The Guys make their way back to Waterbury, Vermont, to close a circle started in motion by John and Jen Kimmich, and furthered by the tragedy that was Hurricane Irene; the Prohibition Pig now takes full possession of the space once occupied by The Alchemist Pub and Brewery. Learn just how cool the new place is, their philosophy of food and drink, and just why you should run - not walk - to get there as soon as possible. Cheers!
For some, getting up before sunrise to head to work is an everyday thing; for The Happy Hour Guys, it most certainly is not. UNLESS - they're on their way to Vermont to visit one of their favorite Bev-Tour destinations in recent memory, The Alchemist Brewery in Waterbury. Certainly one would go a long, long way for HEADY TOPPER, the beer that some have rated as the best Strong IPA on the planet; but incredibly, Mark, Jimmy and Scott found some even more compelling reasons to visit. Enjoy!
Did you know that 5 Napkin Burger has its own house beer? ;They absolutely do, 5 Napkin Nut Brown Lager - this is a wonderful beer made exclusively for them by Kelso of Brooklyn, a favorite of The Happy Hour Guys.
A 2006 study found that the average American walks about 900 miles a year.
Another study found that Americans drink an average of 22 gallons of beer a year.
That means that, on average, Americans get about 41 miles per gallon...not bad.
We had a ridiculously fun time shooting our pilot episode of HAPPY HOUR at McSorley's Old Ale House. The granddaddy of bars here in NYC, McSorley's and its staff didn't disappoint. So much interesting material had to be left on the editing floor. Well, not literally because it doesn't work that way anymore, but you get the idea.
Many, many interesting things are on the walls and around the bar. Look for the handcuffs on the foot rail of the bar- Harry Houdini escaped from them one night on a dare from the owner. Ask about the original wanted poster for Abe Lincoln's assassin or the dusty wishbones hanging from a candelabra over the bar. There's a story behind everything. Pepe, the daytime bartender seen in our pilot, knows about it all and is willing to tell you. He's also full of stories about the many celebrities who've come through McSorley's doors. Jimmy had a great time interviewing him. Maybe some outtakes will appear at some point...who knows.
The beer choices are pretty straight forward as you see in the pilot. There is a surprisingly good, though basic, menu. We all especially liked the cheese plate that came with a sleeve of saltines. The thing that made it was the mug of homemade; blow your socks off mustard. Good stuff that immediately led to more beer. Hmmm. Maybe they've figured something out there...
There are a lot of other Happy Hour destinations in the same neighborhood, so I'm sure we'll be visiting that neck of the NYC woods again. I'm equally sure we'll stop in to chat with Pepe and get two and two...
We're always on the lookout for new spots, so write to us with your favorite weird, historic, funny, unique watering hole!