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The Beer Friends write, review, and discuss Craft Beer as fans instead of experts.  They share their unique voice and affinity for craft beer through multiple platforms and offer a range of media to join their craft beer conversation.



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Featured Brewery: Samuel Adams


Hello Beer Friends Nation! No trip to Boston is complete without a trip to the Sam Adams Brewery (and a Red Sox game...).  After Harpoon Brewery and John Harvard Brewhouse (a later post) this Beer Friend was lucky enough to travel down the Orange Line to Stony Brook stop and walk the three blocks to the Sam Adams Brewery and tasting room.

Sam Adams was the first big craft brewer that I came in contact with.  Technically it was Sierra Nevada but growing up in Colorado, I knew that Sierra Nevada was a lot closer and Sam Adams was WAY over in Boston, so that's what made it special to me.  Anywhere I could I bought a Sam Adams and drank with a sense of pride that I was doing something different from my Coors swigging friends.  During the summer months it was wonderful to see the bottle with Grains of Paradise available and that was the first official day of summer in my mind.  While drinking these brews thousands of miles away I dreamt of touring the Sam Adams factory.  Fast forward 9 years and dozens of brewery tours later - I finally made it.  

Walking in the first room you're overwhelmed with the sense of pride that Sam Adams brewery has in itself.  Banners of medals and awards won at Beer Competitions past line the walls and a few interactive touch displays are available to people for their beer-education.  Sam Adams has a very large distribution area (USA and beyond) so this was their smallest plant.  The other two plants that produce a majority of their beer are in Pennsylvania and Ohio - so the Boston area brewery is more for show and tell and special projects.  As we started the tour we walked through a hollowed out, on it's side fermentation tank and were inundated with more awards and medals from various Beer events.

In the back area they have a great little room next to the production floor with pictures and speakers so the tour guide can be heard.  They give the normal talk - the process of brewing and then pasted out samples, all pretty standard brewery tour stuff.  Then he led the group back around the wall to the production floor and discussed green beer and the fermentation process and bottling.  While he was talking I checked out the amazing amount of barrels, including the rack, the barrel room and the two Utopia barrels which are high ABV beers aged in a combination of bourbon, sherry, cognac, and brandy barrels.  Needless to say, I was excited when I saw the label and was the weird guy in the corner taking pictures of the barrels on the production floor.


After the tour we venture outside to the beer garden with real hops growing on vines and poles to create a privacy feel.  We drank the classic Boston Lager, the Summer offering, and a few beers special to the tour... you'll have to take the tour to find out!

Check out two Beer Friends reviews of Coastal Wheat and Latitude 48!

The Sam Adams brewery is located at 30 Germania St, Boston, MA [googlemaps,+Boston,+MA&aq=&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=43.664131,66.269531&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=30+Germania+St,+Boston,+Massachusetts+02130&t=h&z=14&ll=42.314449,-71.103365&output=embed&w=425&h=350]

The Brewery Store is open: Monday - Thursday 10am - 3pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 3p. Friday's 10am - 5:30pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 5:30p. Saturday 10am - 3pm with tours every 45 minutes and last tour at 3p. Closed Sunday's

Beer Review 64: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week we returned to a favorite brewery of ours... Brooklyn Brewery, to try not a six pack, but one of their bottled beers, Sorachi Ace.  Sorachi Ace is one of Garrett Oliver's Brewmaster Reserves that the Beer Friends seem to LOVE.  Sorachi Ace didn't disappoint and because of limited available we suggest that you get this ASAP.  Check out below the video for more Brooklyn Brewery reviews! Brewmaster Reserve!  Catalogue of Beers!  Brooklyn!


Brooklyn East India Pale Ale

Brooklyn Brown Ale

Brooklyn Local 1

Brooklyn Dark Matter

Brooklyn Pilsner

Brooklyn Summer Ale

Brooklyn Black Ops

Brooklyn Pennant '55

NYC Beer Events - Week of 8/22


Aaaaaand we're back!  The Beer Friends NYC Beer Events calendar updates took a bit of hiatus recently if you hadn't noticed.  I'd apologize, but it was for a good reason.  A Colorado Brewery Tour is a good reason right?  I think so.  You'll be hearing all about the Colorado trip and the 15 breweries we visited while there all in good time.  For now let's talk about what's happening with craft beer this week in this little town. Wednesday, August 25 - Sierra Nevada Extravaganza, Blind Tiger Ale House, Manhattan: It's that time of year again!  Sierra Nevada will be taking over the taps at the Blind Tiger Ale House for their yearly extravaganza.  Last years event was phenomenal with all of Sierra Nevada's fantastic regulars and more than a handful of rarely released and specialty brews.  This is a brewery event you won't want to miss at a beer bar that always puts on a great time.

Wednesday, August 25 - Blue Point Night, Standings, Manhattan: East Village Craft Brew hotspot Standings will be featuring four lines of Long Island's favorite brewery:  Blue Point Brewing Co., out of Patchogue, New York.  They haven't released the names of the brews that will be pouring but we imagine it'll be somewhere along the lines of the Toasted Lager, Blueberry, Hoptical and maybe something mysterious.  Or the Summer Ale.

Thursday, August 26 - Allagash Night, Barcade, Brooklyn: It has been faaar too long since the Beer Friends have made it out  to this Brooklyn brewhouse/arcade.  It has been one of our favorite bars for beer events and Pac-man and an Allagash event seems like a perfect reason to head back.  So come on out to Barcade in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and join us in sharing some of Allagash's traditional and experimental Belgian-Style Brews.  I'm looking forward to grabbing an Allagash Black and maybe a Curieux.

Saturday, September 4- Pony Bar Express, (leaving from) The Pony Bar, Manhattan: I know that Sept. 4th is not part of the week of 8/22...however this is something you need to do a.s.a.p.  The Pony Bar is featuring another installment of their Pony Bar Express tours, this one up to Ithaca, NY for the Ithaca Beer Co.'s Beer Festival.  Let's talk about this event for a moment before you run out and by tickets:  The Pony Bar rents out a chartered coach bus, taps a few (last time it was 4 - this time is a longer drive so...6?) kegs for the ride up and heads out to whatever brewery in the tri (quad?) state area is having a beer festival.  This one is sure to be as spectacular as all the previous combined.  Over 40 breweries will head to Ithaca, a quiet, college city nestled against Cayuga, one of the many gorgeous finger lakes.  We're not sure how many tickets remain but you have to order from the friendly bartenders.  So head in and have a pint and buy yourself a ticket.  However, in order to get a spot on this trip, you gotta act quickly.  As in now.  Run!

The Pony Bar @ 45th and 10th Ave (NW Corner)

The Beer Friends, although we miss Colorado already, are very happy to be back among the concrete mountains of NYC and the crisp craft beer rivers flowing from its many beer bars.  We hope to see you out at these events this week and the many more to come.  Keep checking in every Monday/Tuesday for more weekly brew events here in the world's greatest city.

Beer Review 18: Brooklyn Summer Ale


Hello Beer Friends Nation! This week our Six Pack of the Week (SPotW?) is Brooklyn Breweries Summer Ale.  This delicious offering takes a different twist on the typical "summer" beer.  This is the first in the Summer Beer Series, so check back for future installments!


Beer!  Summer!  Four Dudes! Friends!