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Hashtag Battles Season 2 - Week 11!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Week Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

Hashtag Battles this week features two NFC Superbowl hopefuls.  The 49ers were a punt catch away from the SuperBowl last year and the Bears were a healthy MCL from the SuperBowl two years ago.  In Concussion Sunday, both of these teams had a concussed starting QB, both of which took a few more snaps and then left the game for good.  This weeks matchup is full of "Plan B's" that hope not to de-rail a championship season.  Let's see who's backup is best in this weeks hashtag battle!

In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our second season of NFL hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com, we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle, throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. Support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Eleven - Chicago Bears at San Francisco 49ers (#twobrosbeer vs #speakeasy)

The Chicago Bears are back!  A scary defense and an actual offense leads to SuperBowl shuffle re-mix mashups and high hopes in the windy city.  The only problem is the Bears line which seems to be spending more time making mix tapes rather than blocking for Cutler.  Cutler has been sacked so often he's developed stargazing as a hobby, that's including day games.  In steps backup Jason Campbell who took over last week in a mistake filled game and did... well ok - the same ok that Bears fans had been living with post-McMahon (who sadly knows a thing or two about concussions) and pre-Cutler.  As long as the defense out scores the offense, the Bears will be fine - which is a problem into itself.

Two Brothers is from Warrensville, IL and Beer Friend Paul still raves about how great this brewery was.  Delicious brews and a great brewpub were highlights (plus a really cool coaster/bottle opener) but he doesn't shut up about the entire day.  But for us Beer Friends that don't travel, we had to have the Beer Mountain come to us.  We had our doubts after the first taste from Heavy Handed IPA, but Two Brothers came roaring back with Cane and Abel and Hop Juice which we enjoyed with our good friend and awesome bar owner The Rev.  With brews like Domaine DuPage, The Long Haul and Northwinds Imperial Stout - there is no need for a backup - these are all starting beers to go the distance.

The San Francisco 49ers came into the season with high hopes.  A Head Coach as a former QB found a way to reach Aaron Smith and bring out the potential that got him drafted #1 overall.  A scary defense with arguably the best linebackers in the game - and everything was clicking - then a tie.  I feel like all the "kissing your sister" jokes have been made - but I find it disturbing the amount of NFL players that don't know the rules or that a game can end in a tie.  You can't tell me that they are so focused on winning (because the Rams players didn't know either) that they don't care about anything else, this is where the NFL should take a note from the college game and switch to the "California Overtime" in regular season games, giving both teams - offenses and defenses - a chance to make a play.  Unfortunately the Rams vs 49ers game wasn't a great argument because of the number of missed opportunities by both teams.  Overall Kaepernick is a better option than Campbell, but Aaron Smith says he's ready to go an according to reports he can throw a TD pass with blurry vision anyway... lets just hope that the blur is on his team and not Brian "Molasses" Urlacher running the other way.

Speakeasy Ales and Lagers is from San Francisco and plays on the history of beer and that unsettling time of Prohibition.  Speakeasy obviously refers to the underground bar where patrons could get their booze, often hidden in back rooms or with fronts - like Moe's "Best Damn Pet Store in Town".  Speakeasy's year round available brews include Prohibition Ale, Big Daddy IPA and the brewmasters series called "Bootlegger Series" with Scarface Imperial Stout and Vendetta IPA.  One of the legendary beers that the Beer Friends still speak of today was a Porter aged in Red Zinfandel barrels - this was amazing.  Overall I'm a bit of a history geek and after drinking a few from the Speakeasy series - I might actually learn something too... unfortunately it will probably be forgotten the next morning.

Let the battle begin! Tag with #twobrosbeer or #speakeasy, the battle begins Sunday morning and ends Monday night… drink to support your teams!

 

Beer Review 129: Speakeasy Vendetta IPA

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! San Francisco is home to a lot of things.  The NL West champion Giants, Alcatraz, Trolley Cars, Fog, Tony Bennetts heart... and two great breweries in Speakeasy and 21st Amendment.  Sadly, the Beer Friends haven't gotten to these fantastic breweries until Beer Review 126: Bitter American from 21st Amendment.  This week we try Speakeasy's Vendetta IPA.  Now, we've had some great brews from Speakeasy, and enjoyed a live blog or two - but this is the first time we've been able to get our sh*t together to get in front of a camera and give praise.  West Coast!  Bootlegger! New Breweries!

