Firewaters Bar and Restaurant is located on the first floor of the Tropicana Hotel and Casino, Brighton Ave and the Boardwalk, Atlantic City NJ – quickest way to enter is from Iowa and Pacific Avenue, most scenic is to walk the boardwalk and navigate the casino.
The bar features 50 drafts and 101 bottles – seasonal drafts arrive biweekly. Excellent selections are available on draft to please just any beer drinker : Blue Point Brewing’s Hoptical Illusion, Victory Hop Devil or Dogfish Head 90 Minute for IPA fans, Kona Fire Rock or Yard’s Pale Ale, Lindeman’s Framboise or Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin for fruit beer lovers. Prices vary according to selection, pints ranging from $4 to $8.00. Samplers of 4 mini-beers are available for $8.00.
Bottled selections prominently feature Canadian brewer Unibroue – Maudite, Trois Pistoles, Fin du Monde, Chambly Noire, Don de Dieu and English brewery Samuel Smith – Nut Brown Ale, Taddy Porter and Oatmeal Stout.
There is a daily happy hour between 4 and 7 p.m. featuring selected drafts for $2.00.
Next month, Firewaters will host an Oktoberfest promotion on October 7, featuring a Sam Adams drinking contest, a buffet with German food for paying customer, prizes and giveaways from the Boston brewer.
General Manager Ryan Capozolli and bartender Nanci Ewer were both available and accessible, providing great service, good information and great recommendations when I visited.
Started with a Stone Arrogant Bastard (excellent, as expected), followed with some trials, some errors. The Southern Tier Crème Brulee Stout was delicious; Victory Summer of Love Ale was crisp and hoppy.
Firewaters is definitely worth checking out for the serious beer drinker.