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This was a recent textversation between Mike Conklin, editor of Brooklyn Magazine, and me. We were discussing the upcoming event to celebrate Barcade's 10th anniversary on October 23: Mike Conklin: "Yo." Me: "Yo." MC: "Look at this. MC: "The beer list is bananas. Me: "Shit. It is." MC: "Seriously." Our exhilarating exchange prompted me to text Paul Kermizian, one of the four owners of Barcade. We met to discuss the event and reflect on the decade-long existence of the (Bar +...
Greg Doroski, the winner of Brooklyn Wort in 2010, will return to the annual homebrewing competition for the first time in four years on Saturday, but not as an amateur from Bay Ridge—rather, as a judge and brewmaster representing the event's host, Threes Brewing. Threes, slated to open in November at 333 Douglass Street in Gowanus, is an ambitious multipurpose project. It's firstly a brewpub—soon the borough's third, joining Greenpoint's Dirck the Norseman and Keg & Lantern—but the capacious 5,000-square-foot space will also...
Bar Rescue is a trainwreck, but it’s a trainwreck that is strangely and addictingly thirstquenching, one that stirs and shakes grandiosely to serve us an entertaining mix of intrigue, incompetancy, intensity, and inspiration, and always in under 60 minutes; I always return for another. The show, now in its fourth season on Spike TV, has a simple premise: A proclaimed-by-narrator-constantly “bar and nightlife expert” named Jon Taffer attempts to resuscitate severely mismanaged bars on the...
Marcus Burnett empties his left pocket. The contents: a MetroCard, a crumpled clump of cash totaling $17. "This is how we built everything. DIY. We drained our bank accounts," he says, now pouring me an amber-colored beer. It's my first visit to Long Island City’s Rockaway Brewing Company, owned by Burnett and Ethan Long. The duo, both natives of California, homebrewed in the backyards of their bungalows in Far Rockaway for nearly four years before opening a two-barrel brewery...