Summer romances, Hugh Jackman’s tenure as Wolverine, and Oktoberfest: three wonderful things that sadly must come to an end one day. In order to properly honor the world’s best beer festival, we’re sending it off in style with the good folks from the Ginger Man.
Join us on October 3rd, the last day of Oktoberfest, at all Ginger Man Texas locations for our Oktoberfest Send Off. Starting at 6PM if you order a stein of Brooklyn Oktoberfest you get to keep the wonderful stein glass it comes us. And trust us, these are some awesome, gigantic steins worthy of a Norse god. Unfortunately the glassware is limited, so be sure to arrive early if you want to imbibe like a Bavarian all year long.
So swing by, raise a stein, and let’s bid farewell to Oktoberfest until next year–we’re already counting down the days. Prost!
As the summer draws to an end and fall begins to creep in, we’re taking after the yellow-bellied sapsucker and heading South for warmer weather. That’s why we’re teaming up with Little Woodrow’s for the fall at all of their Austin locations. This means that from September-November you’ll be able to find our seasonal beers featured on tap at all five locations:
We’re pouring our Oktoberfest for all of September and October, just in time for jacket weather. Once November rolls around and things get real chilly, we’ll switch to our Black Chocolate Stout to keep you warm and fuzzy. And if you’re really lucky you just might run into us and walk away with a free pint glass.
In the midst of Texas heat, at Cottonwood, we found an oasis of art, food and beer. The array of home-made dishes was as diverse as the photographs: from fried chicken to spaghetti with marinara to vanilla pudding. They set the tone for the upcoming presentation. Houston’s first Slideluck features 24 artists with different styles and subjects. And if that wasn’t enough, a cold Brooklyn Brewery draft beer is friend to all men and helped us keep cool until the sun went down. The Smileboothallowed the public to capture cute, fun, crazy moments with old friends and new. This night of sharing was, for the Houstonians, a break from their hurried lives.
Walking up to Austin’s CTC Garden, you’re invited by an atmosphere that is immediately both comforting and stimulating. The music, greenery, lights and laughs have made a cozy bed in this open-air venue. It’s a funky space, succulent-filled with happy colors, and it was the perfect complement to Slideluck Potshow Austin IV.
Austin’s fourth Slideluck oozed a liveliness different from years past. It even lured passersby who were interested enough to join the party. In the end, some 250 people enjoyed the food, sounds, camaraderie, beer and amazing photographic work on Saturday night.
Old friends caught up, new faces met other new faces, and everyone ate. And we ate it all. SLPS-inspired lasagna. Maple-glazed bacon-covered brussels sprouts. Onion and sun-dried tomato tart. Cookies with dotted with mini peanut butter cups. And to wash it all down, we crushed 350 cans of ice-cold Brooklyn Lager.
It was clear from the beginning of the night that the following few hours were going to be kick-ass. Everyone walked in with a smile — not surprising since Austin is made for friendly greetings and compassionate people.
St. Arnold Brewery owner Brock Wagner dropped in to Brooklyn to say hello today. A few years back, Brock and I served on the board of the Brewers Association together. We had a good talk. Brock’s cellphone was ringing constantly because he released Divine Reserve #8 today, a special limited volume beer that is much in demand in Texas. St Arnold is in Houston.
Brock said he hoped to open his new brewery with a 127-barrel German brewhouse in November.
Garrett gave him a tour of the Brooklyn Brewery and a preview of Brooklyn Rheinschweingebot. I showed him around the conditioning rooms across the street where Brooklyn Black Ops and Brooklyn’s Manhattan Project are gestating.
Brock was in town serving his fine beers at Fashion Week. (I kid you not.) It was some sort of boondoggle organized by the powers that be in Houston to showcase a Texas designer. I never pictured Brock as a fashionista, but craft beer is opening many doors these days.