01/29/15 11:45am
And that's only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

And that’s only 12 beers! Photo by Flickr user Paul Joseph

Clear off your drinking calendars, drown your Drynuary plans and crack open some new pages in your book o’ boozy adventures because the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Books are on sale right now! As Brokelyn readers know, we curate these books every year so you get more than 30 beers at more than 30 of the best beer slinging watering holes, gastropubs, dives and craft beer bars in the borough We’re doing two editions again for Valentine’s Day: one for Upper Brooklyn (Greenpoint, Williamsburg, Bushwick, etc.) and one for Middle Brooklyn (Park Slope, Red Hook, Crown Heights, Fort Greene, etc), and we have a few of our first ever South Brooklyn & Rockaway book.

How much would you pay for so much beer? $100? $200? NO! It’s just $30, only here on Brokelyn. Beer Books make a great Valentine’s Day gift, or just a present for a friend/yourself if you’re not into the whole V-Day scene.  The books usually sell out fast, so allow us to introduce our extraordinary lineup. (Pro tip: if you’re buying one for a friend, get one for yourself.):  (more…)

01/13/15 3:03pm
Look at all these people having a great time. They all heard about it on the Brokelyn email blast. via Facebook

Look at all these people having a great time. They all heard about it on the Brokelyn email blast. via Facebook

If you’re a plugged-in Brokelynite, then you’re already subscribed to our weekend events blast. But if you’re not, then you better do it quick. Why? Aside from the threat of our crushing disapproval, there’s a whole new reason to get on the list—and it starts Monday. In addition to our weekend events blast, we’ll be sending out a lovingly-curated list of the best FREE stuff to do during the week, too.

In case you forgot what free things look like, it’ll run the gamut from movie nights at bars to panel discussions with the rich and famous. We’ll bring you the first word about food, booze, daytime activities and nightly entertainment. Guaranteed gratis, gratifying and oh-so much fun.

As always, we pledge never to bombard you with unnecessary e-mails—you’re just opting in to hear about free events. We blast you once on Mondays for the week, and once on Thursdays for the weekends. If that seems like a lot of e-mails, well, #sorrynotsorry. It’s just ’cause there are so many damn free things to do in this city!

Last but so, so far from least, you gotta be signed up for our mailing list in order to get first dibs on the 2015 edition of our Beer Books. Beat your friends to the punch pint this year, and sign (up) on the dotted line.

01/05/15 12:25pm
Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven's tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

Mmm that new bar smell. Check out Covenhoven’s tribute to local beer history when you get our next Beer Book. Via FB.

2014 was a year of bummer closures in Brooklyn, but leave those negative thoughts in the trash bin because it’s a whole new year. Let’s look forward to the new spots to fill our hearts with warming booze for the year to come. To wit, it’s time for the 2015 Brokelyn Beer Book! Our annual coupon book full of 30 beers at 30 bars for 30 bucks will be on sale soon (sign up for our email list to get first dibs), but first we want to hear from you about your favorite new places in the borough. Which new watering holes are watering your holes best? What saloon is getting your doubloons? What brew pub do you want to give a bro hug?

Let us know in the comments below if you want to see them in the Beer Book! We’ve already got a head start, so to whet your appetite, here’s a partial list of which bars you’ll be seeing in this year’s book (and don’t forget: you can still buy our South Brooklyn and the Rockaways book for 20 percent off, which is a deal you’re literally wasting money by not buying it right now): (more…)

12/20/14 9:11am
The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

The perfect place to shop for a pre-Christmas feast.

If you’re still scrambling for the perfect gift for a beer-obsessed friend and you also happen to be in the mood for some imported Italian meats and cheeses, then get ready to win the weekend today at A.L.C. Italian Grocery (8613 Third Avenue between 86th and 87th streets) where we’ll be selling the South Brooklyn & The Rockaways Beer Book at a special holiday rate. The book offers you (or your favorite beer lover) 28 beers at 28 great bars and eateries, normally $28 but 20 percent off today.  Swing by A.L.C. Italian from 2 to 4 on Saturday to chat with us about your favorite Brooklyn bars and pick up your copy for 20 percent off. If you can’t make it out, we get it, the holidays are a hectic time. Grab a beer book online instead, where we’re also honoring the last-minute special.

12/17/14 10:37am
Sayra's in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

Sayra’s in Far Rockaway looks even better with free beer.

