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Taps: 3 / Bottles: 30
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 23 | Reviews: 23 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by slander:
4.68/5 rDev +0.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$$$
Another from the list long overdue, and so I apologize, but honestly, I’m hardly ever about these days and they deal a 5PM Slope opening, not exactly where I play. It’s time, make it happen, yeah yeah. Saturday, then, on their doorstep at opening. Ooh, foodies, back to back...
Unassuming store front on 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. A single room, smaller than my first apartment. 3 hightops in a row adorned with fat candles in glass to one side with seating for 8 tightly (meet new people, share space) on red backless metal stools and then the service bar and shoebox kitchenings to the back of the house.
Brick wall to one side with a coat hook bar, and dried flowers or something overhead in a row alongside drop quart mason jar lamps from the painted plank wood ceiling sporting a pair of spinny fans. The not so far wall is painted darkish, with a large horizontal mirror on center, and jarred all sorts of somethings shelved below, dehydrated fruits & veggies and the like used for foodings here. A wood shelving unit past there with bottled selections and more, not on the menu, (Brooklyn & Alesmith 750’s, Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien magnums, De Struise Black Albert, Mikkeller barrel aged Black Hole, oh, 3 vintages of the Oerbier Reserva, how nice, but are you sitting on any ‘02’s? Yeah, I thought so. Pwned!) To the rear, a slight wood box marble topped bar space. Glassware dangling overhead and racked to one side, and pull butcher paper rolls above for the easy table setting change. Boards with taps & feature bottles listed atop.
3 taps on a lunch box tower, the handles being pieces of an old food mill (Bayerischer Bahnhof White Ale Interpretation, Hopfenstark Kamarad Friedrich Imperial Stout, and He’Brew Bittersweet Lenny’s RIPA), and a single handpump alongside (Birra del Borgo Gina, which she is correct, tastes like drinking a pizza, must be the thyme).
And bottles, 2 dozen +1. A few US entries (Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela, Bruery Autumn Maple, Captain Lawrence Golden Delicious, Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout, Pretty Things Baby Tree), and the rest are imports. I won’t lie, some (all) of them are pricey (Oerbier for $14, Rochefort 10 for $17, the priciest item is the De La Senne Wadesa #1 for $43, with Birrifico Barley BB Dexi close on its heels at $42, and Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus bringing up the rear at $41. The menu lists them by name, bottle size, ABV and a light description. De Dolle Oer Bier, dark, dry, licorice, tart, raisins, wood, spice, fall (Fall? Really? It tastes like autumn? Mmm, well perhaps); Bayerischer Bahnhof Berliner Weisse, lemon zest, hazy, delicious, dishwater (but not in a bad way); okay, 1 more, Harviestoun Ola Dubh, 16 year highland park, char, heather, peat, oil, cocoa, elegant (replace elegant with poison, me thinks). You get the idea.
Foodwise, we dealt off the $25 for a 3-course dinner menu (there being snacks otherwise and cheese plate & chocolate as post dessertings.). Each course holds 3 options from which to build your make-a-meal.
Ben kicked us off with a snack of radishes with butter & sea salt. I’m not a known rabbit, but having dabbed the butter and just a touch of sea salt, I got my radish on and it wasn’t unpleasant.
I started with the white bean puree with red chilis & toast. The white bean puree was excellent, the red chilis were not the baby tomatoes sliced that I knew they weren’t, and the toast was like buttery or spread with goodness. I’m not like a dip guy but I gone ‘et it all. Ben started with the roasted beets with smoked sardines, sour cream & dill. Now, I grew up with the grandparents parking a jar of Borscht whenever they visited and then leaving that crap behind for me to have to look at indefinitely, so I’m of the no goddamn beets for me mindset, but in the spirit of try new things adventure, I will sample. As suspected, beets are beat, but Ben liked ‘em.
Next up, I had the caramelized bacon with roasted fingerling potatoes & chives. The slab bacon was solid and the fingerlings were wonderful, with their slight chiving. Ben had the butter beans with bacon, scallions & mayonnaise on bread. Having forked on it, I can say that it was good, but clearly I won round 2.
