Sweet Afton is located at 30-09 34th Street, Astoria. I found it by standing on Broadway with my finger on the trigger of the NY Times The Scoop app. A free addition to your phone that will brighten the day of any NYC local.

After tapping “nearby” I was whisked away to Sweet Afton where I was greeted with a Happy Hour blackboard announcing all beers are $4 before 7pm. And might I add, when the waitress asked if I required another beer and I declined with a quarter glass full she kindly persisted, “That’s ok. I just thought… because happy hour’s ending…”

I tried another beer. Six Point Sweet Action… spectacular.

Initially I guzzled a pint of seasonal Oktoberfest brew accompanied by fried pickles with a smoked sauce. Yes. Battered. Fried. Pickles.

Delicious.

If you happen to catch Sweet Afton during a weekly or brunch happy hour, you too can indulge in two delicious icy pints and a basket of fried pickles for NINE DOLLARS.

Sweet Afton prides itself on being the local gastro haunt. I’m no foodie… but the array of beers mixed with menu items like grilled cheese on pullman loaf with pickles, wholegrain mustard and your choice of Irish Cheddar, Swiss Gruyere, or Muenster basically made me wet my pants.

Furthermore, I am a major pickle fan. So when there’s mention of a “Dirty Pickle Martini” (which I simply could not fit this time but will come back for) – you’ve basically got a customer for life.

And they serve chips with malt vinegar.