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    Five Reasons to Drink Beer in New York City

    This is a listing of five of the more interesting reasons to visit New York City and the borough of Brooklyn in particular. It is a short list and far from a list of the five “best” or “outstanding” beer-bars. These are places where you can relax and enjoy the beer, food, service and ambience. All five places are good enough for the beer geek but not temples to malt that can be intimidating.

    All of that notes let’s visit the first on the list, alphabetically.

    The Blind Tiger (281 Bleecker St., New York, NY) in the area of Manhattan known as Greenwich Village is a place where, every Wednesday at around 1300 hours groups of beer geeks gather to sample special brews brought in and featured in a special way. I salute the constant variety of brews offered and the ability to offer some that can be found nowhere else in the city, if not on the East Coast.

    The following video was taken on a swealtering Summer afternoon and the beer was a tall cool blond if I remember correctly.

    Then there was the early summer afternoon when photographer Ginalola Lowry and I decided to be “tourists” and go on the Saturday afternoon guided tour of the Chelsea Brewing Co. (59 Chelsea Piers Roadway, New York, NY ) situated on the West Side riverfront of the Chelsea area of Manhattan.

    It was rather interesting to join the group of folks who were about to visit their “very first” brewery. Interested in how the tour went? Visit …. BeerBasics visits the Chelsea Brewing Co.


    Hop in a cab and follow the traffic to the Upper East Side of Manhattan where you will find Café D’alsace (1695 2nd Ave., Manhattan, NY 10128) and some of the more interesting beer and food combinations. The beverage manager is a true believer in offering beers that enhance the food offered as well as sparkle on their own. Of special interest is their list of beers from small French breweries.

    The following video was taken while the Bronx Brewery held a beer tasting for the working, or after working, press…


    Now it’s across the bridge to Brooklyn!

    We’ve been here before but let’s stop in again at Buschenschenk (320 Court St  New York, NY 11231), on Court Street and Sacket Street in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Cobble Hill.

    Just a short visit ok?


    While we are here in Brooklyn let’s splurge and call for a car-service to transport us to the almost post-chic area known as “Billy-burgh” (Williamsburg). Home of the Brooklyn hipsters and Brooklyn Brewery it is also where you will find a German-style beer hall.

    The Radegastbierhall (113 N 3rd St  New York, NY 11211) is fast becoming a Saturday afternoon stroller (push chair) magnate for growing families in the area. Therefore I would suggest visiting on a week-day late-afternoon, just before the office drones begin congregating. In the communal dining area there is a grill in the back where the best wurst in the area can be found and enjoyed with the rather impressive list of German biers.

    The following video has no sound because Google didn’t like the music that was playing in the background on the afternoon when I did the video… think “semi-classical” probably Austrian though…


    And as the flickering images vanish it is time to wish you good beer wherever you are and assure you that this is only the first of these visits.