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SLIDELUCK DC IX Recap

SLIDELUCK DC IX

[Text by Andrew McFarland]

[Photos by Casey Kelbaugh]

The nation’s capital has long been home to one of our most active teams, but the people behind SLIDELUCK DC IX raised the bar once again! Falling on the first day of summer, this show was fittingly themed for the Solstice. Attendees celebrated the longest day of the year with an Aquarian vibe. Ladies donned floral wreaths and everyone partook in some child-at-heart play – blowing bubbles and dancing their way into the summer night. By midnight, the scene almost resembled the Woodstock-esque banner supplied by Lance Rosenfield and Ashley Morton.

Members of the Global team brought some Brooklyn love to Brookland, the Northeast neighborhood where DC IX took place. Lance, our longtime Austin director and recent Washingtonian, did a tremendous job leading his fist Slideluck in DC alongside Ashley Morton, Erika Nortemann, Nadia Hughes, Meghan Dhaliwal, Allison Shelley, Gina Martin, and Stacy Gold.

The solstice theme carried well into the slideshow. Dominic Bracco II’s series on Mexican fishermen, and Robin Moore’s micro-documentary on conserving crocodile habitats along Jamaican beaches definitely supplied some summer vibes. Other photographers such as Gabriella Demczuk and Ron Toole addressed the idea of light and darkness in their work. The potluck also represented some fine summer essentials – blueberry pie and a kale, coconut salad.

Be sure to check out all of the slideshows here on our website and some of the portraits taken by Meghan Dhaliwal on the Slideluck DC Instagram. As always, thank you to our global sponsors – Brooklyn Brewery, Sandbox Studio, and Viewbook! Thanks also to our local sponsors, Monroe Street Market and National Geographic Creative, and to Edgewood Arts Building for hosting us!

 

This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

Blue moon of Kentucky keep on shining, Garrett is coming back to talk on everything Brooklyn Brewery and beer writing.

Did everyone watch the Wild Streak video? What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

We consider this one of the greatest honors we’ve ever been bestowed. Brooklyn Sorachi Ace paired with Girl Scout’s Lemonades.

I probably will never want a jellybean flavored beer, so I’m glad Jelly Belly went this way with it.

With the Winter Olympics starting among complaints and sudsy protest it’s important to remember that the Russian craft beer scene is alive and well.

 

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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

NYC Opening Night Bash tickets went on sale. The fanciest place you’ll ever drink a Brooklyn, probably. Maybe not. I don’t know your life.

Minnesota gets organized for one more day of beer sales!

A robot tongue can taste beer and identify it by style and brand. Ciccerone Level 3?

Ice Fishermen need beer too, you guys. For shame, FAA.

The Superbowl commercials are coming folks. And though we don’t have the budget the big guys do, we want to know what your favorite beer commercials are. My vote is for all of these.

 

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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

This week we introduced our new line of limited release bottle series. Happy New Beers Eve everybody!

BBC spends sometime examining the Brooklyn Sweden lovefest. <3 you, Hammarby.

Draft Mag gives New York 10 bars, 5 in Brooklyn, on their best American beer bars 2014 list.

The new beer hall, Berg’n, by the people behind Smorgasburg and Brooklyn Flea will have a Garrett curated beer list.

 

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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

We’re going to take a holiday breather from our usual news round up to help out all those lost Scrooge’s with a final holiday gift. If you don’t know what to get the already beer obsessed, we’ve scoured the interwebs for what we consider to be the rarest and most interesting holiday gifts this season.

I don’t know if this is real or not, but The Home Bruery is well worth the trip if you have the clams for it.

Something on the more affordable side, I thought this would be a nice addition for any man cave. Get more art in your life, man cave!

This was a great listing by CBB, arcade games and beer mix so much better than real fighting and beer.

And my personal favorite, for those nights when you just don’t trust yourself, or those Saturday afternoons at home where you want to see just how far you can go, The Breathalyzer Watch.

 

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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

Last week we announced the BLAST! off of our new 12oz Brooklyn BLAST!

A wonderful article looking at the renaissance in airport watering holes.

Eric Shepard, of Beer Marketer’s Insights, takes us through the 9 beers America’s not drinking anymore.

Join Totally Stockholm for a stroll through our new neighborhood.

