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Beer Revolution?

Posted: August 24, 2011 in Bar Reviews
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I haven’t sat down and had a beer with the intention to “taste” it in awhile now. I promise to get back to reviewing individual beers, but for now I will discuss what seems to be a “beer revolution” coming our way.

There seems to be a growing trend of “beer bars” opening up in areas where there usually aren’t any. I discovered my favorite bar, The Bronx Alehouse, earlier in the year. Not only do they have an excellent and constantly rotating beer menu, they also have some of the best bar food I have ever eaten. I tend to end up there almost weekly and never get sick of, or run out of, anything they have to offer. They also have their “Beer Club” in which I am working my way to becoming a Gold Member. You need to drink 100 different beers and I am up to about 18. I fully intend on getting my name up on their plaque.

Also, in what I am very excited for, is the grand opening of Nicky’s Beer Garden right in my neighborhood of Throgg’s Neck on East Tremont Avenue. An extensive beer list, southern BBQ food, and weekly karaoke. If I were to be polled, those are the only three things I would say I’d like to see in a bar. I will help to make sure Nicky’s is a success and open for many years to come. My neighborhood has needed an iconic place like this for a long time.

Also opening very shortly is Growler’s Beer Bistro in Tuckahoe, NY. Another bar which seems to have an extensive beer menu and excellent food menu. I don’t know much else about this place other than the location, which is in a great little town right across from a train station. Since I’m in Westchester half of my time, I also intend on spending some time here.

All in all, these three bars are in areas not exactly known for having a highbrow beer culture. Most bars I see offer Sam Adams as their “premium” beer. Nothing against Sam Adams (I love their beer) but its about time more and more people are recognizing that there is so much more to drinking beer than just getting hammered off of a bunch of bland Macrobrews like Bud and Coors. I hope that we really are seeing a beer revolution in the works.

Last Saturday, May 14, Captain Lawrence Brewing Company hosted their 5th Anniversary Pig Roast and BBQ. With Capt. Lawrence slowly becoming my favorite brewery, mixed with my love of supporting local businesses, I decided to check the party out. All I knew was that were was going to be great beer, food, and music. Thats all I really need to know to convince me to show up somewhere. Similar to Greg Behrendt’s “there might be cake”, if you tell me “there might be craft beer” its almost a guarantee that I will show up. It didn’t disappoint.

Walking from the train station I heard music similar to the Grateful Dead playing in the distance. I knew that had to be where I was headed. Following the sounds of the groovy jam band, I found myself at the brewery where I instantly saw a large and happy crowd gathered throughout the Captain Lawrence parking lot, some under a very large tent and some gathered by the stage where the band was playing. The beer selection consisted of the Freshchester Pale Ale, Liquid Gold, and the Saison, all excellent beer choices. I indulged in each beer, a great pulled pork sandwich, free pretzels, and five different bands, all of whom were very good. The gravy was convincing my girlfriend that Johnny Depp was at the party. For a better portion of the day, she believed that we were graced by Jack Sparrow’s presence. She was ready to approach him for a picture when she found out that it wasn’t Gilbert Grape, but rather a man named Jason who happened to be in one of the bands playing that day. His band, which I can’t remember the name of, happened to be very good and he did have me fooled as well for a good minute. Overall, I have to thank Scott at Captain Lawrence for throwing this party and look forward to their 6th year.