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

Graham

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Thursday, August 4 - International IPA Day!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short list:

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

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

Just to name a few for either place.

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

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

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

Graham

It's the last week in March and it feels like nature is playing a cruel April Fools joke on us.  Hey, here's an 80 degree day to inagurate the coming of spring...NOT! BOOM! 25 degrees and snowing! I swear, last week you could look up at the sky and see mother nature flicking you off with middle finger shaped clouds that simultaneously raining a "wintry-mix" down on us.  Jerk.  Well, this week is when April Fools Day actually happens.  My prediction?  Starts off sunny and 70 end up 20 and hailstorms the size of golf balls.  Just make sure you're drinking your craft brews indoor. Tuesday, March 29 - Global Brands Breweries Events @ The Pony Bar, Manhattan:

Global Brands is a fine distributor of many of our favorite craft breweries:  North Coast, Acme, Stoudts, Clipper City and Elysian.  They'll be taking over the taps with a fine potpourri of their favorite brews from these distinguished breweries and will have to of their best reps on hand to answer all of your craft brew distribution questions.  So shuffle up to the Pony, order a brew from each brewery and find Dean Palmer and Susan Greene.  Maybe if you're lucky and charismatic enough you're pitch to get them to distribute your line of homebrews to the rest of New York City.  We all know how hard it is to get carried out in Queens.

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

Tuesday, March 29 - Barrier Brewery Event @ Bar Great Harry, Brooklyn:

Barrier Brewery represents the newest, youngest and one of the most creative breweries in New York State.  They will be bringing their "regular" (i.e. awesomely delicious) brews to Bar Great Harry out in Brooklyn.  In between the dominoe games and meat pies that BGH (their nickname, duh) is famous for, make sure you are aggressively sipping some Ruthless Rye IPA, Greenroom Pale Ale, Lights Out Stout, and Buffalo American Red.  Expect some rare and unique brews on top of those as well.

Bar Great Harry is located at 280 Smith Street between Degraw and Sackett Streets, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

Tuesday, March 29 - $10 Tuesday Tastings - Spring Seasonals @ Jimmy's No. 43, Manhattan:

Well Mother Nature, as you may have heard, I am currently at odds with you.  It's mostly because I find you untrustworthy at the moment.  Maybe if you kept your word and gave us spring instead of tricking us with your warm weather and already-blossoming-flowers I'd be more accepting of you.  At the moment however, I'm more inclined to trust my spring feelings with Jimmy's No. 43.  On Tuesday they'll be embracing the season by giving you a selection of spring seasonals to taste and discuss for just $10.  What goes in to making a spring seasonal and do all spring seasonals have to look/taste alike?  You'd be surprised.  Head on over to Jimmy's this Tuesday to embrace the side of spring that mother nature is determined to keep from us.  Maybe she'll get jealous and throw some nice days our way.

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

Wednesday, March 30 - Captain Lawrence Night @ The Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan:

We are proud of Captain Lawrence for making such a strong showing in the Beer Friends Final Four - Liquid Gold, welcome to the second round! You beat the refreshing hops of Sam Adams Noble Pils, but can you stand up to the aggressive herbal hops of Smuttynose IPA?  Either way, we enjoy your presence in the BFF4 and we love your beers.  Head to the Blind Tiger Ale House on Wednesday for the full range of Captain Lawrence brews.  They'll be pouring Nor’Easter Winter Warmer, Golden Delicious, Five Years Later, Winter Rye, Espresso Stout, Rosso e Marrone, Xtra Gold, Captain’s Reserve Imperial IPA, Black & Brown Sour #1, Funky Sour Cherry  #2, “Chilli” Lambic 2008 and Spring Blend 2011.  Captain Scott Vaccaro will also be there to talk about all things Captain Lawrence and sailing the high seas of the Hudson.  If that's not enough to entice you, every Wednesday at 6:00 the Blind Tiger lays out approximately 4 lbs. of cheese from Murray's Cheese Shop for you to nibble at liberally.  Includes baguettes.

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

Wednesday, March 30 - Big Beer Night with Lagunitas @ The Stag's Head, Manhattan:

What do we love?  Big beer.  Who do we love that brews them? Lagunitas.  We're talking the excellent recipes of the biggest brews that Lagunitas has to offer.  We're talking Fusion Five, Lil' Sumpin Wild, Brown Sugga and Hairy Eyeball.  We're talking free tostada's to fill your belly alongside hops and higher ABV.  We're talking Stag's Head on Wednesday.  We're talki....stop your talking.  Start eating and drinking.  Get big.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Thornbridge Brewery Night @ Bierkraft, Brooklyn:

Thornbridge huh?  Where are they from?  Never heard of em'?  They don't sound the usual American craft brewery.  That's 'cause they're not.  Thornbridge hails from the UK and they will be joining us at Bierkraft with some of their finest brews straight from Auld England.  This won't be the usual Thursday Night Tap Takeover that we're used to at Bierkraft however.  CEO Jim Harrison will be on hand and will be giving a lecture to help guide you along the Thornbridge brew selection.  They will be pouring several brews on draft and cask as well as a few straight from the rare bottle selection.  Enjoy meeting Jaipur IPA, Kipling IPA and Petersburg Stout.

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

Thursday, March 31 - Speakeasy Brewery Night @ Dive 75, Manhattan:

I hear they already have spring out in San Fransisco.  What a glorious life people must lead out there...  That's probably the brews from Speakeasy taste so delicious.  Some of your favorite brews from San Fransisco - White Lightening, Big Daddy IPA, Prohibition Ale and the Double Daddy Imperial IPA - will be pouring at Dive 75 this Thursday.  The best part?  While you're drinking one of Speakeasy's Brews you can close your eyes and it will actually feel like you are drinking it in Golden Gate Park wearing nothing but a t-shirt, shorts and sandals in 80 degree weather.  Eat that mother nature.

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