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Nordic Hot Dog Championship at North Festival

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Bring your buns to battle with North Festival and Matbloggsentralen’s first-ever hunt for the world’s best Nordic hot dog. Start by submitting your own Nordic hot dog recipe to Matbloggsentralen for the consideration of a crack team of hot dog enthusiasts, Nordic food experts and other intimidating eaters. The five finest recipes will move on to the next round, eventually culminating in the top recipe writer taking a trip to Brooklyn to compete in the Nordic Hotdog Championship on Monday, September 15. The trip of a lifetime and eternal hot dog glory are on the line. Put on those thinking toques and show Matbloggsentralen your best Nordic hot dog.

Dinner Party Prep w. Ryan Miller, Jeff de Picciotto, & Andrew Gerson

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Brooklyn Brewery’s Dinner Party is a collaborative, multi-course meal series with rare beer pairings held at Humboldt & Jackson, dedicated to spotlighting local producers.

Between bites of mole-hozon brownies and radishes dipped in a hummus-style hozon dip, we spoke with Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson and his partners in culinary crime: Ryan Miller and Jeff de Picciotto. Ryan and Jeff are product development chef and project manager, respectively, at Momofuku’s Kaizen Trading Company (which is where the magic happens, provided by “magic” you mean “fermenting legumes”). As Dinner Party No. 1 draws closer, the chefs have been working at an increasingly fevered pace.Luckily, between menu revisions and recipe testing, they had a few minutes to talk bonji, hozon, and the collaborative process. Check out the interview & menu below.

Brooklyn Brewery: Can you tell us a little bit about your personal cooking philosophies and how you merged them to throw this Dinner Party?

Ryan Miller: Our main goal at the lab is to investigate culinary traditions that involve fermentation. They’re things that take a lot of time to produce strong and interesting flavors, so we’re not necessarily your normal kitchen. It’s a lot of prep, and a lot of waiting, and trusting the fermentation process to do its job.

Andrew, the menus you create during The Mash focus a lot on fresh, seasonal cooking, so how does that style interplay with the really deliberate process that the Lab works with?

Andrew Gerson: It’s hard to consume all of the bounty of what you have available in any given season, so preservation in all of its forms is really important. How you do that, whether it’s through using the ingredients when they’re freshest, pickling them, fermenting them, or curing them, it’s all kind of the same. You still honor those ingredients.

Can you walk us through how Dinner Party No. 1 came to be? What’s the process of planning a meal on this scale like?

AG: I would say it started with a conversation. The point of Dinner Party is to highlight local producers and to share their products with our guests. The very first thing we did was come here. I really geeked out, and got to try tons of bonji and hozon and different experiments from the lab.  So we came in, we tried a bunch of stuff, and then we started brainstorming. I know we all had a few ideas coming to the table. There are some dishes that come more from this kitchen, there are some that come a little bit more from me, but overall it’s a pretty even collaborative meal between the four folks here that run this kitchen every day, and myself.

You guys ever butt heads at all?

AG: What I think that’s nice about this is that there isn’t ego. It’s not like “this dish is mine!” and “this is my component!” It’s like, hey guys, let’s try this together. What can make this work? We’ve done two taste tests, and today is our third. If something doesn’t work, it doesn’t matter whose it. Let’s put forward a dish that we’re all proud of that represents the products that we’re using. And so far, it’s been pretty good.

Jeff de Picciotto: And not only has Andrew and the Brooklyn Brewery team been able to try our products, but we have been able to go over to the Brewery, see their processes, try their beer, and then see how those pair with the hozons and bonjis specifically.

AG: I see a longer relationship here, and I think so much of what we do at the brewery every day is about collaboration with the folks in our neighborhood. It’s really exciting and humbling to be able to work with these dudes and gals.

Do you find yourselves leaning towards a certain region or cuisine when you’re cooking with bonji and hozon?

RM: That’s the great thing about having two products that haven’t really existed before. They have flavor profiles that haven’t existed. It’s allowed us a range of styles. The menu for this dinner actually goes from cacio e pepe to a mole. Those are pretty far from each other, geographically. It’s not supposed to be fusion, though.

