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Beer Brains Flock to Nya Carnegie

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Ninety of the Nordics’ best brewing minds are descending upon Nya Carnegiebryggeriet for our sister brewery’s third annual Brewers’ Conference in Stockholm. We’ve celebrated the art, science and passion of brewing with our Swedish comrades since NCB opened its halls and can’t wait to learn even more from brewers, maltsters, hop growers and microbiologists across Europe.

This year’s gathering is shaping up to be the biggest yet, with class in session at Nya Carnegie’s backyard patio on the Stockholm waterfront. Fifty breweries, large and small, will be delving into the art of proper malt milning with VikingMalt, exploring the intricacies of alpha acids with the hop gurus from Baywa International and geeking out on yeast with Carlsberg Research Lab and White Labs under the sun.


Last but not least, Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Nya Carnegie Brewmaster Anders Wendler will be joining fellow Swedish brewers from Dugges, Stockholm Brewing Co and Tempel Brygghus for a discussion on the science behind sour beer. Garrett always comes correct, and he’s bringing out his latest experimental batch of Bel Air, refreshingly tart dry-hopped sour ale, just for the occasion.

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We can’t think of a better way to kick off the approaching Swedish Summer than with a pint of Bel Air, a room packed to the brim with Swedish brewers and a full on celebration of our growing international craft beer family.

Good Beer Week Strikes Back: The Transpacific Sour and Other Tales

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Good Beer Week is taking over Melbourne yet again, and the Brooklyn crew is coming to say hello with some of our wildest brews for the world’s biggest and baddest beer festival. Brooklyn’s own Misty Hackworth, outdoor adventurer and ambassador of all-things-cool in our neighborhood, and Drew Bombard, brewery microbiologist, reviver of ancient cars and surfer-in-chief will be heading south to join up with Brooklyn Brand Ambassador and Good Beer Week czar Miro Bellini.

Miro took a brief break from slinging kegs to check in:

“The Good Beer Week beast is out of the cage and lumbering towards us. Five times before, we have scarcely wrangled it. But it arrives now more powerful than ever before, so we must dig deep and get creative to meet it head on and emerge victorious.

I think we can do it, again.

Melbourne’s Good Beer Week has 270 events across 180 venues over 10 days (surely we cant be allowed to call it a week anymore?!). Each year we throw our best at it. This year there’s a transpacific barrel blending, a single barrel whisky with Brooklyn “B” on it, and a multitude of extraordinary culinary delights, all part of a round dozen of Brooklyn Brewery events.

Will I survive? Probably.

Will Drew & Misty survive? I cannot promise anything.”

Sometimes we worry about Miro, but he seems to be mostly indestructible. He’s like the Keith Richards of the Australian craft beer scene, but Miro has better skin and doesn’t sleep upside down. Catch the whole crew at the events below, and be sure to document your adventures for posterity:

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All Week

Grab a burger hot off the grill and pair it up with a pint of Brooklyn Lager, EIPA or Brown Ale at The Beer and Burger Bar. Watch out for Brooklyn ambassadors and chat over a handful of fries – they’ll be stopping in to refuel all week long.

May 14: Tropical Secrets from Brooklyn

Delve deep into what makes our rarest Ghost Bottles tick with Brooklyn Microbiologist Drew Bombard at Whisky and Alement at 1:30PM while bar owner Julian White ups the ante with some of his finest whiskies. Stick around as we finally lift the shroud on our latest top-secret project, OPERATION PURPLE.

May 14th: Grandad’s Supper

O’l Grandad’s at it again at Beer Deluxe, clamoring for the latest and greatest beer from around the world. Naturally, we obliged, partnering up with three other breweries to present a barrel-aged beer dinner sure to throw Grandad off his rocker. Rumor has it that Drew has an experimental and delicious framboise up his sleeve.

May 15: Barrel Barons Masterclass

Three brewers, three beers and one barrel to rule them all. Join this noble fellowship as we hang with Boatrocker Brewing, 8 Wired and Starward Whisky in the Boatrocker Barrel Room for a one-off, transpacific blend incorporating the latest test batch of Bel Air, our experimental kettle sour.

