This is one of my go-to spots, when I have cash that is, and it is a craft beer store / beer bar. 12 taps and located on 86th St. between 2nd ave and 1st ave. The name is City Swiggers
While I have been at City Swiggers before, even making special trips there to give them my empty cardboard box holders (save the turtle!), this was a special occasion because it was the first meet-up for New York Craft Beer Crew. I have been to other meet-up but this was the first, “first” meet-up.
The organizer is Jake. I feel confidant writing that online since he posted it in the meet-up group and when I said I would write a blog post about the City Swiggers Meet-up he didn’t say: “OH NO DON’T DO THAT I’LL BE RUINED!” He seemed to think it was a good idea, of course I hadn’t written the blog post when he said that ….
City Swiggers, when you walk in to your left is a cooler with beer, to your right are shelves with beer and in front of you is an island with shelves underneath it with more beer. I found about these shelves when I asked for wheat-free beer and I was directed to these underground shelves with gluten-free beer. Since I had previously drank “Redbridge beer” (1/8 of one and then put the rest of the pack in my apartment’s garbage room, my super is still giving me dirty looks). I almost ran out of the store.
Uggg, back on track, the meet-up was pretty good, City Swiggers gave us complimentary beer for having the meet-up there. All praise goes to Jake! I couldn’t drink it since it had coconut in it (boo allergies!). And since I waited too long to write this, and didn’t take notes …. it was nice. People talked about: Is this your first meet-up? What beer do you like? What beer was the first craft beer you drank? I think Jake has a good thing going here. I am throwing my towel in his ring 100%.
P.S. When you walk past the bar with the taps, there are tables with chairs, low and hi-tops, past them the toilets and more shelves with imported beers, not-US, European beers.