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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:

DeeDee Prescott

DeeDee Dame

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

Drew Ziegler

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

Katie Hutchinson

Katie Hutchinson – Stone Fox, Nashville, TN

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.

Talbot Johnson - Metro Gallery, Baltimore, MD

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

Cameron Caswell – Black Cat Room, Washington, DC

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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(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.