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Hammarby Syndrome

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Brooklyn Brewery’s first Brewmaster’s Reserve of 2014 is Hammarby Syndrome, our tribute to the neighborhood of our New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden. Hammarby Syndrome is a cure-all for your Winter blues and a delicious addition to any meal. Brewed with spelt and spruce fronds this strong ale will warm your belly with tastes of Scandinavian delights.

From the Brewmaster,

You’ve heard of Stockholm Syndrome, but these days we’re starting to feel the effects of a once-rare condition - Hammarby Syndrome. If you’ve never heard of it, we can’t blame you. But it’s right here in the New Brooklyn Dictionary:

“Hammarby Syndrome is the distress or impairment caused by the frenzied anticipation and giddy obsession over the beautiful Hammarby Sjöstad section of Stockholm, Sweden and the New Carnegie Brewery that Brooklyn Brewery will open there in March. The cognitive hallmark of Hammarby Syndrome is preoccupying thoughts of Hammarby and New Carnegie Brewery’s delicious new beers. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to Hammarby Sjöstad. Other symptoms include dry mouth and deep thirst.”

Now there’s good news – we can help you!

Our new Brewmaster’s Reserve beer is Hammarby Syndrome, a robust ale that will transport you directly to the seaside of old Stockholm. It’s brewed from a large proportion of spelt, an ancient wheat-like grain that was once a mainstay of Scandinavian beers. To the spelt’s distinctively nutty flavor, we’ve added another old Swedish beer ingredient – spruce fronds. They add a tasty citrusy pine note to a full-bodied, lightly fruity strong ale that’ll keep you warm until the spring sunshine comes to the rescue. More importantly, it’s great with hearty cold-weather food, and it’ll make you feel like you’re in Hammarby until you can come visit us there yourself.

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Brewmaster Oliver in the Bluegrass State

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If the first alcoholic beverage that comes to mind when you think of Kentucky is bourbon, well, you’re not alone. While we know the good people of Kentucky know their way around a mint julep, we’re also pretty sure they dig craft beer, especially when it’s being poured by Brewmaster Oliver. On February 14th and 15th, Garrett will be bringing all his expertise (plus a whole lot of beer) to the Bluegrass State. Check out the entire schedule, below:

February 14th
5-6:30pm: Mini Tap Attack/Meet & Greet @ Pazzo’s Pizza Pub. Pazzo’s will be running five lines of Brooklyn beer, and Garrett will be hanging out to answer all you beer questions.

7-8:30pm: Beer Dinner @ The Village Idiot. This event, led by Garrett and featuring some very special brews, is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner (or, you know, treating yourself). 

9pm: Book Signing & Tap Attack @ The Beer Trappe. The Oxford Companion to Beer is the definitive guide to beer, and not only can you get your hands on it, but you can even get Garrett to sign it while you sip on some Kriek.

February 15th
10am-5pm: Craft Writing: Beer, The Digital, & Craft Culture @ University of Kentucky. The speakers of this event are a stacked group–Garrett, Teri Fahrendorf, Mitch Steele, and more–and they all want to teach you how to write about craft beer. Oh, did we mention it’s free and open to the public? Don’t miss out.

6-9pm: Tap Attack & Book Signing @ Liquor Barn Towne Center. This is your chance to say hey to Garrett, and get our latest release, Wild Streak–we know it won’t be staying on the shelves long, so get it before it’s gone!

NYC Beer Week Returns

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Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 6th Annual New York City Beer Week happens February 21 – March 2, and will bring together 16 NYC craft breweries, nationally & internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. We’re proud to be a founding member of this organization, so we planned a few fun evenings:

Opening Night Bash @ Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
7pm, Friday, February 21
$75 Tickets Available Here

A spectacular setting for New York City’s premier craft beer spectacle of the year, the New York City Brewers Guild hosts its Opening Night Bash at the iconic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal featuring rare and obscure beers from 30 breweries from NYC and friends around the region and across the country.

The $75 ticket gets you unlimited samples from your favorite breweries, with some of the finest food vendors NYC has to offer providing light snacks through the night. We’ll be bringing Hammarby Syndrome & 1/2 Ale.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Bash with Dinner Lab @ The Brooklyn Brewery & Brooklyn Bowl
8pm, Saturday, February 22
Sold Out; Tickets For Soul Clap & Dance Off Nationals Available Here

Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson and Dinner Lab Dinner Lab Chef Brandon Byrd come together for the first time since their collaboration during Mash New Orleans to create a multi-course beer feast with Mash Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes.

