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The Weekly Sixer: April 28

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Jaw-Dropping Record: UK native Bruce Masters has set a truly stunning record for most pubs visited, with an official count of 46,495 unique drinking establishments dropped in upon from 1960-2014. That works out to roughly one new pub a day for 128 years, and about $186,000 spent if he ordered just a single beer in each new spot. We’d like to say we aspire to Masters’ level, but we’re honestly more confused that he never found a regular spot to settle in and learn the bartenders’ names. Better luck next time, Bruce.

More Booze For Penn Station: A new Pret a Manger coming to Penn Station recently confirmed it will follow its European model and offer beer and wine for sale. This is particularly important at Penn Station, where train beers are the last defense between an orderly commute and a complete shattering of social order. We salute them for doing their patriotic duty.

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Even More Booze For Midtown: Continuing the campaign to make Midtown crowds more bearable, the team at Tipsy Scoop is opening up with boozy ice cream in Kips Bay. We’re talking a full 5% ABV equivalent per scoop, which is just the right amount to preserve walking agility while mellowing you towards the inexplicable gaggle of tourists blocking the sidewalk for a photo. It’s still unacceptable, but at least you’ll be calm.

Alright, Let’s Calm Down: Groupon, of all entities, is releasing a Prosecco Nail Polish, just in time to disappoint your long-suffering mom on Mother’s Day. The polish is edible and allegedly smells and tastes like the real thing, because nothing says “I couldn’t afford a real gift” like jamming your fingers in your mouth.

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Update Your Stash: Any fool can pick up a few cheap bottles for a party, but sometimes you need liquor that tastes good and won’t break your budget. Enter this list of affordable and quality brands ready for cocktails, neat, or swigging straight from the neck and still having a few bucks for tacos.We’re not saying the rest of your life needs to be balanced, but your budget can be helpful.

Geek, Out: Readers of this column will recognize David Wondrich as a frequent source of news, ruminations, and recipes. Take a look inside his world and be inspired to start collecting your own historical cocktail implements. Or, at the very least, decide to drink something decent this weekend. Good luck out there.

Tap That Glass: April 28

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With the weather warming up this weekend, we just might unleash Caliente BCS to bring the heat. We’re talking about the legendary depths of our Black Chocolate Stout lit aflame by a blend of some of the hottest peppers on Earth. Be careful if you see it– it’s a doozy.

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 tokens

Black Ops (11.6% ABV) The original Ghost Bottle. The Big Barrel. The Beer That Does Not Exist. Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels and hand-blessed by all Creation. Your quest is over, so drink deep– you’ve earned it. Created by Eric Brown.

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: April 21

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Literally the only news this week is Brooklyn Beer Mansion: For real. Come down. Drink and eat and dance and art with us. You’ll even meet the author of this goofy series. He’ll be the big Viking-looking one with the crazed eyes of a dedicated caffeine enthusiast. Come say hello!

No really, that’s it.

Fine, here’s five fun facts that’ll count as news:

+ Beer foam contains roughly 30% beer and 70% air. By comparison, ice cream generally contains about 30% air and 70% ice cream. Isn’t that weird?

+ Swans are one of the only birds that mate for life. If one partner dies, the other will often serve as a guardian of the rest of the flock, and usually picks up an annoying habit like collecting toilet mugs.

+ Salting your eggs before you cook them will result in a fluffier scramble. Salting your eggs after you cook them better not involve a Salt Bae reference unless you want to vacuum after.

+ Bourbon is the official spirit of the United States. No one wants to be reminded of this at a bar, so keep it to yourself unless you’re playing trivia.

+ The Queen of England keeps a pack of corgis not out of traditional obligation, but because she knows you can’t have a dog in your tiny apartment and wants to rub it in a bit. She can do that. She’s the Queen.

See you at Beer Mansion!

Get Uproarious At The Women in Comedy Festival

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Get your funny pants on, Boston: the Women in Comedy Festival is taking over venues across the city from April 19-23 to bring you show after show of top-tier comedy from around the country. It can be difficult to find things to laugh about these days, but trust us when we tell you that these comedians have you well taken care of.

We believe nothing goes better with comedy than beer, so naturally we’re bringing plenty of beer to all of the shows at The Rockwell and The Somerville Theater. You’ll see even more of us– and yes, even more beer– on closing night, as we’re putting on both the Festival Closing Show and Womanhood: Starring Aparna Nancherla and Jo Firestone on April 23. Aparna and Jo have both previously performed in our Tasting Room, so we’ll be there…unless we go over to the Closing Show. Or both. We’ll get back to you.

No matter which shows you choose (or run between), it’s sure to be one of Boston’s funniest weekends. Get out there and enjoy yourself; the real world can wait until the next workweek.

Tap That Glass: April 21

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Wait, what are you doing here? You know Brooklyn Beer Mansion is this weekend, right? Rooms and rooms of unlimited beer ring a bell? Craveworthy food vendors? Straight up magic? Right, that jogged your memory. Anyway, get your tickets here, then come hang. It’s going to be a wild weekend in Brooklyn.

