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The Weekly Sixer: January 13

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Who Wants Ben & Jerry’s Bourbon Ice Cream?: Rumors swirled this week about a forthcoming Ben & Jerry’s flavor called “Urban Bourbon,” which an allegedly leaked label calls a “burnt caramel ice cream with almonds, fudge flakes & bourbon caramel swirls.” Of course, some of us have been preaching the power of combining brown liquor and ice cream for years, but an official Ben & Jerry’s flavor lends us a credibility previously unreachable from our collective sofas.

Making Old New Again: As long as we’re talking about classing up our sugary impulses, it’s a good time to brush up on the current trend of updating sugarbomb cocktails of decades past to be tastier and less of a cavity risk. You can always stick to hitting your friendly local tiki place, but making them at home is an excellent way to learn more about cocktail history and delight your friends at the same time. Plus, there’s no better excuse for buying a bunch of tiny umbrellas.

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Tennessee Groceries Go High: High gravity, that is. Tennessee state legislation will go into effect this week moving the allowable ABV on grocery store beer sales up from 6.2% to 10.1%. The law also means breweries in the state are no longer shackled by ABV limits, which means we should be seeing some serious muscle from powerhouses like Yazoo Brewing soon. Gatorade and egg sandwich sales are also expected to spike in the coming months as drinkers statewide wade into big, bold territory.

A Walk Through Whiskey: We’d be remiss mentioning Tennessee without delving into American whiskey, and luckily enough Aaron Goldfarb is on the case. Take a walk through his illustrated history, and pay homage to one of America’s finest national products. Without good American whiskey, we’d have an even harder time than we already do getting along in this great nation.

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Aging’s Impact on Two-Buck Chuck: Trader Joe’s budget-friendly mainstay Charles Shaw wine, or Two-Buck Chuck, has been a staple across college campuses and twentysomething parties for years. But what happens if you age it like a fine wine? Laura Burgess took on the challenge with a bottle of 2002 “vintage” Chuck, and came away with what could be called a learning experience. Remember her rule of thumb: don’t drink brown wine.

Keeping It Coolship: For your final bit of Friday geekery, take a look inside the coolship revival going on across the United States. From well-known programs like Allagash to the tightly guarded facility at our neighbors at LIC Beer Project, this ancient brewing practice is enjoying a return to form as brewers harness the oldest magic of their art. It’s a great read, and an excellent way to start a shopping list.

Tap That Glass: January 6

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There’s plenty of ways to view the traditionally spooky date of Friday the 13th. You could see it as a prime chance to get cheap flash tattoos, as many shops offer specials for the day. You could see it as particularly unlucky, as generations of people have held. Or you could see yourself as particularly unlucky, and Friday the 13th as just another brick on the load. No matter what, we promise beer helps. Just don’t drink too many before you go tattoo shopping.

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 |

No cask this weekend, sorry! Better luck next week.

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: Hand & Seal (13.3% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Quintaceratops (10.9% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass

The Weekly Sixer: January 6

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Raise A Cup: We have to start this week on a sad note thanks to one of 2016′s final passings. Robert Hulseman, inventor of the plastic Solo Cup, died last week at the age of 84. Hulseman invented the cup in the 1970s and watched it shoot to an unexpected celebrity status. Its iconic form, handy measuring lines, and– fun fact– relatively short biodegrading rate at just 14 years have made the Solo Cup a worthy legend in our time. We raise a sleeve of cups in Hulseman’s memory.

Emotional Rescue Time: On a much brighter note, Brooklyn is slated to get its first-ever dog cafe. The project, called BYOD (Bring Your Own Dog) will feature a divided space to sidestep Department of Health regulations, effectively creating one side with “take away food” and one side where you can hang with your furry friend. Craft beer, wine, vegetarian meals, and dog treats will all be on the menu. And yes, you with the tiny apartment and workaholic hours, people without dogs will be welcome too.

