Best Use of a Single Draft Line
It’s almost unheard of for a small neighborhood bar to tie up its precious taps with beers not backed by an arsenal of magazine ads and commercials. But that is exactly what Room 11’s Dan Searing does. Instead of peddling Bud and Miller products, Searing reserves his draft lines for independent craft beer and stocks one with rare and experimental beers as part of Room 11’s “guest tap” series. He offers the occasional Belgian or German import but favors less typical brands and one-off batches from well-regarded American craft breweries like Victory and Tröegs of Pennsylvaina and Smuttynose of New Hampshire. As if featuring niche sour ale makers Jolly Pumpkin of Michigan wasn’t risky enough, Searing devoted several weeks in November to obscure brews from tiny Quebecois brewery Le Trou du Diable. The only theme to these beers is “bold but tasteful,” just like the man who selects them and the little room from which they flow.