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Eastern District will be open regular hours (11AM-8PM) on Wednesday, November 25. It should be a busy day, so drop in to pick up your Thanksgiving treats earlier, if you can!
We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, for the holiday festivities and a day of recovery.
Fall is a great season for beer! Here’s a tiny sample of what’s been coming in lately:
G2 from our neighbors at Transmitter Brewing: a hoppy, citrusy golden ale, suitable for the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale: an intense imperial stout with a full body and aromas of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and licorice. Save this one for dessert!
A couple of our favorite 6-packs have returned, fresh and plentiful: Cigar City Jai Alai, a tropical fruity American IPA; and Westbrook One Claw, a slightly spicy rye pale ale.
We have so many new cheeses in that I don’t even have time to tell you about them all. You’ll just have to come in and ask us:
What’s inside that juicy bundle of ale-soaked grape leaves?
Why is that chunk of Emmentaler so damn big?
Does anybody in Kentucky make amazing artisanal cheeses?
What should I put on my holiday cheese plate to totally blow everybody’s minds?
All this and more will be answered – we’ll see you in the store soon!
And have a very happy Thanksgiving!
On Saturday, November 21 from 3-5PM we’re hosting a free tasting of a couple fantastic German beers! Drop in to sample some Mahr’s Brau Bock & Monchshof Schwarzbier, plus some special snacks to round out your afternoon.
Then mark your calendars for Monday, December 7: Eastern District is celebrating our 5-year anniversary and you’re invited! We’re partying down with beer specials and tons of food at Dirck the Norseman from 6-10 PM. Stay tuned to your inbox and social media for more details.
We spent much of the summer scouting out some new cheeses to bring in to the shop, and the newbies are finally arriving! Here’s a tiny sample of what’s new:
Providence (bottom left) is an earthy, savory, semi-firm cheese from Goat Lady Dairy in NC, great for snacking or grating over pasta.
Also from NC, in the top left, Boxcarr Cheese’s Lissome is creamy and subtly tangy – a perfect upgrade from muenster cheese.
Franklin’s Teleme (top right) hails from the Bay Area of California, where Franklin Peluso and his family have been hand-making this unique cheese for three generations. Inspired by young Italian cheeses, Teleme is gooey and lactic, awesome on its own, in a sandwich, or melted into risotto.
The cheese in the bottom right might look familiar – that’s good old Grayson from VA’s Meadow Creek Dairy. It’s a meaty, funky favorite in our case, and we threw it into this quilt pattern of square-shaped cheeses, just for fun.
In the beverage department, we’ve been enjoying some fabulous ciders this year – and now we have a few variations on good old apple cider to share with you.
“Perry” is, more or less, pear cider. New Hampshire’s Farnum Hill, famous for their excellent dry ciders, make a especially crisp perry with distinct pear aromas.
Le Pere Jules is made in Normandy, one of the world’s greatest cider regions. Their Poire de Normandie is sparkly and clean – the champagne of perries.
Maryland’s Millstone Cellars are great innovators in the cider realm, carefully blending naturally fermented juices of all varieties. Their so-called Cherry Kriek, inspired by sour, fruity, Belgian beers, combines sweet and tart cherries with oak-aged apple cider for a complex, delicious quaff.
Drop by soon to share these new favorites with us!
On Thursday, October 1 from 6-8 PM, we have a FREE tasting of a very special cheese and pickle pairing! We’ll be joined by Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow Farm (of Kunik fame) and Elena Balletta of Brooklyn Brine. Sheila is bringing in a sneak preview of Nettle Meadow’s new rye whiskey-infused aged goat’s milk cheese, Pasco’s Ration, which we’ll pair with Brooklyn Brine’s Whiskey Sour barrel-aged pickles. There might even be some extra Kunik and other surprises to taste too! Drop in any time between 6-8 for this fun and delicious evening.
Our Oktoberfest is well underway! Currently Staten Island’s Flagship Brewery Roggenfest is on tap for growler fills (possibly America’s best Fest style beer, full-bodied and spiced with rye malt). When that runs out we’ll tap a keg of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen, the real deal from Bavaria, and our favorite Fest beer in the world. (Keep up to date with our current tap list at http://beermenus.com/places/2204-eastern-district)
The Ayinger’s also available now in bottles, along with the delicious Weihenstephaner Festbier, the superlative Uerige Sticke, and many more of Germany’s best brews.
A new season is moving in and with it, new cheeses!
We’re mixing things up in the blue cheese department with new additions Caveman Blue (a strong one from Rogue Creamery, OR) and Red Rock (blue cheddar from Roelli Cheese, WI).
We’ve also added 3 new cheeses from Quebec to our collection: Grey Owl, Sentinelle and Clandestin are all soft cheeses made by Le Detour. 3 cheeses, 3 kinds of milk, and many, many flavors!
Welcome to the sweatiest time of year! We’ve got lots of tasty treats for you to chill out and cool off with.
NEW: LITTLE CHEESE PLATES, READY TO GO
If you’re looking for a snack to take on a picnic, or a quick light meal, we’ve got a new option for you: our pre-packed little cheese plates, each sized for one person. They include 3 different cheeses, specially selected to complement one another, plus dried fruit, nuts, and either sliced She Wolf Bakery baguette or gluten-free crackers.
