December 3, 2008

The Pour Farm Tavern

Yesterday was an odd day, but ultimately a good one.

The highlight was a visit to "The Pour Farm Tavern" (**WARNING: link has music**) which instantly became my favorite bar in New Bedford, MA.

At the end of the workday, I revealed to my coworkers that I'd heard "Pour Farm" was serving Sam Adams Chocolate Bock on tap. We decided it was imperative we experience this, and I was ready for a beer after having finished my main task of the day and following a run-in with the office building manager1.

We headed off to Purchase St. I know what you're thinking, and the answer is: Yes! The same Purchase St. where No Problemo is located. In fact, The Pour Farm Tavern is essentially across the street from No Problemo. (see Map)

Derek went ahead and gave our order for pints of Chocolate Bock all around. It's as good as it is in the bottle, but even more smooth on tap.

The place is like a monument to good craft beer, and very un-like the bars of New Bedford I'm used to where you were lucky not to get a black eye if you didn't like the fact that they only had PBR and Bud Light. The place is covered with craft beer logos, and many of your favorites are there, quite a few are on tap. Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout. Harpoon and Sam Adams Seasonals. Double Bastard. Wachusett. Dogfish Head. You should be getting the idea. This is a place you want to be if you actually like beer.

When we had to leave, we were told there was a Dewar's Scotch tasting about to happen. But I had to hop across the street to get tacos to bring home, and my tummy was already growling.

Let my just say this. You can't go wrong on that stretch of Purchase Street. If you have any excuse to go to New Bedford, you'll want to visit Pour Farm and No Problemo. Now that I think of it, you DO have an excuse, now.

Sleepy Stealy-Guy

I had to make a stop at Cardoza's in Fall River to pick up a few bottles they were holding for me, and when I got there the employees were all excited. Apparently, a guy had stolen some un specified bottle of liquor, which they did not notice until they saw it on the cameras.

A customer later told them that someone was sleeping in the parking lot in a running car, and it turned out to be the thief. The manager woke him up to argue with him about the stolen bottle, and apparently they had a bit of an argument before the sleepy guy realized he could just drive away.

I don't know why they didn't just let him rest while the police arrived. They still hadn't called in the authorities by the time I left the store. Weird!

I stopped

1 Essentially, I got frustrated with the building manager after he interrupted our meeting to scold us about the state of the kitchen area. My approach to the discussion became heated when he ignored my point about people coming in here and using our equipment without permission, and he tried to backtrack from his unfocused lecture on microwave cleanliness.

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Posted by James at December 3, 2008 9:22 AM
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The old Last Laugh sure looks great and smells a lot better. PBR & BudLight? Are you frequenting 908 and 6 Bristol?

If you're pubcrawlin' you should walk up William St to Hibernia. The usual "Irish" fare, but very good chips'n'scallops and a wacky McJukeBox that goes from Chieftains to Dropkick Murphys to Bing Crosby to U2 in the same set.

Posted by: PJ at December 3, 2008 10:27 AM

Sounds like a great way to end the day! I still owe you and Bob a lunch for this past summer. Maybe I'll try and repay you there next time I head to Newport.

Posted by: Bull at December 3, 2008 10:47 AM

Oooh Hibernia sounds good.

If I were to have a Aces Full blogmeeting, I think it would have to happen in New Bedford.

Posted by: James at December 3, 2008 10:54 AM


Posted by: Bull at December 3, 2008 12:43 PM

I'm preparing to hoist the cocktail flag at your word.

(Well, truth be told: I've nailed the cocktail flag to the mainmast. Never surrender!)

Posted by: PJ at December 3, 2008 4:31 PM

Then we will have to schedule something. I'll put my mind to it after the holiday season!

Posted by: James at December 3, 2008 4:49 PM

Hmm...if this were to happen, could the meeting begin at No Problemo and then move to The Pour Farm Tavern?

Posted by: Patti M. at December 3, 2008 6:15 PM

Are you saying it's better not to drink on an empty stomach?

The folks at Pour Farm might even let us bring our tacos with us. I was back last night and I think at some point the bartender said it was OK if we ran across the street and back again.

Trying to establish a rapport...

Posted by: James at December 4, 2008 7:52 AM

"Are you saying it's better not to drink on an empty stomach?"

No. I'm trying to roll two great things into one fabulous "happening," as they used to say in the '60s.

"Two great tastes that taste great together."

Posted by: Patti M. at December 4, 2008 6:54 PM

Chocolate Bock on tap? That sounds like a dream. I'll definitely have to check both places out the next time I'm in the area.

Posted by: Mike at December 11, 2008 9:37 AM

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