One morning at the McGolrick Park Farmer’s Market last Fall, I had the opportunity to taste a spirit I didn’t know much about. Though, coming from a half-Italian family, I was not a complete stranger to amaro. And living in a bar culture like Brooklyn’s, the spirit turns up every now and then too.
But both encounters were prohibitive. Being a kid at family parties, trying something red in color, you want it to taste a certain way (like Dr. Pepper). Amaro got quickly filed under “gross” and “adult,” which I filed under “boring.” And today, going to a fancy bar, the prospect of a sixteen dollar cocktail sometimes has me looking for the beer list, specifically “cans.”
So, running into the Greenpoint-made amaro brand St. Agrestis on that Sunday in the park cut through my personal red tape.
First off, the label is eye-catching: a simple blue print of a woman holding a branch in one hand, and a small medicine bottle in the other. Then there’s the name. How, after twelve years of Catholic school, did I not know of a St. Agrestis (it turns out St. Agrestis is not real!)? Then there’s the color. It’s a deep shade of red, not quite letting you see all the way through the bottle, but sort of half-way through.
The whole package was intriguing, as was the flavor. Which is on the right side of bitter, and the right side of sweet— it sort of approaches both, and pulls away just before either becomes too much. In any case, I felt it was cause enough to buy a bottle and to later follow up with its maker, Louis Catizone, to find out how this mysterious alcool is made. Continue reading →
The first-annual Greenpoint Fall Shopping Crawl is happening this Saturday, November 25th, all day.
Going all day and through the evening, shoppers will enjoy a full day of holiday shopping discounts— 10% to 20% off in each participating shop—free drinks, music, and light bites. The event coincides with Small Business Saturdayand will showcase 20+ Greenpoint businesses, including: Continue reading →
*Green Roof Tour & Lecture on Newtown Creek Ecology @ Kingsland Wildflowers (520 Kingsland Avenue) 6pm, FREE, Enjoy the Kingsland Wildflowers green roof and learn about the benefits of green roofs for humans and wildlife, RSVP ♦ Stanisław Fijałkowski “A Young Man Plans a Voyage” @ Green Point Projects (27 Gem St) 7pm, FREE, An inaugural exhibition that examines the work of ninety-five years old Polish artist Stanislaw Fijalkowski, one of the pioneers of post-war lyrical abstraction derived from constructivism and surrealism, More info # Remedi Food Dinner Club : Flower Moon @ Magick City (37 Box St) 8pm, $20-25, Full Moon Dinner honoring this month’s Flower Moon in Scorpio! Everything served is plant-based, ethically sourced, local/organic, foraged whenevr poss, and prepared with love & ecological accountability! Buy tix =) Drop the Mike @ Threes Brewery new Outpost (113 Franklin St) 8pm, FREE, Stand up comedy hosted by Kendra Cunningham, More info
# Pizza Night @ Archestratus Books + Foods (160 Huron St) 7pm, $18, Pick up to ten of twenty available toppings to create the personal pizza of your dreams! We have gluten-free crusts, too! RSVP ♫ The New Mastersounds (Night 1 of 3) @Brooklyn Bowl (61 Wythe Ave) 8pm, $15, Buy tix * Full Moon in Scorpio Ceremony @ Narayana Integrative Center (191 Nassau Ave) 8pm, $20, Spring Cleaning for the Soul: The Full Moon this May is in Scorpio, ladies. Come transform collectively. Collective energy is most powerful, More infoContinue reading →
Whether you’re broke as a joke after a Black Friday spending spree, or you want to find a bottle that says “I’m classy” to bring to a holiday party, here’s where you can sip wine or booze for free, and try before you buy.
Dandelion Wines | 153 Franklin Street Their wine tastings are every Thursday evening from 6:30–8:30pm featuring food from She Wolf Bakery and Eastern District. “We generally pour 3-4 wines, and have a knowledgeable wine consultant or sometimes a producer here to talk about the wines each week. We get an assortment of bread from She Wolf Bakery, and Eastern District selects 3 or more cheeses on for us each week to go with the wines we are featuring! Tastings are free and open to the public.” Continue reading →
If you don’t live on Franklin Street, you may not have noticed the great series of pop-up stores that have begun to occupy Duke’s Annex, the small space next to Duke’s Liquor Box. Throne Watches is the current pop-up store, and we were curious about their beautiful leatherwork, so we asked Travis Alexander, one of Throne’s founders, about their watches and what you can expect to find at their pop-up store. And now they’ve extended their Duke’s stay, so now you can catch them through the end of December.Continue reading →
Duke’s Annex is on point lately. They mindfully curate the latest and greatest artisanal pop-up shops. September’s shop is Judi Rosen, featuring rocking denim, t-shirts, dresses, skirts, jumpers, and more. Go snag some fantastic women’s ready-to-wear just in time for fall! See you home slices at the opening party.
Hey, good looking’! Need to spice up your home or kitchen? Head on over to the Adaptations Summer Pop-Up, located on 170 Franklin Ave, which is next to the best liquor spot, Duke’s. Get your hands on some vintage furnishings, pots, pans, bowls, curtains, cuttings boards, baskets, and more. Whether it’s your apartment stylings, or you grab a basket with fancy trimmings to throw the best picnic Transmitter Park has seen, it’ll sure be cute as hell.
Happy Friday! Have you looked at your superfluous (but super cool-looking) wall of international clocks lately? Because it’s 5 o’ clock in Paris, comprenez-vous? The Manhattan Cocktail Classic, NYC’s celebration of all things boozy and bibulous, starts next week (I’ll drink to that) and there will even be a bit of Brooklyn representin’ on this side of the river. New York Distilling Company (located at 79 Richardson in Williamsburg), will be hosting a guinguettes-inspired, Parisienne-themed brunch at their distillery on Saturday, May 10, hosted by Allen Katz. But all brunches aside, why not cheers to the freakin’ weekend tonight by stirring up some lovely, springy cocktails chez vous? I asked Patrick Dacy, of Greenpoint’s own Duke’s Liquor Box, on Franklin, what sort of flavors he’s been into lately, and he sent over the specs for a gorgeous, little libation he’s deemed “Le Rana”— a nod to its mingling of French and Mexican spirits. Notes of wood, smoke, ripe fruit, and bitter quinine are brightened up with fresh citrus juice and a splash of crisp ginger beer. Allons-y! Vamos! Continue reading →
Beer, Bourbon and Rock’n’Roll! This unholy trinity forms the solid foundations of The Moonlight Mile, a spanking-new Greenpoint watering hole co-run by Garry Embry who, by no coincidence, lists them as his three absolute favorite things in life. Continue reading →