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Tap That Glass: August 11

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There’s a couple serious gems on tap this weekend. First up, our latest Worshipful Company of Brewers release hits the taps. Tecnico Rudo is a robust American Strong Ale from our own Pedro Escobar, as well as an invitation to explore the wide world of lucha. Then, a real white whale: our cask is the famed Bel Air Sour, on peaches. Get here before we drink it all.

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)
  • American Ale (4.5% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Defender Golden IPA (6.7% ABV)  
  • Blast! (8.4% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV) *Limited release orange peel pale ale
  • Summer Ale (5% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV)
  • 2016 Vintage Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
  • Buster Beer V (4.8% ABV) *Citrusy, refreshing saison brewed with experimental hops to benefit Ales for ALS
  • Long Meadow Gold (4.5% ABV) *Limited release laid-back pale ale brewed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park
  • BB R&D: Summer Sour (4.5% ABV) *Very limited release beach-ready sour ale with notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and lemon
  • Tecnico Rudo (7.3% ABV) *Very limited release brawny but welcoming American Strong Ale. Brewed for the Worshipful Company of Brewers by Pedro Escobar

Cask Offering | 1 tokens

Bel Air On Peaches (5.8% ABV)– Everyone’s favorite breezy sour ale, aged on fresh peaches for an irresistibly juicy and pleasantly tart summer treat. 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: Kiwi’s Playhouse (8.1% 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

Beer Mansion in the White City

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We’re not talking about Minas Tirith: Chicago Beer Mansion is coming to Morgan’s on Fulton on Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23 from 6-10 PM. We’re talking rooms upon rooms of beer, music, food, beer, tech, surprises, beer, near-magic, beer, and good old-fashioned hanging around. Every ticket receives:

+ Free reign in the Mansion for one night
+ A tasting glass good for unlimited pours of beers & cider from The Brooklyn Brewery, Solemn Oath, MARZ, Hopewell, and Whiner Beer
+ Revolutionary food from Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson
+ Live performances by Connections and Peter Stringer-Hye (Friday), and Deeper and Negative Scanner (Saturday)
+ Other wild, weird, and delightful surprises including the Garden of Eatin’ Chip Wall, McClure’s Bloody Mary Bar, Lawless Jerky, Reckless Records, Logan Arcade, Trouble In Mind, and more

Food will be available for purchase from the base-meal dream team: Budlong Hot Chicken and Bombay Wraps, all thanks to Eater. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Chicago Food Depository.

Don’t sleep on getting tickets. Early Birds can pick them up for $45, but Regular Birds have to pay $50 and Tardy Birds have to fork over $65. Grab your tickets here and we’ll see you inside.

The Worshipful Company of Brewers, Part XVII: “Tecnico Rudo” by Pedro Escobar

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The Worshipful Company of Brewers is once again upon us. The charter of this sanctified league dictates that each member of the Brooklyn Brewery brewing team will design and create a batch of his or her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively at the Brewery Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps.

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Beer #17: Tecnico Rudo
Meaning: In lucha wrestling, a tecnico is a good guy, or “face,” and a rudo is a bad guy, or “heel.” The literal translation could also be read as “rude technician.” This will make more sense in a minute.
Style: American Strong Ale
ABV: 7.3%
Notes: Brawny, bold, and in-your-face, with a distinct, lingering bitterness, hype-worthy malts and a gently boozy, lingering finish.
Availability: Friday, August 11 until it’s gone.

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Brewer #17: Pedro Escobar
Age: 29
Started at Brooklyn Brewery: May 2014
Favorite Drinking Spot: The Bronx Alehouse, located 10 minutes from Pedro’s old stomping grounds in Yonkers
Current Favorite Wrestlers: Stone Cold, Fenix, Pentagon Jr.
Brewer’s Notes: One of Pedro’s first loves in craft beer was the classic American Strong Ale: bold, sticky, and unrelenting, with plenty of bitterness and heaps of malt sweetness that made his favorite beers impossible to downplay. Viewed alongside Pedro’s love of heavy metal, lucha wrestling, and fixing machines with hammers, this makes sense. It’s a beer meant to be enjoyed with hard-working, hard-partying friends and family, preferably while loudly arguing over Metallica albums, cheering for moonsaults, or taking a well-earned break after installing some hardware. Raise a glass for Tecnico Rudo.

Beeroscopes August 2017

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In these chaotic times the future is hidden to all but our resident and totally legit medium. Let Spiritual Guide Reverend Tim Rozmus read the signs for you and cast your beery lots for the month.

Aries (March 21- April 20): A light-hearted day on the water will turn into a survival scenario when it turns out you remembered the beer, but no one brought food. Designate a skipper and play it safe.

Taurus (April 21- May 20): Your summer fling/budding relationship will hit an unexpected stumbling block when your significant other turns out to be one of those people that gets excited about finding fall beers in midsummer.

Gemini (May 21-June 20)You might as well stop reading the news. Honestly, is it helping your day? The stars didn’t think so.

Cancer (June 21- July 20): There might have been some sort of mistake, but the stars claim you’ll have a perfectly ordinary month. That’s safe, at least.

Leo (July 21- August 20): A promising relationship will wither unexpectedly. Nonetheless, you will rebound thanks to an unexpected six-pack of pumpkin ale on your grocery store shelf.

Virgo (August 21- September 20)A baleful planet casts a shadow over the month ahead, and all you do is dangerous. Avoid Tupperware, wall-mounted bottle openers, and petting zoos.

Libra (September 21- October 20)No one minds a little bit of day drinking at the water park, you said. Yes we do, the police responded.

Scorpio (October 21- November 20): Mars, the red planet, cautions you to remember the first rule of inviting people to a last-minute weekend trip: invite friends you actually like.

Sagittarius (November 21- December 20): People will definitely be impressed with your flawless beer-can chicken, hot off the grill. People will be less impressed if they found out you dropped it on the way to the table.

Capricorn (December 21- January 20): Remember to take some time to stare, slack-jawed and wondering, at the endless night sky. Also remember to apply bug spray before the slack-jawed stage.

Aquarius (January 21- February 20)A lucky celestial conjunction shines a light on your path ahead, at least for now. Enjoy your month of fortune, because it certainly won’t last.

Pisces (February 21- March 20): It is perfectly polite to applaud a particularly beautiful sunset. It is less acceptable when doing so inside a subway car.

The Weekly Sixer: July 28

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Well, What Else Were We Going To Lead With?: If you’re here, you probably already know that we’re teaming up with 21st Amendment and Funkwerks on an innovative new project that will allow us to work together, party together, and get even more excellent beer in your hands. If you haven’t, go click that link and catch up.

Drink Your Art: A boom in can designs have put label art back in the spotlight, and beer writer Josh Bernstein has the lowdown on some of the best and brightest in the game right now. Read up, then join our noble hunt for a transparent koozie that will allow for art appreciation and dry fingers alike.

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Sunny’s Signs On: Red Hook fixture and frequent Weekly Sixer feature Sunny’s officially signed new terms this week, locking in the future of the treasured bar. Owner Tone Johansen has run fundraisers, endured legal battles, and rallied the community to save the place. If you haven’t been, get down there this weekend– the ferry is walking distance.

New Neighbors: Downtown Brooklyn welcomed its newest brewery this week with the opening of Circa Brewing. Helmed by Sixpoint alum Danny Bruckert in the brewhouse and brother Luke in the kitchen, the session-forward beers and wood-fired cuisines are ready for all to explore. Get there before the brunch lines hit.

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Drink In The Music: Everyone has their party anthems, but it takes some dedicated geekery to track down all the drinking mentions in pop hits over the past couple of decades. Luckily, Vinepair wrangled it for you. Hit the charts, then enjoy a well-earned early-00s YouTube k-hole to finish off your workday.

No Really, Read The News: Did you make it all the way here and still not read up about our new project? Come on, y’all. Click that link and read more from Nico Preccia from 21st Amendment. Then consider if you’re just openly being difficult. It happens.

