Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The noble and generous

Kristen Schaal is going to headline on Wednesday. So this Topsham Pantsuit episode will be as unmissable as you want it to be. Thank you, Ms. Schaal, and see the rest of you Wednesday at 8 pm.

Monday, March 30, 2009

Topsham Pantsuit Update.

So John Oliver had to reschedule, unfortunately, and will not be performing this Wednesday, April 1. But we still have an excellent lineup, and will find a good replacement for Mr. Oliver. We'll let you know when we have a new John Oliver Pantsuit date.

Ithaca Ten is now gone, sadly,

but Avery Maharaja just went back on tap for the first time in a long time. The details:

Avery Maharaja (Boulder, CO; $7/12 oz). We enjoy Avery’s description of this beer so much that we’ll just go with it: “This imperial IPA is regal, intense, and mighty. With hops and malts as his servants, [the Maharaja] rules both with a heavy hand. The Maharaja flaunts his authority over a deranged amount of hops: tangy, vibrant, and pungent, along with an insane amount of malted barley.” 9.8% ABV.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Ithaca Ten on tap!

We got our hands on one of the last Ithaca Ten kegs lying around NYC, and put it on tap today. Come by for one of the last tastes of this rare and excellent brew. The details:

Ithaca Ten (Ithaca, NY; $7/12 oz). This American extra strong ale starts off with some sweet, amber, fruity malts, backed up by ample bright, citrusy hops. The incredible balance in this huge brew makes it extremely smooth and drinkable. 10.0% ABV.

Comedy night April Fool's Day.

Details are below. I have a feeling that the distinguished Mr. Oliver will bring in a big crowd, so my usual recommendation to come super-early goes triple for this one. It's very likely that later comers won't be able to fit into the back room.

Join us at Pacific Standard in Park Slope for Topsham Pantsuit: a pleasant evening of comedy, bookcases, exotic beers, and deceased "mayhem artist" Eat-'em-up Jack McManus.


Pacific Standard
82 4th Ave (b/w St. Marks and Bergen)
8 pm, FREE



JOHN OLIVER (The Daily Show)

JOSH FADEM (It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia)

PATRICK BORELLI (Late Night With Conan O'Brien)


JENA FRIEDMAN (Entertaining The Bartender)

GABRIEL DELAHAYE (Gawker, Videogum)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Pacific Standard is now on Twitter.

Yeah, so we figured it's worth a shot, and we're loopy and suggestible on a late Sunday night. If all goes well, we should be able to give you timely updates on who's here, what's here, and what's happening. But we'll try not to smother you. To follow us, go to http://twitter.com/pacificstandard. Any troubles, let us know. Chirp you later...

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Fiction Reading May 5.

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series: Adventures in Consciousness
featuring Benjamin Kunkel and Rivka Galchen
Tuesday, May 5th, 7:00 p.m.
82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between St. Marks and Bergen)

Books available on-site!
Drink specials selected by dartboard!
Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"


Benjamin Kunkel's first novel, INDECISION (Random House), was a national bestseller and was selected as a Notable Book of the Year by The New York Times. Kunkel, a founding editor of N+1, has also written for The New Yorker and The London Review of Books.

"One could quote endlessly from this book, which is made of almost nothing but good lines. . . . Dwight as a character is silly and sometimes shrewd as well as likeable; as a narrator, he's heaven." - The New York Observer

Rivka Galchen's first novel, ATMOSPHERIC DISTURBANCES (FSG; now a Picador paperback), was a New York Times Notable Book and was named one of the best books of 2008 by both Salon.com and Slate. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The Believer, Zoetrope, and The New York Times. Galchen, who earned an MD from Mount Sinai in 2003, has also been honored with a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. She currently teaches writing at Columbia University.

"A brainy, whimsical, emotionally contained first novel . . . Galchen’s inventive narrative strategies call to mind the playful techniques of Jonathan Lethem, Franz Kafka, Primo Levi and Thomas Pynchon." - The New York Times

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Chin Music Thursday, March 26th at 7 pm.

Chin Music Poetry Reading Series
Thursday, March 26th @ 7:00pm

Sophie Cabot Black is the author of THE DESCENT (2004) and THE
MISUNDERSTANDING OF NATURE (1994), both published by Graywolf Press. Her poems have appeared in publications such as The Atlantic Monthly, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Poetry, Fence, APR, Bomb, and The New Republic. She lives in New York City and Connecticut.

Sean Singer’s first book, DISCOGRAPHY, won the 2001 Yale Series of
Younger Poets Prize, selected by W.S. Merwin, and the Norma Farber
First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. He is also the
recipient of an artists’ grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council
and a 2005 Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He
lives in New York City.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Firestone Walker Union Jack IPA now available in bottles.

