Those who or ever have commuted via bus to NYC know what a nightmare Port Authority can be. Unfortunately, nothing has changed about that. However, now if there are long delays or you just want a quick beer before your commute home there is a new authority in beer right next door. Right on the Southwest corner of 8th Ave and 40th street is one of NYC’s newest craft beer destinations, Beer Authority.
I finally got a chance to check out this new place which is brought to you by the same people who brought us one of NYC’s premiere craftbeer destinations, Rattle-n-Hum. Like its big brother Beer Authority focus on having great craftbeer with great food. The beer list is organized by style making it easy to browse and skip the styles you are not in the mood for and includes the relevant ABV, serving size and price information. They even include the ratebeer.com scores but for me that’s not a selling point.
When you first walk in downstairs there is a very small bar with about 8 or 10 taps (didn’t count) for someone who just wants to have a quick beer or fill a growler. Then when you go up the stairs to the main floor the place opens up wide and there is a bar that had to be at least 150ft long staffed by 4 bartenders, who knew their stuff. There are plenty of seats at the bar or tables with wait staff for those who prefer and plenty of views of 8th Avenue. Then going up stairs is the soon to open roof deck which I got a sneak peek of and its coming along great. The roof deck will have its on separate bar and food will be available up there as well, slated to open on July 3rd.
As for food and drink I stuck to a couple of favorites the Great Divide Titan IPA and the Victory Headwaters Pale Ale. For food my friend and I split the Buffalo Wings and the Soft Shell Roast Pork Tacos. Both were delicious, the bartender warned us the wings and had a kick and she wasn’t kidding. I was laughing at the time of my first bite and the heat took me by surprise. I love a good hot wing but I want flavor too with my wings and these had it all, hearty and meaty with lots of heat and flavor.
All in all I’d say Beer Authority is a great and welcome addition to the beer scene and will make that Port Authority announcement of buses being delayed due to incidents in the tunnel a lot easier to grin and bear.
And that’s … From My Mellin!