Posts Tagged ‘Brooklyn Brewery’
Every Friday @ 6PM the Brooklyn Brewery in Williamsburg (North 11th St between Berry and Whythe) opens a room in the factory for the public and brings their latest drafts to the people for a big beer party. I tried 5 of them – (in the order of my least favorite to the best) Brooklyn Weisse, Summer beer, Brooklyn Pennant, Brewmasters special Blast and their flagship beer Brooklyn Lager. Their best selling beer is a success for a reason… The others ones were nice as well, only the white beer doesn’t seem to be their thing that much, I thought it tasted a bit boring.
It’s really LOUD and crowded @ the happy hour – very lucky thing if one scores a seat and a table there. Most people come with their crowd, order delivery and drink be merry all night. At first it may be hard to get in the mood, but it is actually a very nice and lively hang there.
Not far from the Brewery (on Bedford) is a place called Mugs Ale House with a great selection of bottled and draft beer and some decent hamburgers (such as the Willamsburger). Pretty interesting was the selection of vintage beers, I wonder if in Williamsburg they just love everything vintage (but do beers get better over time?) To my surprise I noticed A Le Coq 2005 beer on the menu, for $20!
The ultimate test for a beer lover – around 30 different companies introducing their finest brews in unlimited quantities @ Brooklyn Academy of Music Café, Fort Greene/Clinton Hill. As if the beer alone wasn’t enough, each of those was paired with food – house cured beef jerky, pretzels, pizzas, meatballs, pork ribs, vareniki, hush puppies, mussels, pork shoulder, rabbit terrine, pickles, cheeses, breads, weisswurst & sauerkraut, beef cheeks, quesadillas, chopped liver, shrimp rolls and such. Guess who tried to get a bit of everything… It was good to share some portions and try somebody else’s catch at times, would have been even rougher to go through this alone – Im glad I had a well trained Finn (probably one of the few nationalities that could keep up with a well-trained Estonian) with me to do the sampling with But I must admit the whole crowd looked rather drunk (and happy) after 4 hours of this. And I haven’t really been hungry for 2 days after the marathon. I wonder when will I get a craving for a good beer again
Anyway – my favorite picks of the lot were Southampton Publick House (they had some really tasty elegant whites there, one of the few counters I went to get refills from), Heartland Brewery – (I liked they Apricot Ale), Gramercy’s Homebrew, McNeil’s Blonde Bombshell, Cottrell Brewing Company, Palm, Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold and of course, Brooklyn Brewery that had Garrett Oliver himself behind the counter.
The event took place in cooperation with Edible Magazine, Brooklyn Brewery, Stella Artois, The Good Bear Seal and was part of celebrating July as the official Good Beer Month as announced by Mayor Bloomberg, for the second year in a row.