Sipping Clipper City cask ale in New York City
As I mentioned earlier, I spent the weekend in New York City visiting friends. I love New York.
Friday night, we were hanging at a Hell's Kitchen watering hole called the Pony Bar (pictured).
Drinking in New York has its ups and downs: There are thousands and thousands of cool bars to choose from, but on the whole, drinks are a lot more expensive up there. Not so at the Pony Bar.
All of the Pony Bar's 20 drafts were $5 each, all the time. Except at happy hour, when they're $4. The bar had a rustic feel, with wood everywhere and wooden barrels in the middle of the bar. Friday night, it was full.
I scanned the draft list, and was about to order a brown ale when I spotted a sign for cask ales. Lo and behold, one of the casks was Clipper City Loose Cannon -- one of my favorite Baltimore beers ...
I hesitated before ordering one, though. I mean, I was in New York, in a bar with a ton of great drafts. Why should I order a Baltimore beer there? But I had never tasted Loose Cannon from a cask (casks are hand-pumped, not carbonated and typically served close to room temperature). So, after a minute of intense internal deliberation, I got one.
From the cask, Loose Cannon tasted hoppier, with almost citrusy notes. To be honest, I didn't like it quite as much as regular draft Loose Cannon.
The service, however, was awesome. The bar was slammed, but the bartenders made eye contact with me when I walked up, and told me they'd be with me in a minute. A minute or two later, they were. Why can't more Baltimore bars be like that?
Still, it was pretty fun drinking a Baltimore specialty beer in a New York City bar. When I got my check, it was only $30. For six beers. Dee-licious!(Crappy cell phone photo by moi)