Brooklyn, NY. St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, the craft beer haven located in downtown Brooklyn, just steps from the Barclays Center, though still in its infancy – having only opened this past August, is already on the blurry-eyed beer radar of any hard-core, NYC beer geek. It has an uncommonly good rotating selection of 16 draught beers as well as the impressive retail bottle selection. What has differentiated St. Gambrinus from other neighboring bars or retail shops with a sizable craft beer selection, however, is that the focus has been two-fold from the beginning, offering the newest and least common beers available and simultaneously showcasing a draught list with a large percentage of local beers. Many of the local breweries they feature have opened in the past couple of years and some within the last few months, such as Other Half Brewing from Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn and Finback Brewery in Glendale, Queens. The owners of St. Gambrinus are excited to promote other local businesses and introduce their patrons to the excellent beers coming out of their own city in a friendly, accessible way without the intimidation some beer newbies feel in other snobby beer spots.
Joining the ranks of other recognized craft beer establishments throughout the city, the “Shoppe” is participating in New York City Beer Week 2014, which runs from February 21st through March 2ndand is having a bottle sale all week long, offering 25% off all imported beers as well as select domestic bottles. Additionally, they are hosting two special events in honor of the intoxicating celebration. Both events are in keeping with St. Gambrinus’ promise of introducing less-common beers to their customers but one is an education on the craft beers of Spain, a country whose craft beer scene is rapidly growing, yet is widely unknown in the United States, while the other is focused on the best and most local beers of Greater NYC.
The first event, a Spanish craft beer and tapas pairing will be held on Saturday, February 22nd from 3-8pm and is being hosted by the dynamic Jessica Garcia-Agullo and John Collins (known in the beer circuit as “Johnny Brilliant”), husband and wife and the founders of Iberian Beer United (IBU), a boutique beer importer specializing in the craft beers of Spain and Portugal. St. Gambrinus will be pouring flights of four different Spanish beers for $11 and Chef Julio Martinez will be preparing four separate, tapas-style creations to pair with each beer. The tapas plate will be priced at $16.
On Thursday, February 27th at 4pm, the Celebrating NYC Craft Beers event will begin at 4pm. All 16 taps will be showcasing the best available beers of local NYC breweries as well as impressive showings from Peekskill, Carton Brewing in New Jersey, and Ithaca Beer Co. They are keeping the final list under lock and key but have announced that they will definitely be pouring their newest favorite, Other Half Brewing, which just opened in Carroll Gardens as well as beers from Brooklyn Brewery, Finback, Barrier and others.
St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe is definitely a new small business to check out if you haven’t already. They have a great selection, friendly and knowledgeable staff, and comfortable neighborhood vibe. To find out more about their events, check out their Facebook page, stop by the friendly local spot at 533 Atlantic Avenue and log on to their website: www.StGambrinusBeer.com. For more information on NYC Beer Week, visit the NYC Brewer’s Guild website: http://newyorkcitybrewersguil