AG: There’s no fusion here. You’re taking flavor profiles that may be reminiscent of Asia or Europe or wherever, and you’re creating something that is its own. I hate the word fusion. People are always asking what style of food you make, and my answer is that I make good food with things that I have around me. There’s inspiration from different regions, but I think it’s a unique menu in that it’s capturing those flavors wherever they fall.

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So since Kaizen products are so new, how are you introducing them to the public?

RM: I think for the general public, it’s going to have to be a very educational process, just as it was for craft brewing. It took a while for craft beer to really take hold, and now it’s in every bodega, which is great. I hope that at some point, we’ll get to that level.

JDP: It’s sometimes hard for people to wrap their heads around a miso paste made from a different ingredient or soy sauce with something that’s not soy, but, really, it’s just a spoonful away. Once they have that first taste it really opens up their mind. A lot of it has to do with just tasting.

RM: We say that it adds a backbone to any dish that, with vegetarian products, you wouldn’t have. If you’re going to sauté some vegetables and add a little hozon to it, you won’t really miss the meat. You won’t want bacon, you won’t want chicken stock. I focus on that aspect.

Like those rapturous Eater reviews of the chickpea hozon ramen!

AG: Right. The bonji & hozon also provide, as far as our foodsystem goes, an easier alternative. It’s not just eat your tofu, eat your tempeh, eat your vegetables. Animal protein production is really destructive, mostly, and what we’re doing is a great way to support that change to a more vegetable and fruit based diet, which we could all benefit from.

What do you want people leaving this Dinner Party to walk away thinking?

RM: I want them to walk away knowing that the culinary heritage in the states is really young, but we really are starting to develop and come into our own, whether it’s craft beer or fermented pickles or east Asian ferments. Miso and soy sauce are just the beginnings of what we can create here in the states that rivals some of the best products imported from Japan. Hopefully everyone sees how easy it is to incorporate these things into your cuisine and up your game in the kitchen.

AG: For us, the goal of Dinner Party is to highlight and collaborate with really cool makers, so I want people to leave this dinner talking about Kaizen, and talking about what restaurants are using this product and where they can get more of it. Kaizen and Ryan value a lot of the same things I do, and it’s exciting to find and work with people nearby who love what we love. I want our guests to leave satiated and full and content and slightly drunk and having a good time. That’s the goal.

 

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Dinner Party No. 1 sold out quickly, but tickets for No. 2, happening August 7th with Brooklyn Grange, will be available soon. Keep your eyes on the blog, or follow us on Twitter for more details.

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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival: 10 Years Running Giveaway

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The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival returns this summer for its 10th year of bringing hip-hop to the people. Since its first year, Brooklyn Brewery has been a proud sponsor, lovingly and exclusively providing beer, and now we’re celebrating ten years of all-day jams with ten days of ticket giveaways.

This year, the festival moves from Brooklyn Bridge Park to 50 Kent, and spreads out over four days, from July 9th-12th. The lineup includes Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan, Jay Electronica, Cj Fly of Pro Era, Cyhi The Prynce, with host Uncle Ralph McDaniels & co-host Torae. DJ Rob Swift will be on hand to curate a special 10th Anniversary Set. Get your tickets here.

Starting Monday, June 30th, we’ll be giving away a pair of tickets per day.  The fine folks at @bkhiphopfest will be posting one photo a day from Hip-Hop Festivals of years gone by – you tell us what year it happened, and the tickets are yours. Follow @brooklynbrewery on Twitter for updates when a new photo is released each day. See you there!

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Food Book Fair Back For A 3rd Year

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The Food Book Fair takes over a spring weekend, April 24-27th, at The Wythe Hotel with all things food and literary. Last year’s Food Book Fair was an acclaimed success; highlights included Foodieodicals, which will return this year, and The Resource Fair + Pitch Competition.

