FINEST ALEHOUSE: NEW YORK

Ah, New Amsterdam.  The City That Never Sleeps.  The Big Apple.  A city so nice they named it twice, notwithstanding its truly, embarrassingly brutal baseball program.  We jest!  We jest because we love.  Baroness von Brue herself hails from Gotham, and that’s saying something.  If shoebox-sized real estate and all the social warmth of an afternoon colonoscopy is your thing, you won’t find a better city. Anywhere.  And New York boasts some terrific alehouses to boot!  Indeed, New York’s relationship with the sudsy science goes back to 1612, when it was the only American city that claimed three flourishing commercial breweries.  Native son George Ehret, a German who immigrated in 1857, was responsible for one of America’s first mega-breweries with an annual production at the end of the 19th century totaling 600,000 barrels.  Jake Ruppert would follow in his footsteps.  Was their beer any good?  Nobody seems to remember.  And that, dear friends, is New York in a nutshell.

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One comment

  1. Hmm… Baron, how did you come up with this list? It’s almost impossible to limit it like this. First of all, are we just talking about Manhattan, or New York as a whole? There are a ton of places in Brooklyn that fit the bill nicely here (Rebar being a personal favorite since i used to live across the street from it). Without considering Brooklyn, though, I’m disappointed that two of my personal favorites don’t appear: Valhalla and The Pony Bar (which Mr. Six-Pack has visited). That’s not to mention a couple of places with unbelievable bottle lists that definitely have their fans, such as the Peculiar Pub and the Room/Other Room/Another Room family of bars.

    If I had to choose from the list, I guess I would choose Blind Tiger, though it lost a great deal of its appeal when it moved from its old digs into a place way too nice for a good alehouse. Luckily, I can write in a vote, so that’s what I will do, but I swear you could do one of these polls for each neighborhood in Manhattan and probably still come up with 4 or 5 bars for each. Guess that’s why NYC is just better than Boston.

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