Ratings: 242 | Reviews: 196 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jim102864:
3.75/5 rDev -14.6%
I had read several fellow BA's reviews of BTAH and being in the mood for something different other than my standard lower Manhattan pub, Hop Devil, I decided to stop in Wendesday night.
Before getting there, I had read they were having a Brooklyn Brewery event there so that was something to look forward to. I didn't make it there 'til about 8 pm and this tiny West Side pub was packed to the gills. Given that it was unusually muggy for November 5th in NYC, it made for a very uncomfortable experience. Still, Garrett Oliver was there along with one of the sales reps and I got a chance to talk to both. Because of the event, it was essentially all Brooklyn on tap. I decided to focus on stuff I'd never had/heard of before. The Grand Cru that the sales dude recommended was delish. I also tried a cask brew called Black Ops. Oliver himself recommended it because of the wood in which it was stored. I found it to be a disappointment. I got no sense of the oak and found it to be fairly flavorless for all he hyped it up to be. He also recommended this one off 750 bottled stuff called Dark Matter (mind you at $24 per bottle) which I shared with a local who I had been chatting with. A nice brown ale, but again, nothing special. The 2006 Monster was good.
As to the Tiger itself, if you're at all clostrophopic stay away. You will never see the word "roomy" in a review of BTAH. Fairly average looking bar with average atmosphere. Roughly 25 taps which I'm sure are typically pulling solid selections. Service from the pleasant barmaid was good even on this at times 3-deep-at-the-bar evening.
The food was a total bust. A meat sandwich that was mushy and flavorless along with buffalo wings that were ok if you like 'em firey.
All in all a place I would visit again. Hell, I'd even recommmend it, but I still think Hop Devil rules the day when it comes to Manhattan beer bars.
11-08-2008 13:18:45 | More by jim102864
More User Reviews:
Blind Tiger in New York, NY
97 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.