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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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 5, 2012

Graham

Tuesday, August 7 - Founders Brewery Night @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: Last year Founders took the city by storm, this year they are an established leader in the craft beer world.  Just cause they're easier to find these days doesn't mean that we don't still seek them out in all corners of the world and  Rattle n' Hum is making it easy as pie to find them tonight.  Stop in for a Founders extravaganza.  Here's the list:

Founders Cenntenial Founders Porter Founders 111pa Founders CBS Founders KBS Founders Breakfast Stout Founders Cerise

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

Wednesday, August 8 - Allagash Brewing Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

If you could mix Belgian beer and the good ol' American state of Maine you would inevitably get Allagash.  Brewing some of the best Belgian inspired beer this side of the pond, Allagash is a treat for both Belgian lovers and those of us that still find the style mysterious and elusive.  Get on over to Stag's Head on Wednesday to enjoy several pours from Allagash, snacks and rep Susan Greene as she talks up all things Allagash.  Check out the list:

Bourbon Barrel Aged Black Blonde Interlude HLT Saison Mihm

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

Wednesday, August 8 - Green Flash Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

If West Coast brewing is known for one thing it's their creative and generous use of hops in everything they do.  Green Flash embodies this tradition perfectly.  One of the best breweries in San Diego, the state of California and the nation as a whole they have continued to surprise and impress with their interpretations of various beer styles.  Bierkraft will be handing over the reigns to them on Wednesday and we couldn't be more excited and intrigued.

West Coast IPA Imperial IPA Hop Head Red Double Stout Porter Trippel Retro Extra Pale Ale 30th Street Pale Ale West Coast IPA (cask) Hop Head Red (cask)

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

Thursday, August 9 - Green Flash! @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

Yes.  You did read that correctly.  There are two Green Flash events happening this week.  If you missed it (or didn't get your fill) of Green Flash at Bierkraft on Wednesday then head right down the street to the Gate on Thursday.  I don't want to say one event is better than another, but the Gate is boasting a very impressive selection, including some "can't get in NYC" and a firkin.  A firkin.

Double Stout w/ Serrano Chilis! West Coast IPA Imperial IPA Palate Wrecker Le Freak Retro Extra Pale Ale Trippel Hop Head Red Saison Diego Baleywine 2008

Hard to find in NYC:

30th St Pale Ale East Village Pilsner Park West Porter

Firkin:

West Coast IPA

I think that's a Gold Medal in the Green Flash event.

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue on the southeast corner of 3rd Street in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn.

Thursday, August 9 - Greenport Harbor Brewery Evening @ Standings, Manhattan:

I know what you've been thinking recently:  I love watching the Olympics but something's missing.  Well, we've found the solution.  Head to Standings, possibly NYC's finest, dive, sports centered, craft beer bar for some Olympic action, free pizza and taking the gold: Greenport Harbor brews.  They'll be pouring four from this fantastic Long Island brewery.  All of this will be starting as soon as you can get there.

Anniversary Ale Triton Hoppy Stout Summer Ale

Standings is located at Upstairs 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues in the East Village neighborhood of Manhattan.

2008-2012 Leap Year Aged Beer: Blog from The Gate, Brooklyn

Graham

It takes a community to build a house but only one man to live blog a fantastic beer event. Or does it? The guys at the Gate have kept six kegs in the deepest dankest part of their basement and tonight this one Beer Friend is drinking his share. Here's the lineup, each one keg aged four years:

J.W. Lees Manchester Star Samuel Adams Chocolate Bock Hitachi no Nest Celebration Ale Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru Allagash Curieux

Graham's First - Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale

Let's recap an important conversation:

Me: How's the bourbon barrel scotch ale. Bartender: How is it? It's kinda f$ck%n awesome. Me: Then I kinda f#ck€n want some.

Small pour of epic deliciousness.  Five weeks of bourbon barrel aging already puts it over the top but keg age the brew for 5 years and it really opens up.  Your talking each delectable flavor of the brew: hints of vanilla, sugar, smoke and wood.

Over the top flavors of bourbon. Which I suppose includes all those aforementioned flavors. Did I mention that I love bourbon?

Graham's Second - Allagash 2008 Curieux

Another recap - the last beer was dark. Like the soul of a southern republican. It was bourbon aged with 6 different malts and two different hops. Bourbon/whiskey aged means nothing constant to anything however. The Allagash Curieux proves that. Aged 2 months in Jim Beam barrels at first sip one wouldnt know the difference - until you got real deep into it. The vanilla from the oak/whiskey barrels is dominant. Belgian flavors are reserved but present and the 9.5% ABV is non-existent.

