A Greenpoint food shop specializing in American craft beer, cheese and snacks.

Location

1053 Manhattan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222
718-349-1432

Hours

Mon-Thu: 11am - 8pm Fri-Sat: 11am - 9pm Sun: 12pm - 6pm

Eastern District News

Treats for the Holidays

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.

NEW BEERS

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.

GIFTS

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.

PLATTERS

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.

CSA’s

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.

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Thanksgiving Hours

We are OPEN regular hours on Wednesday, November 26: 11am-8pm.

We are CLOSED on Thursday the 27th and Friday the 28th.

Wednesday might be kind of crazy, so if you have time to come in to pick up turkey day treats today, it would probably save you some time. See you soon!

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Really Special Holiday Cheeses

Pardon my French but DAMN there’s a lot of great cheese in this store right now!

Rare RAW milk batches of Moses Sleeper and Harbison (yes, they’re safe and they’re legal)!

A very limited supply of pre-season Winnimere, washed in lambic and bound in spruce bark!

Plus Rogue River Blue, wrapped in grape leaves soaked in pear brandy!

If you want to share some special cheeses with your family and friends, this is a very good time to do it.

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New Beers and Cheese for November

CHEESE NEWS

Thanks to everyone who participated in American Cheese Month, and tasted your way through the amazing variety of American artisanal cheeses! Patty took home the grand prize of an Eastern District tote bag, full of delicious cheese accompaniments: she tried 20 different American cheeses in October!

More new U.S.-made cheeses are rolling in as we speak: here are a few of our favorites:

Eden-Washed Moses Sleeper (Eden Moses for short) is a happy, delicious accident, available only on a limited basis. A certain batch of Jasper Hill Farm’s Moses Sleeper was developing some unattractive mold formations, so the cave managers washed the cheese with Eden organic ice cider, and let it continue to age. The result is still a soft, creamy cheese, but with a stronger, more Camembert-like flavor and aroma. Get it while you can! And watch out for more special batches from Jasper Hill, coming soon.

West West Blue
hails from Vermont via Crown Heights, Brooklyn. It’s made at Parish Hill Creamery, and delivered while young to the new cave-aging facility at Crown Finish Caves. Modeled on a Gorgonzola Piccante, it has a satisfyingly dense, chewy texture, and a robust, spicy flavor. It’s amazing what great flavors can develop below the streets of Brooklyn!

Once in a while we feel the need to diverge from our usual selection of American-made cheeses. Our favorite American Manchego alternative, Dante, is no longer being aged, so we’re looking back to the old country and offering a Spanish Manchego from Cortijo Trifillas. The cheese is handmade on the farmstead where the sheep graze on fresh pastures and deliver delicious, flavorful milk. Then it’s aged for 12 months for a full, nutty, tangy flavor and a rich, crumbly texture.

If you prefer your cheese melted, which always sounds good at this time of year, our fondue and raclette sets are both on sale now for 25% off. These tapas-sized sets are perfect for a small party and fit into the cupboards of a small apartment kitchen. Great for entertaining or for holiday gifts.

BEER NEWS

Our ideal Fall Sunday is spent with friends, watching football, talking trash, and enjoying some beers and snacks. If you feel the same way, we’re ready to help out. From now through the end of the NFL season we’re offering a special deal on Sundays only: fill a growler of beer and purchase 1/2 pound of any single cheese for a 20% discount on both items!

If you just need a single bottle, you might want to try the new Pretty Things Bocky Bier, a strong, dark, malty lager. The other night we drank it with some braised beef short ribs, and the pairing was perfect.

For a 6-pack, check out Two Roads Route of All Evil. This seasonal black IPA is roast and toasty, with a touch of sweetness balanced by piney, citrusy, West Coast hops.

In our book, the perfect bottle to bring to Thanksgiving dinner is The Bruery Autumn Maple, brewed with yams, maple syrup, and Belgian yeast. Lightly spiced and not too sweet, it pairs equally well with turkey and pumpkin pie.

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Sunday Football Special

Maximize your Sunday football-viewing pleasure with this new special from Eastern District: Fill a growler and purchase 1/2 pound of any one cheese, and get 20% off both items! Now that’s a party.

(This offer is available on SUNDAYS ONLY.)

