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New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of April 28, 2013

Graham

Tuesday, April 30 - Allagash Brewery @ Pony Bar UES, Manhattan: I have long had a love affair with American brewed Belgian beer that comes from Allagash.  For some reason it just speaks to my taste buds more than other American Belgian beer or that weird stuff that actually is brewed in Belgium.  Allagash just gets what true American styled Belgian beer should taste like.  Even Phil gets close to almost appreciating the flavors he finds disgusting in all Belgian beers - almost.  Now that's quality.  Dave Gonzalez from Allagash will be on hand with the usual good stuff and the rarest that Maine Belgian has to offer.

You might even see Phil there (ordering something else).

The Pony Bar UES is located at 1444 1st Avenue at 75th Street in the Upper East Side neighborhood of Manhattan.

Wednesday, May 1 - PA Brewery Night @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:

Nothing like a trip to Queens to visit Pennsylvania.  Although the two places couldn't be more different, Sunswick 35/35 of Astoria will be paying tribute to all the wonderful brew PA has to offer.  Here's the list:

Penn Brewing - Dark, Kaiser, Pils, Weizen

Stoudt's Brewing - Double IPA, Fourplay IPA, Fat Dog Oatmeal Stout

Victory Brewing - Golden Monkey, Tripel, St. Victorious Dopplebock, Swing Spring Saison

Weyerbacher Brewing - Insanity Barrel Aged Barleywine, Last Chance IPA, Quad

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

Wednesday, May 1 - Animal, Mineral, Vegetable Night @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

American craft beer is known for pushing the limit.  We make Pale Ale's that taste like IPA's, IPA's that taste like a punch in the face, Stouts that are brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrels, barleywine's aged in wine casks - the list goes on and on.  The next logical step was to brew beer using food.  Any type of food.  Check out this list:

Ballast Point Indra Kundra - brewed with madras curry, coconut, kaffr lime, cumin and cayenne

Abita Oyster Stout- made with pounds and pounds of oyster shells

Ommegang's Iron Throne - brewed in honor of Game of Thrones brewed with grains of paradise and lemon peel

Elysian Malestrom - IPA brewed with blood orange

And as always, in good Stag's Head fashion, there will be some free snacks (in the form of strawberry and cucumber gazpacho).  All this starts at 6 pm.

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

Thursday, May 2 - Oskar Blues Tap Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

One of the Beer Friends favorite breweries is stopping into Brooklyn's Bierkraft this Thursday to feature their classic and rare brews.  The draft list is TBA however you should expect it to be nice and fresh - Oskar Blues recently opened a satellite brewery in North Carolina in order to keep providing the East Coast with the finest quality brew possible.  Bring your growlers and enjoy!

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

Saturday, May 4 - Abita Crawfish Boil @ The Sycamore, Brooklyn:

Head on down - head on way down - as if you were going all the way to the swamp in New Orleans, but really you're just going to the Sycamore in Brooklyn on the opposite side of Prospect Park.  It's still pretty far, but it's definitely worth it.  In honor of the last weekend of Jazz Fest they'll be throwing a good ol' fashion Bayou crawfish boil.  $25 gets you quite the large bucket of crawfish and a pint of seasonal Abita.  You can grab tickets at The Sycamore's website.

The Sycamore is located at 1118 Cortelyou Road between Westminster and Stratford Roads in the Ditmas Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.

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

Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Check it:

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

VICTORY!

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

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

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

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

Bromingo Smoked Maple Amber Ale

The Kind IPA

Loopy

The Common Man

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of August 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.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 27, 2011

Graham

Holy Crap.  What are you doing this week?  Cancel it.  There are too many great events.  AND - the Beer Friends are bottling one of their newest creations - a holiday hopped and spiced IPA.  It's probably a good idea not even to go to work this week.  You might miss something. Tuesday, November 29 - Tuesday Night Tasting with Smuttynose Brewing Company @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

I told you.  Great events.  Including this one.  Head out to Brooklyn's most notorious beer bar and store for a sampling of one of New England's best breweries.  Smuttynose will be pouring tastes (and pints, and growlers) of Big A IPA, Gravitation, Star Island Single and Smuttanator.  The Smuttanator will be poured on cask.  The rest will be on draught with free samples.  It all will be fantastic brew.

Get there early.

