Category Archives: Tastings

Mash Files: Twin Cities

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Lakes, Gnomes, boats, a City rivalry, large communal feasts, outrageous storms, winding rivers, and a castle, no this is not the next episode of Game of Thrones, but the Twin Cities Mash I speak of. Our week kicked off with a dinner hosted by Monica Walch of Dinner on The Farm, on the rooftop of Solera, overlooking scenic downtown Minneapolis, and ended with our Slow Supper dinner hosted by The Brooklyn Brewery team, Jamie Malone of Sea Change and Monica Walch at Soap Factory, cyclical or what?

Our whirlwind week continued at Happy Gnome (our Mash Headquarters) where beer and cheese abounded, and I had the opportunity to get to know some Twin City beer aficionados as well as sample some local brews. Besides being home to a slew of Craft Breweries, Twin Cities has a cutting edge restaurant scene that is borderline incestual, but incredibly delicious. All the young talent of the last 10 years seems to have worked together at one point or another as they trained under their predecessors, and are now operating (or own) the best kitchens in town. I had the chance to work with two of these rising stars who are running great teams, cooking exceptional food, and inspiring those who work alongside them (and me).

Our Local 2 Ways dinner with Landon Shoenfeld, Executive chef, and owner of Haute Dish was one of the best meals I have collaborated on. Each dish not only paired perfectly with the beers selected but had incredible nuances, flawless execution, and were true visual works of art. I have never been in a kitchen where so many chefs seemed genuinely happy to be there, engaged, knowledgeable and incredibly motivated to follow the lead of their Phish loving, easy going leader. Haute Dish was a night to remember, even if the high gravity of the beers consumed made it easy to forget.
Landon is not the only talented chef in town, Jamie Malone of Sea Change not only impressed me (a far easier task), but the folks at Food & Wine, earning herself a place on the list for top ten chefs of 2013 (insert applause here) Jamie may be leading a crazy jet setter life these days ( I can sympathize) but her humbleness, composure, good natured humor, incredible skill, dedication, and mischievous smile make her a great gal to work with and learn from. Slow Supper in a giant art space, langoustine crudo, Sweet bread tortellini, potato pave seared to look like drift wood, Ghost bottles abounding, and a room full of boisterous happy guests, throw in an installation from Nuit Blanche, Stephanie Jarrett (vintage day dreams), and you have one hell of a dynamic eating experience.

Two great meals, boat trips on the purifying waters of Lake Minnetonka, a specialized Found footage Fest, a king sized temperpedic mattress at Castle El Maraghy ( anything feels like a castle compared to my Brooklyn apartment), a stop at The Beer Dabbler to see my main man Joe Alton for all the copies of the Growler, the greatest lightning storm of my life, The sounds of Jonathan Toubin, and riding tandem on a tube with my favorite event producer in the whole wide world, yah you could say it was a great week, Ya-knoow?

Charleston Tour

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We swayed into the Palmetto state on Monday and arrived in Schvitz city for a week of food, beer, brewery tours, and general merriment. My first stop off the plane was the cozy little bottle shop, Beer Exchange. I arrived to find Sarah of Goat.Sheep.Cow, Cheese Shop dolling out a Honey goat Gouda paired with Local 1, the perfect combination to begin my Charleston culinary adventure.

Charleston has always been recognized for its quiet historic streets, war relics, and Cannons and artillery pointed out to sea, symbolically protecting its peninsular coastline. The true soldiers here are the chefs, restaurateurs, and brewers who not only protect, but also foster a local food system with a valor that only a southern gentleman could muster. And believe me this is not an assumption, I tried a pretty significant cross section of the restaurants that make Charleston one of the most vibrant food capitals I have been to. Charleston has a particular balance of Southern inspired cuisine mixed with great fusion spots, crafting local ingredient forward menus with a southern sensibility like, Xiao Bao Biscuits, Two Boroughs Larder, Husk and the Butcher and Bee. If it sounds like I am listing places it is because I am, we ate our faces off trying to work through all the recommendations we received. Figs Italian inspired menu was a perfect meal from start to finish, and seven of us worked our way through the entire thing. Throw in Liberty Tap Room, Tattooed Moose, The Glass Onion and you have a serious food scene mixed with southern hospitality, great beer, and a true sense of community.

