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Reviews by Billolick:
4.2/5 rDev -2.1%
Off the beaten path location (understatement)
Large room with high cielings in the main room, staircase leading up to an upstairs area. Warm and cozy athmosphere. Red paint theme. Tight bar area to the left as you enter. Multiple quality options on tap and bottles, easily one of the best lists in Queens, NY. They do ongoing events and tastings here. They were just post a Stone verticle Epic verticle tasting event when I visited.
Dont expect a "Queens pricing discount", prices relect the upscale nature of the immediate neighborhood and a Midtown NYC mindset and attitude.
Expect quality beer and food, appropriate glassware and regular rotation of the quality and interesting tap options available in the NYC area....all in Queens. Beer Advocacy in full effect at this urban outpost.
01-06-2013 17:50:37 | More by Billolick
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4.11/5 rDev -4.2%
This review is about the beer. Funny how many people are solely reviewing the food aspect for a place called Alewife, but alright.
First off, our waiter/bar tender was really great. There are, however, a handful of reasons why I can't give this place more than two stars. One thing that I guess you can call a pet peeve of mine is when bars or beer store's leave sold out beers on their BeerMenu's account. My friends and I came specifically for a Cantillon beer, which was still on BeerMenu's when we took the G train to LIC and for the entire week preceding this trip. When we arrived, we saw it on their "Shhhh... it's a secret" menu as well. When asking for the beer we were told they may not have it. And they didn't. Guess what else was on this secret menu? Bell's Black Note! Guess what else they didn't have?! What a freakin' tease. I never thought I'd see the day where I "settled" for Founder's KBS. There's something to be said for having all three of these beers in the same building at one time, but this leads to the next issue I have with this place, which virtually erases the awesomeness of their beer connections: what is with these bottle prices? $55 for Sour in the Rye? Are you kidding me? I'm getting tired of getting raked over the coals for the more rare craft beers. I do not want beer culture to become wine culture. The KBS was $15. Black Note $12. These are 100-300% RETAIL PRICE mark-ups (granted, I expect a high mark-up on KBS and Black Note, but these prices are still overboard). Even if you're very wealthy, why would you pay $30 more for Sour in the Rye? You don't get or stay rich by overspending. The draft prices are pretty much on par with other NYC craft bars, mostly $7 to $8 drafts, except there's a lot of local options, and those are usually cheaper than standard drafts. Alas, not at Alewife NYC.
I'd come back here for something really exclusive (calling ahead of course), but for a night out? Not unless they lower their exorbitant prices.
08-02-2014 23:02:12 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
Alewife in Long Island City (Queens), NY
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.