And while your shopping this holiday don’t forget the Brooklyn Brewery store. *cough* shameless plug *cough*

 

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Mash Files: Philly

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Any time you arrive in Philly and get to head straight to a lunch at Amisyou know you are in for a good week, especially when you end that evening at  Zahov for dinner.   Tuesday morning I headed over to the Belgian Caféto start prepping for our Local 2 Ways dinner with an old chef and friend , Evan Seplow.  Famous for their Mussels, the Belgian did not disappoint. A full dining room of guests enjoyed Heaping bowls of citrus infused mussels along with the refreshing taste of Sorachi Ace.  The lemon verbena nuances of this farmhouse saison perfectly balanced the creamy bite of the mussels and the tart orange notes of the broth.  Local 1 was a welcomed companion to a pulled duck risotto with dried cherries and seared duck breast, accentuating the light fruit flavors of this golden Belgian Abbey Ale.   With many more courses in between, and a delicious sweet potato beignet with a snifter of Black Chocolate Stout as a finale, guests left feeling satiated and merry.

Slow Supper came early in the week and I jumped from the Belgian over to my Buddy Mike Sultan’s new food truck commissary to prepare for our feast at  Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden, withJonathan Adams of Rival Bros Coffee.  Our Ten previous Slow Suppers were situated in incredibly unique spaces,but this was by far the most awe inspiring.  This dynamic mosaic-ed visionary  environment is a true ode to the human imagination and spirit.  The energy surrounding this meal was incredible as family, friends, colleagues, and strangers dined in the most eclectic art space I have ever had the pleasure of hosting a dinner in.  The beautiful collages mirrored the array of dishes that we sent out, a mix of plated and family style courses taking inspiration from German beer hall cuisine.  Ravioli of pheasant and foi gras celebrated our Silver Anniversary Lager, and its artist created one of a kind labels where a perfect match for the decor, as well as the gamey, yet delicate filling of this handmade ravioli topped with pheasant skin cracklings, parley leaf salad, and creamy beer hollandaise.   The star of the show, however was a choucroute. This heaping dish of wonder, jam packed with homemade smoked sausage, boudin blanc, sauerkraut, and confit duck legs left our guests transfixed as they sipped their glasses of Local 2.

The dinners ended early in the week, but the adventures continued with an array of happy hour events at Time, including some rare beer samplings and a serious beer and cheese pairing with Rocco Rainone, an old buddy from Di Bruno Brothers.  New Jersey and Pennsylvania cheeses also graced our flat bread creations at Molly Malloy’s in their newly renovated home at the Reading Terminal Market courtesy of Valley Sheppard Creamery.   Chef Bobby Fisher executed the delicious cheese lathered flat breads that we had created that morning with a slew of local ingredients including double smoked apple wood bacon from Country Time Farm available at the Fair Food Farm stand at the other side of the market.  Reading terminal has a similar feel to the Magic Garden with a delicious and colorful mosaic of market vendors, prepared food items, Amish crafts, book stores, and an eclectic mix of locals, and tourists from all walks of life.

After an exciting week of Mash events I finally got a chance to relax on Wyebrook Farm with my master butcher pal Brian Mayer, and his family.  Brian helped curate Wyebrook’s diverse polyculture, butchery, and curing program with the rest of the staff. This historic property is a true testament to simple, yet sustainable animal farming practices, not to mention a majestic place to spend the afternoon. I ate amazing food in Philly all week long, (and cooked some too) but the best bite I took the whole week was a simply prepared burger with the most flavorful meat I have ever tasted. Here’s to the simple things Philly!

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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This Week in Beer: The News You Can Booze

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This Week in Beer will be an aggregator of stories we thought were important or fun in our world of potables. If you saw something we missed or hate something we listed, let us know in the comments. And stop trying to correct everyone all the time, it’s unnerving.

Hope you followed one of these pairing posts yesterday. At least try them with leftovers.

Science is the best.

I’m against website sound effects but Taps would be appropriate. Double entendre intended.

Our friend, and new father, Joshua Bernstein gives The Week 7 surprising facts about beer.

In happier news New Belgium and Patagonia have teamed up. So where does that leave us? Marmot? LL Bean? Poler Stuff?

A wonderful showing of craft beer congeniality.

I might have had too much tryptophan and taken a wrong turn on google, but if you’re ever in Istanbul. Craft beer in Turkey.

Also of note, the holidays are coming up so if any of you generous folks want to get me something.

 

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