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Come March, Denmark’s indie-beer maestro Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø (Evil Twin Brewing) will plant a flag in Greenpoint with the game-changing Tørst. The visionary Jarnit-Bjergsø is something of a legend in brew circles: Along with his twin brother, Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller Brewing, he helped ignite the gypsy-beer craze in 2006—inspiring nomadic, experimental young brewers to hopscotch around the world fermenting their goods in borrowed facilities.
After six years of running beer shop Ølbutikken and a distribution company in Denmark, he stunned the craft-beer community last year when he relocated Evil Twin’s home base from his native Copenhagen to Brooklyn, and revealed plans to up the ante for the city’s hops scene with a high-minded alehouse. “I wanted a life change,” says Jarnit-Bjergsø, who moved with his wife and two children to Williamsburg last spring. “Evil Twin was gaining popularity in the States, and I wanted to be a close part of it.”
Designed by voguish Brooklyn firm hOmE (Donna, Paulie Gee’s), the 45-seat Tørst—Danish for “thirst”—will reflect Scandinavian minimalism, with dark reclaimed wood and angular light fixtures. Keyed-in drinkers can scratch their chins over 21 elite drafts, including some made exclusively for the bar by cutting-edge brewers such as Cantillon’s Jean van Roy of Brussels and experimental tinkerings from up-and-coming cult producers like De Molen (Netherlands) and Omnipollo (Sweden).
Rounding out his ambitious vision, Jarnit-Bjergsø has joined forces with another esteemed culinary figure: Chef Daniel Burns (late of Noma, the Fat Duck and Momofuku’s food lab) will execute a Scandinavian-inspired tasting menu at the tentatively named Luksus, a 26-seat restaurant—expected to launch in the summer—accessed via a secret door at the back of the bar. More radically: As high-end restaurants like Eleven Madison Park and Per Se expand their beer lists to match the seriousness of their wine programs, Luksus will do away with vino and cocktails altogether, serving only brews alongside its haute constructed plates. It’s a ballsy move—but if the gypsy-brewing movement is any indication, we expect to see many more beerestaurants in the future. 615 Manhattan Ave between Driggs and Nassau Aves, Greenpoint, Brooklyn (no phone yet)
Every neighborhood needs a watering hole, but if you live on the Upper East Side, it’s hard to find a place. There are plenty of fraternity-inspired bars that cater to a younger audience, but if you want a fairly casual but still nice sports bar experience, it’s hard to know where to turn. Mile 17 (named as such because it’s at the marker of the 17th mile in the New York Marathon) fills that void.The bar is comfortable and stylish—there are plenty of bar seats if you’d like to saddle up for a drink and perhaps a few minutes of the game (there are plenty of television sets), and comfortable booths and tables abound toward the back of the restaurant if you fancy a meal or a big group outing. The cocktail menu is short, and for good reason—cocktail drinkers are best suited to choosing their classic liquor-and-mixer combo. Mile 17 isn’t a cocktail bar, and their drinks, like the Cupan Tae ($10), a mix of tea-infused Hendricks gin with lemon soda, and the Magic Mile 17 ($13), Hendricks gin, St. Germain, mint, lemon, and Prosecco, fall mostly flat. On a recent night, the former was so tannic it made your mouth pucker, and the latter was too sweet and not well-mixed. But fear not: there are plenty of fresh-tasting beers on tap (they rotate, too, and prices vary) and a short but suitable wine list. Hungry? Mile 17 has plenty to nosh on, ranging from salads and hummus for the health conscious to the normal game-day foods of burgers and wings. A platter of nachos supreme ($9.95) with c
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