Tap That Glass: July 28

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What a week, right? This weekend is probably the right time to rein in a bit. Get some laundry done, pay the bills. Life stuff.

Or, come hang with us and drink beer. The rest of that nonsense can wait for a weeknight.

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)
  • American Ale (4.5% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (6.7% ABV)  
  • Blast! (8.4% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV) *Limited release orange peel pale ale
  • Summer Ale (5% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV)
  • 2016 Vintage Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
  • Buster Beer V (4.8% ABV) *Citrusy, refreshing saison brewed with experimental hops to benefit Ales for ALS
  • Long Meadow Gold (4.5% ABV) *Limited release laid-back pale ale brewed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park
  • BB R&D: Summer Sour (4.5% ABV) *Very limited release beach-ready sour ale with notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and lemon
  • Destroy All Monsters (9.8% ABV) *Very limited release double IPA dry-hopped to the heavens with Citra, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson, and Calypso hops

Cask Offering | 1 tokens

Dark Matter (5.6% ABV)– Ghost Cask edition, featuring our classic Brown Ale after spending four luxurious months aging in freshly-emptied Four Roses bourbon barrels. It’s everything you want from an American oak-aged beer, but even more drinkable and strangely racy. Created by Garrett Oliver and 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

We’re Teaming Up With 21st Amendment & Funkwerks

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Thanks to a shared love of great beer, storytelling, and fun, we are proud to unite with our friends at 21st Amendment Brewery in San Leandro, California, and Funkwerks Brewing Company in Fort Collins, Colorado, to announce an innovative new shared platform for sales and distribution nationwide.

By our powers combined, we’ll be able to reach new markets, bring an incredible array of beers and styles to drinkers, and continue to grow and invest in all three breweries as independent craft brewers. We’ll also be able to make that Captain Planet reference all the time. When we officially swing into action on January 1, 2018, our team will consist of nearly two hundred well-trained reps and ambassadors covering thirty-eight states. And that’s just the beginning.

What does this all mean for you, exactly? There’s still plenty of work to do, but you can expect our collective beers to spread further than before. Yes, that means Brooklyn Lager will someday soon pour in the Bay Area, and 21st Amendment cans will roll forth along the Gulf Coast, and Funkwerks will pop up in Brooklyn. Plus, there will be lots and lots of parties, with plenty of beer from all of us. Again, that’s what this all comes down to: having fun with your friends. It’s just helpful when your friends happen to make excellent beer.

Check out our official  announcement below, and keep an ear out for more news to come, beer to make, and invitations to send. Any time you’re in one of our neighborhoods, come grab a beer with us and chat. We can’t wait to tell you more!

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Brooklyn Brewery, 21st Amendment, Funkwerks Announce Joint Sales & Distribution Platform

The Brooklyn Brewery (Brooklyn, NY), 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA) and Funkwerks Brewing Company (Fort Collins, CO) are launching a new sales and distribution platform effective January 1, 2018. The combined sales organization includes a field sales and key accounts team of 70 salespeople and 90 Brand Ambassadors covering 38 states.

“The changes in the competitive landscape demand creative new go-to-market strategies” says Robin Ottaway, President of Brooklyn Brewery. “We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have found partners who share our passion for beer, want to remain independent, and hold a long-term view.”

“The three breweries and sales teams really fit together well,” says Dave Duffy, VP of Business Development for Brooklyn who’ll lead the new platform. “We’re aligned where we need to be, complementary where we need to be, and have a lot of domestic and international territory to grow into together. We can’t wait to start adding value to our retail and wholesale partners in a compelling new way.”

“Each of us brings something different to the table,” adds Dave Wilson, President of 21st Amendment. “From the diverse beers we produce to our unique perspectives, origins and brand personalities, we’re thrilled to band together with Brooklyn and Funkwerks and bring great beer to more craft drinkers across the US.”

Brad Lincoln, co-founder of Funkwerks, adds:  “What attracted Funkwerks to this platform is gaining access to a large and well-trained sales team and top-quality brewing skill.  From there we get to stay independent, control our destiny, and focus on doing what we truly love to do- make creative, compelling, and delicious beers.”

