Good pubs, Good Beer, Good People

Monday, August 25, 2008

R.I.P Antone's of Cranford, but....

Antone's of Cranford is no more (RIP to a truly great beer bar), but rising from the major reconstruction will be the Kilkenny House, an Irish pub run by former Brooklynite Barry O'Donovan.

With 16 beers on tap--Brewmeister Dave Hoffman's of Climax Brewing among them-- and standard Irish food fare like Shepherd's Pie, Chicken Pot Pies, Bangers and Mash and other pub-grub, O'Donovan seems to be making all the right moves to insure a successful replacement of the legendary Antone's. He should be up and running by late September, if not earlier.

You may recall that in one of my earliest reviews, this outstanding beer bar had no fewer than 45 taps ( a state record) extruding from its tap wall (which bore a closer resemblance to a rock wall made from beer taps).
The Bartone Brothers, blessed with a healthy dose of business acumen and a commitment to great beer, ran that magnificent Antone's operation, and they have not, thankfully, left the business. They have acquired The Ark in Point Pleasant, and will very likely increase that establishment's business and revenue, especially considering that an Ark Ale will be produced by none other than Brewmeister Dave Hoffman.

Looks as though I'll have my beer and food work cut out for me in Cranford at Kilkenny's and in Point Pleasant at The Ark.

It's a tough job, but someone has to do it. Sometimes I find the need to deputize SubScouts to assist me. Leave a comment and your e-mail if you want to join me when I go. Maybe you'll get the nod this time!

100 more bottles of beer on the wall and campus

Q: How many Chuck Norrises does it take to open a beer?


A: NONE. It should be open when you bring it to him.

Apparently, the man, the myth and the legend has some strong feelings about lowering the drinking age. Read them below.


100 more bottles of beer on the wall and campus

Sunday, August 24, 2008

NJVoices: Paul Mulshine

The Star Ledger's Paul Mulshine, himself a fancier of good beer, weighs in on the drinking debate with a novel idea. Click below.


NJVoices: Paul Mulshine


America has struggled for decades with its approach to alcohol for young people. Here's one view. Personally, my feelings about our progeny and exposure to beer are on record here at the bottom of the page under Pubscout Pontifications. But after reading these, check out this story.

Feel free to weigh in with your comments.



Wednesday, August 20, 2008

The Retro Revolution

It all started when I asked the North Carolina barkeep what kind of beer he had available. "Peebeeyar" was the first beer he said. "Huh?" says I.

Read about Peebeeyar by clicking below. > News > Metro -- The beers of our fathers are back in fashion

Sunday, August 17, 2008

It's that time again!

Basil T's in Toms River has just announced the date for their annual Oktoberfest Celebration--Friday, Oct 3 at 7 PM. If you're a fan of exceptional German fare and equally outstanding beer, mark the date and make your reservations.

Chef Extraordinaire Steve Farley is prepping for yet another memorable evening, and Biermeister Supreme Dave Hoffman (who brews an Oktoberfest beer to die for) is hard at work making the beers that will complement FarleyFare. The Dirndl Beauties, those pulchritudinous porters of magnificent jugs of fine brew, will be in their usual spectacular, authentic array, and the Firehouse Polka Band will put the oomph in the oompah which enthralls a crowd so primed that they sing "Ein Prosit" as they pull into the Basil T's parking lot.

You can see the pictures from last year's fest here.

As always, yours truly will be on hand to lead the singing, take some incriminating photos, give away prizes, pick on unsuspecting revelers and to provide stark counterpoint to the beauty of the Dirndl Girls. I may even talk about the beer and food.

Also as usual, The Brothers Gregorakis (both named Peter after some bizarre Greek custom and a vat of Ouzo consumed by their parents) will be on hand to lend their special brand of hospitality to the evening.

But make your reservations early and plan your travel south on the Parkway accordingly. This classic sells out pretty quickly. For info, call (732) 244-7566 and tell them The PubScout sent you.

Bring your wife, your girlfriend (though not both), your parents and your pals. This is one you don't want to miss.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Jimmy D Memorial 5k Run/Walk

One of my favorite events (to watch) for one of my favorite causes. And there's always the chance to quaff a few when it's over! If you've got the shoes and the stamina, this one will do your heart and conscience good!


Jimmy D Memorial 5k Run/Walk

Friday, August 1, 2008

Beer--From the mouths of babes…


7-year-old Tim - 'I think beer must be good. My dad says the more beer he

drinks the prettier my mom gets.'

7-year-old Melanie - 'Beer makes my dad sleepy and we get to watch what we

want On television when he is asleep, so beer is nice.

7-year-old Grady - 'My Mom and Dad both like beer. My Mom gets funny when

she drinks it and takes her top off at parties, but Dad doesn't think this

is very funny.'

7-year-old Toby - 'My Mom and Dad talk funny when they drink beer and The

more they drink the more they give kisses to each other, which is a good


7-year-old Sarah - 'My Dad gets funny on beer. He is funny. He also wets his

pants sometimes, so he shouldn't have too much.

7-year-old Lilly - 'My Dad loves beer. The more he drinks, the better he

dances. One time he danced right into the pool.'

7-year-old Ethan - 'I don't like beer very much. Every time Dad drinks it,

he burns the sausages on the barbecue and they taste disgusting.'

7-year-old Shirley - 'I give Dad's beer to the dog and he goes to sleep.'

7-year-old Jack - 'My Mom drinks beer and she says silly things and picks on

my father. Whenever she drinks beer she yells at Dad and tells him to go

bury his bone down the street again, but that doesn't make any sense.'