Category Archives: The Food Experiments

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Comes to New Orleans, March 13-16

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Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash as a benefit for Slow Food USA, rolling out in the Big Easy March 13-16. Check back for a New Orleans Mash recap from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson (@BKLYNhouseChef).

1st Annual New Orleans Vendy Awards
Wed, Mar 13, 7-10pm; The Historic French Market; 1008 N. Peters St., New Orleans, LA | After eight years in New York and events in LA and Philadelphia, the Vendy Awards – an intense cook-off between the best sidewalk chefs in the city – is coming to New Orleans to determine the best street food vendor in town while raising money for the New Orleans Food Truck Coalition (NOFTC) & Slow Food NOLA.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Thu, Mar 14, 9pm; Siberia; 2227 St. Claude, New Orleans, LA – $7 | America’s most popular soul party returns to New Orleans. Get down to the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin all night long. Join the 1am dance contest for $100 cash prize and a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl. The evening kicks off with a live performance by New Orleans’ legendary King Louie One Man Band.

Found Footage Festival
Thu, Mar 14 & Fri, Mar 15, 10pm; La Nuit Comedy Theater; 5039 Freret St, New Orleans, LA – $11 | A hilarious comedy event that showcases footage from videos that were found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters across the country.

Farmers Market Workshop
Sat, Mar 16, 10am–12pm; Crescent City Farmers Market, 700 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA – Free | The Brooklyn Brewery House Chef will be cooking up some of his favorite finds from the market. Stop by for cooking and beer pairing tips.

Local, 2 Ways
Thu, Mar 14, time TBD; Maurepas Foods; 320 Burgundy St, Bywater, New Orleans, LA – $70 | Multi-course beer dinner celebrating regional cuisine interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Michael Doyle and Chief Intoxicologist, Brad Smith, of Maurepas Foods, the Brooklyn Brewery House Chef, Andrew Gerson.

Togather Books & Beer
Sat, Mar 16, 1pm; Perestroika at Pravda ; 1113 Decatur St, New Orleans, LA – $25 | With our friends from Togather, our favorite Crescent City culinary cheerleader Poppy Tooker sits down for a conversation with our pals from Brooklyn-based Liddabit Sweets. Join their conversation about sleepless nights starting a business, inspiration and tricks in the kitchen. Ticket price includes a Brooklyn beer, Liddabit samples and The Liddabit Sweets Candy Cookbook.

Slow Supper: “Swamp to Table”
Sun, Mar 17, 5pm – $80 | Hosted by DinnerLab and benefitting Slow Food NOLA, guests will feast on swamp creatures including crawfish, alligator, nutria and more. Chef Paco Roberts matches the spontaneity of an underground supperclub to Chef Andrew’s Brooklyn perspective. Projection installations from Brooklyn’s NBNY, ornamentation by New Orleans artist Rebecca Rebouche and music from Luke Winslow King with Esther Rose. Location is secret.

Chaos Cooking
Wed, Mar 6, 7pm – Free | A stalwart citizen opens his kitchen for a 150 person cooking party where everyone is a cook. There will be 7 cooking stations including 2 food trucks, a chandelier wok, indoor kitchen and plenty of grills. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy. For location details, go to ChaosCooking.com.

Announcing The Brooklyn Brewery Mash: Adventures in Food, Film, Music, Books & Beer

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Brooklyn Brewery is taking its neighborhood on the road. Collaborating with friends old and new, the Brewery has bundled up some of its favorite events into The Brooklyn Brewery Mash as a benefit for Slow Food USA. Kicking off at SxSW Interactive in Austin, The Mash will drop in 11 cities during 2013 and roll out a roster of parties, comedy, concerts, pop-up supperclubs and readings, all featuring humanity’s favorite beverage.

“We’re absolutely delighted to have the support of the Brooklyn Brewery as it launches its Mash tour,” says Richard McCarthy, Executive Director of Slow Food USA. “Brooklyn Brewmaster Garrett Oliver has been a Slow Food supporter for a long time and we’re looking forward to the celebrations in the various local communities.”

NYC food and art organizations have been closely linked to Brooklyn Brewery from the beginning. Be it a beer dinner, cook-off, concert or film festival, the ethos of these happenings has consistently mirrored the consideration and creativity behind the making of The Brewery’s beer. Paired with the flavor and flair of Brooklyn, classic nightlife like eating out and going to a movie are reinvented into a more intimate and interactive experience.

