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Alewife

Not Rated.
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BA SCORE
94
outstanding

18 Ratings
Ratings: 18
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 6.53%
Taps: 28
Bottles: 75
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

514 51st Ave
Long Island City (Queens), New York, 11101-5879
United States
phone: (718) 937-7494

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @alewifenyc

Notes:
None, yet.

(Place added by: slander on 10-05-2011)
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Reviews by slander:
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4.33/5  rDev +0.9%

Witz and Ben are off the hook on this Sunday lunching as, well, you know how they can be. Punks, yes, but I’ll catch up with them in the ‘burg in a bit, anyway. Last time out, they were all snacked up before I arrived and I was left sad, like the clown. Solo, me, early in and Queensbound for a beer(s) and bite. Parked up the block in that ‘don’t sweat Sunday’ island piece and walked it...

Kind of cavernous place opening upward to the rear for second floor action (we’ll get to that). Red painted walls with random arty prints probably not so random over black wood panel lowers and trims. Paneled windows to both sides of the front door, plank wood floorings, and exposed rafter ceilings with blended duct work, spinnys, and recessed spots.

I dropped barside; a straight stainless steel sheet topped job which morphs from bar to bar counter space towards the front, with a crazy corrugated base and piping foot rail, seating for nearly a dozen and a half. 28 taps on a looong row on the barback, with a horizontal 4x8 mirror angled above. Vertical shelving units to both sides of the taps and off the corner holding booze, glassware & bottled selections displayed. Mugs tucked below the tap row, and more glassware shelved beneath the bar, with glass front bottle coolers to both sides showing their wares. Stemmed glassware rack lined with colored holiday lighting dangles over the bar, and drop filament bulb lighting overhead. A single TV at the end of the bar. Yeah, we can put the Knicks game on. A 9L Temptation bottle sits down at the end of the bar; would not suck having that (Full).

Maybe a dozen fat wood tables; high tops mostly running front to back along the far wall and some banquets just off the bar, with drop bulbage over some of them. Upstairs, 2 dozen mostly low tables, with a lounge area to the rear, and a seasonal patio the neighbors must hate. Fireplace, freaky family portraits, and a large chandelier over the stairwell.

So, 28 taps in all. ¾ of them are American craft beer, with a 2 to 1 ratio of other time zone (North Coast Old Rasputin, Left Hand Milk Stout, Bear Republic Black Bear Stout, Bruery/Stone/Elysian La Citrueille Celeste De Citracado collaboration, 21st Amendment Bitter American, Ballast Point Sculpin, Oskar Blues Deviant Dales Pale Ale, Founders Dirty Bastard & Double Trouble, Stone Levitation, Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, Ruination IPA, & 15th Anniversary), to local/regional (Brooklyn Mary’s Maple Porter, Captain Lawrence Smoked Porter, Blue Point Spring Fling Ale, Sixpoint Ich Bin Kein Berliner Weisse, Allagash White & Tripel, Victory Headwaters Pale Ale, Flying Dog Raging Bitch IPA), and the other ¼ imports (Mikkeller Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA, and 6 beers from Evil Twin; Hop Flood, Christmas Eve at a NYC Hotel Room, Monk Suffers Serious Sugar Rush on Barbados, Yin Imperial Stout, Sonderho Hipster Ale, & Nurse Pepper Porter, on the heels of an event).

Wanted the Evil Twin Nurse Pepper Porter having tasted a pinch, but it then kicked (naturally), so I settled in on the Mikkeller Sorachi Ace Single Hop IPA. It was good but it wasn’t as good as the one from the other side of the Pulaski Bridge. And another. Hey, if I could get a pinch of the Sixpoint Ich Bin Kein Berliner Weisse, please; tasty but not what I’m looking for just now. Chose instead for the Evil Twin Hipster Ale, which then kicked (sure), so no, I won’t (Hmmm, 2 Evil Twin beers kick out from under me; trying to think what I could’ve done to have been cursed by a gypsy brewer). Um, I guess the 21st Amendment Bitter American, tasty tasty.

And bottles; 54 in all. 2/5 of them are American craft beer, another 1/5 of them some nice Belgians, and the remainder some Danish play, Germs, English, etc. It’s a well thought out list.

Foodings; had been on the fence and almost soup and (grilled cheese) sandwiched, but brunch hours & lunch hours both deal the dry aged burger, 10oz dry aged short rib & brisket blend, with tickler cheddar, on a brioche bun for $15. I added grilled thick cut house cured bacon for $2, and the side salad for another $4. Coulda fritted for $3 but opted not. Salad was a small plate of Bibb (?) lettuce with a little OO, and then the burger arrived on a baby wood board papered. It stood tall, real tall, but I was determined to knock it down (Actually, I got an elbow up on it and smoooshed it down so I could get my jaw around it). It was a burger of awesome. Serious awesome.

Comfortable place. Music was all right, although someone did something unforgivably “For what it’s worth”esque (Who does that to a good Stephen song?) Good food and good drink; beer is fresh & clean, but pricey. Drafts are $7-$9 on average (2/3 of them are running $8), with a single $6 entry (Blue Point Spring Fling); steep for this boro and even the next. And I don’t love the pre-set samplers, I want to choose my own beers, D. They do promos, events, beer dinners, etc. Easily, the best tap list in Queens...

slander, Jun 20, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of ArsMoriendiOU818
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.

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Alewife in Long Island City (Queens), NY
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.