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Hashtag Battles Week Fifteen!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! In the spirit of competition, Beer Friends would like to invite everyone to our NFL season hashtag battles! Using hashtagbattle.com we will pit two breweries against each other when their NFL counterparts are facing off on the gridiron. Are you ready for some football? And drinking? And #hashtag battle?!?!?!

What's a hashtag battle? When you're drinking a beer of a brewery competing in the battle (#) vs (#speakeasy), throw a #hashtag of the brewery and tweet it (or setup your foursquare or untappd to push to tweet and include the #hashtag) and we'll use hashtagbattle.com to declare a winner after the Monday Night football game on ESPN. We're starting on Saturday morning so drink up - support your team, support your beer, drink local and hashtag battle!

Week Fifteen: Pittsburgh Steelers (#rollingrock) vs San Francisco 49ers (#speakeasy)

This is gonna be a good one.  These are two smash mouth football teams and classic old school beers (Rolling Rock) and old school styles (Speakeasy) to compete in this week's hashtag battle.

The Steelers are a constant powerhouse.  Built on toughness (see Big Ben's ankle injury last week), they pride themselves on being the hardest hitting (sometimes illegal - Ask Colt McCoy, if he remembers his name) bullies on the block.  If they were a beer they'd be a bourbon barrel aged, 18 ABV stout from Dogfish Head - in your face.  However, their playoff road right now looks to be the 5th seed unless the Ravens slip up and Steelers take the division, but the Ravens, with games against San Diego (voted most likely to implode), Cleveland (most likely to not remember the game the day after) and Cincinnati (most likely to be successful in future years), make the Division crown outlook for the Steelers bleak.  However Steelers fans... there is hope.  Remember a few years back how the Steelers gained the Wild Card, took care of Cincinnati, beat the Colts at Indy, and rolled through an overhyped Denver team (really, like Jake Plummer is gonna lead any team anywhere but the bar... or handball court) on way to the Superbowl?  At least that year the Seahawks made the playoffs with a winning record...  Rolling Rock from Latrobe, PA is an American icon.  So often the choice of beer drinkers that wanted to avoid those big beer companies... Rolling Rock seemed like a craft beer.  Man was everyone wrong, however, Rolling Rock still has a special place in the Beer Friends' heart and a lot about them seems very Pennsylvania, gritty tough and unrelenting on the palate.  Two wrongs make a right, so do two toughs make a hashtag win?  We'll see this week.

San Francisco had been struggling with poor coaching for a number of years and seem to have found their man.  If it wasn't for a coach in Denver with a converted RB to QB - The NFL's answer to Brother Grimm - the Harbaughs would be a shoe in for the Coach of the Year.  The truth is that the franchise has been building a O-line, Defense, and running game for years (see: Frank Gore) and just needed the final piece (a Michigan man) to guide them!  San Francisco is rolling into the playoffs - but needs to remember to slow down for the speed bumps like Arizona (and later - Seattle and St. Louis) or the hopes and dreams (read: Home field advantage) might fall out the back.  Speakeasy is a delicious brewery, creating old school style brews with big taste.  Speakeasy was the first brew that I had from a Merlot barrel and I've been on their sideline ever sense.  With two eyes inviting you to try their style, Speakeasy takes you back to the speakeasy days - where all you can do is shut up and drink.

New York City Craft Beer Events for the Week of June 12, 2011

Graham

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.

You're welcome.

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!

The Beer Friends Final 4 2011 Video Recap - Our Story So Far

Phil Foleen

Hello Beer Friends Nation!  We've had some crazy competition this year to get here, the Final Four beers that will battle it out!  Our two matches are Founders Brewing VS Nebraska Brewing and Speakeasy VS Cape Cod!  Just for you we have a video with the four of us summing up the last few rounds and making our predictions for the Championship!  If you're good, we'll show you the new "Hash Tag" dance move brought to you by The Beer Friends.  Take a look and don't forget to vote! [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJqLg3b8rRo]

BFF4 - FINAL FOUR!

