Alewife Team Opening Two New Beer Bars in Manhattan and a Brewery in Brooklyn


As we perused our Get Real Presents Craft Beer Passport, plotting how we’d consume the 39 craft beers it entitles us to, we noticed a spot we’d never heard of before: The Jeffrey, listed at 311 East 60th Street. So we did some digging and learned that the spot’s the work of the team behind Long Island City’s Alewife, a craft beer mecca that pours one of the most serious lineups of brews in the city–and it’s opening at the beginning of August.

Co-owner Patrick Donagher (who’s also behind Get Real Presents, which dreamed up the beer passport as a way to support Sandy relief) says the new spot will be part beer shop, part beer bar, and part coffee bar, since the Jeffrey is partnering with Brooklyn Roasting Company for its espresso and beans. It’ll also serve some food: “We’ll do cheese, charcuterie, and sandwiches and go from there,” he says.

Alewife, a spin-off of a Baltimore beer bar that opened in 2011, lures beer aficionados from all over the city for its local craft brews, geeky one-offs, and tap takeovers featuring rare and serious beers from New York and beyond. His next place, Donagher says, “will be even better.”

And on the heels of the Jeffrey, he has a third spot in the works: Donagher says that he’s opening Fools Gold, another craft beer shrine, on Houston Street come September. The Twitter account of the Beerly Legal Group, the parent company of all of these ventures, also makes mention of a forthcoming brewery–Bedstuy Brewing Co., which recently poured a test batch at Alewife.

We’ll have more details for you on those projects soon.