Friday, March 2, 2012

New York City Beer Adventure

Over President's Day week, Foggy Noggin made a trip to The Big Apple.  We went for fun, excitement, the sights & sounds, Broadway Shows and great food, culture, entertainment and beer. Yes, beer.
Thanks to beer writer Josh Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakenings, we got a great list of places to check out for great beer in NYC.
We started our beer adventure unexpectedly at Katz's Deli. Fantastic food and a pint Brooklyn Brewery's Lager
Next up was a visit to The Blind Tiger - what an amazing beer bar!
Here we had a fantastic first round of beers - Clown Shoes, Slyfox Odyssey and Hebrew Hop Manna.
The shoes and odyssey were both amazing beers. Next round included: Weyerbacher Winter and Wandering Star Pale (cask).  Not as amazing as the first round, but very good beers.


 

Next stop - Bleecker Street Bar and pints of Harpoon IPA and Captain Lawrence Pale.  Two very solid beers that will not disappoint. 
Our next stop was at Jimmy's No .43. Here we had 2 rounds of beers. Ridgeway Brewing's Seriously Bad Elf (UK) and Spider Bite Brewing's Crazy 8. Seriously Bad Elf might be the best beer of the trip. 

 
Connolly's was our next stop, Best Irish Pub in NYC. Great food and a nice beer selection.  We choose to go with a pint of Goose Island's Harvest Ale.  This beer went very well with our food.
Rattle N Hum was a place we really were excited to try, and the only place we stopped in twice. We started with a couple 4-beer taster trays.
Should have made notes on this tray, but only remember trying my first Cigar City Brewing beer. It was a Helles.
Pints were the next round.  Flying Dog's K-9 Cruiser and Dogfish/Sierra Nevada Collaboration beer Life & Limb.
Last beer here - Founders Centennial IPA on Cask.  Great finish!

West Bank Cafe - great show and a pint of Blue Point Toasted Lager.
The an old stand-by that never lets me down - Fullers ESB.
At stop at dba in the East Village. Brooklyn Brewery's Sorachi Ale and Fuller's London Pride.

 The Breslin, located in the Ace Hotel is the next stop.  
 
Great cask bitter from Brooklyn Brewing - Spotted Pig Bitter - you can only get this beer here. Worth the trip here alone.

Birreria is the next stop.  On a roof top of Eataly, not far from the Empire State Building.
This is really a cool place.  Hear that the Dog Fish folks are involved with this in some manner.  They have a small brewery on the roof top too.  I tried one of the house beers first - Gina (house brewed thyme pale served on cask) - very nice beer
Nice meat and cheese tray to go with the beer.  Next beer was really something special.  It was an Italian IPA, I know this sounds weird - but really an amazing beer.  It was served on tap too. Birra del Borgo ReAle 5° Anniversario.
 If you sit at the bar and peak out thru the taps, you can get a glimpse of the Empire State Building.
Last day in NYC - after a stop at the Metropolitan Museum of Art -lunch at Earl's Beer & Cheese.  Might be the best Tomato Soup I have ever had.  A couple of very unique Grilled Cheese sandwiches and a couple of Imperial Stouts.  Now that's doing lunch.
As our time runs out in the Big Apple - one last stop at Rattle N Hum for a pint of Bear Republic's English ESB and Avery's Maharaja Imperial IPA.
 
 What a trip!  We even got Foggy Noggin on the Today Show.
We left our Fn mark in NYC - now you have to find us.