June 2016 - Hailey's Astro Pop Martini featured in the article 'Sip away the heat with these 11 summer cocktails'
January 2016 - N.J.'s 20 best bars for a warm welcome this winter
Bars are cozy, comforting places year-round, but especially this time of year, when your favorite hangout turns into a happy haven insulated from cold, snow, sleet and whatever else is going on outside. What do I mean by cozy? A warm, cheery place where you immediately feel at home. Fancy, no-frills, doesn't matter.
'Cozy' doesn't have to mean small, but a cozy bar can't be bland or formulaic. It's the kind of place where you can sit down, order a drink, and turn a cold shoulder to Old Man Winter. Hailey’s Harp and Pub received an honorable mention in this category, where many of the other bars on this last have been around for 20 plus years….
March 2015 - N.J.'s top 10 Irish pubs: Where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day
Prodigious amounts of Guinness and corned beef will be poured and served in the next few days, and everyone will break out the green hats, shirts and shamrocks. Drawing on a recent two-day Irish pub crawl, and past experience, here's the list with Hailey's Harp and Pub, ranked 4th in NEW Jersey for best Irish Pub.
4. Hailey's Harp & Pub, 400 Main St., Metuchen; (732)-321-0777. A new kind of Irish pub: one known for its craft beers. Owned by Chris Flynn, who was trying out running shoes when he darted past the Thai restaurant he would later buy and turn into Hailey's. Twenty-plus beers on tap, about 25 in bottles, and the food's good; try the Guinness chicken.
September 2015 - Captain Craic's Crew: Picking Up Where They Left Off
Well, that certainly didn't take long. After two months of a self-imposed hiatus from the Beer Senate feature at Hailey's Harp and Pub, Captain Craic (Chris Flynn) and his crew hit the ground running.
The first Beer Senate of the season was dubbed a "Tier Senate" because Southern Tier was in the house and on the menu with four beers for the thirsty Senators to evaluate. Harvest, Tier de Garde, IPA and the classic Pumking were poured to complement Moshe's always-interesting menu...
November 2012 - On Tap: Why every bar needs a Beer Senate
Moshe Atzbi, Chris Flynn, andHailey's Harp and Pub (400 Main St., Metuchen, NJ) are doing something I've never seen done at any other bar. What Atzbi, Flynn, and Hailey's are doing are what they call the Beer Senate - an open group, currently around 20 people, who come together once a month, sample beers chosen by Moshe, and pair with food cooked by Chef John LaBarbera.
Sounds a lot like a beer dinner, right? Well, not really. As good as the beers are and as well as they pair with the food, it's really not about the food or the pairings. At the Beer Senate, the focus is on the beer. And when you walk into a "meeting", focus is exactly what you'll see.
As the Beer Senators (has a nice ring to it, right?) sample the beers, they rate them in categories similar to my Beer of the Week scale: clarity (0-1), head (0-2), color (0-1), aroma (0-4), balance (consisting of acid (0-2), sugar (0-1), and body (0-1)), flavor (0-4), general quality (0-4); these all add together for a total of 0 to 20.
At the end of the night, when all the beers have been sampled, the Senators vote on which they'd like to see offered as part of the tap selection in the coming month. Customers choosing the beer to be put on tap - beerocracy at its finest.
The post-meeting discussion was nothing but positive. Everyone talked about how much fun the Senate meetings are, and how great it is that they have a say in the beer that will be offered at the bar. And that got me thinking: why don't other bars do this?
I can't give Moshe and Hailey's enough credit - it's a great thing they're doing and as far as I can tell, they're the only ones doing it. That being said, I don't know why that is. A fun beer night and letting customers decide beers to go on tap - why is this such a rare thing?
Last meeting we discussed beer terms like gravity, plato, IBUs, etc. The meeting before that there was a debate: bottle vs keg (and thanks to the newly elected Senate President, cask was thrown in the mix, and won). Good beer, good food, good people and good discussion - what more could a local neighborhood bar ask for?