Sloshing around

Erik loooves beer. I do not. But every once in a while, I make a valiant effort to develop an appreciation. For Erik’s birthday in September, I booked us two spots on the Fermented NY walking tour through Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We saw a story about the tour in an issue of Edible Brooklyn, and we had both been eyeing it. The tour promised many samples of beer and food, as well as a lesson on the local beer-making history.

We started the tour at Mug’s Ale House, a down-to-earth old school favorite with locals:

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We had three samples of beer, including one pumpkin ale (I always get excited for this, even though I end up disappointed when I realize it tastes more like beer than pumpkin), along with nachos and wings.

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The food in front of me disappeared. The beer did not.

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Lucky Erik pretty much got to have double portions of beer at each stop. No matter how I try, I just cannot like it!

I can, however, pose with it:

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Next stop was the famous Brooklyn Brewery.

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We discovered that “local” only means so much, however. The beer may be brewed right in Brooklyn, but the malt comes from Germany!

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The tour included a full beer from the on-site bar:

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As usual, Erik ended up with both of them after I took a few good sport sips:

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Our super-hip tour guide gave us an excellent rundown of the brewing process.

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We learned about the barrels and vats and tubes and all sorts of technical beer stuff.

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I was mostly impressed by the kitty cozying up on top of the barley bags.

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Next, we stopped outside of Teddy’s Bar & Grill, which still boasts the original stained glass from its days as Peter Doelger’s Extra Beer brewery in the mid-1800s.

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We even saw the remnants of the separate women’s entrance that the bar had back in the day.

After Teddy’s, we moved onto the Spuyten Duyvil Grocery:

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Spuyten Duyvil Grocery is a little fancy foods shop that wants to be a beer store. Due to the law that any establishment that sells beer must also sell at least 50% food, the shop is stocked with gourmet pickles and jams and cookies and crackers and other fun treats:

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Next was the Sputen Duyvil bar, obviously under the same ownership as the shop.

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We went straight to the garden. I love the backyards of Brooklyn restaurants! Each one is such a surprise.

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We got a beautifully colorful flight of three beers, along with fresh bread, spicy sorpressata, and a fancy goaty-sheepy cheese.

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The garden also had its own fig tree!!! I was so excited about this:

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Posing with the fig:

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Our last stop was Barcade.

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This place is Williamsburg through and through. It’s a super casual yet hip bar, and its walls are lined with …

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… actual original arcade games! You can see some in the background here:

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We had our many beer samples, and then our guide gave us all quarters so we could go play.

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I picked Tetris; Erik played Punch Out.

It was fun to be able to explore a local neighborhood through a new perspective. I would definitely go on another Urban Oyster tour. They even have one for food carts. That is next on my list, of course 🙂 We had a great time but were completely wiped out by the end of this. I fell into bed and napped for three hours when we got home. Yayyy for local history! To me, beer still does not taste good.

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