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
Craft Beer
Great Cheese
Party Platters
Tasty Sandwiches

Eastern District News

Some New Favorites

Sloop Brewing is located 2 hours north of NYC, and operates in an old Dutch barn within an apple orchard. A couple months ago you may have enjoyed their excellent sour peach and raspberry beers, briefly available in cans. We just tapped a Sloop beer we like even better: Confliction, a dry hopped sour that’s intensely citrusy, lactic and refreshing. Dust off your growler and bring it in for some weekend Confliction!

Another must-try right now: Humble, the chubby, custardy raw cow milk cheese from Vermont’s Parish Hill Creamery. Right now the interior tastes gently of sour cream, while the earthy, cider-washed rind has a stronger bite. It’s delicious as a table cheese or on a ham sandwich with spicy mustard.

Would we taste these together? Not necessarily. Sour beers tend to bring out the bitterness in washed rind cheeses, so I prefer sours with a fresh cheese like ricotta or burrata. A maltier brew would taste great with the Humble, like Evil Twin Wet Dream or Maui Brewing Coconut Porter.

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Fall CSA Discount Codes

It’s time to sign up for the Fall CSA (community-supported agriculture) season from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op – and if you sign up by August 7 you can get the Early Bird discount!

For 8 weeks this fall, LFFC will deliver fresh, organic vegetables, fruit, eggs and meat for pick-up at Eastern District.

For details, and to sign up, visit http://lancasterfarmfresh.com

Use the discount code “15largefall16″ for $15 off your Large Fall Veggie CSA

Or use “10mediumfall16″ for $10 off your Medium Fall Veggie CSA.

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Sheep Milk Cheese Tasting with Landmark Creamery on Saturday

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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Collaboration Celebration

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.

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A Few of Our Favorite New Things

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!

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New Things for Spring

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.

PRAISE CHEESES

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.

NEW BEERS

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 curaƧao 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.

COCKTAIL FIXIN’S

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.

SUMMER CSA

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.

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New Beer and Cheese for the Super Bowl and Beyond

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 info@easterndistrictny.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.

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Valentines Day Sweets

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!

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New Years Sale

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!

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Holiday Season Updates

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!

HOLIDAY HOURS

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.

GREAT GIFTS

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.

PARTY PLATTERS

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!

FESTIVE CHEESES

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)

NEW BEERS

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.

WINTER CSA

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.

CHEERS!

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