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Old 01-27-2011, 09:24 PM   #1
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Hiyas!
I'm going to NYC for a business trip, first time to the North East region as a drinking-age adult. Can anyone recommend a scha-weet place to get North East regional / uber local craft brews in Manhattan?

I've heard New Jersey and New Hampshire both have a strong craft brew culture - but where can I taste em in the Big Apple?

Any other generally awesome brew-culture highlights I should look into?

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:30 PM   #2
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Where in the city are you staying? What street?

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Yeah, if you can pick a neighborhood to start from that will help. There are many, many choices. That being said:


Ginger Man: Hanging out in the back "lounge" room at GM and sipping on some great beer and tasty food may be one of my favorite things in life.

Blind Tiger: Great beer list, friendly people, awesome place to hang out.

McSorely's Old Ale House: About as local as you'll get. They have 2 beers, light or dark, and they come 2 at a time. Walking into this place is like stepping back in time, you need to go here just to see what things used to be like.

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:46 PM   #4
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Ginger Man and Blind Tiger get my votes and i will be there over the Presidents weekend with my drinking age kids. Also, gona train over to Brooklyn for Friday nite happy hour at Brooklyn Brewery. I hear its really kewl.

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Historically speaking: PJ Clarkes, Whitehorse Tavern and McSorleys.

Beer Speaking: Gingerman, Burp Castle (Down the block from McSorleys...You may still have to knock to get in, size the place up first.) and Pony Bar.

I wish Chumleys was still open. It was a speakeasy that was preserved as such. I would have PMed you directions on how to find the place (no signs)

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Old 01-27-2011, 09:50 PM   #6
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Agreed with the three JadeMonkey posted.

You could also check out:

The Dead Poet (upper west side)
Rattle N Hum (near Empire St Bldg)
Hop Devil Grille (East side -- near Tompkins Sq Park)
Heartland Brewery (there's 6 or 7 of them--good food and good microbrew)
d.b.a. (lower east side)

Actually, check out this list, too.

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:51 AM   #7
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+1 on Pony Bar.

45th & 10th Ave.

Solid selection of craft beers (20 on tap at all times I think), constant rotation, and every beer is $5 (16 oz for most beers, 8 oz for high gravity). Everything is $4 at happy hour. Best deal in the city IMHO. Only problem is it is a bit out of the way unless you are staying in Times Square.

Great place and the food is surprisingly decent as well (try the homemade pickles, they come with everything).

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You may also want to take a cab and visit the brooklyn brewery. Always a good time.

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:04 AM   #9
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+1 for Gingerman, my Fav... plus my office backs up to it. Lucky boy I am!

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Hey, Thanks for all the great suggestions! I'm staying in the Hells Kitchen / Clinton area near the Javits Center.

Gingerman and Pony Bar are in walking distance. Yesss!!

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