A Greenpoint food shop specializing in American craft beer, cheese and snacks.

Location

1053 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-349-1432

Hours

Mon-Thu: 11am - 8pm Fri-Sat: 11am - 9pm Sun: 12pm - 6pm

Eastern District News

Late March Happenings at Eastern District

A VOTE FOR ME IS A VOTE FOR CHEESE!

Beth entered a “scholarship” competition to have Culture Magazine and Sartori Cheese pay for her to take the Certified Cheese Professional exam. She made the finals (top 5 entries) and now we’re depending on you! Yes, we’re asking for your vote in another cheesy online competition – but we promise it will only take a moment.

The Certified Cheese Professional certification (CCP) is like the cheesy version of the sommelier certification. Beth has been wanting to take the exam for a few years, but it’s pretty expensive. So if you click and vote and she takes the exam for free, that’s more money that we can spend on buying cheese for you! Thanks a million!

Vote here: http://bit.ly/1EbFYGg

NEW BEER

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.

NEW CHEESE

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 15, from 5 PM until they sell out. Adelina’s is just down the avenue at 159 Greenpoint Ave.

CSAs

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/

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Eastern District Is Hiring

We are seeking an experienced, part-time sales associate. Must love cheese and beer!

Responsibilities:

  • Assist customers with product selection
  • Cut and wrap cheeses and meats to order
  • Prepare sandwiches
  • Stock shelves
  • Arrange product displays
  • Clean

Requirements:

  • Experience with and passion for craft beer and artisanal cheese; desire to learn more
  • Strong sense of hospitality and customer service
  • Reliable, organized, and self-motivated
  • Retail marketing experience a plus

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to info@easterndistrictny.com

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February News

If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, anticipating a day off on Presidents’ Day, or just looking for an excuse to treat yourself, we’ve got lots of amazing new cheeses, beers and sweets for you to enjoy. Read on for details, plus info on a wine and cheese tasting event and the Spring CSA.

SHE WOLF BREAD

As of last week, we are now selling and serving fantastic fresh bread from She Wolf Bakery! The crispy-chewy baguettes often arrive here still hot from the oven. We’ve also got their ciabatta rolls and are open to your requests for other styles!

VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS

Check ‘em out: the cutest Valentines in town, all designed and produced by fabulous local artists.

CHEESE NEWS

If you’re planning a romantic dinner this weekend, or even a Black Hearts’ party, Cupid’s Choice Camembert can add a cute and tasty touch to your cheese course. This mini heart-shaped softie from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. is made from a luscious blend of sheep and cow milk, and is rich, creamy, tangy and a little nutty.

If goat’s milk is more your speed, try one of the little rounds we’ve recently brought in from Goat Lady Dairy in North Carolina. Smokey Mountain Round is a fresh cheese, lightly smoked over apple wood, which is especially delicious with roasted vegetables. Goat Lady’s Snow Camp is a young, mixed-milk cheese (goat & cow), with a bouncy, bloomy, white rind and a creamy, mildly tangy interior – you’ll be tempted to eat a whole wheel on your own. Try to share.

Spring Brook Farm, the Vermont makers of Reading Raclette and Tarentaise, have just released their third excellent cheese. Ashlyn is a raw Jersey cow’s milk cheese, modeled after French Morbier, with a line of vegetable ash running through the center. The texture is supple and pliable, and the flavor is bright and milky with a touch of barnyardy funk. We can’t wait to try this in some macaroni and cheese soon.

BEER REPORT

Let the love flow with a bottle of The Bruery Saison Rue, a golden, slightly hoppy Belgian-style ale brewed with rye malt for spice and body, and brettanomyces yeast for a touch of sour flavor. Very well-balanced and festive.

Another special sour beer is the brand-new Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Amarillo, dry-hopped and effervescent, crisp and refreshing. It can serve as a really special alternative to champagne.

On the heartier side, we’ve got Evil Twin Even More Jesus, a rich imperial stout, super roasty and full-bodied, with strong chocolate and coffee aromas. Perfect for dessert.

And the season has come for the return of Troegs’ Nugget Nectar, an imperial amber ale with a great blend of citrusy, piney hop aromas and flavors. These now come in supremely crushable 16-oz cans.

SWEETS

Have you tried the Mast Brothers line of milk chocolates yet? The chocolatiers recently branched out from the pure dark blends they’re known for with three new bars. The sheep’s milk chocolate is my favorite, with its long, sweet, nutty finish. The cow’s milk chocolate is rich and caramel-ish, and the goat’s milk bar is citrusy and tangy. Combine all three for the ultimate milk chocolate lover’s Valentine’s gift.

