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4.36/5 rDev +1.2%
The Verdugo Bar is a fully-restored 1930's bar. It's a beautiful room, with beamed ceilings overhead and a serpentine bar of dark wood up front and pod-booths against the far wall. There's also a separate room in the back with banquette couches and low tables, which I imagine fills up nicely on busy weekend nights. The vibe is hip but not the least bit obnoxious, and completely beer-geek friendly. (They know how to pronounce "Hoegaarden" properly, but won't make you feel like a jerk when you don't.) I've checked the place out on comparably slow weeknights, and I'm happy to keep going back on Tuesdays and Wednesdays until word gets out and the place is packed on those nights too.
Service is knowledgeable and friendly. Gratifyingly so.
There are about 20 regular taps at the moment, which run from Allagash White on the light side to Old Rasputin (nitro-pour) on the heavy side. In-between those two are a well-chosen variety of taps from the expected (Stella, Guinness, Arrogant Bastard) to the intriguing (Green Flash Double Stout, 30-year Ola Dubh, and the awesome Deans Bros. ESB). The 8 rotating taps offer such options as Oskar Blues Gordon, Fullers London Pride, and unique casks from Stone Brewing. There is also a dynamic and dangerous bottle list that goes from Flying Horse Lager on the low end to Hitachino Espresso Stout and Port Brewing 2d Anniversary in the middle to Deus and Alpine Chez Monieux on the high end.
I went on a low-traffic Tuesday night and wound up chatting about good beer with one of the owner/managers for the entire evening. He has excellent beer instincts, and wants to make sure that his bar is regarded as a true Good Beer Destination. There are places with greater numbers of taps, but you'd be hard pressed to find a place with greater range in The Valley. They are also working to set up regular tasting nights each month.
The exterior is pretty non-descript, with only a "Cocktails" sign to indicate that the place is a bar. But walk in the door and you'll soon realize you've found a superior beer location. Ask the knowledgeable staff "What's good?" and they'll give you articulate and informed answers. Go early, go often, and say hi to me once you get there. I'm the beer geek at the bar with the happy grin on his face.
06-25-2008 08:24:04 | More by vurt
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