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Taps: 8 / Bottles: 150
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$ - reasonable
[ Bar, Eatery ]
718 Dutchess Turnpike (Rt. 44)
phone: (845) 452-5434
// CLOSED //
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
The March Hare was recommended to me by a couple of beer enthusiasts. I really didn't know what to expect and I turned out being amazed!
Upon entering, be sure to glance at the salt-water fish tank on your left. It's a good size tank, but it's easy to miss due to other distractions of decor. (Both my friend and I missed it)
This is primarily a restaurant, not a beer bar, which focuses on good cuisine and a well-thought-out hand-selection of craft beer. My friend and I sat at the bar which seats a handful of people. There are approximately 13 tables dressed in white, two of which are high-tops, which add a nice touch of elegance to an upscale casual atmosphere.
The tap system has 8 lines of 100% craft beer. On my visit, some of my choices were Dogfish 90min IPA, Dogfish Palo Santo Marron, Leffe Blond, Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel and Stone Levitation.
To accompany the drafts, there are TWO Beer Menus; one with an extensive main-stream list of crafts broken out in sections by price (ranging roughly from $5 to $10 bottle) and the other being a smaller "reserve" list of premium crafts with prices varying from $5 to $20+.
I usually go for a burger when I'm at a new establishment and there certainly was one on the menu. I was torn and tempted to go for an entree or an appetizer because everything looked inviting and inventive. I decided to compromise. Instead of getting a regular burger, I went up a notch and got the Kobe Burger topped with Marsala Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda. What can I say? It was Obviously unlike any burger I've mentioned in my past reviews. It was delicious and went very well with my DFH 90min IPA.
I'm very anxious to return with friend for dinner as well as a happy hour or two.
The owners are very friendly, inviting, and warm. They'll make you feel very much at home while dining at The March Hare.
05-19-2009 13:52:29 |
More by madmanjf
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 5 | $$
The March Hare almost looks too nice when you get the the front doors. The menu displayed outside as any better restaurant will do. It made me questions the beer-focus of the place, but not for long. We went directly in and to the bar, and we pleasantly surprised to find what the other reviewers have noted, a full setup of craft-only taps, and TWO beer menus.
We were greeted warmly by the folks who run the place, and being a slow night, they hung with us the whole time talking beer, as did one of the regulars. A truly beer-focused place that you NEED to visit when in the area.
The food was excellent, and as others have noted, the bangers and mash are a simple yet very tasty dish. The sausages were tender and perfectly prepared, as were the mashed potatoes. I forget what the other three guys had, but they all raved about the food.
Do yourself a favor and spend some time at the March Hare. When in Poughkeepsie, this is going to be my place for fine beer and absolutely great food.
06-06-2009 12:31:46 |
More by beerjournl
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5 | $$
This place is excellent. I am very impressed by the beer selection at The March Hare. They try not to put the same beer on tap twice. The food and service is amazing. Must try the bangers and mash. The owners always try to come out and greet the customers, which is a great and thoughtful thing to do. I am there about twice a week with friends and have a great time every time. Can't wait to go again this Thursday and see whats on tap. You don't see the beers that they have anywhere in or around town.
04-21-2009 18:35:54 |
More by Dicahomebrewing
The March Hare Restaurant in Poughkeepsie, NY