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.
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.
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.
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.
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.