Monday, June 30, 2008

Das is KRANK

Beer Table
427 B 7th Avenue, between 14th and 15th Streets (Park Slope)

Alexis: This Saturday we had plans to go to Prospect Park for a free concert. I suggested Beer Table, which I have been wanting to try. Not that I am a huge beer fan anymore, but they specialize in a lot of rare or hard-to-find beers from around the world. American beer is always the same - bland and hyper-carbonated. I often feel bloated and gross after drinking it. Same with Stella Artois, Heineken and the like. This place had none of that. It's a tiny place with a small 3-seater bar and about 3 community tables that seat about 8 people each. The staff of two was great, very friendly and knowledgeable about the beer and food they offered. We tried a few beers:

Beer Table

Alexis: The menu is arranged so that the more delicate beers are on top and the heaviest beers at the bottom. Being summer, we stayed pretty close to the top and I ordered the first one, a Leipziger Gose from Germany. Super refreshing and brewed with salt and coriander. A tiny bit briny and very easy to drink.

Beer Table

Alexis: This was Alex's beer, a Bos Keun from Belgium.

Beer Table

Alexis: This was the big winner, a Jasmine IPA from Seattle, WA brewed with dried jasmine flowers. We ordered two of these and sucked them down - I usually hate IPAs but this one's sweetness was toned down with the light jasmine essence. Delicious.

Beer Table

Alexis: This is the cheese plate. From left, Sigit from Long Island, Oocha River sheep's milk cheese and a blue cheese. Served with some crusty bread and olives, this was a great accompaniment to the beer. I enjoyed the Sigit the most - it had the texture of Parmigiano but tasted slightly nutty. The sheep's milk cheese was slightly harder and tasted faintly of swiss, which is not my favorite. And the blue cheese was firmer than most blue cheeses but stronger tasting.

I wish this place was closer to us so we could come more regularly. What a great idea for a bar! I was just talking to someone who moved here from San Francisco and she was lamenting the lack of microbreweries out here. So there is something that New York doesn't have!

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