Helping color in The Mash, NBNY, the organizers of Brooklyn’s Bring to Light festival, will create their immersive installations of light and projection art throughout the tour. Continuing a tradition of giving back, Brooklyn Brewery cooked up The Mash as a benefit to Slow Food USA and local Slow Food chapters in each city it visits.

“The Mash is an expression of Brooklyn art, music, food and the cultural links we see with many cities around the world,” says Brooklyn Brewery President & Co-founder Steve Hindy. “There is a revolution happening in the world of food and the world of beer, and we are happy to celebrate this revolution with our friends around the US.”

THE TOUR

Every installment of The Mash is custom tailored to the cities it visits.
Go to BrooklynBreweryMash.com for info.

AUSTIN, TX: March 4 – 10
NEW ORLEANS, LA: March 13 – 16*
NASHVILLE, TN: April 11 – 14
BOSTON, MA: April 25 – 28
BALTIMORE, MD: May 2 – 5
TWIN CITIES, MN: June 20 – 23
WASHINGTON, D.C.: September 19 – 22
CHICAGO, IL: October 3 – 6*
PITTSBURGH, PA: October 24 – 27
PHILADELPHIA, PA:  November 7 – 10*
MIAMI, FL: December 12 – 15

* with Vendy Awards

AUSTIN EVENTS: MARCH 4 – 10

Chaos Cooking
Wed, Mar 6, 7pm | A stalwart citizen opens their home kitchen to strangers for a dinner party where all guests are cooks. Each attendee brings the ingredients and everyone cooks together. Dishes are passed around, and there’s plenty of Brooklyn beer to enjoy. Location is secret – go to ChaosCooking.com for details.

Local 2 Ways
Thu, Mar 7, 7pm; Swift’s Attic, 315 Congress Ave, Austin, TX | Multi-course dinner celebrating regional cuisine interpreted 2 ways: by the Brooklyn Brewery House Chef & Chef Mat Clouser of Swift’s Attic.

Slow Supper, Beer & Books: An Evening with Marcus Samuelsson & Jesse Griffiths
Fri, Mar 8, 6pm; Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX – $100 | Food Republic, Togather & Brooklyn Brewery present Beer & Books: Marcus Samuelsson and Austin’s own Jesse Griffiths in a conversation about technology’s effect on the food world. Following is Slow Supper, an outdoor dinner party benefitting Slow Food Austin co-created by Samuelsson & Griffiths with a helping hand from Brooklyn Brewery’s House Chef. Stay for the free Soul Clap & Dance-Off immediately following at 9pm.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Fri, Mar 8, 9pm; Springdale Farm, 755 Springdale Rd, Austin, TX – Free | America’s most popular soul party returns to Austin. Get down to the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin all night long. Join the 11pm dance contest for $100 cash prize and a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl.

Farmers Market Workshop
Sat, Mar 9, 10am–12pm; Cedar Park Farmers Mkt, 11200 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park, TX
Sun, Mar 10, 10am–12pm; Mueller Farmers Mkt, Browning Hangar, 4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX

The Brooklyn Brewery House Chef will be cooking up some of his favorite finds from the market. And drinking beer. Stop by for a sip and a cooking tip.

The Austin Smoke Experiment
Sun, Mar 10, 1–4pm; Clive Bar, 609 Davis St, Austin, TX – $15 | Austin’s top home chefs create their best smoke-themed dish ranging from savory to sweet. Some wear costumes, some pimp out their table, but all come to win over the audience and our esteemed culinary judging panel. The Food Experiments return to SxSW for the third year in a row.

The SxSW Marketing Party
Sun, Mar 10, 7:30pm; Clive Bar, 609 Davis St, Austin, TX – Free | Brooklyn Brewery, Found Footage & Imgur are throwing a party featuring music by Brooklyn bands Prince Rama, The Dig and Sinkane, odd, rare and outrageous VHS clips from Found Footage Festival, projection art by Nuit Blanche and beer from Brooklyn Brewery.

Check back for a Mash Austin recap from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson (@BKLYNhouseChef).

