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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.

It’s a busy week in Tennessee, September 23rd – 29th

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Tennessee is the epicenter of music and whiskey. We humbly offer beer.

Knoxville
Monday 9/23, 6pm: Beer Dinner @ Sunspot
Tuesday 9/24, 6pm: Bacon 5 Ways @ The Market in Maryville
Wednesday 9/25, 4pm: Beer Tasting @ Downtown Wine and Spirits
Thursday 9/26, 5pm: 17 Tap Takeover @ Suttree’s High Gravity Tavern

Memphis
Wednesday 9/25, 5pm: Beer Tasting @ Cash Saver
Thursday 9/26, 6pm: Beer Pairing @ Local Downtown
Thursday 26th – Sunday 29th: Gonerfest

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.

Schraderbrau: Saying Goodbye to Our Favorite Fictional Homebrewer

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Well it’s finally here, our favorite show about a meth chemist’s last season. But who knew through all of this that the true artisan would be Hank Schrader?

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The man is bottling his own beer, (in episode “Breakage” S02E05) even though it turns out to be overcarbonated,

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and even offering up his own homebrew as a prize in local fundraisers (in episode “ABQ” S02E13).

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Sure Gabe could brew his own coffee but our man Hank has a two tap system!

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What could the Scraderbrau be? A Munich Helles? A Czech Pilsner? Maybe an American IPA? There have been plenty of tribute beers to Breaking Bad. Hank himself even had a slogan contest, that it seems people are still entering four years later. We know it’s “brewed to silky perfection” but it would seem to me the Schraderbrau needs a better description. So comment below and the best recipe or beer style befitting our anti-anti-hero will get a gift package courtesy of us here at Brooklyn Bloggery.

War Correspondents At the Brooklyn Brewery

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We sat down with Steve to talk about just how interesting and cool the War Correspondent series has been. In his words,

We are filling the room at each of the War Correspondents events. The attendees seem to include aspiring journalists and people who are interested in foreign affairs. I could not be happier. These courageous reporters and photographers deserve a forum to talk about their experiences and their craft.

An excellent recap of Wednesday’s War Correspondents at the Brooklyn Brewery series can be found on the Columbia Journalism Review website. Abraham Moussak took some deep thoughts from our guest, Micheal Kamber, and bullet pointed them for your “review”. Find the insight here.

Vice posted the entire interview with Sebastion Junger, including a wonderful introduction by our very own Lily Hindy. Watch the whole thing here.

For the next interview on September 11th we’ll be talking with Chris (CJ) Chivers, of The New York Times, with photos by Fabio Bucciarelli, the 2013 Robert Capa Gold Medalist and World Press Photo award winner. Join us for the next part in this intense and enlightening look into life during wartime.

It’s a busy week in The Research Triangle, July 26 – August 2

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The more you know.

Chapel Hill/Durham
Friday 7/26, 11am: Beer & Food Pairing @ Wooden Nickel Pub
Friday 7/26, 4pm: Cheese Pairing @ Sam’s Quik Shop
Saturday 7/27, 7pm: Beer Dinner @ Tyler’s Taproom
Sunday 7/28, 5:30pm: Brooklyn Brewery/Carolina Brewery Collab Beer Dinner

Raleigh
Wednesday 7/31, 6:30pm: Beer Dinner @The Raleigh Times
Wednesday 7/31, 9pm: Tap Takeover @ The Architect
Thursday 8/1, 4pm: Cheese Pairing @ Tasty Beverage
Thursday 8/1, 6m: Tap Takeover & Food Pairing @ Busy Bee
Friday 8/2, 5pm: Tap Takeover @ The Oxford

Mash Files: Twin Cities

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Lakes, Gnomes, boats, a City rivalry, large communal feasts, outrageous storms, winding rivers, and a castle, no this is not the next episode of Game of Thrones, but the Twin Cities Mash I speak of. Our week kicked off with a dinner hosted by Monica Walch of Dinner on The Farm, on the rooftop of Solera, overlooking scenic downtown Minneapolis, and ended with our Slow Supper dinner hosted by The Brooklyn Brewery team, Jamie Malone of Sea Change and Monica Walch at Soap Factory, cyclical or what?

Our whirlwind week continued at Happy Gnome (our Mash Headquarters) where beer and cheese abounded, and I had the opportunity to get to know some Twin City beer aficionados as well as sample some local brews. Besides being home to a slew of Craft Breweries, Twin Cities has a cutting edge restaurant scene that is borderline incestual, but incredibly delicious. All the young talent of the last 10 years seems to have worked together at one point or another as they trained under their predecessors, and are now operating (or own) the best kitchens in town. I had the chance to work with two of these rising stars who are running great teams, cooking exceptional food, and inspiring those who work alongside them (and me).

