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As a craft beer lover, it can be boring to consider the business aspects of beer-making when there's so much great beer to be consumed and so many great beer fans to meet. But no matter how community-driven the industry seems, financial growth will always be a factor, or at least a temptation. Case in point, Blue Point Brewing Co., which according to Brew York has officially been acquired by corporate powerhouse Anheuser-Busch. Though the...
Jay Sheldon tasted his first Bhut Jolokia, also called the Ghost Pepper, in Kansas City. When he moved to Brooklyn after grad school to further his career as an artist, he also started up Bhut Pepper, which shares with the world this hottest pepper known to man, producing here at home dried chilis, crushed chilis, powdered chilis and packets of spicy candy. “When I discovered the Ghost chili I was so drawn to the...
As music sales continue to slide, there’s at least one bit of bright news: vinyl sales continue to climb. And that’s thanks to Brooklyn, right? Where we love old things, and beautiful things, and new things that look like old beautiful things? But also because our borough has perhaps the highest concentration of pressing plants on the East Coast, from EKS in East New York to Brooklynphono in Sunset Park. We’re not just the...
It may just be the most beautiful chair we’ve ever seen (take that, Eero Saarinen). After working as a chef for over 25 years (instructing at no less a spot than the French Culinary Institute), Robert Shapiro finally decided to make the dramatic career switch into that cushiest of occupations, high-end furniture builder. Wait, what? Seriously. Long a woodworking hobbyist, Shapiro founded Balsera Woodworks in Red Hook in 2005, and the world is a...

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