On Thursday, October 1 from 6-8 PM, we have a FREE tasting of a very special cheese and pickle pairing! We’ll be joined by Sheila Flanagan of Nettle Meadow Farm (of Kunik fame) and Elena Balletta of Brooklyn Brine. Sheila is bringing in a sneak preview of Nettle Meadow’s new rye whiskey-infused aged goat’s milk cheese, Pasco’s Ration, which we’ll pair with Brooklyn Brine’s Whiskey Sour barrel-aged pickles. There might even be some extra Kunik and other surprises to taste too! Drop in any time between 6-8 for this fun and delicious evening.
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Our Oktoberfest is well underway! Currently Staten Island’s Flagship Brewery Roggenfest is on tap for growler fills (possibly America’s best Fest style beer, full-bodied and spiced with rye malt). When that runs out we’ll tap a keg of Ayinger Oktober Fest-Marzen, the real deal from Bavaria, and our favorite Fest beer in the world. (Keep up to date with our current tap list at http://beermenus.com/places/2204-eastern-district)
The Ayinger’s also available now in bottles, along with the delicious Weihenstephaner Festbier, the superlative Uerige Sticke, and many more of Germany’s best brews.
A new season is moving in and with it, new cheeses!
We’re mixing things up in the blue cheese department with new additions Caveman Blue (a strong one from Rogue Creamery, OR) and Red Rock (blue cheddar from Roelli Cheese, WI).
We’ve also added 3 new cheeses from Quebec to our collection: Grey Owl, Sentinelle and Clandestin are all soft cheeses made by Le Detour. 3 cheeses, 3 kinds of milk, and many, many flavors!
Welcome to the sweatiest time of year! We’ve got lots of tasty treats for you to chill out and cool off with.
NEW: LITTLE CHEESE PLATES, READY TO GO
If you’re looking for a snack to take on a picnic, or a quick light meal, we’ve got a new option for you: our pre-packed little cheese plates, each sized for one person. They include 3 different cheeses, specially selected to complement one another, plus dried fruit, nuts, and either sliced She Wolf Bakery baguette or gluten-free crackers.
You might get lucky and find a slice of Thyme Out on your cheese plate! A new goat milk cheese from Vermont’s fabulous off-the-grid Lazy Lady Farm, Thyme Out is semi-soft with an earthy natural rind, and a tangy interior infused with savory thyme. Warning: one slice just might not be enough.
BEERS FOR ALL SEASONS
Savoring summer? We’re still bringing in lots of fresh, crisp, hot weather beers in roof and backyard-friendly cans. We just received a new delivery of Lost Nation Gose, a particularly refreshing version of this sour beer style with sea salt and a hint of coriander. Also new in cans is Citra Ass Down, a great, quaffable, double IPA with a silly name, from Against the Grain Brewery in Louisville, KY.
But if you’re looking forward to fall, we’ve got you covered there too. We’re bringing in the best examples of Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers, plus other hearty, darker, and full-bodied brews. Seattle’s Elysian Brewing sends forth The Dread, an oak-aged imperial stout touched with spicy rye malt. Another new barrel-aged work of art comes from Denver’s master of sour ales, Crooked Stave: Nightmare on Brett is a dark sour aged in whiskey barrels.
PARTY PLATTER UPDATES
You know all about our cheese and charcuterie party platters, right? The ones that come all dolled up with olives and pickles and bread and crackers and all that other good stuff? That cost just $8 per person?
Well, we have a new addition to our party platter options: seasonal crudite trays, stacked with fresh produce and housemade hummus and/or onion dip. The crudite platters cost $7 per person and are perfect for your last few summer barbecues.
All party platters require 24 hours notice and a minimum order for 5 people. Order by calling 718-349-1432, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or just dropping in.
What I did on my summer vacation, 2015 edition: cheese camp! More formally known as the annual conference of the American Cheese Society, it’s a great opportunity to meet cheesemakers from around the country, taste their cheeses, and learn more about the process of cheesemaking and the business of selling cheese. I (Beth) was introduced to some excellent new American-made cheeses that you’ll be seeing at Eastern District in the fall.
