Beer Goggins’ Beer Garden Series: Studio Square

April 15, 2010
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Until probably about last year, when any New Yorker referred to “The Beer Garden,” all other New Yorkers within earshot knew that meant Bohemian Hall in Astoria. But Bohemian Hall’s got some competition from a few newbies. One of these is Studio Square which is also located in Astoria but rests a little closer to the city and offers a far more modern approach to beer. And so the Beer Goggins’ 2010 Beer Garden Series begins with Studio Square.

Clare Goggin

Opened just last May, this new beer garden, located inside a very spacious building just around the corner from Kaufman Studios (a film studio which has hosted the Marx Brothers, Woody Allen and Denzel Washington), takes the “beer” part of beer garden very seriously. The garden part definitely gets its share as well through the beautiful and very ample cobblestone courtyard. But with twenty-one brews on tap at any one time, revelers are always bound to find a great variety even if they decide to sit inside.

Clare Goggin

Of course, to keep everyone happy, the bar serves the usual imported suspects, including Spaten and Pilsner Urquell, and macro selections, like Blue Moon (although you’ll probably never find Coors Light on tap). But, unlike many typical beer gardens, Studio Square also features some fantastic local and domestic craft beers. This variety does include a trio of Sam Adams brews but it goes even deeper than that into the micro brew world.

One of the beautiful things about this particular beer garden is the amount of indoor space offered to visitors, making this a great destination even when the weather’s too cold or too wet for the outdoors. For that reason, beer drinkers will be happy to learn that seasonal varieties of craft beer are always on tap all year-round.

Just a few of the selections available upon my last visit included Racer 5 IPA from Bear Republic, Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison, Ommegang Witte (which was a perfect complement to the beautiful weather we had that day), Magic Hat #9 and Abita Light, just to name a few. In the past, the bar has also been host to the local Captain Lawrence and Southern California’s favorite son, Stone.

Clare Goggin

Not only does this spot offer a prime selection — they also keep their stuff clean! Dirty taps are a pet peeve to many a beer geek. But Studio Square cleans their lines every Tuesday — which is high class. The bartenders also have to be high class: they need to pass a test, demonstrating that they know their beer facts before they can work behind the bar.

The staff is also incredibly helpful and friendly, if you have any questions. We had the pleasure of speaking to Rusty Leitheuser who answered several of our questions about this fine establishment and all the other people, both behind the bar and out and about, are also friendly and helpful.

All in all, Studio Square is already strides ahead of many other beer bars that only serve imports. Aside from the beer selections, you can also get their special sangria — which is also on tap. And, no matter what you plan on drinking, this is a fantastic place to enjoy warm weather, get a bite to eat and spend time with friends.

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2 Responses to Beer Goggins’ Beer Garden Series: Studio Square

  1. RC
    April 15, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Have you been to the one in Jersey City? I know it’s not technically NYC, but it’s closer than Astoria and pretty cheap.

  2. February 10, 2011 at 7:07 am

    Studio Square isn’t a beer garden it is a Sushi bar with a big patio. Bohemian Hall is a Beer garden also in Astoria.
    As for RC comment Jersey City and Astoria are about the same distance from the NYC and that Beer gardens sucks any.

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