Brad

Hello Beer Friends Nation! Wow!  This was a tournament to remember... but it's not over yet!  We had Imperial Stouts battling in Brad's Colorado/Michigan Bracket, Newcomer Nebraska showing veteran poise in Paul's Bracket, a California clash of Speakeasy and Stone in Phil's bracket and a epic duel between Captain Lawrence and Cape Cod in the Northeastern Graham bracket.  This was truly one for the ages.  Now we are down to four, four delicious beers with huge fan bases and twitter feeds to back them up.  Four beers enter and one will come out as the 2011 BFF4 champion, with their banner hung in the rafters (next the New Belgium's Fat Tire - last years winner).  Who will be victorious?  You decide!  This round we have completely open and unlimited voting.  If you really love that beer, prove it - hit refresh (cmmd+R on a Mac or ctrl + R on a PC) and vote the day away.  If you spent your March hiding your CBS March Madness broadcast window when your boss walked by - this is much easier.  Polls are open until Monday April 11th at 11:59 EST.  Vote often!  Prove your love - and we don't know who's voting so no commitment issues!  Beer!

For a our take on this round check out our latest video and the vote!

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Founders Breakfast Stout was originally a #3 seed out of Brad's Colorado and Michigan bracket.  This is a complex stout with plenty to offer, sweet enough to drink more than one, but with a 8.3% ABV you probably shouldn't.  This beer is only available seasonally from Sept to December so on those first days of football (college of course because the NFL no longer exists) start looking for this coffee and chocolatey rich stout.  Also keep an eye out for the Kentucky Breakfast Stout (bourbon barrels) and the rare Canadian Breakfast Stout (maple barrels) because these two variations are worth the extra cash!

The Breakfast Stout is up against a strong competitor in Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale.  This is a very easily drinkable brown ale that has been getting support since the early rounds and promises to be a fearsome foe in the Final 4.  This beer's resume speaks for itself, it has won Gold, 2010 US Open Beer Championship (English Style Brown Ale), and Bronze, 2010 World Beer Championship, (English Style Brown Ale).  Will Nebraska Brewing be able to add Beer Friend Final 4 Champion to this list?

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The East vs West match up finally comes to a head !

Phil's Bracket seed #5 Speakeasy Big Daddy IPA takes on Cape Cod Red the #2 seed from Graham's Bracket.  Speakeasy is the sweetheart brew from the Western Region, coming in at the 11th hour to defeat Stone Brewing's Arrogant Bastard Ale for its slot in the Final Four.  Cape Cod has it's work cut out for itself as the Western crowd seems pretty attached to the Big Daddy.

However, Cape Cod Red comes in hot off it's very exciting victory over Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.  It was a wild back and forth slug fest that went on for days culminated with Cape Cod Beer raising it's arms in victory. Obviously Cape Cod's troops are mobilized, but will they be able to fend off the surging Speakeasy brew?

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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.

The Beer Events Continue! - Week of August 1st

Graham

We miss New York City Good Beer Month already, quite a bit actually, and we're not getting it back anytime soon, however that does not mean that the good beer has stopped flowing in this great city.  July was a fantastic month, however we at the Beer Friends promise that August will not disappoint.  The Beer Friends have some big announcements coming out this month, including some breaking beer news, special events and Beer Friends exclusive happenings. Make sure you keep checking in to stay up to date during these exciting craft beer times. For now let's just check out the events we have happening this week here in good ol' NYC:

Tuesday, August 3 - Speakeasy Night @ Toast Uptown: Many beer lovers shy away from heading north of say...George Keeley's when it comes to finding craft beer in this town.  This is disappointing, but mostly for those who won't do the trek.  Toast Uptown, just south of 125th Street/Tiemann Place on Broadway is a Morningside Heights craft beer gem and tonight they will be featuring the Speakeasy Brewery out of San Fransisco.  In addition to their semi-regular pour Speakeasy Prohibition Ale they will be serving up the "Big Daddy" IPA and two other special Speakeasy brews.  While your there enjoying a few Speakeasy brews you should take it upon yourself to dive into one of their famous burgers or their infamously delicious 'toasts' (think steak, pulled pork or goat cheese on perfectly "toasted" baguette slices).  I would say that Speakeasy brews perfectly compliment the food, but wouldn't one just imply on their own that great beer would compliment great food?