Cloudy (as hell, which is most likely cloudy) and blonde-ish this beer defines what a bourbon aged Belgian should. Awesome.

All-in-all this is one of the most delicious beverages with this much flavor east of the Mississippi.

Graham's Third - Hitachino Nest  Celebration 2008

Apparently one of the rarest breweries on the planet after the tsunami - located right where that terrible wave hit.  This beer was brewed a bit before the disaster and and after four years of aging it was delicious.

This beer gives...er...has great head.  They serve a 10 oz. pour in a pint glass because the head is so active.  And it's not empty fizzy head either - it's packed with the aromatic flavors of the beer. Speaking of the beer's flavors...

This is a light colored, intriguingly spiced winter warmer.  If you were wondering what a Japanese winter warmer would taste like this is it...on four year aged steroids.  Very spicy but definitely verging on sweet at some points.  Flowing in between the orange/vanilla side and the coriander/nutmeg/cinnamon side.  All the while staying incredibly smooth.  One of the best brews of the night.

Thanks to the guys and gals at the Gate! You guys really know how to rock an imaginary type of day in the right type of way!

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of February 26, 2011

Graham

This year is special - you're getting some extra time.  To do what with you ask?  Drink more craft beer of course!  What kind of craft beer should you drink and where should you drink it?  Let's see... Tuesday, February 28 - Dogfish Head Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The over-the-top odd-duck of the beer world is bringing their best brews to one of NYC's best brew bars.  Enter Dogfish Head at the Pony Bar.  We're talking 20 draft lines and 2 casks.  Possibly even some fancy rare stuff.  Although, almost anything Dogfish Head makes tastes fancy and rare.  Chris Valente, of Dogfish, will be on hand to get you through the night, but you should probably set something up beforehand to help get you home.  This is going to be a big one.

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

Wednesday, February 29 - Flying Leap Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

What better way to spend the oddest day of the year with a trip out to the oddest borough for an offering of brew from an odd(ly decorated) brewery.  Their brew really isn't so odd, just delicious.  What is odd is their devotion to Gonzo styled artistic design on all their 6-packs and bottles.  Hell, for all we know the Leap Day was created in homage to the Gonzo masters themselves.  Either way, hit them up for a memorable February 29 - the day that only exists every four years!

The list:

Doggie Style Pale Ale Garde Dog Biere de Garde Gonzo Imperial Porter K-9 Cruiser Winter Ale Kujo Imperial Coffee Stout

Sunswick 35/35 is located at 3502 35th Street at 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens.

Wednesday, February 29 - Leap Year Beer @ The Gate, Brooklyn:

In a throw back to the last recorded Leap Year, the guys and gals at the gate in Park Slope will be serving up some vintage craft brew memories.  Some big and tasty brews that have been stashed and aged since '08.  Maybe we'll discover that craft beer brewed during a Leap Year tastes best after aging it until the next Leap Year.  Only one way to find out...

The List:

Hitachino Nest Commemorative Ale 2008 Sprecher Bourbon Barrel Scotch Ale 2008 Allagash Curieux 2008 Heavy Seas Peg Leg Imperial Stout 2008 J.W. Lees Manchester Star 2008 Abbaye Des Rocs Grand Cru 2008

The Gate is located at 321 5th Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Thursday, March 1 - English Beer Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I'm going out on a limb on this one.  Usually I wouldn't trust much that comes from that Limey island across the Atlantic, but if the guys and gals at Bierkraft are throwing a party than I have no reason to believe it'll be anything but awesome.  This Thursday they'll be featuring English beers, many which influenced the way craft beer is still made here in the United States - of course leading to our complex that we're just going to grow up to become our fathers.  Bierkraft hasn't released the list yet - but again, if they're picking the pours then I got a good feeling that despite the bad accents and crooked teeth, the beer will be great.

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

Saturday, March 3 - NYC American Craft Beer Festival @ The Lexington Armory, Manhattan:

We love craft beer festivals.  There's a new one hitting the shores of NYC this weekend and there are still tickets available.  Introducing the NYC American Craft Beer Festival at the Lexington Armory.  Your general admission ticket will include unlimited tasting of over 150 craft beers from 75 different breweries.  Many of the brewers of the beer you'll be sampling will be standing there with you to guide you through their product.  Imagine sharing your favorite beers with the men and women who brew them.  Now imagine doing it 75 times.  I think that's a challenge.

You can get info and buy all three tiers of tickets here:  http://nyccraftbeerfest.com/

The Lexington Armory is located at 68 Lexington Avenue between 25th and 26th streets, Kips Bay, Manhattan.

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

Graham

  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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