A Cook Is Crowned @ The Food Experiments 2012 Championship

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UPDATE // DEC 17 After a stomach-defying, tastebud-testing year of sampling 400 original bites from amateur chefs in 15 cities, the 2012 Food Experiments National Tour came to an end yesterday in the Brooklyn Brewery Tasting Room as Chef Charles from Brooklyn (pictured above) was named Champion Culinarius, winning a shiny oversized trophy, a China Town gold medal, some good old-fashioned cash, a bunch of awesome stuff from Le Creuset, and two airline tickets to anywhere in the U.S. courtesy of Jet Blue. Full results below:

JUDGES
The Champion:
  One World One Kitchen / Jewel Crusted Shrimp
Second Place: You’re Bacon Me Crazy / You’re Bacon Me Sweat!
Third Place:  Chocolate & Spice / Mexican Chocolate Mini Pies

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize: Jaws 3-D / Return of the Jawndi
Second Place: The Magic Hops / Scotch Dates
Third Place: Bite Me, This one’s for you! / The Ox, the Moon, and the Chinese Spoon

Nick & Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: The Pork Dorks/ Smoked Pork Dumplings

Spirit Award: Per Ehrlund of Cuttin’ Chris and Eatin’ Ehrlund

Congrats to all the chefs for putting on a great show and bringing some seriously delicious bites to Brooklyn on Sunday. It was a pleasure on Friday visiting those food producers in the Pfizer building, hitting up The Ides, and then packing into a bus with you and downing all that Crif Dogs, Mile End, Di Fara’s, Yun Nan Flavour Snack and of course… Brooklyn beer. We hope you didn’t mind having your picture taken as you stuffed your face…

The Jersey Relief Experiment, Dec 2

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The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

UPDATE // DEC 3 And the winners of The Jersey Relief Experiment are…

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize:
Bite Me / Meatballs Two Ways
Second Place:
Empanada Mania / Buffalo Chicken & Blue Cheese Empanad
Third Place: Tattooed Kitchen Goddess / Sausage & Potatoes Braised in Red Wine

JUDGES
First Place:
Chef Charles NYC / Boozy Pudding Two Ways
Second Place:
Flavor Amplified / Coq Au Vin
Third Place:
Spice Route / Kashmiri Rajma

Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: Flavor Amplified / Coq Au Vin

New Jersey is among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. To help aid relief efforts in the Garden State, we’re:

+ moving the Jersey Booze Experiment back a few weeks (to Dec 2)
+ re-dubbing it the Jersey Relief Experiment
+ changing the theme from food prepared with booze to simply the “best bite”
+ giving all ticket proceeds to the Rebuild Hoboken Relief Fund
+ launching a raffle of incredible foodie prizes

Sign up to compete here!

Judging the Relief Experiment will be Anne McBride, Director of Experimental Cuisine Collective and Culinary Programs & Editorial Director for Strategic Initiatives at CIA; Adam Robb, Restaurant Critic for New Jersey Monthly and Philadelphia Editor of Thrillist; Anthony Pino, Executive Chef and Owner of Anthony David’s AND Bin 14; and Anthony Scillia, Alan Watts, and Gennaro Pecchia, the famous trio behind the site Men Who Dine.

The Bklyn Curry Experiment, Oct 21

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The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

UPDATE // OCT 23 And the winner of the Brooklyn Curry Experiment is… the Starr Brothers! See some pics from the curry craziness below:

Brooklyn Brewery is flying the winner of each uniquely-themed showdown to Brooklyn for an elite “Back-Of-The-House Pass” including:

+ 3-night stay at Wythe Hotel (across the street from Brooklyn Brewery)
+ Tasty Tours of our neighborhood’s finest food producers
+ Friday night Chef’s Feast
+ The chance to compete in The Food Experiments Championship at Brooklyn Brewery

Follow the Food Experiments @FoodExperiment, and join the conversation about the Brooklyn Curry Experiment via #BKLYNFoodEx.

Sunday, October 21 @ Public Assembly, 1-4pm
Attendees tweet photos of their favorite bite @BrooklynBrewery with the hash tag #BKLYNFoodEx for a chance to win this homebrew kit. From the Food Experiments: “Cookoff pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are excited to present The Food Experiment, an amateur cook off involving Brooklyn’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will feature a main ingredient. Sharpen your knifes, this is a call to all home chefs looking to be named Brooklyn’s next cookoff king or queen. Winners will not only achieve culinary glory, but will be flown to Brooklyn, NY to compete in the National cookoff title, the super-bowl of cookoffs held at Brooklyn Brewery. Do you have what it takes to win?’

Hudson Valley Supermarket Showdown @ Shop Rite Vails Gate (NY), Oct 13

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The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

Two of the most decorated chefs in Brooklyn Cook-Off history.
One Shop Rite demo kitchen.
Two dishes prepared from Brooklyn Brewery beer.
One chance at culinary glory.