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Wisconsin Cheese Trip

The Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board brought Beth on a tour of the state’s dairy farmers and cheesemakers – visit our Facebook page for more photos, and “like” us while you’re there, why don’t ya?

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October Is American Cheese Month

Want to get some great deals on cheese and support American cheesemakers at the same time? Join us this October for American Cheese Month!

As we have for the past 4 years, we and other cheese shops around the city and the country will offer the American Cheese Month Passport. Purchase a passport for $10, and you’ll be eligible for a discount on a different American-made cheese every day of the month. Each participating store will offer discounts on different cheese, so you’ll have a good reason to explore different shops as well as different flavors. Your passport purchase money will be donated to the American Cheese Education Foundation, which supports education for cheesemakers and everyone else responsible for bringing great American cheeses to market.

In addition, here at Eastern District we’ll stamp your passport every time you make a Cheese Month purchase, and the customer with the highest number of stamps will win a gift bag full of great cheese and accompaniments. Last year’s winners took home the prize with 16 stamps – can you beat them?

Come in on October 1 to buy your passport, and you’ll have more opportunities to save. Here’s the schedule of which cheeses will discounted each day at Eastern District:

1-Oct    Ricotta, Salvatore Bklyn, NY
2-Oct    Kunik, Nettle Meadow Farm, NY
3-Oct    Dante, Wisconsin Sheep Dairy Co-op, WI
4-Oct    Cabot Clothbound Cheddar, Cabot Creamery/Cellars at Jasper Hill, VT
5-Oct    Point Reyes Blue, Point Reyes Farmstead Cheese, CA
6-Oct    Reading Raclette, Spring Brook Farm, VT
7-Oct    The Stag Cheddar, Deer Creek Cheddar, WI
8-Oct    Marieke Smoked Gouda, Holland Family Farm, WI
9-Oct    Grayson, Meadow Creek Dairy, VA
10-Oct    Burrata, Maple Brook Farm, VT
11-Oct    Mt. Tam, Cowgirl Creamery, CA
12-Oct    Dry Jack, Rumiano Cheese, CA
13-Oct    Lamb Chopper, Cypress Grove, CA
14-Oct    Oregon Blue, Rogue Creamery, OR
15-Oct    Cremont, Vermont Creamery, VT
16-Oct    Landaff, Landaff Creamery/Cellars at Jasper Hill, NH/VT
17-Oct    Everton, Jacobs & Britchford, IN
18-Oct    Lake’s Edge, Blue Ledge Farm, VT
19-Oct    Pawlet, Consider Bardwell Farm, VT
20-Oct    Capri, Westfield Farm, MA
21-Oct    Invierno, Vermont Shepherd, VT
22-Oct    Prairie Breeze Cheddar, Milton Creamery, IA
23-Oct    Kinderhook Creek, Old Chatham Sheepherding Co., NY
24-Oct    San Joaquin Gold, Fiscalini Cheese, CA
25-Oct    Pleasant Ridge Reserve, Uplands Cheese, WI
26-Oct    Bent River, Alemar Cheese, MN
27-Oct    The Thin Red Line, Lazy Lady Farm, VT
28-Oct    Stella Vallis Tomme, Amazing Real Live Food Co., NY
29-Oct    Goat’s Milk Feta, Vermont Creamery, VT
30-Oct    Suffolk Punch, Parish Hill Creamery/Crown Finish Caves, VT/NY
31-Oct    Harbison, Jasper Hill Farm, VT

For more information about American Cheese Month, visit the American Cheese Society.

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Fall Beer And Cheese

FALL BEERS

Football season is upon us, and we’ve had a few days of genuine sweater weather – it’s time to cozy up to some great fall beers!

Southern Tier’s Pumking, a perennial favorite, is back in house, along with a few other pumpkin beers. Uniquely flavored, Pumking has an almost pumpkin bread-like taste.

For something a little different, try ED staff favorite Autumn Maple, from The Bruery, brewed with yams instead of pumpkins! This Belgian style brown ale, robust and slightly sweet and spicy, tastes great on its own or with roasted veggies and meats and other cool-weather meals.

We’ve also received a fresh delivery from our friends over at Long Island City’s Transmitter Brewing. A standout in this batch is the G4, a lightly sour golden ale given citrusy, fruity flavors by a careful blending of hops.

