Monthly Archives: July 2017

Announcing: Reggae, Satay and IPAs

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WHAT: Reggae, Satay and IPAs: A Malaysian Brunch Dance Party. Or Just Brunch!
WHEN: Sunday, August 13, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
WHERE: Ditmas Park, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $45.

Most New Yorkers have this fantasy: own a place with enough space where anything is possible. Deep in Ditmas Park, Brooklyn, Auria Abraham and Jeremy “Mush1” Mushlin have turned their basement into a speakeasy-style escape—wood-paneling, bar, booming speakers—while the lush backyard is a grilling paradise.

Auria makes some of the city’s most marvelous Malaysian food. Mush1 is a trumpeter, reggae producer, member of Top Shotta Band and host of WNYU Radio’s Tunnel One.

Together, they throw some of the best parties this side of Kingston, Jamaica. This afternoon, they’re partnering with me to create Reggae, Satay and IPAs: A Malaysian Brunch Dance Party.

While Mush1 lays beats, Auria will cook an all-you-can-eat feast counting spinach-and-chickpea fritters (painted with mango-habanero coulis), rojak (a vibrant fruit and vegetable salad with cucumbers, pineapple, jicama, fried tofu, green papaya and guava) and traditional Malaysian beef, chicken and tofu satay. They’ll be paired with pressed rice cakes and homemade chunky peanut sauce, while sticky coconut rice topped with pandan kaya will serve as dessert.

To drink, Interboro Spirits & Ales will be on hand, including brewer Jesse Ferguson, with kegs aplenty of IPAs and pilsners, the kind of beers that’ll keep the afternoon flowing.

Come crush beers. Crunch flame-licked satay. And cut a rug. Or just crush more beers. Until you cut a rug. It’ll be the boozy Sunday brunch dreams are made of even for folks that have kids. Like us.

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Announcing: Meet Randolph—An Early Sneak Preview of the Randolph Beer DUMBO Brewery

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WHAT: Meet Randolph—An Early Sneak Preview of Randolph Beer DUMBO
WHEN: Thursday, July 20, 6:30 p.m.–9 p.m.
WHERE: 77 Sands Street (near Jay Street), DUMBO, Brooklyn
TICKETS: $35. Includes dinner and endless beer. 

Brooklyn is in the midst of a brewery boom, with beer makers popping up in every nook and cranny of the borough. Next month welcomes Brooklyn’s latest entrant, Randolph Beer DUMBO.

Randolph? Does that name ring a bell? That’s because the Randolph groupruns two all-star beer bars in NoLiTa and Williamsburg. This spanking-new location will focus on a highly curated selection of beers complemented by house-made concoctions (think: hop-focused pale ales, rustic saisons) cooked up by Brooklyn Brewery veteran J.R. Jordan.

While the brewery is not yet open to the public, you’ll get an early sneak preview of the 5,500-square-foot space, meet the brewery crew and sip through an endless stream of beers and feast on sliders (vegetarian and carnivorous), warm grain bowls and pretzels partnered with homemade beer cheese. Randolph will do his very best to charm you.

Your host will be Brooklyn beer journalist Joshua M. Bernstein, who will say many words while drinking many beers.