Thursday, February 28, 2008

In a busy March, also keep in mind

that St. Patrick's Day is coming up on the 17th. We'll be having some fun here on the block, and all the usual enticements apply (drink specials, drinks, further drinks). Include us in your pub crawl on that call-in-sick-to-work tomorrow Monday.

Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Next Beer and Cheese Night: The Cheesening!

A lot of you have asked when our next beer and cheese night will be. We've tentatively scheduled it for March 18 at 8 pm. We're hoping to have a lot more cheese next time to avoid shortages, and to pre-proportion said cheese in order to avoid cheese-related greed incidents (CRGIs). More details on the cheese, etc., soon.

Friday, February 22, 2008

Six-Month Anniversary Party!

If March 5 rolls around without any acts of God, we'll have made it six months since we opened with, like, four beers on that auspicious September 5. We'll be celebrating at Pacific Standard with all kinds of crazy beer specials, a slide show documentary of our history, and general merriment. Triple frequent drinker yards for all! See you soon.

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Worthy, lovely reading on the 28th.

Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Cate Marvin, Noelle Kocot, and R.A. Villanueva

Thursday, February 28th @ 8:00 PM.

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

Please join us for Chin Music, Brooklyn's new reading series at Pacific
Standard bar in Park Slope. Established and rising poets and writers
from near and far are featured during each of our seasons. Our February
28th reading will feature three great poets: Cate Marvin, Noelle Kocot,
and R.A. Villanueva. Future readers this season include Brenda
Shaughnessy, Kathleen Graber, Craig Morgan Teicher, Reif Larsen, and Meehan
Crist. Series curated by Colin Cheney.

Located on Fourth Avenue in Brooklyn, near the Atlantic/Pacific
station, Pacific Standard is a literary bar serving up over a dozen West Coast
microbrews on tap (as well as choice selections from small and local
breweries), a fine collection of wines, and tasty cheeses and meats.

Featured Writers:

Cate Marvin's first book, World's Tallest Disaster, was chosen by
Robert Pinksy for the 2000 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and published by
Sarabande Books in 2001. In 2002, she received the Kate Tufts Discovery Prize.
She is co-editor with poet Michael Dumanis of the anthology Legitimate
Dangers: American Poets of the New Century (Sarabande Books, 2006). Her
second book of poems, Fragment of the Head of a Queen, was published
by Sarabande in August 2007. A recent Whiting Award recipient and 2007
NYFA Gregory Millard Fellow, she teaches poetry writing in Lesley
University's Low-Residency M.F.A. Program and is an associate professor in
creative writing at the College of Staten Island, City University of New

Noelle Kocot is the author of three books, 4 and The Raving Fortune,
out from Four Way Books in 2001 and 2004 respectively, and Poem for the
End of Time and Other Poems (Wave, 2006). She has received awards from
The National Endowment for the Arts, The Fund for Poetry, The Academy
of American Poets and The American Poetry Review. Her next book, Sunny
Wednesday, is forthcoming from Wave in 2009.

R.A. Villanueva holds graduate and undergraduate degrees from Rutgers
University. Twice awarded a Geraldine R. Dodge Educator scholarship to
the Fine Arts Work Center, he is involved with literary outreach
programs as a teacher of creative writing and composition. His work has
appeared in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Crab Orchard Review,
and RATTLE. A Kundiman fellow and a semi-finalist for the 2007
"Discovery"/The Nation Poetry Prize, he is currently a MFA candidate at New
York University, where he serves as Poetry Editor of Washington Square.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Frequent Drinker Program update

We have many new frequent drinker cards here for pickup, and many people ordering more. Keep coming in to check for your card. But even if you don't have one, you can tell the bartender and still earn points. The program is off to a galloping start.

Also, don't forget that frequent drinkers get an all-day, all-night Sunday-Tuesday happy hour ($1 off almost everything), as well as specials during bar events. We'll see you around.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Ace cider is back, officially.

It's on tap, in case you were a fan. See you around...

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Ace cider is back. Almost.

Ace, the glorious Sonoma apple country cider manufacturer, has returned to New York. We'll have the Perry pear/apple cider back soon; it tastes like sweet sweet nepenthe. When we get it on tap depends on one of our two British Bass-style kegs kicking, freeing up a British Bass-style keg coupler. If you have to ask what a British Bass-style keg coupler is, you probably don't want to know.

Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Damn, those were some good cheeses.

We had a great time at our first Cheese Night last evening. We'll be doing it again next month, and we promise to get more cheese, since the only problem seemed to be limited supplies. Any other suggestions from those who attended are welcome.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Tröegs is here, umlaut and all.

For the first time in New York City, kegs of Tröegs are available, and Pacific Standard is one of the bars rolling them out. Tröegs is one of our favorite Pennslyvania breweries, and used to be, in our opinion, worth a trip to Philly by themselves.

We just put the HopBack Amber Ale and the Troegenator Double Bock on tap, with the Nugget Nectar Ale to come soon. Here are the descriptions. Enjoy as soon and as frequently as possible, we say.

Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale (Harrisburg, PA; $5/16 oz). This amber ale passes through a hopback vessel as the wort is being transferred from the brewhouse to fermentation, adding more hop character that creates a fresh, floral spice taste, balanced with rich caramel notes. 5.6% ABV.

Tröegs Troegenator Double Bock (Harrisburg, PA; $6/16 oz). During periods of fasting without solid foods, Monastic brewers relied on the double bock, a stronger, richer beer to fulfill their basic nutritional needs. This bronze-colored lager has a strong malt aroma and a thick, rich body, which provide warmth for the early spring months. Its deceiving smoothness hides an epic alcohol content—beware! 8.2% ABV.

Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale (Harrisburg, PA; $6/16 oz). Prepare to pucker up: Nugget Nectar Ale will take hopheads to nirvana with a heady collection of Nugget, Warrior, and Tomahawk hops. Starting with the same base ingredients as Tröegs HopBack Amber Ale, Nugget Nectar intensifies the malt and hop flavors to create an explosive hop experience. 7.5% ABV.

Final cheese lineup for beer and cheese night!

See below--this promises to be a great evening.

Nettle Meadow Kunik, goat, NY. Kunik is a triple creme goat's milk cheese with a bit of cow cream folded in at the end. The result is a pleasantly tangy and rich triple creme with subtle grassy notes.

Fiscalini Banage wrapped Cheddar, cow, California. Fiscalini is slightly nutty and sharp with notes of sweet cream and grass.

Tumalo Farms Classico, goat, Oregon. Classico is an aged goat gouda with toffee and grass notes.

Hooligan, cow, Connecticut. Hooligan comes from Cato Corner Farms. It is washed in brine which gives it a meaty aroma and flavor. Hooligan finishes with buttermilk and subtle raw cocoa notes.

Rogue River Blue, cow, Oregon. Rogue River is a really spectacular blue that is wrapped in Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon leaves that have been soaked in pear schnapps. It is sweet, fruity, slightly boozy and woody with a pleasant earthy undertone. It's everything one could want in a blue.

Tarentaise, cow, Vermont. Tarentaise is made by traditional methods by Thistle Hill Farm in North Pomfret, Vermont using organic farming practices. The cheese is based on a recipe for Beaufort, a French mountain cheese. The paste is tightly textured and chewy with nutty notes and a slight raw garlic and onion spice.