On a humid Sunday afternoon in NYC, there is nothing like a good, cold beer.
The beautiful thing about New York is that there is a bar on every corner. But thanks to the influence of Steve, I don’t want any ole’ beer. I want a good micro-brew. Something that was handcrafted by a local team with well thought out ingredients and focused brewing process.
There are many establishments that fit this bill…..and this afternoon I stumbled upon a real gem.
ABC (Alphabet City) Beer Co.
I’m not one to get lost in Alphabet City, but my friend Bethie was insistent that we look for a bar on Avenue C.
When we first looked in we saw the fridges and thought they would only sell beer to go. After a second glance we saw the full bar and lounge in the back.
We were eager to sit at the bar and look over the current draft list. It was a good sign that I could barley recognize half of the list because I was in the mood to try something new! The bartender was great and let us try a few beers before making a decision.
Side note: You can purchase a Growler of any tap beer for a great price!
I ordered the Cottrell Summer Ale from CT and Bethie got the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter from CO.
The Cottrell is a worthy summer ale. The flavor is smooth and subtle with a balanced hop finish. The citrus notes were evident but not overwhelming. It was light in body with a great blonde color.
I only got a few sips of the Breckenridge Vanilla Porter, but I liked what I tasted! It had all the great aromas of nuts and chocolate, the touch of vanilla was pretty genius….speaking from one who LOVES anything Vanilla. I probably would have preferred this beer on a cold night in front of a fire place….but it was so yummy I would make the exception to drink it in a cold bar on a summer afternoon.
Next, we ordered the cheese plate.
Cheese plates in the city can be a hit or miss. Sometimes they know what they are talking about and offer cool options….every other time you get typical cheeses found in the grocery store with crackers.
I knew we were in for a treat when the bartender introduced us to Kent (from Chippewa falls, WI. They make great cheese from there, ask him about it). Kent started a conversation with us about our likes and dislikes of cheese. After taking in our notes he gave us a few samples and we decided on three: L’Amuse Aged Gouda (Cow’s milk from Holland), Ossau Iraty (Sheep’s milk from France) and Landaff (Cows milk made in NH but aged in VT).
Every cheese was delicious! Of course I would recommend these cheeses, but really, I would say to go in and ask Kent to suggest a plate for you. The plate also came with olive bread crostini and a fig jam.
Quick notes: The Aged Gouda taste like a 5 year but had only been aged 2.
The Ossau Iraty was a firm cheese with a yummy creamy texture.
Finally the Landaff had more of a bite to it and went perfectly with the fig jam!
This place is low key, has a friendly staff and great beer and cheese selections.
I cant’ wait to come back for happy hour (Monday – Friday, 12 – 7pm) and I can’t wait to show this place to Steve!!!
**Out of a possible 5 stars, here’s what we thought….
Décor: 3 star Service: 4 stars
Beverage List: 5 star Food: 4 stars
Location: 3 star Overall: 4 stars
Cost: $10 – $30 per person (depending on how much you can throw back)
ABC Beer Co.
96 Avenue C
New York, NY 10009