Thursday, July 31, 2008

Pacific Standard T-Shirt Pre-Ordering

As many of you know, Pacific Standard's first official t-shirt will be debuting at our First Anniversary Party on September 5. A lovely Red Hook company, Quist, will be silkscreening the Pacific Standard coat of arms onto some nice cream-colored American-made shirts (no sweatshops!). Mock-ups/photos will come when I have them, but until then we thought we would give you all a chance to pre-order shirts, in case you can't make the party or don't live in our fair city. Here's how it works:

1. Go to the following site to view/print the Official Order Form:
2. Fill it out, indicating the size and type of shirt(s) you'd like (we have small, medium, and large sizes available in both men's and women's styles), and whether you'll pick it up at the bar or will need it shipped.
3. If you're paying by credit card, you can fax or e-mail the form to us. Our fax number is 718-858-2050 and our e-mail is pacificstandardbrooklyn -at-
4. If you're paying by check (or credit card, and you don't want to fax or e-mail your information), you can print the order form out and mail it to us at 82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217.

We'll put everyone on a waiting list, and the instant we get the shirts (which should be in three weeks or so) start shipping them out.

Got it? Any questions, just ask.

Growler Discounts Now Extended to Everyone!

In the past, it cost the general public 4 times the cost of a 16-ounce pint of a given beer to fill a growler here at Pacific Standard (since growlers are 64 ounces). Not a bad deal, but nothing special. Frequent Drinkers, on the other hand, get a spifftastic discount of $4 or $5 off that cost.

But we've been doing some thinking, and we've decided that getting tap beer to go is a basic human right, and we want to make it affordable for everyone. So from now on everyone gets $4 or $5 off their growlers (making many of our beers a mere $16-$20 per growler fill). Come by, grab a growler for the one-time $5 cost if you haven't already, and start enjoying great tap beer at home!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Reading on Tuesday, August 5.

A Killing-the-Buddha Revival in Religion Stories
featuring Andrew Boyd, Ashley Makar, Tobias Van Buren and Emily Weinstein

Tuesday, August 5, 7:00 p.m. hosted by Meera Subramanian, Ashley Makar and Marissa Dennis

Drink specials!
Books available on-site!

ANDREW BOYD is the author of Daily Afflictions and Life's Little Deconstruction Book (both W.W. Norton). He is founder of the satirical grass-roots media campaign Billionaires for Bush and a founding partner of Agit-Pop Communications, which creates flash animation and online video for environmental and social-justice campaigns. He lives in New York City with his wee laptop.

ASHLEY MAKAR, a contributing co-editor of Killing the Buddha, is a poet, non-fiction and (trying fiction) writer. Her work has appeared in American Book Review, The Birmingham News, Science and Spirit magazine, and The Revealer. She has taught writing and Middle Eastern literature at Hofstra University. This fall, she's off from her happy home in Brooklyn to study Religion and the Arts, at Yale Divinity School's Institute of Sacred Music.

TOBIAS VAN BUREN is retired from his day job, but feverishly writing. "My Homeless Experience," his current work-in-progress, was written mostly while he was homeless, from Dec. 23, 1995 - December 4, 2000. He is a seasoned participant in the Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen Writers' Workshop, which Ian Frazier featured in "Hungry Minds," his May 2008 New Yorker article.

EMILY WEINSTEIN writes the web site Her work has been published in The Brooklyn Rail, the Huffington Post, Identity Theory,, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, McSweeney's Internet Tendancy, The Morning News, and Venus.
She is currently working on a book about the travels and travails of a punk rock orchestra, and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

MEERA SUBRAMANIAN, who will emcee KtB's August 5 Revival, writes about culture and the environment for The New York Times, Audubon, Salon, Grist, Science & Spirit, and others. Based in Brooklyn, she seeks out the wild world hidden within the urban landscape and can be seen sneaking around the city with binoculars as she works on a book about the peregrine falcons of New York City.

MARISSA DENNIS, a contributing KtB editor, is a Ph.D. student in the media, culture and communication program at NYU, where she is studying the role of the medical interpreter in New York hospitals. With a background in cultural studies,
she spent several years in Latin America studying cross-cultural issues in mental health and sexuality. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and new baby.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Used dartboard available for free!

We just replaced our old dartboard with a brand-new one, which means we have a used board available, which we'll offer to you, blog readers, before we put it out on the street. It's definitely worn, and darts don't stick in it as well as they used to, but it's a good board, and works just fine--our customers were happily using it in the bar up until Wednesday. It'll probably last several months more, especially with lighter home use. And, hey, just think--it's your very own piece of Pacific Standard history. E-mail, call, or come by the bar if you're interested.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Cheese leftovers!

As with the last cheese night, we have a few leftover plates, which we'll be selling at the bargain rate of $5 for a plate until they run out. Don't miss your chance to eat expensive cheese on a freelance budget.

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Barack Obama platform meeting here on Thursday at 8.

Barack Obama has encouraged supporters to have "platform meetings," where they discuss possible ideas for Obama's platform. Results from these meetings, held all over the country, will be transmitted to the Obama campaign. Will the meetings make a difference? We don't know. But hey, you got to give it a shot. So Pacific Standard is hosting one in the hope it will encourage a little bit of participation in the political process, and beer-drinking, too. (Hop Obamas will be $1 off for meeting attendees.) Everyone is free to come and talk.

