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Brooklyn Kaedama Ale: A Taste of Something “Extra” w/ Your Ramen

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Back in the day, we thought we knew what ramen was: it came as a dry wavy brick of noodles with a foil packet of salt and flavorings, it cooked in about three minutes, it was extremely cheap and fairly nasty. Well, once we grew up, we discovered that real ramen, like real beer, was actually something really spectacular and delicious.

When Ippudo got in touch with us about a beer, we have to admit to ulterior motives – “hey, maybe we’ll be able to get into Ippudo more often and eat more ramen!” But when Ippudo showed us how they make their tonkotsu broth (it takes 24 hours), and their noodles (made fresh every day) and told us about their philosophy of cooking, we knew that they were kindred spirits – exactly our kind of people. Our brewmaster sat down with ramen master Chef Kanegae, a man with over 200 ramen recipes in his head, and they started dreaming up a beer to drink with ramen.

The result is our new Brooklyn Kaedama Ale, brewed just for Ippudo. “Kaedama” is the Japanese regional tradition of “extra noodles”. Ramen is a food meant to be eaten quickly, even though its flavors are complex. True ramen aficionados know that when the noodles sit in the broth for too long, they’ll lose their “tooth” and become too soft. This is where the kaedama comes in – you keep your broth and swap out your noodles for fresh ones, and your ramen is perfect ‘til the last slurp. The kaedama tradition is a perfect metaphor for Ippudo’s perfectionism and commitment to true hospitality.

Brooklyn Kaedama Ale is brewed from German and American malts, German hops, Belgian candi sugar syrup, and a hint of vanilla bean and then fermented with a Belgian yeast. It has a rich russet color, a slightly spicy dry palate with gentle notes of dark fruit, and a clean dry finish. Like Ippudo’s ramen, it’s complex, but you’ll want more. And it’s great with those pork buns too – c’mon, we saw you looking at them. It’s okay; we’re already on our second pork bun order ourselves.

Introducing Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat

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GrowNYC and Brooklyn Brewery are excited to announce the launch of Greenmarket Wheat, a beer collaboration between local farmers, maltsters, and brewers that captures the flavor of regional agriculture in a bottle.

Greenmarket Wheat is a wheat beer made with raw wheat from North Country Farm in Watertown, NY, Pilsner Barley Malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, and Wildflower Honey from Tremblay Apiaries, Chemung County, NY.

The idea for Greenmarket Wheat grew from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Farm Brewery License legislation aimed at expanding the growth of craft breweries and increase demand for locally grown products to brew beer statewide.

“Our Greenmarket Regional Grains Initiative works with regional farmers to devote more acreage to growing grains. Creating partnerships to move their product into the hands of bakers—and now brewers—has helped their businesses scale up production,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, executive director of GrowNYC. “Greenmarket Wheat is a collaboration of local growers, millers, malters and brewers who will all benefit from the sale of this new product, not to mention consumers who can purchase a refreshing summer ale they can feel good supporting. Shoppers come to the Greenmarket to eat local. Now they can drink local. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Brooklyn Brewery and our producers to bring local grains into the spotlight.”

Greenmarket Wheat will be available for sale by the bottle on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Union Square Greenmarket.

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat Beer is brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the state’s grain industry and benefit GrowNYC’s mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. Greenmarket Wheat is as bright and refreshing as a sunny day. The Raw wheat gives this beer its zing, barley malt brings depth, and Belgian yeast lends complexity. Accented with orange peel, local honey and a dash of coriander, the beer is naturally carbonated by re-fermentation in handsome 750ml bottles.

For now, Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat is only sold in New York City. The beautiful, Milton Glaser-designed bottles are available at your locally-minded restaurants, bars and at some GrowNYC Greenmarkets around the city.

[photo: Vitaliy Piltser]

Cheese Pairing | Week of June 10

Summer Cantal

Brooklyn Summer Ale with Cantal. Lean, grassy and a touch earthy, this cow’s milk cheese is from the Auvergne region of France. Its complex flavors are a good foil to the zesty qualities of the Summer Ale.

Martin Johnson runs The Joy of Cheese, a series of informal cheese and beverage classes that take place at a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn venues as well as at the 92nd St. Y. He is also Cheese, Charcuterie, Beer and Wine Manager for Gastronomie 491, a new market/cafe on the Upper West Side. He blogs TheJoyOfCheese.com.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Comes to Boston, July 9-14

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Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash as a benefit for Slow Food USA, rolling out in Boston July 9-14. Check back for a Boston Mash recap from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson (@BKLYNhouseChef).

Mash HQ
Tue, July 9 – Fri, July 12, 5-7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston
Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and general info available on The Mash.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls Beer Dinner
Tue, July 9, 7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston – $55
Four course passed small plate dinner, hosted by Brooklyn Rep & Bostonian, Patrick Paulick.

Local 2 Ways
Wed, July 10, 7pm; Tip Tap Room; 138 Cambridge St, Boston – price TBA
Multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Brian Poe of Tip Tap Room and Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.

Big Cheese vs. Big Cheese
Thu, July 11, 5-7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston – $55
The head cheese mongers from both Formaggio locations will face off in a battle for your taste buds. Brooklyn House Chef Andrew Gerson will present 5 beers and the two cheese heads will present their preferred cheeses.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Thu, July 11, 10pm; T.T. the Bear’s; 10 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA – $8
Compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and $100 cash prize after getting warmed up with the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin. Must be 21 years of age to win. Opening the show will be our funny friends from Found Footage Festival, showing off their most hilarious and danceable found VHS clips.

Chaos Cooking
Fri, July 12, 7pm – Free
A stalwart citizen opens their kitchen for a dinner party where all the guests are cooks. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy. For location details, go to ChaosCooking.com.

Slow Supper with Brasstacks @ Lowell’s Boat Shop
Sat, July 13, 6pm; Lowell’s Boat Shop; 459 Main Street, Amesbury – $100
Held in America’s oldest functioning boat shop, guests will feast on a meal prepared in collaboration between Brooklyn House Chef Andrew Gerson and Chef Mark Sheehan of the underground-supperclub-soon-to-be-restaurant Brasstacks. Projection installations from Brooklyn’s NBNY. All proceeds benefit Slow Food Boston.

Books & Beer: At Sea with Erin Byers Murray
Sunday, July 14, 6pm; Upstairs Gallery @ Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston – $10
Togather and Brooklyn Brewery present a conversation and Q&A featuring two enterprising individuals with ties to the water: author Erin Byers Murray who worked at Island Creek Oysters for 18 months to learn the business of oysters, and Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop. Your ticket includes complimentary Brooklyn beer and a percentage of ticket sales will benefit Slow Food Boston.

It’s A Busy Week In The Carolinas, June 5-12

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Charlotte
Wednesday 6/5, All Night: Tap Attack @ Dillinger’s
Thursday 6/6, All Night: Tap Attack @ Jackalope Jacks
Saturday 6/8, 3pm: Brooklyn, Bands & Beer @ VBGB
Saturday 6/8, 9pm: Brooklyn, Bands & Beer @ Neighborhood Theatre

Charleston
Sunday 6/9, 2-4pm: Beer & Cheese Pairing @ Charleston Beer Exchange
Monday 6/10, 6-8pm: Beer & Food Pairing @ Liberty Tap Room
Tuesday 6/11 7-8:30pm: Beer Dinner @ Craftsmen Kitchen
Tuesday 6/11 9pm: Tap Attack @ The Griffon
Wednesday 6/12 7pm: Brewery Night @ Tattooed Moose

R.I.P. Monster Ale: The Captain Goes Down With The Ship

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Today it is with a heavy heart that we announce Brooklyn Brewery’s barley wine Monster Ale has reached the end of its run. But although this beer will no longer be produced, its spirit will live on… no, like literally: Monster Ale will age nicely for many years, so for those holding on to a bottle (or keg) there’s still some Monster out there left to enjoy.

After the passing of Monster the Cat, things were just not the same with Monster Ale. The Monsters had come up in Brooklyn together, enjoying an incalculable tally of beer fans assembled in the Tasting Room basking in the duo’s respective glow, and witnessing the birth of new arrivals such as Local 1, BLAST! and Sorachi Ace, now all on course toward legacies of their own. When Monster was laid to rest, the spirituous, malty libation could be seen aimlessly meandering through the fermentation hall, lazing about the brewhouse, and listlessly watching bottles fill up with beer in the packaging room, giving the sense to those close with this classic Winter Seasonal that perhaps the end was near.

But don’t worry, even though one of its members has passed, the Brooklyn Beer family may just have some new suds in the oven…

Cheese Pairing | Week of May 27

Mt Tam Sorachi

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace with Mt. Tam. Rich, buttery and ever so slightly fungal, this cow’s milk triple cream is made in California; its sumptuous texture is a perfect foil for the effervescence of the Sorachi Ace.

Martin Johnson runs The Joy of Cheese, a series of informal cheese and beverage classes that take place at a variety of Manhattan and Brooklyn venues as well as at the 92nd St. Y. He is also Cheese, Charcuterie, Beer and Wine Manager for Gastronomie 491, a new market/cafe on the Upper West Side. He blogs TheJoyOfCheese.com.

WIN A TRIP TO BROOKLYN @ THE SOUL CLAP & DANCE-OFF

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The Brooklyn Brewery Mash traveling food & arts festival wants to send you to Brooklyn to show off your dance moves.

The NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin is giving away a trip to Brooklyn to the best gyrator for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl, and a $100 cash prize, after getting you warmed up with world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin’s exquisite 1960s soul 45s.*

Along with a delectable team of events inspired by food, film, books & beer, the Soul Clap & Dance-Off drops in the cities below. Break out those special shoes, start stretching it up, and we just may see you in Brooklyn.

[*must be 21 years of age to win]

TWIN CITIES, MN: June 17 – 23
BOSTON, MA: July 9 – 14
WASHINGTON, D.C.: September 19 – 22
CHICAGO, IL: October 1 – 6
PITTSBURGH, PA: October 22 – 27
PHILADELPHIA, PA:  November 5 – 10
MIAMI, FL: December 10 – 15

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Comes to the Twin Cities, June 17-23

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Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash, rolling out in the Twin Cities June 17-23.

Proceeds from every ticket sold will go to The Land Stewardship Project, a nonprofit dedicated to creating transformational change in our food and farming system by fostering an ethic of stewardship for farmland, promoting sustainable agriculture and developing sustainable communities. Check back for a Twin Cities Mash recap from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson (@BKLYNhouseChef).

Mash HQ
Tue, June 18–Fri, June 21, 5-7pm; The Happy Gnome; 498 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN
Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, cheese pairings, giveaways and info on all things Mash.

Togather Books & Beer with Christian DeBenedetti & Joseph Alton
Wed, June 19, 10pm; The Amsterdam; 6th & Wabasha; Saint Paul, MN – $5
Togather and Brooklyn Brewery present a conversation on craft beer featuring Christian DeBenedetti, author of The Great American Ale Trail and Twin Cities’ own Joseph Alton, editor of The Growler. Performances to follow by The Ericksons and Bora York.

Local 2 Ways
Wed, June 19, 7pm; Haute Dish; 119 Washington Ave, N Minneapolis, MN – $85
Multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Landon Schoenefeld of Haute Dish and Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.

Found Footage Festival: Best of The Midwest
Thu, June 20, 8pm; Heights Theater; 3951 Central Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN – $12
A hilarious show that features footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country. The “Best of The Midwest” edition will feature footage found exclusively in MN, WI, MI and IL. Special guests from videos harvested in the Twin Cities will appear live at the show.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Thu, June 20, 11pm; Turf Club; 1601 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN – $7
Compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and $100 cash prize after getting warmed up with the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin. Must be 21 years of age to win.

Farmers Market Workshop
Sun, June 23, 10:30am; 312 East Lyndale Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55405
The Brooklyn Brewery House Chef will be cooking up some of his favorite finds from the market. Stop by for cooking and beer pairing tips.

Chaos Cooking
Sun, June 23, 4pm; for location details, go to ChaosCooking.com – Free
A stalwart citizen opens their kitchen for a dinner party where all the guests are cooks. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy.

Slow Supper with Chef Jamie Malone at Soap Factory
Sun, June 23, 8pm; Soap Factory; 514 2nd St. SE, Minneapolis, MN – $100
Guests will feast on a meal prepared in collaboration by Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson and Chef Jamie Malone of Sea Change. Co-produced by Dinner on the Farm. Custom art installations by Brooklyn’s NBNY. All proceeds benefit The Land Stewardship Project.

Mash Specials
Throughout the week we’ll be featuring specials, pairings or fixed menus at the following locations: Bryant Lake Bowl, Stanley’s Northeast Bar Room, Stout’s Pub, Tiffany Sports Lounge

L Train Not Running to Brewery Memorial Day Weekend 2013

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Please be advised that the L subway train will not be running between 8th Ave and Lorimer St over Memorial Day Weekend: Friday 5/24 (after 11pm), Saturday 5/25, Sunday 5/26 and Monday 5/27. Here are some alternate subway routes:

+ Take the A or C train from Manhattan into Brooklyn and transfer at Hoyt Schermerhorn to the G train. Take the G train to Nassau Av and walk to The Brooklyn Brewery.
+ Take the F train from Manhattan in Brooklyn and transfer at Bergen Street to the G train to Nassau Av and walk to The Brooklyn Brewery.
+ Take the J train from Manhattan into Brooklyn and transfer at Marcy Av to the Loop Buses provided by the MTA to Bedford Ave and walk from Bedford Ave and North 7th to The Brooklyn Brewery.
+ Take the 7 train or E train from Manhattan into Queens and transfer at Court Sq to the G train to Nassau Av and walk to The Brooklyn Brewery.