

The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 14th and 15th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, May 18 - Oregon Beer Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

Beer president of America?  Colorado.  Beer vice president of America?  Oregon.  Oregon, the state, with the help of its best breweries will be showcasing its history of brewing tradition.  Join Rogue, Elysian, Full Sail and Dick's at the Stag's Head to celebrate all things Oregon.  Well, mostly just the beer.  And Phil.

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

Thursday, May 19 - River Horse Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we try to be equal-opportunity when it comes to the neighborhoods, counties and states in the New York City metropolitan area.  Certain places get a bad rap with the rest of the world - Murray Hill, Staten Island and Jersey.  Well, River Horse is working to redeem New Jersey's image with the beer world and they're doing a damn good job at it.  They'll be taking over the taps at Bierkraft this Thursday.  The full list has yet to be released but we expect it to be pretty refreshingly gnarly.  Jersey totally just jumped Staten Island in the rankings.

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

Saturday, May 21 - Sixpoint Brewery and Tacos El Bronco @ Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Alright, I know we've made several claims regarding the best food to eat while consuming craft brew, but it's been decided:  Tacos.  The famed Brooklyn taco truck - Tacos El Bronco (as in served from a Ford Bronco) will be making a point to prove their case when it comes to food/beer pairing.  They will be bringing the best tacos in Brooklyn out to Sycamore and Sixpoint Craft Ales will be pouring their namesake and seasonal brews.  I can't think of a better way to spend a Saturday afternoon.  Literally.  Top of the "Ways to Spend a Saturday Afternoon List."

Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster Road and East 11th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn.

Friday, May 20 - Sunday, May 22 - Maine Beer Weekend @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Maine is the unsung hero of East Coast craft beer.  One of the least populated states on the east coast with most of the population hugging the Atlantic Maine's craft beer is full of fisherman culture and grit.  Malty, full-bodied brews that shine nicely in the noon-day sun next to a pile of steamers on the beach.  IPA's that are hopped to the teeth that pair perfectly with the days deep-water catch.  Stouts that are roasted to perfection packed to the gills with body that a master of the ocean would consume during a rugged winter night filled with crab fishing.

The Pony Bar shares our sentimental views of Maine, seafood and beer and they are throwing the 3rd Annual Maine Beer Weekend.  Belgian brews straight from Allagash, fishermen's straight from Shipyard and Seadog and malty, woodsy brews from Geary's will fill the draught board and the cask lines.  Fresh seafood shipped in straight from Maine will be cooked up by the gastropub culinary geniuses behind Pony's usual menu - we're talking lobster rolls, scallop sliders and fried oysters.

There's even a hint that some super-special brews will be on tap but cannot be mentioned due to legal reasons.

I like that.  A lot.

See you this weekend!

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue on the Northwest Corner of 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

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!