The Black Sheep Ale House
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Taps: 26 / Bottles: 76
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 16 | Reviews: 10 | Display Reviews Only:
4.41/5 rDev +2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | $$
Stopped in here on a Tuesday night - 5/7/13 - coming from Nassau Coliseum to celebrate an Islanders playoff victory.
Atmosphere is of a typical neighborhood bar. It's on an unassuming street corner a couple of blocks from the Mineola train station, with no other bars or restaurants in the immediate area. Laid back vibe on the weekday night I stopped in, with a few other people talking and enjoying a few beers.
As for quality, this is a top-notch craft beer bar. Without a doubt, the go-to spot in Nassau County for craft beer. The owners care about craft beer and only keep the best stuff, with an emphasis on locals, on tap.
Service was very friendly, with the bartenders being knowledgable of the beers they're pouring and more than willing to talk about craft beer.
Selection is unmatched in the area - 25 taps, all quality crafts with a nice selection of locals and hard-to-find stuff. I had a Barrier Dunegrass Double IPA, as well as a couple of drafts from Singlecut. They were pouring four Singlecut drafts on the night I was there, so I'm guessing they must have just had an event.
The one drawback to this place is there is no kitchen. It'd be a great place to stop in for dinner before or after an Islanders game (it's only 10 minutes from the Coliseum), which is really the only reason I'd find myself in the area, but without food I sadly won't have many opportunities to stop in.
05-11-2013 03:52:44 | More by MThiele360
3.93/5 rDev -8.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | $$
Seems to be the best beer bar in this area. 25 beers on tap. Decent selection of bottles. Was able to add to my collection of unique beers and it seems after my second visit that the turnover is quick. I'd rate service higher but world of diff between Tue night and Thu night bartenders ;)
05-10-2013 03:33:53 | More by ebelcherjr
4.29/5 rDev 0%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I am always entertained when I visit The Black Sheep Ale House of Mineola, NY because of its exceptional selection of beers, primarily of the craft/micro/local variety, and because of its versatile nature in being a relatively comfortable place to hang out with friends. I enjoy the exceptional tap line ups as well as the polite and efficient service that outshines many of the other bars in its general vicinity.
Dressed in a dark suit of black wood paneling, The Black Sheep seems to have been an old style Irish bar of another era that was purchased and renovated in the past 2 years to become a great craft beer bar within a few blocks of the Mineola LIRR train station. Sitting on a highly visible corner of Roslyn Rd and 2nd Street, it dominates the area with a subtle presence as there are no other bars or real restaurants in the immediate area. While the general parking around the bar is lacking, one quick drive around the area exposes that the side streets have plenty of room, especially when large groups descend upon the Black Sheep as I did last night with about 60 people.
Upon entering the place, one can easily slide into one of the many chairs surrounding the bar and take in a ball game or even European sports on the many televisions that encircle the perimeter of the tall ceilings. The taps are right in front of patrons and chalk board menus in the place of mirrors display the beers available by size and abv content.
One of better things about the place is that while it engages and embraces the craft beer community with special nights for brewers, cask events with full cask engines drawing pints, supports local brewers with ample tap lines, and hosts friendly events, it does not get involved with the ubiquitous "tap takeovers" that would alienate it regulars. Yes, you can find standards like Allagash White and Blue Point Hoptical Illusion among the 30+ taps, but you can also find exotic ales like the awesome "Plead the 5th" (RIS) from Dark Horse, which I tasted last night.
My only detraction about the Black Sheep is that it doesn't really serve food and hot dogs don't cut it for me. While the management seems to be very friendly with the idea of bringing food in, I think it really needs just basic menu of burgers/chicken/wings/ dogs/wraps plus chips to take to the place on par with the best LI has.
I am looking forward to returning to The Black Sheep when I am able to be in that area again.
04-04-2013 05:31:32 | More by bonbright7
4.44/5 rDev +3.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $
This place is great. The beer selection covers all styles. Always have a large selection of local beers (brooklyn brewery, port jefferson brewery, six points brewery)
Bartenders are for the most part knowledgeable about what they are serving and can recommend a new beer close to the style you enjoy.
there are 2 draw backs to this place; 1.) no food unless you count hotdogs
2.) the jukebox covers a wide range of music so you may hear a long stretch tunes you don't care for
the best part about this place is it is $4 beers for the rest of the summer
07-25-2012 21:03:36 | More by laxxx47
4.5/5 rDev +4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Without a doubt the best beer bar on Long Island, bar none.... Great owners and barkeeps (they know proper glassware and know firsthand what they are serving)... Always a great selection on tap, always fresh and many hard to find local brews and great hard to find national beers also ... Why go to NYC with this hidden local treasure...A trip out to Mineola is definately worth the effort (no other bar in the area comes close).... With their new pricing the Black Sheep is an even a greater destination.
07-08-2012 20:54:18 | More by suzbillyeddie
4.38/5 rDev +2.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
Went here for the first time on Friday, May 4th. It's a small cozy place with a very old fashioned feel and atmosphere. Dart board on the wall, tables to sit at in the back, usual bar snacks already set out, and a great selection of beers at the ready on tap in bottled. Bob Miller, the bartender, is a really nice guy and has good knowledge about beer. I was chatting with him about Burton Baton by Dogfish Head and he said, "I wouldn't serve you a bad beer, because we don't have any here." The beers are pretty reasonably priced I was paying between 6 and 7 dollars. My one complaint is that the music was a bit loud for such a small area, but other I really recommend a visit. CHEERS!
05-07-2012 02:42:26 | More by nickmorgan11
The Black Sheep Ale House in Mineola, NY
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