The last 2012 LOCAL x LOCAL show goes down at Brooklyn Bowl this Thu, December 6 featuring Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. Tickets are $20 right here, OR… you could win them. How’s that? We’re giving away 20 FREE TICKETS. To enter to win, comment on this Facebook post and tell us what you’d like a Clap Your Hands Say Yeah collaboration beer to be called. Winners will be picked Thursday. Get to it!
Neighborhood party at The Brooklyn Brewery on Tue, Oct 23 Celebrate our shirts with a Ten-Tap open bar from 7:30-8:30pm
Ten years after Brooklyn Brewery began, and just two years after the opening our own Williamsburg facility, a husband-and-wife duo put brick and mortar to another “Brooklyn” establishment, Brooklyn Industries. “I was happy to see the Brooklyn Industries sign go up on Bedford Ave in 1998,” recalls Steve Hindy. “Here was a second company staking a claim in Brooklyn, and their water tank logo looked a lot like the water tank atop our warehouse on North 11th Street. Vahap Avsar and his wife Lexy Funk soon started selling Brooklyn Brewery shirts for us. They since have expanded in New York and beyond — with 12 locations in NYC, and one each in Chicago and Portland, OR – and they now are designing very cool shirts for the brewery.”
What very cool shirts are those Steve speaks of? We introduce to you the Neighborhood Pint and the Beer Tower, (pictured below) two brand new limited-edition graphic tees (pictured below) available for sale online and in stores as of right now. And to celebrate this melding of neighborly minds we’re throwing a party. Oct 23 here at The Brooklyn Brewery, join us at 7:30pm to celebrate Brooklyn with an open bar from 7:30-8:30pm, food trucks parked outside our big red doors, music compliments of DJ G.R.N.Y., and the new shirts on display for your scrutiny and enjoyment. RSVP to PR@BrooklynIndustries.com, and help us welcome this Brooklyn collaboration.
UPDATE // AUG 2 And the winner of the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Song Contest is… Teen Commandments with the song “No Burning Headlight”! They’ll be flying to Sweden for the first all-Brooklyn music festival. On August 28th, right before the big show, Teen Commandments will play the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Send Off show at the Rock Shop right here in Brooklyn.
A big, huge bear hug goes out to all the contestants and their amazing songs and vision, and to all the thousands of fans and friends who voted.
This morning we had the pleasure of informing Teen Commandments, aka Brett Moses and Nick LaGrasta of their success. Guess what? They’re psyched! Here’s a brief and badly transcribed interview with the pair of Williamsburg songwriters:
Brooklyn Brewery: Congratulations. Where do you live? Brett Moses: Nick and I live in Williamsburg near Kent and North 5th. We’re at one of the few remaining artist’s lofts in the area. BB: We took to your song right when it came in. How’d you hear about the contest? BM: We saw a poster at Manhattan Inn (across from the Nassau G stop, naturally). Nick LaGrasta: It was the first thing I saw when we went into the bar and we immediately started talking about the contest. BM: We hadn’t even ordered a drink yet. NL: Yeah, and we stood there for a while talking about whether or not we should do the contest. BB: So you could say that the contest actually prevented you from buying a Brooklyn beer. This promotional contest actually hurt our sales. BM: Well Brooklyn beer fueled much of the song writing process so I’d wager that your sales actually rose, slightly. BB: Oh, good. So speaking of your song writing process, how did you come to write “No Burning Headlight”? BM: Nick and I co-wrote the song– I am singing and Nick produced much of the track. BB: Most of the songs we received were all about the G but your lyrics treaded a little lighter on the subject. BM: Right, it’s not as on-the-nose as some. We wanted to capture a feeling and a moment that feels true about our lives and the area. You know, we went to some party in Greenpoint and we’re waiting to go home. Met someone at the party who’s along for the ride. Burning headlight is the train. Anyway, we recorded the song using Ableton Live and mixed it in Logic Pro. There’s also some cabasa, clave, and shaker just for fun. BB: So you’ve won a trip to Stockholm to take in our very first all-Brooklyn music festival at Debaser. Have you ever been to Sweden before? Both: No. BB: What’s your favorite Swedish band? NL: I’ve always liked Jens Lekman. BM: Is Meshuggah Swedish? They’re good. BB: Don’t know. BM: What about that electronic band, The Knife? Are they Swedish? BB: Yes, they are. BM: That’s my answer, The Knife. BB: What bands on the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN lineup are you most excited for? NL: We were psyched to see who was playing. I’ve been listening to the new Twin Sister album a lot over the last two weeks and just realized they were on the bill so that’ll be cool. BM: I’ve always been a fan of The Hold Steady. And I’ve really been into the new DIIV album. BB: Well thanks again for your effort. We were blown away by all the submissions and are excited that you guys took home the prize. BM: We could not be more grateful to our friends and families and really want to make the most of this. We hope people will keep an ear out for Teen Commandments. We’ll be playing shows in Brooklyn. This is a new project for us and we really thank Brooklyn Brewery for allowing us to reach so many people right off the bat.
