|Baker Street Brewery's founder and head brewer Art Hannemann takes you
on a journey to find the ales. Catch the train for Arty's ride to the New Jersey
suburbs in search of, what else, great beer!
It's going to be a fun trip as Arty reviews and rates a new stop each month
as he takes the rails to the ales.....and beyond!
Take The Rails to The Ales
637 10th Ave NY NY
The Pony Bar is a short walk from New York Penn Station. Take a quick walk west and
turn right onto 10th Ave. Walk up 10th Ave until you get to 45th street. You will have to cross
the street to the Pony Bar on the corner of 10th ave and 45th street. Remember to time your
walk so that you can return to Penn Station in time to find out what track your train home will
be leaving from.
The Pony Bar has a great selection of twenty beers on tap to choose from all for $5 a
glass. Two blackboards behind the bar list what is on tap and the ABVof each. You will notice
the pretty cool system for rinsing out the glasses right at the tap.
I started with a Green Flash Grand Cru, while Arny Lands went for the Chelsea Hoppy
Holiday Ale from the cask. Arny say's if we're going to take the train and walk he's gonna
have as many strong ales as he wants. I have to admit that makes a lot of sense so my next
choice was Stoudts Fat Dog Imperial Oatmeal Stout.
This Stout is like a meal in a glass, but the walk made us hungry so we asked for menus
and ordered up some food. I had an ALT -avacado lettuc and tomato- that was delicious.
While enjoying our ales we noticed the time on the clock behind the bar. It happened to be
4:20. In fact it's always 4:20 at The Pony. You'll have to check another website for the
significance of the time 4:20, but as I pointed out to Arny 4:20 is a good time to be stuck at,
since happy hour runs from 4:20 to 5:20 every day with a special $1 off all drafts.
After our late lunch we had a few more beers. The Hebrew Bittersweet Lenny's RIPA on
cask was my next choice. Hebrew really does a great job with their beers and this was another
good one. Arny stayed with Chelsea and ordered their Hop Angel. Next up we both went for
the Ballast Point Yellowtail Pale Ale. Nice and hoppy !
I really enjoyed our trip to The Pony Bar and recommend it to anyone, especially if you are
on a budget. It would make a great destination if you are going to see a show or game at
Madison Square Garden. Check out their website for their updated draft list before you go.
With a nice atmosphere, good food and great beer I rate Pony Bar at four out of five engines.
Here's some good info on planning your rails to ales trip. First step go to www.njtransit.com
web site. Then click on train schedules. Next click on "use our map to plan your trip." Now
select your train station on the map. And next select your destination on the map. A new page
appears and you want to select weekday, holiday or weekend accordingly. A new page appears
with your schedule of departing times and length of travel time. Print this up and then go to the
bottom of the schedule and it will say click here for return schedule--click away. Now print this
page up as well and you have all the info you need to plan your trip. Remember to allow
walking and drinking time.
Gotta catch my train back-- see you at my next stop!
Remember to leave the car at home and......Take The Rails To The Ales !!!!!!
Rails to Ales........and beyond ////////////////////////////////
by Arty Hannemann
Five engines= the very best
Four engines= excellent
Two engines= fair
One engine= bad news
Zero engines=stay away