Many of our favorite cheesemakers won awards in the annual ACS competition, which had about 1800 different cheeses in the running. In fact, the majority of the cheese producers represented in our case are award winners! If you’d like to see the full list of winners, visit http://cheesejudging.org/winners-2015/
The conference also involved tours of some regional cheesemakers, including Westfield Farm in Hubbardston, MA. In the photos below you see their cheese house, where Bob and Debby Stetson and their employees make all the Capri fresh chevre that we sell here. On the right are some Blue Bonnet and Classic Blue cheeses, awaiting the development of their external blue rinds. The cheeses in this photo might even be the ones we have for sale right now!
The Lancaster Farm Fresh Cooperative is now accepting subscriptions for the fall edition of their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program. For 8 weeks this fall, they’ll deliver fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat for pick-up at Eastern District. If you’re interested please sign up soon, since spaces in this program fill up quickly. For details, and to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com.
We are excited to announce that Eastern District is now offering delivery through the Postmates app and Postmates.com!
Our delivery menu includes our most popular items, including cheese, beer and many other groceries, in addition to sandwiches and snacks. You can also write in an order for anything else you know we have in the store.
Postmates delivers throughout Brooklyn and Manhattan, so whether it’s a lazy evening at home or a busy afternoon at work, we’ve got you covered!
Brewers have been experimenting with aging beers in liquor barrels for a while now, but Gigantic Pipewrench is the first one we’ve seen aged in gin barrels. The lingering botanical flavors and aromas from the wooden Ransom Old Tom gin barrels blend with citrusy and piney hops for a really fantastic double IPA. This is a limited edition beer so get it while you can!
We just received a big delivery of 16-oz cans from Evil Twin, including Citra Sunshine Slacker (session IPA), Low Life (hoppy pils) and Falco (classic American IPA). We got a pretty decent deal on these tall boys and we’re passing the savings along to you – pretty sure you won’t find a better price on these in NYC.
Bell’s Oberon is back! It’s a sign that spring is really on the way, and we’ll all be enjoying this lightly hopped pale wheat ale in the sunshine soon.
The new cheeses from New York’s Cochran Farm 1790 first arrived in our case last month, with the fabulously creamy, goaty, lightly aged wonder called St. Johnsville. This month marks the addition of another Cochran cheese: Mohawk Mist, a very young, tangy and fresh-tasting goat’s milk round. Perfect for breakfast, perhaps with a little jam on She Wolf sourdough toast.
We’re also loving Anabasque, a new aged sheep’s milk cheese from Landmark Creamery in Wisconsin. As its name suggests, it is inspired by the Basque cheeses of France and Spain, and it captures their sweet, subtle and nutty flavors, while presenting a beautifully mottled, earthy, natural rind.
MONTHLY WINE & CHEESE NIGHTS AT ADELINA’S
On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, we’re teaming up with our friends at Adelina’s wine bar and cafe for a special night of wine and cheese. Each month will feature a different flight of 4 specially paired wines and cheeses. Our next tasting adventure takes place on Wednesday, April 22, from 5 PM until they sell out. Adelina’s is just down the avenue at 159 Greenpoint Ave.
There’s still room for more subscribers in the spring-summer Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA program. Weekly deliveries of Pennsylvania-grown organic food will begin in late May, and options include vegetables, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs and meat. For more information or to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com
We’re also working on becoming a host for a monthly meat share program from Herondale Farm in upstate New York. Once we get 20 subscribers signed up, it’s a go. The monthly meat share can include beef, pork, chicken or even lamb. For more information visit http://herondalefarm.com and download a subscription form at http://herondalefarm.com/csa/
We are seeking an experienced, part-time sales associate. Must love cheese and beer!
- Assist customers with product selection
- Cut and wrap cheeses and meats to order
- Prepare sandwiches
- Stock shelves
- Arrange product displays
- Experience with and passion for craft beer and artisanal cheese; desire to learn more
- Strong sense of hospitality and customer service
- Reliable, organized, and self-motivated
- Retail marketing experience a plus
To apply: Send cover letter and resume to email@example.com
If you’re celebrating Valentine’s Day, anticipating a day off on Presidents’ Day, or just looking for an excuse to treat yourself, we’ve got lots of amazing new cheeses, beers and sweets for you to enjoy. Read on for details, plus info on a wine and cheese tasting event and the Spring CSA.
SHE WOLF BREAD
As of last week, we are now selling and serving fantastic fresh bread from She Wolf Bakery! The crispy-chewy baguettes often arrive here still hot from the oven. We’ve also got their ciabatta rolls and are open to your requests for other styles!
