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Bushflix tonight @ Life Cafe 983 starting @ 7pm

Tuesday Night is Bushfilx Night @ 983!!
Got the “Meow” starting around 7 then not sure of the what is kicking off around 9 but who cares…so come enjoy a $5 HOT TODDY or $2 PBR all night!! FREE HUGS TONIGHT AS WELL!!! JUST ASK JON THE BARTENDER FOR THEM!!


BUSHFLIX-Life Cafe 983 @ 7pm!!

It’s that time again for BUSHFLIX!!
Tonight at 7pm we have Matt, Ben and Robin swinging by to bring you some higher learning and good will….then around 9pm we got Leo and Jack hanging out before departing…all that plus $4 Sam Adams Winter lager and Hot Rod Rye’s plus $3 Prima Pils and Old Chub not to mention $6 Tom Collins!!!

Also tonight a special FB check-in deal!!


LIFE CAFE 983-NOVEMBER BUSHFLIX EVENTS!!!

Tuesdays at starting at 7pm we’re “featuring”  classic  drink specials relating to the featured event of the night!!

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November 1stA wrap up for the baseball season

$2 BUD/BUD LIGHTS all night!!

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November 8thBack in the saddle again

$5 PBR /Well WHISKEY SHOTS!!

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November 15thCome hang out with George C and a host of other!!

$6 MARTINI’S!!

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November 22ndTime for some higher learning

$4 SAMUEL ADAMS WINTER LAGER

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November 29thTake a fun trip to Chicago with the gang

$1 PBR…’NUFF SAID!!

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See ya Tuesday!!


……..NEW DINNER SPECIAL FOR LIFE CAFE 983……..

10/14-10/20

 

APPETIZER

 

CHILI RELLENO 5.99  

With chorizo, corn, black beans and topped with

Sour cream and grated cheese

 

ENTREES

 

PAN FRIED FLANK STEAK 15.99  

With Mushroom Bleu cheese sauce topped with fried onions

Served with mashed potatoes and French beans

 

PUMPKIN CRUSTED SALMON FILET 13.99

Served with green salsa, Mexican rice and steamed broccoli

 

ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH 12.99

Stuffed with chick peas, beets, spinach and organic tofu

Served with organic brown rice

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 

HOMEMADE PUMPKIN PIE 4.99

With whipped cream

Even better with Dulce Amore vanilla gelato 2.25

 

CHURROS 4.99

With a Chocolate Dipping Sauce

Try it with Dulce Amore’s caramel gelato 2.25

 

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


The Beer Dude is Back Behind the Bar

Hi, this is Andy. You remember, The Beer Dude of Life Cafe 983. For years, I’ve been researching, choosing, ordering, serving, drinking, writing about and, last but not least, talking about the beers I love to serve here. I talked so much about beer that John Sunderland (our artist-in-residence and infamous creator of our Menu Picture Riddles) sketched me as I really am – a pint of beer with a nice frothy head. From that moment on, I became The Beer Dude.

Just over a year ago, Mark, my co-manager and “partner in crime” at Life 983, went over to the East Village Life Cafe to help out. My hands became full of managing other things far away from the bar. Well, Mark is happily back and I’m back where, I have to admit, I am most happy to be – running your ears off with ramblings about different varieties of hops, which kinds of yeasts leave the most desirable residual sugars, the way adding rye to an IPA recipe can … yeah, well, I can go on running. I’ll get into more of that in the next postings. I can’t help it – it’s the stuff I love.

I look forward to telling you about the exciting developments with the beer line-up we’re looking to introduce as well as some fun enhancements we’re planning with the rest of the boozies. Like, we’ve got a Scotch event coming up Saturday night, October 22nd. Before then, I’ll be writing about the character of each of the four new Scotches we’ll have in house so you’ll be better prepared to savor their differences.

Come on by to meet me and try the samples. I look forward to seeing you here on October 22nd. And before you get here, tune in to my blog for talk about Scotch.


NEW DINNER SPECIALS AT LIFE CAFE 983 for 9/30-10/6

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm

9/30-10/6

 

APPETIZER


STEAMED MUSSELS with CHORIZO 6.99  

Tomato, Cilantro, Jalapeno, White Wine Butter Sauce

Served with Garlic Bread

 

ENTREES

 

HANGER STEAK 15.49  

Topped with Mushroom Red Wine Cream Sauce

Served with Mashed Potatoes and French Beans

 

SALMON FILET 13.99

Roasted Red Peppers, Artichoke Hearts, Basil Sauce

Served with Broccoli and Quinoa

 

BRATWURST PLATTER 13.49

With Sauerkraut, German Potatoes

And Dijon Mustard

 

SANDWICH SPECIAL

 

BRATWURST SANDWICH 9.79

On a Hero Roll with Sauerkraut, French fries

And Dijon Mustard

 

DESSERT SPECIAL

 

CHURROS 4.99

With a Chocolate Dipping Sauce

 

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


LIFE CAFE 983 DINNER SPECIALS-9.23-9.29

APPETIZER

 

POPCORN SHRIMP 6.99  

Served with chipotle mayo for dipping

 

