I had a feeling. And not just the usual feelings, but the awesome feelings. The sort of feelings that let you know this is going to be a big week. A HUGE week. Seriously though, the closest example I would give for the events happening this week would be a planetary alignment with the center of the galaxy. It wasn't organized by anything beyond cosmic happenstance but despite it's coincidental nature, it's pretty damn awesome. Well, this week you can thank The Beer Friends for taking the random alignment of super-awesome craft beer events and organizing them into a coherent list of what you should drink and where you should drink it. Let's see what we've got...
Tuesday, June 14 - The Good Beer Seal 2011 Awards Party @ Barcade, Brooklyn:
Ever had the urge to share your opinion regarding all things craft beer in the New York City metro area? But didn't feel like being as verbose as creating a blog on the internet? Now here at The Beer Friends we don't really know about such things. However, we do know about a more concise method of expressing your expert craft beer opinions. And it's happening this week.
The Good Beer Seal is an organization formed by the best brewers and bar owners out of the New York City craft beer scene. They have really made quite a showing on the scene since their inception - providing us with events, interviews, news and the delicious brew we love so much. Now they are throwing an awards party to acknowledge the best of craft beer happenings here in our humble little seaside village that is New York.
Even better? It's at Barcade. Always a fantastic beer selection. Always great retro video games to keep us entertained. And now? An awards show to give us something to cheer about. Did you favorite craft beer bar get an award? We all have our horses that we're pulling for. Let's take a night to give it up for craft beer here in NYC. Without it, and the people that provide us with it, we wouldn't be here.
The 2011 Great Beer Seal Awards Show is happening at Barcade which is located at 388 Union Avenue between Anslie and Hope Streets, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Tuesday, June 14 - The Blues Brothers @ TapRoom 307, Manhattan:
Were you afraid you missed it? One of most badass events of 2011. Well, you did and you're lucky: it's happening again. The Blues Brothers event is happening again, this Tuesday, at TapRoom 307. TapRoom 307 is a new beer bar in located in that weird area in between Stuyvesant Town, Flatiron and Gramercy Park. We'll just call is 3rd Avenue at 23rd Street. It's what we'd call a rich man's Pony Bar. Meaning: Great selection, great food - but pricier.
Either way - they are throwing the next Blues Brothers Event. Join Oskar Blues out of Lyons, Colorado and Two Brothers Brewery out of Warrensville, Illinois as well as a screening of the movie Blues Brothers, free soul food, a costume contest with prizes and free giveaways.
You missed it once. Don't let it happen again.
TapRoom 307 is located at 307 3rd Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street, Gramercy Park?, Manhattan.
Tuesday, June 14 - 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival @ Sunswick 35/35, Queens:
Our favorite Queens beer bar is throwing a party this week. A party that we are all going to love. Except Phil that is. And he's the only one who actually live in Queens. I guess we'll have to make a special trip.
Sunswick 35/35 is throwing their 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival that will be featuring almost 40 taps and bottles straight from the best breweries out of Belgium. The list is actually too long to include on the NYC Craft Beer post, but I suggest you check it out HERE
Did I also mention that this event is happening all week? That's 6 days we can spend trying to get Phil to enjoy Belgian brews. And then making fun of him when he refuses.
Sunswick 35/35 and the 4th Annual Belgian Beer Festival is located at 3502 35th Street at 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens.
Wednesday, June 15 - Barrier Brewery Night @ The Double Windsor, Brooklyn:
In all our beer travels around the world the Beer Friends have strived to shed light on the little guys. The newcomers to the craft brew scene. We love the big brewers but realize that an industry such as the American Craft Beer industry thrives on continual creativity from both the most experienced brewers and ingenuity from the youngest members on the scene. Barrier Brewery is just that. They have added their name to the blossoming Long Island/Metro NYC beer world and we couldn't be happier. They'll be pouring their Barnacle Brown Ale, Oil City IPA (Black IPA), Bulkhead Red, Cycle Saison, Mare Undarum (Belgian IPA), RipRap (Baltic Porter) and the GreenRoom Pale Ale.
Let's take a short quiz.
Are you experienced with any or all of these brews by Barrier Brewing Company?
a) All b) Some c) None
If you answered A, then you should attend the event. If you answered B, then you should attend the event. If you answered C, then you should attend the event. That was easy enough to figure out.
The Double Windsor is located at 210 Prospect Park West between 15th and 16th Streets, Park Slope, Brooklyn.
Thursday, June 16 - Sixpoint Specialty Night @ Standings, Manhattan:
We understand if you are already overwhelmed with the craft beer world this week. We've dropped a lot of crafty knowledge on your head so far. Perhaps you should stop reading here. We know you're better than that though. So here's a reward - Sixpoint Specialty Night at Standings.
In honor of Sixpoint's 6 Year Anniversary Standings will be throwing them a bash with rare brews that will sure make this a night to remember. We're talking Gemini, Harbinger Saison and Triple, yes that triple, not just double, Sweet Action. All that on-top of your regular Sixpoint favorites and FREE brat's from Wechsler's in the East Village.
Standings is located at 43 East 7th Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, East Village, Manhattan.
Thursday, June 16 - FREE Abita @ Mudville 9, Manhattan:
Some things you have to see to believe. This event is one of them. The last time someone promised free beer to me I had to sit through a 30-minute presentation of post-modernist Russian interpretive dance. And the beer was Heineken.
Mudville 9 is promising Free Abita from over 10 draft lines this Thursday night from 6-8 PM. I'm not sure what the catch is but I can only imagine - Free Save-Our-Shores pilsner with a 6-month committment to the continual rebuilding of New Orleans, a TurboDog pour on-the-house with the completion of eating a dozen raw crawfish-live, or a complimentary Purple Haze when you hotbox some Purple Haze in a bathroom stall with 3 shrimp boat captains.
Or maybe it's just free. And honestly, the last one doesn't sound like that bad of an option.
Mudville 9 is located at 126 Chambers Street between Church Street and West Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan.
Friday, June 17 - S.K.I. in the Summer @ Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn:
Beer Distributor Series nights are quickly taking off here at craft beer bars in the series. And it kind of feels like selling out. Like getting free beer from the man. However, after attending said nights it has been quite easy to shed those feelings.
Here's the reason: Beer distributors have the availability to bring the best kegs/bottles from a range of different breweries, instead of just one brewery.
I like variety. So do you. Mug's will be pouring a range of brews from breweries distributed by S.K.I. Beer. We're talking the rarest of offerings from Speakeasy, Stone, Founders, Bear Republic, Cigar City, Riverhorse, Harpoon and more. The full list will be up on the Mug's Alehouse website in the coming days and we'll be doing our research and making available as much info as we can find here on TheBeerFriends.com, so make sure you check in and check in often.
Mug's Ale House is located at 125 Bedford Avenue on the corner of North 10th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
The Beer Friends love the summer. This week is an example of why. We hope to see you at the events this week and in the weeks to come as the summer craft beer season has officially started!