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The Weekly Sixer: March 24

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Beer Brutality Breaks Bounds: New Zealand brewers Garage Project recently unveiled Dark Resonance, their 666th batch of beer and literally the most metal beer of recent news. To encourage circle pit-worthy levels of yeast activity, the brewery rigged up a submerged speaker and blasted the fermenting beer with an eleven-day, no-repeats playlist of the greatest and growliest in metal history. Horns up and glasses raised to these cvlt brewers.

Pass the Buck: Beer and booze prices can vary greatly from place to place due to taxes, area demand, and in the case of NYC, a systemic desire to frighten the timid and/or broke. But how much of your pint is actually going to the state? Read ‘em and weep with this MarketWatch list. If it’s any comfort, at least you know that money is being spent responsibly…somewhere.

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Living Your Fiction: For everyone who has dreamed of drinking in famed spots seen on shows like The Simpsons, Cheers, and quite a few that your author hasn’t quite gotten to yet, Supercall has you covered. While some, like the original inspiration for Cheers, are sure to be tourist traps, places like The Sidebar Tavern (The Wire) or The Billy Goat Tavern (SNL) are likely prime spots for a pilgrimage. Just remember to keep the binging to the shows.

Shower Thoughts: It’s one of those classic trivial facts that always lingers on the tip of your tongue: why do we call liquor spirits? We’d tell you, but we honestly forgot already. Let’s go check the article again and make sure we don’t…nope, forgot again. Get the answer and right it down here.

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Know Your Somms: You might know a bit about somms. Maybe you’ve even been meaning to watch Somm on Netflix. But did you know the Court of Sommeliers is over 700 years old? Or that there’s only 236 certified Master Sommeliers in the world? Get your geek hat on– yes, the propeller one– and learn about your new heroes.

Geek Nostalgia: We leave you this week with a beer geek’s walk down memory lane as Aaron Goldfarb dissects 2005, the year IPAs truly rose to market supremacy. Longtime drinkers will no doubt think back and trace along their roots, remembering the wild-haired IPAs of their youth and chuckling ruefully at times once had. New drinkers, well, this is what we creaky folks are thinking about when you catch us not paying attention. Enjoy your weekend, and may your IPAs always stay fresh.

Tap That Glass: March 24

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If you give a person a fish, they eat for a day. If you give a person a beer, they’re happy for a few minutes. If you teach a person to fish, they’ll ruin 70% of all conversations at any given party they attend for the rest of their lives. If you show a person where to find beer, you’ll make them happy for the rest of their days. Be responsible: pick up some lox and come hang with us.

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

The Weekly Sixer: March 17

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Cheers, Skol: Skol, a Brazilian brewery, hired six women to redesign a selection of their past ads as a visible step to move past their previous sexist ad practices. They released a video that shows the six artists springing from old poster designs to create new, vibrant art from what came before. We raise our glasses to their effort, and hope their commitment carries forward.

Liquor Takes The Case: California lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would roll back sales taxes on diapers and tampons and make up the difference with a comparatively small tax on liquor. The step would protect women and mothers throughout the state, which seems a perfectly good reason to spend a fraction more on your favorite bottles. A similar measure was previously vetoed on grounds of changeover costs, but hopes are high for the new measure.

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Rest in Peaches: We were saddened this week to learn that the celebrated food and culture zine Lucky Peaches will be shutting down, with site operations ending May 1 and a final issue launched in May. LP’s freewheeling combination of the delicious, the noteworthy, the intriguing and the former-guilty-pleasures will be dearly missed by many in the food and beverage community, and we wish them well.

Cripes, Where’s The Good News?: Here’s an upper for that downer: a company called Bad Larry’s Cold Hard Coffee is releasing cans of an alcoholic cold brew coffee drink. The cans will contain 180 mg of caffeine, or about double that of a cup of diner coffee, and clock 6% ABV. Consider your brunch plans forever changed.

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Vinepair’s Top Latin-Owned Breweries: Looking to celebrate Latino culture and support your local breweries? Vinepair has rounded up four of their favorites from around the culture, repping styles from traditional pilsners to edgy sours and adjunct-loaded stouts. We’d like to give a special shout out to our uptown neighbors at Dyckman Beer Company for proudly flying the NYC banner among their brethren.

Here’s To The Diamond: In the spirit of the weekend, we leave you this weekend with a tribute to one of our favorite neighborhood spots, reported by none other than the New Yorker. The Diamond has hosted a parade of events for us and plenty of other breweries, thrown parties, seances, and shows, and is still one of the most reliable spots to stop in for a quiet pint post-work. Cheers, neighbors!

Tap That Glass: March 17

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Friday marks one of the most revered beer-centric holidays: St. Patrick’s Day. If green beer isn’t for you, we’ve got you covered. If you’re a green beer fan, we have beer of many other colors. Stop by and celebrate old Erin with us, and remember to party smart this weekend– things can get out of hand when pinching is on the line.

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

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: 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 March 2017

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Just when you thought things were steady, the stars stirred the pot and set your reality a-tumbling. You’re going to need some help. Let Spiritual Guide Reverend Tim Rozmus read the signs for you and cast your beery lots for the month.

Aries (March 21- April 20): What started as a simple snow day liquor store run will escalate to viral status when a local news team broadcasts footage of you smashing your entire haul by slipping on black ice.

Taurus (April 21- May 20): By some miracle, the fates smile upon you this month. Enjoy the clear path while it lasts.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): You will awaken on the morning of March 18 to discover that you are, in fact, a leprechaun. Good luck on the new job!

Cancer (June 21- July 20): As you party on St. Patrick’s Day, ask yourself: is this beer supposed to be green, or are you drinking sanitizer again?

Leo (July 21- August 20): The stars are touched by your attempt to urge the change of seasons, but are too amused by the sight of you shivering in shorts to bother with starting spring.

Virgo (August 21- September 20): You will awaken on the morning of March 18 to discover that your spouse did, in fact, drink enough green beer to believe they are a leprechaun. Good luck talking them down.

Libra (September 21- October 20): Save time on your experiments: dumping in a stout will help your corned beef, but ruin your mashed potatoes. If you really can’t keep the beer in your glass, someone else should be cooking.

Scorpio (October 21- November 20): A sudden impulse will guide you to a hidden bottle of that beer you’ve been looking for on your supermarket’s shelves; buy it. That impulse will also demand you drink it on the spot; pay first.

Sagittarius (November 21- December 20): You will win a debate over the proper use of the idiom, “there’s more than one way to skin a cat.” It will not be enough to stop you from breaking a molar on a bottle cap instead of using the proffered churchkey.

Capricorn (December 21- January 20): You will awaken on the morning of March 18 to discover that you did, in fact, knock an entire bottle of an ancient potion into your friend’s beer the night before and turn them into a leprechaun. Good luck explaining this.

Aquarius (January 21- February 20): Whatever fun you had in February better last you for a while, because March is coming for you like a lion. Avoid happy hours, new shoelaces, and cats of all sizes.

We’re On For April at Route 66 Smokehouse

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We know, we know: April is too early for summer, according to some people. These are the same sort of people who gave us the archetype of the hard-nosed principal in 80s teen movies. Long story short: Summer Ale is good. The days are getting warmer, and longer, and in some areas of our distribution, it already feels like summer. Therefore, Summer Ale is hitting the road, and Route 66 Smokehouse is getting some of the first kegs in New York City.

We’re the official April Beer of the Month at Route 66 Smokehouse, and yes, we’re bringing plenty of Summer Ale. We’re also bringing along the classic Brooklyn Lager and the lovely Sorachi Ace to hold things down. Come through, grab some quality barbecue, and settle in with a few beers. If anyone gives you trouble for ordering a Summer Ale in April, send them our way. We think we’ve got a pretty airtight case.

The Weekly Sixer: March 10

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Beer Mansion Is Coming: We usually keep personal news out of the Sixer, but Beer Mansion is too cool to miss. The Mash Tour is bringing Beer Mansion to eight cities around the world this year, and we’re unnaturally excited to show you all what we’ve been working on. We’re talking oceans of beer from us and local breweries, food, music, art, tech, and just sheer armloads of weird and wacky stuff. This is the sort of party we would want to go to, and trust us: we go to some bizarre parties. Early Bird tickets are on sale for Brooklyn and the rest of our cities are on the way, so stay tuned.

