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  • Bar Profile: Cardiff Giant

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Before even setting foot in Cardiff Giant, you're greeted by a sandwich board. Rather than feature daily specials or trending Internet humor, the Clinton Hill establishment has elected to quote F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” Inside, simplistic, white-washed walls and a backyard with wire-frame furniture is balanced by a booming collection of liquors, beers, and ciders stacked on the wall behind the bar.

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  • Bar Profile: St. Gambrinus, Brooklyn, New York

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    St. Gambrinus

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    As soon as I walk into St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, its woodsy, cozy, dimly lit interior makes me want to stay for hours. With exposed brick, small, iridescent hanging lights on the right wall above a dark oak bar, and even a backyard (now open!), there's many a place to settle down for a night – or day – of drinking.

    An unexpected television hangs above the bar. "Do you put on many sports games?" I ask Ray Darmstadt, the owner, who is setting up shop. Read More...


  • Bar Profile: Beer Culture, Manhattan, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Beer Culture looks, at first glance, almost depthless. Like a lengthy tunnel, the bar seems to slink into the depths of 45th Street, a dusky speakeasy just a stone’s throw from city attractions like the Birdland Jazz Club and the Eugene O’Neil Theater. It’s a humble corridor of craft beer, just a tiny orange sign, proudly wearing the shop’s name, calling out to passersby: “I’m here for beer lovers.”

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  • Bar Profile: The Pony Bar, Manhattan, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Tucked away in Hell’s Kitchen, The Pony Bar's original location on 10th Avenue could be one of the only bars in Manhattan that has two massive LCD screens and neither tuned into a football game. Instead, these screens are windows into the Pony Bar’s beer list — a collection of strictly American, constantly rotating craft beers. It’s this States-focused aspect that sets the bar apart from other craft beer joints; while many are bursting at the seams with Belgian and German beers, this bar has kept things within U.S. borders, something that owner, Dan McLaughlin has aimed to do from the start.

    “The focus on American beer goes back two decades to my belief that some of the best beers in the world are being brewed right here in our own backyards,” McLaughlin said. “Seven years ago, when we signed our lease for our first Pony Bar, I wanted to emphasize that fact.” Read More...


  • Bar Profile: The Blind Tiger, Manhattan, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once in a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Before craft beer blasted onto the scene — before the U.S. was flecked with microbreweries, before lambics and strong ales were in the common bar vernacular, before drinkers were talking about Brettanomyces — the Blind Tiger Ale House was alive and well, serving up craft brews on the corner of Hudson and West 10th St. in Manhattan’s West Village. Opened in 1995, the revered bar has been dubbed by Time Out New York as one of the “OGs” of New York’s craft beer scene, with its 28 taps pouring some of the best craft brew available for the last two decades Read More...


  • Bar Profile: The Diamond, Brooklyn, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once in a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    There are very few canary yellow doors in Brooklyn, so when you spot this one, on Franklin Ave. in a sleepy part of Greenpoint, it’s hard to ignore. A bright splotch of color among the surrounding brick and concrete, it begs passersby to poke their heads in. If they do — and consequently, step into the Diamond — they’ll spy a thriving craft beer bar.

    That, and a gleaming shuffleboard table.

    This is the Diamond, a chilled-out Greenpoint bar that’s about good company and even better beer. While many wonderful beer bars focus on developing massive beer lists, The Diamond offers up a small, carefully curated collection of bottles and taps.

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  • Bar Profile: Top Hops, Manhattan, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once in a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Ted Kenny — framed between two massive, frosted refrigerator units — is king of a tiny kingdom, one so small it can exist quietly behind a pair of glass doors on Orchard St. in downtown Manhattan. It's a kingdom of bottles and cans, each of them chilled and ready to pour, lined up like soldiers in his beer shop and bar, Top Hops.

    Kenny, who previously worked with beer giant Anheuser-Busch, has managed, almost miraculously, to squeeze over 750 bottles of beer into this Lower East Side shop, meaning one thing for customers: a practically unlimited choice of craft beers.

    "We're always keeping our eyes out for different products and our customers come in and tell us about different drinks, too," Kenny said. "We get stuff that you're not going to find, or you're only going to find in a couple of places." Read More...


  • Bar Profile: The Cannibal, Manhattan, NY

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    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once in a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Ten seconds inside The Cannibal and the smell hits: a massive bouquet of smoke, meat and fire. It's house-made beef jerky and sausage. It’s a barbeque sucker-punch. The gastropub, located on 29th Street between Park and Lex, dwells in perpetual campfire mode, with every inch of the space, save for the outdoor seating, swept up in a wave of tantalizing eau de meat.

    After about 20 seconds — once visitors snap back from their nose-coma — their eyes will likely hit the walls. In this slender, speakeasy-eque nook of a bar, the walls are rustically paneled with raw wood and lined with bottles upon bottles of beer. Belgians and IPAs, Goses and more line the shelves and fill the refrigerators, which whirr ceaselessly by the entrance.

    At 30 seconds, the epiphany: This is a true-blue beer haven.

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