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NEW YORK TIMES 2012
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Stop for a beer at the Bronx Ale House, 216 West 238th Street, (718)601-0204. With its rotating cast of American microbrews, the bar, whichopened last summer, has quickly become a Bronx beer nerd's best friend.Snack on the free popcorn brought with each drink, or try the homemadebrisket, even if it's just an excuse to use the house "Bronx IsBurning" hot sauce. But focus on the eclectic beer collection - BrianDuffy, a bartender, promises, "We won't ever serve Coors Light" - andbring home your favorite in a retro-hip growler, a $10 64-ouncemoonshine jug, embossed with the bar's name, that serves as a legalto-go container and a cool glass souvenir. It costs $16.50 to fill itup with Blue Point Toasted Lager, one of the most popular beers.
-New York Times
Bronx Ale House, 216 W. 238th St. (718) 601-0204. At the end of a hot
day, step inside for a cold one at the pub with the widest selection of
microbrews in the borough. Fill a frosty mug with something from the
rotating menu of dozens of crafts beers on tap, or drop in on Mondays
for Can Night and taste the finest artisan brews ever sealed in a
cylinder. On weekends, they even offer a prix fixe beer brunch from 10
a.m. to 2 p.m.
-NY Daily News
I've been in Riverdale 11 years, and went into Bronx Ale House
for the first time yesterday. You had me at hello. You also had me at
the Weinenstaffan and the Ale House Burger. It will be my goal to get
through every beer you have. Great place, great fare, great friendly
service, great mix of different people. Finally found the best pub in
Beer Club - now online, so you can
legitimize your drinking problem.
- now on TV, so you can switch to that cheaper cable subscription
- now in my belly, so get your own
Sliders - now on their way to
me, so back off
Husband - now in permanent residence, so I can
finally watch what I want on TV
What more can a girl ask for?
M -Yelp Review
I love this place. I make it there about once a week since they opened
last August, and haven't had a bad experience yet. It can get crowded,
as it's not the biggest place, but I've never seen it with so many
people you couldn't get a beer. The tables will go quickly, though.
have a great selection of beer and constantly rotate taps - I don't
think I've ever seen a tap get kicked without a replacement up in a few
minutes. I haven't tried any, but their bottle selection is awesome, as
The service is very friendly, and the bartenders seem to
know their stuff.
The menu is also pretty varied, as well, with
something for everybody - I haven't had the BBQ yet, but it sounds good
-Beer Advocate Review
Anna B -Yelp Review
Living in Kingsbridge can be tough when your friends are all in
Brooklyn. Aside from never-ending conversations about Williamsburg, the
Park Slope Food Coop, McCarren Park, or the half-askew glances you get
when you tell them you're way uptown on the 1, you are often compelled
to leave your own neighborhood for a craft beer. When the scaffolding
went up over the remains of the Goal Posts bar on 238th, hope was
renewed and the Bronx Ale House came to life.
Since this bar
opened, I've found it hard to find an excuse to go anywhere else, in any
borough. With competitors and imitators cropping up on nearby streets,
Bronx Ale House stands head and shoulders above the rest. They simply
got everything right.
Aside from completely renovating what used
to be a dilapidated (though well-loved, undoubtedly) bar with no working
taps, Bronx Ale House gave everyone in the neighborhood something to
brag about. The first week of operation, nearly everyone I spoke with
wondered rhetorically what we had done to deserve such a place in our
own backyard. To have this gem of a pub appear one day--a place so
greatly-designed, with such friendly staff, such amazing food, and such
an impressive beer list--blew many minds wide open.
I, as well as
many Kingsbridge and Riverdale residents, have Bronx Ale House to thank
from saving us from the hourslong trips to Brooklyn, the pretense of
Manhattan, the tolls to Queens, and the ennui we suffered from as a
boozing community. Keep on keeping on!
Brian O -Yelp Review
This place is a beer lover's dream. Not even a full block away from the
1-train and easily accessible by bus from the Fordham University area
of the Bronx.
