Earlier this month New York City Mayor Bloomberg declared July 2009 as ‘Good Beer Month’ in NYC. I didn’t think too much of this at first, but looking a bit more into it I discovered the idea was petitioned by a group who are establishing a new rating system for the big apple. To be specific, they have created what they are calling the ‘Good Beer Seal’. The ‘Seal’ will be given to beer bars throughout the city matching a certain set of criteria.
1. Have 80% craft domestic or special imported beer.
2. Serve a good portion of their beers via draft 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 independently operated.
5. Good beer should be a strong feature if not the focus of the operation.
Will this catch on? I don’t know… Do I want it to? I am somewhat mixed about that; part of me would enjoy a nice comprehensive list of great beer bars in the big apple. But, some of the allure that comes with being a well-traveled New Yorker is showing your out of town and in some cases local friends that hidden gem, which you hope isn’t terribly crowded. But, in the end both friend and foe should have a chance to drink good beer, so I wish the program lots of luck. I just hope they remain diligent and stick to their core values while awarding the ‘Seal’; I would be rather upset to see TGI Fridays pop up on the list… By now most of you are aware of my disdain toward TGI Fridays, it all started when they got rid of their Nachos Grande 8 or so years ago…
Several bars I suggest they look at:
David Copperfields (and yes to my dismay the magician guy does own it)
Rattle N Hum
The Ginger Man
Vol de Nuit (as a Belgium bar it might be a stretch)