There are many advantages to living in the New York City metro area, and one of them is the quick rise of the craft beer scene. Bars such as Rattle N Hum are popping up all over NYC, boasting good beer, good food, and good times. You’ll be hard pressed to find a single day in the five boroughs where there is not a craft beer-centric event being held, usually in collaboration with a specific brewery.
Rattle N Hum, located on 33rd Street between Madison and 5th Avenue (a short walk from Penn Station), is run by Patrick Donagher, who is no stranger to organizing brewery based event nights. On Tuesday, July 21, 2010, Southern Tier Brewing Company took over half of the forty-something taps available at RNH (<-cool kid speak for Rattle N Hum).
Of the beers on tap, the most notable were the following:
- Farmer’s Tan Imperial Pale Lager – “The Hallmark of Hard Work”
- Pale Ale – “3 Types of Hops & 3 Types of Malts”
- 422 Pale Wheat Ale – “Make Everyday Earth Day!”
- 2xIPA – “4 Types of Hops & 3 Types of Malts”
- Iniquity Imperial Black Ale – “The Antithesis of Unearthly”
- Mokah – “A Stout Brewed With Chocolate and Coffee”
- Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout – “A Stout of Great Contention”
- IPA – “The Iso-Alpha Acid Experience”
- Back Burner Imperial Barleywine Style Ale – “First Brew of the Year”
- Porter – “Don’t be Afraid of the Dark”
- Hop Sun – “Summer Good, Summer Better”
- Jah*va Stout – “A Stout Brewed with Coffee”
- Oaked UnEarthly Imperial India Pale Ale – “An Uninhibited Infusion of Hops & Oak”
- Phin & Matts Extaordinary Ale – “Brewed with American Hops and Barley”
- Gemini Imperial Blended Ale – “Blended Unearthly & Unfiltered Hoppe”
- Chokolat Imperial Chocolate Stout – “The Ancients Called it ‘Food for the Gods”
- UnEarthly Imperial IPA – “An Uninhibited Infusion of Hops”
- UnEarthly Imperial IPA on Cask
Another great advantage of Rattle N Hum Bar is the mix and match flight option that they offer. For the equivalent pricing of a regular pint of beer, one can order four 4oz measures of beer served out in a convenient “beer boat”. The combination possibilities are endless- I customized my own two flights- starting with a Blackwater Series Stout flight of Mokah, Jah*va, Choklat and Creme Brulee and ending with a hard-hitter flight of Oak Aged Unearthly, Back Burner, Iniquity and Farmer’s Tan.
Rattle N Hum hosts weekly brewery events and has the passport stamps to prove it. Part of the charm of the bar are the huge wall paintings of the brewery logos of events past- Patrick brings in a local artist to paint the logos on the wall once the event has occurred.
Check out the Rattle N Hum website or Rattle N Hum blog for tap lists and upcoming event announcements. Those of you who are lucky enough to have iPhones can also download the free Rattle N Hum app, which lists the current tap lists and updates directly from the bar’s computer system.
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