|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 to...
Off the tracks—
Keep It Under Your Hat
The Auld Shebeen
1401 Route 10 East
(in the Hanover Marriott Hotel)
Walk into the Hanover Marriot and to the right you will find a doorway that transports you
into Ireland and Irish history. In fact the Auld Shebeen is actually a genuine Irish pub that was
originally built in Belfast Ireland, dismantled, shipped to The Marriot and then reassembled.
And I mean everything from the ceiling to the walls to the bar itself. It's the real deal.
Look around and you'll see some great, authentic historic artifacts inside the pub proper
including a fireplace that was once in an old Belfast mansion. There are also several church
kneelers from a seminary college in Dublin. The floor itself is constructed from 200 year old
pine flooring from Stormont Castle which served as the official residence of the Prime
Minister of Northern Ireland between 1921 and 1972 . It also served as the location of
the Cabinet Room of the Government of Northern Ireland during that period
My favorite artifact in the entire pub an the 18th century whiskey still from a…..
you guessed it….from an Auld Shebeen!!
Question - All right, what is a Shebeen anyway ?
Answer: At first I thought it meant hat as in their logo, but actually a Shebeen is a speakeasy
of sorts. A Shebeen is a business that serves beer and/or liquor without a license. In their logo
the word Shebeen is under the hat. In other words keep it a secret.
You might be asking how did I find this place since it's stuck inside a Marriott Hotel with no
exterior signs touting its location. Well, when I first started writing for BeerNexus I would
often meet many of my colleagues at the Auld Shebeen from which we would go to investigate
area bars. We met there because it is centrally located and easier to get to then our office for
many of our writers. In those days the Shebeen's beer selection was lets’say corporate for
lack of a better word. You could get a great pint of Guinness but the rest of the lineup was
Marriott Standard. You know the usual suspects, t beers such as Bass Ale, Harp, Stella
Artois, Coors Lite and for some reason Magic Hat #9. And they're still standard at Shebeen.
Ah, but now for the good news. The standards are now side by side with Dogfish 90, Troegs
Perpetually Hopped, ClimaxNut Brown Ale, Chimay Triple and a Sam Adams seasonal. Not
bad, right? With a newly expanded menu, and a few great beers to choose from this meeting
place has become a popular destination for us and not just a place to move on from.
The Auld Shebeen is directly off of Rt. 287 so it's easy to find. Simply take Rt.287 to the
Route 10 west exit, then take the first u-turn and stay to the right (because it comes up fast)
you will see the entrance to the Marriott Hotel (Whippany).
Go in the front, the bar is to your right.
It made me happy to see a nice bar work towards becoming a great craft beer pub!
I am pleased to give it 4 out of 5 engines.
Hope you get a chance to stop in at my new restaurant in the Bradley Gardens section
of Bridgewater NJ. Bring your own great beer and enjoy my great food!
Neil's All American Grill,
85 Old York Road Bridgewater NJ. 908-300-8658.
Chicken Specialties, Sloppy Joes, Subs, Falafels, Burgers
Cheesesteaks, Salads, Vegetarian Menu, Italian Specialties and
All kinds of crazy stuff. BYOB !
Stop in if you are in the area and mention you read my column!
Here's some good info on planning your own Railes 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 !!!!
Five engines= the very best
Four engines= excellent
Two engines= fair
One engine= bad news
Zero engines=stay away
For Off The Rails it's
Barely Sacks instead of Engines
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