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!
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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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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!