Friday, October 31, 2008

Election Night Tickets Sold Out!

Sorry, but we've reached the magic number of tickets, so any of you who haven't bought them yet will need to look elsewhere for Election Night revelry. We'd love to sell more, but we just don't have the space to fit more people in comfortably. Those of you who do have tickets, see you on Tuesday.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Final Election Night ticket reminder.

Delegates, your final warning: we're down to only 15 tickets left for Election Night, so get 'em ASAP or be left out in the cold (literally).

And a beer specials update: we'll be having state-related $2 off deals, e.g., if Obama wins Virginia, Dogfish Head beer will be $2 off for the next 30 minutes. (The actual beers we'll have that night will be determined later; that's just an example). And we'll be giving away t-shirts and pint glasses to the best-dressed throughout the night. So your $10 ticket will be amply made up for with the free beer, specials, and giveaways.

Chin Music poetry reading next Thursday.

Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series
Featuring Matthea Harvey, Amber West and Rachel Rothbart
Thursday, November 6th @ 7:00PM

Pacific Standard Bar
82 Fourth Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
(between St. Marks and Bergen Streets)

Please join us for our next evening of Chin Music, the Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series. On November 6th, we are happy to present three fine poets: Matthea Harvey, Amber West, and Rachel Rothbart. Other writers slated to appear this season include Yusef Komunyakaa, Matthea Harvey, Matthew Dickman, Gregory Pardlo, Idra Novey, Mytili Jagannathan, and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Series curated by Colin Cheney.

Please note our earlier reading time of 7:00PM.

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.



Matthea Harvey is the author of MODERN LIFE (Graywolf 2007), SAD LITTLE BREATHING MACHINE (Graywolf, 2004), and PITY THE BATHTUB ITS FORCED EMBRACE OF THE HUMAN FORM (Alice James Books, 2000). Her first children’s book, THE LITTLE GENERAL AND THE GIANT SNOWFLAKE, illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel, is forthcoming from Tin House Books. Matthea is a contributing editor to jubilat. She teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence and lives in Brooklyn.

Amber West is a poet, playwright and teaching artist from California. Her poems have been published in Red Wheelbarrow, Yerm Ahm, and Chinquapin, and two of her plays have been performed by San Francisco theater companies. She recently completed her MFA in Creative Writing at NYU. Currently, she is a Jacob K. Javits Fellow at the University of Connecticut, and a literacy tutor at the Brooklyn Public Library.

Rachel Rothbart grew up on Eastern Long Island and is now a resident of New York City. She makes her living as a writer and editor, is a recent graduate of the MFA program at Sarah Lawrence College, and spends a fair amount of time wondering about whalesong, women who intrinsically know which way is north, and the lure of fine, wingtipped shoes. She has work forthcoming in Conduit and on

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Our longtime buddies at Sixpoint

have hit the big-time with a front-page story in today's New York Times:

Score another one for the craft beer revolution, and Brooklyn craft beer specifically.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

NYC Marathon Watching at Pacific Standard.

On marathon day, Sunday, November 2, we'll be opening early, at 9:30 am, to host people who want to watch the marathon, which runs right by our bar. You can watch the leaders and the pack go by out of our big windows and enjoy the fact that you're not running 26 miles, via beer. We'll also have a barbecue station on the sidewalk outside, so you can grab some cheap hot dogs and burgers, or bring meat/veggies of your own to grill. A fun time is guaranteed for all.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Encouragement to Dress Up on Election Night.

So we were chatting about our big election night party on Tuesday, November 4, and we decided it would be really fun if we all dressed up for the big occasion. Wouldn't it be nice to have a bar full of well-dressed, sharp-looking people acting like teenagers while watching the results of the biggest election of our lives?

We aren't going to enforce a dress code or anything, but let's encourage you by saying that the well-dressed people--for men, button-up shirts, slacks, and ties at the minimum, for women, nice business attire--will qualify for various giveaways that we're planning for the evening. Get your tickets ASAP from a bartender, and we'll see you, our faithful delegates, on the 4th.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Rogue event scheduled for December 9.

Save the date: we're going to feature six unique, limited-edition, and seasonal Rogue beers on Tuesday, December 9. The tentative lineup:

Rogue Brutal Bitter
Rogue Shakespeare Stout
St. Rogue Red Ale
Rogue Imperial Porter
Rogue Santa's Private Reserve
Rogue Morimoto Soba Ale

Pretty sweet, eh? We'll have the usual specials and giveaways as well (details to come closer to the event), so this will be a joyous holiday celebration, Oregon-style. See you then.


These are all apparently things that happened while I was gone. Do not ask me about the back stories for these pictures. I have no idea. There is a cute dog called Rocket in a few of them. She is our new dog. You should come meet her.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Consider yourself given advance notice

of the second of what should be three fall fiction events, on December 2:

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series Gets Cosmopolitan
featuring Joseph O'Neill and Hari Kunzru

Tuesday, December 2nd, 7:00 p.m.
82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (betw. St. Marks and Bergen)
hosted by Garth Risk Hallberg

Books available on-site!
Drink specials to be chosen by dartboard!
"Best New Literary Event of 2008" (New York Magazine) with
stylish new curtains!

