Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Buck Fever

I walked by this bar on Atlantic Avenue and had to do a double take.

Bucks Lodge

The reason for the double take was that just a week or two ago Bucks was


The interior underwent a bit of a change as well. Kind of like from Geisha House

to basement rec-room.

The owner's are the same, I guess they just decided to go with a change. Soju was a primarily gay bar with a Japanese theme so I guess it was natural to switch to a rustic, cabin-like decor with poker tournaments and chili contests. I will have to stop in some Thursday when ladies in cowboy boots get $1 off all liquor drinks.

I was told to come back after they get the deer-heads mounted. You can be sure that I will.

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Halloween at Peter's

I guess I am a bit too old for trick and treating so I decided to visit one of my old haunts in the neighborhood, Peter's Waterfront Ale House. It does look a bit spooky at night.

Peter's at Night

Nothing to crazy going on here except for the usual eclectic menu that included a Buffalo Flank Steak Salad (that I ordered) and TexMex Turkey Meatloaf (that the Mysterious Chinese Woman ordered). Both were very good but man, you had to be ready for some heat if you ate the meatloaf. It started out hot from the first bite. Not burn your tongue hot, but a good mouth hot. Then it built from there. By the time you ate your third bite you were just beginning to feel the full extent of your first mouthful. It was just right, in a forehead and nose sweating kind of way.

Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale

I generally like Rogue products so I thought I would give this a shot. It is also known as Rogue Buckwheat Ale. Rogue has a line of "Signature" Morimoto products, having hooked up with Chef Masaharu Morimoto, who you may remember as one of the Iron Chefs.

Soba is just another name for buckwheat, which is not actually wheat, but a member of the rhubarb family and therefore a fruit. I keep telling you, read my blog and you learn something new every once in a blue moon (the second full moon in a single calendar month).

Morimoto Soba Ale is brewed with Roasted Buckwheat, Pale malt, Munich Malt, 13-17 Carastan Malt, and Crystal Hops. The flavor is toasty-nutty with medium body and good hop bitterness. I quite enjoyed it.

I also had a Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale. It is a fairly strong beer, 8% I believe, and is marketed as an IPA. This is, I think, unfortunate. My palate was prepared for the typical dry, hoppiness of most pale ales so I wasn't prepared for the somewhat heavy and sweet flavor that I got. It did have a hoppy back-taste, but somewhat subdued. Knowing what to expect I would order it again, but to me it was not an IPA.

(Note about Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale; that wasn't what I was served, even though it was what I ordered. I had a Brooklyn Blast Pale Ale at the Real Ale Festival at Brazen Head and it was very good indeed and tasted like an IPA should taste. Not sure what I actually drank here.)

Peter's has been covered by scaffolding for over a year now so I thought I would take a couple of shots of the place now standing naked in the sunlight. I think they still need to put up their sign.

Naked Peter

As usual at Peter's, we had a good time and headed back home before it got too spooky outside.

Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn