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Jun 30, 2008 01:13 PM

NYC Beer Report

Usually I post city-specific beer reports on that board, but this is really more about the beer than the location, so goes it. We had a very fortunate opportunity to stop in NYC for a bit of beer drinking on the way to Europe. Here's the rundown:

Blind Tiger (NYC): Okay, the separate post about the best beer bars is on point -- this place was the best beer bar we've been to in NYC. They have about 30 beers on tap, plus extensive bottle list (including an Alesmith Yulesmith!) We stuck with the taps because there were so many east coast beers that we don't see in SF. Here are my notes (be curious to learn more about any of them):

Six Point Bengali Tiger IPA: (gravity) - I remember really liking this one.
Stovers (sp?) Smooth Hopinator: (tap) - I think this was a hoppy amber. Great name. Not one of the highlights, but pretty good.
Chelsea 1000 Gyle Barleywine: (tap) - I remember this as the standout of the two barleywines we tried
Troubadour Obscura: (tap) Belgian stout - Excellent Belgian stout, lighter than others that I've tried. Really interesting beer.
Smuttynose IPA: (tap) - Loved this one. This began a run on every Smuttynose beer they had on tap.
Southern Tick Back Burner: (tap) barleywine - Also solid, but I think we liked the Chelsea a bit more.
Smuttynose Imperial Stout: (tap) - another fantastic beer from Smuttynose. I really look forward to trying some of their beers again.
Smuttynose Hamami: (tap) sour ale - see above re: Imperial Stout.

Ginger Man (NYC): This place is in mid-town, very upscale atmosphere but with really nice wooden bar and wooden booths. We had already had all of the above at the Blind Tiger plus drinks at a pre-wedding get together with friends that lasted a few hours, and it was about 2:00 a.m. when we arrived. Consequently, I can't tell you much about these, other than we enjoyed them at the time.

Legacy Hortimus Prime: (tap)
Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA: (tap)

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  1. It's a shame you didn't spend more time at Ginger Man. 66 taps!

    Having said that, you visited one of the best bars (BTAH) I've ever been to in my life. Next time, go to Brooklyn, and try Spuyten Duyvil and Barcade and Mug's Ale House.

    1. Small correction: the beer was likely Stoudt's Smooth Hoperator.

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      1. re: Ralphus

        you hit the two best beer bars in the city, and had two of the best local beers possible(six points & captain lawrence). but where's the love for dogfish head?

        1. re: TBird

          We get some Dogfish Head now in the SF area, so I didn't have a strong need to go the 60 or 90 minute route (although I would drop everything for a 120). But I am always on the lookout for the less available ones when I head out that way.

          1. re: The Dive

            ahhh i see, i wasn't aware it had made it out that far yet.


        2. re: Ralphus

          Another small correction (in case others are looking for some of these beers): the Backburner is by Southern Tier from upstate NY.

          That's an impressive day of beer drinking, for sure! I think we can forgive a few typos ;)

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          1. david copperfields on the upper east side has 30 some taps and 100 bottles, and a very fast rotation.. new beers cycling through every week or so

            (of course i went not to long ago and the post work crowd were all drinking bud light. and it wasn't even cheaper. go figure!)