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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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(Photo courstesy of Jon Reznick/Gothamist)

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.

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.