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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze on February 5

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There’s An App For That: Plan a brewery trip on the fly with HopPlotter, a new app that organizes your itinerary for a brewery crawl anywhere you please. The app features a simple map functionality and filters for tap rooms, brewpubs, tours, all ages, and more. This is shaping up to be a must-have for any thirsty traveler.

A Lifelong Look at Yuengling: Beer writer Lew Bryson wrote in to All About Beer Magazine last week about his long-running relationship with Yuengling, America’s oldest brewery. Younger drinkers may find themselves aghast at Lew’s description of setting up his first tour at the brewery in 1986 by writing a letter on a real, live, non-ironic typewriter. You’re going to need a beer or two to go along with this one. Cheers, Lew, and long live Yuengling.

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Beer On The Road: Another morning spent battling slush and snow has put all of us in a mind to get out of New York City for a little while. Fortunately, Brew York has put together a list of the six best beer destinations for 2016, and most of them are having much better weather than we are at the moment. Honestly, just head to the airport now and fly standby. Anything to avoid another sock-drenching step off a curb.

The Perfect Gift For A Very Specific Someone: Prove how well you know your significant other (or that you have questionable hobbies) with a pair of vintage Soviet-made porcelain vodka jugs emblazoned with canine cosmonauts Belka and Strelka. The jugs recently popped up on eBay, and are estimated to have been made in 1960 to celebrate the Russian space program. We’d say you can just buy both for yourself, but the idea of buying two vodka jugs to drink alone is a little too depressing.

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What Hath Science Wrought: A team of students at UPenn have developed a way to ferment beer faster than ever, taking the $10,000 top prize in the school’s Y-Prize competition. Tasked with improving an existing technology, the students harnessed microfluidic technology to increase the surface area of liquid sugars exposed to yeast, resulting in a faster fermentation without compromising quality. It’s an intriguing method, but also feels like it could anger a pantheon of brewing deities. Step carefully, students.

Beers And ‘Bowl: You didn’t honestly think we wouldn’t mention the Super Bowl this week, did you? Food Republic has saved you some agonizing shopping and laid out the best beers for the big game, representing Colorado and North Carolina in the names of their respective teams. We’d also recommend picking up a few Brooklyn Brewery beers, but we may be biased. Still, neutral ground can’t hurt, right?

Tap That Glass: February 5

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This mild weather almost puts you in the mindset for spring cleaning, doesn’t it? Put on some music and really vacuum? Finally organize your kitchen counter? Do your mountain of laundry? “Almost” sure is a tricky thing. Come bask in the mild temperatures with us this weekend instead. Beer is always better than cleaning.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

Cask Offering | 1 token

Amarillopocalypse (6.9% ABV): Our delightful East IPA, all modded up for the wastelands with a citrusy payload of Amarillo hops and a fierce attitude. Who run Barter Town? You run Barter Town. Built by Zack Taylor.

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Local 2 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Ama Bionda (6.0% ABV)- two tokens
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Intensified Coffee Porter (11.8%)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Black Ops (11.6%)

View our complete public hours here.

Listen In On The Brooklyn Sound Tour

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The Brooklyn Sound tour is hitting Europe from February 23 to 27, bringing together the music scenes of Brooklyn and five Nordic cities for five loud, fast, highly danceable days. Helsinki, Stockholm, Gothenburg, Oslo, and Bergen will all host some seriously excellent free shows featuring our favorite rising bands from each scene.

Our good friends in Syvia will be along for the entire tour to bring the Brooklyn noise. We think you’ll like them because we already love their blend of floating atmospherics and crunching beats. We also think you’ll like them because, well, we happen to be friends with the band, and some of them have even worked with us. Trust us, being “with the band” noses out being “in beer” for job coolness.

Syvia will kick off the tour at home with a show at St. Vitus on Thursday, February 18, alongside Loose Buttons and Fruit and Flowers. Grab your St. Vitus tickets here, or catch them abroad–for free– at the dates below.

