Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Brooklyn Ale House

The 3 B's of the morning- Bloody Marys, Bagels and Boobies!

The Brooklyn Ale House is a Williamsburg bar that has an economical weekend brunch. They get some fine bagels from Bagelsmith, some cream cheeses, fresh dill and basil, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions and put a little spread on the butcher block table in back. They serve plenty of Brooklyn Brewery beers on tap and make one of the city's best Bloody Marys.

Beast found the spot and we figured it would be a good spot to get some food in our bellies before the brewery tour. The bagels are free, and the drinks are affordable for NYC. $6 a glass for strong Mimosas and their famous Bloody Mary, mixed on the premises and served with... a celery stalk, a green olive, a lemon wedge and a pepperoncini. Yum. Their mix is a little heavy on the horseradish but it doesn't overwhelm the other flavors. I enjoyed it a lot, though I had a Spaten Oktoberfest for the second round.

They have a mutt named Charlie on premises who likes tomatoes but does not like being handled by the clientele, thank you very much. Darts and billiards are handy to keep you occupied. It's a nice quick Saturday brunch that won't weigh you down, and if you like Bloody Marys you have to stop by. The beer selection is quite good, from Samurai Rice Weiss to Radenberger Pils ($4) for a cheap good brew. I think they had 2 beers on cask as well. Hipster quotient: mild. Jukebox was good- 70s classic offbeat rock. Overall a fine neighborhood bar worth frequenting if you're in the area.

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