I had the opportunity to eat at all of the Places mentioned above but the real highlight of the week was cooking with Todd Garrigan at Craftsmen Kitchen and Tap Room. Todd and I created a menu inspired by his cuisine, and perfectly paired with our beers. Duck Ham, a Mallard riff on southern cured ham melded perfectly with the deep cherry flavors of Our Kriek (Ghost Bottle). Guests drank Sorachi Ace alongside seared Head on Shrimp and sautéed vegetables as a typical June Monsoon poured through town. As the rain pounded down its sound was lost amongst boisterous conversation, great food, and flowing beers.

Wednesday was a much anticipated Charleston brewery tour where we got a chance to visit local legends like Westbrook, Holy City, and the ones who started it all, Palmetto Brewery. After three hours of meandering around town in the sweltering heat before our tour started, I was ready for a cold beer. Our tour guide and drinking companion from Brews Cruise explained that Charleston had a rich brewing tradition, but the reemergence of breweries after prohibition was slow to take hold. They may have started late in the game but these brewers are not messing around, and If my Lost bag ever arrives I will have some delicious bottles to remember my new friends by. We ended the day at Holy City, sitting around the bar in a large open garage and patio equipped with darts, a pool table, corn hole, and a full view of the Brew House just feet away. If it sounds like all we did was eat and drink your wrong, we sweated too, which is kind of like exercise, so I don’t feel so bad about our culinary pursuits.

The Brooklyn Brewery Mash Comes to Boston, July 9-14

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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 Boston July 9-14. Check back for a Boston Mash recap from Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson (@BKLYNhouseChef).

Mash HQ
Tue, July 9 – Fri, July 12, 5-7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston
Brooklyn beer specials, new and special offerings, giveaways and general info available on The Mash.

Lovin’ Spoonfuls Beer Dinner
Tue, July 9, 7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston – $55
Four course passed small plate dinner, hosted by Brooklyn Rep & Bostonian, Patrick Paulick.

Local 2 Ways
Wed, July 10, 7pm; Tip Tap Room; 138 Cambridge St, Boston – price TBA
Multi-course beer dinner celebrating local cuisine, interpreted 2 ways: by Chef Brian Poe of Tip Tap Room and Brooklyn Brewery House Chef Andrew Gerson.

Big Cheese vs. Big Cheese
Thu, July 11, 5-7pm; Stoddards Food & Ale; 48 Temple Pl, Boston – $55
The head cheese mongers from both Formaggio locations will face off in a battle for your taste buds. Brooklyn House Chef Andrew Gerson will present 5 beers and the two cheese heads will present their preferred cheeses.

NY Night Train Soul Clap & Dance-Off with DJ Mr. Jonathan Toubin
Thu, July 11, 10pm; T.T. the Bear’s; 10 Brookline St, Cambridge, MA – $8
Compete for a trip to New York for the Dance-Off championship at Brooklyn Bowl and $100 cash prize after getting warmed up with the exquisite 1960s soul 45s of world famous Brooklyn DJ Jonathan Toubin. Must be 21 years of age to win. Opening the show will be our funny friends from Found Footage Festival, showing off their most hilarious and danceable found VHS clips.

Chaos Cooking
Fri, July 12, 7pm – Free
A stalwart citizen opens their kitchen for a dinner party where all the 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. For location details, go to ChaosCooking.com.

Slow Supper with Brasstacks @ Lowell’s Boat Shop
Sat, July 13, 6pm; Lowell’s Boat Shop; 459 Main Street, Amesbury – $100
Held in America’s oldest functioning boat shop, guests will feast on a meal prepared in collaboration between Brooklyn House Chef Andrew Gerson and Chef Mark Sheehan of the underground-supperclub-soon-to-be-restaurant Brasstacks. Projection installations from Brooklyn’s NBNY. All proceeds benefit Slow Food Boston.

Books & Beer: At Sea with Erin Byers Murray
Sunday, July 14, 6pm; Upstairs Gallery @ Eastern Standard, 528 Commonwealth Ave, Boston – $10
Togather and Brooklyn Brewery present a conversation and Q&A featuring two enterprising individuals with ties to the water: author Erin Byers Murray who worked at Island Creek Oysters for 18 months to learn the business of oysters, and Graham McKay of Lowell’s Boat Shop. Your ticket includes complimentary Brooklyn beer and a percentage of ticket sales will benefit Slow Food Boston.