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 tokens

Black Ops (11.6% ABV) The original Ghost Bottle. The Big Barrel. The Beer That Does Not Exist. Russian imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels and hand-blessed by all Creation. Your quest is over, so drink deep– you’ve earned it. Created by Eric Brown.

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: April 14

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Raise A Glass To Charlie Murphy: We toast this weekend in memory of Charlie Murphy, excellent comedian and Brooklyn native, who died this week in New York City. Charlie Murphy’s work resonated deeply with many of us at the Brewery, particularly the goofballs behind this column, and we pay our deepest respects to him and his family.

As Long As We’re Sad: Danish nurses made Carsten Flemming Hansen’s dying wish come true at the Aarhus University Hospital this week, wheeling the sick man to a hospital balcony for a final glass of white wine, cigarette, and view of the sunset before he died at the age of 77. To distract yourself from this line of stories, think about what you’d choose for your final drink. Just don’t share it while you’re at the bar– people will get all weird about it.

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Cheer Up With Rick Astley: The world isn’t all loss, of course. Consider the sheer care-to-the-wind joy of Rick Astley– yes, of Rick Rolling fame– brewing with Mikkeller recently. We covered the announcement of this project, but Munchies went and got the evidence from brew day. Astley’s Northern Hop is a dry red lager, and is starting to hit taps in England this week.

America Wines Up: The numbers are in, and Americans drank a whopping 4.24 billion bottles of wine last year. This marks the sixth year the USA has been the top wine drinker in the world, besting France by a sizable billion bottle gap. This works out to roughly 13.3. bottles of wine for every single citizen of our great country, which means that quite a few people are pulling more than their weight. Great teamwork, everyone!

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Beer Travel On A Budget: If the only thing holding you back from a country-hopping beer bash of a vacation is your painfully empty wallet, worry no more: the updated list of the cheapest beer cities in the world is in!. Bratislava, Slovakia takes top honors, practically giving it away for an average of just $1.65 USD per beer. Of course, we can also learn from the list’s other finding that beer from the supermarket is significantly cheaper than out on the town; why not try a staycation and not bother your friends on Instagram?

Easter Beer Hunt: Sure, you could hunt for eggs on Easter, but what about beer? Both of them are equally unlikely to be produced by a rabbit, so we say go wild. Bust out your craft supplies and have some fun. Just make sure you warn your family first, as you don’t want to be stuck explaining how you’ve ruined yet another holiday with your “little beer hobby.” Happy hunting!

Tap That Glass: April 14

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We’re one week out from Brooklyn Beer Mansion, and our Tasting Room is a perfect place to prepare. Drink beers, buy tickets, and compare notes– you might even catch a preview of the soundtrack, and maybe a test run of the oddities heading to the fest. Seriously, you don’t want to miss this party. Get your tickets and get ready.

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 tokens

Naranjito with Cocoa Nibs (4.5% ABV) It’s a bit of everything we like in a quality mole sauce– a smack of citrus, a touch of cocoa, a fair dash of “what god allowed us to have such beauty”– refracted into a beer. Perfect for many Mexican dishes and confusing spring weather. Created by Eric Brown.

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

Everything You Need Is At Food Book Fair

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Food Book Fair has been bringing together the most important things in life for six years in New York City. Food, books, and even if it’s not in the title, beer, take center stage throughout the festival as a parade of events celebrate the intersection of the literary and delicious. We’re proud to join up with our friends once again to take part in this veritable spread of food and books around the city, and make sure that beer fits in there, too.

We’re particularly please to be a part of Dinner & Some Movies, the kickoff to the festival. Our Chef Andrew Gerson is teaming up with Chef Chinchakriya Un on Kreung to prepare a traditional hands-in-plates Cambodian feast. Film studio On Plate will feature a selection of films telling stories of diaspora from Haiti, Mexico, Lebanon, Korea and beyond. The evening promises to be a powerful reminder of these stories, including the ones Kreung now works to heal in Chef Un’s native village.

Tickets for Dinner & Some Movies and all the rest of Food Book Fair are available now on their site. Pick up yours and meet us out in the city for one of our favorite cultural celebrations.

Hub City Is Upping The Baseball Beer Game

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It’s hard to improve on baseball season. The crack of the bats, the snacks, the age-old traditions, and yes, the perfectly acceptable reason to drink beer on beautiful afternoons. Hub City in New Brunswick knows your style, and they’ve got you covered. All baseball season long, every pint, every day, is just $4. Four bucks! That’s literally one sip of beer in stadium prices, and the vendor gets to make fun of you instead of giving you change.

Whether you’re reveling in the early thrill of the start of the season or starting to have serious opinions– or doubts– about the postseason, take heart in the fact that Hub City has taken such care of you for the season. Come down and grab a pint or two– we’ll be the ones who still believe in rally caps.