General Information about Obama's Platform Meetings

Pacific Stnadard's Platform Meeting

Friday, July 18, 2008

Beer and Cheese Night III: Reminder and Details.

Just a reminder that our long-awaited third beer and cheese night will happen next Wednesday, July 23, starting at 7 pm. Sean, the awesome Artisanal cheese buyer who runs our events, has some great cheeses up his sleeve (don't worry, not literally), so this is a can't-miss event. We'll be recommending cheese pairings with a variety of the sassy summer beers we currently have on tap (including Weyerbacher Slam Dunkel, Southern Tier Heavy Weizen, Great Divide Samurai Ale, Chelsea Porter of Authority, and many more). As we did last time, we'll charge $10 for a prepared plate of cheese with recommended beer pairings, and you can then choose and pay for your beers separately. Definitely show up; I can say from firsthand experience that it's hard to get the awesomeness that is Sean and his cheeses out here.

Cheese details:

--Grayson, an aromatic and meaty cow's milk from Galax, Virginia.
--Bayley Hazen Blue, rich, chocolately blue from Greensboro, Vermont.
--Fog Lights, a miniature version of the Humboldt Fog from California. It is rich, tangy and earthy.
--Shelburne Farms Clothbound Cheddar, a sharp, grassy cheddar from Vermont.
--Uplands Pleasant Ridge Reserve, a Swiss style cow's milk from Wisconsin.

See you here!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

He'Brew/Coney Island event August 14.

We've just confirmed a date for our August brewery event. On
August 14, at 7 pm, we'll put six He'Brew and Coney Island beers on
tap. He'Brew is a San Francisco-born, unrepentantly Jewish brewery
that makes impressive beers. Recently, they spun off a Coney Island
line of beers (themed around the carnival performers there) that has
been turning a lot of heads. Our tentative beer list is as follows:

--He'Brew Rejewvenator
--He'Brew Bittersweet Lenny's R.I.P.A.
--He'Brew Genesis Ale
--He'Brew Messiah Bold Aged in Rittenhouse 100 Rye Whiskey Barrels
--Coney Island Sword Swallower Steel Hop Lager
--Coney Island Human Blockhead Tough-as-Nails Lager

The brewers will be on hand to talk beer, and we'll have merchandise
and specials, as usual.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Congratulations to Sam

on his recent birthday, celebrated here at the Standard. Here are some pictures:

Friday, July 11, 2008

Reading on July 22.

"Fallen Angels," a reading on July 22 at 8 pm, will feature writers Iris Lee, Evelyn Lampart, Tanja, and Melanie O'Harra. Longtime residents of Brooklyn, each of these writers bring a different background to their work, including visual arts, poetry, and theater.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Big-time comedy night on Wednesday!

Pacific Standard Comedy Wednesday, July 16
8pm - 9pm

Helen Hong (TONY featured)
Souley Omarou
Joe Naervez (Cringe Humor)
Reese Waters (ABC)

Hosted by Charles Star (Onion News Network)

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

First anniversary on September 5.

Just a heads-up that our first anniversary will be Friday, September 5, and will be off the proverbial chain. At the very least:

--We will be debuting the first ever, impossibly handsome, Pacific Standard t-shirt. --We will have special beers and beer specials.

More details to come closer to the event, but this is not to be missed. Dip your finger in a robust porter and mark it on your calendar.

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Movie night update/pitcher specials!

Our first two movie nights have gone very nicely. If you haven't checked them out yet, you really should. And to sweeten the deal, we've decided to offer pitchers, which we almost never do for any reason, at $2 off the price of four pints of the beer, only during movie nights. Sit down with a pitcher, some food, and enjoy one or both of the films.

Our complete movie night schedule can be found to the right------->
on our events calendar.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Movie night July 21 at 8 pm.

We've got beach movies tonight, and car movies on July 21 (see description below). Plus, we're instituting a movie night special: pitchers (which we almost never do) of microbrews will be $2 off!

Drive! Drive! Drive! At 8pm, buckle up for a white knuckle ride through the desert as business commuter Dennis Weaver tries to escape from the malevolent truck out to kill him in Steven Spielberg’s first film, Duel (1971), 90mins. Then, at 10pm, Barry Newman takes a bet that he can deliver a 1970 Dodge Charger from Denver to San Francisco in 15 hours. Amped on amphetamines and chased by the highway patrol, he’s going to take you on one hell of a ride, in Richard Sarafian’s Vanishing Point (1971), 98mins.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Its-Its are back.

Just in time for the long weekend, we're fully stocked with mint Its-Its. So drop by and grab a few on your way to whatever barbecue or rooftop party you're participating in.

And have a great weekend, in any case! Many of you are out of town, but Jon and I will be holding down the fort as usual, enjoying the lovely ghost-town that is New York on 4th of July weekend. It's like getting to hang out in Disneyland without all the people. Time to do everything we always wanted to do but didn't because of the crowds or lines.