Here’s something interesting I’ve noticed about Brooklyn; businesses here apparently love their city so much that they often include it in their names. Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Roasting, Brooklyn Fare – but one of my favorites happens to be Brooklyn Tap House.
The best part of this bar? It’s right around the corner from school, and on one glorious Monday we were released early enough to enjoy their happy hour specials. Actually, that’s not even the best part. That would be the 40 beers on tap, many of them local.
Additionally, if you somehow can’t find anything you like on tap, they have a bottle list available with all the basics. Although if you’re ordering a Budweiser here, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life.
Anyways, on to the beers I tried! That’s what we’re all here for, right?
Mother’s Milk Stout, Keegan Ales (Kingston, New York)
First of all, I decided to go local with the Mother’s Milk Stout, part of Keegan Ales’ regular line-up. This was a Monday that called for a big, heavy stout. Sadly for me, this was not a big, heavy stout. Fortunately, it was still delicious. Compared to other milk stouts I’ve tried, the Mother’s Milk had a very thin mouth feel, which was a little disappointing. There was a lot of coffee on the nose, with some touches of burnt caramel. Upon tasting it, I discovered a lot of coffee that was balanced out with a nice cocoa-ish bitterness and a strong note of caramel. The Mother’s Milk Stout is sweet in a mocha-like way. It was comforting like a tall class of chocolate milk, and quite light for a stout at only 6%!
Space Dust IPA, Elysian Brewing Company (Seattle, Washington)
Next up, I went for something completely different, both in terms of style and location. Elysian’s Space Dust IPA got me on name alone, and when I discovered that it was brewed with some of my favorite hops (Chinook, Citra and Amarillo), I was totally sold.
The first thing that really excited me about this beer was the color. It’s a cool and crisp, slightly hazy gold, just what I was looking for to accompany a basket of mildly spicy wings. The second thing was that the hops were really present, both on the nose and on the palate. This is not an overwhelmingly bitter beer, though. The hops lend this beer a nice balance of citrus and bitterness,with a lot of lemon and passion fruit. I would order this beer over and over again. Here’s hoping that Anheuser-Busch’s purchase of Elysian Brewing doesn’t change much, because the Space Dust IPA was definitely out of this world.
Trust me, I resisted the space puns as long as I could. I just couldn’t help it. Holding in terrible puns is bad for you, anyways.
Really, nothing’s better than ending a hard day of work with a few pints and some wonderful friends. It’s highly recommended for starting the week on a high note!
Happy Valentine’s day, Brooklyn! Share a beer with someone you love today.