If your beloved prefers hard candy in bright, zesty flavors, you can’t go wrong with the brand new hard candies from Brooklyn’s Salty Road, otherwise know for their hand-pulled taffy. Cinnamon Drops are sweet and spicy, like artisanal Red Hots, and the Pink Pineapple flavor is refreshingly tart and fruity.

Like a luxe version of peanut brittle, Farmhouse Kitchens Cashew Butter Crunch is packed with nutty, sticky, crunchy goodness. It’s made in Wisconsin from Amish hand-churned butter, and the fresh buttery flavor really puts these treats over the top.

CHEESE & WINE NIGHT AT ADELINA’S

We’re teaming up with our friends at Adelina’s wine bar and cafe for a monthly wine & cheese night! The second edition is coming up this Wednesday, February 18 from 5-8PM. We’ve crafted a special new flight of four wine and cheese pairings for you to enjoy, for the extremely reasonable price of $18. It all goes down at Adelina’s at 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan & McGuinness.

SPRING-SUMMER CSA

It’s time to sign up for the Spring-Summer season of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA! Subscribers will receive 26 weeks’ worth of certified organic produce from a network of over 90 small family farms. Choose from a variety of options – small, medium and large vegetable shares, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, and/or meat – then pick up your astoundingly fresh delivery at Eastern District each week.

The warm weather CSA season always fills up quickly, so don’t delay: visit http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/csa/default for all the details, and to sign up.

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Wine and Cheese Night at Adelinas

Join us for a flight of four exciting wine and cheese pairings at Adelina’s on Wednesday, January 21! Our friends’ cozy wine bar and cafe is located at 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan Ave and McGuinness Blvd. We’ve collaborated to bring you this special tasting for one night only, and just $18. Grab a pal and come out to taste!

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Holiday Hours

This year, we will be open until 4PM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. (Dec. 24 & 31)

We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. (Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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Treats for the Holidays

EVEN MORE SPECIAL NEW CHEESES!

We’re continuing to bring in more and more exciting new cheeses for the holidays: these four cheeses alone could make up an amazing cheese plate!

Sea Change is a buttery, salty, tangy delight from Connecticut’s Mystic Cheese Company. It’s made from couldn’t-be-fresher cow’s milk, briefly soaked in brine, and aged for just a couple weeks in an environment rich with wild yeast, giving it a thin, supple rind and creamy interior.

If you enjoy the sweet, nutty, meaty flavors of Upland Cheese’s Pleasant Ridge Reserve,  you’ll definitely want to tap in to our limited supply of Extra Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve! 18 months of cave-aging (as opposed to the usual 9 months or so) give this cheese a deeper, more savory flavor, and the pleasant crunch of natural protein crystals.

Humble Herdsman is another collaboration between Vermont’s Parish Hill Creamery and Brooklyn’s Crown Finish Caves. It’s washed with hard apple cider as it ages, resulting in a smooth, fudge-like texture and flavors hinting at peanut butter and green veggies.

Blue Hills Bleu is made in Wisconsin from raw sheep’s milk, which, combined with the Penicillium roqueforti mold, yields the unique spicy flavors characteristic of French Roquefort. Moist and crumbly, this is a spectacular cheese for salads or snacks.

NEW BEERS

It’s that magical time of year: the elves at Goose Island Beer have released this year’s batch of Bourbon County Brand Stout. Bottles of this rich stout aged in bourbon barrels taste great now, but we recommend buying a 4-pack to age out and taste over the next few years as the flavors merge and mellow.

On the other hand, Stone Enjoy By 12.26.14, as its name suggests, should be consumed ASAP. With a fresh, floral, hoppy flavor, it tastes best when young – and we just received this new batch today.

Astoria’s SingleCut Beersmiths have release their very first bottled beer and it’s dy-no-mite! Bon Bon 2xTNT Double IPA is powerful but well-balanced, with a blend of Australian and New Zealand hops. Another beer to drink NOW.

GIFTS

You already know that Eastern District is a great place to pick up delicious gifts, whether the giftee’s tastes run to candy, jam and hot chocolate or pickles, peanuts and hot sauce. But did you know that we also ship gift boxes around the country? And we offer gift cards in all denominations? If you need gifts for anyone who likes food (which I hope is everyone), you can find the perfect selection at our newly-updated online store: shop.easterndistrictny.com.

PLATTERS

Now that we’ve made gift shopping nice and easy for you, let us help out with your next party! Beautiful cheese and/or charcuterie party platters cost $7 per person (for a minimum of 5 people) and require just 24 hours of advance notice. They’re great for celebrations at home or at work – and we also make sandwich platters for meetings and parties. Drop in, call or email us for more info or to place an order.

CSA’s

Cheese and beer happen to be our favorite foods, but we still appreciate the value of a balanced diet. That’s why Eastern District serves as a pick-up location for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA and Village Fishmonger CSF.

