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Tap That Glass: September 30

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As fall deepens and October comes upon us, Post Road Pumpkin Ale is returning to our Tasting Room taps! Well, it’s returning once the very last of the Area 291 is poured, drank, and properly mourned, for it was a beautiful beer in its time. Come on down and help us keep the seasons a-rolling.

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

Hecla Iron Ale (3.4% ABV) A lightly roasty, gently bitter, and incredibly beguiling session dark ale. Named for the iron foundry that once called our Brooklyn headquarters home, Hecla is a surprisingly refreshing reminder that dark beers can be as nimble as any dancer. 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: Wild Streak (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: The Discreet Charm of the Framboisie (7.3% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass

The Weekly Sixer: September 30

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Hangover Free Booze?: A scientist who clearly never read any fables or decent science fiction announced that he is close to perfecting a substance that will render a user pleasantly intoxicated with no side effects and no hangover. We personally regard any such pleasure with no consequences as the work of the devil, and meet it with suspicion. That attitude might change with, say, tonic and a lemon twist, but we’ll see.

Or Enhanced Booze: Following a lengthy approval process from the FDA, cannabis-infused beer from Dad & Dude’s Breweria in– where else?– Colorado may be available nationwide as early as next year. Of course, the beer does not actually contain any THC and will not get a drinker high. But it still might be safe to stock up on snack foods ahead of any releases in your neighborhood.

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Burger and Burger-Beer: One of the world’s finest pairings is getting an odd spin as New Belgium prepares to release a beer brewed to taste like a burger. Specifically, it is intended to echo the teriyaki-and-pineapple notes of the Banzai Burger at Red Robin, which we admit sounds much more approachable and far less like some new Soylent Green. Besides, it’s burgers and beer– they would never hurt us.

Deftones Release Beer: California metal crossover outfit the Deftones are releasing a beer with Belching Beaver Brewery, dubbed Phantom Bride IPA after a track on their recent album Gore. Setting this beer about from the metal-inflected pack is the fact that lead singer Chino Moreno hand-picked the hops for the beer himself, and is evidently a big beer fan. Cheers for the hard work, Chino!

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From the History Books: A tale from ancient Rome made the rounds this week after it turned out that Cleopatra and her lover Marc Antony had a secret drinking club dubbed the “Inimitable Livers.” Aside from their partying prowess, we stand in awe of Cleopatra’s ability to come up with the greatest punk band name of all time some centuries before punk was actually invented. Long live punk, and long live the queen.

Cornell Advances Cider: Science buffs and cider geeks, rejoice: Cornell University is dedicating some serious sweat equity to advancing apples. Scientists at the school are making groundbreaking strides in improving orchard growing techniques and processing to ensure plenty of top-tier cider for years to come in the face of booming demand. Here’s hoping they start a sister program dedicated to making warm apple cider donuts available outside of orchards three trains and a taxi from anywhere.

Steins Up For Shacktoberfest

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As an admittedly large person working in beer, eating healthy is a primary concern of mine. I say “concern” because it is the most polite way of describing my face as I look at yet another sad-yet-healthy salad lunch. Day in and day out, I toil at the grindstone of this diet, and truth be told it mostly works. But yesterday, I deemed myself a free man and headed to Shake Shack for lunch instead with some brave coworkers to truly eat lunch, not just consume it.

Seeing as the Brooklyn Brewery brews Shackmeister Ale specifically for Shake Shack’s burgers (oh! those burgers!), it’s no secret that we love the place. We particularly treated ourselves by trying the entire special menu in place for Shacktoberfest. Black Forest and Apfelstrudel shakes, soft pretzels, a bratwurst-topped Brat Burger, and a special Shackmeister Brat served with cheese sauce and Shackmeister-marinated fried shallots, plus some steins of beer, sounds like a lot of food. And to be fair, it is. Here, look closer:

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As we took turns passing around food items, we reached a unanimous and impassioned conclusion. While the rest of the menu was great in its own right– particularly the nap-inducing apfelstrudel– the Shackmeister Brat was head and shoulders above the rest.

After a brief struggle to determine how to bite the heaping dish, the eater is rewarded with a headrush of hearty Old World flavor. Shake Shack’s justifiably famous griddle imparts an incredible smoky-charred snap to the brat. The crunchy shallots rain forth after, before everything is married in a rush of cheese sauce to become truly greater than the sum of its parts. A sip of beer to pull your tongue back to earth, and you were back to the experience.

I had an audible reaction to each bite, ranging from gentle murmurs to half-shouted unprintables. If you’d shown me a picture of leather overalls, I would have transcended timespace altogether and landed in Munich. And yes, we ended up ordering cheese fries as a misguided sort of dessert.

