Not a pic everyday, simply the pic we’re talking about today.
Wearing a permanent fur coat can be a real burden on these hot summer days. Luckily for our friend Satchmo in Brooklyn Heights, his family Charlotte, Adam, Lila and Sophie are well stocked on cold Brooklyn Lager. We received this picture of Satchmo beating the heat by curling up around the chilly bottle from family friend Benjamin Smith, who seems to have snapped the picture just as Satchmo was settling in. The rest of the family will have to find their own refreshment-it doesn’t look like Satchmo is willing to share.
Not a pic everyday, simply the pic we’re talking about today.
Brooklyn Brewery National/Sales Chain Manager and mountain man John Boegel sent us today’s picture of his cousin-in-law LTC Lesley Watts. LTC Watts is currently serving in her third overseas deployment as the Commander, Clinical Operations with the 3rd Medical Deployment Support Command with headquarters in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait.
Her responsibility as Commander, Clinical Operations is to provide general surgical, medical, dental, ambulance, behavioral health, preventive maintenance, and veterinary support to Army units serving in 13 countries in Southwest Asia and to civilian populations. In the course of her deployment she will travel to all of her Units in each of these countries to provide care and present educational seminars to civilian professionals and foreign military personnel. Her travels thus far include Afghanistan, Qatar, Kuwait and Jordan.
LTC Watts proudly carries her Brooklyn Brewery Pennant Ale t-shirt wherever she travels. Most of Southwest Asia is “dry” and alcohol is forbidden, which is a particular challenge to such an ardent fan of Brooklyn Brewery. The t-shirt keeps her close to family and reminds her that, soon, she will be in Brooklyn.
We may have broken the long distance record for delicious craft beer collaborations with this one. Please welcome Ridgy Didge, our second, one-time-only, limited edition Brewmaster’s Reserve of 2014. She is an Aussie-spiced saison brewed with our friends at Mountain Goat Brewery in Melbourne, Australia. With their help, we got our hands on exotic down-under ingredients lemon myrtle and Tasmanian pepperberry resulting in a honey colored saison that goes well with hearty foods as well as spicier fare.
ridgy-didge (Australia; colloquial):
1. Genuine, authentic, true; honest, upright. [Are you ridgy-didge? Do you really mean that? Are you telling the truth?]
2. A Tasmanian pepperberry and lemon myrtle flavored saison collaboration between Brooklyn Brewery and Mountain Goat Brewing.
We’d heard of Australia, of course: that it was a land of great surfing, sharks of unfortunate size, Vegemite (?!), and friendly people carrying very large knives. But until a few years ago, no one told us about all the great Australian craft brewing happening, much of it done by our friends at Mountain Goat Beer. They’ve been going strong for 18+ years, and they like to say that “a mountain goat is a big hairy animal that’s never gonna fall over.” Clearly our kind of people, but we needed to know more. So, Brooklyn brewer Al Duvall and lab manager Tom Price went down to Australia to visit Mountain Goat and collaboratively brew the cross-breed named Hopfweizenbock. Now it’s the Goat Crew’s turn for the 24-hour airplane trips to Brooklyn, as we bring you Ridgy-Didge, a strong saison with a distinctly Australian edge. We start the party with malt and a little candy sugar, and then rev it up with two native Australian flavors—startlingly aromatic lemon myrtle leaves, and kicky Tasmanian pepperberries. After fermentation by our house Belgian yeast, the final touch is a light dry-hopping with the Australian hop variety Super Pride of Ringwood. The tasty result is a honey-colored beer with a lean, dry, hoppy palate and a bright, refreshingly lemony finish. This beer is a superstar at the summer dinner table, especially with grilled chicken, shrimp, salmon, and burgers.
Ridgy-Didge? Lemon myrtle? Tasmanian pepperberry? Super Pride of Ringwood? You can’t make this stuff up, and we wouldn’t dare to try. That’s because we’re Ridgy-Didge too, mates. And we’ve been there and back.
