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The Worshipful Company of Brewers Part XXII: Evan MacCarthy

The Worshipful Company of Brewers is once again upon us. The charter of this sanctified league dictates that each member of the Brooklyn Brewery brewing team will design and create a batch of his or her own draft-only beer, to be served exclusively in the Tasting Room until the last drop has been squeezed from the taps. Beer #22: The True Wheel Style: American Extra Pale Ale ABV: 5.6% Notes: “West Coasty and a little toasty,” with a carefully balanced measure of malt character and old-school hops Availability: Friday, March 13 until it’s gone Brewer #22: Evan MacCarthy…

Sanitize Like A Brewer With Isopropyl Alcohol

Spray bottles of isopropyl are fixtures around our brewing and cellaring spaces, where they can be grabbed for a quick sanitizing spray. Brewing is all about keeping things clean, and these bottles are a key part of the continual work of keeping everything spotless. With Covid-19 putting pressure on supplies of hand sanitizer and soap, we wanted to pass along some tips on sanitizing your hands and surroundings with isopropyl alcohol. To start, make sure your isopropyl alcohol is 70% concentrated. Hand sanitizers above 60% are considered effective on Covid-19 and most pathogens, but for spray you’ll need to bump …

An almost normal summer weekend

A Carroll Gardens mural reminding us to spread love. Photo: Kate Hooker Hello BB and welcome to July! Sure, why the hell not? Seems totally normal that more than half of this berserk 2020 experiment is behind us already, right? If it’s otherwise difficult to wrap my head around this incomprehensible passage of time, the amount and caliber of the sustained fireworks activity happening in my hood on Saturday at least made it impossible to ignore that we have very much made it to the Fourth of July. The news of the infection spikes happening elsewhere in the country is obviously discouraging and scary, but I’m so relieved that my beloved New Yorkers are (so far, and for the most part) still being cautious and respectful …

Milton Glaser

Milton Glaser, the graphic design icon who created the Brooklyn Brewery logo and helped make Brooklyn an international brand, died yesterday in Manhattan on his 91st birthday.  Milton was a mentor and a friend to me for 34 years.  My wife Ellen and I and our daughter Lily shared many dinners with Milton and his wife Shirley over those years.  My first meeting with Milton did not come easy.  I had talked to more than 30 design firms looking for someone to help me develop an identity and logo for Brooklyn Eagle Brewery, an idea I had cooked up with my downstairs Brooklyn neighbor, Tom Potter.  None of those firms had given me confidence they could do the job.  Ellen suggested I call the best in …

10 Culture Essentials for a Pandemic July

When everything went off the rails in March, we at Brooklyn Based had a discussion about the continued viability of our monthly Culture Essentials feature during a time when it seemed there would be no events to preview. The thought was to give it shot for April, highlighting the smattering of virtual gatherings that crossed our radar alongside new TV, movie, and book releases, with the understanding that after that we’d probably table this column…

The one constant of this wild time

We’re all craving connection now, including us, so drop a line to let us know what beautiful things are catching your eye these days. Photo: Kate Hooker Well, ladies and gents, we are—incredibly—heading into week TEN of lockdown, and although things feel a tad less terrifying than they did at the onset of this thing, COVID’s frenetic emotional roller coaster continues apace. At this point, the lack of definitive answers to absolutely any of the millions of niggling questions that run through my mind on an endless loop every day feels like the ultimate crazymaker. What do these staggering unemployment numbers actually mean (other than just, obviously, “bad news”)? Are we all in denial about …

Finding new Friday night routines during COVID

What oddly comforting habits have you picked up in quarantine? Photo: Kate Hooker It’s Friday, everybody! Around these parts, during this particular time in human history, this means pizza night, which involves my sister and I driving to the next town over for curbside pickup of a couple of pies and a growler at the same spot every week. It’s certainly not the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life, nor what would be considered an exciting…

Screentime with Steve: What to Watch & Where

With more than enough time these days to catch up on movies and TV shows, we asked our co-founder Steve Hindy for a few of his recent favorites. He sent over a wide-ranging list, including a few he’s looking forward to finding soon. Good luck catching up– at this rate, you’re still not going to have time to watch The Wire. Movies: Little Women (available on demand) Joker (available on demand) Marriage Story (watch it on Netflix) Parasite (available on demand; streaming on Hulu …

Covid-19 Community Resource Hub

Welcome to our official round-up of resources and ways to support your communities in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. There are countless efforts already underway, so we’ve done our best to bring together a list of ways to start helping. Most of these efforts are based in NYC, because that’s where most of us are from. Please share these resources or pass along more info via DM on social media, and check back for regular updates. Most of all, be safe, stay healthy, and help wherever you can. Sections: Supporting Breweries Supporting Bars, Restaurants, Service & Hospitality Workers Supporting Healthcare Providers, Boroughs & Neighborhoods This listing is updated as of April 3, 2020. Supporting Breweries: New York City is …

A Transplant’s Guide to Texas in Brooklyn

Editor’s Note: That clean-heeled fellow above is Chris Peña, also known as Peanut or Pnut. After several years of working for us in Texas and Brooklyn, he’s leaving us to return to Austin and, in his words, “raise free-range kids.” We’re not sure how legal that is, but we knew that we had to get some pro tips out of him before he left. Check out his guide to living a Texan’s life in…

At Minka, wellness is a form of activism

Aki Baker, one of the founders of Minka, sees healing as a method of activism. Photo: @omandthecity Aki Hirata-Baker, an owner of Minka, wants to hear you scream. “We have been told we can’t be angry and we can’t say what we need to say. That’s an energy we need to tap into.” This is the first clue that this is not your typical GOOP-like wellness center. Sure, the space is light and airy; it’s full of crystals, herbs, and nice smells. There are caps for sale that say “Make America Magic Again.” You’ll need to slip off your shoes upon arrival and you may be offered tea. But, unlike most wellness spots today, you’ll also…

Indie rock trio Ex Hex returns with another scorcher

Ex Hex (Michael Lavine) Certainly one of the most anticipated albums of this year is Ex Hex’s It’s Real (Merge Records), the follow-up to the all-female indie rock’s trio 2014 debut Rips. If you loved Rips‘ runchy guitar riffs, catchy hooks, and references to ’70s glam rock and ’80s pop metal, then you won’t be disappointed with It’s Real. All killer and no filler while turning up the volume level to 11, the…

Fact and Fiction at the Spring/Break art show

Shona McAndrew, “Sometime Last Night,” 2019, at the Spring/Break art fair. Paper mache, acrylic. Photo: Regina Bresler Much like Fashion Week and Fleet Week, we are entering another themed week in the NYC event ecosystem: art fair season. While commonly referred to as Armory Week, over the past 15 years half a dozen fairs have popped up as viable contenders to the main art show, vying for the attention of press and collectors over the course of a dizzying four days of art. The youngest and buzziest addition to the landscape is Spring/Break, which enters its eighth season at 866 UN Plaza and runs through March…