From the Food Experiments: “Come out to Shop Rite Vails Gate (384 Windsor Highway, Vails Gate, NY 12584) and watch! As 7-time Brooklyn Cook-Off champ, Theo Peck, comes to town to take on his fiercest rival, Nick Suarez, 5-time Brooklyn Cook-Off Champ [pictured below burning right through Theo's face], for bragging rights in a mini cook-off of mini-epic proportions! The not so secret ingredient: BEER, BROOKLYN BEER! The sampling starts at high NOON Saturday and lasts until there is one man left standing or 2 o’clock, whichever comes first!”

The Twin City Pie Experiment, Sep 30

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The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

UPDATE // OCT 2 And the winners of the Twin Cities Pie Experiment are!

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize:  Chocolate & Spice / Mexican Spiced Chocolate Fried Pie
Second Place: Quality Pie / Pluot Pie
Third Place: Awesome / GrHOPfruit Pie

JUDGES
First Place:  Buon Journey / Can’t Stop the Eatin’
Second Place: Quality Pie / Pluot Pie
Third Place:  Jack & Lill / Poached Pear & Chocolate Frangipane Tart

Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: Farm Girl Treats / Hazelnut Espresso Tart

Brooklyn Brewery is flying the winner of each uniquely-themed showdown to Brooklyn for an elite “Back-Of-The-House Pass” including:

+ 3-night stay at The Wythe Hotel (across the street from Brooklyn Brewery)
+ Tasty Tours of our neighborhood’s finest food producers
+ Friday night Chef’s Feast
+ The chance to compete in The Food Experiments Championship at Brooklyn Brewery

Follow the Food Experiments @FoodExperiment, and join the conversation about the Twin City Pie Experiment via #TwinFoodEx.

The Twin Cities Pie Experiment
Sunday, September 30 @ The Fine Line Music Cafe, 1-4pm

Attendees tweet photos of their favorite bite @BrooklynBrewery with the hash tag #TwinFoodEx for a chance to win this homebrew kit. Buy your tickets here!

From the Food Experiments: “Cookoff pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are excited to present Twin City’s first ever Food Experiment, an amateur cook off involving Twin City’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will feature a main ingredient. Sharpen your knifes, this is a call to all home chefs looking to be named Twin City’s next cookoff king or queen. Winners will not only achieve culinary glory, but will be flown to Brooklyn, NY to compete in the National cookoff title, the super-bowl of cookoffs held at Brooklyn Brewery. Do you have what it takes to win?”

The Atlanta Chicken Experiment, Sep 23

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The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

UPDATE // SEP 26 And the winners of the Atlanta Chicken Experiment are!

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize:  Bon Rappetite / Chicki Minaj Featuring Jean Graevy
Second Place: Kitchen Man Can / Peach Fried Chicken with Spicy Corn and Buttermilk Waffle Ice Cream
Third Place: Nick & Dave’s Encased Meats / Our Small Package

JUDGES
First Place:  Pambrosia / Chickarone L.T’s
Second Place: Nick & Dave’s Encased Meats / Our Small Package
Third Place:  Bon Rappetite / Chicki Minaj Featuring Jean Graevy

Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: Native Crave / Dessert Chicken Trio

Brooklyn Brewery is flying the winner of each uniquely-themed showdown to Brooklyn for an elite “Back-Of-The-House Pass” including:

+ 3-night stay at The Wythe Hotel (across the street from Brooklyn Brewery)
+ Tasty Tours of our neighborhood’s finest food producers
+ Friday night Chef’s Feast
+ The chance to compete in The Food Experiments Championship at Brooklyn Brewery

Follow the Food Experiments @FoodExperiment, and join the conversation about the Atlanta Chicken Experiment via #ATLFoodEx.

The Atlanta Chicken Experiment
Sunday, September 23 @ The Masquerade, 1-4pm
Attendees: tweet photos of your favorite bite @BrooklynBrewery with the hash tag #ATLFoodEx for a chance to win this homebrew kit. Buy your tickets here!

From the Food Experiments: “Cookoff pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are excited to present Atlanta’s first Food Experiment, an amateur cook off involving Atlanta’s finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will feature a main ingredient. Sharpen your knifes, this is a call to all home chefs looking to be named Atlanta’s next cookoff king or queen. Winners will not only achieve culinary glory, but will be flown to Brooklyn, NY to compete in the National cookoff title, the super-bowl of cookoffs held at Brooklyn Brewery. Do you have what it takes to win?”