Guests can expect pairings of Brooklyn Brewery’s most popular beers, rare brews, and some added surprises to complement each dish dreamt up by the evening’s culinary stars. The experience will be illuminated by projection artists Nuit Blanche New York.

Immediately following Mash Bash will be The National Championships of Mr. Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off, next door at Brooklyn Bowl (open to all Mash Bash Dinner Lab guests). At each Mash stop during our 2013 tour we crowned a different Soul Clap winner and we’ve brought them in from all 11 cities to see who will rise above the Brooklyn fray. A portion of proceeds will help support Slow Food USA, co-founded by Garrett Oliver.

Brooklyn Tap Takeover & Tasting @ Top Hops
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

We’re bringing out our best at Top Hops for a tap takeover. Sample our newest Brewmaster’s Reserve, Hammarby Syndrome, and our first ever Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, Wild Streak, alongside past Brewmaster’s Reserves and perennial favorites. We’ll even be raffling off 6 bottles of a highly whispered about beer that doesn’t exist at the end of the night. Check out the beer list here.

NYC Brewer’s Choice
6pm, Wednesday, February 26
$65 Tickets Available Here

NYC Brewer’s Choice returns on February 26 from 6-10pm as a featured event of NYC Beer Week. This year’s event, which will be held for the first time at The Wythe Hotel here in Williamsburg, has an all New York focus. More than 16 NY state brewers, including our own Garrett Oliver, will be on hand to pour and discuss some of their most special beers, all of with will be served alongside a loving food pairing provided by some of the city’s best restaurants. Jeff O’Neil of Peekskill Brewery will deliver the keynote address.

Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves @ The Historic Nassau Brewery
1-5pm, Saturday, March 1
Sold Out

Join Josh Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course and host of the NYC homebrew tours, as he hosts Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves. These caves have remained largely untouched and unseen since their 19th century hay-day, but on March 1st, you can descend, partake in pretzels, and learn about the history of the former brewery. We will be pouring Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager,  Brooklyn 1/2 Pils, and Brooklyn Lager.

Brooklyn Tastings
Sample new releases Wild Streak & Hammarby Syndrome.

The Sampler
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

Hops & Hocks
2 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Thursday, February 27

Stinky Brooklyn
215 Smith Street, Brooklyn
7-9pm, Thursday, February 27

Brunch Finale @ Houston Hall
12pm, Sunday, March 2
$15 Tickets Available Here

After a long and relentlessly enthusiastic New York City Beer Week complete with revelry, comradeship and delicious beer, you know need a more relaxed setting. Celebrate the awesomeness by coming to a meet-some-brewers closing brunch at Houston Hall! Beer selections from each brewery member will be available along with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Your ticket includes one beer plus the buffet.

 

Garrett Goes to Pittsburgh

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Brace yourself, Pittsburgh: Garrett Oliver is coming to town, and he’s bringing a whole lot of rare beer with him. You can catch Brewmaster Oliver on Friday the 10th at Pittsburgh’s Industry Public House, where he’ll be hosting a Beer Dinner and pouring a few non-existent beers.  If you’re going to Brew ‘N Chew on Saturday, the 11th, you’ll see him slinging crab cakes during Session 1’s cooking demo. During Session 2, he’ll team up with Chef Kevin Watson from Savoy to bring festival-goers mac ‘n cheese sandwiches. If that’s not enough, keep your eye out for book signings of The Brewmaster’s Table, and the meet-and-greets happening in the last hour and a half of each session.

Even if you can’t make it to the Brew ‘N Chew, check out Garrett’s interview with Pittsburgh Today Live on Friday the 10th, from 9-9:30 am!

NORTH X BROOKLYN

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In 2003, Brooklyn Brewery started selling beer in Denmark. Ten years later, Scandinavia is home to Brooklyn’s fastest growing fanbase. The Brewery’s involvement in the North hasn’t been limited to just sales. Our Brewmaster Garrett Oliver has done beer dinners at Noma, AG and American Table.  We’ve produced two Brooklyn music and arts festivals in Stockholm, brewed collaborations at various Scandinavian breweries, and are in the process of building the New Carnegie Brewery, a joint venture with Sweden’s oldest trademark, Carnegie.