We both wound down with the butterscotch pudding with cocoa nib brittle. The butterscotch pudding was amazing and damn that super salty brittle was money. Holy crap.
Started with a Bayerischer Bahnhof White Ale Interpretation (nice & light, a bit coriander heavy), then we split a t’Gaverhopke Zingende Blondine, and then the Cigar City Marshal Zhukov’s Imperial Stout, uncarbonated (paired quite nicely with the cocoa nib brittle butterscotch pudding).
We rolled in for the 5PM opening so the crowd was light until filling in some. But it’s a comfortable house, as tight as it was. Good beer, great food. Pricey as all fuck, but this is why we work. Server was excellent and likes her Jeff Buckley, so I guess I love her now. I’d totally go back. Excellent place, better with a sponsor.
06-21-2011 17:51:14 | More by slander
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4.53/5 rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Came here for a quick bite to eat and a brew on New Years Eve.
First thing I must point out is that this isnt a "bar" as it is a restaurant. I was under the impression it was a chill bar and when we walked in, we realized it was much more fancy. We were dressed in sort of "fun" new years costumes, and felt way out if place...but the, im assuming owner, didnt blink an eye and sat us immediately. He was super nice and accompdating. I almost felt like appologizing for looking like an wacko...
Its very small with 3 or 4 communal tables; each seating about 8 people. The selection isnt huge, but very good! We had a Hill Farmstead Everett and Maine Mean Old Tom. Both excellent brews by the way...they also maintained a great bottle list.
We also ordered a cheese plate, which was very good as well.
The prices were a bit high. Beer on tap ranged from like $8 to $12 and I would say bottles were anywhere from about 30% to 50% more than you can buy in the store.
Overall, really nice place, with great service, and great selection...but very high prices. Still worth stopping by if they continue to have Hill Farmstead on tap.
01-03-2012 01:51:52 | More by DrinkSlurm
4.2/5 rDev -9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | $$$$
The atmosphere in this place was great, a modern farmhouse feel complete with dim lighting, wooden tables, and cozy seating. The staff was very friendly and know their beers and selection well. They seem to have a rotating selection of some very rare craft brews. I was pleasantly surprised to see many of their selection are of breweries/brews I've never heard of. They also have a tasting sized glass, so trying out a bunch of different beers is easier both on your liver and on your wallet. However, over all, the prices are still New York prices, which is to say that everything is expensive.
12-29-2011 21:15:42 | More by Burnsy22
4.05/5 rDev -13.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
Gonna have to say that this place, while very good, is in no way deserving of the top spot for BA Places in NY. We had alovely brisk walk from the Brooklyn Museum, arriving at 5:30 on a Saturday evening.
I was quite surprised by how small this was. Three tables of communal seating, overstuffed with 8 stool per table, where 6 would have been comfortable.
Tap list is small, with about 7 nice taps and one soda (!). JW Lees Harvest was a nice tap surprise; not sure I have ever seen it on tap before.
Menu is small with 4 snacks and a three course tasting/a la carte menu. Radishes with butter and sea salt were a revelation; pickled peanuts not so much.
Service was quite nice. I'd stop back again if I were in the neighborhood. Very glad that we did not make a special trip out for this.
12-11-2011 20:49:31 | More by sholland119
4.22/5 rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
Stopped in for a quick couple of beers and an app with my wife on a recent trip to NYC. Luckily got the last two seats at one of the three communal tables. Only 24 seats in the place so space is at a premium. They were having their "harvest fest" with 3 casks of J.W. Lees harvest ales, so the menu was not as it usually is. Just some meat and cheese plates were available, not the usual 3 course menu that it shows on the website. That was a bit of a let-down. I had a Harviestoun Ola Dubh 18 on tap. It was delicious. A bit pricey, though, at $10 for a 6 oz. pour into a small wine glass. We split some cheese & toast- eh. I then had a J.W. Lees from the beer engine (they had 2 others via gravity casks) and it was a bit past its prime. I believe it was the fourth day on cask. That was a bit disappointing. The bottle list was very well put together with prices that seemed ok, maybe a bit high, but what I would pretty much expect. The server was very attentive and very nice. She seemed to know her stuff. Very neat location and a very good idea for a different bar. Would love to go back again for a cozy dinner with a few friends.
