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
"Morristown - Land of Many Taverns"

Before I begin let me give you some good info on planning your 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.
                
  When I arrived in Morristown and walked out the front of the station I immediately noticed three
taverns in a quick glance around the area. At first I thought I hit pay dirt and would have an easy
article at hand. This would prove not to be such an easy stop at all. In fact, at first it was little
frustrating.  Ok, here we go, it's time to hear all about Morristown, land of many taverns.

   Tavern Off The Green-- My first stop was an Irish style pub, or at least it has the          decor
of an Irish pub. Walking to the left of the poolroom I entered the bar area and was totally amazed at
what I saw. I must have arrived at the only Irish bar not to have Guinness Stout or any other stout at
all on tap. I was shocked and sat on a stool in wonder and quickly put
an order in for a Sam Adams Octoberfest. At least they had one good beer on tap. It would be my
only one here as I noticed a sign that reads No Credit Cards Accepted. I only had nine bucks in
my pocket so I decided one and I'm done. I took note of the tap line-up and quickly jotted down
the dissapointing news. Sam Adams Octoberfest, Yeungling Lager, Blue Moon, Miller Lite and
Budweiser. On the wall I noticed a decor sign that read: "Employees Wanted-Salary Negotiable-
Stout Served With Every Shift !!" I geuss they order out for the stout!!


Zero Engines for this place!





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Petes Restaraunt And Pub-- Okay there were a few more bars to try and they can't
all be bad. Petes has a flag outside that was a little confusing in itself. Either it was a faded Italian
flag or just an old Irish flag I'm still not quite sure. I walked in and it turned out to be a pizzeria with
a nice little bar. Behind it was a button that said "Kiss Me I'm Irish". There was a nice
friendly lady behind the bar, and I was quick to ask her if they accepted credit cards.
Glory Be! She said yes! So far so good. I asked for a pint of Guinness and a menu. Very strange
indeed, after leaving anIrish pub with no stout, I was sitting in a pizzeria drinking a Guinness!!  I
quickly asked the red headed Irish looking gentleman behind the bar for a menu, and to complete
the whole Irish, Italian, or both atmosphere, I ordered a calzone with mushrooms to go with my
Guinness. While awaiting my food I jotted down another similarly unimpressive line-up of taps.
Guinness, Bass Ale, Sam Octoberfest, Stella Artois, Yeungling Lager, and Miller Lite. While jotting
this down I overheard the staff talking about the U2 concert with some patrons. At least I now knew
that they liked a good Irish rock band. I love Italian food, and I love Irish Pubs so this was an
interesting combination to saythe least. The food was great, and even though the Guinness was
served in one of those 15 oz. so  called "pints" they did take the time to let it settle correctly. If you
want a Guinness and a calzone it wsa good place to go, but I wouldn't make a special trip.  



One Irish-Italian Engine for Pete's.




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Hennesseys Washington Pub- If you leave Petes and walk to the right of the station
you will see a grey train bridge. And if you walk under and cross the street you will see Hennesseys
Washington Pub. This was an Irish pub no mistake as soon as you walked in. Irish music on the
juke box. A noisy crowd drinking from 22 oz. pints. Green and white from head to toe. Anyway I
oredered a Guinness and tried to blend in. While watching the news on TV I jotted down yet another
disappointing tap line-up. I was beginning to think it was a conspiracy against microbrew,
and most likely it is the work of a few pushy distributors. Here it is: Guinness, Newcastle, Harp,
Blue Moon, Yeungling Lager, Smithwicks, Budweiser and Bud Lite. It seemed every time I
opened a door I heard the same song as Bill Murrays alarm clock on Groundhogs Day
"I Got You Babe". Anyway, they did serve a good Guinness in the right size glass. Even Bud Lite
came in a 22 ouncer. I rate this place also as ok but nothing special.



One Engine for Hennessey's  





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George and Martha's American Grille- Disappointed but not ready to give up yet I
walked back past Pete's and toward the town green to see what was there. Two short blocks and
I came upon Gearge and Martha's American Grille. A fancy looking place and AHA! what do I see?
A Flying Fish Octoberfish tap handle!  I scurried past twenty patrons to get to an empty seat and
ordered one right away. I tilited the glass for a well deserved sip and YUCK !!!
Something was really wrong with this keg. Not knowing what to do I glanced to the right and left
and noticed a very odd thing. Out of 20 or so people, I was the only on drinking beer.
               