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Margaritaville Ages Gracefully: Continuing his reign as the Most Confusingly Licensed Man on Earth, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville empire will now extend to a tropical Florida “active adult community.” The Margaritaville license has already been applied to frozen dinners, gas-powered blenders (which, for the record, are fantastic), clothing, furniture, pre-made drink mixes and more, so of course a retirement home made sense. Jimmy, if you’re reading this, tell these folks to lay off the tequila.

Illinois Considers Cool Parent Bill: Illinois lawmakers introduced a bill this week that would allow 18 year olds to drink beer or wine at restaurants with parental supervision. Similar laws already in place in Connecticut, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, Texas, and Wyoming have met with critical approval and a general improvement in dinner conversations. Bar trivia will remain a safe place, as the law specifically excepts hard liquor and drinking bars for the younger crowd.

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DIY Whiskey Goes Big: A homemade whiskey blend called “California Gold” has taken the tasting circuit by storm, beating out scores of top-shelf competitors with its secret formula. Supplied solely by a man with the nom de guerre Danny Strongwater, the blend represents a certain level of in-the-know in certain circles, and has started handing out upsets at competitions. If you can’t track down an elusive bottle, try making your own at home. We promise it’s classier than that “blended punch” you made for college parties.

One Woman Keeps Sunny’s Alive: To close this week’s round up, we raise our glasses to Sunny’s proprietor Tune Balzano Johansen. She has single-handedly kept the landmark bar open since her husband’s death last March, building on twenty years as de facto business manager. After a very public court battle between several Balzano family heirs and Brooklyn developers, Johansen retained control of the bar but must raise $2.6 million in the next six months. Read up, and grab a ferry timetable. We’re all needed in Red Hook.

Tap That Glass: March 10

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There’s only one way to handle the rollercoaster weather hitting us lately: give up entirely, dress in layers, and rely on beer as the last bastion of sense in a disorderly universe. Remember, travel might stink this weekend, but once you’re here, there’s beer, including some of the last of our experimental Golden Pale and Ruby Raspberry Sour. Don’t miss out.

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)

  • Sorachi Ace (7.2% ABV)
  • Greenmarket Wheat (5.0% ABV)
  • American Ale (4.5% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour Ale (5.8% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (6.7% ABV)  
  • Signal:Noise (5.5% ABV) *Worshipful Company of Brewers release by Scott Simpson
  • Blast! (8.4% ABV)
  • BBR&D: Golden Pale Ale (4.5% ABV) *Very limited release juicy pale ale brewed with Ella hops
  • Cassock (6.5% ABV) *Very limited release abbey dubbel
  • BBR&D: Ruby Raspberry Sour (5% ABV) *Very limited release raspberry sour
  • BBR&D: West IPA (7% ABV) *Very limited release old-school West Coast IPA

Cask Offering | 1 tokens

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: 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

Big News: Beer Mansion Is on the Road With The Mash

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Your long wait is over, Mash disciples: The Brooklyn Brewery Mash is hitting the road to bring Beer Mansion to eight cities around the world this year. We’re talking a mansion-ful of unlimited beer, live music, stellar food from Eater, beer from local breweries, augmented reality, the Garden of Eatin’ Chip Wall, interactive art, more beer, the McClure’s Extreme Bloody Mary Bar, tasteful glassware, prodigious facial hair, and yes, even more beer, among a long list of other tricks, surprises and fun.

We know it sounds like we’ve gone off the rails. “You mentioned beer, like, three times.” Make that four, friend. And don’t say “like” when you can be exact. “Augmented reality?” Yes, augmented reality, kind drinker. “What the hell is a Chip Wall?” Well, we don’t want to spoil the surprise. But you’ll find out, and depending on your city you might be finding out soon.

For the first time in Mash history, we’re starting the tour in Brooklyn on April 21 and 22. The entire tour runs through October:

Tickets for Brooklyn are already on sale, and the rest of the tour will follow soon. In the meantime, get over to brooklynbrewerymash.com for the latest, and start planning your trips. There’s never been a spectacle quite like Beer Mansion. Don’t miss your chance to come in and stay for a while.