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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 March 4, 2012

Graham

Hey now!  It's Tuesday.  Let's drink some craft beer! Tuesday, March 6 - Founders Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Some would call Founders arriving on the East Coast one of the best things to happen to New York City ever.  Perhaps we should have a public holiday to celebrate?  Until then

we'll just have to settle for there amazing beer events - and tonight's is happening at the Pony Bar.

This is Pony's first time with Founders and they're pulling out all the stouts - Breakfast Stouts that is.  The Pony is promising a few varieties of them alongside the rest of Founders big lineup.  The likelihood of disappointed is non-existent.

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

Tuesday, March 6 - Mikkeller VS Evil Twin @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

A good ol' fashioned Danish showoff.  If those really exist then there's one tonight at BGH in Carroll Gardens.  They tried to pair brews up that could be comprable in a competition, but that proved rather difficult as both breweries produce beer that is hard to categorize.

Check the list:

Mikkeller I Beat yoU Evil Twin Yang Imperial IPA Mikkeller To From Via 2011 Evil Twin Yin Imperial Stout Mikkeller Monk’s Elixer / Belgium Evil Twin Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados Mikkeller Wet Hop Kellerbier Evil Twin Södermalm Hipster Ale

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street on the corner of Sackett Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, March 7 - Deviant Dales IPA & Hops and Heifers Release Party @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Oskar Blues has two big brews premiering this spring and they want you to try them.  Nine lines will be pouring on Wednesday - Nitro Dale's Pale, Nitro Old Chub, Oaked Old Chub, Deviant Dales and fresh Hops and Heifers.  There will also be plenty of Colorado styled chow - steaks, sliders and the type of oysters you can only get in the Rockies.

Nothing like some brew to help you choke down those kind of oysters.

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

Thursday, March 8 - Stone Brewery Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

We're all well versed in Stone Breweries many pours.  That only makes it more enjoyable to have a night with all of them to yourself.  They'll be dominating the taps at Bierkraft, including two special cask selections.  Check out the list:

Draft:

IPA

Old Guardian

Belgo Old Guardian
Ruination IPA
Sublimely Self-Righteous
Russian Imperial Stout 2011
Arrogant Bastard Ale
Levitation
Smoked Porter
15th Anniversary Epic
Vertical Epic 11.11.11
Cali-Belgique
Sublimely Self-Righteous
On Cask:
Smoked Porter with Chipotle Peppers
Sublimely Self-Righteous Dry Hopped with Amarillo
Bierkraft is located at 191 5th Avenue between Union and Berkeley Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Friday, March 9 - The New York Beer Company Grand Opening @ The New York Beer Company, Manhattan:
We love the Empire State.  We love people who appreciate what New Yorkers create - from food, to whiskey and especially our beers.  We love drinking it and are great at brewing it.  The New York Beer Company is our kind of place then.  Boasting 40 draft and over 50 bottles it promises to give you something delicious to drink - however unlike other massively stocked beer bars this ones got a theme.  The selection is mostly centered around NY beers - Sixpoint, Empire, Bronx Brewery, Brooklyn, Kelso, Middle Ages, Coney Island, Blue Point, Ithaca, the list goes on and on.  That New York State of Mind song never made more sense than right now.
The New York Beer Company is located at 321 West 44th Street between 8th and 9th Avenue, Hell's Kitchen/Theatre District, Manhattan.

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 Craft Beer Events for the Week of October 23, 2011

Graham

Tuesday, October 25 - Southern Tier Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan: Here's an event you won't want to miss:  Southern Tier's first brewery event at the Pony Bar.  They'll be bringing the best, the biggest and the rarest of their brews.  We're talking hoppy oak age Imperial IPA's, Phin and Matt's Extraordinary Ale and some high alcohol, rare bottles that will be mysteriously popping up around the bar.  If you're lucky one might pop up next to you.

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

Tuesday, October 25 - Tuesday Night Tasting with Empire Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Now here's an interesting beer story - breweries that start in large cities usually export their production to smaller towns in the region in order to produce enough volume to satisfy consumers while not having to pay the immense inner-city rents - Brooklyn Brewery, Sam Adams and Harpoon all have done this among countless other craft brewers.  Empire is a bit different - started in Syracuse, New York way way back, got pretty popular in the region and then opened a second brewery in order to keep up - in Brooklyn.

