Tagged local

Pacific Standard, Park Slope

Continuing our Good Beer Seal bar posts is Pacific Standard in Park Slope. Pacific Standard on Fourth Avenue in Park Slope is a haven for west coasters, specifically from Berkley and Oakland. The bar is covered with Cal Berkley and Oakland A’s memorabilia. The bar regularly has cask ale and a draft list that features west coast brewers like Green Flash and 21st Amendment alongside local brewers like Carton and Sixpoint. It’s comfortable to hang out in – the back portion of the bar has a bit of a dorm room feel to it, with bookshelves and old couches. If…

Adobe Blues, Staten Island

Getting back to our posts on the Good Beer Seal bars is Adobe Blues, the very last one we visited. This bar was one of the biggest surprises from our adventure. It has a small but well-rounded tap list and an extensive, reasonably priced bottle list. Bar manager Ryan Barker curates the beer and tries to refresh the list regularly to keep things interesting. As with other Good Beer Seal bars, we found that the staff was very friendly and generally knowledgeable about what they were serving. The bar runs a styles club where customers are guided through different beer…

Sixpoint Brownstone Ale Now in Cans

The steady march of Sixpoint beers into cans (or, as Sixpoint calls them, NanoKegs) will continue with Brownstone, a well-balance and smooth brown ale. While Brownstone is not as easy to find on tap as Bengali Tiger or Sweet Action, it is a favorite among craft beer bars in Brooklyn who undoubtedly love the name’s reference to the historic Brooklyn homes. As fans of canned beer and of Brownstone Ale we are excited to see how this turns out. Cans have been vaunted for their ability to protect hop character in styles like Pale Ales and IPAs but have not…

Next Week: RockHops Craft Beer Festival in NJ

It’s a bit of a hike from NYC (Mercer County Park, NJ) but RockHops Craft Beer festival, Saturday, August 11, is one of the more unique we’ve seen as of late. A combination craft beer and music festival, RockHops will feature an impressive beer list curated by John Kleinchester of Beertography and beer author John Holl. The list will include New Jersey’s own Carton Brewing as well as several breweries that you can’t find in New York like Schlafly, Lost Abbey and Port Brewing. Holl and Jeff Cioletti, editor of Beverage World Magazine, will lead seminars on how the music and…

The Double Windsor, Windsor Terrace

Next up in our series of Good Beer Seal bar posts: The Double Windsor in Windsor Terrace. The Double Windsor has quietly built a well regarded reputation in the craft beer community. We were not disappointed. As with many of our favorite bars on our beer adventure, The Double Windsor doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside it was a nice and pleasant surprise. The hook-shaped bar houses a solid rotating draft line up from mostly local and regional brewers like Barrier, Carton, and Victory. The decor is wooden, vintage and comfortable, with long, shared tables. You can…

Lucky Dog, Williamsburg

Continuing our series of Good Beer Seal posts is Lucky Dog in Williamsburg. With all the great craft beer bars in Williamsburg, Lucky Dog wouldn’t be our first choice for a night out. The bar can get packed quickly and we had a hard time getting a beer even when we made it to the bar. That said, Lucky Dog’s main attractions are the back patio and shuffleboard (which seems to be a trend at bars in Northern Brooklyn). There are some solid beers on tap from local breweries like Troegs and Brooklyn (along with some macros) and some craft beers…

Barcade, Williamsburg

Up next in our Good Beer Seal bar series: Barcade in Williamsburg. Barcade is one of our favorite bar concepts: arcade plus bar. How can you go wrong? You can indulge your inner child playing Paper Boy or Contra while you enjoy some serious craft beer. Upcoming events over the next month include Dogfish Head night, Flying Dog night. It’s has never seemed too crowded when we’ve been there (even weekend nights) so you won’t have to fight to get your beer (or wait too long to play a game). Their beer menus are among the more helpful around with…

Against the Grain, East Village

Next up in our series of Good Beer Seal posts: Against the Grain in the East Village. Against the Grain is tiny. The bar could maybe fit a total of 25-30 people and fills up quickly on weekends. Early evenings are the best time to visit, when the bar is virtually empty and your $3 happy hour draft can be accompanied by $1 oysters. The draft list is limited but well-curated with beers from breweries like Newburgh and Oskar Blues and bolstered by an extensive bottle list. The food is from its restaurant Grape and Grain next door and includes…

Beer Table, Park Slope

Continuing our series of Good Beer Seal bar posts is Beer Table in Park Slope. Beer Table is a really special place. It’s the kind of place you can go on a date, special occasion, or indulgent night out with your friends (it’s on the pricey side). The beer is unusual and rare, and the food is artisanal, often local, and always delicious. All drafts are available in full and half pours. We recommend sharing bottles and having half pours to explore the great beer list more. With space for 25 people max, it’s an intimate, low-key spot to relax and…

Rattle N Hum, Midtown East

Continuing our series of Good Beer Seal bar posts: Rattle N Hum in Midtown. Rattle N Hum is in midtown Manhattan and is often uncomfortably crowded and excessively loud. It is, however, a short walk from Penn Station and Madison Square Garden so it’s pretty much one of the only places in the area to grab a quality beer and a bite before catching a train or a game. The beer list is impressive and the menus are well thought out with beers separated by style and each listed with its ABV, size, price, and some tasting notes. Local breweries…