Come for the beer stay for the food. That’s the message Cobble Hill’s brew pub 61 Local (61 Bergen St., near Smith St.) sends with it’s communal tables, comfy wood paneling and locally sourced eats and booze. Former Sixpoint brewing engineer David Liatti opened this bastion to Brooklyn in January and wants you to come on in and be part of the community.
This month, they’ll be hosting a bunch of super cool events. The first, FOOD JUSTICE and WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO CHOOSE LOCAL takes place next Monday, 8 August at 7pm. A discussion panel with Brooklyn Bridge CSA includes panelists Christopher Nicolson from Red Hook Winery, Molly Culver from BKLYN Farmyards, Jeff Hutchinson and Christopher Munsey. Come for a lively discussion about what makes the local terroir or geography unique, how this is reflected in local craft, why it’s important to support your local business, how to define “local” and what it means in relation to food justice.
The next night, Tuesday 9 August, they’ll be hosting A Chocolate Tasting by Feast Upon from 7pm to 9pm. Come meet the producers, learn how they make it, and figure out who makes it the way you like it. Chocolate makers and chocolatiers in attendance include Mast Brothers, Jacques Torres, Cacao Prieto, JoMart, Raaka, and Fine & Raw. You can grab tickets here.
Saturday, 13 August, will bring a super sweet event called the Pint Mash-Up with Steve’s Craft Ice Cream, featuring three new ice cream flavors made with local craft beer. The schedule of events is as follows:
11am- Steve’s Pop-up ice cream cart at 61 Local
Kickstand Coffee cart sets up to serve iced coffee and floats all day
Raffle tickets are given with every float purchased
6pm- Free samples of Steve’s feature flavors: BEER PRETZEL CARAMEL, MAPLE PECAN PORTER, BROOKLYN BLACKOUT
Guest bartenders from Sixpoint and the home brewers team
11pm- Winners of the raffle prizes are announced.
“Pint” shuffle showdown between those lovable underdogs the Home Brewers and the ruthless Sixpoint and Barrier Brewing pro-team.
And lastly, a Brooklyn Cured sausage making and Beer pairing class will take place on 15 August at 7pm. Brooklyn Cured founder Scott Bridi will teach the class to making well-seasoned, perfectly textured sausages with distinct flavors. There will also be a pairing of three different artisanal beers. Get tickets here for $45 each.