Saturday, July 20, 2013

DISTILLERY SATURDAY

Support local NYC!
 
Williamsburg is home to a winery, a brewery and a distillery.
 The New York Distilling Company
We went on a tour at the New York Distilling Company and had samples of their up and coming Gin.
 
 
Based on the sample, expect a smooth start, then on the way down a turbulence of strong and clean flavor.
 
 
  

 
 Although relatively small for the industry, this facility is considered “massive” for Williamsburg.
It is beautiful, organized and modern.
 
 
The NY Distilling Company makes their own Gin, but has craft beers available at their “SHANTY” bar.
 
 There is live music on Saturdays and Sundays at 4pm.
Photo: Blue grass at the NY Distillery!
 They have a small offering of beers, but they are good beers.
We were fortunate enough to enjoy some brews and live blue grass music after our very informative tour.
The Shanty is known more for their cocktails and their gin…so, we were slightly out of our element. Unfortunately, they do not have any food available and food options are similar to that of food options in a desert – so come fed and full if you do plan on coming here.
(Two of us were smart enough to sneak in a couple of Hot Dogs from Crif Dogs Brooklyn before coming to the NY Distilling Company  - BTW, the hotdogs were absolutely delicious – which was no surprise).
***After consuming beer and gin, many of us developed ulcers and needed some food ASAP!***
 
We attempted to go to the Meat Ball Shop, but the wait was long and we were now in a state of emergency and our people needed to get food in them. There were recommendations on where to go, but our fearless leader, STEVE H., saw the conditions of our people and made the command decision of going next door to……SWEET CHICK!  
 
Our leader had led us to waffles and chicken heaven!
Photo by Steve H

None of us were familiar with this New American fried chicken joint, but the aroma that was emanating from Sweet Chick wrapped her arms around us and comforted us into this warm and quaint restaurant. Their woodsy, country d├ęcor granted us relief from the NYC heat wave and stress of starvation.
In only a few moments, we were seated and noticed immediately, that they had beer!
In fact, they had a rare find – GENNY LAGER – aka Genesee Red Lager.
Photo by Steve H
Most of us, of course, ordered the chicken and waffles and….

Photo by Steve H
HOLY SHIT! IT’S FUCKING GOOD!
Their butters alone was phenomenal!
Foodie Alert – I know many of you may be a little skeptical about fried chicken in Williamsburg, but you have to try it. Yes, it’s heavy, it’s rich, but not over done with sodium or underdone like the type of “fried chicken” you would find in most upscale restaurants. Like Goldilocks would say, “Ahh, just right!”
For more information on Sweet Chick, you can visit their website at:     http://sweetchicknyc.com
After a happy dinner, we follow our noses (literally – the wonderful scent of Italian sausage and fried oreos fill the air) to the annual Mt.Carmel fair.
This was truly the best way to end a great day – a carnival!
Photo by Steve H
Photo by Steve H
Photo by Steve H
Photo by Steve H
Photo by Steve H
 
 
Photo by Steve H
 
 
 

See you at the next bar....
 

Friday, July 12, 2013

Randolph Beer and One MILE House

We went to Randolph Beer
(not to be confused with The Randolph – same owner though).            
Randolph Beer is situated in between Nolita and the Lower East Side.
Randolph Beer offers patrons an incredible selection of American craft beers and impressive “New American” pub grub that foodies can give a nod to.
 
Try the fish and chips!
 
Is this place a craft beer drinker’s oasis?
No, but Randolph Beer can hold its’ own amongst the contenders coming into the NYC craft beer boxing ring. What makes Randolph Beer stand out, is it’s location….had this place been one block closer to the Lower East Side, this atmosphere would have been completely different!
Because Randolph Beer is closer to Nolita, this establishment is filled with wine drinkers who like to dabble with craft beer ideology and cocktail zealots who want to expand their quench palettes. Craft Beer aficionados may find this place a little stuffy and can find themselves annoyed at listening to patrons asking the bar tender what kind of craft beer it is they’re drinking, where it’s from and how it’s made.
Or, if you’re not sitting at the bar, you won’t be able to hear yourself scream because you will be exposed to dangerous levels of music decibels.
BUT…it’s a great place.
For more information on Randolph Beer, you can visit their website at:  www.randolphnyc.com
After Randolph Beer, we mosey on over to our one of our very favorite spots….
One Mile House!
 
The craft beer list is double in size compared to Randolph Beer and offers patrons, not only American craft beers, but also many of the locally talented craft beers coming from Long Island, Upstate and the Five Boroughs!
Foodie Alert – yes, come here for their infamous Bacon Matzo Balls!
Why do we love this place?
Great beer, delicious, unique food and great environment!

Yes, it is LES, just a couple of blocks away from Nolita…
One Mile House is appeasing to the hipsters and craft beer enthusiasts!
 It’s one of the few places, where the two can happily co-exist and that’s because of this establishment's earthy ambience. 
Just like their Bacon Matzo Balls, a contradiction that works.
For more information on One Mile House, you can visit their website at: