Saturday, June 18, 2011

The Good Beer Seal Inducts 2011 Class

Any fan of craft beer in New York City has probably seen the "Good Beer Seal" sticker.  On Tuesday June 14th, seven beer bars were inducted to the 2011 Class of The Good Beer Seal.  The following bars were honored:

4th Avenue Pub (76 4th Ave., at Bergen St., Boerum Hill)
Bierkraft (191 Fifth Ave., at President St., Park Slope)
Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Ave., at Franklin St., Greenpoint)
The Double Windsor (210 Prospect Park West, at 16th St., Windsor Terrace)
Mission Dolores (249 4th Ave., at Carroll St., Park Slope)
The Stag’s Head (252 E. 51st St., at 2nd Ave., Turtle Bay)
Waterfront Ale House (540 2nd Ave., at 30th St., Kips Bay)

The Seal is given to bars that serve "good beer" and was developed when Garry Gillis of the Burp Castle and Standings, Ray Deter of DBA and DBA Williamsburg, and Jimmy Carbone of Jimmy’s No. 43 joined together in attempt to certify bars that served good beer.

According to the Good Beer Seal website, there are five criteria for receiving a Good Beer Seal.

1) Have 80% craft domestic or special imported beers
2) Serve a good portion of their beers via a draft beer and/or cask ale program
3) Maintain a strong “Pub” vibe as a nice, local place to drink a beer and visit with friends
4) Active community presence, as well as being an independently operated establishment
5) Good beer should be a strong feature, if not THE FOCUS of the operation

The following is a list of beer bars in New York City that have previously received the Good Beer Seal.

Jimmy's No. 43 - 43 East 7th St btw 2nd & 3rd Ave Downstairs - 212.982.3006
Burp Castle - 41 East 7th St btw 2nd & 3rd Av - 212.982.4576
DBA - 41 1st Ave btw 2nd & 3rd St - 212.475.5097
Standings - 43 East 7th St btw 2nd & 3rd Ave Upstairs - 212.475.5097
East Village Tavern - 158 Ave C @ 10th St - 212.253.8400
Blind Tiger Ale House - 281 Bleecker St - 212.462.4682
Against The Grain - 620 E 6th St - 212.420.0002
The Pony Bar - 637 10th Ave (45th St @ 10th Ave) - 212.586.2707

DBA Williamsburg - 113 N. 7th St btw Berry & Wyeth - 718.218.6006
The Diamond - 43 Franklin St - 718.383.5030
Beer Table - 427 B 7th Ave btw 14th & 15th St - 718.965.1196
Spuyten Duyvil - 359 Metropolitan Ave - 718.963.4140
Bar Great Harry - 280 Smith St - 718.222.1103
The Gate - 321 5th Ave & 3rd St - 718.768.4329
Barcade - 388 Union Ave - 718.302.6464

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