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The sum­mer is OF­FI­CIALLY on (al­though we've been feel­ing its love for awhile). That means ev­ery­thing can be cel­e­brated at a drop of a hat! With long week­ends, sum­mer Fri­days and af­ter work drinks - may we sug­gest Tread­well Park? Known as the Cathe­dral of beers, those who have loved the lo­ca­tion on the UES can now make their way to Bat­tery Park (301 South End Ave) for even more tasty li­ba­tions!

What­ever your knowl­edge of beer may be, you'll love the ever-chang­ing draft and bot­tled beers, beer­hall clas­sic foods and with ceil­ing win­dows that open out - it's all about embracing the en­ergy that is found here. En­joy sit­ting out­side or bring it in by lis­ten­ing to the DJ, play­ing ping pong, foos­ball and var­i­ous pin­ball ma­chines. We took some time to chat with their Beer Cu­ra­tor & Di­rec­tor Anne Be­cerra to get the low­down on what's tak­ing place here and why it should be on our must list this sum­mer and be­yond.

ATH­LEISURE MAG: Tell us about Tread­well Park in Bat­tery Park. Should peo­ple know it as the Cathe­dral of Beers?

ANNE BE­CERRA: "Cathe­dral of beers" may be a lit­tle much, but we do carry sev­eral beers brewed in monas­ter­ies and we do have two gi­ant sky­lights so I sup­pose ....

What we're re­ally look­ing to do is bring as much great beer to the neigh­bor­hood as we can with 20 ro­tat­ing draught lines and over 50 ro­tat­ing bot­tles. A lot of thought goes into the beers we choose, and it's re­ally im­por­tant to have a wide ar­ray of styles for ev­ery palate and bud­get. We're for­tu­nate to be able to bring in some in­cred­i­bly rare, hard to find and highly spe­cial­ized beers, and our goal is to get them to as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble. Whether you al­ready love beer, or are just start­ing to en­joy it, we can pretty much guar­an­tee you'll find some­thing you love at Tread­well Park.

AM: We heard some­one say that there is no such thing as a per­son who doesn't like beer, they just haven't found the right one - what beers do you sug­gest to those that tend to shy away from this bev­er­age?

AB: You prob­a­bly heard me say it, be­cause I whole­heart­edly agree. The diversity of fla­vors you'll find in beer is un­like any other bev­er­age. It can be tangy and ef­fer­ves­cent, full bod­ied and bit­ter, vis­cous and choco­latey - you name it. When some­one tells me they don't like beer, I usu­ally ask what it is they don't like about it and what they typ­i­cally drink. Based on their re­sponses, I can tai­lor a few rec­om­men­da­tions to their palate based on fla­vors they en­joy. 9 times out of 10, they like it. "This doesn't even taste like beer!" is a line I hear all the time and I usu­ally re­spond with, "But it does! It tastes like good beer."

AM: What are your 3 fa­vorite sum­mer beers that can be en­joyed at Tread­well Park?

AB: Just three? That's a tough one since we don't re­ally have per­ma­nent lines: ev­ery­thing is con­stantly ro­tat­ing. But, all sum­mer long you'll def­i­nitely be able to find a spicy sai­son, a re­fresh­ing kolsch or a juicy wit­bier. An­other style I love that sev­eral New York brew­eries, like Hud­son Val­ley are do­ing a great job mak­ing, are fruited sours. They're tart, re­fresh­ing and made with real fresh fruit-- ideal for warm weather.

AM: How is the Bat­tery Park lo­ca­tion dif­fer­ent than the one on the UES?

AB: Well, ev­ery neigh­bor­hood in New York – and of­ten ev­ery street – has it's own en­ergy and vibe. Even though we'll be keep­ing sev­eral things con­sis­tent with our up­town lo­ca­tion such as our ro­tat­ing se­lec­tion, food menu, ping pong/ pin­ball games, etc., the peo­ple are the real heart and soul of a good bar. I'm so ex­cited to meet and share our pas­sion for what we do with a whole new


AM: What is your role at Tread­well Park and what is a Beer Cu­ra­tor?

AB: I take care of any­thing re­lat­ing to beer from choos­ing what we pour to cu­rat­ing events, din­ners and pair­ings, staff train­ings, glass­ware, de­scrip­tions, qual­ity con­trol, the works. If it has any­thing to do with beer, I have my hand in it.

AM: We can only imag­ine how much fun the at­mos­phere is at the Bat­tery Park lo­ca­tion with the beer gar­den, large win­dows, foos­ball games, DJ etc. - what are you ex­cited about for this space?

AB: Be­sides all the things you just men­tioned, I'm re­ally ex­cited that we don't have up­stairs neigh­bors. In­stead, we have two beau­ti­ful sky­lights that bring in nat­u­ral light and re­ally open up the space. We also have a small more in­ti­mate theater-like space in the back for spe­cial games, con­certs, or what­ever else we want to zone out and watch while drink­ing a beer.

The diversity of fla­vors you'll find in beers is un­like any other bev­er­age. It can be tangy and ef­fer­ves­cent, full bod­ied and bit­ter, vis­cious and choco­latey - you name it.

AM: What are some events com­ing up at Tread­well Park that we should keep an eye out for?

AB: We're in the plan­ning stages of some fab­u­lous events with some of my fa­vorite brew­mas­ters, but we're still work­ing on travel de­tails be­fore we can get the ex­act dates set. When we do events, I like to in­cor­po­rate other el­e­ments in ad­di­tion to the beer that can re­ally show­case the peo­ple and cul­ture of the brew­ery we're work­ing with. Just wait un­til you see our three week long Ok­to­ber­fest cel­e­bra­tion!

AM: Any­thing else you’d like to share? AB: I'd just like to re-em­pha­size that every­one is wel­come at Tread­well Park, re­gard­less of your level of beer knowl­edge. We have a won­der­ful staff that loves to help peo­ple find their new fa­vorite beer, there's al­ways some­thing new and ex­cit­ing to try, and the at­mos­phere is fun and re­laxed. I care a great deal not just about the beer in the glass but the peo­ple brew­ing it, sell­ing it, grow­ing the in­gre­di­ents for it, de­liv­er­ing it, the works! Hope­fully that shows through in the menu.

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