Truth be told, I may be going slightly overboard on the description of this divine sausage. But if you can’t trust a food recommendation from a lifelong patron of the “husky” section, recently freed from a salad-barred, self-inflicted gustatory prison, who can you trust? Show me that person, and I’ll show you someone who strapped their FitBit to the dog to make up steps.

Shake Shack’s Shacktoberfest menu is, sadly, coming to a close after this Sunday, October 2. Be sure to treat yourself and pick up the souvenir stein, filled with either our Shackmeister or our malty Oktoberfest lager. Just remember: you must order the brat, and you only need one order of cheese fries for the table after.

Mash Files: A Chef’s Dream in Paris

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Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson spends lots of time on the road with our Mash Tour. Today, hear more about his time in Paris cooking with the world-famous team at Septime.

Paris is the motherland for a chef. Teeming with decadent bistros, cafes, patisseries, boulangeries, cheese shops, and  butchers, where you can stumble upon a menagerie of deliciousness around every corner. Walking the streets of Paris you start to realize that this one street of wonder seems to be repeated over and over again on every other Rue. But when one has had their fill of traditional Foie Gras terrines, escargot drowned in aromatic herbed butter, steak au poivre, or chewy and flavor full blood rare bavette, you only have to find your way to the 11th Arrondissement for some respite.  

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On Rue de Charonne, a main street that intersects this hub of artists, food pioneers, and bon vivants, there is Septime and Clamato. Chef and owner Bertrand Grebaut is one of the young chefs revolutionizing the Parisian food experience. This rebellion is nothing new. Chefs tired of the white tablecloth pomp and circumstance have been changing the way Parisians eat for a few years now, but none quite so deliciously as Bertrand and his team.

The relaxed atmosphere, casual but attentive service, and dedication to constantly rotating local menus sourced at the nearby market seems like a Brooklyn construct but tastes of Parisian perfection.  Bertrand takes magnificent products and seasons them expertly to allow their flavors to shine. His improvisational menus keep him and the team constantly seeking new ideas from menus that range from composed light, fresh dishes to hearty comfort foods more reminiscent of the French tradition.  

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Preservation of food traditions is important, especially when the traditions are such a key part of national identity like France and Italy. But it is also necessary to grow, to explore and to innovate. These places are not a far departure from the classic French sensibility of more butter, intensely reduced bone sauces, and dairy rich plates, but they do offer a fresh take that is refreshing and beyond satisfying.

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Along with this new wave of restaurants Paris is also embracing beer at the table as more and more top-quality domestics, imports and locally crafted beers become easily available.  I think this idea of casual dining with Michelin quality cuisine is the perfect platform to showcase the versatility of beer and its ability to elevate a dining experience, and this is exactly what we did at Septime.

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From tuna crudo in a light, refreshing tomato broth to smoked guinea hen, diners got to taste a slew of limited and unreleased beers that matched the nuance and complexity of these dishes with an acuity that will make our guests question their wine choices the next time they order a beverage with their meal. Whether it’s to accompany a simple plate of snails, or a shrimp crudo with seaweed, plums and smoked vinegar, beer is their answer.  

 

Oktoberfest On The Go with FoodKick

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The yearly Oktoberfest celebrations have made fall one of the most important seasons to beer drinkers. Sure, the return of hearty, malty beers in the face of fall is worth celebrating on its own, but the world’s biggest beer festival seriously raises the stakes. It’s easy to participate around the world, but what do you do when you’re confronted with last minute plans, or you’re just not feeling up to walking to your corner store?

Enter FoodKick, the express delivery service from FreshDirect. Throw in your shopping list– beer, sausage, and pretzels come to mind– and order. Within an hour, your shopping arrives at your door. Best of all, from now until Friday, September 30 you can order up all your Oktoberfest needs and not pay for shipping.  We personally recommend our treasured Oktoberfest lager. We can’t quite recommend trying to slide into those old leiderhosen, but go for it. Oktoberfest is only once a year.

Trivia Goes American at The Recovery Room

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Bar trivia is a delicate balance of applying enough beer to soothe your jangling nerves, but not quite so much that you can’t remember the year of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 point game or the name of that one song (1962, and Isn’t She Lovely, in our case.) Fortunately, The Recovery Room Tavern in Charleston, South Carolina has you covered for the month of October.

Stop in at the weekly trivia night each Thursday at 8:45 PM and snag some American Ales to keep your team running smooth. Plus, one round each week will be American-themed questions, so you’ll have a bit of a studying edge. Each week will also feature some sweet Brooklyn Brewery prizes to sweeten the pot.

