The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern

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This Revolutionary-era tavern now operates as the first stateside outpost of Dublin’s Porterhouse Brewing Company. Tangles of filament bulbs above the bar and distressed mirrors on the walls smack of artificial ye-oldeness, but the real pedigree of the place still holds appeal for beer-swilling history buffs, who can geek out over the thought of George Washington drinking here in the 1700s. Hoist imperial pints of Porterhouse’s own brews—we like the smooth, slightly tangy Oyster Stout and the easy-drinking Porterhouse Red—or sample the globe-trotting selection of guest beers, including Victory Prima Pils on tap and bottles of Schlenkerla smoked beer.
Venue name: The Porterhouse at Fraunces Tavern
Address: 54 Pearl St
New York
Cross street: between Broad and Water Sts
Opening hours: Daily 11am–4am
Transport: Subway: N, R to Whitehall St
Price: Average drink: $8. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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I've been to Fraunces several times in the past and I always seem to gravitate towards the whiskey flight. There's just something about sipping on the brown stuff in a room that George Washington used to rally his troops in that gets me going. But for the first time yesterday I tried their signature Porterhouse beers. Boy have I been missing out!

I had their Plain Porter and their Oyster Stout. Both had similar mouth feels (they were almost identical to a Guinness) and both were absolutely delicious. Maybe I'm late to the game, but why don't more beer people give credit where it's due? These are fantastic pints of beer that you need to try ASAP if you're a fan of of hops and barley. 

They were out of the Brain Busta beer which apparently packs a punch, so I'll have to swing by sooner than later to give that a go. I'm quiet excited about this new discovery!