Last night, bar owners, brewers, bloggers and beer enthusiasts packed into Jimmy’s No. 43 to celebrate eight new bars being awarded the Good Beer Seal. In Manhattan: Earl’s Beer and Cheese, Dive Bar and Idle Hands; in Brooklyn: 61 Local, Sycamore and Pine Box Rock Shop; and in Staten Island (for the first time), Adobe Blues and Killmeyer’s.
Check out a list of all the bars that have the Seal here. Together they organize Good Beer Month, coming up in July.
Good Beer Seal bars are decided by a committee of beer writers. To be awarded this distinction, 80 percent of the bar’s beer should be craft domestic or special imported. Bars should have a unique feel to them, hold events, and support the homebrewing community.
“We look for places that have a magic to them,” said Chris Schonberger, associate food and drink editor at Time Out New York, who helped determine this year’s picks.
Jimmy Carbone explained that when the Good Beer Seal started four years ago, it was primarily a bar promotion, but it’s turned into so much more. He twice raised a glass to the late Ray Deter, who was instrumental in making the Good Beer Seal what it is today.