Wine is paired with cheese at fancy parties the world over, but Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe suggests  trying  beer on for size – in particular beers from Brooklyn Brewery.  Not one to mince words, Brooklyn brewmaster Garrett Oliver takes it a step further in The Brewmaster’s Table: “The dirty little secret of the wine world is that  most wine, especially red wine, is a very poor match for cheese…[while] traditional beer and cheese are absolutely perfect together.”

On Monday, August 13th, from 6-10, you can test out that hypothesis by trying 7 Brooklyn beers, each paired with a specific cheese.  If you haven’t made it to previous brawls, prepare yourself for some high-level indulgence.

Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl Beer & Cheese Tasting
Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe
Mon., Aug. 13, 6-10 p.m., in the bar

The Third Annual Brooklyn Brawl is a beer- and cheese-tasting event for DC Beer Week, featuring seven selections by Brooklyn Brewery, available as individual tastes and by flights, all paired with cheeses.

Brooklyn Brewery’s DC representive, Ryan Reaske and DOPS distributor representive, Jeff Wells will join us to answer questions about Brooklyn’s brews.

We will be serving 6-oz. beer-tasting pours ranging in price from $7 to $10 each. Each beer taste includes an individual .5-oz. tasting portion of a specially selected cheese.

We will also be serving four differently themed flights and a full-tasting flight. Each flight is a group of three 6-oz. pours of each selection and their corresponding paired cheeses.

The four flight themes are: Lighter Side of Pale; 5-7-9; Around The World; and, Extreme Beers. Themed flight prices are $21 or $22; and, the full tasting flight is $53.

Brooklyn Brewery Beers:

Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Gold Standard: Big floral hop aroma, followed by refreshingly bold bitterness and beautiful rounded malt flavors

Brooklyn Blast: Maris Otter and German Pilsner malts bring solidity, balance and beautiful flavors to a golden beer that’s ludicrously hoppy

Brooklyn Sorachi Ace: Lemongrass, lemon zest aroma, crackling dry, hoppy golden farmhouse ale with a clean malt flavor

Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin: Orange-amber color, pumpkin aroma, light biscuit malt center and crisp finish

Brooklyn Lager: Amber-gold, displays a firm malt center supported by refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma; caramel malts show in the finish

Brooklyn Local 1: Alluring aroma, dynamic complex of flavors, Belgian flair, Brooklyn fortitude, a dusting of their special yeast; 100% bottle re-fermentation

Brooklyn Black Ops: “…Aged for four months in bourbon barrels, bottled flat, and re-fermented in the bottle with Champagne yeast”—Beer Advocate


Full-Tasting Flight ($53):
All selections, as detailed above

Lighter Side of Pale ($21):
Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Gold Standard
Brooklyn Lager
Brooklyn Local 1

5-7-9 ($22):
Brooklyn Lager: 5% ABV
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace: 7.6% ABV
Brooklyn Local 1: 9% ABV

Around the World: Brewing-Style Influences ($22):
Brooklyn Brewmaster’s Reserve Gold Standard: Germany
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace: Belgium
Brooklyn Blast: USA

Extreme Beers ($22):
Brooklyn Blast: Imperial IPA
Brooklyn Black Ops: Bourbon Barrel-Aged Stout
Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin: Fruit & Spice Beer