Determined to drink a good beer, (not another Guinness at this point), I grabbed the
tap list to look for another choice. My plan was to inform the bartender of the poor quality of a
very excellent beer, ask him to dump it and charge me if he must, and bring me a Peaks Organic
Seasonal. His reply was that they no longer carried Peaks. Boy my day was going bad.
I ordered a Hoegarden and was pleased to say it was pretty good.While drinking this, I jotted
down an actual list of what was on tap and boy a lot of it sounds quite familiar. What's with this town
anyway? "I Got You Babe"--Guinness, Bass Ale, Miller Lite, Yuengling Lager, Sam Adams
Octoberfest, Blue Moon, Stella Artois, Bud Lite, Newcastle,and Flying Fish Octoberfish
( Don't drink the fish--it's spoiled). By the way I was charged for the Octoberfish.  
I can't rate this place very high but may come back sometime to give them a second chance.



One engine for George and Martha's





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Grasshopper Off The Green- Continue on toward the town green and you will find the
Grasshopper Off The Green. A nice big bar with lots of TV screens and good music playing.
Butunfortunately when you look at the taps "It's Deja Vu All Over Again"!  I never had a Guinness
250 and since it was on tap, I ordered one. It wasn't bad either and at least here everyone was
drinking some form of beer. They had a cricket hill poster on the mens room door but none of their
beers on tap. Magic Hat #9 was a surprise but not one of my favorite beers so I declined. Here we go
again, the tap-list: Guinness, Guinness 250 Magic Hat #9, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Stella Artois,
Yuengling Lager, Bud Lite, Coors Lite, Heineken,Smithwicks and Blue Moon. This place was the best
so far and kind of a cool place but still not great.


Two engines for Grasshopper Off The Green





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The Famished Frog- Having missed one return trip chance I still had about an hour
before my next train home. Undaunted and feeling like a trooper I plodded on in a desperate search
of a good quality, fresh and hoppy microbrew. Iwas deternined to find one somewhere. Ok so I
walked up the left side of the town green, past the United Methodist Church, Pizzeria and coffe
house. Looking to the right I saw off in the distance The Famished Frog, and across the street
from me The Office. What do I do now ? I have been to five bars with little success. I know The
Office will have what I want. But darn it, I didn't do this entirely for me ! My readers will want to
know about the Famished Frog and anyway if all fails I can hit the Office on the way back.
          At first I thought there was another bar next to it called "The Side Bar". But as it turnedout
this was the easy wasy to the bar without having to walk through the restaraunt. I sat down andfelt
triumphant at las as I ordered a Troegs Hop Back Amber. I forgot what hops
tasted like. The rest of the tap selection stunk as I guess the same distributor holds sway
over the whole town.  Here we go again: Guinness, Sam Adams Octoberfest, Sam Adams Lager,
Magic Hat #9, StellaArtois, Blue Moon and three total wastes of tap space: Coors Lite, Bud Lite and
Miller Lite and a totally delicious Troegs Hop Back Amber.  The bottle list was much better. Stone
Arrogant Bastard, Stone IPA, Stone Smoked Porter, Stone 13 Anniversary, Smuttynose
Old Brown Dog, Rogue Dead Guy, La Chouffe, Sierra Nevadas: Pale, Porter and Summerfest, River
Horse Lager, Cricket Hills: American Ale and Col. Blides Cask Ale. I loved the Troegs,
andthe bottle list is good;they have the right Idea on the bottle list, but why waste
three taps on lite beer people would happily drink from a bottle ???



Two engines for the Famished Frog





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The Office-- You really gotta love The Office !! At least they know enough to put
some good microbrews on tap. Heres what was up : Brooklyn Oct., Ramstein Oct., Hacker Pschorr
Oct., Sam Adams Oct.,Leinenkugel Amber, Dogfishhead 90 min., Climax Nut Brown Ale, Victory
Prima Pils,Rogue Dead Guy Ale (and now it gets familiar) Guinness, Blue Moon, Stella Artois,
Bass Ale, Miller Lite, Newcastle and Sam Adams Lager.  The Office has a great bottle list and offers
growlers to go. I thought only brewpubs offered growlers to go. I wonder what license they have that
allows that. If anyone knows email me at
bakerstreetales@beernexus.com.  In Morristown they
get a 100, but on the rails I rate them a bit lower.



Three and a half engines for The Office







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         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 !!!!!!!  


Arty Hannemann
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