Hop-lovers will also enjoy Founders Mosaic Promise, a bright and clean-tasting limited edition IPA brewed with just one type of hops and one type of malt: Mosaic and Golden Promise. Surprisingly complex considering the simplicity of the recipe, this beer has pine and citrus aromas and flavors.

NEW CHEESES

This month we’re featuring two new artisanal cheeses based on traditional American go-to cheeses: they both stand far above their supermarket competitors.

The Stag Cheddar, from Wisconsin’s Deer Creek, is aged about two years, while bandaged in cheesecloth and a thin layer of wax. What makes it great is that only the best wheels of Deer Creek cheese, with the most delicious milk flavors, are selected to be aged and distributed under The Stag moniker. The result is sharp and crumbly with some crystalline crunchiness.

If you’ve tasted the blue cheese or yogurt we carry from Connecticut’s Arethusa Farm Dairy, you’ll know to expect amazingly fresh, creamy milk flavors in their Cry Baby cheese, inspired by baby swiss. The sweet milkiness balances the distinctive “swiss” style tanginess, and the gentle handcrafting makes the cheese tender, not chewy.

With these beautiful wheels available, it just might be time to upgrade your cheddar and swiss!

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Late Summer Fun

Pictured above: a few of our favorite things about late summer. A canoe trip with a picnic of Lazy Lady cheese, Olympic Provisions salumi, Accidental Baker crackers, and Lancaster CSA peaches. Also, mozzarella and tomato salad!

BEERS FOR THE HOLIDAY

Last call for summer beers! 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon and Unita Hop Notch 6-packs are both on sale for $11 each!

Or if you’re ready to move on to the flavors of fall, check out these new arrivals:

- Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen is our favorite Octoberfest beer: full of flavor but easy to drink. Fresh bottles arrived this week and we’re about to tap a keg for growler fills sometime this weekend.

- Bell’s The Oracle DIPA is a limited edition brew, robust, with citrusy hop and caramel malt flavors.

- On first sip, Chris had an unusual reaction to the Stone 18th Anniversary IPA: mint chocolate chip! Strange but subtly true: there’s a tingly, herbal taste on the tip of your tongue, followed by some roasted chocolate malt flavors. Yum!

NEW CHEESE ALERTS


Consider Bardwell Farm’s aged goat’s milk Manchester has returned for the season: a firm, nutty, tangy treat. It’s joined by a new addition from Consider this year: Slyboro, a semi-soft goat’s milk cheese that’s washed with hard apple cider as it ages for a hint of fruity sweetness. All of Consider Bardwell’s cheeses are made from raw milk and vegetarian rennet.

Connecticut’s Arethusa Blue has also returned. We’ll see if this wheel sells out as quickly as our first one! It’s no wonder it’s so popular. It’s luxuriously creamy, with a sweet, milky flavor, gently spiked with blue.

From the makers of oozy, gooey Ameribella, Jacobs & Britchford, comes a new, firm, Alpine-style cheese called Everton. It’s got a nice, long, complex flavor profile, with notes of nuts, grass, savory onions and meat.

We’re also excited about the first cheese we’ve received from Crown Finish Caves, a new affinage (cheese-aging) site in a former brewery on Brooklyn’s Bergen Street! Reverie is made from fresh, raw, cow’s milk at Parish Hill Creamery in Vermont, and aged in Brooklyn to develop a snappy texture and bright flavor, with fruit-like tanginess and a rich finish.

PLUS MORE…


Another new arrival: a fresh batch of Eastern District bottle openers. Snap one of these on your keychain for a classy and extremely useful fall accessory.

Sign-up is now available for the fall season of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA. Now’s your chance to get in on a bountiful weekly delivery of fresh organic produce for just $20-31 per week. If you are interested, please visit the CSA website for details and to sign up NOW! Space is limited and we are warning you: it WILL fill up! Stake your claim at http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/csa/default

Subscriptions are available year-round for the seafood share program from The Village Fishmonger, which also delivers to Eastern District. Details and sign-up are at http://www.villagefishmongernyc.com/

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Wine and Cheese Night at Adelinas

Join us Thursday, July 24 at Adelina’s for a specially-paired wine and cheese flight – we’ve come up with some delicious pairings that you’ll want to try!

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