October 20, 2011

Our second trip here to Good Beer NYC did not disappoint! If you've never been here, this is the setup: (1) A typical 25' x 100' NYC Tenement, walk down to the ground-level store, (2) Shelves and refrigerator cases full of foreign and domestic craft brews, (3) A dozen craft beers on tap, (4) A few small tables in the back for sampling the kegs, (5) They'll gladly fill your growlers (to take home), (6) Assorted snacks and a tiny kitchen for some beer-friendly victuals, AND (7) A back yard for early evening tippling (seasonal).

Dan was there when I showed up (as usual) and we both went for the flight of beers. I started out with the Sly Fox Oktoberfest Ale. It's a tad bitter and light on the mouth, but it is also crisp and ascerbic and had a beautiful color. Not a bad brew at all. Next up was New Jersey's River Horse Brewing Company's Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale. It was good and fairly strong, but there wasn't much pumpkin flavor here—the malt and molasses dominated. The pick of this bunch was the Nebraska Brunette Nut Brown Ale. It had a very smooth, malty, aroma but again, a bit light. We finished off with a Nebraska Cardinal Pale Ale, a deep golden color, very clear, and light going down, despite its 5.8% ABV rating.

After that light flight, the next beer was a real treat! Kuhnhenn Brewing Co's Simcoe Silly is a Belgian strong pale ale. This was really, really good! Served not in a girly-glass, but a manly chalice! Rich, fruity and yeasty, this Detroit-area winner clocks in at a heavy 8.5% ABV. One good beer deserves another so I had a second! "P" joined us and, never one to shy away from a good Belgian, joined me with a Silly of his own. Soon, David and Robert joined us as well and the real fun started!

Love this store! I tried the RoniSue Beer Corn. Sweet and salty—what a fantastic accompaniment to delicious brew! We even found bottles of Southern Tier Creme Brulé in the front. Dan was tasked with bringing some of that to our upcoming DWO! Dan went for the Doc's Cassis Cider—blech!!! Not my thing at all... but I'm richer for the experience. Duty called, so it was time to move on.

Good Beer

422 E. 9th St,
New York, NY 10009
(212) 677-4836

A line of taps, tables to partake of them, and refrigerators full of yummy bottles to try at home.

How was your flight?

Now THAT'S Good Beer!!!

The Guest of Honor: Robert