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The Black Sheep Ale House

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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

16 Ratings
Ratings: 16
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 4.29
pDev: 15.85%
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar ]

78 2nd St
Mineola, New York, 11501-3008
United States
phone: (516) 307-1280

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(Place added by: blacksheep78 on 10-19-2011)
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sunofneurot

New York

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%

07-29-2014 23:41:34 | More by sunofneurot
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Spyderglx

New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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New York

4/5  rDev -6.8%

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Ilovelampandbeer

New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-15-2014 19:42:25 | More by Ilovelampandbeer
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1BeerToRuleThemAll

New York

5/5  rDev +16.6%

03-14-2014 04:17:37 | More by 1BeerToRuleThemAll
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slander

New York

4.16/5  rDev -3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.25 | $$

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
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ThatsThatDude

New York

2/5  rDev -53.4%

02-06-2014 01:25:17 | More by ThatsThatDude
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cestlavie

New York

4.85/5  rDev +13.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | $$

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
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BobConner

New York

4.81/5  rDev +12.1%
vibe: 4.75 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75 | $$

The Black Sheep is my first review here on BA. I fear I may being doing the place an injustice, as Im hesitant to go throwing around 5's my first time out, but it has been my go to place since I found them last Christmas for an office holiday gathering.

The Beer. 25 Rotating Taps, 1 Hand Pump and more than 75 cans/bottles. I dont know the exact bottle count, but their sign tauts over 100 beers, so doing the math, Im saying 75+.

The selection is outstanding. Always quality. Always a good mix of styles, and prices are kept reasonable. Everything moves well there. Nothing sits on the lines. In fact, I don't know if this should be a complaint, of sorts, but one thing that gets me sometimes is that the hard to find stuff, that they are very adept at getting their hands on, may be gone by the time you get there. I suppose that may be my fault. They are diligent in keeping their beer list up to date on line, so Ive made a quick check part of my morning routine. Ok, and my end of day routine too.

The staff is knowledgeable and friendly, which is welcome and not all too common these these days. For some reason, if seems to be fashionable in beer bars here in NY for staff to be obnoxious. Not all places are like that, but truly too many of them seem to revel in it. Not at the Black Sheep. The staff is very cool and, as I said, well educated.

The atmosphere is relaxed, as are the patrons. Its hard to nail down an overview for the customers. Its a wide mix of ages, professions, ethnicities. In conversations with the manager, Bob, he's said their core tends to be 25-35, but they get plenty of folks outside that box. Myself included. The snob factor is also held to a minimum. Which I find refreshing as well. Again, to quote the manager, they are "beer enthusiasts, not beer snobs". They encourage folks to "drink what you like". But will also tell you that they are happy to educate (Bob says enlighten) the BMC drinker and they do take pride in their many successful converts.

I put a good score up for food. Perhaps that was a little tongue in cheek, as they dont have a kitchen. BUT, you can get a FREE hot dog there all the time. I happen to like a good dog. And they make bar pizzas, which are surprisingly good. Also, the bartender will be happy to produce a folder filled with local take out options, as they dont discourage folks from ordering in.

The owner, Vin, is a good dude, who will tell you that he has worked very hard to create a place where everyone is made to feel welcome and can come to enjoy each other and great beer.

Trivia on Wednesday nights is a blast with Liam and Sara (a winning combo behind the bar). Thursdays are good too and are when they usually do brewery nights. Sunday nights you get alot of people in the "industry" coming in after they close their places. Ive only been in on a couple Sundays, but its fun recounting stories of my own bartending days back in college. I mean to try and get in on a Sunday day sometime, as folks talk about Liam's IPA Bloodies (I know, sounds crazy, but people love them), and he does FREE bagels on Sundays. Weekends are what you would expect, or should I say hope for. Full house. Good time had by all. There really isnt a bad night to go there, but I will admit that some of my favorite times have been for Monday and Tuesday Happy Hours. I shoot over after work for a couple. They tend to be a little less busy and Bob is on the bar. Its a good time to get my geek on, enjoy a few quality brews and some good conversation about beer. Though perhaps now Ive given a away one of my previously better kept secrets about the place.

So for the guy who was criticizing members for not reviewing enough and letting folks know where the good places are, here is my first and its my favorite. I will endeavor to put up some others going forward.

06-18-2013 15:42:17 | More by BobConner
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James_A

New York

4.62/5  rDev +7.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.75 | $$

Came to this place tonight due to the insistence of a friend from Long Island. I live in Manhattan, and I'll be honest, I was pretty hesitant to go schlepping out to the Island for a beer bar when I can't walk two feet without tripping over one in my own neighborhood. Well, I've known this kid since college. so what else can you do but reverse commute to Long Island on a Friday night. I frequent the best beer bars in NYC, and I had very low expectations of this Mineola spot.

As it turned out, they were celebrating the beginning of an Island-wide beer festival with a cask of a pale wheat conditioned with oranges from a local brewer. I always have to try "the Thing" any bar is spot-lighting that night, so I dove right in. Crazy good beer, super fresh tasting.

As the night went on, I had the opportunity to peruse the beer list and I must admit, it was impressive. They have beers on I haven't even seen around NYC. Oak aged Chocolate Yeti? Yes I shall, please and thank you. The bottle list goes on for miles, but I never quite got there because there were so many options on tap I had to try.

The bartenders were very nice and speedy. I usually don't need much direction in making a beer choice, so I didn't really need their attention except for each time we ordered a round, but busy as they were, they found time to check in with us and joke around which I liked. I will also admit that I had a preconceived idea of what the "Long Island Crowd" would be like. I am a little embarrassed to say I was expecting some Jersey Shore rejects, but man enough to say I was wrong. The crowd on this Friday night was very chill and down to earth, similar to the vibe of the bar itself.

The place had a definite pubby feel to it, but also not a typical old school pub look, either. It's hard to describe. Dim lighting, black painted wood, candles, really nice TVs (but not too many), nice Brewery signs and prohibition era pictures, and giant chalk boards in the men's room covered in people's random musings. Whatever music the bartenders were playing was way better than the jukebox picks, but you'd expect that. It's a free country.

I expected there to be some bar food available and was disappointed to find there was no kitchen. The bartender heard me asking my friend what the deal was with no food and he offered to supply me with some delivery menus from local spots. At that point, I didn't feel like ordering food and waiting however long for delivery, but it was a nice gesture. My friend pointed out that they have a free hot dog setup, so I just helped myself to that. It did the trick.

Overall, I had a really great time and enjoyed some top-notch brews at this bar. I would definitely recommend it to anyone in the area, and it might even be a reason to visit with my college buddy some more.

05-11-2013 05:11:26 | More by James_A
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The Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola, NY
94 out of 100 based on 16 ratings.