Starting the party early is completely fine during the week leading up to the Super Bowl. Head over to this craft beer cave where you’ll find a Seattle-Denver brewery showdown featuring ex-Buttermilk Channel chef Bruce Dillon grilling up Jersey Italian hot dogs. Read the full feature
When stuck late at the office in Midtown, The Stag’s Head offers beer events and tastings to make you forget all about the pile of work on your desk. Their most recent tasting event featured free pours and mini corn dogs for a cheap night of brews and bites. Read the full feature
This quiet Midtown East brew hall is tucked away behind the more typical Cornerstone Tavern – if you have trouble finding your way, just look for the gigantic buck on the sign outside (its motto is “All American Craft Beer With the Deer”). The bar is a bit cozier than some of the more boisterous watering holes around town, making it perfect for some serious beer-breakdown discussion. You’re likely to find a lot of options that you’ve never tasted before, along with a showcase of excellent labels from local producers, including River Horse Brewery from New Jersey and New York’s Ommegang. If you need help navigating the list, stop by on on of Brewery Nights, when the bar features an abundance of beers from one maker.
If you’ve ever been parched while standing behind tourists at the Apple Store, you probably thought you were screwed. No craft beer anywhere close (I doubt FAO Schwarz will ever open a bar in the basement, but we can dream). Luckily, the nearby Stag’s Head is a lifesaver in Midtown East. An oddly shaped, tight-squeeze bar in the round with plenty of restaurant seating and even a garden roof deck, The Stag’s Head always offers some adventurous selections on tap with a pretty nifty chalkboarded bottle list as well. Plus they host weekly tasting events with free thematic grub, because you just can’t sample Pittsburgh beers without a hearty portion of scrapple.
There might be a lot of “beer blasts” for boys around this town, but the emphasis is definitely more on the blast than the beer. Those looking for high-quality suds can head uptown to this cheeky Pride Week event at a serious brewski bar, featuring nine dedicated draft lines of fruit-flavored beer. Read the full feature
Xan Garcia, general manager of Stag’s Head, a dark-wooded lodge-style beer bar and gastropub specializing in exclusively American-made beer and spirits—and homey dishes braised in said beer—along Midtown East, is always looking for quality local tipples to join her queue of quaffs, and Tiedge’s gin was an easy addition. She says it brings out the subtle sugar in drinks like the bar’s aptly named Bee’s Knees: lemon juice, honey, mint and Comb 9 Gin. “You get a sweetness on the back end of the taste. The honey (in the gin) adds sweetness without making it cloying,” explains Garcia, emphasizing “it’s still a gin; it’s not like gin with a little honey mixed in.” Read the full feature
Word comes in today that Midtown East beer bar The Stag’s Head (252 E. 51st St nr 2nd Ave) will be celebrating Mardi Gras tomorrow evening with New Orleans food and beer pairings. They’ll be serving up some Fried Okra with Cajun Remoulade paired with Abita S.O.S., beer-poached shrimp & grits paired with the Abita Red, Seafood Beignets paired with the Golden Ale, Chicken Etoufee with Andygator and Oyster Po’ Boys served with Turbodog. They’ll also have Abita’s Black IPA on draft and possibly their Harvest Strawberry, too. The apps will range from $6-$10 and the main courses will both be around $15. You can order flights of Abita for $12, for 4 five oz beers. Read the full feature
Stepping down the stairs into this cozy Midtown East bar, you might think—thanks to the dark wood, low lighting, and the flat screens tuned to soccer—that you’ve found another pub with heavily accented bartenders serving Newcastle on draft and shepherd’s pie by the plate-full. Well, you would be wrong … about the Newcastle: Stag’s Head only stocks beers from American breweries. Read the full review
This Wednesday, Midtown East beer temple The Stag’s Head will turn over the taps to Troeg’s Craft Brewery of Harrisburg, PA. The chef at Stag’s is actually from the same area as the brewery, so he thought it would be fitting to serve a local delicacy with the brew: scrapple. In case you’re not familiar with this yummy treat, it’s essentially pork scraps and trimmings mushed into a semi-solid loaf with cornmeal and flour yum! The dish is common in Pennsylvania Dutch country where it is known as “pon haus.”
Like rappers and clothiers, craft brewers love to collaborate. Sample the results of their teamwork when midtown pub the Stag’s Head taps six mash-up quaffs, including Super Friends IPA—a blend of suds from local favorites Ithaca, Brewery Ommegang, Captain Lawrence, Southampton and Flying Fish. Each pour will run $7–$9, and gratis samples of roasted pork with grilled kale and chestnut roulade will circulate from 6 to 8pm. Read the full feature
The Stag’s Head is located near 51st and 2nd Avenue, nestled between brownstones and little shops. Of course, it was already crowded on a Thursday evening at 7, therefore the first floor was out of the picture. But the air was cool and comfortable, so we opted for the second floor outdoor seating instead. I recommend Stag’s Head to anyone in favor of great food and great service, which I believe is just about everyone out there.