May 16th: Brooklyn Bonanza

Sweet BBQ and Sour Beer - a pairing for the ages. Le Bon Ton is throwing down with Brooklyn Microbiologist Drew Bombard for an all-out-symphony of beer and BBQ. Taste through three amazing courses tailored toward some of our favorite rare brews, including K is for Kriek and an experimental framboise.

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May 18th: Babu Back in Brooklyn

We’re mashing up Brooklyn’s best with Australia’s hottest street food. Our favorite haunt in the East Village and across the world in Melbourne, Babu Ji is cooking up a four-course feast of intense spices and rich flavors, each paired expertly with a Brooklyn beer.

May 18th: Good Beer College with Little Creatures

Head back to school with us and unpack the tart, dry-hopped mango-infused goodness of our latest experimental sour ale with Drew Bombard. Meet us at Beer Deluxe to discuss the importance of freshness, the impact of various ingredients and the magic of the barrel over a pint or two of Bel Air Mango. 

May 22nd: Barrels, Beers and Mexican Spirits

Take a look inside the Brooklyn Brewery cellar from the comfort of the Kodiak Club. We’re hauling out some of our favorite beers, including a mezcal-barrel aged ghost bottle, and teaming up with Tequila Tromba for an afternoon of beer and tequila pairings.  

May 23rd: Meet the Brooklyn Brewery Brewers

Come to the waterfront at Arbory Bar and Eatery for brews, tunes and BBQ with the Brooklyn crew. Chef Nick Bennett and his beloved Yoder Smoker will be grilling up some fine meats on the deck. We’ll be pouring some of the last Lord Sorachi on Earth and a rare keg of fresh Defender IPA, so be sure to get there before they’re gone for good.


Monster’s Log: Thursday, May 31

Kitten Rescue

Steve has inspired me to speak up when the time is right, so when my good pal Andrew (called “Assistant Brewmaster” by the humans) showed me an email a friend sent him about “kittens on the ‘to be destroyed’ list” at the Brooklyn Animal Control Center (2336 Linden Boulevard), I couldn’t help but pass on the word about these little guys in need of emergency placement. Scroll down to meet them…

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Monster’s Log: Tuesday, April 3

In the current issue of TAPS beer magazine, an article heavily featuring yours truly dares to state the truth brewers worldwide refuse to acknowledge: they need cats to make beer. The picture of me on the second page (shown below the jump) may look like I’m fast asleep on a fluffy bag of tempurrrpedic barley, and although I may in fact be deep in a dream about big fluffy dogs trying to steal the last of this year’s Black Chocolate Stout, you can rest assured that mass of malt is safe from harm.

Read more below for an excerpt from the piece (and if you see my manager, tell him it’s “just appropriate” for him to get me a bowl of milk)…

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Monster’s Log: Tuesday, March 6

So what did you do yesterday? Got a bunch of stuff done? Good for you!

I did this. Took me all day, but well worth the effort. Little known fact that koalas are actually vicious fighters and were originally bred to protect farmers against raiding dingo gangs. Perched on high above the Australian plains, they’d drop down on those dogs like fluffy thunder, and with razor sharp claws make quick work of their foe. Which reminds me: the people up in the office told me I need to start talking about Brooklyn Brewery more and less about my Internet findings, so here goes:

Hey everyone! It’s spring! Drink our spring seasonal Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout in responsible quantities! And get this shirt, too! Cheers!

That should do…

Monster’s Log: Tuesday, February 14


I won’t name names, but one of my largest detractors sits at the front desk upstairs in the office. If you call the main brewery phone number, chances are he’ll answer. He won’t know I’m writing about him here because he pretends my blog doesn’t exist. So when he sent me a link to an article entitled, “What If All the Cats in the World Suddenly Died”, I thought he discovered the surprise I left in his mailbox, but instead the article includes illuminating cat-facts such as:

+ Experts say that if all the world’s cats suddenly died, things would quickly go to hell in a handbasket.

+ … let’s not forget the emotional toll that a mass cat death would take on us humans…

+ Cats as pets have always been appreciated for the contact, relatively low maintenance, and pedomorphic (child-like) face and general morphology.

I can only guess my #1 Fan just read the title of the article without reading the article itself. Just like when he came in the other day saying how disappointed he was with Burroughs’ The Naked Lunch.