I had the pleasure of going to Spring Lounge located in Downtown Manhattan and boy, did I have an awesome experience. The bar is located on the corner of Spring Street and Mulberry Street. The atmosphere takes you away from the hustle and bustle of New York City and brings you to a tavern that you’d fine in Upstate New York. Inside you’ll fine eclectic gadgets and items collected from probably vintage shops. But enough about the setting, let’s get to the beer!
Spring Lounge serves more than 30 beers, mostly craft beers. I stopped by when they were holding Summer Fest. They served a special $4 draft menu that included Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin,’ Schneider Brooklyner Hopfen-Weisse, Great Divide Belgica, Sierra Nevada Summerfest and Victory St. Boisterous.
For my first drink, I tried Lagunitas. This beer excelled on many levels. You can smell the orange tangy flavor even before it hits your mouth. The color is a deep orange color, full bodied, and smooth. The flavor is wheaty with a hint of spice. It reminded me a lot of Mimosas in the way that you could drink this with your breakfast because it was juicy and full of fruit. The ABV was up there: 7.7%. So if you’re going to have breakfast, make sure it’s heavy enough for Lagunitas A Little Sumpin’ Sumpin.’
I didn’t want to leave the bar before trying another special. After all, they served every table with complimentary watermelon. How could I refuse?
I went for the Schneider Brooklyner. Supposedly brewmasters Hans-Peter Drexler of Schneider Weissbier Brewery and Garrett Oliver of the Brooklyn Brewery came together to formulate this tasty creation. This drink is also on the deep orange side, but it is a shade darker. It’s spicier, tangier and tastes very sweet. It leaves a hoppy aftertaste in your mouth.
For a petite size corner bar, this place sure does well for itself. The owners throw weekly events that you don’t want to miss. Start the week off with them with a Bagel Brunch Sundays. Throughout the school year, Spring Lounge serves free bagels along with your drink. On Wednesdays, stop by for free hot dogs cooked in their beer selection of the week.
Don’t miss their next special event on August 29. Spring Lounge will be saying good-bye to summer and hello to autumn with Captain Lawrence Farewell to Summer BBQ on from 2 PM- 8PM. Scott Vaccaro, head brewer of Captain Lawrence, will be there to celebrate the end of summer with six of his fantastic beers. They’ll also have live music and free food!