Category Archives: Tastings

Brooklyn Brewery Hits the Pits: Return to Grillstock 2014

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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.

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BLAST! HATH BEEN BOTTLED

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We at Brooklyn know that since putting it in bottles, Blast! has been flying off of shelves & out of bars. While we’re not surprised, we do want to share the wealth and make sure everyone gets to try this decidedly robust IPA. In addition to using our Beer Finder to locate your beer, stop by any of the events below and you’re guaranteed to have a Blast!

5/24 Guided Tasting at Shoprite Cedar Knolls (NJ)
5/24 Guided Tasting at DeCicco’s Cornwall (NY)
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/24 First Taste @ The Party Source (KY)
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/30 Guided Tasting @ Keystone (OH)

6/27 Guided Tasting at The Noble Grape (IL)

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Saratoga Beer Week is Back! February 18-22

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Saratoga Beer Week kicks off on February 18, and we’ve got a lot planned for you. We’re  a part of 5 beer week events, including the three highlight events we’re hosting. Our signature event will be the release party for our newest, Brewmaster’s Reserve, Hammarby Syndrome, on Friday, February 21 in the tap attack to end all tap attacks. Check out our full schedule of events below. We’re ready Saratogians, are you?

Thursday, February 20

Meet the Brewer
Meet Brooklyn brewer, Jimmy Valm. We’ll be pouring Jimmy’s I Wanna Rye It and a special Brown Ale and bourbon cocktail, Beggar’s Banquet.
9pm, 9 Maple

New York State Pub Crawl
Pub Crawls and Scavenger Hunts go together like peanut butter and jelly, eggs and bacon, beer and everything. In this NY State Pub Crawl, you’ll be looking for 10 NY State brewery logos and drinking plenty of these local brews along the way. Check out the game plan here  Meander off Caroline Street to five local favorites and join Brooklyn’s, Rich Jarvis in his march down Phila Street and beyond.

Friday, February 21

Brooklyn Tasting
Come out and sample freshly bottled, Blast! and seasonal duo, Black & Brooklyn, the perfect combination of our classic Brooklyn Lager & the malty seasonal sweetness of our Dry Irish Stout.
5-7pm, EBI Beverage

Hammarby Syndrome Release Party
A new beer deserves a great party, and we’re doing just that for our newest Brewmaster’s Reserve, Hammarby Syndrome. This tap attack will feature former Brewmaster’s Reserves, seasonals, and perennial favorites along with a side Mary’s Maple Porter Fritters.
8:30pm, The 7 Horse Pub

Saturday, February 22

Beer Summit
At the 3rd edition of this annual festival and signature Saratoga Beer Week event, we’ll have Hammarby Syndrome, Sorachi Ace, and Black Chocolate Stout on draft. Tickets are available here.
1pm & 5pm, Saratoga Springs City Center

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Brewmaster Oliver in the Bluegrass State

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If the first alcoholic beverage that comes to mind when you think of Kentucky is bourbon, well, you’re not alone. While we know the good people of Kentucky know their way around a mint julep, we’re also pretty sure they dig craft beer, especially when it’s being poured by Brewmaster Oliver. On February 14th and 15th, Garrett will be bringing all his expertise (plus a whole lot of beer) to the Bluegrass State. Check out the entire schedule, below:

February 14th
5-6:30pm: Mini Tap Attack/Meet & Greet @ Pazzo’s Pizza Pub. Pazzo’s will be running five lines of Brooklyn beer, and Garrett will be hanging out to answer all you beer questions.

7-8:30pm: Beer Dinner @ The Village Idiot. This event, led by Garrett and featuring some very special brews, is perfect for a Valentine’s Day dinner (or, you know, treating yourself). 

9pm: Book Signing & Tap Attack @ The Beer Trappe. The Oxford Companion to Beer is the definitive guide to beer, and not only can you get your hands on it, but you can even get Garrett to sign it while you sip on some Kriek.

February 15th
10am-5pm: Craft Writing: Beer, The Digital, & Craft Culture @ University of Kentucky. The speakers of this event are a stacked group–Garrett, Teri Fahrendorf, Mitch Steele, and more–and they all want to teach you how to write about craft beer. Oh, did we mention it’s free and open to the public? Don’t miss out.

6-9pm: Tap Attack & Book Signing @ Liquor Barn Towne Center. This is your chance to say hey to Garrett, and get our latest release, Wild Streak–we know it won’t be staying on the shelves long, so get it before it’s gone!