Wednesday, August 4 - Harpoon Night @ Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: Come on over to your favorite West Village beer bar for a night to remember with the Harpoon Brewing Company.  Harpoon will be taking over the taps with lot's of rare stuff, including select pours from their Leviathan Series, 100 Barrel Series, as well as two beers that will be brewed special for this event.  There is a good chance you will see a Beer Friend or two making an appearance at this one.

Friday/Saturday/Sunday, August 6/7/8 - The "A" Rated Event @ Mugs Ale House, Brooklyn: This is an event of epic proportions, contrived from the minds behind the Williamsburg craft beer haven of Mug's Ale House and the guys behind the beer dictionary websites of BeerAdvocate.com and RateBeer.com.  Users on these two websites take the time to give number/letter ratings to all the craft brews they drink.  Mug's will be pouring beers that only receive the highest, "A", ratings on these websites.  The lineup is still in the "coming soon" phase, but since this ale house consistently has an exceptionally diverse and quality selection, I wouldn't hold back from betting that they will provide us with the finest craft beers this country has to offer.  It's a three day event, but you should go early and often cause when the best is gone, it's gone...

Sunday, August 8 - The Benefit For the Gulf @ Blind Tiger, Manhattan: One recurring and inspiring theme that has been happening throughout Good Beer Month is the craft beer worlds dedication to helping the fishermen and other business effected by the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  Part of the profits from the event this Sunday will go towards helping these good people get back on their feet.

ALL WEEK LONG, 8/1 - 8/8 - Local Brewery Appreciation Week @ Rattle n' Hum, Manhattan: The guys over at Rattle n' Hum are keeping up their local brew lovefest, this time with every brewery in the 5 bourough area...and beyond.  This event will feature pours from Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Crapt Ales, Kelso of Brookyn, Captain Lawrence and Ithaca Brewing Co.

Alright, Beer Friends out for now!  But keep checking in daily for event updates and information on where the Beer Friends will be imbibing their favorite craft beers this week.  July was NYC Good Beer Month, however, we promise August will be awesome.

Speakeasy Night at Rattle N Hum

Brad

Speakeasy at Rattle N Hum Beer Friends here trying out Rattle N Hum Speakeasy night! We may have left our hearts in San Fran but the beer made it to NYC!

First Taste Graham - Untouchable American Pale Ale- Smooth and dry. Easy drinking with a slow bitterness that eases all the way through. Great start to the night beer.

Brad- Zin Barrel Porter, only five kegs in existence-dammit! This is a very interesting pour. the Porter style makes me think of something heavier but the Crush Pad wine barrel aging does a number on this beer- The taste is very much like a wet red Zin. This is smooth and I'm still searching for the porter style... Maybe it's at the bottom...

Graham - If you thought a porter meant it had to be heavy in body then you sir are wrong...at least with this pour. Texture of a red zinfandel and taste of the same, mixed with black malts, make this beer complex by definition.

Phil-Speakeasy Prohibition. A 6% ABV "hop forward amber ale". Here's the best beer I've had to introduce anyone to the world of hops. A nice malty color with a subtle but recognizable hop overtone, but don't worry, this isn't an IPA so if you're curious about them but are intimidated by the taste, this is where you start.

Brad Third Taste Speakeasy Scarface Stout is the most disappointing beer of the night. Honestly I was on the fence about Speakeasy as a brewery and the Zin porter and coffee beer really changed my mind... Now the stout puts them back in the bin. Honestly stouts are very difficult to do, but this is very run of the mill. I'm a stout guy.. Not any certain kind of branch but this is pretty low key. Good but not amazing. However a good beer to leave the evening not wanting more...

Phil's 2nd: iiipa, that's Triple IPA in case you hadn't guessed already. The weird part is you'd never know if you were handed one. Sure it's an IPA and the hops are the main focus of the flavor, but triple? Surely you jest! How could something this smooth and this tasty be 11.5% ABV? Milder and smoother than a Torpedo?! Witchcraft, that's how, but if you run across this one in your travels don't let it intimidate you, do yourself a favor and have a couple, you'll thank me.