12-10-2010 16:58:43 | More by DrDogbeer
4.78/5 rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
I'm fortunate enough that this establishment is within walking distance of where I live. I'm also lucky enough to have been to some great beer bars in the US and Europe (Kulminator, Bruges Beertje, several in Bamberg...). I would put this place right up with any of them.
It starts with the very welcoming atmosphere that is fostered by the owners. Everyone that enters is greeted, and you'll quickly have a menu in front of you, followed by an offer to try any of the 3 drafts [March 2011 update - draft list is expanded to 6 + 1 cask] and 1 cask selections (which are very frequently rotated). The bottle list consists of 20+ well-chosen (and usually uncommon) selections. There are also several bottled beers which you can buy by the glass.
Relative to my friends (although maybe not relative to some of the experts on this site), I consider myself fairly knowledgable about beer. One of the main reasons I love Beer Table is that I have usually never tried (or possibly heard of) 80% of that day's draft/bottle selections. For example, on my visit last night, the draft selections were: Mikkeller/Revelation Cat Cream Ale; Schlenkerla Fastenbier; Nøgne Ø Imperial Dunkelwit; and BFM B.A.T.S.(cask). I was familiar with each of these breweries, but had never tried any of these particular beers. I also have never encountered them at any other beer bar. I ended up with the Nøgne Ø, which was fantastic. For my second beer, I had a bottle of Beersel Lager (brewed for Drie Fonteinen by de Proef). Trust me, you find something here that you have never had...and it will be great.
Even for New York (or, more specifically, Brooklyn), Beer Table is expensive. The drafts typically range from $7-$12+; bottles can range up to $100+ for aged/rare beers. So, it would be hard to make this your daily watering hole. But, if you're looking for a special treat, and you really appreciate great beer, this is well worth it.
Regarding the food, the menu is fairly limited. I have only had several of the appetizer selections (the pickled eggs, with sea salt, are my favorite). However, everything is prepared with care, and has always been great.
03-06-2010 20:17:48 | More by henkster
4.33/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
A nice beer bar owned by a married couple, Justin and Tricia, who are awesome people. They have an ever-changing bottle selection organized from lightest to most intense with some really interesting stuff on the list. Service is great - Justin will discuss beers with you and is really knowledgeable. Haven't tried the food but I hear it's solid.
My one complaint is that it's pretty damn expensive. Bottle prices can be really steep and when I've been there, tap prices have been at least $7. I appreciate the interesting list, but I'm not going to shell out $90 for a bottle.
This place is TINY. Seating is only for about 20 people, and there's not much standing room. Nice atmosphere though nonetheless.
Haven't been back since early 2008, but I'm still on the e-mail list and I hear their beer dinners are awesome.
10-19-2009 16:35:41 | More by nickd717
District of Columbia
4.58/5 rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$$
Stopped in after a show in Prospect Park, and there were still quite a few people in the place and it was busy even though it was just past 10pm on a Tuesday night.
Sat at one of the several communal style tables, and it was a bit cozy with a full table, and any cozier would have a bit cramped. Characterized by wood, exposed brick, interesting bottles lining the high shelves. Pretty neat feel.
The service was outstanding, and I have to say that this is the best informed and knowledgeable staff that I have encountered at any beer-related establishment that I've ever visited. Really world class in this department, and one didn't have to 'pay' for this knowledge with delayed or slow service.
The tap selection was small, but very interesting and a few rare brews. It was interesting that you could purchase beer by the glass as this saves you from having to buy one of their very expensive 750ml bottles.
Overall, this is a great place and I would consider more frequent visits, but it's just really damn expensive, which is the only drawback in my mind. Highly recommended.