A great selection of rotating micro-brews makes it
impossible not to leer at someone who orders a Guinness draft. The
bartenders are fantastic and are really good at suggesting what beers
to try after one another.
The Bronx is Burning wing sauce is great, but then again, its hard to find anything on their menu disagreeable.
place is usually packed by 6 pm on the weekend, but every time I have
been I have ended up talking to some pretty awesome people.
Great place to watch a game, hang out with friends and drink great beer!
Mark J -Yelp Review
Boisterous brewhouse on the Kingsbridge/Riverdale border serves upcomprehensive, rotating menu of craft and traditional brews. Incredibleselection for serious hopheads. Hits-the-spot comfort grub helps youdrink longer. Kingsbridge steak sandwich and beer-battered dill picklesalways satisfy. Just off the 1, expect a full house on Friday nightswhen Bronx locals and NoMa yuppies meet and mingle over darts andpopcorn.Comfortable, with extra atmo thanks to a roaring fire.
Just off the 1 train, this hidden gem is perfect for Bronx locals whodon't feel like taking the train to the city for some drinks. Take 15of the most unique imported craft beers add some freshly popped popcornand this place is so enjoyable you'll come back again and again. Theyhave special brewery tastings and fun events like Bronxtoberfest tokeep the locals coming back. Each time I've been to the Bronx Ale House- a total of 3 times now, I've met some cool people and the bartendersare always welcoming!
I couldn't tell you what my favoritebeers were because according to the bartender from last week, theychange the taps every 2-3 days once they run out. Do you love beer?love sports? love a nice vibe at a bar? Then you'll definitely likegoing to the Bronx Ale House.
Marissa G -Yelp Review
Latest Bronx hotspot! Sixteen craft beers on tap! Good bar food --burgers, sliders, and such. Fresh popcorn too. Friendly, loud jukebox.
I'm really tired of seeing/using the phrase "neighborhood gem" - but
since I have yet to come up with a comparable term, the Bronx Ale House
is a neighborhood gem.
I'm not sure if it's a good or bad thing
that this place didn't exist while I lived four blocks from here.
Perhaps it's good since the day drinking obsession would have set in a
lot earlier, but I am glad I have a friend that lives close by so I have
an excuse to travel to the end of the earth (aka Kingsbridge) for a
couple, two, tree drinks.
Not a big beer drinker but I kept
hearing everyone rave about the hard-to-find brews they have on tap
here. I went on a Saturday afternoon around 4 p.m. and it was packed -
most likely due to the large already-drunk Columbia pub crawl group.
After they cleared out, it was a nice place to enjoy some afternoon bar
grub and some libations. Severely hungover from the night before (my
bday bash @ Rogue Bar) I had to have some screwdrivers to balance me
out. I'm not sure if they were weak or if the alcohol levels in my blood
were just returning to zero, but they seemed kind of weak. Either way,
I'm sure it was just me. I ordered the southwest Bronx bombers (little
chicken sliders) that came with french fries and it was AMAZING (esp.
for bar food). The fries were notable - large, thick-cut potatoes that
were cooked perfectly with the right amount of salt. Oh! And let me not
forget to mention the hot, fresh popcorn they bring out to you to munch
on while you drink. I'm normally not a popcorn eater because it's
usually stale, or burnt-tasting, or just dry and unappealing. But BAH
has got it right.
This bar definitely seems out of place in its
surroundings but it's absolutely going on my list of faves. Can't wait
to check this place out at night and see what the crowd is like! +1 for
Sarah A -Yelp Review
Bronx Ale Houseis a great find in the boogie-down Bronx, a temple to some seriousbeer. Gastropub? By the way… did I mention the beer?
Excellent spot, just a few blocks from my apartment. An outstandingselection of beers, I don't think I've ever yet had to order the samebeer again, and I've been there several times.