Tuesday, February 23 at 7 PM: Bar Loose, Helsinki
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Wednesday, February 24 at 6 PM: Debaser Strand, Stockholm
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Thursday, February 25 at 8 PM: Pustervik, Gothenburg
Pale Honey, Syvia, Niki & The Dove

Friday, February 26 at 8:30 PM: Uhør, Oslo
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Saturday, February 27 at 7 PM: Vaskeriet, Bergen
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Watson Analyzes This: Brown Ale

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IBM’s Watson computer system, which you may remember from the decidedly one-sided man vs. machine Jeopardy! series when it was first unveiled, is now trying its hand as a psychoanalyst. Personality Insights takes sample text and returns a “spectrum of cognitive and social characteristics. With Watson Analyzes This, we see what Watson has to say about our beers from their Beers Page description, then run our own, human-powered analysis of its work.

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On the Couch: Brown Ale
OkCupid Username: TallDarkNRoasty
OG Status?: Confirmed, and will be respected as such
Swagger: Restrained, yet undeniable

Watson Says:
You are analytical, inner-directed and tranquil.

You are calm-seeking: you prefer activities that are quiet, calm, and safe. You are calm under pressure: you handle unexpected events calmly and effectively. And you are self-controlled: you have control over your desires, which are not particularly intense.

You consider achieving success to guide a large part of what you do: you seek out opportunities to improve yourself and demonstrate that you are a capable person.

You are likely to: Follow on social media, buy healthy foods.

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Doctor Rozmus Says:
We’re dealing with an elder statesman of the Brooklyn Brewery lineup here. Brown Ale was the first seasonal beer ever launched by the then-fledgling brewery in the early 90′s. It didn’t take long for it to catch on and join the year-round rotation, and it’s been a cornerstone beer ever since. But is it slept on? By most people, yes.

What I see with Brown Ale, and what my computerized buddy Watson seems to bear out, is that Brown Ale is serene in its power. You can’t get rid of it, despite the firestorm of IPAs and sours currently inundating the market (and power to all of ‘em.) But think of how excitable people get when it turns out Dr. Dre might finally drop Detox, or when Kobe Bryant puts up a stellar game, or when the new X Files premiered. We’re talking a whole other level of influence here.

So get back to Brown Ale, gang. Don’t sleep on the first true American brown. And while we’re at it, maybe drop Dre a letter and ask how he’s doing. Legends still need you.

Check out Watson’s inner workings here:

Fresh From The Forge: Hecla Iron Ale

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Our Brooklyn warehouse, featuring metalwork from the original tenants: Hecla Iron Works. Photo: NYC Landmarks Commission, c. 1997

In the 1800s, much of the Williamsburg, Brooklyn neighborhood we now occupy was heavily industrial. Of the many factories and workshops, one of the most impressive was the Hecla Iron Works complex. Streams of workers toiled to create some of the finest iron available, eventually contributing to the construction projects ranging from the 155th Street Aqueduct to Grand Central Station. Hecla products were essential for New York City’s growth, and the stamp is still visible in all sorts of surprising nooks across the city.

Today, we use the former Hecla Iron Works buildings as our Brooklyn office, brewery, and warehouse. The quality is undeniable: the bones of the building have been basically unchanged since its construction in 1896, surviving through life as a textile mill, storage, and a matzoh factory (yes, really.) It seemed only fitting that we pay tribute to our sturdy home with our newest beer: Hecla Iron Ale.

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Hecla Iron Ale was a guest of honor at our 2015 Holiday Party.

After plenty of time spent forging together rugged roasted malts and resilient, earthy hops, we’re proud to release Hecla Iron Ale as our tribute to one of the greatest manufacturers in New York City history. Despite the dark chocolate aroma and ebony body, Hecla Iron Ale is remarkably dry and refreshing. It’s a prime candidate for parties as well– our company-wide Holiday Party in December served as a very (very, very) enthusiastic welcome for our newest session ale.

Hecla Iron Ale is hitting shelves this month around the world, starting with our friends in Sweden. American beer drinkers will have to wait a bit longer, but you can always visit us in Brooklyn and drink it in view of its namesake building. It’s just like visiting a museum, but with more beer.

This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze on January 29

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Can It Be All So Simple: The beautiful minds at Carton Brewing and Barrier Brewing Co. are coming together to create SS-C.R.E.A.M, a “hoppy imperial cream ale” inspired by the Wu-Tang Clan. The beer is slated for a 2016 launch, which should give you plenty of time to brush up on your lyrics. There’s no word yet if Martin Shkreli will attempt to buy out the release, but if he does let’s agree to steal back Once Upon A Time In Shaolin while he’s out.

