Craft Beers Chugging into Grand Central Soon

By Jill Colvin on July 16, 2011 12:53pm 

The original Beer Table in Brooklyn.
The original Beer Table in Brooklyn.
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Michael Harlan Turkell

MIDTOWN — Cheers!

Beer Table’s premium craft beers and hand-filled growlers will finally be arriving at Grand Central Station after months of eager anticipation.

The popular bar’s new Beer Table Pantry, which is set to open July 29, will be a retail version of the store’s successful Brooklyn location, with a wide selection of local and international brews that mark a major departure from the generic Budweiser, Miller and Coors options now available in the station.

The 300-square-foot shop will feature six rotating draft beers for growlers that focus on regional breweries. The half-gallon jugs will be available for a $5 deposit, and fill-ups will hover in the $10 to $15 dollar range.

There will also be an extensive bottle selection of about 65 labels that owner Justin Philips plans to keep  "very international and super-eclectic."

“It’s just all over the map, crazy,” he said.

In addition to the craft beers, the store, which he hopes will have the feeling of a kitchen pantry, will also offer a range of ingredients for sud-loving foodies, including a selection of heirloom beans, hard grains, mustards, chocolates and some prepared baked goods.

“It’s sort of like my dream pantry of all the things I'd like to have in the cupboard for either cooking with or pairing with beer,” said Philips, 33.

Philips is also working on a series of index cards that will feature some of his favorite recipes using ingredients found in the terminal and surrounding blocks.

And while the commuter crowd at Grand Central is definitely a change from his typical scene, Philips said he’s not worried about establishing a following.

“Obviously it’s a gamble on my part. But I feel like there’s such interest in better food at the moment — not to mention beer," he said.

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