Both the Syracuse brewery and the Brooklyn based brewery will be helping to support their more popular offerings, while at the same time focusing on their own featured brews.  Assistant brewer Olivia Cerio and brand manager Gabe Barry will be leading the tastings and will feature beers made exclusively at both breweries.  The pours listed so far are - Amber Ale, IPA, Pumpkin, Hefe and Hop Harvest.  Tuesday night tastings are free - but Bierkraft isn't too big - so get there early.

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

Wednesday, October 26 - Beers of San Diego! @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

This Beer Friend has some fond memories of San Diego Breweries after the Southern California Brewery tour stopped there in July.  Now he gets to relive them at the Stag's Head = less palm trees and perfectly sunny weather, but the same great beer.  I'll take that.

Mission Brewery will be on hand alongside Ballast Point, Stone Brewing and Green Flash Brewing.  If San Diego had a brewing all-star team, this would be it.

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

Thursday, October 27 - I Love New York Beer Month - A Tale of Two Forks @ The Spring Lounge, Manhattan:

October at the Spring Lounge is a special time.  Especially for us Empire Staters. For the entire month they've turned over their taps and bottles to the famous craft breweries located here in New York.  As sort of a finale they'll be showcasing two of Long Islands best breweries, Greenport Harbor and Southampton, in an event titled "Strong Ryeland" - which features a rye brew of epic proportions of the same name.  Think of a rye based ESB with, and I quote the Spring Lounge - "enough hops to make your toes tingle."

The Spring Lounge is located at 48 Spring Street on the Corner of Mulberry Street, NoLita, Manahttan.

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!

Welcome to the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week - The Beer Friend's Event List

Graham

It's here! It's here! It's here! It's finally here! I feel like a child on Christmas (Hanukkah, Quanza or Atheist Hate-On-Everyone Day - we're equal opportunity here) - if Christmas was 10,000 times more magical and filled with beer than it already is. The 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week has arrived! From Friday, September 16 to Sunday, September 25 (Yes! I know it's more than a week! Two extra days!) we here in NYC will be inundated, not by deluges of hurricanes or the shaky grounds of earthquakes, but floods of delicious craft beer at an incredible number of establishments - so many that you literally couldn't commute to work each day without bumping into at least one event venue. The NYC Craft Beer Week website has the full list of events (along with opportunities to obtain a passport with boatloads of craft beer deals) and it is immense and impressive. To help you sift through the dozens of craft beering happening each day we picked out the events that were the most intriguing, from our favorite breweries, pouring the rarest of brews and in general, a guaranteed damn good time. This edition covers the weekend on Monday. Check back in Monday morning for our take on next week's events.

We hope you agree with our list and, as always, can't wait to see you out there in the jungle...the 2011 New York City Craft Beer Week jungle that is!

Friday, September 16

Friday night starts the whole shebang off with a lip smackin' range of events. You can choose to hit up the Official NYC Craft Beer Week opening festivity at Southpaw in Park Slope (the tickets are $50 and include a tasting glass for free tastings and some pretty kick-ass music). Check out their website and see if it's in your sights. If tickets aren't your flavor then check out these pay-as-you-go events:

Ithaca Brewery Night @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

It wouldn't be a start to NYC Craft Beer Week without a Pony Bar brewery event to kick it off. Well, the Pony Bar doesn't disappoint - they grabbed Ithaca Brewery, dragging their beer and Ithaca's NYC Rep Eric VanZile with them. The Pony promises many rare and favorite pours from Ithaca and the sort of revelrous atmosphere you want for kickoff event.

The Pony Bar is located at 637 10th Avenue at 45th Street, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan.

Left Hand Brewery Night @ Mudville, Manhattan:

As our Colorado representative, Brad has been loving the look of this event from the moment he saw it. Left Hand Brewery will be bringing it's finest craft brew selections to Tribeca's best craft beer bar for you to sample, enjoy and then indulge in the celebration of another NYC Craft Beer Week.

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

Why Guinness? @ Dive Bar, Manhattan:

Those are two words we've asked ourselves many times over the course of our craft beer lives - however, they're usually surrounded by other words. For example: Why Guinness when I can have Schlafly? Why is Guinness the only stout ever on tap at non-craft beer bars? Hey man, I got you a Guinness. Ahh damn, why Guinness? Don't you know me? Well, Guinness wants to try and prove those sentiments wrong and make a stand (as if they haven't already) in our beer hearts. Head up to Dive Bar to imbibe a range of stouts and porters and then compare them to Guinness. Sorry beautiful Guinness girls, we can't promise we'll choose a Guinness over a Left Hand Milk Stout, no matter how pretty you are.