VALENTINE’S DAY CARDS
Check ‘em out: the cutest Valentines in town, all designed and produced by fabulous local artists.
If you’re planning a romantic dinner this weekend, or even a Black Hearts’ party, Cupid’s Choice Camembert can add a cute and tasty touch to your cheese course. This mini heart-shaped softie from Old Chatham Sheepherding Co. is made from a luscious blend of sheep and cow milk, and is rich, creamy, tangy and a little nutty.
If goat’s milk is more your speed, try one of the little rounds we’ve recently brought in from Goat Lady Dairy in North Carolina. Smokey Mountain Round is a fresh cheese, lightly smoked over apple wood, which is especially delicious with roasted vegetables. Goat Lady’s Snow Camp is a young, mixed-milk cheese (goat & cow), with a bouncy, bloomy, white rind and a creamy, mildly tangy interior – you’ll be tempted to eat a whole wheel on your own. Try to share.
Spring Brook Farm, the Vermont makers of Reading Raclette and Tarentaise, have just released their third excellent cheese. Ashlyn is a raw Jersey cow’s milk cheese, modeled after French Morbier, with a line of vegetable ash running through the center. The texture is supple and pliable, and the flavor is bright and milky with a touch of barnyardy funk. We can’t wait to try this in some macaroni and cheese soon.
Let the love flow with a bottle of The Bruery Saison Rue, a golden, slightly hoppy Belgian-style ale brewed with rye malt for spice and body, and brettanomyces yeast for a touch of sour flavor. Very well-balanced and festive.
Another special sour beer is the brand-new Prairie Artisan Ales Funky Gold Amarillo, dry-hopped and effervescent, crisp and refreshing. It can serve as a really special alternative to champagne.
On the heartier side, we’ve got Evil Twin Even More Jesus, a rich imperial stout, super roasty and full-bodied, with strong chocolate and coffee aromas. Perfect for dessert.
And the season has come for the return of Troegs’ Nugget Nectar, an imperial amber ale with a great blend of citrusy, piney hop aromas and flavors. These now come in supremely crushable 16-oz cans.
Have you tried the Mast Brothers line of milk chocolates yet? The chocolatiers recently branched out from the pure dark blends they’re known for with three new bars. The sheep’s milk chocolate is my favorite, with its long, sweet, nutty finish. The cow’s milk chocolate is rich and caramel-ish, and the goat’s milk bar is citrusy and tangy. Combine all three for the ultimate milk chocolate lover’s Valentine’s gift.
If your beloved prefers hard candy in bright, zesty flavors, you can’t go wrong with the brand new hard candies from Brooklyn’s Salty Road, otherwise know for their hand-pulled taffy. Cinnamon Drops are sweet and spicy, like artisanal Red Hots, and the Pink Pineapple flavor is refreshingly tart and fruity.
Like a luxe version of peanut brittle, Farmhouse Kitchens Cashew Butter Crunch is packed with nutty, sticky, crunchy goodness. It’s made in Wisconsin from Amish hand-churned butter, and the fresh buttery flavor really puts these treats over the top.
CHEESE & WINE NIGHT AT ADELINA’S
We’re teaming up with our friends at Adelina’s wine bar and cafe for a monthly wine & cheese night! The second edition is coming up this Wednesday, February 18 from 5-8PM. We’ve crafted a special new flight of four wine and cheese pairings for you to enjoy, for the extremely reasonable price of $18. It all goes down at Adelina’s at 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan & McGuinness.
It’s time to sign up for the Spring-Summer season of the Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op CSA! Subscribers will receive 26 weeks’ worth of certified organic produce from a network of over 90 small family farms. Choose from a variety of options – small, medium and large vegetable shares, fruit, herbs, flowers, eggs, and/or meat – then pick up your astoundingly fresh delivery at Eastern District each week.
The warm weather CSA season always fills up quickly, so don’t delay: visit http://www.lancasterfarmfresh.com/csa/default for all the details, and to sign up.
Join us for a flight of four exciting wine and cheese pairings at Adelina’s on Wednesday, January 21! Our friends’ cozy wine bar and cafe is located at 159 Greenpoint Ave, between Manhattan Ave and McGuinness Blvd. We’ve collaborated to bring you this special tasting for one night only, and just $18. Grab a pal and come out to taste!
This year, we will be open until 4PM on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. (Dec. 24 & 31)
We will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. (Dec. 25 & Jan. 1)