Thusly, it made perfect sense to get involved in New York City’s first Scandinavian food festival, NORTH. NORTH’s inaugural programming of unique dinner parties, collaborations and classes is seriously impressive. We’re getting hungry just thinking about it. Here’s where you’ll find Brooklyn Brewery throughout NORTH:

Aamans-Copenhagen Goes Helsinki, Oct 4th & 5th
Finnish chef Sasu Laukkonen of Chef & Sommelier and Carl Frederiksen of Aammans-Copenhagen cook alternating courses to compete for your tastebuds. Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver has paired beers to three of his favorite courses. Sorachi Ace, Ama Bruna, Greenmarket Wheat star. For full menu and tickets click here.

New York Goes Oslo, Oct 3rd & 4th
Fredrik Berselius’s nordic influences shine at Aska, across the street from The Brewery. For this mean, Garrett is sending beers that reflects Aska’s nordic roots, but also its focus on local collaboration. The exquisite menu will include Nordic collaborations of our own, including Carnegie Special 175th Anniversary Porter and our Sinebrychoff project, Two Tree Porter. This dinner is Sold Out.

Master Classes in New Nordic Cuisine, Oct 5th & 6th
Taste Lounge is the social center of the International Culinary Center and with the Norwegian Seafood Council will be presenting classes in the heritage and preparation of New Nordic Cuisine from some of the most talented Scandinavian chefs in the world. Brooklyn Brewery is providing Oktoberfest and Lager for all the students and chefs working up their knowledgeable thirsts. For a list of full classes click here.

The Brooklyn Defender Returns @ New York Comic Con, Rises from The Brewery 9/21

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Grab your capes! The New York Comic Con is almost upon us. And like last year we are celebrating by reimagining our very own Superhero inspired brew. The liquid portion of the Brooklyn Defender was designed by Brewmaster and certified Sci-Fi geek Garrett Oliver, the logo by vintage DC Comics logo designer Milton Glaser, and the hero himself by Cliff Chiang. We’re thrilled to have Cliff design the Defender this year, we’ve been admiring his design work for years, and his Wonder Woman run has been on our pull list every week. Cliff has given us a darker more contemporary Brooklyn Defender, willing to brave any bar to defend against his gallery of rogues the “Foam Jobs”.

On Saturday, September 21 from 8:30pm – Midnight, in league with New York Comic Con, we’ll be launching The Defender here at The Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room. Open bar and swag giveaways. Costumes encouraged! Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve a spot. This party is for 21+ only.

Aside from pouring here at The Brewery, during New York Comic Con (Oct 10-13) some kegs of The Defender will find their way to the following bars (while supplies last — call ahead to confirm):

PINT NIGHTS – Take home a limited edition Brooklyn Defender pint glass when you order the beer (while supplies last). Raffling 4 3-day passes to New York Comic Con at each event.

9/24 – Barcade Brooklyn (388 Union Ave  Brooklyn, NY 11211), 5pm

9/26 – Pony Bar UES (1444 1st Ave. at 75th St. New York, NY 10036), 7pm

10/1 – Pine Box Rock Shop (12 Grattan St  Brooklyn, NY 11206), 8pm

10/3 – Flying Pig (70-28 Austin Street, Forest Hills NY, 11375), 7pm

10/7 – Owl Farm (297 9th St  Brooklyn, NY 11215), 7pm

10/10 – Beer Culture (328 W 45th St  New York, 10036), 7pm

COMIC CON SPECIALS, 10/11 – 12 – Local Bars, New York Comic-Con Specials

Pony Bar West (637 10th Ave  New York, NY 10036) –Take home a limited edition Brooklyn Defender pint glass when you order the beer (while supplies last).

Beer Authority (300 W 40th St  New York, NY 10018) – Happy Hour 11-7, $14.95. After 7:00, $19.95. Brooklyn Defender & burger with bacon, onion rings, pepper jack cheese and BBQ sauce. Purchase of the combo comes complete with a limited edition Brooklyn Defender commemorative pint glass, yours to keep (while supplies last).

NY Beer Company (321 W 44th St  New York, NY 10036) – The New York Comic Con Combo

Chef’s special Chipotle Black Bean Burger & a 16oz Pint of Brooklyn Brewery’s limited release Brooklyn  Defender for only $15. Purchase of the combo comes complete with a limited edition Brooklyn Defender commemorative pint glass, yours to keep (while supplies last).