Ah, Grillstock: a double-whammy festival of “meat, music and mayhem” that has attracted a massive following in the UK in recent years, drawn to its boisterous crowds, endless music, delicious meats and general celebration of all the good things in life. Brooklyn Brewery is proud to be returning to Grillstock this year to slake your deepest thirst, and we’re bringing a bit of hometown style with us. Our fabled Brooklyn Brewery tap truck will be on hand, and for the first time ever we will be setting up our own marble-topped bar and an entire second stage featuring acoustic blues and “Brooklyn hillbilly tunes.” We’ll be pouring a bottomless supply of Brooklyn Lager and Brooklyn Summer Ale on draft, and will feature a “flash sale” of a single keg of either Brooklyn Brown, Brooklyn EIPA or Brooklyn Sorachi Ace. Check out the full festival event posts below, put on your meat-and-beer drinking hat (you do have one, right?) and meet us at the bar.
With the opening of our sister brewery Nya Carnegiebryggeriet, we now have an entire series of new beers for your imbibing pleasure. If you live in Sweden. Since the tapping ceremony, presided over by the Minister of Rural Affairs (for some reason) , our brewers, cooks, bartenders and number crunchers have been busily preparing for this moment. Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is open for business. And it feels great.
Listed below you can see the taplist and menu to match from chef Billy White. Whether you’re coming in for the the fresh brewed-on-location beers, tasty food or the scenic waterside views, Nya Carnegiebryggeriet is poised to become a beacon for good beer in Sweden.
The List: Nya Carnegie Amber (4.8%) – A British bitter using floor-malted Maris Otter malt with an citrus hop finish that’s as versatile with food as it is easy to drink.
Nya Carnegie Kellerbier (5.9%) - An unfiltered golden cold-fermented lager brewed with a stronger yeast strain and a modern hop profile for a more flavorful take on the classic style.
Nya Carnegie J.A.C.K. (4.5%) – A sessionable IPA with a snappy pine finish, allows you to enjoy the hops without the hangovers. Named after our Swedish brewing team: (J)osefine, (A)nders, (C)hristopher, and (K)arl.
Nya Carnegie Primus Lux (7.0%) - A big muscular winter ale for the heavier Swedish dishes, with hints of chocolate, coffee and licorice tones, this was the first beer our of our new facility.
Nya Carnegie Lumens In Tenebris (6.7%) - A dark saison with a complex fruity spiciness, we hope that Lumen In Tenebris will almost make you miss the winter. Almost.
Brooklyn Ridgy-Didge (8.4%) - A Tasmanian pepperberry and lemon myrtle flavored saison brewed in collaboration with Mountain Goat Brewing from Melbourne, Austrailia.
Smoked Peanuts, Chili & Duck Fat – 35 kr
Beer Sausage – 45 kr
Airdried Ham from Fors Säteri (40g) – 100 kr
Devilled Chicken Hearts – 55 kr
Pork Puck & Pickles – 85 kr
Raw Vegetables, Smoked White Fish & Chicken Skin – 65 kr
It’s not often that one is consciously responsible for something historic. But that’s what happened to us last week in Stockholm, Sweden. Brooklyn Brewery, in partnership with our Swedish importer Carlsberg, christened our new brewery in the Hammarby neighborhood of Stockholm. This occasion marks the very first European craft brewery to be operated by an American outfit and we couldn’t be more thrilled. As reported earlier, the name comes from the oldest living brand in Sweden, D. Carnegie, brewers of the famous Baltic porter. Nya Carnegie embodies the tradition and pride of Carnegie with the innovation and creativity of Brooklyn.
Over the last two years, we’ve worked with our Swedish friends to develop a new line of beers under the banner of Nya Carnegiebryggeriet (aka, New Carnegie Brewery). Those beers are the lusciously hoppy Nya Carnegie Kellerbier, the eminently versatile Nya Carnegie Amber, the endlessly satisfying J.A.C.K. session IPA as well as deeper cuts like the dark saison, Lumens In Tenebris and winter warmer Primus Lux. To pull this off we hired a crack team of brewers in Sweden. They trained in Williamsburg, Brooklyn under Brewmaster Garrett Oliver. Since then, our Brooklyn brewers have been back and forth to Europe, working with our Swedish team,under GM Fredrik Vogel and Head Brewer Anders Wendler to get them up and running. The result is a delicious lineup of 5 beers, poured in a stunning facility for a community of beer drinkers ready for homespun flavor.
