June 17th, 2010

Kevin, our resident Brooklyn expert, suggested that we meet at ReBar, a DUMBO joint across the street from Superfine, the joint we haunted back in 2008. ReBar was nice enough with a decent draft beerlist.

Dan and I met up and were soon joined by David, Robert, "P" and Kevin. I started with a Schneider Edel-Weisse, a fine organic beer. Summer and Weißbier just seem to go together!

Robert had the Rodenbach Red. This slightly-sour Belgian beer is made in the traditional way. I found it a bit vinegary. The MacNeill's Tartan Ale was strong and malty—just the way I like my Scottish Ale. This beer, though, hails from Vermont. The food was a strong suit here. They were out of the Boar Sausage, but the ReBurger was great: the cumin-mayo was sensational!

We spent quite a bit of time reminiscing about some of our very favorite shitty beers, including:

  • St. Pauli Girl
  • Rheingold
  • PBR
  • Milwaukee's Be(a)st
  • Red, White & Blue
  • Rolling Rock
  • Narragansett
  • Old Milwaukee

Other topics included ROKU, how (when you're a kid) the days are short and the years are long, and Freddie of Upper Bumf*ck, NY. "Dora, the Anal Explorer" shows up in my notes... perhaps someone can explain?

I tried the Kelso Nut Brown. It was nice, but it had a sour aftertaste. I finished up with another Schneider Edel-Weisse. Hard to go wrong there. Restless crew we are, we made our way through the treacherous streets of DUMBO...

Perfection in a glass?

David makes a point to Robert and Daniel

Steve and David enjoying the DNO cheer

Kevin at the Bench

Post-Script: On May, 9th, 2014, ReBar abruptly closed and went bankrupt. Owner Jason Stevens skipped town for while with the restaurant's receipts and deposits. A former employee noted:

"Today was payday and roughly 50 employees are not getting their two week paychecks. We are suppose to have a wedding tomorrow and Sunday as well as every weekend for the next year plus. Literally hundreds of couples who have paid in full or partially to have their weddings at rebar and other venues have been screwed by this man. Not to mention the dozens of purveyors and vendors who are owed money."

Stevens was arrested May 15 and was charged with Tax Fraud and Grand Larceny.

"Jason Stevens, the owner of the restaurant, reBar, failed to pay more than $1 million in taxes on the restaurant from June 2009 to December 2012, according to the office of the Brooklyn district attorney, Kenneth P. Thompson, who brought the charges. During that period, Mr. Stevens collected but did not turn over any sales taxes, a criminal complaint says."

Go figure...