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I'll be drinking a few brews on my upcoming visit, and I'm wondering if I should be aware of any local or regional brands that you consider to be excellent. I prefer ale to lager. I especially like a medium dark ale, such as Newcastle Brown, but a nice pale ale is also of interest. I can always fall back on Bass, Guiness, etc, but are there east coast brands you'd like to recommend?

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    Dogfish Head

    check out The Gingerman and Blind Tiger Ale House, they should be able to quench any thirst you have and then some.

    1. No need to drink megabrews like Bass (ugh!) or Guinness. Brooklyn Beers are pretty good. They are available everywhere. You should like their Brooklyn Brown Ale. You might also like their very rich Black Chocolate Stout. If you can find them, the beers of Six Point brewery: Brownstone Ale is a very good dark brown ale. Their Hop Obama is selling quite well now as well (and actually has gotten favorable reviews). Their beers are drought only, so you will have to get them at a bar.

      Other excellent non NYC east coast beers available include those of Dogfish Head (Try their Raisin [sic] d'etre or Indian Brown Ale) and Victory Brewing.

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      1. re: bobjbkln

        Agree with the Dogfish Head recs. George Keeley's (UWS) has their 90 minute IPA on tap, along with other selections of their brews.

      2. tips sound perfect. thanks. where are The Gingerman and Blind Tiger Ale House located? what's the best watering hole with tap beers near where I'm staying....... 46th st near 9th ave?

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        1. re: jazzcat

          Gingerman is on 36th between 5th & Madison.

          Blind Tiger is on Bleecker in the west village.

          Both are worth the "hike" and give you a sense of the different neighborhoods in the city.

          1. re: jazzcat

            From there, you might also want to check out Valhalla on 54th & 9th, which also has a very large beer selection.

          2. Dogfish head is great, but their best ones are the 120 minute IPA and the World Wide Stout. These are not always available but if you find them, do give them a try. Watch out, though, the alcohol content is over 20 percent. Otherwise I agree with the recs for the 90 minute and Indian Brown. North Square, a nice restaurant and lounge on Waverly Place, has the Indian Brown on tap.

            1. Six Points is really good. Brewed in Brooklyn. Not in bottles, but on tap at select bars.

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              1. re: jdf

                Sixpoint is hands down more interesting than Brooklyn. Both the Brownstone Ale and the Gorilla Porter are lovely. Spitzer's in the LES has a great selection of beers on tap. The Ginger Man is great, but if you go after work, it is pretty bonkers with the happy hour crowd.