At The Double Windsor in Brooklyn, craft beers dominate the dozen or so taps, the vibe somehow channels both British pub and California bar, and you shouldn’t expect to catch the Yankees on the tube.

This Windsor Terrace tavern is the latest subject of a series of well-observed, pint-by-pint dispatches from the watering holes of Brooklyn by Bob Martinez, veteran Chowhound and bar crawler.

He sampled two India pale ales: Racer 5 from Bear Republic in Northern California (described as a floral, aromatic English-style ale, but “it read better than it tasted”), and an organic one from Wolaver’s in Vermont (moderately complex, not overhopped, “pleasant enough”). So he wasn’t blown away by either, but with 11 others on tap and several dozen more in bottles, he adds, “I easily could have found more appealing choices if I’d kept at it.”

There’s food, too. Mike R. recommends grilled cheese or Buffalo chicken sandwiches; EricaJo likes one with pork and chipotle mayo. Bob also spotted a sign advertising house-made beef jerky, ”a reminder that I was in Brooklyn where artisanal charcuterie is the order of the day.”

The staff was efficient, the crowd was young and well-behaved, the soundtrack ran to vintage English rock, and the one television was tuned to Turner Classic Movies, Bob reports. “The implied message,” he figures, “was ‘This Ain’t No Sports Bar.’”

The Double Windsor [Windsor Terrace]
210 Prospect Park West (at 16th Street), Brooklyn
347-725-3479

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