I stopped into George Street Ale House in New Brunswick this week to chat beer and get a tour of this new gastropub and beer bar and I really liked it. The decor is modern and a throwback at the same time with amble space for eating, hanging with friends and TV viewing. There are many TVs placed around the space for sporting events and things like that as well as a HUGE bar. The bar probably seats 40 people. Small pub tables are nestled on the exterior walls with plenty of walking room. The space is large and kept really clean. There is a basement modeled, according to the General Manager and beer lover, Jon Angley, as a speakeasy. New Brunswick is an old town with lots of history, Jon went on to say, and they wanted to bring some of the old feel out.
Now GS Ale House is not just a bar, it’s got craft beer and alot of it. The beers I sampled were not your average crafts either but the list changes daily. They’ve been kicking sixtels and 1/2 barrels left and right so it’s hard to let ya know what is going to be on tap so call ahead or you can try Facebook, Twitter or their site. For the wine lovers out there, they’ve gotcha covered and you hard liquor people, yup, you’re fine too. So back to the beer and food. I got to sample their big hit and I suggest trying it. Fried Pickles! Crispy sweet dill pickles lightly fried with a nice smokey chipotle dipping sauce. The combo is outstanding. I washed that down with a nice winter IPA from Rogue (Yellow Snow) and I was content. Oh, they also have a stew which involves a stock made from Guinness and Jameson.
When I stopped in the pub, there were a few regulars at the location drinking their suds which is a good thing for a new place so I asked about their fanbase. Being as it’s downtown Hub City, you assume you may get college kids trying to pound a Imperial IPA or a Corona but no, mostly Rutgers employees, Johnson & Johnson employees, local residents and all those hospital people too. The Scarlet Knights tend to stay on Easton Ave. Good to know.
I was telling me wife about the place and I feel like it’s a good date spot. Quiet and classy but still fun and lively. Pretty excited George Street Ale House is now open. It’s also a 30 second walk to Harvest Moon Brewpub if you want to really get your craft beer fill. Rumor has it the brewers head to GS Ale House after work too.
Here are few pictures, I snapped from my trip.