Happy (almost) Fourth of July, everyone! Check out our event picks for some ways to get patriotic, Brooklyn-style.
Brooklyn Cyclones Tailgate Party
It doesn’t get more American than a good old-fashioned tailgate, so cheer on hometown heroes the Brooklyn Cyclones at Sycamore‘s all-day brews-and-barbecue affair. The ticket includes a plate of grub and a pint of Brooklyn Brewery beer, and additional pints are $5 all day. Afterward, take the Q to Coney Island with your fellow fans, where you’ll have a prime seat in Sycamore’s block to watch the game. Get tickets here.
Saturday, June 30 from 12 to 5pm at Sycamore, 1118 Cortelyou Rd between Stratford and Westminster Rds (Ditmas Park). $25.
First Annual Crif Dog Classic
The original 4th of July hot-dog eating contest may be going down at Coney Island, but Crif Dogs‘ first-ever showdown finds itself in good (food) company at Roberta’s. While world-famous eater Takeru Kobayashi and his competitors gobble their way to glory, spectators can fill up—at a reasonable pace—on dogs from the Crif truck and Roberta’s pies. Check out the official website for more info and tickets.
Wednesday, July 4 at 11am at Roberta’s, 261 Moore St at Bogart St (Bushwick). $10.
The Ins and Outs of Organic Dairy
Learn the perks of buying local milk at one of Brooklyn Brainery‘s latest classes. Dean Sparks, founder of nyfoods, will walk you through the differences between conventional and organic methods and explain why it’s important to support small family farms (including his own in upstate New York). The best part? Everyone will get sent home with a dairy share that includes organic milk, organic pastured eggs, organic butter and raw milk cheddar cheese. Spots are running out, so sign up.
Saturday, July 7 from 2 to 3:30pm at Brooklyn Brainery, 515 Court St at 9th St (Carroll Gardens). $42.
Cook Out NYC
Fourth of July may be on a Wednesday this year, but the festivities spill over into the weekend, thanks to this outdoor grillfest. Slap on some sunscreen before hopping the ferry to Governors Island, where you’ll be greeted with a hot dog cookoff, cold Sixpoint brews, live music and food from the likes of My Friend’s Mustard, Fleisher’s Meats, Kombucha Brooklyn and many more. Check out the official site for more details and tickets.
Saturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 from 11:30am to 4:30pm at Governors Island. $25-$60.
Ice Cream Takedown
Hot and sticky weather is back for the long haul, but The Takedowns has the ultimate answer to a summer day. Sample 30 different flavors made by local ice cream makers—past contenders have included coconut chile, strawberry basil and chocolate amaretto—then vote for the People’s Choice, and see how it stacks up against the picks from official judges Blue Marble, Il Laboratorio del Gelatoand Adirondack Creamery. Get tickets here.
Sunday, July 8 at 2pm at the Bell House, 149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd Aves (Gowanus). $15.
Meet Your Maker Tasting Series Finale
61 Local and Kelso wrap up their beer pairing series with a blowout featuring all the favorites from past tastings. In case didn’t make it to previous installments, beer accompaniments have included goodies from Brooklyn Cured, Brooklyn Brine Co., Saxelby Cheesemongers, and Phin & Phebes. To try all the winning combos, get tickets.
Wednesday, July 11 from 7 to 9 pm at 61 Local, 61 Bergen St between Court and Smith Sts (Cobble Hill). $45.
Brooklyn Pig & Pickle
Head to Brooklyn Brewery for an evening of savory pairings. With help from The Weekly Pint, McClure’s Pickles, and Mable’s Smokehouse, you’ll get to sample a variety of Brooklyn beers expertly paired with a pickle or porcine offering. Get more info and tickets here, and check out more great events that are part of July Good Beer Month at the Good Beer Seal.
Wednesday, July 11 from 8 to 10pm at Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th St between Berry St and Wythe Ave (Williamsburg). $45.
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.