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Eastern District News

Beers and Cheers for Memorial Day

We will be open our regular hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, closing early on Monday:

Friday & Saturday: 11AM-8PM
Sunday: 12PM-6PM
Monday: 11AM-6PM

Meanwhile, don’t overlook these new arrivals.

Gun Hill Hessian in Paradise Berliner Weisse:
The classic summer sour, enhanced with key lime and a bit of spice.

Ayinger Bavarian Pils: Crisp and clean, with a fresh, malty, hoppy aroma.

Common Roots Bright Light: A hazy double IPA with Citra hops for a tropical, citrusy flavor.

Stillwater Insetto: A dry-hopped sour with Italian plums – lovely sour plum flavor!

We hope you enjoy some of these over a hot grill and have a beautiful weekend!

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How to Treat Asparagus

If you like food, you’ve probably been enjoying asparagus season already! It’s hard to beat really fresh, local asparagus, simply grilled or roasted with just olive oil and/or butter, salt and pepper.

But if you’ve already eaten that twice this week, you might want to make some simple adjustments to mix things up. Here are 3 quick ways to take your asparagus to the next level!

Easiest: Grab a jar of Brooklyn Brine Secret Sauce and add a dollop to your grilled or roasted asparagus. The creamy texture and briny, zesty flavor will perk up your palate. Plus, if you or your guests are of the vegan inclination, the sauce happens to be dairy-free.

Very Easy: Grate some sweet and nutty sheep milk cheese over those stalks. For a salty, tangy finish use some Fulvi Pecorino Romano, or the aged Manchego from Dehesa de los Llanos. For a more creamy, mellow flavor, try Shepherd’s Way Friesago or Vermont Shepherd Verano.

Still Pretty Darn Easy: Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the asparagus, top with a spoonful of Salvatore Bklyn Fresh Ricotta, then sprinkle with lemon zest.

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Spring Celebrations

If you’re celebrating Easter this weekend – or anything, at any time, really! – you can amp up the festivities with party platters from Eastern District! Starting at just $45 for 5 people, our platters are beautiful and so delicious, with a variety of cheeses and/or charcuterie, plus other great accompaniments.

Our order deadline is 48 hours in advance, so if you’re looking for Sunday treats, your deadline is this Friday. Order via info@easterndistrictny.com, 718-349-1432, or in person – or visit http://easterndistrictny.com/catering.php for more details.

This week’s party platters will most likely feature some fresh, lightly aged goat cheeses: this is the time of year when they’re busting out all over! Kidding season is just wrapping up, so the mama goats are providing lots and lots of great milk, and keeping cheese makers very busy.

Vermont Creamery, like other larger cheese makers, has a large enough milk supply to produce Cremont and Bonne Bouche all year round. But some of our smaller makers are coming out of winter hibernation: Vermont’s Blue Ledge Farm with the super soft and gooey Lake’s Edge; Goat Lady Dairy from North Carolina with the petite and mild, mixed-milk, Snow Camp; and upstate New York’s Cochran Farm 1790, who just sent us their first batch of 2017 Oriskany: crumbly, tangy, and a little bit barnyardy. More lovely young goat milk cheeses will be appearing here throughout the month!

EDIT: These marvelous morsels have just arrived: the first goat milk cheeses of the season from Lazy Lady Farm! La Petite Tomme is a creamy goat brie-style cheese; the Valencay-style Bonaparte is dusted with vegetable ash; and The Thin Red Line has a delicate layer of paprika in the center.

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February Happenings

Drop in for a Pickle Party and a Sweet Sale!

Drop in to Eastern District this Saturday, February 4 between 4-6PM for a pickle party. Brooklyn Brine will be here to sample their great range of pickles and all-new special sauce. We’ll also be sampling out some other surprise goodies that will be perfect for your Super Bowl party on Sunday.

Some customers have been sad to see the creamy goat & cow milk Boxcarr Cheese Cottonseed disappear (temporarily!) Goats don’t produce much milk in the wintertime, when they’re usually pregnant for the spring kidding season, so many smaller producers like Boxcarr focus on cow milk cheeses in the colder months. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Boxcarr has delivered Cottonbell Hearts, cow-milk cousins to the Cottonseed. Similarly luscious and creamy, the Cottonbell is a little sweeter and milder – and it’s heart-shaped, perfect for a special date night or party.

Although it’s not a good time of year for young goat cheeses, it’s a great time for hearty Alpine styles. Meadow Creek Mountaineer is semi-firm, with sweet notes of grass and butter that deepen into meaty, caramelized onion flavors. It melts wonderfully for raclette, fondue, or baked potatoes – but also works great on a ham sandwich or just a simple whole grain cracker.

In the beer department, we’re excited about the brand new cans of Bring The Noise double IPA from Interboro. It’s a rare occasion when we can get cans from one of Brooklyn’s best new breweries, and this batch is citrusy and spicy with a strong malt backbone.

If you’re looking for a beer to pair with the Cottonbell Heart cheese, we recommend Deux Amis, a collaboration between Belgium’s Brasserie Dupont and California’s Lost Abbey. It’s an effervescent saison, crisp and refreshing, with complex floral and fruity aromas.

Or try it with Kent Falls Bewilderment, an imperial IPA from Connecticut that features brettanomyces yeast for a savory, tart and spicy finish.

We have a Valentine’s Day gift to you: 25% off all Nunu Chocolates, Chocolat Moderne, and Dana Confections, now through February 14!

