Monday, May 23, 2011

The Silly Beer Hall?

Table Hopping column: Previewing The City Beer Hall

In Sunday’s column, I preview The City Beer Hall, the new place taking over the former Ballingers building in downtown Albany. It opens Thursday (5/26). Short version:
Acknowledging the difficulties Ballingers faced in its incarnations as a pricey nightclub and later a Latin party house, Kaelin Ballinger says, “I think our idea — an upscale building but a very casual atmosphere centered around fun, with reasonable prices — is much more suited to the marketplace.”
Below, Kaelin Ballinger on The City Beer Hall’s mechanical bull. Photo by John Carl D’Annibale/Times Union.
The beer list is after the jump.
Here’s the opening draft list ($5 to $8 per pint; there will also be about 30 beers in bottles and cans; all beer will be available to go, in growlers, six-packs and individually):
  • Abita Purple Haze raspberry wheat beer (Louisiana)
  • Brooklyn Brewing lager (Brooklyn)
  • Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold Belgian-style pale ale (Pleasantville, Westchester County)
  • Chatham Brewing Scotch ale (Chatham)
  • Dogfish Head 60-Minute IPA (Delaware)
  • Guinness stout (Ireland)
  • Genesee Brewing American light lager (Rochester)
  • Keegan Ales Mother’s Milk stout (Kingston)
  • Lagunitas IPA (California)
  • Ommegang Abbey Belgian-style double ale (Cooperstown)
  • Stone Brewing Arrogant Bastard American strong ale (California)
  • Souther Tier 2X double IPA (Lakewood, Chautauqua County)
  • Sly Fox pilsner (Pennsylvania)
  • Troegenator dopplebock (Pennsylvania)
  • Unibroue Blanche de Chambly Belgian-style wheat beer (Quebec)
  • Weihenstephaner wheat beer (Germany)

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