Strong pluses:selection, a lot of big-screen TV's, clean, usually not too crowded,great barkeeps, and also the fact that the day's selection of tap beers(usually about 20) is clearly written on a big blackboard above the bar- lists not only the name and price but also serving size and ABV %,which helps to make sure you are getting a good bang for your buck! Andthere aren't that many places serving 13% ABV beer on tap!
Matt S -Yelp Review
good beer bar only a ten minute subway ride away? No longer do I have to schlep downtown in order to get a decent brew? A million thanks, Bronx Ale House!
It's got a nice old school feel, with brick walls and dark wood. When I've been there, it's been fairly crowded but not packed, except the night that I watched the Yankees clinch the World Series.
16 taps that are constantly rotating, and a cask. They usually seem to have stuff from Ommegang, Southern Tier, Blue Point, DFH, Harpoon, plus a lot of other assorted breweries. On top of that, they have a couple dozen different bottles including DFH 120 Minute, Lagunitas Gnarlywine, and other goodies.
One little thing I really appreciate is that they keep their current tap list their website completely up to date.
The food is pretty good, and it's all reasonably priced for NYC. The one thing I'd like to see in the future is growler filling. It's still new, and I really hope it sticks around. I know I'll be doing my part!
A -Beer Advocate Review
I never thought that I would find beer heaven in the Bronx, but I did today. The Bronx Ale House is one of those places that surprises by its very existence, but exceeds anything that I could have imagined.
Having grown up in the Bronx, Kingsbridge was always known for its limited Budwesier, Bud Light and Coors Light offerings. During the time of Irish immigration from the mid-1980s to the early-1990s, the "exotic" Guinness began to change beer tastes, if even just slightly.
Back in those days, within a seven-block radius of West 238th Street, there were approximately 35 bars/pubs...all of them staunch Bud-type establishments...little choice...we truly didn't know any better.
Wow, with the Bronx Ale House, 238th Street has surely changed for the better...I wish that I still resided just around the block.
The atmosphere was friendly and welcoming...the food menu was varied and incredibly satisfying.
Now, let's talk about the beer. Dogfish Head 90, Troegs Hopback Amber, Avery Redpoint and Stone Ruination were just a few of the 16 beers on tap...something for everyone.
This is Kingsbridge...this is the Bronx...this must be some kind of out of body experience.
In reality, it was real and it was memorable.
Afterwards, I strolled around the old neighborhood...it looked extraordinary...there is no reason why Kingsbridge should not be one of New York City's great spots. It has three stops on the #1 subway line, apartment buildings and private homes, plus the expansive Van Cortlandt Park. There is also great access to highways that bring you to Westchester or midtown Manhattan in short order. By taking the local streets, I made it back to the George Washington Bridge in approximately 10 minutes.
I stopped by Gaelic Park and watched the Irish football senior final between Tyrone and Cork...a great game and a great New York City occasion.
Kingsbridge is one of New York's hidden jewels...perhaps, with the Bronx Ale House's important contribution, it will not stay that way for long.
A+ Wayne -Beer Advocate Review
The Bronx has finally obtained a quality bar with over 15 taps and the only cask pump in the borough.
Rotating IPA and DIPA as well as wits, hefes, belgian strong pale ales, porters, pilsners and always one fruit beer. Captain Lawrence has 2-3 slots at all time with Bluepoint, Coney Island, and Stone rotating their seasonals. Excellent bottle selection with the full suite of Chimay's, Duvel, DeadGuy Ale, Framboise, DogFish Head 120m, Ommegang bombers.
Great food as well with brisket, steaksandwich made with rib-eye, pulled pork, cubano, frickadella burger, quesadilla's, and of course wings. Try the "Bronx Is Burning" sauce or the Bombers(sliders) Beer club as well as dart board.
The Bronx Ale House Place is a slice of Manhattan in the Kingsbridge section of the Bronx. Shot in the arm to a well established drinking street. Opens at 11am and does not close till around 2-4am with the kitchen opened late and takeout.
Join the beer club and get your name on the board as well as weekly discounts.
