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Longtime New Milford Dive Bar Revamped Under New Owners

Albert Tirado, 32 of Old Tappan, stands in Barrel & Brew on River Road in New Milford, formerly Brookchester Beer and Liquor.
Albert Tirado, 32 of Old Tappan, stands in Barrel & Brew on River Road in New Milford, formerly Brookchester Beer and Liquor. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine
Tirado and his father took over last year.
Tirado and his father took over last year. Photo Credit: Cecilia Levine

NEW MILFORD, N.J. — If you don't know about it, you would probably miss the New Milford bar that recently reopened under new owners on River Road.

But that's just the way they like it: Tucked away, to preserve the speakeasy feel.

Brookchester Bar & Liquors has become Barrel & Brew, thanks to Old Tappan father-son duo Albert Tirado Jr., 32, and Albert Tirado.

The Tirados, who own a supermarket in Valley Cottage, N.Y., bought the place just over a year ago and began renovating in Februrary.

While they liked the location and privacy it offered in the corner of the shopping plaza, they felt it deserved a fresher, sleeker look.

They tore up the worn tile floors and added wood floors. They opened up the side wall revealing a row of windows.

The pair installed four televisions, a karaoke machine, 10 new taps in addition to the original four and added a separate entrance to the bar.

Beers go for $6 or $7, and come mostly from local, niche craft breweries like Alementary Ale House in Hackensack, Brix City out of Little Ferry and many more.

The Tirados also restocked the liquor store with craft spirits and beers, which has brought customers from nearly an hour away.

The most popular drink on the menu is a house-infused cocktail made with pineapple punch, Captain Morgan, Malibu Rum, lime and orange juice.

BARREL & BREW IS LOCATED AT 872 RIVER ROAD, NEW MILFORD.

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