Wells Ales & Lagers
A new addition to the Williamsburg bar scene, this easygoing pub offers a rotating selection of draft beers and a stellar collection of international bottles. It’s no surprise Jeff Wells, the overseer of this long, narrow brick-walled room, is a veteran beer supplier and aficionado. He keeps 10 brews on tap and 100 in bottles — most of them available in coolers for takeout, should you be inspired to tote away a Scottish pale ale like Bitter & Twisted; a tart, cherry-flavored Belgian beer like Liefmans Kriek; or a smooth, nutty dark ale like Rogue HazelNut Brown Nectar.
The decor is typical yet stylish and comfortable, with exposed brick and a long, varnished wood bar. The snack menu includes fresh salads, panini and cheese plates— all of which are reasonably priced and are made with local produce. If you’re still thirsty but have had it with the bar scene for the night, buy your beer to go, as they’re available for purchase straight from an ice-cold cooler.
The scarcity of tables near the wide-open front windows means most imbibers gather around the long bar, made from the wood of bowling lanes once housed in a Queens Elks lodge. A rotating menu of panini and salads such as heirloom tomato and mozzarella incorporates local, organic ingredients, bread from a neighboring bakery, and meat cured in Greenpoint. Select cheeses can be paired with one of nine wines by the glass.
Despite the indie classics coming through the speakers, the crowd tends be balanced, somewhat appropriately, between broad-shouldered beer aficionado than Williamsburg hipster. That’s just fine with the local clientele, who come mostly for the 10 craft beers on tap and 100 bottled beers, including everything from local brews to bottles from Belgium, Germany, Brazil, etc. The constantly changing plethora of craft beers (a blackboard keeps regulars informed of new arrivals) means there’s always a reason to come back.