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BLAST! From The Past: A Dinner Party Series


Join us in New York City’s first culinary time machine at Humboldt & Jackson as we journey back through great eras in New York’s culinary history. We’ll be visiting four unique periods, bringing you beer-centric meals inspired by each evening’s place in history. This is BLAST! from the Past: A Brooklyn Brewery Dinner Party Series.

Dinner Party No. 1: Nieuw Amsterdam
April 16, 2015 SOLD OUT
 We travel to the 1650s, where the Dutch colonists are devouring their way through the New World. This strange land has given them a bounty of fish, game, and produce, but little in the way of potable water. The Dutch have cleverly responded by brewing a ludicrous amount of beer to fuel their trading and accompany their “hotchpots”.

Dinner Party No. 2: The Restaurant is Born
June 25, 2015 SOLD OUT.
We find ourselves in 1820s New York, where oysters are king. The most recent wave of immigration has brought with it a rash of aspiring entrepreneurs setting up shops, stands, and even the very first restaurant. Dine at the intersection of high and low culture with outsized shellfish, peanuts, and French-style cuisine.

Dinner Party No. 3: Flappers, Fringes and Fast Cars
August 20, 2015 SOLD OUT.
We touch down in the 1920s, with the pesky Volstead Act and Prohibition getting in the way of everyone’s fun. Luckily, true New Yorkers have figured out inventive measures for getting around the law. In the right circles, decadence is the name of the game and what should be scarce is more than abundant.

Dinner Party No. 4: Easy Money, Big Hair & Haute Cuisine
October 15, 2015,
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Crime, dereliction and abandonment helped push creativity everywhere in New York City in the 1980s. Graffiti artists covered subways and bridges, hip hop and hardcore music rang out across the city, chefs competed to have the most impressive new dishes at iconic restaurants, and in Brooklyn, two men introduced a boss new lager that would help change the way Americans drink beer. Brooklyn Brewery was just a little brewery back then, surrounded by all the neon excesses of the 80s. We’ll revisit our rad early days with a menu that could take on the loftiest preparations in the city and beers that have changed New York City brewing forever.

Thanks to the improbable energies powering our craft, each voyage in the BLAST! From The Past series is only $70 including tax, gratuity and all beverages. The exact mechanics of our time machine are slightly difficult to explain, as any sense of time within a restaurant is extremely vague. All we can say is that food and beer have special powers to take us places. Why not use those powers to explore the culinary bloodlines of one of the world’s greatest cities?

This experience is immersive and we encourage participation in whatever way you see fit. There is a very real chance that bits of the eras we visit will leak into our craft, but you do not have to fear the strange clothing and forgotten technologies we may encounter (though you may end up taking some of these artifacts home with you at the end of the trip.) The Brooklyn Historical Society will be along to explain our travels and prevent any time-tinkering that could open a paradox loop. With Time Captain and Brooklyn Brewery Chef Andrew Gerson at the helm and his trusty crew throughout the vessel, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands.

Check out these photos from last year’s Dinner Parties and get ready; we’ll be releasing tickets to each dinner one month out. Follow @BrooklynBrewery and @BKLYNHouseChef in the meantime for behind the scenes peeks at our time travel prep.


  • s.williams

    Fun! But for the real thing check out Edible History NYC – they’ve been doing amazing historical supper club dinners for at least a year now – authentic meals from all periods all around the world with a historian — they have a history of New York restaurants listed on their site too…

  • mike

    So cool. Just heard about this on NPR. My ancestor ran one of the many taverns in New Amsterdam in the 1650-60s. Sounds like it would be a fun “time machine” experience. Good luck and remember not to tap on the “unlawful” hours or you’ll lose your burgher rights.

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