Above all when you’re playing trivia, remember that it’s supposed to be fun. Don’t go after your teammates for easy whiffs. Instead, save it up for the inevitable self-loathing when you completely blank on who wrote Good Will Hunting. Trivia is about complementary teamwork, and American Ale is here to help.

The Weekly Sixer: September 23

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The True Champion of the People: Ultra runner Karl Meltzer set a new speed record for running the Appalachian Trail this week, covering 2,190 miles and 14 states in just 45 days, 22 hours and 38 minutes. His fuel for the run was not the chalky protein supplements of most runners or the all-vegan diet of the previous record holder. Instead, Meltzer threw back a few beers each night, regularly ran with bacon and candy in his pockets, and occasionally took in a pick-me-up of an entire pint of ice cream. He celebrated completing the run by eating an entire pepperoni pizza with a beer or two. We stand in awe of Meltzer’s commitment to both running and a diet straight out of a college dorm, and wish him many more beery runs to come.

Bruges Beer Pipeline Opens: The celebrated beer pipeline in Bruges went into operation this week, moving 1,000 gallons of beer each hour. This also kicks off the beginning of the free beer for life perks for their investors, ranging from the occasional case for small investments to “a bottle a day” for heftier contributors. No word on if those lucky folks will also receive celebratory koozies, but we can’t imagine they’re too concerned.

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Your Friends Are Jerks, Vol. 1: According to a study released this week, people in social groups will change their beer orders when with a group to avoid the misguided “shame” of copying someone else’s order. The study revealed that people who changed their beer order thusly often regretted the decision. This seems like a real no-brainer to us: drink what you like. If your friend likes it too, capital work on finding someone else with impeccable taste. Next question.

Your Friends Are Jerks, Vol. 2: In another study burdening your simple brain with the burden of your social life, scientists claimed that being around noticeably drunker peers caused people to underestimate their actual level of intoxication. The reverse also held true: if you’re the only one drinking in a group of teetotalers, you’re more likely to report feeling more drunk. We’re not sure how much money this study cost, but you can prove this hypothesis with a single trip to any karaoke bar. Have fun and be careful!

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Head Brewer Jane Austen: Has a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? Based on letters from the famous author to her sister Cassandra, Austen was a prolific homebrewer who specialized in spruce beer. During Austen’s life in the late 1700′s and early 1800s, women were primarily responsible for making beer at home, earning the title “brewsters.” Once beer moved to a factory setting, men muscled the women aside. Next time you crack a beer or a book, toast to Jane, the great lady brewers of history and the women of the modern beer industry as they continue to change the game.

While We’re On History: Your Friday slacking material is here: take a look inside the long-abandoned Yuengling steam brewing facility in Richmond, Virginia. The history is terrific, but the real fodder is imagining a supervillain taking up residence in those gloomy brick tunnels. The place looks tailor-made for maniacal laughter, sinister machines, and maybe a musical number or two. The story is yours to write– it’s not like the rest of your office is focusing right now. Have fun!

Tap That Glass: September 23

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Over the brewery coffee machine this morning, a debate sprung up over whether it was too early for beer. The argument was short-lived at best, as we all quickly agreed that it’s never too early for beer. Maybe you wouldn’t want to start your day with a rich, dank barleywine or turbocharged imperial stout, but a spritzy wheat or pale ale? We say go for it. Just make sure you’re not overdoing it, of course. Oh, and don’t try to do it here– we don’t open until noon on the weekends.

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

Best Bitter (5% ABV) It can be a challenge to truly call something the best. What defines “bestness,” armchair philosophers ask? In this case, it’s because the beer is delicious, silky and soothing, and we’re right. Quiet your brain and enjoy. 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: Wild Streak (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: The Discreet Charm of the Framboisie (7.3% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass

It’s Burger and Beer Time at The Cupping Room

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It’s difficult to improve on beer. But adding a good burger or two certainly helps. From September 28 through the end of October, The Cupping Room will be featuring our beers alongside their treasured Wednesday burger deal during happy hour.

Imagine it now: you finally drag yourself across the finish line of another work day, slumping as you realize it’s only the middle of the week. You shamble down Broadway, duck into a seat, and everything changes. A whiff of char, a burst of cheese and soft, generous bun– a burger, just for you. And a beer! With little or no thought, you polish both off. You’ve never been a poet, but suddenly you feel a certain kind of way about the rest of the week.

Get out there and conquer, friend. Just remember the beer and burger that picked you up when you needed it. We’ll be at the next table if you want to thank us in person.