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It's a little bit hard to visualize a 75,000-square-foot space. That's more than twice as many square feet, for example, as the still-very-large Dekalb Market Hall that will inhabit the basement of Downtown Brooklyn's City Point development. And yet, that's exactly how many square feet Brooklyn Brewery's future space at Brooklyn Navy Yard will cover. Planned to open in 2018, Brooklyn's beloved beer-makers have signed a 40-year lease (40!!) at the Navy Yard's Building 77, Gothamist reports....
For a minute last year, it seemed as though the future of Mast Brothers—Brooklyn's beans-to-bar, gorgeously wrapped chocolate bar—was in danger. They were not so purely beans-to-bar after all! In their very early days of production, it was discovered, Rick and Michael Mast bought and remelted commercial French chocolate in their own recipe to give it a smoother texture than their nascent methods would have allowed. People totally lost their shit over this! First because the Masts...
This weekend, after the holiday season's biggest artisanal food scandal, wherein Texas-based blogger Scott Craig wrote an exposé claiming Mast Brothers remelted French industrial chocolate in their early days, and re-wrapped it as its own, I found myself at Mekelberg's. On a rack near the front of the shop, I was surprised to see several flavors of the recognizable bars, wrapped in gorgeous paper. After the brothers admitted to some of Craig's re-melting claims—and a media storm...
So now we know for sure: The Mast brothers are a couple of lying liars who lie. But guess what we also know for sure? We don't care. We never really liked Mast Brothers that much anyway. Here are 9 types of chocolate that we'd rather eat than Mast Brothers, even if they weren't a company founded on lies. Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Almond Joy Baby Ruth Those hollow chocolate Santas Frozen Snickers Regular Snickers Peanut M&Ms Pretzel M&Ms Hannukah Gelt

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