Burger Description – Southwestern spiced black beans mixed with rich chipotles, Serrano peppers & a 4 cheese blend topped with roasted tomatoes, shaved red onions, baby arugula & pickled jalapeños. Finished with melted Colby jack cheese on our homemade bun.

Read more about The Defender below:

The bars of this city need a defender. After years of neglect and false advertising the taps are running muddy with thrifty ideas and cheaper imitations. The “Foam Jobs” are still running amok. You know who they are. Skunk, their “beer turned bad” leader, controls too much of the cities stores. Thin Body, with his frail listless frame, fills bar patrons everywhere with disappointment. Adjunct, with his giant corn costume, replacing any good done by proper breweries with sickly sweet dishonesty. The supervillain group Bureaucracy, infecting their beers with bland tasteless recipes. The Marketeer and his henchman, Propaganda, continue to fill the eyes and the ears of the public with lies and distractions allowing for inferior beers to fill the landscape. Their television addled half dog, half frog, Mascot, constantly searching for approval and waitresses.

The “Foam Jobs” days are numbered. Stalking the shadows waiting to strike the tasteless substitutes that invade our taste buds everyday, the Brooklyn Defender fights with rich complex flavor. Using the the finest German and American dark malts, he brings a strong body to every glass and fight. Finished with the finest American hops, flavor awakens the people’s dulled tastebuds. The Brooklyn Defender strikes, quick and strong, avenging all of those who have been spurned by the “Foam Jobs” and their like.

Retconned into a darker and deeper back story just like our favorite contemporary comic heroes. The Defender strikes fear into the heart of those who would forget the virtues of true beer. And when they look to him for a funnel of flavorless fizz, he will look back and say, “No.” With a dark malt visage that creeps out of the shadows and a powerful hoppy strike to finish his opponents, The Brooklyn Defender is not the beer these people deserve, but the beer they need, right now.

Garrett Oliver Comes to Sweden

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The end of April will see our noted Brewmaster Oliver traveling to Sweden to tour and discuss beer. Ulfberht sword in hand (barring any disagreement from the TSA), Garrett will stride through the land like the kings of old, except with a much different fashion sense. Look for him at any of these events to learn more about the man and his craft:

+ 4/22 Brewmaster Dinner @ Akkurat
+ 4/23 Garrett Oliver Goes Urban Deli
+ 4/24 Brewmaster Dinner @ American Table
+ 4/25 Tap Take Over @ Akkurat
4/26 Special After Work Brewmaster Dinner @ Hotel Post

We… well, at least he… will see you there.

[Photo: Liisa Valonen]

What’s A Little Cold Weather? London Devours #BrooklynFeast

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Brewmaster Oliver hopped the pond last week and reported a chilly yet awesome time was had at the #BrooklynFeast edition of Street Feast at Thames House Car Park. Eight food trucks cooked up the grub, Brooklyn supplied its beer with love, and a house packed with jackets, scarves and hats filled itself with flavor. Check out what others had to say and see below:

+ http://rspringett.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/brooklynfeast.html
+ http://thecheesy.com/around-town/brooklyn-feast/
+ http://thebeerdiary.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/brooklynfeast/
+ http://londonpiggy.co.uk/brooklyn-feast-tuesday-12th-march-thames-house-car-park-dalston/
+ http://thedrinksmule.wordpress.com/2013/03/18/phill-at-brooklynfeast/
+ http://www.allthingsmeaty.com/2013/03/brooklynfeast-cold-feast-in-dalston.html

Watch This: At Harpoon & Brooklyn Breweries, BU Alums Are Crafting the Next Generation of Beer

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Lots of people ask us, “How do I become a brewer”? There’s no simple answer, but a really great place to start is by making your own beer. In fact, a large majority of professionals started out as homebrewers.

Along with Harpoon Brewery and Backlash Beer Co., the folks from Bostonia stopped by Brooklyn Brewery recently to talk with Brewmaster/BU Alum Garrett Oliver about his craft and how he went from college kid to pro brewer. Turns out all these beer careers have roots in homebrewing (and vice versa if you’re a science professor). But don’t worry, you don’t have to have studied at Boston University to make beer. In fact, if brewing in your abode sounds fun but you’re sans paraphernalia, we got you covered.