You might get lucky and find a slice of Thyme Out on your cheese plate! A new goat milk cheese from Vermont’s fabulous off-the-grid Lazy Lady Farm, Thyme Out is semi-soft with an earthy natural rind, and a tangy interior infused with savory thyme. Warning: one slice just might not be enough.
BEERS FOR ALL SEASONS
Savoring summer? We’re still bringing in lots of fresh, crisp, hot weather beers in roof and backyard-friendly cans. We just received a new delivery of Lost Nation Gose, a particularly refreshing version of this sour beer style with sea salt and a hint of coriander. Also new in cans is Citra Ass Down, a great, quaffable, double IPA with a silly name, from Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY.
But if you’re looking forward to fall, we’ve got you covered there too. We’re bringing in the best examples of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers, plus other hearty, darker, and full-bodied brews. Seattle’s Elysian Brewing sends forth The Dread, an oak-aged imperial stout touched with spicy rye malt. Another new barrel-aged work of art comes from Denver’s master of sour ales, Crooked Stave: Nightmare on Brett is a dark sour aged in whiskey barrels.
PARTY PLATTER UPDATES
You know all about our cheese and charcuterie party platters, right? The ones that come all dolled up with olives and pickles and bread and crackers and all that other good stuff? That cost just $8 per person?
Well, we have a new addition to our party platter options: seasonal crudite trays, stacked with fresh produce and housemade hummus and/or onion dip. The crudite platters cost $7 per person and are perfect for your last few summer barbecues.
All party platters require 24 hours notice and a minimum order for 5 people. Order by calling 718-349-1432, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or just dropping in.
What I did on my summer vacation, 2015 edition: cheese camp! More formally known as the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, it’s a great opportunity to meet cheesemakers from around the country, taste their cheeses, and learn more about the process of cheesemaking and the business of selling cheese. I (Beth) was introduced to some excellent new American-made cheeses that you’ll be seeing at Eastern District in the fall.
Many of our favorite cheesemakers won awards in the annual ACS competition, which had about 1800 different cheeses in the running. In fact, the majority of the cheese producers represented in our case are award winners! If you’d like to see the full list of winners, visit http://cheesejudging.org/winners-2015/
The conference also involved tours of some regional cheesemakers, including Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, MA. In the photos below you see their cheese house, where Bob and Debby Stetson and their employees make all the Capri fresh chevre that we sell here. On the right are some Blue Bonnet and Classic Blue cheeses, awaiting the development of their external blue rinds. The cheeses in this photo might even be the ones we have for sale right now!
The Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is now accepting subscriptions for the fall edition of their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program. For 8 weeks this fall, they’ll deliver fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat for pick-up at Eastern District. If you’re interested please sign up soon, since spaces in this program fill up quickly. For details, and to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com.
We are excited to announce that Eastern District is now offering delivery through the Postmates app and Postmates.com!
Our delivery menu includes our most popular items, including cheese, beer and many other groceries, in addition to sandwiches and snacks. You can also write in an order for anything else you know we have in the store.
Postmates delivers throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, so whether it’s a lazy evening at home or a busy afternoon at work, we’ve got you covered!
Brewers have been experimenting with aging beers in liquor barrels for a while now, but Gigantic Pipewrench is the first one we’ve seen aged in gin barrels. The lingering botanical flavors and aromas from the wooden Ransom Old Tom gin barrels blend with citrusy and piney hops for a really fantastic double IPA. This is a limited edition beer so get it while you can!
We just received a big delivery of 16-oz cans from Evil Twin, including Citra Sunshine Slacker (session IPA), Low Life (hoppy pils) and Falco (classic American IPA). We got a pretty decent deal on these tall boys and we’re passing the savings along to you – pretty sure you won’t find a better price on these in NYC.
Bell’s Oberon is back! It’s a sign that spring is really on the way, and we’ll all be enjoying this lightly hopped pale wheat ale in the sunshine soon.
The new cheeses from New York’s Cochran Farm 1790 first arrived in our case last month, with the fabulously creamy, goaty, lightly aged wonder called St. Johnsville. This month marks the addition of another Cochran cheese: Mohawk Mist, a very young, tangy and fresh-tasting goat’s milk round. Perfect for breakfast, perhaps with a little jam on She Wolf sourdough toast.
We’re also loving Anabasque, a new aged sheep’s milk cheese from Landmark Creamery in Wisconsin. As its name suggests, it is inspired by the Basque cheeses of France and Spain, and it captures their sweet, subtle and nutty flavors, while presenting a beautifully mottled, earthy, natural rind.
MONTHLY WINE & CHEESE NIGHTS AT ADELINA’S
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we’re teaming up with our friends at Adelina’s wine bar and cafe for a special night of wine and cheese. Each month will feature a different flight of 4 specially paired wines and cheeses. Our next tasting adventure takes place on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 PM until they sell out. Adelina’s is just down the avenue at 159 Greenpoint Ave.
There’s still room for more subscribers in the spring-summer Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA program. Weekly deliveries of Pennsylvania-grown organic food will begin in late May, and options include vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs and meat. For more information or to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com
We’re also working on becoming a host for a monthly meat share program from Herondale Farm in upstate New York. Once we get 20 subscribers signed up, it’s a go. The monthly meat share can include beef, pork, chicken or even lamb. For more information visit http://herondalefarm.com and download a subscription form at http://herondalefarm.com/csa/