We also have a fresh batch of hand-printed Valentine’s cards in stock. Can you guess which one’s our favorite? :)


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Eastern District Is Hiring

We are seeking a part-time sales associate to work every Monday. (Additional shifts may be available on occasion.) 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
  • Clean


  • Knowledge of and passion for craft beer and artisanal cheese; desire to learn more
  • Strong sense of hospitality and customer service
  • Reliable, organized, and self-motivated
  • Food service and/or retail experience

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to info@easterndistrictny.com

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Holiday Season Intel

Season’s Greetings!

Our holiday hours will be:

Saturday, December 24: 11AM-4PM
Sunday, December 25: CLOSED
Saturday, December 31: 11AM-6PM
Sunday, January 1: CLOSED

We will be open regular hours for the rest of the season.

Meanwhile, it’s time to plan those holiday parties! Our party platters are beautiful and affordable, and just require 48 hours’ notice for us to create them for you. Prices start at only $45. Visit our catering page for details!

We’re also closing in on the deadline for Christmas gift box shipping. We’ve put together 10 new gift boxes this year, full of cheese, meat, and Brooklyn-made and other yummy snacks. If you’ve got your own ideas, we can create a custom gift box just for you, too. The pre-Christmas shipping deadline is Wednesday, December 21 – but we certainly appreciate early orders! You can browse and shop for gift boxes on our website. An Eastern District gift certificate also makes an excellent present – maybe you want to drop some hints around that one!

As always, our shelves of full of tasty treats for gifts or celebrations. Special bottles of beer and cider, impeccable cooking ingredients, handmade cookies and candy, savory snacks, freshly-roasted coffee, and of course, lots and lots of cheese!

We hope to see you soon. Happy holidays!

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Cheese and Beer for Turkey Day

The festive season has begun! We love warming up the kitchen on a cool night, settling in, and sharing great beers and cheeses with our family and friends. Whether you are putting together an extravagant cheese board for Thanksgiving, or planning to serve just one, perfect, gem-like cheese, we have lot of great suggestions for you.


Our neighbors at Transmitter Brewing have partnered with Vermont’s Jasper Hill Farm for an extremely tasty, limited-edition cheese! Jasper Hill washes their semi-soft little cow milk wheels of Willoughby with Transmitter’s H1, a farmhouse ale aged in oak with zinfandel grapes, for a buttery, bready flavor with a touch of grape aromas. Not only is it delicious on its own, but it pairs great with a glass of H1.


Our favorite blue cheese is available only seasonally, and Rogue River Blue season has arrived! A spicy, crumbly, moist blue from Oregon is hand-wrapped in grape leaves macerated in pear brandy for a fruity, woodsy, complex flavor.

A recent visit to upstate New York’s Nettle Meadow Farm inspired a special order of Briar Summit, a soft and mild pyramid-shaped cheese made from sheep, goat and cow milk, and infused with raspberry leaf tea. Nettle Meadow is an animal sanctuary as well as a dairy farm and cheese plant: all of their animals are lovingly tended to (the owners know all of their names, over 400 of them!) and they live out their natural lives dining on grass, grains and herbs – including that yummy raspberry leaf.

Cochran Farm 1790 is another upstate cheesemaker you’ve seen on our shelves before. They have a new goat milk cheese named Oriskany: a soft, large format cheese with a cake-like interior and a gooey creamline towards the rind. The flavors balance citrusy sweetness with earthy muskiness – a must-try for goat milk fans.


Looking for the perfect beers to share with Thanksgiving dinner? Libertine Central Coast Saison is a great option. Wild-fermented and aged in oak, this ale is effervescent and lightly tart, perfect for pairing with rich fall foods and lots of butter.

Mikkeller has delivered a special holiday brew: No Thanks Given. A porter brewed with just a little pumpkin and tart cranberry, this beer upends all the familier pumpkin beer tropes.

For dessert, bust out the new collaboration between Evil Twin and Westbrook Brewing. They’ve remixed and combined the recipes for their special imperial stouts, yielding an intense dark ale with coffee, cinnamon, almonds, cocoa, vanilla and habaneros. If that’s not a big enough mouthful for you, it’s called Imperial Mexican Biscotti Cake Break.


Cider is another great and traditional option for serving with Thanksgiving dinner.  From the county of Queens, Descendant English Kills is an excellent turkey option: rich, tannic and dry; aged for 10 months and unfiltered.

We have two lovely options from Slyboro Cider House in upstate New York: Kingston Black is made from a single apple variety and the flavor is ever so slightly spicy and fruity, with a crisp finish. Their Black Currant Hard Cider is slightly sweeter and more tart, and highly quaffable.

However you celebrate we hope you have a most HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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Summer to Fall Beers

It’s that confusing, transitional time of year: do we still want to drink summery beers, like crisp goses, tart berliner weisses, tangy fruit beers, and funky farmhouse ales?

Or do we want to get Oktoberfest started with some hearty German and German-style beers?

However you feel this weekend, we’ve got lots of great options for you!

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Labor Day Holiday Hours

We will be closed on Monday, September 5 in honor of Labor Day. We’ll be open regular hours the rest of the weekend, so drop in early for your BBQ beer, cheese and snack needs!

And don’t forget – Eastern District party platters start at $45 and require a 48-hour lead time. If you want us to make it fancy for you this weekend, place your order today!

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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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