The Columbus Smoke Experiment, July 15

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UPDATE // JULY 19 Results and photos from the Columbus Smoke Experiment are in!

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize:  Team Funtjarvis / Carntias Funtjarvis (pictured)
Second Place: Mathematical Pork / Pulled Pork Will Be My Constant
Third Place: Kenny’s Meat Wagon / Italian Beef Sandwich w/Provolone Sauce

JUDGES
First Place:  Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em! / Smokey Treats
Second Place: Mathematical Pork / Pulled Pork Will Be My Constant
Third Place:  Salty Smiles / Tiger Tears

Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: Smokey Balls / Smoked Meatballs

The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, the Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Brewery is flying the winner of each uniquely-themed showdown to Brooklyn for an elite “Back-Of-The-House Pass” including:

+ 3-night stay at The Wythe Hotel (across the street from Brooklyn Brewery)
+ Tasty Tours of our neighborhood’s finest food producers
+ Friday night Chef’s Feast
+ The chance to compete in The Food Experiments Championship at Brooklyn Brewery

Follow the Food Experiments @FoodExperiment, and join the conversation about the Columbus Smoke Experiment via #OhioFoodEx.

SUNDAY, JULY 15
Attendees: tweet photos of your favorite bite @BrooklynBrewery with the hash tag #OhioFoodEx for a chance to win this homebrew kit. From the Food Experiments: “Cookoff pros Nick Suarez and Theo Peck are excited to present Columbus’ first ever Food Experiment, an amateur cook off involving Columbus finest home chefs. Dishes will range from savory to sweet and will feature a main ingredient. Sharpen your knifes, this is a call to all home chefs looking to be named Columbus next cookoff king or queen.

Winners will not only achieve culinary glory, but will be flown to Brooklyn, NY to compete in the National cookoff title, the super-bowl of cookoffs held at Brooklyn Brewery. Do you have what it takes to win?”

The Boston Cake Experiment: June 24

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UPDATE // JUNE 26 Results and photos from the Boston Cake Experiment are in!

AUDIENCE
First Place / Grand Prize:  Food Alors! / Torteau de Chevre
Second Place: Gourmand and Twin / The Sophisticake
Third Place: Banana Bellies / Summer Berry Amaranth Cake

Theo’s Prize for Experimentation: Wine Among Friends /Orange Blossom Special

JUDGES
First Place:  In the Age of Mechanical Reproduction / Cocoa Chanel
Second Place: Liz Squared / The Michelada
Third Place:  Flour Power / Strawberry Dream

The world’s #1 amateur cooking competition, The Food Experiments features celebrity judges, creative food themes and the chance for one local chef to win a trip to Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Brewery is flying the winner of each uniquely-themed showdown to Brooklyn for an elite “Back-Of-The-House Pass” including:

+ 3-night stay at The Wythe Hotel (across the street from Brooklyn Brewery)
+ Tasty Tours of our neighborhood’s finest food producers
+ Friday night Chef’s Feast
+ The chance to compete in The Food Experiments Championship at Brooklyn Brewery

Follow the Food Experiments @FoodExperiment, and join the conversation about the Boston Cake Experiment via #BOSFoodEx.

SUNDAY, JUNE 24: 6-9pm
Theo Peck and Nick Suarez are excited to return to one of their favorite culinary destinations to present the amateur cook-off Boston Cake Experiment at the Middle East Club. Let them eat cake! Dishes will range from the savory to the sweet, from bacon infused cake to a simple chocolate cake and every possible experiment in between. Judging the experiment will be Leigh Belanger, Program Director at Chefs Collaborative, and Rich Garcia, Executive Chef at 606 Congress.

Attendees: tweet photos of your favorite bite @BrooklynBrewery with the hash tag #BOSFoodEx for a chance to win this homebrew kit. $10 includes tasting samples and a complimentary Brooklyn Brewery beer. Ticket link to come.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23
But wait, there’s more! The day before the Cake Experiment, the Boston Supermarket Showdown goes off at Whole Foods (location coming soon!). Come out and watch as seven-time Brooklyn Cook-Off champ, Theo Peck, comes to town to take on one of your own local foodies for bragging rights in a mini cook-off of mini-epic proportions. The not so secret ingredient: Brooklyn Brewery beer.