Our plans for the winter have changed and we WILL be offering the Lancaster Farm Fresh Winter season at ED. The winter season will run for 13 weeks beginning the week of January 19. Weekly vegetable shares cost $312 ($24/week) and will include root vegetables, green vegetables, winter squash, mushrooms and more. For more details and to sign up, visit www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/csa/default

If you’ve ever wondered what the Village Fishmonger Community-Supported Fishery has to offer, now’s your chance to experience it for FREE! next Saturday, December 13 from 4-6PM, representatives from Village Fishmonger will be here handing out samples of green ceviche made from their local, sustainable seafood. Taste how amazing really fresh fish can be, then decide if you’d like to sign up for a weekly or bi-weekly delivery! For more information or to sign up, go to www.villagefishmongernyc.com.

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Thanksgiving Hours

We are OPEN regular hours on Wednesday, November 26: 11am-8pm.

We are CLOSED on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th.

Wednesday might be kind of crazy, so if you have time to come in to pick up turkey day treats today, it would probably save you some time. See you soon!

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Really Special Holiday Cheeses

Pardon my French but DAMN there’s a lot of great cheese in this store right now!

Rare RAW milk batches of Moses Sleeper and Harbison (yes, they’re safe and they’re legal)!

A very limited supply of pre-season Winnimere, washed in lambic and bound in spruce bark!

Plus Rogue River Blue, wrapped in grape leaves soaked in pear brandy!

If you want to share some special cheeses with your family and friends, this is a very good time to do it.

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New Beers and Cheese for November

CHEESE NEWS

Thanks to everyone who participated in American Cheese Month, and tasted your way through the amazing variety of American artisanal cheeses! Patty took home the grand prize of an Eastern District tote bag, full of delicious cheese accompaniments: she tried 20 different American cheeses in October!

More new U.S.-made cheeses are rolling in as we speak: here are a few of our favorites:

Eden-Washed Moses Sleeper (Eden Moses for short) is a happy, delicious accident, available only on a limited basis. A certain batch of Jasper Hill Farm’s Moses Sleeper was developing some unattractive mold formations, so the cave managers washed the cheese with Eden organic ice cider, and let it continue to age. The result is still a soft, creamy cheese, but with a stronger, more Camembert-like flavor and aroma. Get it while you can! And watch out for more special batches from Jasper Hill, coming soon.

West West Blue
hails from Vermont via Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It’s made at Parish Hill Creamery, and delivered while young to the new cave-aging facility at Crown Finish Caves. Modeled on a Gorgonzola Piccante, it has a satisfyingly dense, chewy texture, and a robust, spicy flavor. It’s amazing what great flavors can develop below the streets of Brooklyn!

Once in a while we feel the need to diverge from our usual selection of American-made cheeses. Our favorite American Manchego alternative, Dante, is no longer being aged, so we’re looking back to the old country and offering a Spanish Manchego from Cortijo Trifillas. The cheese is handmade on the farmstead where the sheep graze on fresh pastures and deliver delicious, flavorful milk. Then it’s aged for 12 months for a full, nutty, tangy flavor and a rich, crumbly texture.

If you prefer your cheese melted, which always sounds good at this time of year, our fondue and raclette sets are both on sale now for 25% off. These tapas-sized sets are perfect for a small party and fit into the cupboards of a small apartment kitchen. Great for entertaining or for holiday gifts.

BEER NEWS

Our ideal Fall Sunday is spent with friends, watching football, talking trash, and enjoying some beers and snacks. If you feel the same way, we’re ready to help out. From now through the end of the NFL season we’re offering a special deal on Sundays only: fill a growler of beer and purchase 1/2 pound of any single cheese for a 20% discount on both items!

If you just need a single bottle, you might want to try the new Pretty Things Bocky Bier, a strong, dark, malty lager. The other night we drank it with some braised beef short ribs, and the pairing was perfect.

For a 6-pack, check out Two Roads Route of All Evil. This seasonal black IPA is roast and toasty, with a touch of sweetness balanced by piney, citrusy, West Coast hops.

In our book, the perfect bottle to bring to Thanksgiving dinner is The Bruery Autumn Maple, brewed with yams, maple syrup, and Belgian yeast. Lightly spiced and not too sweet, it pairs equally well with turkey and pumpkin pie.

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Sunday Football Special

Maximize your Sunday football-viewing pleasure with this new special from Eastern District: Fill a growler and purchase 1/2 pound of any one cheese, and get 20% off both items! Now that’s a party.

(This offer is available on SUNDAYS ONLY.)

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Upcoming Events

  • Sample our cheese at Greenpoint's Dandelion Wine tastings every Thursday and The Mark Bar every Tuesday!
  • Enjoy a flight of 4 specially-paired wines and cheeses at Adelina's on Wednesday, April 15 starting at 5PM!

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