food 01.31.11


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

Bierkraft, 191 5th [Berkeley Pl./Union]
Park Slope 718.230.7600

Community Beverage, 8004 Grand Ave. [80th St.] Elmhurst 718.458.5254

Eagle Provisions, 628 5th [17th/18th] Park Slope 718.499.0026

Hercules Fancy Grocery, 27 Morton [7th Ave. S./Morton] 212.929.6546

New Beer Distributors, 167 Chrystie [Delancey/Riv] 212.473.8757

Whole Foods Bowery, 95 E. Houston
[Bowery/Chrystie] 212.420.1320

'Rush the growler' was the late 19th century phrase for getting tap beer from a local bar to your home (or workplace) using a pail or other container. Children were often the conveyers of the growler, charged with bringing suds back to dear old mom and dad. The exact origin of the expression isn't known. (Read more on the history of growler-rushing here.) Beer via growler has had a resurgence in recent years—you can even rush a growler from Whole Foods. Here's a list of local beers only available in growlers.

The Good Beer Seal is a website that gives its endorsement to independently-owned local bars—27 currently—which show a commitment to craft beer, properly served. As a list of where to enjoy fine beer in NYC, we can't improve on it.

Good Beer Bars - Manhattan
124 Old Rabbit Club, 124 MacDougal [Bleecker/W. 3rd] 212.254.0575
Against the Grain, 620 E. 6th [B/C] 212.420.0002
Blind Tiger Ale House, 281 Bleecker [Jones] 212.462.4682
Burp Castle, 41 E. 7th [2nd/3rd] 212.982.4576
d.b.a., 41 1st Ave. [2nd/3rd] 212.475.5097
East Village Tavern, 158 Ave. C [10th] 212.253.8400
George Keeley's, 485 Amst [83rd/84th] 212.873.0251
Jimmy's No. 43, 43 E. 7th [2nd/3rd] 212.982.3006
Rattle N' Hum, 14 E. 33rd [5th/Mad] 212.481.1586
Standings, 43 E. 7th [2nd/3rd] 212.420.0671
Swift, 34 E. 4th [Bowery/Laf] 212.260.3600
The Pony Bar, 637 10th [45th] 212.586.2707

Good Beer Bars - Brooklyn
Bar Great Harry, 280 Smith [Sackett] 718.222.1103
Barcade, 388 Union Ave. [Powers/Ainslie] 718.302.6464
Beer Table, 427B 7th Ave. [14th/15th] 718.965.1196
Brazen Head, 228 Atlantic [Court/Boerum Pl.] 718.488.0430
d.b.a. Williamsburg, 113 N. 7th [Wythe/Berry] 718.218.6006
Lucky Dog, 303 Bedford [1st/2nd]
Mug's Ale House, 125 Bedford [N. 10th] 718.486.8232
Pacific Standard, 82 4th Ave. [St. Marks/Bergen] 718.858.1951
reBar, 147 Front [Pearl/Jay] 718.766.9110
Spuyten Duyvil, 359 Metropolitan [N. 4th/N. 5th] 718.963.4140
The Diamond, 43 Franklin [Quay/Calyer] 718.383.5030
The Gate, 321 5th Ave. [3rd St.] 718.768.4329
Waterfront Ale House, 155 Atlantic [Henry/Clinton] 718. 522.3794

Good Beer Bars - Queens
Sunswick 3535, 35-02 35th St. [35th Ave.] 718.752.0620

Good Beer Bars - Bronx
Bronx Ale House, 216 W. 238th [Review Pl.] 718.601.0204

In addition to The Good Beer Seal,
check out these sites for local beer info:
Beer Menus
Brooklyn Wort
NYC Beer Guide

Local meat meets local beer at the The Vanderbilt, 570 Vanderbilt Ave. [Bergen] Bklyn 718.623.0570, in a four-course, nose-to-tail pork dinner with Sixcraft beers, Tuesday, February 1st, 7:30pm, $50.

Great American Craft Beer: A Guide to the Nation's Finest Beers and Breweries by Andy Crouch will give you added knowledge—and more important, pleasure—to your future glasses of stouts, pale ales, and abbey-style brews.

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