Drop in on Saturday, June 25 between 3-5 PM for a FREE tasting with the owner of Wisconsin’s Landmark Creamery, Anna Thomas Bates! Anna and her team work with these lovely sheep to create Anabasque, a delicious aged cheese inspired by the Pyrenees. It’s a staff favorite that we look forward to sharing with you!
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It’s always fun to see our favorite small beer and food producers working together – they inspire each other, and us, with their unique ideas and recipes. We have a few great new examples in house now:
We’re currently carrying a limited edition version of Bufarolo, the water buffalo milk cheese made by Quattro Portoni in Italy and aged at Crown Finish Caves in Brooklyn. This batch is a 3-way collaboration: Quattro Portoni makes the cheese, which is shipped fresh to Brooklyn, where Crown Finish washes the cheese in Transmitter Brewing’s crisp S1 Saison, and ages it in their caves below the streets of Crown Heights. The result is a funky, semi-soft cheese with a creamy, sweet, mild interior, and a sticky, aromatic, flavorful rind. It’s fun to taste this cheese paired with the beer it was washed in (also in stock now), but we think it pairs even better with a richer, darker beer like Transmitter’s B5 Stout.
VT99 Meats is the brainchild of the cheese makers at Jasper Hill and the neighboring produce farmers at Pete’s Greens. They have been raising heritage breed pigs on their farmland, in rotation with vegetable and hay crops, feeding them the by-products of their main businesses: whey and scraps of cheese and veggies. The result is a rich, sweet-tasting pork, which the salumi crafters from Charlito’s Cocina convert into a simple, luscious, dry-aged salami.
In the beer department, New Jersey’s Carton and Long Island’s Barrier have collaborated on a hoppy cream ale christened SS-CREAM and inspired by the breweries’ Boat and Money ales, respectively. It’s a deceptively strong dry-hopped beer that drinks more like an IPA than a cream ale, and is suitably refreshing for a long, hot weekend.
Have you tried the Sur series of ales from Danish gypsy brewers To 0l yet? If not, it’s time to get on it! Each of these gently sour pale ales is dry-hopped with a different hop variety. The results are crisp and intriguing – yes, these beers taste as good as the cans look.
We’ve just added another great NY State cheese to our collection: Tumbleweed is a raw, cow milk cross between cheddar and French Cantal, creamy and crumbly with a tiny bite to it. It’s handmade in small batches by 5 Spoke Creamery, located just an hour north of the city in Goshen – and it will taste great melted on some burgers this weekend!
New to the charcuterie department: Lonza from Minnesota’s Red Table Meat Co. A sliceable, dry-cured meat with some resemblance to coppa, it’s cut from the pork loin and lightly seasoned with rosemary, bay leaf and black pepper. Its savory flavors taste great on a sandwich or a cheese board, or served with ripe summer fruit.
We hope some of these delicious items make it to your picnics, BBQs, and roof hangs this Memorial Day – have a great weekend!
Spring is in the air! Drop in for our ready-made “little cheese plates” to take on a picnic, or call ahead to order party platters for your next rooftop hang-out.
We’ve got some new cheese friends in our case these days. Cabri Cafe is made by La Fermiere de Mean in Maffe, Belgium. Creamy and funky in classic Trappist style, this raw goat milk cheese departs from tradition: rather than being washed in beer as it ages, it is rubbed in ground coffee. It’s a surprising and delicious flavor combo.
The latest addition from Vermont’s Lazy Lady Farm also has a little something extra going on in the rind department. Snyderbrook is a tangy, semi-soft, pasteurized cow milk cheese is washed in vodka and amaretto, giving the toothsome rind a spicy/herbal and earthy flavor.
It’s been a while since we’ve been excited about any wit beers, so it’s great to have two that we’re way into. Wits are a traditional Belgian style, brewed with wheat, light in color, and cloudy with yeast. Both the Quebecois Dieu du Ciel and the Dutch Jopen versions feature complex malt blends and light touches of traditional coriander and curaçao citrus zest.
