Astoria Bier & Cheese
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Cask: N / Beer-to-Go: N
Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 3 | Display Reviews Only:
4.18/5 rDev -3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$
Happy New Year. Mid afternoon Astoria revisited for can I get my BBQ shit together? We will see. I have some time yet, and thought I’d do the one of the two here first. Made it with the muni meter, who I do love, and walked watching hyphenated street addresses for numbers I couldn’t remember anyway, but I found the place just the same…
A pair of rounded display cases to the right with cheeses displayed (a basket of bread atop of one of them), and a small counter piece in between. Forward these, a white marble topped ‘L’ bar with a wood plank base, seating 6 on swivel shallow backed wicker chairs. The short end connects to the wall, and then extends further down the wall as a bar counter, seating 6 more. The whole deal is kind of lightning boltish.
Barback wall, if you want to call it that, is of large white subway tile with a 10 tap panel on one end. Counter action running the barback length below with sinks and food prep & packaging space. House growlers displayed on the end. I like their 32oz growlers, they look like old medicine jars. And shelving below, glassware on my end, anyway. Horizontal blackboard play over the barback area up high listing tap selections, ABV’s, pricing, & serving size. Mostly pints, but bigger beers are dealt in 12 oz glasses, clearly marked. And cheese & meat plates, grilled cheese, & sandwiches further down.
The rest of the walls are done lime green & the ceiling and trims painted white. Front wall of windows with the door within, and wide plank wood floors. A single spinny up front. Drop single filament bulb gumball lamps tracing the bar, track spots adjacent on the coolers, shelved beer, & front bar counter, and sunken spots up front and barback overhang inlayed.
A trio of 2 seat square tables in the middle up front, and 2 more in the front windows; one of which is occupied by annoying girl on a computer and phone. Over my shoulder, a shelving rack with provisions (bitters, nuts, honey, jam, preserves, oils, crackers, bloody mary mix, mustard, spreads, sauces, ketchup, a great many pickled things, you know, the dry goods). Past there, a pair of triple wides, meaning 6 cooler doors of cold beer, and a large shelving unit down past there with warm beer, seemingly dupes of the cooler wares. Nothing crazy but nice suspects, divvied up by country. And a cooler piece on the end with cheese, meat, & evil goddamn olives.
10 taps, on nondescript handles with hanger tags listing beer & ABV, and 32oz & 64oz growler pricing written on the wall above in magic marker. ½ of them craft very local (Single Cut Olympic White Lagrrr, Spider Bite Boris the Spider RIS, Port Jefferson Runaway Ferry Imperial IPA) and regional (Ramstein Winter Wheat, Wandering Star Horatio IPA), the other ½ craft from afar (Two Brothers Ebel’s Weiss Beer, RJ Rockers Son of a Peach, Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale, 21st Amendment Lower Da Boom Barleywine, Full Sail Session Black Lager). I drank the Ramstein Winter Wheat and the Speakeasy Butchertown Black Ale. They do a flight of 4 of your choice for $10, and 4 beers matched with 4 cheeses for $18, which may be the deal.
Like I said, I’m BBQbound in a bit, but I haven’t eaten and started drinking, so perhaps a bite is in order. Maybe a grilled cheese but no, that’s a bit much, so I opted for the ‘Nordic plate’ (Speck, aged gouda, spicy mustard, creamy roe, cornichon, & dark rye bread). Speck was excellent, and even more so with the mustard, the roe jammed, the dark rye a perfect accompaniment, and I just love love love crumbly aged gouda, this one 2 year aged, beautifully crumbly.
Playing Motowny oldness, good stuff. Servers and staff seemed on their game; they knew their beer and I could hear them walking people through cheeses being purchased. I caught a great plate. It’s a nice snack place or more.
02-05-2013 18:18:40 | More by slander
4.05/5 rDev -6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
Part of a growing Astoria craft beer (or bier) scene. This place offers the expected healthy helpings of artisinal cheese and other snacky food choices and of course rows and shelves of quality bottles as well as the obligatory growler filling capability.
I'm a big fan of good cheese, so high marks for food given. They will creat a cheese plate for you and match it with a beer. Friendly and knoldedgable service is always a big plus.
Rectangular room, with large windows up front looking out onto the busy street scene. The beer are to the left on shelving units and in some free standing displays. Growler filling and food/cheese options are tot he right. Comfortable place for a beer and a bite, with smaller tables up front. Nice tap lines. Check out beermenus.com for up to date selection options. Prices are more reasonable for 12 or 16 ounce pours ($6-7) then for growlers (several at or above $20 for 64 ounces). Seems they are charging near the 16 ounce rate for the growler fills, and basically buying you one beer back. So growlers are near prohibitively pricey, compared to what you might be used to.
Very positive addition to the neighborhood.
About 15 mins from Laguardia and 20 mins from Citi Feild.
01-06-2013 22:14:30 | More by Billolick
Astoria Bier & Cheese in Astoria (Queens), NY
93 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.