The Brazen Head
Taps: 16 / Bottles: 8
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 34 | Reviews: 33 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Sixpoint:
4.44/5 rDev +14.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5
Definitely one of the best stops in Brooklyn. This place has about 15 taps that are always rotating. Usually, they'll keep a couple standbies on for good measure - like Guinness and Stella Artois - but after that, it's a constant revolution.
Also, there are two beer engines for cask-conditioned ale, so you pretty much can be guaranteed there's always going to be a couple of cask ales as well. What's cool is that the cask ales not only come from around the world, but the manager strives to procure some of the best local casks as well.
The pub resembles an Irish or English style pub, except for the high ceilings. In the back, they have a small courtyard, although I have not been able to make use of it because I've only been here during the fall and winter.
Every year, this place has a cask-conditioned ale festival. It started out pretty small, but now there are about a dozen taps flowing at this event. In the next couple of years, I would expect there to be about twenty or so.
If you like good beer, and a good emphasis on traditional British and Irish ales, this is the place to go. The staff are very friendly and cordial, and the place is lively, so you won't be disappointed.
12-13-2004 13:58:24 | More by Sixpoint
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4.58/5 rDev +18%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A great spot to try out some local NY brews. My bartender was extremely knowledgeable and friendly (after briefly chatting about beer, he offered to buy my 2nd round!). Beer list is not huge, but changes regularly. The list provides lots of info on when the beer went on, ABV, etc. At least one cask offered all the time. Pretzels free at the bar. Beer was heavy on the local stuff (a major plus), with a good selection of national micros too (Stone, Goose Island), and some imports too. Offers half pints and smaller glasses as well as pints. Recommended if you're in the Brooklyn Heights area.
10-12-2010 22:10:24 | More by mtullius
3.19/5 rDev -17.8%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Know the bartender. There was only one bartender when i went after work on a Monday. Normally this is not an issue with the amount of people that were there. However, because i was not friends with or know the bartender my beers came rather slowly compared to the rest of patrons. There was another group who appeared to not know the bartender and they were served slow as well. While they did have a pretty decent tap list of both NY brews and other micros as well as 2 casks. It would be good with a small group of people looking for good beer, i was just a little let down with service. I am not asking for the bartender to chat me up the whole night, I would just like to be served a bit quicker when there are less than a dozen patrons.
01-26-2010 04:17:32 | More by Waltwvu
3.35/5 rDev -13.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Went on a Monday night, I guess that's never really hopping, but did they need to have the lights up and the music quiet? Hung out in the tiny garden in the back until it closed at 11.
Beer list was alright, I had a Cascazilla and some of a raspberry ale that was on special for $5 a pint, as opposed to $6 for most others. Definitely would go back for scotch over beer, the liquor lineup on chalkboards was pretty impressive.
Service was nice, got some waters offered and brought when we were clearly done with beer for the night (this was the last stop). Bartender was nice about shutting down the garden.
Above average bar but not worth a pilgrimage. Hit it if you're near Atlantic Chip Shop.
08-20-2009 04:11:29 | More by semihobo
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | $$
Having just returned from a successful bar crawl through NYC and Brooklyn yesterday, The Brazen Head was an interesting local bar in its community, which we made a special detour to visit. It seemed to have a lot of hip patrons in their 20's to 30's drinking retro beers (PBR) at the bar and its small back yard area as the crowd was growing for an oyster special going on. I noted quite a few craft ales, but nothing that really got me going, though the cask selection was good. I made a note to myself to return another day before commenting further because I clearly wasn't seeing the special nature of the place.
04-19-2009 05:38:16 | More by bonbright7
3.8/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | $$
Stopped in for a beer around lunch time. Again went here when it 1st opened so cant really comment on the crowd or vibe here. As far as the beers go, mostly local stuff (brooklyn, chelsea, sixpoint, kelso, blue point) Old speckled hen. The kelso was on special @$4.75, most beers were around $6. 2 cask lines, with Victory hop devil and chelsea's ipa. They also had a large scotch selection if thats ur fancy. Downside is that they do not have a kitchen, but they do serve cheese during happy hour during the week. Overall it seems like a pretty chill local beer bar with no frills. Not nearly the selection of the downtown bar & grill but they do focus more on the local stuff which is nice to see
10-09-2008 13:23:52 | More by bonbini26
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
I've been to the Brazen Head for a few cask events and a few times on a normal day. The setup is good with lots of dark wood and lots of taps. The selection isn't overly stellar, but you shouldn't have trouble finding something you'll like. And they to have casks on too. Service is attentive, but I don't think there's a mass of beer knowledge at your disposalvia the bartenders. All the girls that work there are nice enough, but really: soap operas on the tv? Uh. Ca do without that. Overall a decent spot.
08-21-2008 21:34:47 | More by RblWthACoz
3.94/5 rDev +1.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Narrow entrance-way on Atlantic Ave. Pretty dark/medium lighting, with a long, narrow bar. Not much room to stand behind the stools. Small outside area in the back.
Service was friendly and pretty quick for the amount of people there.
Reasonably priced with beers at $4 a half-pint and about $6 (depending on the beer) for a pint.
There were fourteen beers on tap and two more on-cask (other than the cask beers for the cask festival). Good selection - all craft with one import (Stella) - and a cider, including some rarer ones.
Certainly worth a visit if you are in the area!
11-04-2007 15:10:33 | More by jwc215
4/5 rDev +3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
Stopped by while visiting a friend in Brooklyn. Seems like a pretty nice neighborhood bar. About 15 taps, almost entirely craft with locals plus a couple casks of local beer. It was a slow Friday night, just a some folks hanging out (one guy had his pug), and a few drunks cheering for the Yankees game.
The bartender was friendly and fast, not that there was much for him to do, but he did it well. I have to give them props for their draft list. They had presumably the date of the keg tapping next to each beer. There was also a special on Chelsea's stout.
Nice atmosphere, good times had by all.
09-15-2007 19:26:20 | More by tempest
The Brazen Head in Brooklyn, NY
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