It’s a proven fact: there’s no better Valentine’s Day Gift than a Brokelyn Beer Book. It’s a pocket full of surefire date spots, a non-committal way to say, “hey, I like drinking beer with you” and it lasts longer than a rose in a plastic tube. Plus, they’re beloved by both genders, which is more than you can say about an elephant-nose thong.

Reason #67 (we lost count): They’re on sale! While supplies last, you can get 20% off our South Brooklyn & Rockaway Beer Book. That means you get 28 beers at 28 bars in South Brooklyn and Rockaway for the outrageously low price of $22.40 — practically cheaper than a box of Russell Stover! (more…)

04/01/14 8:00am
Rent just got Brokelynized.

Rent just got Brokelynized.

We know you wonder every day: why, in this age of Groupons and Seamless discount codes, is there nothing that helps make rent payments a little less heinous? Well good news brokesters: Fresh off the heels of our smash hit 2014 Brokelyn Beer Book, we’re happy to announce our latest project: the long-awaited Brokelyn Rent Book is finally here! We’ve taken the Beer Book idea — which gets you 30 beers for 30 bucks —and expanded it to the thing that forces you to drink so heavily: rent. Obviously, apartments costs a bit much more than a glass of suds, but the gist is the same: for just $300 (that’s barely one night of hoofstew at that trendy new Greenpoint spot, Pigslaw), you get this book, handsomely designed by our handsome in-house team. Each page entitles you to a month’s worth of free rent at 30 of our favorite lovingly hand-selected, specially curated apartments from all around the borough. That’s 12 months worth of rent for only $300!

Check out the list of apartments in it below, which are made possible thanks to the good folks at the New York Landlord Association, who helped us track down these killer apartments and arrange the deals with each landlord. But make sure to act fast and buy one today (or have your parents buy you one): only a limited number are being printed, so supplies, and, to be honest, shared bed space, will run out soon! (more…)

10/04/13 9:48am
Mr. Smith Street goes to Drunkington.

Mr. Smith Street goes to Drunkington.

Summer is over which means our prefered cocktails of the season, namely a can of Narragansett mixed with beach sand and a drip or two of sunscreen, has been put back in the cabinet until next year. But fall is a great time to try out some actual adult cocktails our borough’s fine bartenders whip up with their mixology skills. So here’s your chance to try out some of Brooklyn’s best cocktails, for free! From the folks that brought you the Dekalb Classic, The Smith Street Classic is on all October at four restaurants, and we’ve got a pair of tickets to give away! Find out how to enter below: (more…)

Ah, Dekalb Avenue, ever so pleasant.

Ah, Dekalb Avenue, ever so pleasant. Via NY Mag.

Cocktails are a magical device usually used to make your daily drinking budget evaporate before your eyes. This is troublesome as Brooklyn’s bartenders have get craftier every year, with homemade bitters and such. Lucky for you would-be mixology lovers that the Dekalb Classic is back this year, and we’ve got tickets to giveaway! The Classic is a competition running the whole month of April between bartenders at five bars on Dekalb Avenue, aka one of the best avenues in New York City, where you get to pick the winner. The $50 tix get you a cocktail at each of the five bars, which, in addition to saving you money over normal cocktail prices, helps raise money for a good cause:  helping the Pratt Area Community Council assist small business and provide affordable housing in the neighborhood. Details on how to win below. (more…)

01/15/13 7:13am

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With Drynuary nearly halfway over, we know you’re counting beer bottles to put yourself to sleep. Luckily, while you’ve been weeping into your $9 green-machine veggie shakes, we’ve been hard at work assembling our 2013 Beer Books, otherwise known as the greatest thing ever. Why? Because we love you and your love of bars with local microbrew and otherwise delicious beer selections, even if they might cost a little more to enjoy. (more…)

01/04/13 2:20pm

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Hey Brooklyn, time to get your drinking faces on for the upcoming return of the Brokelyn Beer Books! For those of you who missed them last time, it’s a book with coupons good for one beer at each participating bar, bars we carefully curate for awesomeness. This is a pretty sweet deal, because other than those small Bud Lights at the bodega that make you feel like a giant, where else can you get a beer for a buck? Yeah, Brokelyn has your back, but we also want to hear from you: what places should we include in this edition? (more…)