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A few days before today, or last Wednesday, I attended the premiere of Intensified Coffee Porter—Brooklyn Brewery's newest beer, the latest installment in its notable Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment (BQE) series, and the result of a cool-ass collaboration between the venerable craft-beer pioneer and Blue Bottle Coffee—and recorded some notes. These are my recorded notes from the informative two-hour sampling that evening: "It's delicious." The event's distinct setup within Brooklyn's big-ass tasting room befitted Intensified Coffee...
Grove Alley, a former dead-end garbage dump between Downtown Brooklyn's Fulton and Livingston Street, was once dubbed a "candidate for the worst street in Brooklyn" by Forgotten New York. It's since been transformed into an event space, though, and on July 31st, hip-hop artist Talib Kweli will be spinning at a silent disco in this 250-foot alleyway, mixing beats along with DJ Beto, DJ Chela and DJ Joro Boro. "Up to three live DJs are spinning tunes, each one playing...
This past Polar Vortex winter, I do believe I set a personal record for bourbon consumption. As temperatures plummeted and sidewalks turned to tundra, I steadily drained liter bottles of Benchmark and W.L. Weller. Brown spirits warmed me as banshee winds whipped through my poorly insulated Crown Heights apartment and provided courage as I took my dog on teeth-chattering walks, praying he’d relieve himself before hypothermia took hold. Before my will and liver were permanently...
On Saturday, armed with my reporter’s pad, a trusty pen and an empty stomach, I took the train deep into Queens (a borough I love and cherish and would never trash talk ever). My friend Hayley and I had scored passes to the second annual Bacon and Beer Classic at the Mets’ Citi Field stadium, a one-of-a-kind beer festival and seasonal meetup for Future Heart Attack Victims of the New York Metropolitan Area. As...

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