Bringing together more than 20 events, 200 books, and over 60 visionaries, you can count on this year’s fair to build on years’ past with events like The Brew Pub, The Food Book Slam & The Table of Contents: To Kill a Mockingbird Dinner. And although we’re biased, we expect that Food + Social Entrepreneurship, a discussion with our own president & co-founder Steve Hindy, will be pretty top notch as well. Check out the list of events we’ll be part of below. And prepare for your mind and belly to be well sated by fair’s end.

Pitch Competition: Food + Enterprise
Wythe Hotel Screening Room, April 25, 3:30pm
$15, tickets here.

Fledgling food businesses this one’s for you; think shark tank for sustainable food.

Opening Night: Food + Growing + Music
Wythe Hotel Screening Room, April 25, 6pm
$25, tickets here.

The fair’s opening night party will feature an interactive installation and live music.

Foodieodicals: A Foodie Zine Fest
Wythe Hotel Screening Room, April 26, 12pm
$5, tickets here.

Food + Periodicals = Foodieodicals. A festival within the fair celebrating creative food publishing, featuring more than 20 of our favorite inspiring food publications

Tables of Contents: To Kill a Mockingbird
Egg Restaurant, April 26, 7pm
$100, tickets here.

Inspired by the novel, this southern dinner will feature wine and Brooklyn Brewery beer pairings.

Food + Social Entrepreneurship
Wythe Hotel Screening Room, April 27, 2pm
$15, tickets here.

Steve Hindy, Brooklyn Brewery Co-Founder and President, will take part in  a conversation about launching and leading socially conscious businesses.

Brew Pub
Wythe Hotel Main Event Hall, April 27, 2pm & 6pm
$30, tickets here.

Brew Pub (Reprise), in which artist Eric Steen invites 20+ NYC homebrewers to share their normally private passion with the public

Umami: Talk + Tasting
Wythe Hotel Screening Room, April 27, 5pm
$50, tickets here.

A tasting event focused on umami with biophysicist Ole Mouritsen and veggie-forward
chef duo Chez Jose

 

 

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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!

Mash Bash & The Soul Clap National Championships

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Jonathon Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off, the hottest dance party from the Gowanus to the Tappanzee, returns after a star studded tour through the heppest clubs our Brooklyn Brewery Mash tour saw on the road. After hours of sweat and blood poured onto 11 dance floors we’ve chosen our finalists. Each will be flown to Brooklyn and on February 22nd, we’ll be holding the Mash Bash. A multi-plated feast created in collaboration by Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson, Dinner Lab Chief Culinary Officer Francisco “Paco” Robert, Mash Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes and Dinner Lab Chef Brandon Byrd.

After the dinner we’ll be heading to Brooklyn Bowl to watch 12 contenders, (one from every city on the Mash tour.) strut their fishbones out onto the lakebed. It is going to be unstoppably fun. For tickets click here.

Why don’t we get the tunes started with Jonathon’s signature tour mix and let’s take a look at our funky competitors:

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Born to a powerful VooDoo Priestess, DeeDee Dame came dancing right out of the womb. It was prophesied she would be stricken by a great fever that would make her a slave to the rhythm and fuel uncontrollable wild desires within her. As a child, she was raised by primitives in the jungles of Panama and trained upon red, hot coals in the forbidden dance. When she came of age she was to be sacrificed. So, once the drumbeats started, she knew that it was time to go!

Now DeeDee Dame is here to mesmerize the world with her mystical moves!

Drew Ziegler

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Hatched from the eyeball of an old blue worm, put on this earth to wiggle and squirm.

Katie Hutchinson

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Ballroom dancer Katie Hutchinson graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a degree in communication and a fear of an ordinary life. She fell in love with dance at the mature age of 12 months when Mr. Rogers featured the Moscow Ballet, inspiring the young Katie to pursue a life of rhinestones and the spotlight. Champagne, macaroons, and Parliaments are some of her favorite things. A lover of all that glitters, Hutchinson has her dancing shoes shined and her shimmy ready to shake for Soul Clap Nationals. She’ll see you under the disco ball.