Our Local 2 Ways dinner with Landon Shoenfeld, Executive chef, and owner of Haute Dish was one of the best meals I have collaborated on. Each dish not only paired perfectly with the beers selected but had incredible nuances, flawless execution, and were true visual works of art. I have never been in a kitchen where so many chefs seemed genuinely happy to be there, engaged, knowledgeable and incredibly motivated to follow the lead of their Phish loving, easy going leader. Haute Dish was a night to remember, even if the high gravity of the beers consumed made it easy to forget.
Landon is not the only talented chef in town, Jamie Malone of Sea Change not only impressed me (a far easier task), but the folks at Food & Wine, earning herself a place on the list for top ten chefs of 2013 (insert applause here) Jamie may be leading a crazy jet setter life these days ( I can sympathize) but her humbleness, composure, good natured humor, incredible skill, dedication, and mischievous smile make her a great gal to work with and learn from. Slow Supper in a giant art space, langoustine crudo, Sweet bread tortellini, potato pave seared to look like drift wood, Ghost bottles abounding, and a room full of boisterous happy guests, throw in an installation from Nuit Blanche, Stephanie Jarrett (vintage day dreams), and you have one hell of a dynamic eating experience.

Two great meals, boat trips on the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka, a specialized Found footage Fest, a king sized temperpedic mattress at Castle El Maraghy ( anything feels like a castle compared to my Brooklyn apartment), a stop at The Beer Dabbler to see my main man Joe Alton for all the copies of the Growler, the greatest lightning storm of my life, The sounds of Jonathan Toubin, and riding tandem on a tube with my favorite event producer in the whole wide world, yah you could say it was a great week, Ya-knoow?

Mermaid Parade 2013

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After Hurricane Sandy no one was sure if the parade would even happen, but thanks to an amazing array of fundraisers and a Kickstarter topping out over $110,000 the parade went off without a hitch. With more of Surf Ave to stomp down Coney Island USA outdid themselves this year. We here at the Brewery stand in strong support of any event that provides us with this much Joie de Vivre.

Every year we try to show our muster for glitter and body paint, this year being no exception. A great thanks to all our mermaids and sea creatures who took the long march with us.

 

Introducing Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat

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GrowNYC and Brooklyn Brewery are excited to announce the launch of Greenmarket Wheat, a beer collaboration between local farmers, maltsters, and brewers that captures the flavor of regional agriculture in a bottle.

Greenmarket Wheat is a wheat beer made with raw wheat from North Country Farm in Watertown, NY, Pilsner Barley Malt from Valley Malt in Hadley, MA, and Wildflower Honey from Tremblay Apiaries, Chemung County, NY.

The idea for Greenmarket Wheat grew from New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2012 Farm Brewery License legislation aimed at expanding the growth of craft breweries and increase demand for locally grown products to brew beer statewide.

“Our Greenmarket Regional Grains Initiative works with regional farmers to devote more acreage to growing grains. Creating partnerships to move their product into the hands of bakers—and now brewers—has helped their businesses scale up production,” said Marcel Van Ooyen, executive director of GrowNYC. “Greenmarket Wheat is a collaboration of local growers, millers, malters and brewers who will all benefit from the sale of this new product, not to mention consumers who can purchase a refreshing summer ale they can feel good supporting. Shoppers come to the Greenmarket to eat local. Now they can drink local. We couldn’t be more thrilled to work with Brooklyn Brewery and our producers to bring local grains into the spotlight.”

Greenmarket Wheat will be available for sale by the bottle on Wednesdays and Saturdays at Union Square Greenmarket.

Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat Beer is brewed from 70% New York State-grown wheat and barley. Drinking this lovely beer helps reinvigorate the state’s grain industry and benefit GrowNYC’s mission to support family farms, farmers markets, gardens, recycling and education. Greenmarket Wheat is as bright and refreshing as a sunny day. The Raw wheat gives this beer its zing, barley malt brings depth, and Belgian yeast lends complexity. Accented with orange peel, local honey and a dash of coriander, the beer is naturally carbonated by re-fermentation in handsome 750ml bottles.

For now, Brooklyn Greenmarket Wheat is only sold in New York City. The beautiful, Milton Glaser-designed bottles are available at your locally-minded restaurants, bars and at some GrowNYC Greenmarkets around the city.

[photo: Vitaliy Piltser]