08-23-2009 15:35:03 | More by Nickls
4.6/5 rDev -1.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$$
Stopped in at Beer Table when my wife and I headed to Brooklyn to visit Brooklyn Brewery. I am very glad I did, the Beer Table is a fun, and unique, place to visit. A great find for anyone who really enjoys beer, and even those who don't, as we took a friend, who lives in NYC and had never been there, but she loved it, as well. Atmosphere is warm and welcoming, but sorta hard to mingle due to the arrangement of the long tables. The warm atmosphere is primarily due to our server, she was incredibly knowledgeable, while not being overbearing, and offered samples of almost anything on tap. The tap list is rather short, but stocked with some unique rarities (Belgian selections were very impressive). The bottle list is equally impressive, and longer, but very pricey. The food is superb, with our server happy to make recommendations, but also allowed us to play around with different beers, and appetizers. The food is rather light, it seems, so coming here prior to heading to a restaurant in the area would be a great beginning to an evening. In the end, Beer Table is a very cool, different place, if you make it Brooklyn, definitely stop by for a brew or two. A nice change of pace from the types of beer bars that are simple walls of taps.
07-15-2009 13:35:34 | More by bhalter8
4.75/5 rDev +1.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 5 | $$$$
After hearing so many good things about Beer Table, my father and I decided to stop here on a recent visit to the city. The bar looks somewhat unassuming from the outside, but the interior is rather interesting. Similar to Spuyten Duyvil, this place has a very "country-ish, old time-y" look and feel to it. The wood tables are thick and unfinished. Mason jars serve as shades for light bulbs that dangle from the ceiling. The decor can be classified as being both rustic and chic.
We visited Beer Table on a Saturday night and, to our surprise, the place was not very crowded. Luckily, we were able to grab seats at one of the four row-style tables. Aside from the interesting decor, two other things that quickly got my attention were the beer list and the prices. I consider myself to be an uber beer nerd but many of the selections on the tap and bottle lists definitely had me stumped. The four taps were all pouring beers by Hopfenstark, a tiny brewery from Montreal that, according to our server, produced some amazing brews. The bottle list was quite extensive (it contained approximately fifty beers) of which I only recognized a handful. It was apparent that this place likes to carry only rare and/or unusual offerings. While some may consider this pretentious, I found it intriguing. In addition to taps and individual bottles, Beer Table also does single pours of "big" bottles. On the night we visited, the bottles included Cantillon Saint Lamvinus and Lou Pepe Gueuze and Oak Aged Balthazar.
Nearly as shocking as the selection were the prices. Ten ounce pours of the Hopfenstark ales were $14. The Saint Lamvinus was $20 a glass and the Lou Pepe was $18. My Oak Aged Balthazar was a relative bargain at a mere $12. The individual bottles were also outrageously priced. The priciest bottle was a 2006 Xyauyù, which was going for $106. Ouch.
While the prices at Beer Table might be steep, the service more than compensated for the markup. When my father asked about the tap selections, our server brought us sample pours of each of them. I even got a sample pour of the Lou Pepe Gueze and the Oak Aged Balthazar, before I decided on the latter. Our waitress was incredibly friendly and attentive to our every need. It seems like stellar service is definitely part of their shtick here.
My father and I also tried some of the items on the menu. Both were terrific. Beer Table makes a number of small, appetizer-sized small plates, including a few that are pickled. The pickled fennel with orange zest was outstanding, and it paired perfectly with my father's Bos Keun. We also sampled the malt gelato, which was made by a local company called Il Laboritario del Gelato. It was unquestionably one of the best frozen concoctions of any sort I have ever tried.
Beer Table may not be most people's idea of any everyday beer bar, but it is definitely worth an occasional visit. Thank you Justin and Jenny for making an already terrific weekend that much better. And an extra thanks to Justin for that additional treat on the way out. You guys rock.
06-19-2009 04:02:56 | More by Damian
Beer Table in Brooklyn, NY
99 out of 100 based on 23 ratings.