I’m usually not a fan of being overwhelmed, however when I’m checking out a draft list that’s overflowing with deliciously rare options and can’t decide what I’d like to drink first, being overwhelmed is a wonderful thing.
As it turns out our hometown’s first (and only) Belgian beer bar, The Blue Monk, has 30 taps and reasonable prices. This could be dangerous.
The brand new bar opened its doors Friday night, however I didn’t have a chance to check it out until Sunday. I walked in not quite sure what to expect and I must admit, I was immediately impressed.
The crowd was a perfect blend of young professionals, hipsters and obvious beer nerds and the place looks great! The classy yet eclectic décor reflects their good taste in beer and the ambiance is everything you’d expect from a finer drinking establishment.
In college one of my closest friends used to play music at Merlin’s, The Blue Monks predecessor. To say that Merlin’s was a "hole" could be the understatement of the century. I once got within 5 feet of the men’s bathroom and was hit so hard by the awful urine stench entrenched in the floors and the walls that I had to go outside until the nausea passed. I’m quite certain that it wasn’t cheap or easy to transform the building but I am very glad that they did.
Check out our buddy Deron’s review, including the complete draft and bottle lists.
[techtags:CRAFT BEER, BELGIAN BEER, BEER BARS, CRAFT BEER BARS, BLUE MONK BUFFALO]