food 02.1.08


Sure, you can drink Bud with the chips and chili this Super Bowl weekend. But with so much good stuff out there, why would you?

For home consumption during the grays of February, no brew is as cheering to us as a Saison farmhouse ale from Belgium. We'll take any of them, though Saison Dupont is our favorite (available at Citarella). In terms of taste, these are as far away from a Bud as you can get: a citrusy nose, a full, spicy mouthful that's nevertheless easy to drink, and a crisp, slightly bitter finish. Take that, bowl of chili!

Around town, we'd gladly stop into Lorleley, 7 Rivington [Bowery] 212.253.7077, for a pint of their Gaffel Kölsch, a top fermented ale from Cologne you won't see much of in these parts.

At Williamsburg's Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan [Havemeyer] 718.963.4140, from February 9th-16th, they're holding their second annual Big and Wood-Aged Beer week. There's an amazing lineup of brews in bottles (Duck Rabbit Baltic Porter), on tap (George Gale Millennium Brew), and a Wintercoat Cockney Imperial Stout in cask.

You might not think of beer much in terms of vintages, but Blind Tiger, 281 Bleecker [Jones] 212.462.4682, does. They've got about a dozen selections that are vintage dated, which will make a persuasive case that certain beers become more complex and interesting with time.

Our favorite place for a glass of Guinness? Easy: Molly's Shebeen, 287 3rd [22nd/23rd] 212.889.3361. Bonuses: fireplace, decent burger, good vibe.

The Brazen Head, 228 Atlantic Ave. [Court/Boerum] Bklyn 718.488.0430, from February 22nd-24th, is hosting a Cask Ale Festival, with to 30 casks pouring during the event (10 or so at any one time). Check the website a couple of days prior for the exact list.

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