ENTREES

HANGER STEAK 15.49  

Topped with mushroom red wine cream sauce

Served with mashed potatoes and French beans

 

BEER BATTERED FISH AND CHIPS 13.99

Served with French fries, coleslaw and malt vinegar

 

BRATWURST PLATTER 13.49

With sauerkraut, German potatoes

And Dijon Mustard

 

PORTABELLO SHEPARDS PIE 11.99

Served with side salad

 

SEITAN SAUTEE 11.99

With roasted butternut squash, green beans, red onion, sweet potato, carrots

and served with brown rice

 

SANDWICH SPECIAL

 

BRATWURST SANDWICH 9.79

on a hero roll with sauerkraut, French fries

and Dijon Mustard

 

Dinner entrees & specials are served 7 Days from 5pm


Life Cafe E. Village opens Thursday Sept. 1, 10 am

Let the shutters up and let the light in. Come on by and grab a delicious burger and a beer and gather with your neighbors. It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend on the sidewalk cafe. Watch the never-ending circus around Life — muscle men and boxing matches in Tompkins Square Park, dogs in clothes, we just don’t know what will come by next. Life is sharper on a corner.


Beer Speak @ Life Cafe 983

What’s Wheat That?
by Andy Mills, Bar Manager Life Cafe 983

Of all the styles of beer present in the world today, the wheat beer is the grand daddy.  The brewing process resembles that of the first beers brewed EVER.  The main reason behind this is due to the additional flavors added to the beer by the wheat.  This was a gigantic bonus in the early stages of the game because early brewers were slow to grasp the irreplaceable presence of hops that we are accustomed to today.  The diversity of wheat in the early days is also something to take into consideration.

…can trace it’s history back to the late 8th century from a small hops garden…

Ever have a Belgian lambic?  Not Lindemen’s, something actually good, like Cantillon.  Cantillon has one of the most traditional styles of brewing in the world, spontaneous fermentation, as many organic products as they can get their fingers on, no filtration, all that stuff, and, it’s made partially from wheat (about 35%). Then there’s Belgian wit biers, dunkle weizens,  weizen bocks, and the ever so popular German style, the hefeweizen.

Now that we have briefly spoke of the oldest living style of brewing in the world, let’s talk about the oldest licensed brewery in the world, Weihenstephaner.  They make a variety of wheat beers ranging from dunkle wies to their flagship hefeweizen, as well as a number of non wheat beers, and they have been doing it for a long time.  The brewery was licensed by the Bavarian government in 1040AD (first ever), but can trace it’s history back to the late 8th century from a small hops garden located on site.  Tradition as well as quality has been what has kept this “brewstorical” mammoth alive all these years.

Now served at Life Cafe 983
Weihenstephaner Hefeweizen
Bavaria, Germany
ABV: 5.4%

In accordance with German law, this lovely style is required to be made with top fermenting yeast, making it an ale.  Although most ales are known to lean more toward heavier beers with longer finishes, this beauty comes out clean as a whistle.  It has a nice hazey yellow color with big white head.  It has a naturally high level of citrus and corriander flavors that pretty much define the style.  Yeast is left unfiltered from the beer making it truly taste alive.  Definitely feels like and original.


BEER SPEAK @ LIFE CAFE 983

One Great Mistake

By Andy Mills, Bar Manager

Imagine, years and years ago, a time before we had refrigerated trucks, before we had cars or even electricity.  Even during such a primitive time period (by our standards anyway) people were still squeezing into pubs, taverns and inns all throughout the world in search of great beer.  To make sure they found what they needed, some establishments would make it right there on the spot.  Others lacked the ingenuity, space or time to dedicate to the ever so involved process of making a great pint.  These places decided they wanted to have beers anyway.

…a couple can leave you happy yet crippled at the same time. I know, it happened to me last night…

It seems simple to us, out source it and ship it in.  Well, it didn’t quite work so easily during a cold winter in Bavaria when the only means of transportation was a horse drawn carriage.  They still tried.  The side affect was the beer would partially freeze before arriving to the taverns.  Now, if we look at the situation scientifically, we could deduce that since alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water, we can make an educated guess that what comes out of a half frozen keg of beer is not quite as timid as it was originally intended to be.  This was the fortunate birth of the ice beer.

Most examples of this style are frightening; Natural Ice, Bud Ice, Molson Ice.  You know, the kind of beer that you are forced to drink when you walk into a college party accidentally because the hot younger girl you were dating at the time insisted and you happen to be the oldest person in the room by too many years…  That’s the stuff.  However, when done correctly, bliss may be achieved.  Here is, I think, my favorite ice beer in the market.

Scheinder Aventinus Eisbock
Germany
ABV: 12%

The original Aventinus is an extremely famous (amongst beer geeks anyways) Dopple Weissen Bock.  This means essentially, that it is a hearty lager made from wheat and double the ingredients of the typical beer in the same amount of water, leaving a fuller flavor and happily, more alcohol.  To make their eisbock, Scheinder froze this already intimidating beer and removed a portion of the water, leaving an even more potent brew.  Remarkably, the end product is extremely smooth and will fool you if you are not careful.  At 12%, a couple can leave you happy yet crippled at the same time.  I know, it happened to me last night…