last week AP and I headed east to see what the other side of the continent had to offer.
- despite having a travel agenda that wasn’t completely beer-centric, we managed to hit up more than a few choice beer spots in both manhattan and brooklyn during new york craft beer week:
- blind tiger – this bar came highly recommended and didn’t disappoint (it was my favorite of the trip). a solid tap and bottle lineups were accompanied by great food and even better service. AP and I ordered up east coast rarities like lambrucha, geektoberfest, and smuttynose’s ice wheat wine (a deceptively smooth ice-concentrated version of their wheat wine that clocked in at 20% abv!).
- rattle n hum – packed and a little chaotic, this bar normally offers up around forty taps of choice brews. unfortunately for us, we missed an all-NY lineup by a day and instead were greeted by a plethora of west-coast beers. luckily, captain lawrence’s captain’s reserve was on draft as an east coast hop bomb alternative, and we scared up a bottle of cantillon geuze to keep things interesting. meeting the guys behind two brothers at the end of the night was icing on the cake.
- the ginger man – with spacious, comfortable digs and an upscale feel, this bar seems like a go-to happy hour spot. has a ton standard craft on tap, and an impressive bottle selection (along with a bartender who wasn’t really into me taking general bar photos).
- mcsorley’s old ale house: this place is a classic, and has the most personality of any bar I’ve ever been to. a great slice of quintessential NYC culture, with two styles of beer (light and dark) and a great cheese and onion plate. full of rowdy firemen and some great upstate visitors, mcsorley’s was my most memorable stop and definitely a must-visit spot. shit, abe lincoln used to grab a drink there!
- spuyten duyvil – a tiny hidden nook of a bar with an incredible backyard beer garden, great knowledgable staff, and the best selection of rare belgians I encountered on the trip. ichtegem’s grand cru was poured on draft, and bottles of tilquin oude geuze and cantillon lou pepe kriek (possibly my favorite beer) were brought to the back for sharing. just ignore the ridiculously cliche hipsters crawling all over this place.
- pony bar – this place reminds me of tony’s darts away – good food, local beers, and a draft-only selection that changed up twice while we were there as kegs kicked (at 11pm on a sunday night). the staff was friendly and had helpful recommendations. this is a must-visit bar after getting out of a broadway show.
- after grabbing some bottles at good beer and whole foods, AP and I were ready to head home after some late nights and plenty of good times. there are enough beer spots in this city to last several trips, so I can’t wait to get back and experience more of what NYC has to offer. now if I could just figure out the story behind the plethora of left hand and two brothers on tap…