The thing is this, the craft of making beer has ascended to high art. That means high pleasure, believe me it's true. Beer is not your daddy's Bud anymore. Then there are places like the Beer Authority that take the enjoyment of beer to a wonderful new level.
For months I've been waiting anxiously for the opening of this exciting new place that promised 80 taps and another 100 beers in bottles. I was sceptical at first fearing that this might be another shallow corporate restaurant with all the icing but no cake. Not so with Beer Authority, this is the real thing, or at least the 21st Century version of real thing.
The music is just right and there is a very friendly vibe, you are with beer drinkers after all. Were a very gregarious bunch who love to mix and mingle.
I sat down at the bar and was presented with a well organized menu of the 90 ales and lagers on tap. Everything from sour ales like Liefmans Cuvee Brut to deep brews like Two Brothers Red Eye Coffee Porter.
My bartender, Juli I think is her name, knew her beer menu well and made some fine recomendations Smuttynose Finestkind IPA which is balanced and flavorfull revealing surprises of subtle flavor, Stone Sublimely Self Righteous Ale, a truley remarkable ale that rates a straight up 100 on RateBeer.Com and a solid 94 on Beer Advocate. Then a truly unique O'Hara's Irish Stout. Someone is doing a great job of selecting Beer Authroities menu.
My first visit exceed every expectation and plan to be back next week with my beer loving brother in-law. He is in love with beer too.
Read what the NY Times had to say.
613 8th Avenue (corner of 40th street across from Port Authority) New York, NY 10018.
Tel: 212 510 8415
Open everyday from 8am to 4am