Craft brewery collaborations are happening right and left, with fruitful and intriguing results. Just a few of the collaborative bottles in stock now: a spicy, citrusy Red IPA from Heavy Seas and Maine; a tart cranberry gose from Transmitter and The Willows; and a strong, slightly sour blend from De Proef and Hair of the Dog.
If your more in the mood for some cocktails on the fire escape, we’ve got everything you need to pair with your spirits from Duke’s Liquor Box: bitters, sodas, cherries, and some new syrups from Blank Slate Kitchen. BSK uses all organic tropical ingredients to create versatile flavors like palm sugar, bird’s eye chili and black pepper.
It’s time to sign up for the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA! For 26 weeks LFFC will be making weekly deliveries of vegetables, fruit, meat, chicken, eggs, herbs and flowers to pick up at Eastern District. Our summer subscriptions will sell out soon, so don’t wait to sign up! Go to http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/ for details and to sign up.
We’ve got all the snacks and beverages you need for game night! Contact us today to order a custom party platter to pick up on Sunday ($8 per person/$40 minimum), or drop in any time and we’ll help you select some great meats and cheeses to share with friends. (Order in person or via email@example.com/718-349-1432)
Don’t forget a couple growlers of beer – or some of the new cans and bottles in our collection. Maui Brewing CoCoNut Porter has just recently made it to the East Coast, and it’s giving us a warm feeling with its roasty, not-too-sweet coconut blend. The Victory Brewing 20th Anniversary Experimental IPA is a brightly flavored session ale with aromas of citrus and pine. If you prefer your IPAs on the stronger side, Captain Lawrence’s Palate Shifter is a full-on imperial IPA, balancing hop-bomb bitterness with a bit more malt. And Bell’s Smitten Golden Rye Ale heralds spring with a spicy but smooth flavor.
Recommended cheeses for that cheese plate: We’re welcoming back West West Blue from Vermont’s Parish Hill Creamery – this wheel is from the first batch of the year. Parish Hill hand makes all their cheeses from raw cow milk, using traditional techniques. This gorgonzola-style blue is made from two separate batches of curds for a multilayered flavor and texture combo: peppery and crumbly at the center, smooth and creamy towards the rind. Parish Hill also makes Reverie Reserve, a firm and crystalline aged cheese with notes of butter, hazelnuts and fresh chives.
New at Eastern District and fit for your sweetheart or anyone who deserves a treat: Cacao Prieto chocolate bars are made in Red Hook, Brooklyn with cacao from the owner’s family farm in the Dominican Republic. Each 70% dark chocolate bar is subtly flavored, some with coffee & sea salt, others with vanilla & cassia or mandarin & bergamot.
We’ve also got plenty of other chocolate and candies in stock, for sweet teeth of every type!
Out with the old and in with the new! We’re clearing way for new products in 2016, so items throughout the shop are now on sale for 25% off: snacks, condiments, beer and even meat and cheese. Come on down and fill up!
Happy holidays! We’ve been stocking our shelves like good little elves, with all kinds of delicious goods for your seasonal celebrations and gifts: cookies, chocolates, nuts, candies, jams, honey, hot cocoa, tea, jerky, hot sauce, cocktail fixin’s . . . and of course, great beer and cheese!
Please keep our holiday schedule in mind:
- Eastern District will be CLOSED on Thursday, December 24, Friday, December 25 and Friday, January 1
- We will also CLOSE EARLY at 6PM on Thursday, December 31.
- Open regular hours the rest of the season.
Send a bit of Brooklyn to your loved ones this year, with a gift box from Eastern District. Our ready-made gift boxes are suitable for fans of cheese, meat, sweets, spice and everything in-between.
Order your gift boxes here. Or call or email us a request and we’ll have one ready for you to pick up in the store. We can also put together a custom gift box for you if you have special requests.
Our gift certificates, the easiest gift ideas of all, are also available online or in-store.
The deadline for pre-Christmas shipping is this Monday, December 21.
We can make your holiday entertaining easier too! Our party platters cost just $8 per person (with a $40 minimum) and require only 24 hours notice to prepare. They’re quite a deal, if we do say so ourselves. For details visit our catering page - or just ask us!
The dawn of winter brings in some special seasonal cheeses, worthy of the best-decked halls! These are a few of our holiday favorites, all of them multiple award-winners.