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

Wednesday, November 30 - Dogfish Head Occupies Stag's Head @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

It's time an honest conversation of beer equality happened in this country.  While much beer is brewed in this great nation of ours, only an incredibly small minority is brewed as "craft" beer.  The rest is brewed by watered down giants focused on making a profit on billions (trillions?) of gallons of what you might be able to call beer (only by default) that control 99% of the market.  In order to combat such inequality of wealth (and quality itself for that matter) Dogfish Head will be occupying Stag's Head.

Alright, so a craft brewery occupying the Stag's Head isn't the same as a bunch of out-of-work campers occupying Wall Street, but they'll be bringing some great shit for your brew tasting:

Pangaea 120 Minute Chateau Jiahu Sah’tea Olde School Barleywine World Wide Stout Namaste Immort Ale Bitches Brew Burton Baton 60 Minute Chicory Stout My Antonia Hell Hound

There are also rumors that Randall the Enamel Animal on the Immort Ale will be on hand.  Is it true?  Does a beer that contains vanilla and bacon truly exist?  Set up a tent at the Stag's Head on Wednesday and find out.

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

Thursday, December 1 - Bronx Pale Ale vs. Victory Hop Devil : Cascade vs. Centennial @ Idle Hands Bar, Manhattan:

Bronx Pale Ale has been on the scene for a bit now.  Victory Hop Devil has owned markets within the reach of the PA brewery for quite a while.  Who will win?  It comes down to the hops and the experts at Idle Hands will differentiate between two of the favorites of American craft brewers: Cascade and Centennial.  Get a crash course on brews from blue collar locales and hops from a red, white and blue country at Idle Hands on Thursday.

Idle Hands is located at 25 Avenue B between 2nd and 3rd Streets, Alphabet City, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Four Founders at the Fair @ Puck Fair, Manhattan:

Remember a couple weeks ago when there were barely any beer events and everyone had to drink the beer that was regularly on draft?  I do too.  Let's try to keep forgetting that with this week's Founders event at Puck Fair.  They'll be bringing four of their founding beers to Puck Fair, pouring out the Dry-Hopped Cascade Ale, Dirty Bastard Scotch Ale, Centennial IPA and the Breakfast Stout.

Wait, you look disappointed.  Is it because there are only four on draft?  Why don't you have one of each and then try to convince the world of your disappointment?

Puck Fair is located at 298 Lafayette Street between Houston and Jersey Street, Soho, Manhattan.

Thursday, December 1 - Harpoon Brewery Draft Event @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Two Bierkraft events in one week!?!?  False.  Every night at Bierkraft is an event of craft beer excellence.  This is just the second one they're labeling this week.  And the second one that you definitely shouldn't miss.  Harpoon will be bringing some BIG brews and some regularly AWESOME brews.  Check out the list:

UFO Belgian Pale Ale Leviathan Quad Leviathan Barleywine 2010 Chocolate Stout Spruce Tip Ale Cider Leviathan Imperial IPA Winter Warmer

With a hit list like that one could say that Harpoon deserves their own label.

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

Friday, December 2 - Founders Night @ The Rye House, Manhattan:

Another Founders Night!?!?!?  This week seems to be the week of twins.  And shouldn't you be so lucky.  In fact, up until now I bet you were still whining to yourself about all the different Founders you didn't get to try on Thursday.  Well good thing that Friday is just a day later and Founders is bringing a whole bunch of great brew that you didn't have on Thursday to the Rye House on Friday.  Check out this lineup:  Breakfast Stout, Backwoods Bastard, Old Curmudgeon, Centennial IPA, Dry Hopped Pale Ale and Red’s Rye.

At this rate of Founder's consumption you can just combine the two nights together in your mind as one.  Certainly will make it easier to check into Untappd.

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

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of November 6, 2011

Graham

Monday, November 7 - Vintage Three Philosophers @ Fourth Avenue Pub, Brooklyn: Ommegang's most famous brew will be on hand in vintage style tonight at the Fourth Avenue Pub.  Three kegs of their quadrupel, the Three Philosopher's, have been aging nicely since 2007, 2008 and 2010.  Someone from the brewery will be around to receive your praise and admiration for this spectacular brew.  There will also be a fourth brew on hand from the Ommegang/Duvel collectioin.

The Fourth Avenue Pub is located at 76 4th Avenue between Bergen and St. Mark's Place, Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, November 8 - Tuesday Night Tastings with Peak Organic Brewery @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Organic is a trend that has sure caught on, especially here in NYC.  However, it hasn't become too overly popular in the craft beer world.  The limited amount of craft brewing has a lot to do with the availability of certified organic ingredients, however there are a few breweries who have made the jump.  Peak Organic is one of them and they'll be bringing their offerings over to Bierkraft this Tuesday for the bars weekly Tasting Night.  The line-up showcases their straight forward styles which put an emphasis on traditional taste - the Amber, IPA, Fall Summit, Nut Brown and Winter Session.  Do organic ingredients really make for a tastier brew?  It's up to you to decide.

