On a recent October night, in-the-know locavores gathered a few blocks west of the Gowanus to attend Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred, a walk-around tipple and nosh celebrating all things Brooklyn made. Brooklyn Exposed hosted the evening, at The Green Building, a follow up to their sold-out Tasting Brooklyn.
DJ Nutritious spun tasty beats while roisterers stood elbow-to-elbow grazing on Dressler’s gin-cured whitefish and thick slices of smoky brisket from Mable’s Smokehouse. Tchoup Shop dished up crawfish maque choux while D. Coluccio & Sons hand-sliced prosciutto and chipped salty shards from a wheel of parmgiano reggiano. Van Horn Sandwich Shop satisfied both hunger and thirst with their slightly spicy Brunswick stew, made not with local squirrels, but with chicken and pork accompanied by a not-too-sweet bourbon/basil cocktail.
Ft. Defiance barmen served up a classic martini and a ‘Journalist,’ a prohibition era perfect martini made with Plymouth Gin and sweet and dry vermouth. Bees Knees made with Brooklyn Gin were ladled at one end of the room while Van Brunt Stillhouse shook theirs with artisanal whiskey and local honey at the other. Pok Pok played to the libation side with a ‘Heat Ray,’ made with celery infused drinking vinegar and Thai chilies. And while not locally made, Tenneyson Absinthe Royale was invited to this party as Williamsburg is their biggest market. Pouring a drink they called a ‘Root Beer Barrel’ – layered absinthe over Boylan’s root beer – one could certainly understand the demand.
Albeit Tuesday, Brooklynites did not shirk responsibility. Frequently overheard tableside? ”I’ll have a bit more of that, you can fill it up!”
And behold! Brooklyn Shaken & Stirred, the movie:
Photography by Heather Phelps-Lipton. All rights reserved.