The Black Sheep Ale House
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Ratings: 18 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
4.59/5 rDev +6.2%
This is my favorite bar out of every bar I've been to in NYC and Long Island for two main reasons: the selection and the price. These two are not typically (positively) related but here makes for a match made in heaven, so to speak.
There's always at least a few world-class brews on tap. I've never once arrived and been disappointed by the selection. They've also got some lower quality beers for the non-craft crowd. Most of the beers are $6, which is incredible for quality craft beer anywhere. Another great thing is after July 4, they have all draft beers on sale for $4 through Labor Day. What kind of magic is this?! The staff are pleasant and a few of them are knowledgeable about the beer they're serving.
I really enjoy the atmosphere in here, especially when it's less crowded. I always forget that they have free hot dogs all day every day, since I do not eat hot dogs, but they're there. The jukebox also has lots of independently released choices, which is really cool too.
If you live anywhere near here or are visiting the area, this is the one place to visit beer-wise. Hands down.
08-02-2014 22:57:39 | More by ArsMoriendiOU818
4.16/5 rDev -3.7%
Because I’m out to see an Islanders game, is why. I generally root against them but they’re playing the Bruins, and I don’t want Boston to win anything ever, except for pain. I really have no interest here whatsoever, but it’s a work stint for the team, and I am part of the team. Pregamed at some place back in Forest Hills. Yes, I know. Queens and then the dirty island; comedy of awesome...
Hoofed it out to Min-e-o-la, circled and parked; a whole lot easier than ‘burg these days. Corner door entrance to a dark room. ‘J’ish bar on the inside wall black wood topped with a rounded trim, vertical wood plank base, and foot box; seating for upwards of a dozen on wood chairs.
A 5 tap tower below the bar and stainless steel barbells of 10 to both sides, and a handpump somewhere along the way. Barback wall displays the tap list is all color chalked up; beer, ABV, serving size, pricing, and growl pricing, where applicable. Vertical shelving with booze on the ends and more tiered counterside below the center board and in between. 4 TV’s atop and strung baby pumpkin & skull lighting lining.
Windows on both corners and the wall painted something blueish in this light up high over 2/3 vertical slat wood framings below. Beer tins, neons, pub signage, & framed prints. Wood slat floors, pressed tinesque ceiling tiles and a pair of spinnys. A trio of 2 seat hightops adjacent to the bar and a dartboard in the rear corner of the room. Back room holds seating on a baker’s dozen 2-seat tables, a single hightop, and a cushy horseshoe raised in the rear rear corner. Brewery & baseball décor. And a framed Frank pic. Zappa, that is. Track spots on a side wall draft board.
25 taps; 4/5 of them are American craft beer; local (Great South Bay Snaggletooth Stout, Massive IPA, & Blood Orange Pale Ale, Barrier Dementor & Saazsquatch Ale, Blue Point Toasted Lager, Port Jeff Starboard Oatmeal Stout, Brooklyn Cuvee La Boite), regionalish (Ommegang Gnomegang, Southern Tier Warlock & Pumking, Victory Red Thunder, DogFishHead Punkin, Smuttynose Pumpkin, Maine Mo, Hoppin Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale), and other time zones (Avery Dugana IPA, Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Wild, Stone Enjoy By, Ballast Point Sculpin). The remainder are imports (Mikkeller US Alive, To OL/Omnipollo Brewmance, Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Guinness), and a cider (Mckenzie’s Reserve Cider).
And a single cask offering (Great South Bay Snaggletooth Stout) and they’ve got bottles, true; 6 dozen or so, the list broken out by style. Orval, she runs $12. Hmmm, that‘s pricey. It would be completely reasonable in NYC but not out here. I drank me a Mo, yo. And then Dev & I split a bottle of Maine Red Wheelbarrow, that one also running $12.
Good crowd, I’m guessing a group of locals by their demeanor and service was some fun, too. Was hoping for one of them free hot dogs all the kids are talking about on the interweb, but there was nothing percolating. Good tunes, except for that heinous fucking song Ben polluted our lives with last Summer. An excellent place to put up pre-anything at Nassau.
02-21-2014 04:39:25 | More by slander
4.85/5 rDev +12.3%
Before I go on a rant about how wonderful this place is, I'd rather just make a simple list of why this is the best Craft Beer bar in Western Nassau County:
1. The ownership is awesome, along with the management- Vince and Bob do a great job of following their blueprint, which is bringing the best possible beer, and ONLY the best, to their growing clientele.
2. The beer is fresh- these guys do not sit on kegs that are not meant to be aged... if it's hoppy, it gets tapped right away. If it's a lower ABV beer, it goes on right away. Selection is always rotating, which keeps fresh product on tap at all times.
3. There is a balance of crazy, rare beers, along with session-able craft favorites.... you can find staples like GSB Blonde Ambition, a handful of Blue Points, alongside the latest Stone Collab, Maine, Ommegang, Ballast Point, Goose Island, et al.
4. They support local more than anyone on LI.... from nano's to small local crafts, you can find Bronx Brewery, Singlecut, Port Jeff, Barrier, Spiderbite, GSB, Blue Point, Rocky Point... these guys continue to help these breweries flourish in a very saturated craft market.
5. They offer REAL ale, or as we know it, Cask Ale. A handpump always has one of Long Island's local breweries 1-off cask, which makes it 1 of only 2-3 places to do so... and the only REAL cask engine in Nassau County.
6. Their events are awesome. They always have a bunch of great tap invasions and what not going on, and even though their "$4 pours on all 24 taps all Summer" just ended, get your butt into one of the events they throw, and you'll thoroughly enjoy yourself.
7. No meatheads and crazy people fighting- the atmosphere here is very chill- you can play board games, eat FREE HOT DOGS, and just hang out in a low key manner and enjoy some awesome brews.
8. Last but not least, I almost totally forgot about the bottle selection. They have over 75 different bottle offerings on top of the draft... and that list is always evolving as well. Special Maine beers, Goose Island Bourbon Counties and Sours, Cans... the whole deal.
Just go, check out the selection, meet Bob and Vince, and thank me later.
09-15-2013 17:52:20 | More by cestlavie
The Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola, NY
94 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.