Through our usual devilry, we have managed to get bottles of the 2008 Great American Beer Festival Gold Medal winner in the IPA category, Firestone Walker's Union Jack IPA. The official brewery description:

"The newest member of the Firestone family, Union Jack is the aggressive IPA that you’ve been searching for. Citrus, pineapple, and a full chewy malt profile finish clean on your palate. Over 70 IBUs and 7.5% alcohol by volume, Union Jack won’t have any problem competing with the big India Pale Ales. A beer true to its origins; deeply hopped and bolstered for a long voyage."

We're charging $14 for a big 22-ounce bottle, which is plenty for two (or more) people. We only got a case, so as usual you should do your best to come by soon and taste some Paso Robles goodness.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Cal-Maryland, 3 pm Thursday!

Yes, sports fans, we will be opening early, at noon, on Thursday to show the NCAA tournament games, which start at 12:15ish on Thursday and Friday (and we'll be open at noon on Friday, as usual). Our beloved California Golden Bears will be taking on Maryland at 3 pm on Thursday, in an attempt to get some revenge for the indignity suffered by our football team, and of course we'll have that on. So play hooky from work and come by for a lovely afternoon and evening of basketball and pitcher specials.

Pacific Standard's NCAA Tournament Augury-Off.

"John," you say to me, whilst imbibing one of our fine consumables on a pleasant evening at the Standard, "John, my augury skills are beyond compare. I dare say I would challenge any other gentleman or gentlewoman in Brooklyn to an augury-off. If only there were a complex, thrilling foofaraw of a sporting nature that could serve as a proof of my augury abilities as compared to the rest of mankind."

Well. Beginning on Thursday, and lasting until April 6, such a felicitous foofaraw shall occur, namely the 2009 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. Come by any time before Thursday, and fill out one or many brackets to enter our bar's competition. We want to be clear that this is by no means a cash tournament pool. But if it were, we'd ask you to give us a $5 entry fee per bracket for a chance to win the pot. The first place bracket would get all the money in the pot, and the second and third place brackets would get a couple drinks for free on Pacific Standard. Hypothetically, of course. Don't you just love thought experiments?

The rules: we give you points for each correct pick based on the seed of the team you picked. To wit, if you correctly pick a 1 seed to win a game, you get 1 point. If you correctly pick a 16 seed to win a game, you get 16 points. You also get a multiplier based on the round: picking a team to win correctly in the second round gives you double points, the third round triple points, the fourth four times your points, the fifth five times, and the championship game six times. It sounds more complicated than it is. Suffice it to say it's a system that rewards getting your picks right, as well as picking upsets.

Cool? Get your picks in before Thursday, and enjoy the tournament here starting Thursday with our full March Madness satellite TV package on our two big projection screens, and pitcher specials.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Anchor Our Barrel Ale tasting March 24.

On March 24, the awesome folks at Anchor will combine forces with Pacific Standard to provide you, our loyal patrons, with an exclusive tasting of various Anchor products, including their Our Barrel Ale, a hyper-limited-release beer aged in Anchor's Old Potrero whiskey barrels, and a selection of Anchor Distilling's fine gins and whiskeys. Best of all, the tasting is completely free. The details:

Anchor Tasting Night
Tuesday, March 24, starting at 8 pm

Free Tastings Of:
--Anchor Our Barrel Ale, a carefully considered blend of Anchor ales, aged in-house in ex-Old Potrero handmade oak barrels.
--Anchor Old Potrero Whiskeys.
--Anchor Gins (Junipero Dry Gin and Genevieve Holland-Style Gin).

Arrive here early to ensure you'll get to taste everything!

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Kelso Recessionator now on tap.

Kelso Recessionator (Brooklyn, NY; $7/12 oz). This Double Bock, a limited one-batch release from Kelso, is a very complex brew, with hints of dried fruit, alcohol, and even some coffee. This might be the only batch that ever gets made, so get it while you can. 8.2% ABV.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Another keg of Nugget Nectar

just went on, and should last through this weekend. Emphasis on the "should." Get your hop injections early and often this week, because it might all be gone by Friday night.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sunday, March 8, 2009

The Pac-10 Tournament.

We'll have all the Pac-10 men's basketball tournament games here at Pacific Standard, including the Cal-USC first-round game Thursday at 9 pm. Come by to watch your favorite West Coast team!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Troegs Nugget Nectar back on tap, finally.

For those of you who have popped in every once in a while with feverish visages and glazed eyes, asking for the heavenly concoction known as Troegs Nugget Nectar, we have managed, through fiendish machinations, and at the cost of the lives of many good men, to get at least one keg in stock. Hopefully more will follow, but if we were you, we'd get down here and drink as much of this keg as possible, while it lasts.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New comedy lineup for tomorrow.

