The Brewmuda Triangle Will Rise Again

EVilJohnTaggartWhile we mourn the passing of the historic section of the East Village that disappeared in a few hours’ time (along with the lives lost and the people injured or without homes), we’re also reflecting on the significance of our home and that of our two neighbors, Standings and Burp Castle, which are all housed in a single building at 41-43 E. 7th Street. The fire only missed us by chance: there was a gap between our building and the one next door that probably saved the block, alongside the valiant work of the FDNY.

We’re grateful and awed. But we’re also nostalgic. Our address is historic for another reason: the birthplace of the NYC homebrew movement. The three craft beer bars in our building are colloquially referred to as “The Brewmuda Triangle,” probably because you can get lost here drinking great beer for hours and days on end.

Back in the 1980s, a pre-Brooklyn Brewery-era Garrett Oliver would gather with homebrewers in our building. When the number of craft beer bars in the city could be counted on one hand, our building was gathering the future beer makers of New York City.

We truly appreciate the outpouring of support and the many great articles being written about our situation. We continue to be optimistic that we will reopen soon, along with our other Brewmuda businesses. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we have good news to share!

Oysters Are For Lovers… Of Gin! Plus New Taiwanese Pub Dinner

OystersWe’re embracing spring—even if the temperatures outside are lagging a bit—by hosting an Oyster Shuck and Talk paired with Specialty Gin Cocktails! This Saturday, March 28th, we’ll be welcoming oyster farmer John Brawley of Sweet Sound Oysters. Sweet Sound Oysters are grown on the eastern side of Duxbury Bay (Massachusetts) where pristine nutrient-rich waters from the Back River marshes result in notably sweet, briny oysters that are unique to the character of this special place.

Joining John will be reps from Bar Hill Gin, who will be mixing specialty cocktails to pair with the bivalves. During the Shuck & Talk (starting promptly at 4 p.m.), we’ll be offering a special deal: For only $25, you’ll receive six oysters paired with three artisanal cocktails demoed while you watch. (Tickets for the oyster/cocktail pairing here.) We’ll also be featuring John’s oysters all night long on our menu.

Then on Sunday, we’ll be hosting a meet-the-author and prix fixe dinner with one of our favorite chefs, Cathy Erway. Cathy will be featuring recipes from her new book, The Food of Taiwan: Recipes from the Beautiful Island, and will include a specialty cocktail invented by sommelier Belinda Chang (other beverages will be available for purchase). You will find the full menu and ticketing information here.

We hope to see you this weekend for two great cocktail and tasting events. As always, beer, wine and cider are still available, along with regular bar/restaurant service.

Spring Poultry, Great Brews, Whiskey & Rye

DSCN0607We are happy once again to be welcoming back Slow Food NYC for their annual duck-off (quack-off?) this Sunday, March 22nd, (from 1-3 p.m. – tickets here). This year’s annual event takes advantage of our upgraded bar options with an added Rye component!

DUCK, DUCK!  RYE? is an all-duck, Competitive Chef “Quack” Down and New York Spirits Tasting and fundraiser for Slow Food NYC. Come out for Duck Confit, Peking Duck, Duck Tacos, Duck Ragu and more.

This competitive, all-duck “Quack” Down, is two hours chock full of chefs delivering delectable, duck dishes for your delight. And this year to accompany your New York duck will be samples of spirits made in New York featuring ingredients grown in New York!

Following the event on Sunday, we’ll be embracing our “fowl theme” as Southern Chef Rick Simmons returns for a pay-as-you-go fried chicken pop-up kitchen. Pair your favorite craft beer, cider, wine or cocktail with great southern comfort food.

Which beer, you may be asking? Currently on draught is the Fuschen Altbier. We also have a new brewery, Black Hog from CT (Blog Hog Coffee Nitro Stout). This weekend we’ll be tapping two beers that featured prominently during last month’s NYC Beer Week (we have the two last kegs!): Grimm Artisanal Ale’s Tesseract (Double India Pale Ale) and Bound by Chains (also a DIPA) from Bridge & Tunnel.

And on the horizon coming up is a prix fixe Tawainese Pub Dinner and Book Signing with cookbook author Cathy Erway. Check out the full menu and ticketing options here.

We hope you’ll take advantage of our new menu options as we look forward to the arrival of spring!