We went to the New York Transit Museum over the weekend. You’d think this has very little to do with beer, but beer advertising has always been commonplace on the subway (aside from, you know, those few years of prohibition). The subway cars on display at the museum carry period-specific advertising, so naturally, beer ads are part of the hundreds of ads.
These days on the subway, we’re overwhelmed with ads from Budweiser more than any other brewer. But back in the 1950s and 1960s, subways displayed ads for the breweries of yore, like Pennsylvania’s Yuengling, Rochester’s Genessee, Brooklyn-based brewery Rheingold, and Guinness, which was brewed in Long Island City, Queens from 1943 to 1954. Here are the ads we spotted…
flier designed by Natalie Rae Good
Saturday, April 27th 10am-7pm @ Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th Street in Brooklyn)!
FREE TO THE PUBLIC (WITH SUGGESTED DONATION OF $10)
• Japanese Bookbinding
• Make Your Own Ricotta
• Indian cooking - Classic…
Proletariat, beer bar behind Jane’s Sweet Buns @proletariatny (Taken with Instagram at Proletariat)
Hard to find beers, beer cocktails on tap, playing Snoop Dogg, and a bathroom wallpapered with old pictures of Russian prison tattoos. Add to that how it can be found behind a bakery serving pastries inspired by cocktails, and you have everyone ever’s dream spot. Check their beer menu here or scan the QR code with your phone when you get there. It’s only been open a couple weeks, so the bathroom is in good shape. It’s down at the end of the very narrow bar. Those people you have to shove past dont mind being rubbed up against one bit. Its that kind of place.
A ruling last month in a lawsuit that an out-of-state beer importer brought against the New York State Liquor Authority has ended a major tax and fee exemption for small brewers in the state, which will cost them millions of dollars in previously-waived costs.
The lawsuit was filed by Massachusetts-based Shelton Brothers in the wake of the SLA’s rejection of a handful of Ridgeway beer labels in 2006 on the grounds that they would appeal to underage drinkers. The importer claimed First Amendment rights were violated by the Authority’s censorship of the labels, but then went one step further to also challenge the Constitutionality of the Authority’s label registration fees and excise taxes, which were levied for all out-of-state brewers and waived for small in-state brewers.
To resolve the lawsuit, the State Liquor Authority issued new rules [PDF] two weeks ago that lifted the 12-year old excise tax exemption, which applied to the first 200,000 barrels of beer brewed by in-state brewers. Since all but two in-state brewers brew less than that amount, nearly every drop of beer brewed by a New York craft brewery was previously not taxed by the state. It now will be, effective immediately, and retroactive to March 28th. In addition, the authority has re-imposed the $150 label registration fee that was previously waived on in-state batches of beer smaller than 1,500 barrels. Many of New York’s smallest brewers will be subject to this fee for the first time.
124 Rabbit Club
via their twitter
Young. Old. Cool. Lame. All thirsty people are welcome at Brooklyn Brewery. Thirsty people end up becoming people who need to pee. The bathroom is usually a borderline disaster, but its an industrial type place, so get over it. 3 flushes. Its a good place to get cheap ($4) beers with a big group. Or you could get educated with a tour of the brewery. Bring your dog. Grab some wooden tokens. Trade them in for beer. Order a pizza. And chill out.
Only place in Miami I can endorse. Sorry. I’m not taking that back.
Don’t fucking order a Tucher. They have an IPA, a stout, a double and a quadruple.
Bathrooms are to the back. I’m not sure what the boy’s room looks like (as if I’d admit that here) but the girl’s room has little heart shaped tiles in the one single stall. I’d give anything this place has to do with 5 flushes.
Beer. Video games. No TV. Bring your dog. Not on a Saturday night. Change machine at the end of the bar.
2 girl’s stalls. Lots of graffiti. Don’t break the seal. 3 flushes.
Oh yea. I was too drunk to remember to take a pic of the actual toilet. Shrug.
I really like this bar. Its one of the first places I came to when I moved to NYC, despite it being all the way on the opposite side of town. The sandwiches are awesome as are the horseradish pickles. Its not as easy as you may think to find a place with good beer and good food. As you can see by the pictures of the boards, you definitely come here for the beer. Im not going to say the atmosphere is part of the allure. Theres a lot of noisy and kinda rude people at times. Also you gotta look past the slightly annoying bell ringing that happens whenever a keg kicks and its replaced by something new and equally awesome. I realize its just part of the theatrics. Bonus points for the ATM with only a 50 cent surcharge. Go past said ATM machine where you’ll find 2 doors, each leading to the male and female single stall bathrooms. Its decent and a nice escape from the dude desperately screaming at the top of his lungs for a pumpkin ale. I give it 3 flushes. I’m certain a male was in there dropping bombs and making it toxic before I stepped in.
Feel free to use that Oust next time, person who was in here before me.
Drinking Picklebacks. Brine is a good chaser to anything, but specifically Jameson, as depicted in this photograph.
We first went to this bar after we saw it on an episode of Three Sheets. They have a good selection of beer, or so I’m told. I’m not a big beer drinker. I did have a strawberry flavored beer there recently that was very good though.
The bar is kind of small and the lighting is dark. You might notice the weird mural on the wall with drunken monks and naked ladies. My husband can’t stop staring at them. There are signs around the bar that say “ NO LOUD TALKING ALLOWED-WHISPERS ONLY.” When you get too loud you might get a “shush” from the regulars! It’s kind of an inside joke for those who know how to read.
The bathroom is nothing special, kind of small but usually clean. There are two individual bathrooms past the bar in the back. Mo and I have done our share of puking in there, and it was comfortable from what I can remember of it. I give it four flushes because I know they spent a long time cleaning up after the both of us in there.
Rattle N Hum (14 East 33rd Street between 5th and Madison)
This is the best beer bar in NYC, hands down. Ok, Pony Bar comes in at a close second. But Rattle N Hum is my personal favorite. Check out the list if you dont believe me (beer list) Bathroom is all the way to the back of the bar, on the left side. Theres like 3 of them. In all honesty I was too tipsy to remember if they’re unisex or not but I do know theyre single stall. This explains my 4 flushes rating.
Hole in ceiling, covered with a poster.
Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA, I think…
Weird hand dryer with UV light.