Extra-Aged Pleasant Ridge Reserve is the king of American mountain-style cheeses. Made from pasture-fed cows’ milk and aged for 12-18 months, it tastes like sweet meadow grass, tropical fruit, and toasted nuts. The texture is firm and full of crunchy compressed amino acid crystals. (Upland Cheese, WI)
Winnimere is made from cows’ milk produced in the fall and winter, which contains a higher concentration of protein and fat. The creamy, spoonable cheese is wrapped in spruce bark to contain its wonderful gooeyness, and washed with Hill Farmstead ale to encourage the growth of aromatic microbes. The result smells and tastes like the most delicious walk in the woods. (Jasper Hill Farm, VT)
Rogue River Blue also gets some fancy treatment – it’s wrapped in grape leaves that have been soaked in pear brandy. As novel as this sounds, it’s no mere gimmick – the cheese is fantastically complex, its blue spiciness rounded out with hints of hazelnut, berries, chocolate and even bacon. (Rogue River Creamery, OR)
As usual, there are too many great new beers to list them all here! But we’re particularly excited about these new bottles:
Oceanside, Long Island’s Barrier Brewing has been supplying us with awesome kegs of beers of all styles since we first opened in 2010 – they’ve just made the leap into bottling! Expect many more great bottles from them in the coming months, but for now we’ve got their SmackDab India Pale Lager and Red Button Imperial Red Ale.
Founders Brewing (Grand Rapids, MI) has come out with a couple special new brews. Project PAM is an Imperial Black Ale aged in maple syrup bourbon barrels, and Azacca is an IPA imbued with tropical, fruity hops.
We have many other new and limited edition beers in stock for gifts for your beer-nerd friends and family!
WINE & CHEESE NIGHT AT ADELINA’S
If you need a break from all this holiday madness, drop in to Adelina’s (159 Greenpoint Ave) on Wednesday, December 23 for this month’s edition of our carefully selected wine and cheese flight. $18 buys you three cheeses paired with three wines, plus a little time out in a warm, cozy atmosphere.
The time has come to sign up for the winter season of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA program! The season runs from mid-January through mid-April, and vegetable, egg, meat and chicken shares are all available for pick-up at Eastern District. For more details, and to sign up, visit the LFFC website.
EASTERN DISTRICT ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Thanks to all who came out to Dirck the Norseman to celebrate our 5th anniversary with us! We were worried that maybe we brought too much cheese, and thankful you were all there to share it with us. As it turns out – no leftovers.
Everyone is invited and yes it’s FREE! We want to thank YOU – our friends, family, customers, employees, neighbors, colleagues and friendly competitors – for a great first five years of business!
Eastern District will be open regular hours (11AM-8PM) on Wednesday, November 25. It should be a busy day, so drop in to pick up your Thanksgiving treats earlier, if you can!
We will be closed on Thursday and Friday, for the holiday festivities and a day of recovery.
Fall is a great season for beer! Here’s a tiny sample of what’s been coming in lately:
G2 from our neighbors at Transmitter Brewing: a hoppy, citrusy golden ale, suitable for the Thanksgiving dinner table.
Bell’s 30th Anniversary Ale: an intense imperial stout with a full body and aromas of chocolate, coffee, dried fruits and licorice. Save this one for dessert!
A couple of our favorite 6-packs have returned, fresh and plentiful: Cigar City Jai Alai, a tropical fruity American IPA; and Westbrook One Claw, a slightly spicy rye pale ale.
We have so many new cheeses in that I don’t even have time to tell you about them all. You’ll just have to come in and ask us:
What’s inside that juicy bundle of ale-soaked grape leaves?
Why is that chunk of Emmentaler so damn big?
Does anybody in Kentucky make amazing artisanal cheeses?
What should I put on my holiday cheese plate to totally blow everybody’s minds?
All this and more will be answered – we’ll see you in the store soon!
And have a very happy Thanksgiving!
Craft beer and great cheese in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
- Sheep milk cheese tasting with Landmark Creamery Sat, Jun 25, 3-5 PM!
- Sample our cheese at Greenpoint's Dandelion Wine tastings every Thursday!