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Friday, January 10, 2014

Beer Authority NYC

Once upon a time Skip and her companion were in NYC wondering around after an event with nothing to do, when all of the sudden Skip looked up and saw a sign- not a metaphorical sign but an actual sign- that read "Beer Authority"- and then she thought- "It must be a sign (the metaphorical kind)". To her surprise her companion agreed it was worth checking out, but alas to their surprise and disappointment the establishment appeared to be closed, so they left... with the hope of returning one day....

Well, that day arrived my friends. Skip did not forget about this magical place that needed exploring. She even consulted an expert, our friend over at Geeky Beer Gal who assured Skip it was worth a visit.
Punkin Ale

When my companion and I returned to NYC for a leisurely trip, we took at break from shopping and walking to have a few beers and a bite to eat. I will inform you that the reason this place is named, Beer Authority is that it is in very close proximity to the Port Authority Bus Terminal. Upon walking in you immediately get that cool bar vibe. The place is huge and we were quickly escorted upstairs to a table for lunch. They have a very large wooden bar which looked cool too and I am told they have a rooftop deck/bar that is awesome, weather permitting.

The beer list is extensive and fairly impressive. I am still a novice when it comes to this stuff, but I have come to recognize some breweries and can navigate a list pretty well. Given the time of year we were there my companion and I both were in the mood for a pumpkin flavored beer, we were then easily convinced by our waitress to try the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale as it came with a cinnamon sugar rim... wow. It was very good and had my favorite thing about pumpkin flavored stuff- the spices. The sugar rim was neat but made my hands sticky- the beer would have been good without it. Given that it was an ale, my companion who is not a huge beer drinker liked it a lot. First up food wise was an appetizer that caught my eye immediately! Pork Belly Skewers!
Pork Belly Skewers
And oh my were they good. And how great is the camera on my Samsung Galaxy? Check out this photo. The pieces of pork belly were crispy yet still melted in your mouth, they were fatty and salty and everything pork should be.They were also covered in this amazing BBQ sauce, the sauce was slightly sweet and slightly smoky and was just great.

After our first beer, my companion and I were both looking for something a little darker and a little heavier. My companion is not as much into stouts and such as I am, but given we weren't going to have another he opted for something heavy (and with a higher alcohol content). So, my companion ordered the Goose Island Night Stalker Imperial Stout, it had a rich cocoa flavor and a beautiful foam resting on top, it was really picture perfect.
Goose Island Imperial Stout
I went for the Left Hand Milk Stout, it was smooth and creamy - it was just perfect. Now, while the lighter beer we started with cut through the richness of the bacon appetizer, I am not sure I would pair these beers with food in the future. They weren't bad with our meal, but they really stand alone, or maybe with dessert. Unless you are like my mom and drink coffee with your entree. :) Any way, we both got sandwiches for lunch. My companion ordered the brisket sandwich. It was awesome.
Brisket sandwich
The thing was pretty big and it had bacon on it and it came with fries, nice big, chunky, potato wedge fries. I ordered the Ham and Brie sandwich, which was equally yummy, it had cranberry mustard and came with the same great fries my companion had.

Our waitress was pretty chatty and even recommended the second beer my companion got. We enjoyed talking with her about a number of things, not just beer. And while this place is called the Beer Authority I am not sure they really focus on hiring staff that could be considered a beer authority, Geeky Beer Gal agreed with me on this. The staff is perfectly friendly and adequately knowledgeable but don't expect to walk in and "talk shop" with anyone if you are a true beer enthusiast. You'll certainly have a good meal and enjoy a few nice brews.

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