Friday, April 29, 2016

New Brew Friday- Other Half City Slickers

We're coming back onto the local beer scene this weekend with Other Half's newest can release created with the incredible people over at Arizona Wilderness. City Slickers is an American IPA brewed with Arizona prickly pear, lemon zest, Citra, Galaxy and Equinox hops.

This beer pours a phenomenal ruby red color that looks just like the sunset bottom on the label.  Aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit and prickly pear jump out of the glass; it's so fruity I almost wish I could bite into it.  The flavor is more subdued lots of soft lemon, grapefruit and pine with a smooth finish.  I was expecting a bit more prickly pear flavor since the aroma is so strong but overall this beer is fantastic. It's the perfect easy drinking brew for Spring.  Cheers to the weekend!

Other Half
195 Centre Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Happy Hour at Good Night Sonny

Dollar oyster happy hours are everywhere but finding one where you can actually choose from a few different kinds and add on other raw bar items is a real treat.   Enter Good Night Sonny the newest cocktail bar from the folks behind the Wayland.

From 5-7 every day they have special prices on all beer, wine and cocktails like Other Half Superfun, sparkling roses and spicy margaritas.

Plump juicy shrimp, super fresh oysters and open windows looking out onto the action of St. Marks (serious action- we saw two people get arrested during our visit).  This is a great new spot to get happy in the East Village. 

Good Night Sonny
134 1st Avenue @St. Marks
New York, NY 10009

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Hometown Bar-B-Que

Saturday was all about beers and BBQ.  Mr. T and I began the day at Other Half grabbing some cans from their latest release then walked down to the water for a full on feast at Hometown BBQ.

I swear we didn't mean to order so much food for just the two of us but walking into the incredible Texas style roadhouse the smell of BBQ was so the time we got to the front of the line we lacked any decision making skills and just ordered everything.

The Brisket was amazing; somehow each slice had the perfect balance of fatty and lean with a smoky, crisp char on the outside.

I really enjoyed the Pulled Pork sandwich.  The meat was super tender, served without any need for BBQ sauce topped simply with a sharp vinegar based slaw (sloppy top love).  Mr. T preferred the mammoth Beef Rib coated in peppercorns and so incredibly rich I could barely get down more than one bite.

For sides a thick buttery slab of cornbread and QUESO MAC & CHEESE!  Full disclosure- I felt nauseous at the idea of eating a mac and cheese since we had devoured two HUGE bowls in one evening up in Vermont the weekend before (overload-it wasn't pretty).  However this Mac & cheese was so delicious I found myself going back for bite after bite.  Roasted chilies with creamy queso sauce on top...Yes Please!

Hometown BBQ is counter service only and there's almost always a long line.  But with two separate bars for ordering drinks and a fantastic lineup of music playing overhead the wait almost becomes part of the fun. So make the trek out to Red Hook and check out it out- this is some serious NYC BBQ.

454 Van Brut Street at Reed
Brooklyn, NY 11231

Monday, April 25, 2016

Brunch at Quality Eats

The newest venture from the culinary minds behind Quality Meats and Quality Italian comes Quality Eats; a twist on the classic neighborhood steakhouse in the West Village.  The atmosphere of the three couldn't be different.  Quality Meats exudes that quiet rustic elegance, Quality Italian is big and ostentatious (Chicken Parm Pizza anyone) whereas Quality Eats feels just kind of fun and funky; a place that's not taking itself too seriously but where you can count on a good time.

I stopped in for a late brunch and sipped on the Hemingway Spritz; a delightful mix of prosecco, rum and luxardo maraschino topped off with a huge slice of juicy red grapefruit.

For entrees the LA Eggs were excellent- crispy corn tortilla topped with fried eggs, melted cheese, salsa rosa and avocado paired with a side of bright greens.  I swear there is nothing better than a spicy, saucy, breakfast tortilla to cure any ailment leftover from a big weekend.  This is a great new "Quality" restaurant and an excellent addition to the West Village food scene.

Quality Eats
19 Greenwich Avenue at West 10th
New York, NY 

Friday, April 22, 2016

New Brew Friday- Logsdon Peche 'n Brett

It's Friday and it's time for something super fruity- Logsdon Peche 'n Brett an oak aged saison out of Oregon loaded with peaches (a pound and a half per gallon).

This beer pours a gorgeous orange gold with a fluffy white head that dissipates almost immediately. The nose is a combination of peach flesh, oak and floral notes followed by flavors of tart juicy peach, lemon, yeast and a super dry bubbly finish. It's kind of like champagne meets sour peach gummy rings :)  I'm always shocked at the 10% abv on this brew.  It's so easy drinking I would never guess it to be so high.  Cheers to a fantastic weekend!

4785 Booth Hill Road
Hood River, Oregon 97031