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Blind Tiger Ale House

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Over a hundred people piled into Blind Tiger Ale House for “An Evening With Great Divide” waiting to taste the beer selection for that week. What appears to be a New York version of Cheers on the outside is the hottest spot to be on a Wednesday evening.

Blind Tiger, which is located in The Village, hosts a year round event on Wednesday evenings. Each week the bar showcases about 20 beers from individual breweries, paired with the fresh mix of cheeses from Murray’s Cheese, “the best cheese shop in the city,” David Brodrick, founder and owner of the bar, said.

Brodrick said he created this event to keep this place alive during the week. “Wednesday nights used to be dead, so we came up with an event to bring in business.”

March 25 was “An Evening With 10 Great Divide” beers, each with their own story. Some of the best of the night, straight from a Colorado brewery was their Claymore Scotch Ale, Espresso Oak Aged Ale, and the Hibernation Old Ale, but the crowd loved them all.

“I have tried six of the ten so far, and they were all great,” Robert Leibman of Brooklyn said. As he sat in a crowd of friends with a Great Divide Samurai in one hand and the spicy wing in the other, “This city is packed with bars, but there’s something in this one that keeps the crowd coming,” he said.

About Blind Tiger Ale House

David Brodrick, owner of Blind Tiger, opened the bar in March 1996. After bartending and managing bars for many years, he knew that it was time to open his own.

Blind Tiger, which celebrated its 13th anniversary, originally stood on Hudson & and 10th. After a few years of business, they lost their lease to what is now a Starbucks. Blind Tiger found a new home at 281 Bleeker Street.

Blind Tiger offers 60 beers by the bottle, 28 on draft, two casks, wine, and sake. Blind Tiger Ale House offers an enthusiastic, friendly, and extremely knowledgeable staff. You tell them what you like, and they are more than ready to serve your every beer craving. The staff was friendly, the customers were smiling, and the beer was quickly disappearing.

They also serve food. Unlike most bar food in New York City, nothing they cook is fried. They make up for the lack of oil with great original tastes. Customers rave about their not so grilled cheese, spicy hot wings, or the lamb sausage wrap. “Even without the bar, the food is reason enough to come back,” Leibman said.

Although their beer menu is packed with beers from Lagunitas Pilsner, Victory Hop Wallop, to the Sly Fox Pale Ale, regulars question why Blind Tiger haven’t brewed their own beer already. “We are not the artist, we are the art gallery,” Alan Jestice, co-owner, said.

For more information about their upcoming events, visit their website at

Written by Becky Weinstein