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Talbot Johnson – Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

An avid dancer, performer, and lover of music from Baltimore, MD, Talbot Johnson has been on a quest to live, love, and enjoy the beauty of dance and all that comes with it.  He has a unique and fresh style of movement that is carried on by his love for the groove and carefree nature.  Johnson hopes to continue to strive, grow, and excel when it comes to getting down, wherever he may be.

Wendy Petersen - Turf Club, Twin Cities

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Wendy Lea has been shakin’ to soul stompers ever since the day her grams handed her a stack of 45s from the family’s supper club jukebox. She maintains her secret identity as a groove fiend by daylighting as an English teacher, reading books to excess, and asking people questions. She hopes to one day avert space and time by actually transcending into a state of melodious acrobatics, mostly so she can avoid paying rent.

Sussan Manzo

Sussan Andrea Manzo – TT & the Bears, Boston MA

Sussan was born in a circus tent on a summer’s night in Jersey City. The daughter of a sixth generation band guitarist and head seamstress, she was born into a life of freaks and charlatans. After the circus she ran off the with LES Pirates and learned to tattoo. On one of her adventures she feel in love with a professional BMXer and has traveled the high seas ever since. Living such an adventurous life has left her to find serenity in one place: dance.

Cameron Caswell

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I’m a child of the 70s, and loved Soul Train on Saturday mornings. As I got older I loved dancing to everything from punk to hip-hop to funk and soul. I love music and dancing makes me incredibly happy.

Dennis Plewa

Dennis Plewa – Empty Bottle, Chicago, IL

Hello there! As you already know, my name is Dennis. I don’t think i could be any more exited for February 22! Hanging with my son Charles is the best part of my life. Beyond that, good people, good conversation, and great music is what I’m all about. I’ve got tons of Chicago pride, but I’m elated with the fact that i finally get to go to New York…paid for!! I want to be there right now gettin down in another town. Yeah, that rhymed. Not to much else to say other than i feel extremely lucky to be a part of this. Feeling great every day. Oh yeah, i like smiles too. See ya in February! Thank you! This is the coolest thing that has ever happened to me. I hope my feet don’t disappoint..

John Turner

John Turner – Remedy, Pittsburgh, PA

Striking fear (or amusement) in the hearts of drunken hipsters all over Pittsburgh, Sweatband John loves to dance. Traveling from dance party to dance party, he hopes to inspire others to take up the majestic call of dance!

Ashley Robb Crockett

Ashley Crockett – Underground Arts, Philadelphia, PA

Ashley Robb Crockett danced herself right out the womb on February 7th, 1989. As a child when asked, “What do you wanna be when you grow up?” Her response was, “One of the Ikettes”. In addition to gogo dancing she has a penchant for filmmaking, meditation, mini-dresses, psychedelics & peppermint puffs. She intends to boogaloo her way to the top and further still.

Serena Dominguez

Serena Dominguez – Gramps Bar, Miami, FL

Serena Dominguez was born and raised in Miami, Florida, a place where she has never achieved a tan. On her spare time, she likes studying Russian folkloric dance and the mating rituals of amphibians. She is said to dance with the vengeance of a recovered polio patient, and has the stamina of an inflatable car dealership tube thing. Like the mating amphibian, Serena will fertilize the competition’s eggs in a reservoir of water and wait 10-12 days ‘til they hatch…on the dance floor.

 

Brooklyn Gave Back in 2013

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Every year, Brooklyn Brewery supports the city’s many fundraisers, galas, benefits and art openings to fulfill our mission of enriching the communities that drink our beer. Since our founding in 1988, we’ve been proud to support local non-profits & arts organizations in our neighborhood. Now that we’re 25 years old, our community footprint is bigger than ever. Over 1,000 organizations were touched by our donations program in 2013, including NYC icons like Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn Museum, Transportation Alternatives, City HarvestSlideluck, and the Center for Architecture, and more local partners like City Reliquary, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm, and Dirty Looks. In 2013, we donated tens of thousands of dollars worth of beer to organizations like these all around NYC.

In addition to the events thrown off-site, we bring a variety of organizations into the Brewery Tasting Room. The New York Aquarium, WNYC, Cycle for Life & Riverkeeper are just a few of the organizations benefiting from our community nights here on Brewer’s Row.