If ever the sluggish G gets you down, or you find yourself inspired by the tenacity of that “green-eyed girl”… or you just want to listen to some good songs, here is the entire Top 10 for your listening pleasure:
UPDATE // JULY 25 At the end of August we’re exporting over a dozen of Brooklyn’s top bands to Sweden, as well as one lucky unsigned New York songwriter who’ll be flown to Stockholm and put up at the Story Hotel to enjoy the festival, on us. To ensure this mammoth prize is well rewarded, we asked you to write a song about Brooklyn’s storied G train. And boy, did you deliver. So much so that we couldn’t just decide on 5 entries as was originally intended, and had to double it to 10. But only one songwriter can get on that plane, and we need your help to choose the winner. So whatever it is you’re doing and get yourself over to Facebook (you’re probably already there) and vote for your favorite song*. And tell your friends, family, coworkers and general acquaintances to vote, too. And maybe drink a Brooklyn Lager while you’re at it.
In addition to going to Sweden to enjoy the show, the winning songwriter will perform alongside a handful of the bands on the festival roster at the BROOKLYN, SWEDEN Send Off at the Rock Shop on August 28.
On May 24, we’re celebrating the release of our new East India Pale Ale can — the third member of our newly assembled Brooklyn Can Triumvirate – with a series of CANibalization parties in almost a dozen states. Join us at any one of the acclaimed venues below to enjoy specials on cans of Brooklyn EIPA, Lager and Summer, and the relinquishing of free swag (while supplies last).
The time has come once again to partake in the preeminent beer festival in these states united: the Great American Beer Festival. Oh yes, we’ll be there. And oh yes, we’ve got a challenge for you:
+ Take a photo of an Oxford Companion to Beer contributor (list of those in attendance at GABF 2011 below).
+ Tag the photo @BrooklynBrewery on Twitter.
+ Collect the most contributor photos and be contacted via Twitter on Monday to win your very own Brooklyn Box Set:
This deluxe edition of the most comprehensive book on beer ever written comes lovingly packaged with a one-time only bottling of The Companion Ale. Like the book The Oxford Companion To Beer itself, The Companion is a true collaboration. It was designed and brewed by the book’s Editor-In-Chief Garrett Oliver, Associate Editor Horst Dornbusch and contributor Thomas Weyermann.
Oxford Companion GABF 2011 Contributor List (after the break)
As highly sophisticated Brooklynites, we’re big fans of The New Yorker’s Caption Contest. Since imitation is the best form of flattery, we’ve decided to run one of our own. The first Thursday of each month, we’ll be posting a photo from the Brewhouse on Facebook, and it’ll be up to you to submit and pick the best caption. Winners will be selected based on how many “likes” their submission gets by the next Friday, so get ready to rally your friends.
The winner will receive this unbelievably spectacular gift pack, including:
These are not just wooden cylindrical vessels. No. They have been used to make one of our favorite beers, the name of which we’ve taken oaths to never speak. It’s that special.
But the fact is we don’t have the space to hang on to these stout fellows, unless we stop making new beer altogether, which is downright preposterous. So we’re giving barrels away to anyone who will put them to good use (and who can come to Williamsburg to pick them up).
What would you do with an empty bourbon barrel that was used to make a certain strong stout? Here are a few ideas to get things started:
+ Have a backyard? Cut the barrels in half and use them to plant veggies.
+ Are you freezing cold? Booze-soaked wood is great for making fire.
+ Need a place to hide your Beanie Babies? You now have a place to hide your shame.
We’ll be posting updates on the giveaways on Facebook, so be sure to click in. Please note that all barrels must be picked up at our warehouse in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Saturday, July 16 — Sunday, July 17
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On July 16 and 17 at Breukelen Bier Merchants here in Williamsburg, there will be growlers of The Concoction, Brooklyner Weisse, BLAST! and/or 2009 Black Chocolate Stout* just dying to go home with you. Also available, and just as desiring for your company, are bottles of Sorachi Ace and cans of Summer Ale. Merch giveaways and complimentary Bavarian pretzels will help hold it all together.
On Saturday, July 16 from 4-7pm, join our Brooklyn Rep at the Bier Merchants to sample pints and flights of Brooklyn beer and get yourself some sweet swag.
[*It's summer, we know, but a growler of vintage BCS? Yes, please.]