Unusually good draft beer brewed on premises and some tempting pizza, too. Dance parties in the post-industrial-chic back room, including a lively alternative night on Tuesdays.
"It's the only job where you get fired if you don't drink," expounded brewmaster Jeff Browning on the glories of his job at BAR. The small brewery has won the Best Brewpub category all of the 13 years that Browning has held his prized position. His, and BAR's, other beery achievements include: a gold medal for their experimental roasted garlic ale, a beer which beat six different Sam Adams brews. When asked if the ale, which pairs well with pizza, would give the drinker bad breath, he said, "Well, not if everyone is drinking it at once," with a smile. BAR's Damn Good Stout is consistently rated among the Top 50 beers in New England. Their historically accurate English Style Ale and Toasted Blonde are among their most popular offerings. The latter has a light flavor of biscuits and toasted grains that the restaurant bakes on the premises in their pizza oven and "the 3.8 percent alcohol keeps you relatively sober so you don't go home with ugly people," said Browning. He's currently introducing the brewery's newest concoction at festivals and special events. Salemme Pepper Pale Ale is a spicy brew flavored with salemme pepper, a variety he sources in Branford and one that only grows in this region. Look for it soon in New Haven.