Brooklyn Brewery’s Dinner Party is a collaborative, multi-course feast with rare beer pairings held at Humboldt & Jackson & dedicated to spotlighting local producers.
Head to Humboldt & Jackson on August 7 at 6:30 PM for the second installment of our Dinner Party series. Dinner Party No. 2 will feature Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson teaming up with Brooklyn Grange co-founder Ben Flanner. Over the past four years the team at Brooklyn Grange have become the world leaders in rooftop farming, tending to over 2 ½ acres of intensive green roofs in New York City that churn out a year-round supply of delicious fruits and vegetables. Their produce is sold in restaurants, groceries, farmers’ markets and CSAs, demonstrating how useful localized urban farming can be to the community as well as the environment.
Chef Gerson has been itching to work with Ben and his gang of funky urban farmers since he first set foot on their rooftops. He is particularly taken with their rogue ground cherries, which transform our Philly-born chef into a regular poet if you ask him about them. Each course will highlight the freshest harvest from the sunniest corners of Brooklyn Grange paired with some of the rarest and most interesting Brooklyn Brewery beers in our cellars for a thrilling culinary experience. Playful microgreens, succulent shiso, sungold and heirloom tomatoes, devilish peppers, opal and Thai basil herbs and more are all clamoring for a place at the table. Buy tickets below and see which ones make the cut.
Who’s That Beer? puts a spotlight on some of the Brooklyn Brewery beers you might not see often, but could still encounter in the wild. Enjoy meeting some of our favorite brews.
Cask-conditioned beer or “real ale” has inspired a generation of American craft brewers, including our own brewmaster Garrett Oliver. While living in London and managing rock concerts in one of his former lives, Garrett was also visiting the local pubs, tasting his way through a vast swath of traditional British ales. The full taste of these venerable brews was enough to change his path, and today we brew Brooklyn Best Bitter in honor of the great cask ale tradition and Garrett’s first “real” pints.
Cask ale is poured from a steel cask fitted with a mallet-driven tap and a hand-powered pump, delivering a beer at a gently cool temperature with a zesty prickle of carbonation. The carbonation arises from secondary fermentation, which uses live yeast added at filling time to both carbonate the beer and impart subtle, complex flavors. Far from being “warm and flat”, it is an amazingly lively drink straight out of the 1800′s.
Available only in casks, Brooklyn Best Bitter is a fine welcome to the world of real ale. We use the heirloom Maris Otter barley variety in our malts, lending the beer plenty of body and a soft, bready flavor. A blend of British and American hops provides a brisk bitterness and a nice floral aroma, while Brooklyn house ale yeast brings gentle orangey fruit flavors. Pumped from the cellar by hand, the beer arrives clear and amber, achieving a special texture and delicate lacing of foam. Perfectly balanced and not too strong, this is a beer to reach for whether you’re facing down a chilly winter day or enjoying a warm summer evening. Brooklyn Best Bitter is great with food or just with family and friends. Some things don’t need changing, and cask beer is one of them.
Ah, Grillstock: a double-whammy festival of “meat, music and mayhem” that has attracted a massive following in the UK in recent years, drawn to its boisterous crowds, endless music, delicious meats and general celebration of all the good things in life. Brooklyn Brewery is proud to be returning to Grillstock this year to slake your deepest thirst, and we’re bringing a bit of hometown style with us. Our fabled Brooklyn Brewery tap truck will be on hand, and for the first time ever we will be setting up our own marble-topped bar and an entire second stage featuring acoustic blues and “Brooklyn hillbilly tunes.” We’ll be pouring a bottomless supply of Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Summer Ale on draft, and will feature a “flash sale” of a single keg of either Brooklyn Brown, Brooklyn EIPA or Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Check out the full festival event posts below, put on your meat-and-beer drinking hat (you do have one, right?) and meet us at the bar.