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

Wednesday, November 9 - Abita Double Dog Release Party @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

One would expect beer that is craft brewed in New Orleans to be over-the-top.  Double Dog by Abita is just that beer.  Normally an American strong ale of epic proportions - the 25th Anniversary Vanilla Double Dog put's it even further over-the-top.  You can grab a taste of this rare and delicious brew at the Stag's Head this Wednesday as well as catching a few other Abita offerings.  Don't forget to try the free cajun snacks.

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

Thursday, November 10 - Meet the Brewery: North Coast @ The Iron Monkey, New Jersey:

Head on over to Jersey City this Thursday for a unique event that you won't want to miss - Northcoast Brewery will be featured at the Iron Monkey.  Fort Bragg, Califronia's favorite brewery will be bringing their best offerings for you to try, check out this list:

North Coast Red Seal North Coast La Merle North Coast Pranqster North Coast Old Rasputin North Coast Brother Thelonious

If these brews made it to my region, I would not miss a chance to try all of them.

The Iron Monkey is located at 99 Greene Street on the corner of York Street, a short walk from the Exchange Place Path Stop, Jersey City, New Jersey.

Saturday, November 12 - Stone Brewing Company Presents: Vertical Epic 11/11/11 @ GRAB Specialty Foods, Brooklyn:

Here at the Beer Friends we appreciate the ingenuity of craft brewers everywhere.  We also appreciate it when they go batsh!t crazy.  Introducing this years 11/11/11 Vertical Epic by Stone:  "Belgian-style amber ale brewed with cinnamon and Anaheim chillis from New Mexico’s legendary Hatch Valley."  Holy sh#t.  Seriously crazy.  Stone's own Dennis Flynn will be on hand at GRAB to walk you through this incredibly unique beer.  As well as three other SoCal classics.  We strongly agree with GRAB's statement "don't forget to bring your growler."

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 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.

Craft Beer Week Pre-Game at The Stag's Head

Brad

Oh man, Craft Beer Week is approaching - and the Beer Friends were emailing back and forth all day about the possibilities. Questions arose: should we feature events? Should we suggest our favorites? Should we branch out and individually go to events? Should we quit our jobs, hit every event and find out happens when we wake up (hungover) in ten days. Answers will follow but for now... pregame! Brad's 1 - Sixpoint Mad Scientist #5: while waiting for Phil I jumped on the Sixpoint Mad Scientist series - a bit belgian-y and I can't figure out all the flavors... Click the comment box below and share your thoughts if you've had it!

Phil 1 - holy crap! If you're looking to find fall in a glass go out and find Riverhorse's Hippolantern. Ridiculously delicious, tastes as close to a delicious pumpkin pie as I've ever had. Starting with a a solid pumpkin ale then aged in bourbon casks with vanilla beans makes this the one to beat for the season.

Brad 2 - The River Horse Hippolantern aged in Bourbon barrels with Vanilla beans - unbelievably smooth and like pumpkin pie in a glass - no lingering taste which makes me look at the glass to make sure I actually drank some.

Phil 2 - River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus I live this one. Really continues the excellent showing from River Horse this evening. A good and solid hoppy presence, with a slight back end balance of malts. Love it.

Brad 3 - River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus is a delicious and a great IPA. This IPA also happens to be the favorite (label?) of a fellow beer blogger (read: Brew York, New York)

Phil 3 - Special Lager - pretty solid Lager. Good balance between malts and hops. That's about it, and good.

Brad 4 - Hippolantern on draft - really awesome to be able to try both varieties of the Hippolantern at this event. Hippolantern on draft is more biting but I feel that has a lot to do with the Bourbon barrel aging (cask vs draft aside). The cask was much smoother but both are delicious. Another can't go wrong from River Horse.

Phil 4 - Hipp-O-Lantern on draft, and yea I spelled it right, sorry Brad. Still a fantastic pumpkin ale, well spiced and balanced. I still prefer the cask version, but this is great for the mass appeal draft offering.

Brad 5: Phil's a jerk - this ain't a spelling bee - it's live blogging! River Horse Double Wit has a nice belgian taste and enjoyable as a last drink. Good night NYC!

Phil 5: Special Ale again.....my bad.

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!