Stopped in here on the way to Ridgefield to go grocery shopping at Han Ah Reum. This place seemed sort of like a well known secret. Full of locals on a Saturday afternoon, with a nice selection of bottles available in the back in the coolers, and a small but well chosen taplist at the bar. Service was excellent, the staff and the customers all seemed to know their beer. Wonderful local place.
First the positives:
1. Service was polite and attentive, offering free samples.
2. There were about 80 beers in bottles in a well lit cooler that customers can browse and handle. Nice. Decent selection of Weihenstephaner and Troegs stuff.
3. The bar has an unpretentious, neighborhoody feel.br>
Now a few minor negatives:
1. Andy’s didn’t have much ambiance, atmosphere or history that I could see. It’s rather divey and smoke-filled.
2. I must’ve caught them on an off night as their taplist didn’t impress that much: Weihenstephaner Hefe and Troegs Nut Brown.
Could be the best bar that I’ve been to in New Jersey. Selection included Stouts Maibok, Smuttynose Barleywine, Troegs Pale, Rogue Red, Yards Love Stout, Ramstein Blonde and a few Heavyweight offerings. Mostly locals cause it’s off the beaten path. You are almost expecting Tony Soprano to walk in. Stop by if anywhere near the George Washington Bridge. They don’t have food but you’re welcome to bring some in. Most Weds are promo nights.
the son likes to do things right. he cares about what he’s doin. the lady is a barkeep and she knows about beer. a straight up person. the owner is the salt of the earth. nice guy (remember you’re in n.j. monseiur brittanica) opens up easily and shows that he isn’t a cheapskate. people here open up easily to some interesting conversation. although it may not seem that way.
Good place to enjoy beer. Fun to talk with the guy behind the counter. Fun beer selection on tap and a lot of bottle selections for a place relatively hidden in NJ. Reasonably priced. My favorite place in NJ, except I am seeing more not too fun crowd more frequently recently.
hophead75 (83) Largo, Florida | June 21, 2006| Updated January 7, 2008
Andy’s Corner Bar is exactly what the name of it suggests: a corner bar. If you go here looking for a place with a great atmosphere decorated to your personal liking, you will undoubtedly be dissapointed. However, if you go here seeking the best beer in NJ, you will be happy- that is the point, right? 10 taps, all of which that quickly turnover. Sometimes the tap list will not wow you, but then again sometimes they will have beers such as Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfenweisse, Delirium Tremens, Stone RIS, Old Rasputin, Allagash Interlude, etc etc.
George the owner may seem loud as a first impression, but if you actually go and talk to him, he is both a nice guy and quite knowledgable about beer. He was probably the first bar owner to have the courage to start putting on craft beer in NJ and for that, he should be at least recognized as a major asset to the NJ beer scene. They have been doing brewery promo nights for a long time now, and every one I have been to has been a great time, and has given me opportunities to try rare offerings from breweries not usually available. Service is always prompt, and the bar area is always clean. Definitely an essential in NJ regardless of what some other people have said. Prices are somewhat steep but worth it considering you’d be spending alot more money just to commute into Manhattan or Brooklyn.
Cool place with plenty of taps, plenty of bottles and most everything looked tasty. Bottles kept in a well lit cooler, which could be a concern if turnover was an issue with some styles. But the taps are where it’s at and you can’t be involved in the beer scene in NJ without constant reminders about what great beers Andy’s has on tap (or handpump, or wood cask). Friendly and knowledgeable is accurate to describe the staffers, as many have noted. My visit was during Oktoberfest which seemed to be very smoothly run, well organized, well attended, and a good value for $25. A small problem with my bill was taken care of quickly and without fuss. I’ll be glad to visit Andy’s again soon.
Always enjoy my stops at Andy’s. It’s a great find to have a place that rotates their selection and is in touch with what they serve and what is out there. Couldn’t ask for a better or friendlier place to enjoy good beer.
MaiBockAddict (76) Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey | January 12, 2004| Updated May 4, 2004
Tis a cozy little place to watch a sporting event and have a good beer. Gets a little smokey sometimes, but not too bad. Service is usually good, unless its mobbed. Selection is the best in NJ, but sometimes you can go and catch them with a less than exciting selection on draught (while they are waiting for some new stuff to come in). I can’t tell you how many times I have gone in to find super rare stuff on, such as a cask of 2 yr old DFH Immort or a several month old keg of High Point Mai-Bock. There is always an excellent bottle selection to back it up. This is the best beer bar in NJ that I know about.