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A Craft Ale Tour of Brooklyn

A November 2005 trip to Brooklyn by albionvicar

Spuyten Duyvil Photo, Brooklyn, New York More Photos
Quote: A wander around some of Brooklyn's top bars.

Brazen Head

Attraction | "The Brazen Head"

Brazen Head Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Led by lively landlord and occasional actor Lou Sones, this bar guarantees a warm welcome. It is listed in all good bar magazines, has just featured in NYC Time Out, and has even been mentioned in the Daily Telegraph in the UK.A large selection of microbrews are on sale here with two cask ales. If hungry, there is no objection to ordering from a series of local takeaway menus thoughtfully provided on the bar, and eating in the bar. You could soon be tucking into Mexican, Indian, or a wide variety of other choices. (Recommended - New Mexicali) The bar provides darts and has two televisions for sports, for those who wish to while away their time....Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

Brazen Head
228 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11201
(718) 488-0430


Attraction | "The Levee"

Levee Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Moving into the Williamsburg area, The Levee offers a wide variety of ales and is currently considering installing a cask ale handpump. Friendly Texan service and a classic jukebox (rock) guarantee a good evening. Move out into the back for the armchairs and sofas. Pool, pinball, board games available.

Opening Hours: 2PM – Late??

Prices: Not more than $5.00 a pint. (Happy Hour 5pm -8pm)
Food: Snacks at the bar.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

212 Berry Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
(718) 218-8787

Spuyten Duyvil

Attraction | "Spuyten Duvil"

Spuyten Duyvil Photo, Brooklyn, New York
Looking quite intimidating from the outside, with its bright red barred windows giving an image of an olde world apothecary mixed with an 18th-century jail - check out the seats in the window. This bar has recently been voted the second best beer bar in the U.S. Once inside, it is easy to see why. A long thin bar extends down one side with more extensive seating at the back. A choice from six ever-changing taps, and one cask. One of the main features, though, is an interesting range of around 150 Belgian beers, many quite rare and none mainstream. They even have their own (Brewed by Brassiere Cantillon in Brussels). Again, a good jukebox (eclectic and frequently changing selection) is available....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 13, 2005

Spuyten Duyvil
359 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
(718) 963-4140