Dive Bar is located at 732 Amsterdam Avenue at West 96th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan.

Saturday, September 17

Beer Brunch @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

We'd imagine that the Saturday after the official start of NYC Craft Beer Week should require a brunch that includes some Hair of the Dragon. Jimmy's No. 43 has kindly put together something of that sort to help you recover and move on to more craft beering. Head on over to grab some grub, specially prepared to pair with Jimmy's European/American craft beer selection. Always rotating taps and an extensive bottle list should be enough to get you fully back on your feet. Did we mention that Jimmy's No. 43 is the "downstairs" of 43 East 7th Street? That means no bright lights during your breakfast.

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

Concoction vs. Penicillin: The Final Battle @ The Counting Room, Brooklyn:

Brooklyn recently brewed a new creation inspired by the Scottish cocktail - The Penicillin. Their creation - The Concoction - contained an interesting array of flavors to wild to explain with words. I myself have heard some of the strangest descriptions of the tastes people experience while drinking it - everything from medicine, to licorice, to band-aids, to whiskey. Some good, some interesting, some not so good. Either way it's time for you to way in. For $10 you get a sample of "The Concoction" and the cocktail "The Penicillin" with the task of describing both and decreeing a victor. Are you up for the task?

The Counting Room is located at 44 Berry Street between 11th and 12th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

The Pig Roast with Lagunitas @ The Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Here's your main event for Saturday. It involves slow, roasted, smoke pig, loads of sides and $5 pints of Lagunitas's best craft brew offerings. The Sycamore is bringing in a whole pig and will spend all night, morning and afternoon slow roasting it, for 14 hours to be precise, until it's ready for you at 2 pm. At this point you will show up, grab a plate of food ($25 - but we're told it's well worth it) and consume your fair share of Lagunitas craft brew. This event is listed as going on until 8. But we have a feeling they'll keep it going until "question mark."

The Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road at Westminster Road, Park Slope South, Brooklyn.

Sunday, September 18

Alright, Sunday you can take it a bit easier. It's been a long weekend filled with craft beer, delicious food and fantastic locations. Let's take an abbreviated look at a day prepared to get you ready for the week. The 7th day was meant for resting - only no one said that resting couldn't include beer, brunch, beer, cheese and more beer.

Beer Brunch @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Same as Saturday. But it's Sunday, so you could show up a bit later. Why not sleep in?

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

Dogfish Head Brunch and Bruzzer @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Not totally sure what the word "Bruzzer" implies, but with Dogfish Head throwing this brunch party we're sure it's something having to do with getting a bit buzzed up on a Sunday afternoon. Why not hit Jimmy's for the early brunch and Rattle n' Hum for the late brunch. It's Sunday after all.

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

Ommegang Beer and Cheese Pairing @ Greene Grape Provisions, Brooklyn:

Now that brunch(es) is(are) finished we can move on with our day. Straight to more beer and food. Greene Grape Provisions, located in Fort Greene, has invited New York's most famous Belgian style brewery in to pair their suds with some fine cheeses. Have you been wondering what the pros think of your French aged gruyere and Hennepin pairing? Then you should go. You should also head over if your more the type that leans towards cheddar cheese wiz and beast ice. You need more help than the rest of us.

Greene Grape Provisions is located at 753 Fulton Street at the corner of South Portland Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn.

Trivia Night @ Manchester Pub, Manhattan:

Of course the best way to end your Sunday is with a little craft beer inspired battle of the minds. Prove your brilliance, with the help of a team, at Manchester Pub's Trivia Night. Manchester Pub focuses on good food and good craft beer. So there will be plenty of liquid inspiration to help you out.

Manchester Pub is located at 920 2nd Avenue at 49th Street, Midtown East, Manhattan.