NYC Beer Week Returns

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Now under the direction of the New York City Brewers Guild, the 6th Annual New York City Beer Week happens February 21 – March 2, and will bring together 16 NYC craft breweries, nationally & internationally renowned breweries, over 100 venues with more than 300 events, celebrity chefs, and acclaimed restaurants for the premier craft beer spectacle of the year. We’re proud to be a founding member of this organization, so we planned a few fun evenings:

Opening Night Bash @ Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal
7pm, Friday, February 21
$75 Tickets Available Here

A spectacular setting for New York City’s premier craft beer spectacle of the year, the New York City Brewers Guild hosts its Opening Night Bash at the iconic Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal featuring rare and obscure beers from 30 breweries from NYC and friends around the region and across the country.

The $75 ticket gets you unlimited samples from your favorite breweries, with some of the finest food vendors NYC has to offer providing light snacks through the night. We’ll be bringing Hammarby Syndrome & 1/2 Ale.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Bash with Dinner Lab @ The Brooklyn Brewery & Brooklyn Bowl
8pm, Saturday, February 22
Sold Out; Tickets For Soul Clap & Dance Off Nationals Available Here

Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson and Dinner Lab Dinner Lab Chef Brandon Byrd come together for the first time since their collaboration during Mash New Orleans to create a multi-course beer feast with Mash Chef Hiyaw Gebreyohannes.

Guests can expect pairings of Brooklyn Brewery’s most popular beers, rare brews, and some added surprises to complement each dish dreamt up by the evening’s culinary stars. The experience will be illuminated by projection artists Nuit Blanche New York.

Immediately following Mash Bash will be The National Championships of Mr. Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap & Dance Off, next door at Brooklyn Bowl (open to all Mash Bash Dinner Lab guests). At each Mash stop during our 2013 tour we crowned a different Soul Clap winner and we’ve brought them in from all 11 cities to see who will rise above the Brooklyn fray. A portion of proceeds will help support Slow Food USA, co-founded by Garrett Oliver.

Brooklyn Tap Takeover & Tasting @ Top Hops
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

We’re bringing out our best at Top Hops for a tap takeover. Sample our newest Brewmaster’s Reserve, Hammarby Syndrome, and our first ever Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment, Wild Streak, alongside past Brewmaster’s Reserves and perennial favorites. We’ll even be raffling off 6 bottles of a highly whispered about beer that doesn’t exist at the end of the night. Check out the beer list here.

NYC Brewer’s Choice
6pm, Wednesday, February 26
$65 Tickets Available Here

NYC Brewer’s Choice returns on February 26 from 6-10pm as a featured event of NYC Beer Week. This year’s event, which will be held for the first time at The Wythe Hotel here in Williamsburg, has an all New York focus. More than 16 NY state brewers, including our own Garrett Oliver, will be on hand to pour and discuss some of their most special beers, all of with will be served alongside a loving food pairing provided by some of the city’s best restaurants. Jeff O’Neil of Peekskill Brewery will deliver the keynote address.

Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves @ The Historic Nassau Brewery
1-5pm, Saturday, March 1
Sold Out

Join Josh Bernstein, author of The Complete Beer Course and host of the NYC homebrew tours, as he hosts Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves. These caves have remained largely untouched and unseen since their 19th century hay-day, but on March 1st, you can descend, partake in pretzels, and learn about the history of the former brewery. We will be pouring Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager,  Brooklyn 1/2 Pils, and Brooklyn Lager.

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Sample new releases Wild Streak & Hammarby Syndrome.

The Sampler
234 Starr Street, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Wednesday, February 26

Hops & Hocks
2 Morgan Ave, Brooklyn
6-8pm, Thursday, February 27

Stinky Brooklyn
215 Smith Street, Brooklyn
7-9pm, Thursday, February 27

Brunch Finale @ Houston Hall
12pm, Sunday, March 2
$15 Tickets Available Here

After a long and relentlessly enthusiastic New York City Beer Week complete with revelry, comradeship and delicious beer, you know need a more relaxed setting. Celebrate the awesomeness by coming to a meet-some-brewers closing brunch at Houston Hall! Beer selections from each brewery member will be available along with an all-you-can-eat brunch buffet. Your ticket includes one beer plus the buffet.

 

The newly bottled Brooklyn BLAST!

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Ladies and gentlemen, your favorite beer is now in bottle form.

The first beer launching from our brand new bottling line here in Williamsburg will be Brooklyn BLAST!, our decidedly robust IPA, that I contend to be the greatest beer, ever. Now available in take home 4-packs and gently yet fiercely rolling out to a store near you over the next month. Try to be patient. BLAST! will soon be yours.

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Brooklyn BLAST! has been bouncing around our halls since its introduction as a Brewmaster’s Reserve in 2005. Our long running but not widely shouted answer to those palette obliterating West Coast IPAs, BLAST! is a balancing act of piney & fruity notes with a sturdy malt foundation.

It’s bold.

It’s big.

It’s Brooklyn.

Who knew we’d enjoy such a kick to the face.

#BLASTOFF

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Mash Files: Chicago Edition

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Chicago Mash

All Mash Cities have a certain charm, but Chicago is the city I had the most trouble saying goodbye to. Diverse neighborhoods bleed into each other ripe with unique and delectable restaurants serving fall inspired dishes with a laid back feel. I haven’t experienced this concentration of incredible eating locales in any other city but the one I reside in. The array of talented chefs that grace this town are not doing anything incredibly different than other cities we have visited along the Mash, but they are doing it consistently, creatively  and  collaboratively across the board. The “Shi” is an artistic metropolis with a true neighborhood feel, offering as many cultural perspectives as The Bean (Cloud Gate) itself. Steel bridges connect this lakeside city and add as much character as the myriad restaurants we frequented.

Lake Michigan provides a gorgeous city backdrop, but it also creates the brisk winds and chilling temps that make Chicago one of the coldest cities in the country. I think the chefs there understand this better than others and truly value the short growing season, preserving the rich bounty for the cold months to come, and honoring the fresh ingredients in a simple, yet sophisticated manner. The network of chefs that I encountered was truly inspiring, and everyone seemed to know everyone creating a culinary community that spans many bridges.

Slow supper prep at Found restaurant reminded me of Chris Sheppard’s kitchen (at Underbelly, Houston), with more preserves and pickles then I could imagine. The walk in refrigerator boasts a rainbow of pickled produce that could have easily been an installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Packed Mason jars abounded like the preservation kitchen at Blackberry Farm, as captivating as the amphitheater and BP Bridge in Millennium Park, by architect and artist Frank Gehry. Nicole Pederson might be a pickle queen but she sure knows her way around rabbit rillettes, and presses a mean goat pate that tastes of barnyard and pistachio, a perfect accompaniment for one of our Ghost Bottles of Crochet Rouge Riesling. Combined with pickled sausage, fresh made mustard, and sweet but tangy plum butter. This course and many others demonstrated the typical style of many of the chefs we encountered, with a full understanding of local ingredients and a playful, yet traditional approach.

Small Bar’s rabbit pate, marmalade, and parsley salad also accented the nuances of Crochet Rouge Sauvignon Blanc, expertly prepared by Executive Chef Justin White.  Ghost Bottles graced the tables at both of our meals, but  Carnegie Special 175th Anniversary Porter was most appropriate in capturing the essence of our 1883 World Fair Slow Supper feast, and a perfect accompaniment to the dramatic reading by Paul Durica, author of Chicago by Day and Night, as well as the delectable poached pear and sponge cake it was served with.

Our week of Mash events melded perfectly  with the intoxicating energy of Chicago, from its many farmers markets, artistic and thoughtfully designed green spaces, diverse neighborhoods, talented chefs, and impressive architecture. From Longman and Eagle, to Lula café, Nightwood, Fat Rice, Little Goat, there were more great restaurants then I could imagine, or find time to eat at. Whether sitting in a hole in the wall Mexican place on the east side, dining on Randolph street, or out in Evanston you can be sure that Chicago’s food scene will leave you satiated, smiling, and extremely impressed. I just hope your stay is longer than mine. I am in agreement with my cousin Ari, Chicago may be the greatest city in the country, at least four months out of the year. I hope your larders are packed for the remaining eight months. Stay warm Chicago, can’t wait to see you next year!

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

It’s a busy week in The Research Triangle, July 26 – August 2

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The more you know.

Chapel Hill/Durham
Friday 7/26, 11am: Beer & Food Pairing @ Wooden Nickel Pub
Friday 7/26, 4pm: Cheese Pairing @ Sam’s Quik Shop
Saturday 7/27, 7pm: Beer Dinner @ Tyler’s Taproom
Sunday 7/28, 5:30pm: Brooklyn Brewery/Carolina Brewery Collab Beer Dinner

Raleigh
Wednesday 7/31, 6:30pm: Beer Dinner @The Raleigh Times
Wednesday 7/31, 9pm: Tap Takeover @ The Architect
Thursday 8/1, 4pm: Cheese Pairing @ Tasty Beverage
Thursday 8/1, 6m: Tap Takeover & Food Pairing @ Busy Bee
Friday 8/2, 5pm: Tap Takeover @ The Oxford