170/818) The Long Room, Manhattan: Stone Ruination by Stone Brewing of California, U.S.A.: **1/2; strong, piney nose; forward, earthy hop flavours; bitter lingering after taste;
171/819) The Long Room, Manhattan: Arrogant Bastard by Stone Brewing of California, U.S.A.: **1/2; nose is hoppy with sweet overtones; dry astringent hoppiness; the website is a chuckle, have a read;
The Long Room's menu invited diners to ask what was on cask so I did. It was Hoptical Illusion! I flew to New York City to encounter beer brewed in Barrie but good on Flying Monkeys for getting their product so widely distributed. We had a great meal there. I recommend it.
172/820) Our room at the Double Tree Suites by Hilton, Times Square, East 47th Street at 7th Avenue: Storm King Imperial Stout by Victory Brewing of Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: **1/2; the nose is mocha and alcohol; dark coffee notes, touch of alcohol and a hint of mocha sweetness;
Believe it or don't, this was draught beer poured from a tap into a jar at the Beer Table Pantry in Grand Central Station, one of six taps they had (but you can't drink it there). The Beer Table Pantry is an incredible store. It is the size of a walk in closet but they have everything you can imagine and then some. I wish I could remember who suggested it to me. It is a must visit when in NYC.
These are my other Beer Table purchases. What a day!