We’ve already brought on new partners for 2014 (we’re looking at you, Gowanus Canal Conservancy) and we’re excited for more to come! Cheers to a great year ahead of us.

Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA

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Brooklyn Brewery is proud to announce The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA, a collaboration brewery at the Culinary Institute of America to promote the study of beer. From the CIA press release:

Brooklyn Brewery, one of America’s top craft beer makers, has joined with The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) to develop a small brewery on the college’s Hyde Park, NY campus. The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA is expected to open to the public in summer 2015.

The operations at the brewery will be integrated into the curriculum of the college’s degree programs. Juniors and seniors pursuing a concentration in Advanced Wine, Beverage, and Hospitality will staff the brewery and learn about fermentation and brewing techniques as well as the business aspects of running a small food and beverage operation. Brooklyn Brewery’s famed Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his team will visit the Hyde Park campus on a regular basis and assist CIA faculty in developing curriculum and recipes.

“This partnership is forward thinking both in terms of culinary education and college dining,” says Waldy Malouf, senior director of special projects for the CIA. “In addition to being a craft brewery for campus visitors and students 21 and older, it will serve as a research and development classroom to create and test new beer flavors.”

The CIA will initially offer its own lager and pilsner, along with seasonal brews, on tap at the brewery and at the four CIA restaurants on campus.

“We have great respect for The Culinary Institute of America, its leaders, and its illustrious alumni,” says Brooklyn Brewery Co-founder and Chairman Steve Hindy. “Smart and creative CIA-trained chefs and foodservice executives are all over the world today. Brooklyn Brewery has worked with the college for more than two decades on beer and food promotions, and special dinners. We are pleased to be able to make this gift to the CIA campus, and look forward to helping further develop beer education at Hyde Park.”

The Brooklyn Brewery at the CIA will be located in the college’s new student union and dining facility currently under construction. It will house a seven-barrel brewing system within a glass-walled environment meant to evoke an old Brooklyn warehouse.

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Of Beer & Art: Brooklyn Brewery At 25

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And so ends our 25th year. And after all the lessons learned, and beers drank, we reflect on how Brooklyn has become culture.

Brooklyn and art, like Sonny and Cher, or celery and peanut butter, they will always be more delicious together. As the Manhattan art scene pushed its way into the boroughs Brooklyn’s embrace of cheaper rents and bigger spaces gave rise to a culture of anti-heros and fine graffiti that would take the art world by storm. When we started making beer in Brooklyn it was to evoke a time when manufacturing plants and industry filled these streets. These days manufacturing is coming back slowly but surely to Brooklyn but I would argue that production never stopped, it simply changed from steel to culture.

For our Silver Anniversary we went back to our original Lager recipe and bottled a refermented double bock version to commemorate.  Throughout the years, some of the friends we’ve made have risen to artistic fame. We could think of no better way to celebrate our 25th anniversary than to partner with Fred Tomaselli, Roxy Paine, Joe Amrhein and Elizabeth Crawford, all of whom agreed to contribute art to grace the labels of a Silver Anniversary Lager.

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There’s no telling what the next 25 years will bring, though with the inspiration of the borough we love and the continuous innovation of the beer we make. I’m sure there will be plenty to reflect on and celebrate.

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Raise a glass to the newly elected mayor

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The Brooklyn Brewery would like to send a frothy congratulations to our new Mayor-elect Bill De Blasio. And though they did pen the beer drinker’s to one side of the room, we’re excited to see a new chapter of New York City start with a Brooklyn man in charge. Now, we’ve had a great history with New York City mayors:

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Rudy Giuliani was there to cut the ribbon on our brewhouse back in 1996. It was his birthday and we celebrated in fashion. By fashion I’m referring to the amazing tie on the left.

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On Mayor Bloomberg’s birthday (which he shares with Marty!) we opened our expansion with a little bit of oversharing.

So Bill, can we call you Bill? Whenever your settled in and ready, you come on in and have one on us. Or we can wait for your birthday or until we have another ribbon cutting, whichever comes first.