Brooklyn Brewery has made minority investments in both 21st Amendment and Funkwerks in support of the partnership.  The three partners will co-develop annual sales & marketing plans and together look for additional beverage companies to join the fun.

“American craft brewers need to stick together and find new ways to meet the challenges of the 21st Century marketplace,” said Brooklyn founder Steve Hindy. “We are excited to work with 21st Amendment and Funkwerks to ensure the spirit of independence that built the craft beer revolution continues to lead that revolution.”

Funkwerks and 21st Amendment were represented by First Beverage Group and Spencer Fane LLP in these transactions.

Tap That Glass: July 21

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Scorching hot one day, storms the next, what comes after? Unless it’s frogs, you can count on us to support you with beer. Come down and take shelter from whatever nonsense the climate is throwing at us this weekend.

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)
  • American Ale (4.5% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (6.7% ABV)  
  • Blast! (8.4% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV) *Limited release orange peel pale ale
  • Summer Ale (5% ABV)
  • Naranjito (4.5% ABV)
  • 2016 Vintage Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
  • Buster Beer V (4.8% ABV) *Citrusy, refreshing saison brewed with experimental hops to benefit Ales for ALS
  • Long Meadow Gold (4.5% ABV) *Limited release laid-back pale ale brewed to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Prospect Park
  • BB R&D: Summer Sour (4.5% ABV) *Very limited release beach-ready sour ale with notes of mango, guava, pineapple, and lemon
  • Destroy All Monsters (9.8% ABV) *Very limited release double IPA dry-hopped to the heavens with Citra, Cascade, Simcoe, Nelson, and Calypso hops

Cask Offering | 1 tokens

Dark Matter (5.6% ABV)– Ghost Cask edition, featuring our classic Brown Ale after spending four luxurious months aging in freshly-emptied Four Roses bourbon barrels. It’s everything you want from an American oak-aged beer, but even more drinkable and strangely racy. Created by Garrett Oliver and 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: July 21

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New York’s Illegal Summer Tradition: Any visitor to New York City beaches can tell you about the saints walking the sands, dispensing cold, boozy drinks called “nutcrackers” in a wonderful and completely illegal heat-beating tradition. But you have no idea what this is all about, right? Right.

Haagen Daz It Again: In the spirit of concealed alcohol, Haagen Daz is getting into the boozy ice cream game. Their new spirits line will feature plenty of popular flavors, but has two distinct setbacks: they’re only available in Canada, and they only clock in at about 1% ABV. Might as well stick to spiking your chocolate syrup for now.

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Real Ale in America: Old-school drinkers insist that traditional, cask-prepared beers, or “real ale,” are the pinnacle of beer drinking. However, the casks are finicky and serving can be tough, so they’ve had a hard time getting the trend to catch on stateside. Aaron Goldfarb delves in to the matter, but be warned: this will make you crave a proper bitter. And a bar where people describe things as “proper.”

Deftones Work The Line: It looks like the promised Deftones beer will be on shelves soon, as the band posted videos of themselves working the packaging line at the Belching Beaver Brewery this week. Believe us, there’s nothing more metal than properly cared for beer, and we’re excited to try and lay hands on a few of these bottles.

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Have Craft Cocktails Peaked?: Some drinkers, including Thrillist author Kevin Alexander, claim that the era of craft cocktails has come to an end. The term has been pasted to chain restaurant menus and boring menus and supply booms have diluted quality in some places, making it tougher to find a truly excellent cocktail program in the wild. It may be a concern, but we like to think that a rising tide lifts all boats; if cocktails everywhere have improved in this wave, then we all benefit. And even if they haven’t, there’s still shots of your go-to.

Craft Beer Landmarks: While you’re daydreaming the rest of your workday away, why not plot a road trip to some of the most important craft beer bars in the states? From Blind Tiger in NYC to Avenue Pub in New Orleans, the journey to craft beer acceptance in cities often starts with one place. Sure, the logistics of such a trip might be tough to figure out, but you have the time and the thirst. We’ll bring koozies.