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Salute the Shower Beer: Swedish brewing Pang Pang and creative agency Snask recently collaborate to create the perfect shower beer, elevating one of life’s finest pleasures to a more ideal plane. Citing the need to finish your beer quickly in the shower, the brew is a whopping 10% ABV, but is only 6oz in size to facilitate sips between lathering up. Our only complaint is that the bottle is glass, which is a rookie mistake in a slippery shower. Perhaps a koozie/loofah combination is in the cards for Pang Pang.

Welcome, Folksbier!: Underground heroes of the NYC beer scene Folksbier will officially open their tap room this weekend, providing all comers with top-notch beers like their Helles Simple, Glow Up, and Santiam Pils. Their new digs are a short walk from fellow brewers Other Half, which isn’t an unreasonable distance from Threes Brewing, which happens to be a quick G ride from us. If you plan things right, you could end up with a Brooklyn brewery crawl for the books.

Never Gonna Let You Down: Infamous musician and living meme Rick Astley is teaming up with Mikkeller to brew his own beer. Astley professes to be a beer lover, and plans to brew a fruity pilsner with Mikkeller to match his tastes. Is the song stuck in your head yet? Good. We’re sorry.

Friday Longread: Chinese Food and Tiki Drinks: For your final bit of Friday geekery, we highly recommend this PUNCH piece tracing the roots of tiki drinks at Chinese restaurants. With tiki’s recent resurgence, new shops still follow this pairing guideline (we’re particular fans of Lost Lake/Thank You in Chicago), but the history and cultural weight of the movement must be examined before (and during, and after) cracking into the tiny umbrellas. Once you’re done, well, we have a lot of these tiny umbrellas to go around.

Tap That Glass: January 6

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Welcome to the New Year in our Tasting Room! The space itself is the same, but we’re working on a new pilot program for our taps. Our brewing team will develop a new beer roughly every month that will only be available in our Tasting Room and maybe one or two bars. This month we’re kicking things off with Cassock, a traditional abbey dubbel that’s just right for the chilly weather heading our way. Keep a close eye on our tap lists– these limited offerings won’t last long.

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 |

No cask this weekend, sorry! Better luck next week.

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: Hand & Seal (13.3% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Quintaceratops (10.9% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass

Beeroscopes January 2017

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The world is in disarray, the stars are wandering, and your life is in shambles on a good day. Let Spiritual Guide Reverend Tim Rozmus read the signs for you and cast your beery lots for the month.

Aries (March 21- April 20): Your frustration over all the rookies at your gym will fade into relief when it appears they all came from your local bar. The good seat on the corner will be yours until everyone’s resolutions fail in early February.

Taurus (April 21- May 20): As the wheels of fortune turn, so too must some of us suffer, and you’re in for a real doozy of a month. Avoid scratch-off lottery tickets, twofer happy hours, and small home appliances.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): Ambitious plans to take a ski trip over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend will devolve into three straight days on the couch, drinking beer and watching Disney movies. You will remember it fondly for months, and occasionally bring it up for years to come.

Cancer (June 21- July 20): You will experience the unluckiness of Jupiter’s Paradox: upon discovering a new cocktail you truly love, you will drink so many that you forget the name forever. 

Leo (July 21- August 20): Everyone at your friend’s housewarming party will know you’re just cleaning the fridge if you bring champagne. Bring cheese, and save the champagne to drink alone during the Golden Globes.

Virgo (August 21- September 20): The stars will smile on the day you finally join the gym, and you will happily find a routine you can stick to. This routine will cease when Mercury enters retrograde in three days’ time.

Libra (September 21- October 20): You will narrowly escape a hippogriff attack by waking up and realizing you fell asleep on the couch watching yet another post-bar Harry Potter marathon.

Scorpio (October 21- November 20): While you certainly lose points for your lack of creativity, your resolution to “drink more” is doomed to succeed.

