UPDATE: Mohawk Tavern has changed its name to The Adirondack
Adirondack-themed decor, a moniker steeped in New York State history, wine from the Finger Lakes, and all New York brews. Mohawk Tavern in Windsor Terrace opened up for business this week, with a grand opening party on Saturday, May 3.
The new watering hole was launched by Paul Hamill, Mike O’Neil, Leah Allen and Brandon Lenihan. O’Neil and Allen also own Abilene in Carroll Gardens and Lowlands in Gowanus, alongside Hamill.
Starting at noon on May 3, Mohawk Tavern will celebrate its opening with plenty of New York brews, including Other Half All Green Everything Triple IPA and cans of Genny Cream Ale (we’re pretty pumped to see more of those downstate). The party will also feature cocktails, a viewing of the Kentucky Derby and music from DJ Don Knotts.
The name Mohawk Tavern is a tribute to the Mohawk River, which forms the northern border of Albany, where Hamill and Lenihan grew up. “We wanted the name to tie in with our theme and evoke images of the mountains and lakes of upstate,” notes Hamill in an interview on Kensington BK. “Obviously we recognize that the Mohawk are also a people, and any place or body of water named Mohawk in Upstate New York comes from them. Hopefully no one of Native American ancestry will take offense to our using the name Mohawk… to us, Mohawk refers to the part of upstate where we grew up.”
While there isn’t a kitchen, Mohawk will offer warm pretzels from Pelzer’s in Crown Heights, pressed sandwiches and snacks.
With 12 draft lines, beers in rotation could include Saranac Pale Ale and Southern Tier Hop Sun, and some harder to find, rarer brews. On tap right now is the Finback Sour Starchild, Newburgh Hop-Drop, Upstate Common Sense. “I think we’ll have a good selection and keeping focused on New York beers will set us apart a little,” Hamill told BeerUnion. “There is no shortage of good beer brewed in the Empire State, both upstate and locally. So many self-distributing little breweries are popping up all the time, that we can keep our draft list really varied and interesting without having to look beyond the New York borders… It’s a lot of fun and makes us feel good to support local breweries.”
Photos courtesy of Mohawk Tavern