Joseph O'Neill's bestselling new novel, NETHERLAND, was praised by New
Yorker critic James Wood as "exquisitely written . . . and one of the
most remarkable post-colonial books I have ever read" and by the New
York Times' fearsome Michiko Kakutani as a "stunning" and "resonant
meditation on the American dream." O'Neill's previous novels include
TRACK, was a New York Times Notable Book for 2002 and a book of the
year for The Economist and The Irish Times. O'Neill contributes
regularly to The Atlantic Monthly.

"[NETHERLAND is] the wittiest, angriest, most exacting and most
desolate work of fiction we've yet had about life in New York and
London after the World Trade Center fell." - The New York Times Book

Hari Kunzru's novel of the 1960s, MY REVOLUTIONS, "offers a historical
portrait of London that must be unparalleled in contemporary British
fiction," in the words of James Wood. Kunzru's previous books -
earned him a place on Granta's "Best of the Young British Novelists"
list. Kunzru is Deputy President of English PEN and is currently a
fellow of the Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York
Public Library.

"An urgent and passionate piece of work . . . [MY REVOLUTIONS] is
fairly afire with an anger on behalf of the world's dispossessed and
powerless that is so conspicuously absent from much cozy and collusive
current fiction." -The Sunday Telegraph (UK)

Our next poetry reading is a week from today

and promises to be rock-solid. The skinny:

Chin Music: The Pacific Standard Poetry Reading Series
Special "Obsessions" Night Featuring Dan Beachy-Quick, Ammon Shea,
Alex Rose, and Catherine Barnett
Thursday, October 23rd @ 7:00PM

Please join us for our next installment of Chin Music, the Pacific
Standard Poetry Reading Series. On October 23rd, we are presenting our
second cross-genre night on the theme of "Obsessions," featuring poet
& essayist Dan Beachy-Quick, non-fiction writer Ammon Shea, short
story writer & filmmaker Alex Rose, and poet Catherine Barnett. Other
writers slated to appear this season include Yusef Komunyakaa, Matthea
Harvey, Matthew Dickman, Gregory Pardlo, Idra Novey, Mytili
Jagannathan, and Quraysh Ali Lansana. Series curated by Colin Cheney.



Dan Beachy-Quick is the author of A WHALER'S DICTIONARY (Milkweed
Editions, 2008), and three collections of poems: MULBERRY (Tupelo
Press, 2006), SPELL (Ahsata Press, 2004), and NORTH TRUE SOUTH BRIGHT
(Alice James Books, 2003). A graduate of the Iowa Writer's Workshop,
Dan Beachy-Quick is an Associate Professor of Literature and Creative
Writing at Colorado State University. He lives in Fort Collins,
Colorado, with his wife and daughter.

Ammon Shea is the author of READING THE OED: ONE MAN, ONE YEAR, 21,
730 PAGES (Perigee Books, 2008) and two previous books on obscure
words, DEPRAVED ENGLISH and INSULTING ENGLISH (written with Peter
Novobatzky). He read his first dictionary, Merriam Webster's Second
International, ten years ago, and followed it up with the sequel,
Webster's Third International.

Alex Rose's debut short story collection, THE MUSICAL ILLUSIONIST
(2007), was described by Library Journal as "a potential cult classic"
and by the Village Voice as "uncanny." He is the co-founding editor of
Hotel St. George Press in Brooklyn, and has published stories and
essays in The New York Times, Ploughshares, Fantasy Magazine,
Obit-Mag, The Reading Room, North American Review, The Providence
Journal, The Forward, DIAGRAM and others. He has also directed a
number of short films, videos and animations which have appeared on
HBO, MTV, Comedy Central, ShowTime and the BBC.

Catherine Barnett is the recipient of a 2006 Guggenheim Fellowship, a
2004 Whiting Writers' Award, the 2004 Glasgow Prize for Emerging
Writers, and a Pushcart Prize. Her first collection of poems, INTO
Alice James Books. Her work has appeared in Gulf Coast, Pleiades, The
Washington Post, Barrow Street, Shenandoah, The Massachusetts Review,
and The Iowa Review. Barnett teaches at the New School and NYU, where
she was honored with an Outstanding Service Award.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

We're huge in Germany, apparently.

This link:

is to a report filed by a nice fellow from a German website about our most recent debate-watching party. Unfortunately for us monoglots, it's in German. If you can speak German, and know what everyone is saying, let me know. It doesn't sound too bad.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Reminder: Chin Music on Thursday.

Thursday night at 7 pm, we'll have a new installment of Chin Music, our poetry reading series, with D. Nurkse, Nathaniel Bellows, and Marcus Jackson. It will be awesome. You should come. That is all.

Debate-Watching Party Tomorrow.

Tomorrow night we'll be watching the second of the three presidential debates at 9 pm. As usual, you should get here very, very early if you want to be sure to get in and get seats. For the vice-presidential debate last week, we had to stop letting people in at 8 pm, a full hour before the debate started, so you should get here, at the very least, more than an hour in advance. We'll have the usual beer specials, and it should be another fun time.

Congratulations to Fine with Megan

who won Season III of our pub quiz last night, handily defeating Season I and II champions Slodeth in a clash of titans. We are taking this Sunday, October 12, off to relax after a grueling season, but will return with the first pub quiz of Season IV on October 19. Everyone will be back to zero, so it's a great time to join. We're also implementing some new improvements, like a bar tab for second place! Thanks to everyone who played last season, and see you later this month.