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 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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of September 11, 2011

Graham

Good morning all you Beer Friends out there! This week's NYC craft beer events list will be slightly abridged, and for a good reason. We'll only be showcasing events from today until Thursday, after that there's a bit of a surprise in store for you. New York City Craft Beer Week. Beginning Friday, September 16. We here at the Beer Friends think that a week dedicated solely to craft beer happening in the greatest city on the planet (and sponsored by the mayor) is important enough to deserve its own post. So, when Thursday comes around and you realize that you've come to the end of this week's Beer Friends sponsored events, don't fret. That morning we'll throw our list of the Beer Friends most anticipated events for NYC Craft Beer Week 2011. Yes, two Beer Friends events listings a week makes should make you feel warm inside, it's natural. Tuesday, September 13 - 12% Imports Tap Takeover @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan:

Most of what we do here at the Beer Friends focuses on American Craft Beer, however there is a whole other world (literally, it's from a different part of the world) that is blowing up bigtime when it comes to craft beer. Breweries all over Scandanavia, Western Europe and the old world brewing powerhouses of Belgium, Germany and England have become havens for smaller craft brewing enterprises, much like here in the U.S. 12% Imports, which headlines in bringing the best of these breweries to the U.S. has been getting major play here in NYC and they continue to do so this Tuesday night at Rattle n' Hum. They'll be showcasing Evil Twin and Stillwater, while bringing along samplings from many other breweries. Check out the beer list:

Tilquin Gueuze Evil Twin Biscotti Break Evil Twin Katz Pis Evil Twin Soft DooKie Evil Twin Ashtray Heart Stillwater Autumnal (only batch of the year) Stillwater Cellar Door Stillwater Barrel Aged Our Side (very limited…) Stillwater/Sint Canarus Rule of Thirds (new beer) Hof ten Dormaal White Gold Hof ten Dormaal Amber Hantverksbryggeriet Kosacken Hantverksbryggeriet Munken Tournay Black Tournay Saison Cazeau Emelisse Rauchbier Emelisse Barley Wine Hopfenestark Helles Hopfenstark Loulou Porter Gaverhopke Singing Blond

Put on your Viking helmet, grab your Stein and cheers with a German accent.

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

Wednesday, September 14 - Shipyard Tap Takeover @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

The Pony Bar Brewery Events are back! And we couldn't be happier. After a short pause from throwing epic brewery events, the Pony Bar starting back up again with Shipyard Brewery from Maine. They'll be pouring draughts from 10 Shipyard line including the PumpkinHead and Smashin' Pumpkin seasonal brews. Maine expert and Shipyard representative Bruce Forsely will be happy to chat you up about everything Shipyard and as always the staff at the Pony are the most well-versed when it comes to craft brew and the friendliest when it comes to bartending - a.k.a. - they'll be happy to pour and walk you through all 10 lines.

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

Wednesday, September 14 - Riverhorse Tasting @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

The Stag's Head will be hosting New Jersey's finest brewery this Wednesday and brewer Chris McGrath will be on hand to drink you through the selection. You'll need his help too, because it is an impressive selection that will surely blow away someone drinking without a brewer's help. Check out the list: Hop-A-Lot-Amus DIPA, Double White, Tripel Horse, Hop Hazard, ESB, Lager and Hipp-O-Lantern. Plus a cask of Hipp-o-Latern aged in oak barrels with vanilla! We told you, assistance may be required.

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

Thursday, September 15 - Rogue Ales Tap Takeover @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Knowing that Friday is the beginning of NYC's 2011 Craft Beer Week, one might want to get a good night's rest and a fresh start the next morning. Bright eyed and bushy-tailed and all that. Well Rogue Brewery just stepped in an stomped on your bright eyed and bushy tailed morning, crushed your early bedtime and did anything they damn well pleased to your start, except make it fresh that is. Rogue just called you out - you going to say no to them? I wouldn't. What I would do is look them in the face and drink they're entire lineup this Thursday at Bierkraft. That's 14 lines featuring these fantastic brews:

Double Mocha Porter Somer Orange Honey Wheat Dad’s Beer Black IPA McRogue Scotch Ale Brutal Bitter Ale Dead Guy Ale Dry Hopped Red Ale American Amber Ale Soba Ale Smoke Ale Imperial IPA Chatoe Rogue: Floor Malt Ale Maierfest Lager Mom’s Hefeweizen

Alright, you might want to bring a friend. 14 can be a bit heavy.

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

Enjoy these precursor to NYC 2011 Craft Beer Week events Beer Friends Nation! Make sure to come back to thebeerfriends.com this Thursday morning for the list of the must-go-to Craft Beer Week events!

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...

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.

Live Blog Smuttynose at Pony Bar

Brad

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

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

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