July 16th, 2009

It began with a Festina Peche, a clear summer seasonal from Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery. Frankly though, it was a little too sour for my taste. I guess I'm not enough of a beer snob to love this. I passed the time, absorbed by the bar kitch. The lads soon arrived and we grabbed a table. There was some food and I'm sure it was fine, but frankly, the best thing on the menu was the "Greenmarket Pretzels." Delicious, dark, and crunchy pretzels with a rock-ass horseradish mustard. And at $2 for a bowl, you can drink and munch to your heart's content!

Next was a Ramstein Blond Hefeweissen that was very nice and kind of sweet. This was followed by a Noblesse Blond Ale that was dry and complex. Somewhere along the line we switched to Mahr's Der Weisse Bock, a strong and wheaty dark brew. Nice! The usual B.S. ensued....

We went upstairs to Standing's, where we imbibed a pitcher of Victory Sunrise Weissbier, a decent hefeweissen from Downingtown, PA.

Then "P" and David headed home one way, while Dan and I went the other. Along the way Dan and I stopped at this incredibly divey bar, Kate's Joint, on Avenue B where there were four patrons (including the two of us) and a deejay spinning. The couple next to us were drinking $2 PBRs in cans. (Ouch!) There was a limited tap selection, so we opted for a Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat.

Next stop was Croxley Alehouse, where we dropped in for a fine Hoegaarden Witbier, the gold standard for this beer style imported by Anheuser-Busch from Belgium. What can I say? A hint of Coriander and Curaçao orange rind makes this Beer a perfect summer quaff.

Having ended the evening with the perfect beer, we headed home. Somehow we ended up at Nice Guy Eddie's, just as divey, but at least peopled. The tap selection was positively pedestrian; our best choice: Michelob Amber. Well, the burgers looked good...

Danny, "P" and David

Artisanal brews!

Danny & "P"

David & Steve