Sagittarius (November 21- December 20): The astrological seas are calm for you, and the month ahead is a fortunate one. Relax, renew, and brace yourself for an absolutely monstrous February.

Capricorn (December 21- January 20): The fates have determined that your “dry January” resolution will fail again this year. This is really your fault, but you can blame the fates instead.

Aquarius (January 21- February 20): Karaoke night will be your shining moment when you totally nail the intro to “Don’t Stop Believin’.” The moment will be eclipsed when you accidentally slide tackle a waiter carrying a full tray of drinks during your big air guitar solo.

Pisces (February 21- March 20): Your ambiguous “more tiki drinks” resolution will lead to disaster when you nearly lose a finger trying to carve a pineapple shell into an Easter Island head. Save time, money, and embarrassment by splurging on a couple Hawaiian shirts and a box of teeny umbrellas instead.

Bel Air Sour, By The Bottle

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When we first released Brooklyn Bel Air Sour as a Brewmasters Reserve last year, we were already proud of the work behind the beer. For over two years, our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and Lab Manager and Microbiologist Drew Bombard labored to find the precise balance of sharp, clean acidity and tropical fruit they dreamed of striking in a sour ale. Brooklyn Edible captured the tale, and it’s well worth the telling. But what really matters is that Bel Air Sour emerged as something truly worthy of all that effort.

Everyone has their own favorite aspect of Bel Air Sour. Some favor the pineapple-and-ocean-breeze-in-your-hair aroma, courtesy of a lavish dry-hopping. Others praise the keen edge of the Lactobacillus-derived acidity. Your trusty author treasures how perfectly the sunny nature of the beer pairs with Hawaiian shirts. Visitors in our Tasting Room ordered it based on the name alone and found themselves coming back for more. Every drinker highlighted new flavors, aromas, and beachy vibes. But as we toasted after work and hunted down the elusive golden tap handle in our local bars, we couldn’t escape one fact: Brewmasters Reserves are brewed to be rare, and Bel Air Sour was rapidly running out.

We decided to say the hell with that, brewed more, and put it in bottles. And now, those bright, beautiful bottles are headed your way.

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Take a second– really, pause and look up again– and enjoy the pink and turquoise label, the bright golden beer, and while we’re at it, that fabulous ski suit. Bel Air Sour stands ready to brighten any day, liven up any party, and generally give life the liberal dose of neon-tinged chaos you’ve been needing. It’s proven especially useful at adding some verve to the dark, drippy days of our own Brooklyn winter.

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Unfortunately, there’s one catch: Brooklyn Bel Air Sour is still a limited release. Scour those shelves and keep an eye on your taps for those lively colors while you can. Before long, Bel Air Sour will roll off once again. Drink it fresh, share it far and enjoy. Most of all, remember to Party Tartly.

Tap That Glass: December 30

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This is it, folks. The final weekend of the year. The last gasp of 2016. What will the rising year hold for you? A new life? New hobbies, interests, perhaps a retooled love life? Will the international geopolitical scene finally stabilize in the face of crisis? Will Skittles end our long national nightmare and bring back the lime green Skittle instead of that foul green apple?

Spoiler alert: time is a construct built for calendar companies and philosophers to make money. New Years is just a good excuse for a party. But at least you know beer will still be there for you, no matter what arbitrary date demands your attention.

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 |

No cask this weekend, sorry! Better luck in the new year.

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: Hand & Seal (13.3% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Quintaceratops (10.9% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass

The Weekly Sixer: December 30

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Look, it’s the Friday before New Years. We know you’re pretending to work. Personally, I wrote this on Thursday and took Friday off. But if you’re still stuck in the office, you’ll need something to furrow your brow at so everyone knows you’re “really concentrating.”

For the final Weekly Sixer of 2016, please enjoy a roundup of some of our favorite year-end lists and long reads to send you into the holiday weekend. You’re welcome, thanks for reading, and we’ll see you when the calendar flips.

