Jerry's Andersonville | Andersonville | American, Craft Beer, Bar, Bar/Lounge | Restaurant
Andersonville location of the "cosmic" sandwich joint and bar—emphasis on the latter.

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Jerry’s Andersonville is grown-up but not shmancy or stuffy: the dim, airy room has beer-bottle chandeliers over the bar and a halfhearted gas-jet fire in a central chimney, and the civilized volume of the music permits actual conversation. Assuming you know about the dizzying menu of somewhat spendy sandwiches, I’ll get straight to the drinks. The selection of $10 cocktails leans toward classic recipes, and the liquor shelves privilege midwestern spirits and American bourbons. A constantly changing list of roughly 80 whiskeys, all but one from the States, emphasizes diverse flavors and styles (as opposed to "prestige" labels) at prices that range from perfectly reasonable to comically steep. And of course the bar has 50 taps, all devoted to American craft beer, including two casks (often filled especially for Jerry’s with one-off beers by local breweries) and two nitro lines. The selection favors small breweries, with a nice balance between accessible and exotic, though the modest bottle menu is dominated by the rare, strange, strong, and expensive. I especially appreciate the option to order any draft beer in a six-ounce glass—this usually costs two to four bucks and allows me to sample widely without incapacitating myself. Jerry’s also hosts beer events or special tappings focused on a particular brewery or style, and bar manager and beer sheriff Nick Bondi says he plans to continue offering classes on American beer and whiskey. —Philip Montoro

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