The owners and managers of four popular craft beer bars are celebrating after scooping a prestigious award for the quality of their beer. The following have been awarded Cask Marque accreditation for serving the perfect pint of cask-conditioned beer:
-d.b.a. Brooklyn, 113 North 7th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11249 (owned by several partners led by Dennis Zentek);
-Luckydog, 303 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn NY 11211 (owners Salvatore Fristensky and Bill Mackin);
-Keg & Lantern, 97 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY 11222 (owner Kieran Breen);
-Jones Wood Foundry, 401 East 17th Street, New York NY 10021 (manager Stuart Holt).
Cask Marque accreditation is only awarded to licensees whose ale passes a series of rigorous independent beer quality audits. The program has recently been launched in selected markets in the U.S.A., having about 8,500 pubs boasting the award in the United Kingdom - where it was conceived in the 1990s to stem the gradual erosion of quality being experienced there then.
At 'd.b.a. Brooklyn', there will be a celebratory night tomorrow, Tuesday 10th December, where there will be discounted cask pints ($2 off) between 6pm and 10pm. Pouring will be casks from Wandering Star Brewery, Adnams Brewery (U.K.), plus a special habanero-spiced version of Flying Dog’s ‘Gonzo Imperial Porter’.
Dates for the award presentations for the other three bars will be finalized soon.
For further information about Cask Marque, please visit the website at www.cask-marque.co.uk - and locally there is additional information on my own New York City beer resource website, www.gotham-imbiber.com.
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