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In our series, Ask Your Local Brewery, Brooklyn Magazine poses questions to New York City’s beermakers. The latest question is: If you could only make one of your beers, what would it be? Rich Castagna, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery If I had to pick only one beer to make forever, I think the beer would be my dunkelweizen. It's one of the more straightforward recipes that I brew: no adjuncts, no fruit; just barley, wheat, some...
Nothing puts me more at ease after a long day of work than a beer and a shot combo. Usually, these offerings are on the cheaper end of the spectrum--a sweaty bottle of Bud or can of PBR accompanied by a short pour of lukewarm well whiskey, served with a knowing wink from the barkeep. Having two vessels at my total discretion gives me a sense of wholeness, a sense of choice and sovereignty--do...
When the Mack returned in 1996, I was just a naive 12-year-old boy unlearned in the basic principles of Mackism, as taught by a singer from England named Mark Morrison. This was unfortunate: While I was utterly enthralled and inspired to dance-bop by the song's smoothness, swagger, and unapologetic Macktitude every time I played it on compact disc in my bedroom or in my mother's Cutlass Supreme, I was unable to fully grasp the...
I’ve never been a nautical person. I spent half my growing up years in landlocked Missouri with a mother who got violently seasick just looking at a boat on dry land, despite being raised by a decorated Navy Captain. Boats were just never part of my life--that is, until now. After receiving a leisurely dinner boat sojourn through the East River as a gift last month, I decided to make it my business to be...