daddy O Hotel & Restaurant’s general manager Pete Palladino, formerly of sister property, the Plantation, Harvey Cedars NJ, summed up his philosophy to craft beer very simply : “I’d rather have two really outstanding beers than like seventeen, that…”. You can guess the rest. “If I love the list, then I hope other people will as well.” True to his sentiments, the bar’s eclectic mix offers something for both the mainstream and craft beer drinker.
Two taps are currently offered, Long Trail Double Bag and Yard’s Philly Pale Ale, but more are available in the busier summer months, and they’re frequently rotated to reflect seasonal selections. Bottled craft variety is excellent, I tried a Breckenridge Autumn Ale, a fine choice for an unseasonably warm winter day (no complaints). Other selections available : Allagash White Ale, Anchor Steam Summer, Avery IPA, Dogfish Head 60 and 90 Minute IPA, Flying Dog Gonzo Imperial Porter, Flying Fish Pale Ale, Rogue Dead Guy, Stone Arrogant Bastard and Stone IPA, Terrapin Hopsecutioner, Weyerbacher Old Heathen Stout,. Current seasonal bottles : Troegs Mad Elf, Weyerbacher Autumn and Flying Fish Exit 4 Belgian Triple.
Very good craft beer selections are available, the staff and management are welcoming, bartender Sara was smart, gracious, articulate and well-informed about craft.
daddy O is very much worth checking out for the discerning beer drinker. Happy hour daily from 4 to 7 p.m. daddy O’s is located at 4401 Long Beach Blvd, Brant Beach on Long Beach Island and online too.