To us, NCB represents a beacon for good beer in Stockholm. The brewery will be ground zero for an exchange of ideas, techniques and styles between our Brooklyn brewers and our Stockholm team. Speaking of the team, here’s their names: Head Brewer Anders Wendler, general manager Fredrik Vogel, and brewers Josefine Karlsson, Christoffer Thurgesson, and Karl Fornarve. In the coming months check back for profiles on our new Swedish family.
But the introductions don’t end there. As if plunging into international brewing waters wasn’t enough, we’re also opening a restaurant on the premises of Nya Carnegiebryggeriet. Helmed by head chef Billy White, the kitchen will be turning out elegant food designed to pair with the beers coming out of the fermenters just a few meters away. As Billy said during the opening ceremony, the relationship between the kitchen and the brewhouse is pretty special. Cooks are tasting beer during its evolution from wort to ale. The brewers are stopping by the kitchen to provide feedback on dishes as the develop. Visit the brewery and you should find a menu of food and beer in perfect harmony.
That’s it for now. Check back for more news on this groundbreaking project.
Hong Kong is disorienting enough with its winding streets and busy nightlife, but once lost in its labyrinth of lights and attractions you can usually find a subtle reminder of home. I’m not sure if this logo is calling us pigs or if they make pig burgers, but either way it’s a pretty egregious act of copyright infringement. We’re also not pleased with the threat to one of our favorite animated pigs. Has anyone been to this mish-mash of New York culture? How’s the burger?
The test results are in, please sit down for your diagnosis.
Brooklyn Brewery’s first Brewmaster’s Reserve of 2014 is Hammarby Syndrome, our tribute to the neighborhood of our New Carnegie Brewery in Stockholm, Sweden. Hammarby Syndrome is a cure-all for your Winter blues and a delicious addition to any meal. Brewed with spelt and spruce fronds this strong ale will warm your belly with tastes of Scandinavian delights.
From the Brewmaster,
You’ve heard of Stockholm Syndrome, but these days we’re starting to feel the effects of a once-rare condition - Hammarby Syndrome. If you’ve never heard of it, we can’t blame you. But it’s right here in the New Brooklyn Dictionary:
“Hammarby Syndrome is the distress or impairment caused by the frenzied anticipation and giddy obsession over the beautiful Hammarby Sjöstad section of Stockholm, Sweden and the New Carnegie Brewery that Brooklyn Brewery will open there in March. The cognitive hallmark of Hammarby Syndrome is preoccupying thoughts of Hammarby and New Carnegie Brewery’s delicious new beers. Sufferers typically report a combination of depressive and anxious symptoms, withdrawn behavior and difficulty focusing on topics unrelated to Hammarby Sjöstad. Other symptoms include dry mouth and deep thirst.”
Now there’s good news – we can help you!
Our new Brewmaster’s Reserve beer is Hammarby Syndrome, a robust ale that will transport you directly to the seaside of old Stockholm. It’s brewed from a large proportion of spelt, an ancient wheat-like grain that was once a mainstay of Scandinavian beers. To the spelt’s distinctively nutty flavor, we’ve added another old Swedish beer ingredient – spruce fronds. They add a tasty citrusy pine note to a full-bodied, lightly fruity strong ale that’ll keep you warm until the spring sunshine comes to the rescue. More importantly, it’s great with hearty cold-weather food, and it’ll make you feel like you’re in Hammarby until you can come visit us there yourself.
We have heard the demands of legions of beer fans echoing in the mountains, and now the time has come – Brooklyn Brewery is returning to Switzerland. From the Alps to the lakes, our beers will once again be available across the nation. Now is the perfect time to dip into that super-secure safe deposit account and spring for some Brooklyn brews. Ask for us at your favorite bars and bottle shops today.
Not a pic everyday, simply the pic we’re talking about today.
To launch the Brooklyn Brewery brand in Switzerland our distributor Carlsberg took our GM Eric Ottaway (and his woodsman chic beard) to meet Phil and Nelly, the owners of Ebrietas, a metal bar in Zurich. We are excited to grow into this great new market… and to drink Brooklyn Lager at a Celtic Frost show.