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A Chat with Thomas Jones of Proletariat NYC

A Chat with Thomas Jones of Proletariat NYC

NEW YORK, NY

Recent travels have sent me to opposite ends of the country with brief stops in Seattle and Boston and most recently New York City. On my way there, fellow Hop Reviewer Jack sent me a Time Out article featuring NYC's ten best craft beer spots for 2013. Naturally, I made sure to check out at least one of these and settled on Proletariat in the East Village.

From the street, Proletariat is about as unassuming as they come. In fact, it took a friend and I a minute to figure out where it was despite standing directly in front. Venture down the steps to the front door, however, and they'll be no doubt Proletariat is deserving of the praise it's been getting. With no more than 20 seats or so, the bar can get packed (and usually is) every day of the week. Those lucky enough to squeeze into a bar stool are offered up a variety of "rare, new, and unusual beer" from across the globe. Walls plastered with flash art, music that's just the right volume and a friendly vibe make this a must visit for any craft beer fan in Manhattan.

Between samples of spectacular regional beers I'd never hard of, I had the opportunity to chat with Thomas Jones; Proletariat's resident barkeep/CFO/marketing guru. Despite being charged with holding down a packed bar by himself, Thomas somehow managed to keep it all together and even had time to answer a few of my questions. Having only scratched the surface, he offered to follow up with a few more answers to my prying questions.

Beer Travels - Boston, MA

Beer Travels - Boston, MA

With only two visits under my belt, the city of Boston and I have a love hate relationship. I admit that the majority of my negative feeling comes from their sports team which are, in my opinion, the most over hyped and cocky set of teams and fans in any city in America.

Having said that, my visits to Boston have proven my earlier assumptions about the city wrong. Who knew you shouldn't base impressions of a place on sports! My time in the city has shown me a glimpse of a city with a culture quite unlike any other and a proud beer history to match.

A previous visit to Boston had restricted me to exploring the center of downtown. As I tell anyone visiting Chicago, you've really got to get out of the tourist areas to find out what a city's all about. With limited time, I took the quick ride across the Charles River to Cambridge. Home of both Harvard and MIT, Cambridge is unlike any place I've been before. My definition of a "college town" consists of all night parties on week nights, cheap food as a primary source of sustenance, bars that smell like bad decisions and, most of all, cheap beer. Cambridge, while I'm sure it checks off these boxes if that's what you're into, is home to a wealth of fine food and beer options.