A+ Brian M. -Beer Advocate Review
Wow! I was visiting NYC for 2 weeks from Seattle and wanted to find a bar/pub that served local or east coast microbrews. BAH is great local dig to drink, watch a game and eat . The selection of beers was the best in the area. Being that I'm from the NW where the micro brewing is an art form, I'm very critical about my beer. My friend and I nick-named a beer "Hello Kitty" when we hooked up with some locals from Riverdale who needed a recommendation. As far as the food is concerned, everything on the menu is good, but my two favorite are the steak wraps and brisket sandwich. The bar tenders, staff and owners are very nice. I went all over NYC and found myself at BAH six times for the whole package. The interior was well thought out and designed with flat panels flanked on both sides to accommodate sport fans and a warm fire place for those romantics.
My only suggestion is to expand their selection of micro's from the East and possibly add some NW beers. Other than that I definitely will be back when I return to NYC.
David H. -Yelp Review
It's been one of those weeks. Y'know the type: every one of your pending projects at work are due at the same time... everything you say is twisted into something negative and attacking by your family... You realize that it's hard to lose 5 lbs... You live beneath a centaur with restless legs syndrome... Your cat hates you and leaves menacing notes on your bathroom mirror...
I needed a little coddling, a few laughs and beer. Fancy beer because Coors Light just ain't gonna cut it. Finding a good happy hour in Manhattan is easy. There are at least 10 bars I can think of right now that I can go to for some 1/2 priced brew... but I don't live in Manhattan and the prospect of a 45 minute train ride to get home after having beer is not fun. In fact, it is the opposite of fun. No matter how quickly you leave after visiting the restroom you are still going to need to go once those train doors close. That's also the day there is a track fire or another train delay that will ultimately cause my bladder to explode. TMI? Whatever, because you know it's true.
So, on my way home from the train station the clouds part and allow a single beam of sunshine to fall upon the chalkboard in front of the Bronx Ale House. It illuminated "25 cent wings," and I knew I had found my home. I walked in and there was Lo Lo J., waiting for me with a menu in hand. The beer menu of course. She was speaking so quickly I didn't understand what she was saying when I finally got her to calm down (by gently backhand slapping her) I was able to understand what she was so excitingly trying to explain. They have a Beer Club, which is free to join and after the consumption of 100 different types of craft beers from all around the world your name is forever engraved on their Wall of Fame. We quickly signed up and and thus began our journey to notoriety.
I started off with the Ithaca Flower Power, I found it to be sweet but after having 10 the Bronx is Burning hot wings, the sweet was a nice compliment. When it was time for another beer I couldn't make a decision so the bartender came back with a few samples of the different types of beer, she asked questions and was able to make an educated guess of what would appeal to my taste buds. I got the Leffe Blonde. Delish!
The service was great, the staff was friendly and helpful. I saw my friendly neighborhood tattoo artists there and a few Manhattan College students. It's a great addition to a growing community. I look forward to being a frequent patron. If you see me there, don't say hi though. I'll get scared and think you're stalking me and I'll call the cops. I'm not kidding.
Sara M. -Yelp Review
The Bronx gets its first high-end beer bar in the handsome and aptly named Bronx Ale House, serving a dozen rotating beers on tap (check their website to see what's good this week), as well as cask ale, bottled beer and an eclectic menu of global comfort food, like the Scotch eggs, Tex-Mex fondue, burgers and the "Best of the Wurst"—a $10 crock of bratwurst, bockwurst and krainerwurst, topped with hot sauce and served with sauerkraut and ale mustard. The cozy interior is done up in warm wood, big windows and dart boards, with a chalkboard advertising the day's draughts presiding over the bar.
We would like to welcome our recent new venues that are standing strong representing craft beer in areas otherwise pretty baron. Bronx Ale House has officially brought cask beer to the Bronx. Check their menu that is frequently updated to see what's on tap before heading up there.
Will -Beer Menus.com
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Boogie Downer discovers a new beer mecca The Bronx Ale House has opened on 238th Street. He reports the beer, the food, the vibe is all worth the trip for those in the area.