The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.
Monday, June 4, 2012
Growlers by the Garden
This one kinda snuck up on me, so if you've been hip to it for a while please excuse the lateness of my tip. Seems the beverage distributor that used to command Lefferts I (that's an inside joke for you Manor types - it's Lefferts at Flatbush or Phat Albert's to the plebes) has become Brooklyn Beer & Soda, a recent transplant from P-heights. I used to ride by it regularly (over on Washington near Bergen) and wouldn't have known it was the same business if it weren't for a bitchy Yelp review complaining about the greedy landlord that sent them packing from Portlandia Heights. I jest, really, I think Vanderbilt and Washington and Franklin have shown remarkable vim, vigor and pluck in their recent upscale commercial renaissance, and I congratulate them on their transformation from check cashing meccas to nightlife destinations. And yet somehow, Fred & Carrie let this one slip away.
Full disclosure, I don't drink beer no more, so this is not a joint I can recommend from the first hand. But, the second hand tells me this no-nonsense distributor rules, and they have 16 spigots in the wall that let you take out fresh tap beer via a peculiarly named chalice, an honest to goodness Dark Ages European-style fad known as the (reusable, mind you) Growler. A growler, for those of you who like me have been long-parked on planet Middle-Age, is an olde-tyme bottle that you can fill up like a thermos every time you stop by. (Actually, you could probably get cheeky and bring in your actual thermos and see if they call you on it. Or old Sunny D containers?) It ain't cheap - some of the craft beers cost more than $20 for a half-gallon jug, but apparently the taste AND the buzz of some micro-brews are well worth it, depending of course on the sophistication of your taste buds and/or your zest for artisanal brain-deadening. Frankly, I always preferred the more economical method of starting with the good stuff and working your way towards the rotgut by eve's end. After the fifth or sixth beer, can anyone really tell the difference? Of course, the Growler is NOT NECESSARILY intended as a SINGLE SERVING, though technically neither is a pint container of Haagen Dazs.
Oh. And they sell bulk sodas too.
Anyone care to share their experience with BB&S?