There have been a few cancellations and replacements (including the addition of Wyatt Cenac). Here's the new lineup:

WYATT CENAC (The Daily Show, new film Medicine For Melancholy)

JESSI KLEIN (Showbiz Show)

ROB LATHAN (UCB, Funny or Die!)

ELLIOTT KALAN (The Daily Show)

SCOTT JACOBSON (The Daily Show, SNL's TV Funhouse)

And special co-host WILL HINES

Monday, March 2, 2009

Iron Sampler #2.

Goodbye, Aaron, and best of luck in Baltimore! We'll miss you.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Fiction reading April 21.

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series: Yearlings

featuring Nathaniel Rich and Ed Park

Tuesday, April 21st, 7:00 p.m.

82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between St. Marks and Bergen)

Books available on-site!

Drink specials selected by dartboard!

Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"


Nathaniel Rich's first novel, THE MAYOR'S TONGUE (Riverhead), earned him praise on both sides of the Atlantic, with Stephen King calling it "an elegantly structured, brilliantly told novel, by turns terrifying, touching, and wildly funny, and always generous and magical." Rich, an editor at The Paris Review, is also the author of SAN FRANCISCO NOIR. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Republic, and The New York Review of Books.

“Nathaniel Rich spent most of his twenties re-shaping the Great American Novel to fit the 21st century . . . This is a novel with a big brain and a cheeky wink by an author who could well become one of the defining writers of his generation.” - The Sunday Telegraph [U.K.]

Ed Park's first novel, PERSONAL DAYS (Random House), was named one of the top 10 works of fiction of 2008 by Time Magazine, was a finalist for the John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize, and was recently named a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award. At least one reviewer declared it "funnier than [Agatha] Christie." A founding editor of The Believer, Park has also written copiously for The Village Voice, The Los Angeles Times, and other publications.

“Quite simply, brilliant . . . PERSONAL DAYS follows life amid the desks of a corporation where office ways are laid bare in all their tedious and frequently hilarious detail . . . Park has strayed into Ricky Gervais's territory and may soon be its king.” - The Observer [U.K.]

April 7 fiction reading.

The Pacific Standard Fiction Series: NYFA Night

featuring Christine Schutt, Paul La Farge, and Garth Risk Hallberg

sponsored by Housing Works

Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m.

82 Fourth Avenue, Brooklyn, New York (between St. Marks and Bergen)

Books available on-site!

Philanthropic activities controlled by dartboard!

Come see why New York Magazine named us "Best New Literary Event of 2008!"


Christine Schutt, Paul La Farge, and Garth Risk Hallberg are 2008 Artists' Fellowship recipients of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA). This program is co-sponsored by Artists & Audiences Exchange, a public program of NYFA. It is free and open to the public. We suggest a donation of one gently used book to benefit the Housing Works Used Book Cafe.


CHRISTINE SCHUTT's most recent novel, ALL SOULS, is "exciting evidence that she continues to push the boundaries of fiction," according to The New York Times Book Review. Schutt's previous novel, FLORIDA, was a finalist for the 2004 National Book Award. She is also the author of two short-story collections, A NIGHT, A DAY, ANOTHER NIGHT, SUMMER, and NIGHTWORK, chosen by John Ashbery as the best book of 1996 for the Times Literary Supplement.

"[In ALL SOULS,] Ms. Schutt imagines - or penetrates - an exclusive world at once sexy and lamentable, predictable but still mysterious. Her subject is not any one aspect of private school culture, but its almost intangible totality, the thing that gives a school, in all its decentered complexity, an identity. Miraculously, she achieves this." - The New York Sun

PAUL LA FARGE is the author of the novels THE ARTIST OF THE MISSING and HAUSSMANN, OR THE DISTINCTION, a New York Times Notable Book which won him praise from the San Francisco Chronicle as "a magician on the order of Prospero." His most recent book is THE FACTS OF WINTER. LaFarge has been honored with a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Bard Fiction Prize. His stories and essays have appeared in McSweeney's, Bookforum, and Conjunctions, among others.

"Haussmann designed cities; LaFarge designs worlds - splendid, elegant edifices built on the rubble of our dreams and history." - Colson Whitehead

Garth Risk Hallberg is the author of A FIELD GUIDE TO THE NORTH AMERICAN FAMILY. His fiction has earned nominations for the Believer book award and the Pushcart Prize, and has been included in the anthology Best New American Voices 2008. He contributes to the literary blog The Millions, and on most Pacific Standard fiction nights, plays the role of "host."

"A Field Guide to the North American Family is a beautiful book. Beautiful because of the gentle way the story of two suburban families unravels for the reader . . . beautiful because the book itself has all the elements that make the act of reading seem like an event." - Bookslut