It’s A Busy Week In The Carolinas, June 5-12

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Charlotte
Wednesday 6/5, All Night: Tap Attack @ Dillinger’s
Thursday 6/6, All Night: Tap Attack @ Jackalope Jacks
Saturday 6/8, 3pm: Brooklyn, Bands & Beer @ VBGB
Saturday 6/8, 9pm: Brooklyn, Bands & Beer @ Neighborhood Theatre

Charleston
Sunday 6/9, 2-4pm: Beer & Cheese Pairing @ Charleston Beer Exchange
Monday 6/10, 6-8pm: Beer & Food Pairing @ Liberty Tap Room
Tuesday 6/11 7-8:30pm: Beer Dinner @ Craftsmen Kitchen
Tuesday 6/11 9pm: Tap Attack @ The Griffon
Wednesday 6/12 7pm: Brewery Night @ Tattooed Moose

A Table Full of Ace’s (and Oysters)

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What  used to be a poor mans lunch, (Oysters and farm house saison), has become  a decadent  snack .  Sorachi Ace is a likely companion for the sweet flesh of the West Coast  Kumamoto oyster, picking up on the citrus caviar (finger lime) accompaniment.  Sorachi also balances the ocean-like salty brine of local Blue Point Oysters, and the apple mignonette they where topped with,  making it an ideal pairing for East or West Coast oysters, and a lazy afternoon with friends.

A meal fit for Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager.

Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager

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Seared Hanger Steak with Cayuga Grains Wheat Berries, and Parsnip Puree

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Sleeper Moses Brie (Jasper Hill Dairy) Wrapped in Roasted Purple Spring Onions

The smooth malt character of this Dopelbock version of our flagship lager balances the roasted elements of this dish with the sweet and earthy notes of the parsnip puree. With a body strong enough to hold up to roasted meat and fine tuned delicate flavor to work with the subtleties of this unique cheese and onion pairing, the versatility of this beer makes it an ideal dinner guest.

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Mash Files: Charm City Edition

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[Flatbread Spring Salad from Slow Supper @ Cylburn Mansion.]

After a great weekend in Philly with my family I hopped into the car with Meg, our Event Producer, and my partner in Mash voyages, and headed for Baltimore. Hersh’s Pizza was our first stop on this rainy evening, but a tour of the kitchen and the 950 F Italian wood-fired pizza oven warmed us right up. After meeting Josh, Chef and Owner of Hersh’s and sampling some of his great pies, I was eager to start cooking the menu we collaborated on for our Local 2 Ways dinner. Charm City stood up to its name as the skies cleared on Tuesday, and the Baltimore Mash hit the ground running with the speed of a lookout boy from HBO’s The Wire. Max’s Tap House, just a block from the harbor, provided a perfect Mash HQ. We sat outside sipping cask ales before heading off to Birroteca to try another modern Italian take on the pizzeria. After living so many years in Italy, it is always nice to find good Italian food in a new city. (continued below)

Birrotecca may be known for its pizza, but the confit calamari and the house-cured meats were out of this world. I have never had calamari as tender in my life. The Duck Prosciutto was like stepping into a Peking duck house with subtle notes of star anise, so good I changed our Sunday Slow Supper menu to feature it as one of the courses. Another menu adaptation occurred when I tasted the passion fruit buddino. My mouth went wild with the most amazing puckering tartness, followed by a smooth tropical sweetness; I knew we had to incorporate it in our dinner.

Early the next morning I headed back to Birroteca to meet up with Executive Chef Cyrus Keefer, the mastermind behind these dishes, along with Aja Cage the buddino goddess/Pastry Chef. We tweaked the menu, adding some local ginger to the dessert (candied and as a cookie), and planned to meet at the market on Sunday morning to get vegetables for Slow Supper. Then it was off to Hersh’s to prep with his team for Local 2 Ways. I was excited to cook for a group of family members and 45 other guests all seated upstairs in the private dining room. Many beers where paired with an outstanding array of food, from pizza with to crab sformato paired with Sorachi Ace. For a glimpse at the whole menu check out BrooklynBreweryMash.com. As my mother praised her son to anyone who would listen, guests mingled and stayed long after their last sips of Brooklyn Black Ops.

After saying my goodbyes to the team at Hersh’s, we boogied over to Metro Gallery to catch the Soul Clap & Dance Off with my buddy Jonathan Toubin on the ones and twos. I can safely say that Baltimore hipsters could give our Williamsburgians a run for their money. Many a dancer was left in the dust, sipping Summer Ale as their consolation, as number 11 shimmied his way to the top securing himself a roundtrip ticket to New York to compete in the Soul Clap and Dance-off Finale. Follow me on vine to catch a glimpse of those dancing skills and some super duper outfits.