Tuesday, Odin’s Day, #ThirstDay: A small coalition of craft breweries led by New Belgium have started a change.org petition to rename Thursday to #ThirstDay, in celebration of the many people around the world saying, “Sure, I can do another round. It’s Thursday, y’know?” It may sound silly, but do you really want to be caught out not defending your #ThirstDay tradition? Go forth and defend #ThirstDay.

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Bring On The Boilermakers: With the Super B…big game… coming up soon, Forbes has released a list of slightly fancier takes on the usual shot-and-a-beer combo. This is perfect for the sort of parties where people quiet down to watch the commercials and use game time to excavate the corners of the seven-layer dip pan. None of these permutations seem to be threatening the reign of the classic can of beer and well whiskey team, but it can be good to stretch your borders sometimes.

Speaking Of The Game: In addition to your beer and spirits shopping list, you’re going to need to start thinking about appetizers for your party. CraftBeer.com has you covered with a list of six appetizers to make with beer as a main ingredient. When in doubt, you can add beer to just about anything, but these recipes are tried and true.

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Raise A Toast: London-based Hackney Brewery is now making beer with stale bread in an effort to fight food waste in the UK. The beer is brewed with barley, hops, water, and toasted, crumbled old bread. Proceeds from beer sales are further directed to Feedback, a group dedicated to cutting food waste in half by 2030. Raise your glass to their fight, then do your part to stop buying so much food when you know you’re going to order Thai twice this week.

You Can Beat Tom Cruise: Specifically the Tom Cruise of Cocktail. Mixing drinks can be a deceptively simple process with quite a few stumbling points. Kick those obstacles aside with a quick roundup of mixology tips from the folks at Vinepair. And if you really have to practice “flair” bartending, remember to use water first so you don’t waste good liquor while juggling tumblers.

Tap That Glass: January 29

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Fortunately for us all, last weekend’s tempest has been followed by some relatively mild temperatures. It’s making quick work of the snow, but crossing the slush moats at every corner is a nightmare. Come hang with us and let your socks dry over a beer or three. Well, not literally over a beer or three. Keep your socks on. Oh, you get it.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

Cask Offering | 1 token

Brooklyn Brown Ale, Straight Up (5.6%)– It’s all there in the name: the complex, roasty flavors of our Brooklyn Brown Ale, reaching back to its historic English roots with our “real ale” cask preparation. Composed by Scott Simpson.

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Local 2 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Ama Bionda (6.0% ABV)- two tokens
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Intensified Coffee Porter (11.8%)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Black Ops (11.6%)

View our complete public hours here.

Listen In on the Defender in London

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Back in October, Defender illustrator Khary Randolph visited Orbital Comics to join in conversation with Orbital in Conversation host Chris Thompson, Broken Frontier Editor in Chief Andy Oliver, and Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Deputy Director Alex Cox. The conversation, fueled by a respectable amount of Defender IPA (of course), was fortunately recorded for the Orbital in Conversation podcast and is a must for any fan of beer, comics, or creativity in general.

Hearing each of the panelists trace their steps from their first drugstore comics through their professional lives is funny and nostalgia-inducing for any listener. Khary also gives new insight into the creation of this year’s Defender character, describing how he “finally” added a cape because it seemed to be what we wanted (it totally was, and it was love at first sight on our end…sorry, Khary!) It was also remarkable to see the conflicts facing comics today, from the censorship battled by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to the shifting demographics of comic fans in general.

You can catch the podcast right here, or subscribe to Orbital in Conversation on iTunes and find episode 155. Don’t forget to crack a Defender IPA while you’re listening– it’s the perfect pairing.

 

Tap That Glass: January 22

It looks like we’ve got quite a storm heading our way this weekend. Fortunately for you, we’ll be open as long as the MTA mass transit systems are running. Check their status here, then head to our warm Tasting Room to shuck off your layers and indulge in some well-earned beers.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

Cask Offering | 1 token

Walk’s Wild West Coffee Brown (5.6%)– The rich, roasty flavors of our Brown Ale get a boost from robust coffee beans in this concoction. Take a sip, and laugh in the face of the storm. Created by Walker Berry.

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Local 2 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Ama Bionda (6.0% ABV)- two tokens
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Intensified Coffee Porter (11.8%)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Black Ops (11.6%)

View our complete public hours here.