The Great Hot Dog Cookoff
The dog days of summer are here, so celebrate with the seventh annual edition of this all-American throwdown. Two dozen amateur teams will offer up their best recipes (past cookoffs have seen everything from hot dog-stuffed ravioli to an ice cream dessert dog) and for the first time this year, The Brooklyn Kitchen oversees a second competition between professional chefs from places like Marlow & Daughters, Mile End, and The Meat Hook. A standard ticket includes four Kelso beers and unlimited samples from the amateur cookoff and one sample from the professional component, or splurge for the “Super Weenie Experience” for samples of all the professional chefs’ dogs and unlimited beer. Proceeds from the event benefit the Food Bank for New York City. Read more and get tickets here.
Saturday, July 21 at 630 Flushing Ave between Union and Harrison Aves (Williamsburg). $45-$75.
Queens Farm BBQ & Campout
Have a summer getaway without leaving the boroughs with Queens Farm‘s overnight campout. Bring your own tent and sleeping bag, then chow down on a super-local feast featuring vegetables from the farm prepared by The Cleaver Co., Dickson’s Farmstand Meats, and Brooklyn Brewery beer, followed by s’mores, dancing, and sleeping under the stars in the apple orchard. Advance tickets are required, get them here.
Saturday, July 21 at 6pm at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy, Floral Park (Queens). $75.
Masters of Social Gastronomy: Ice Cream
The social gastronomers turn an inquisitive eye to yet another food. This month, Sarah Lohman of Four Pounds Flour will discuss some of history’s weirder flavors, while Jonathan Soma of the Brooklyn Brainery will share some insight on churning the perfect pint at home. Details and tickets here.
Tuesday, July 24 at 7pm at Public Assembly, 70 N. 6th Street between Wythe and Kent (Williamsburg). Free.
Ghost Bottle Night
Head to 61 Local to sample some of Brooklyn Brewery‘s lesser-seen offerings: rare “ghost” bottles you won’t find anywhere else. Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his crew will be on hand to walk you through the tasting, and while the exact lineup is a surprise, past editions have seen Radius, a bottle-conditioned saison, and the brewmaster’s reserve The Companion. The Brewery has more details.
Thursday, July 26 from 7 to 8pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill)
The Total Bushwick Immersion
If you haven’t made it to one of Brooklyn Based‘s neighborhood block parties this summer, now’s your chance. They’re wrapping up this year’s series in Bushwick, where the first 500 to show up at Tradesman or Pine Box Rock Shop will score immersion cards redeemable for four pints of Brooklyn Brewery beers at bars around the ‘hood. You’ll also find boozy brunch and lunch deals at spots like the Anchored Inn and Northeast Kingdom, discounts at shops, restaurants and cafes, and an afterparty at Tandem. Get all the info and RSVP on Facebook.
Saturday, July 28 from noon to 6pm at various locations (Bushwick)
Edible‘s monster beer-and-food tasting event is in Manhattan this year, but you’ll still find plenty of Brooklyn reps, along with other local purveyors. The beer roster includes Brooklyn Brew Shop, Bierkraft, and Sixpoint, while the food lineup is equally impressive, with grub from Fort Reno,Brooklyn Cured, The Meat Hook, Mile End and many more. Tickets are going fast, get them here.
Tuesday, July 31st from 6 to 9pm at 82Mercer, 82 Mercer St between Spring and Broome Sts (Soho, Manhattan). $55.