I knew Baltimore had some great restaurants but I was in for a treat at Chaos Cooking when I found out it was hosted by the executive chef of Moonshine Tavern. John and his lovely lady had a roof deck that overlooked the stadium with the harbor in the distance and a kitchen fully equipped to handle the chaos that ensued. Chefs and amateurs alike doled out delicious dishes and john made racks of lamb with parsnip puree and a rich demi-glace that left us all fighting over the last chops. We sipped Brooklyn and broke bread with new friends until late in the evening.

Saturday was the highlight of my trip as I headed over to the 15th Annual Kinetic Sculpture Race, one of the wildest events I have ever seen. Riders in crazy outfits took to the streets in giant whimsically constructed vehicles for a 13 mile race combining water, mud, hills and other obstacles. I watched these crazy creations hit the water then headed for The Wine Source for a cheese and beer pairing.

The Cylburn Mansion could have been a set from the Adams Family with the beautiful Nuit Blanche installation casting ghost like shadows on the walls. Instead it became our Slow Supper space. Tucked away in the Arboretum the Cylburn estate is a city landmark that inspired a meal rich in Baltimore history. Cyrus, Aja and I prepared a menu paying homage to the local bounty of Baltimore and the surrounding area. As the band played, and representatives from Slow Food Baltimore, the center for a livable future spoke, glasses clinked, and lights flickered in this old mansion a midst the background of beautiful Japanese maple trees, we almost forgot we were in a bustling city. Needless to say, it was a charming way to end our BmoreMASH.

Brooklyn Hits The Putt For Birdie @ Shadow Lake Golf Course

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Come tee off and grab a cold one at Shadow Lake Grill & Tap Room (1850 Five Mile Rd, Penfield, NY 14526) on the following dates:

+ May: 13, 21 and 29
+ June: 6, 10, 18 and 26
+ July: 11,15,23 and 31
+ August: 1,5,13,21 and 29

All events start at 7:30pm and end at 9pm.

8 different Brooklyn Beers on draft all season long! A few different beers will be sampled every month. Come by and see what we are tasting!

Brooklyn Celebrates American Craft Beer Week in Florida

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Come on out and join us at the following events and toast American Craft Beer Week in the Sunshine State:

Samplings @ Total Wine
Monday, May 13, 4:30-6:30pm, Total Wine Fort Lauderdale (1906 Cordova Road Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Monday, May 13, 1-3pm, Total Wine Pembroke Pines (Fountain Square, 15980 Pines Blvd, Pembroke Pines, FL 33027) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Tuesday, May 14, 1-3pm, Total Wine Miami (Pinecrest)(8851 SW 136th Street, Miami, FL 33176) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Tuesday, May 14, 4:30-6:30pm, Total Wine North Miami (14750 Biscayne Blvd  North Miami, FL 33181) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Thursday, May 16, 4:30-6:30pm, Total Wine North Orlando (Colonial Plaza, 2712 East Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Thursday, May 16, 1-3pm, Total Wine North Orlando (Millenia Plaza, 4625 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Friday, May 17, 1-3pm, Total Wine Jacksonville (4413 Town Center Pkwy, Jacksonville, FL 32246) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Saturday, May 18, 1-3pm, Total Wine Tampa (1720 N Dale Mabry Hwy Tampa, FL 33607) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Saturday May 18, 10-12pm, Total Wine Clearwater (2528 State Road 580, Clearwater, FL 33761) Brooklyn Silver Annivesary Lager, Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Tap Attack!
Monday, May 13, 7-10pm, Tap 42 (1411 S Andrews Ave  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316) Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, Brooklyn Radius, Brewmaster’s Reserve Series The Companion, Brewmaster’s Reserve Series Mary’s Maple Porter, BLAST!

Tap Attack! (Featuring The Two Headed Monster)
Sunday May 18th, 4-7pm, Vine & Barley (1680 SW St Lucie West Blvd Port St. Lucie, Fl 34986): On Tap: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyner Weisse, Brooklyn Brown Ale, BLAST!, Brewmaster’s Reserve Series There Will Be Black, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn Monster 2011, Brooklyn Monster Mystery Year. Bottles: Brooklyn Local 1, Local 2, Sorachi Ace

Jacksonville Craft Beer Festival
Friday May 17th, 7-10pm, Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena (A. Philip Randolph Boulevard 
Jacksonville, FL 32202) On Tap: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace, BLAST!, Package: Brooklyn Summer Ale cans, Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Local 1, Brooklyn Local 2.

Red White & Brews Craft Beer Festival
Saturday May 18th, 5-9pm, Armed Forces History Museum (2050 34th Way North
Largo, FL 33771) Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Summer Ale cans, Brooklyn Silver Anniversary Lager, Brooklyn Local 1, Brooklyn Local 2, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace.