Ah, Brooklyn. Home to hipsters and fine chocolate (Mast Bros.); smoked meat (Mile End) and pies (4 and 20 Blackbirds). Beer has, of course, been a part of the borough for some time, as the namesake brewery has been led by the more-than-capable nose and palate of Garrett Oliver. But there’s always someone in the wings, it seems, and Sixpoint is also making some great beer. This week, Roper says their Bengali Tiger is an IPA with just over 6% alcohol and lots of citrus notes. Cheers to that.
After yesterday’s post regarding Mindy Segal’s re-booted HotChocolate, I didn’t really think about running another sweet feature, but I’ve had this one in the works for about two weeks. After a casual dinner by my lonesome recently at the bar at Telegraph, in Logan Square, my eyes were drawn to one of their desserts: a pineapple custard pie. There were also currants involved, and some saffron I believe; maybe some pepper and brown sugar too. In either case, if you like grilled fruit and custard, you’re going to dig this pie. I mean it.
Not all dark beers are created equally. Take this week’s Beer of the Week: Schwarzbier, from the Mönchshof Brewery in Germany. The Hopleaf’s Michael Roper says since it’s low in alcohol, it is very easy to drink (think warm weather sipper out in the backyard). Here’s to deep, dark, delicious drinking. Cheers.
North Pond‘s Bruce Sherman won Best Chef: Great Lakes after his sixth year of nomination, Mindy Segal won Outstanding Pastry Chef for her work at Mindy’s Hot Chocolate and Alinea owner Grant Achatz’s Next Restaurant won Best New Restaurant. In addition, Charlie Trotter won the Humanitarian of the Year award.
You can watch some footage of the post-Beard reception below:
You can watch my interview with co-owner Nick Kokonas and chef Dave Beran below:
You can watch the interview below: