|"Beer" and "Meat Cheese Bread" owner John Stewart behind the bar|
Indeed, anyone trying to look "Beer" up on a map is going to get lost, but if you're familiar with cult favorite Meat Cheese Bread, you will find the warmly lit windows of "Beer" just to its left. This is great news for the lunchtime crowd. Meat Cheese Bread has always had 2 good beers on tap, but it's so tiny and has such limited seating that you never want to hang out there. With "Beer" next door, you can grab a sandwich and head next door to a decent-sized bar with a very extensive beer selection.
Though rushed open before its projected opening date of January 1, the space feels finished, warm, and cozy, unlike many of the other recent new bottleshops and taprooms that opened this year. Stopping in for a late lunch yesterday, I washed down a fucking tasty Muffuletta sandwich with a pickle and salt & vinegar chips and a Double Mountain Kolsch that paired perfectly.
"Beer"'s 10 rotating taps include a cider and may not qualify as a huge variety, but a varied selection covers all bases. Some might even describe it as more of a bottleshop, with 100 well-chosen varieties covering the bases of local brewers, regional craft brewers, Belgians and imports, and a couple of cheap offerings like MGD. Prices are fair, with a standard in-house pricing and a cheaper to-go bottle price. The warm wood paneled interior and bar are dim but warmly lit from working vintage bar signs and old lamps. At first glance the bar is quite small with 10 or so bar seats and 1 booth in the front window, but down a narrow hall the space opens up into a larger charming room with extra seating.
|back room with expanded seating|
The intimate feel of the bar that doesn't serve any of its own food reminds me of some of the great holes in the wall in San Francisco, but apparently is even closer to Brooklyn, NY. Specifically, the owner realized that he could actually pull off his vision in such a tiny place after he visited a place called Spuyten Duyvil. In the future "Beer" hopes to host meet-the-brewer events, perhaps even a Double Mountain brewers dinner, and cheese pairing events with Steve Jones. For now, there is nowhere to find info about "Beer," but a website and facebook page are in the works. To find it just look for Meat Cheese Bread. You won't be disappointed.