Craft beers are center stage at the Kent Ale House, which opened last week in a prime summer location directly across the street from Williamsburg Park, the new outdoor concert venue on the waterfront. Located in one of the older extant watering holes in Brooklyn, Kent Ale House boasts 24 craft beers on tap, poured from behind the original, pre-Prohibition era mahogany bar that's been there from the beginning. Co-owner Patrick Burke (who also runs the Brickyard Gastropub in Manhattan) says that roughly half of the beers will be locally sourced from New York State. Click through for the current menu.
There's space for 55 in the outdoor seating area that wraps around the exterior of the Ale House, and a room in the back has a working fireplace that Burke plans to use in the winter. In addition to beer, they serve mixed drinks and wine, plus a solid bar menu that ranges from spicy popcorn to grilled cheese sandwiches to sweet potato fires to arugula salad. There are also a variety of "build your own" burgers, with "grass fed natural beef, bison, and veggie" options, and over a dozen possible toppings.
Soccer and rugby are two of Burke's passions, and he'll be hosting viewing parties whenever there's broadcast action. The back room will also double as a performance space down the road. Check out their website for details on events and the menu.
51 Kent Avenue at the corner of North 11th Street in Williamsburg // (347) 227-8624