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Raising the Bar

  • Photos by Johnny Miller

Think of it as happier hour: a casual beer-tasting party at home -- complete with tap room-inspired decor and gastropub-worthy grub.

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At-Home Gastropub Menu

  • Roasted Buffalo Shrimp
    Roasted Buffalo Shrimp

    This novel twist on Buffalo wings is a terrific way to kick off a casual party. Serve the shrimp and dip with cucumber spears, celery stalks, and wedges of crunchy fennel.

  • Smoky Parsnip Crisps
    Smoky Parsnip Crisps

    Although it takes about an hour to prepare and fry enough chips for eight, it's worth the effort: They are absolutely irresistible. If kept in resealable plastic bags, they'll stay crisp for up to five days.

  • Cocktail Meatballs
    Cocktail Meatballs

    To give these meaty morsels a light crust, which makes them easier to pick up, roll them in a breadcrumb-and-flour mixture before frying.

  • Bacon-Blue Cheese Sandwiches
    Bacon-Blue Cheese Sandwiches

    Onion jam, which is reason enough to try this sandwich, is simple to make. Although any blue cheese is delicious here, look for one that's sliceable or crumbly, not gooey. Stilton, Maytag, and Roaring Forties are good choices.

  • Roasted Buffalo Shrimp
    Roasted Buffalo Shrimp

    This novel twist on Buffalo wings is a terrific way to kick off a casual party. Serve the shrimp and dip with cucumber spears, celery stalks, and wedges of crunchy fennel.

  • Cocktail Meatballs
    Cocktail Meatballs

    To give these meaty morsels a light crust, which makes them easier to pick up, roll them in a breadcrumb-and-flour mixture before frying.

  • Smoky Parsnip Crisps
    Smoky Parsnip Crisps

    Although it takes about an hour to prepare and fry enough chips for eight, it's worth the effort: They are absolutely irresistible. If kept in resealable plastic bags, they'll stay crisp for up to five days.

  • Bacon-Blue Cheese Sandwiches
    Bacon-Blue Cheese Sandwiches

    Onion jam, which is reason enough to try this sandwich, is simple to make. Although any blue cheese is delicious here, look for one that's sliceable or crumbly, not gooey. Stilton, Maytag, and Roaring Forties are good choices.

Rhapsody in Brew

When tasting beers, it's best to sample them in order of intensity, from subtlest to most intensely flavored. With that in mind, organize your selections into three flights -- light, amber, and dark -- and present them to guests one group at a time. Unless your friends include Homer Simpson, it's probably best to pour the beer into small glasses, dividing one bottle among two or three people.

  • 1
    LIGHT

    Though pale in color, these brews have a bright taste marked by citrus and floral notes. Effervescent Southampton Publick House Double White Ale is a more potent version of classic Belgian white. Tart, dry, and sparkling, Goose Island Sofie Belgian Style Ale has a light caramel flavor. Lagunitas Pils is a fuller-bodied brew with a crisp finish.

  • 2
    AMBER

    This category of medium-bodied beers will appeal to those who enjoy the play of bitter and sweet flavors. Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA is hoppy with a dry finish. Three Philosophers Belgian Style Blend is malty with notes of cherry. Smuttynose Old Brown Dog Ale is a classic brown ale with a nice balance of hops and malt.

  • 3
    DARK

    Robust, hearty brews will provide your tasting with a strong finale. Brooklyn Brewery Black Chocolate Stout is like dessert for beer lovers, with a deep cocoa flavor. Stone Brewing Company Stone Smoked Porter pairs well with rich, savory food, thanks to its smoky undertones. Old Rasputin Russian Imperial Stout is frothy and bold.

Get the Look

A dose of modern design infuses ye olde pub classics with an exciting new buzz.

  • London Times Tissue Liners
    London Times Tissue Liners

    Evocative of English pub standard fish and chips (wrapped snugly in yesterday's news), these tissue liners are printed with food-safe soy ink.

    $28 for 250, breadbaskets.com

  • Finnish Dart Set
    Finnish Dart Set

    Many consider a rousing game of darts the consummate beer-drinking activity. This dart set is a design-savvy version of the barroom staple.

    $52, kioskkiosk.com

  • Checkered Cutting Board
    Checkered Cutting Board

    Upgrade your beer-friendly cheese plate by swapping the usual white porcelain platter for something more interesting, such as this checkered cutting board.

    Shown in blue, $52, shop.finelittleday.com

  • BLAAK Onion Jam
    BLAAK Onion Jam

    Handcrafted in Sharon Springs, New York, this onion jam is a blend of locally grown onions and maple syrup. It is used in our bacon-blue cheese sandwiches and also makes a tasty accompaniment to pork or fish.

    $10, beekman1802.com

  • Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair
    Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair

    Newly available in a variety of painted finishes, this chair is an icon of modern furniture -- and infinitely more comfortable than a bar stool.

    Shown in Petrol Blue, $679, fritzhansen.com

  • London Times Tissue Liners
    London Times Tissue Liners

    Evocative of English pub standard fish and chips (wrapped snugly in yesterday's news), these tissue liners are printed with food-safe soy ink.

    $28 for 250, breadbaskets.com

  • Finnish Dart Set
    Finnish Dart Set

    Many consider a rousing game of darts the consummate beer-drinking activity. This dart set is a design-savvy version of the barroom staple.

    $52, kioskkiosk.com

  • BLAAK Onion Jam
    BLAAK Onion Jam

    Handcrafted in Sharon Springs, New York, this onion jam is a blend of locally grown onions and maple syrup. It is used in our bacon-blue cheese sandwiches and also makes a tasty accompaniment to pork or fish.

    $10, beekman1802.com

  • Checkered Cutting Board
    Checkered Cutting Board

    Upgrade your beer-friendly cheese plate by swapping the usual white porcelain platter for something more interesting, such as this checkered cutting board.

    Shown in blue, $52, shop.finelittleday.com

  • Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair
    Fritz Hansen Series 7 Chair

    Newly available in a variety of painted finishes, this chair is an icon of modern furniture -- and infinitely more comfortable than a bar stool.

    Shown in Petrol Blue, $679, fritzhansen.com

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