Many Greenpoint beer afficianados these days do not drink cans or bottles of beer. In places like Beer Street (413 Graham Avenue), One Stop Beer Shop (134 Kingsland Avenue) and Brouwerij Lane (78 Greenpoint Avenue), drinkers quaff growlers of beer, but the growler is nothing new in Greenpoint. It has a long local history.
There is no clear idea of where the term growler comes from. A growler has been defined as:
Growler: A pitcher or other vessel for beer, 1885, American English, of uncertain origin; apparently an agent noun from growl (v.)
In early days the expression “work the growler” meant go on a spree. An article from the Brooklyn Daily Eagle in the 1880s describing the gang-infested Greenpoint area between Ash and Eagle Streets known as Dangertown (gotta love the name) reported that the local gangs robbed people to get money for the sole purpose of “working the growler.” Continue reading →
But it’s not the only night to enjoy awesome drink AND food. On Memorial Day we popped in for some beer and A/C, which was pumping. The Margabucha, on the beer cocktail menu caught my eye. I’m still not sold on the idea of beer cocktails, but I love kombucha, and aside from the tequila, this actually looked good for me. Well it tasted good for me, too! Not too sweet, just how a good margarita should be.
We got to looking at the food menu (they serve brunch on weekends but alas it was Monday) and we ordered the Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Mushrooms along with the Chorizo, oh my! The dishes were the perfect size (and price) for sharing, and they were delicious.
I look forward to eating my way through the rest of the menu.
Try our 12 new Spring beers on tap consisting of:
Blue Point Spring Fling
Otter Creek Spring Ale (Kolsch)
Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA
North Coast’s Brother Thelonious
Abita Golden Lager
Greenport Harbor Spring Turning Rye Saison
Pretty Things Jack D’ior
Ebel’s Weiss from Two Brothers
Naragansett Summer Ale
Troegs Nugget Nectar
And Beer Cocktails to match!
2 Hour Drink passes are the perfect way to sample all of the season best brews. $20 Drink Passes
Or try our Spring Beer Flights ($14) – 8 large samples to discover your taste buds favorites.
This event will go till we are out of beer! So come in have a few beers and enjoy Spring!
Today’s Groupon offers 2 beer flights and 2 small plates for $15 or 4 beer flights and 4 small plates for $25.
From the Groupon site: “Slabs of slate glisten in candlelight atop rustic wooden tables, where white slivers of artisanal cheeses or curlicues of charcuterie fill each stony plate. Nearby, One Stop Beer Shop’s tap-pulls and bottle openers unleash foamy rivulets of imported and American beers from breweries such as Hofbrau, Leinenkugel, Rogue, Bellhaven, and Harpoon, whose names and compatible astrological signs are announced on a wall-mounted chalkboard menu. Lively happy hours pour discounted brews and spirited specialties, such as shots of whiskey or vodka chased by vials of pickle juice or borscht, and weekly special events, such as beer-pong and trivia night, test patrons’ physical and mental dexterity. One Stop Beer Shop also preps growlers of popular brews for pickup and neighborhood delivery orders.”
2011 may have spent its final days in a mediocre gray blur of rain and oddly mild temperatures, but our neighbor Ben Roshia has been busy. For months following the move of the unique cafe Boneshakers, he – alongside friend, general manager, and popcorn wizard Stas Chizhik – has been working to turn the onetime coffee shop space into a bar slash beer store unique enough to not only carve out a neighborhood niche but attract citywide attention. The One Stop Beer Shop, slated to open next Wednesday, December 28th, will feature comfortable and intimate seating in a very consciously designed interior, delicious and unique beer cocktails, a closely tailored food menu including a homemade spiced popcorn (which, when I visited, drew even more excitement from the staff than the drinks) and growlers filled by exclusive equipment that we’re told ensures your beer stays fresher longer than a jug filled from a tap.
Ben was happy to share the following recipe for one of the bar’s signature $9 cocktails, called a Dark & Smoky. Shake together 1.5 ounces Moonshine (unaged corn whiskey) with 0.5 ounces of agave nectar that has been muddled with rosemary. Pour this over rocks, float a Stone Smoked Porter on top, and garnish with a sprig of rosemary. The result is a layered cocktail that Ben believes will appeal to customers who come with a taste for straightforward whiskey drinks but want to try something new.
My general impression is that Ben is a man with a vision for a comfortable, interesting bar. He has a realistic concept of what brings people to a neighborhood establishment and the way that such a business can add to a community, and I’m looking forward to checking out the opening next Wednesday and watching as his vision opens its doors and welcomes us in.