Photo by Joe Rudko//AS Review

As I headed down Holly Street looking for Tubb’s Tavern, I was welcomed by lit-up beer logos and chalk-board signs showcasing a sale on Miller High Life. These signs were just a small appetizer to the large array of beer Tubb’s Tavern had to offer.


Tubb’s Tavern, located at 118 Holly St., and open seven days a week from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m., is surely able to fulfill any beer drinker’s desire, be it an IPA, a locally brewed beer or a wallet-friendly Miller High Life.


I opened the door and walked in to exactly what I was hoping to get for going to a tavern alone at 2 p.m. on a Saturday: a flood of open seats.


I enjoyed the atmosphere immediately after walking in and wished I didn’t come to the place by myself. An air hockey table and pinball machine, which I was dying to play, could easily be spotted near the entrance, while an assortment of beer banners and posters covered the walls.


The bar was located on the far side of the room, with cushioned seats and tables running along the right side of the tavern. With a large floor area in the middle of the tavern, finding a place to either sit and chat or stand and mingle wasn’t a problem.


Heading to the bar, I pulled up a chair and saw my favorite sign in the entire place. The sign read, “Rule 1: The Bartender Is Always Right. Rule 2: If The Bartender Is Wrong, Refer To Rule 1.” This sign both assured me that the bartender has excellent skills and also scared me that I might be thrown out by a muscular bouncer if I ever gave too small of a tip.


Looking over the beers offered bottled and on tap I began having a battle with myself. I am no connoisseur of beer by any means, but I can say I’ve had my fair share of ales, stouts and lagers.


As my mind scrambled and my eyes searched, I finally saw a beer I’ve never heard of, Manny’s Pale Ale, which is a product of Georgetown Brewing Company in Seattle.


As I watched my glass being poured, I noticed a large amount of foam, which led the bartender to immediately pour it down the sink.


After the bartender began to pour me another glass, I became a bit confused after I noticed he was angling and twisting the glass as it filled.


This technique, which I thought was odd at first, was worth my confusion as the glass was filled to the very top with Manny’s Pale Ale with a nearly invisible layer of foam.


Even before taking a sip of my beer I knew I had something special in front of me, as I have never seen a beer so perfectly poured. I was sure numerous beer drinkers, and not just myself, would have appreciated the artistry.


I took a sip of my beer, which essentially turned into a gulp and then turned into a slight chug.


Manny’s Pale Ale had a smooth, yet crisp texture and had a somewhat dark, nutty flavor to it. I throughly enjoyed it to the very last drop.


After finishing my beer, I asked to close out my tab, which ended up being $4.25. It was definitely worth the price for not just the quality of the beer, but also for Tubb’s Tavern and the bartender’s ability to pour such a perfect glass, which maximized the amount of beer I actually received.


The sign was correct, the bartender was right. No need to refer to rule number two.