The Best New Beers of 2016: Our friend Niko Krommydas polled the best and brightest of New York City’s beer scene on their favorite new beers of 2016. Your trusty author was lucky enough to be included, and you can read through to see the closest thing to a direct answer I could give. No matter what, it’s a handy guide to what you should be keeping an eye out for at your corner bar and bottle shop.

First We Feast’s Favorite New Bars: From freshly sticky dives to upscale cocktail spots, 2016 featured a respectable roster of new watering holes for us all. Check out First We Feast’s list for your next date night, D&D meeting, or any other pick-me-up you need.

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The Best Bad Restaurant Reviews: All of the finest cringeworthy restaurant commentary and burn-inducing culinary one liners of 2016, all in one place. We generally follow Michael Jackson’s (not the King of Pop) model of only commenting on things we can praise, but this is some cutting work. Indulge in some rubbernecking.

Punch’s Drink Trends Pulse: Drink experts from all walks were polled by Punch on the most pervasive and controversial drink trends of the year, and whether they should stick around or be kicked to the curb. Whether or not you agree with their opinions, we can all acknowledge one thing: whoever is behind Edison bulbs these days is a business genius.

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Eater’s Favorite Long Reads: Just looked up at the clock and realized it’s not even lunch? Have no fear. This section is for you. Click through all of Eater’s favorite #longreads for the year, and then…

Serious Eats’ Favorite Long Reads, Too: …check out Serious Eats’ list while you’re at it. Who knows, you might even learn something new before the year is out. Good luck, party hard, party safe, and we’ll see you in 2017.

The Weekly Sixer: December 23

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mulan down to business A Christmas Miracle for Threes: Brooklyn natives Threes Brewing received town board approval for an expansion site in the Cutchogue Business Center on Long Island, marking a victory in a lengthy filing process. Threes founder Greg Doroski, a Mattituck native, now faces approval from the Suffolk County Board of Health before the plans can move ahead. We with Greg and the team best of luck, and look forward to much more Vliet in our futures.

How You Drank in 2016: Our friends at Paste Magazine rounded up some of the most celebrated and contentious booze trends of 2016, from the polarizing rise of the Northeast-style IPA to the delightful spread of bottled cocktails. Among the most exciting is the rise of “Methode Gueuze,” as made famous by Jester King and carried by a daring handful of breweries leading the charge in American-made spontaneously fermented beers. Here’s hoping these brewers continue their funky work for years to come. sesame street ernie buys 8 More Than Buying A Round: Cuban authorities attempted to settle a $276 million Cold War-era debt to Czechoslovakia this week by offering a settlement of approximately 135,000 tons of rum, or about 130 years of Czech consumption. Perhaps understandably, the Czechs patiently asked that the offer be amended to include cash or other compensation. “Limes and Coke are expensive these days,” an unnamed official most certainly did not state, “but we’re willing to purchase our own tiny umbrellas.”

Foragers Seek New Hops: As climate change continues to both be an absolute fact and a threat to temperate hop crops, some noble foragers are stepping up to the plate to seek out hardier strains of beer’s favorite vine. By searching for productive hops in the wilds of deserts and similar biomes, they hope to identify species that can be effectively bred and cross-bred to continue hop yields as the planet continues to warm up. With a glance at the ice caps, we can only echo the polar bears and ask them to hurry up their good work. woody and buzz flying Alewife To Start Brewing: Queens beer haven Alewife has filed an application to brew their own beer under the name Alewife Brewing Company in 2017. The bar has owned a pilot brewhouse system since 2015, and plans to launch their brewing with a pale ale and a wheat beer. Keep an eye out for an opening party– the Alewife crew can hang.

Stop Pretending You’re Being Productive: You’re reading this at work, aren’t you? Look, no one else is doing anything either. It’s a holiday weekend. Go home. Travelers, we’ll see you on the beer line at Penn Station. Good luck and celebrate safe.