These monthly discussions welcome those who have covered conflict from the frontlines, with proceeds benefiting Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), Sebastian Junger’s nonprofit that provides medical training to freelance journalists. The series kicks off with the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm himself, in conversation with Brooklyn Brewery cofounder and ex–Middle East war correspondent Steve Hindy. Other prominent media figures scheduled to share their experiences include Bob Woodruff of ABC News (June 12), freelance photojournalist Michael Kamber (July 10) and New York Times scribe C.J. Chivers (Sept 11). Stay for the postdiscussion reception, where you can toast the brave reporters with a cold one.
Once a month, the brewery welcomes stand-up Tom Shillue (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show) for a round of hilarious storytelling. The confident everyman comic brings in different guests including comedians, actors, Moth participants and generally wacky personalities; the April edition featured Baohaus chef Eddie Huang talking about fried chicken and drugs. Admission also gets you a beer, the better to help you enjoy the sets.
The last Tuesday of the month is “tossday,” meaning the joint is turned over to corn hole, the competitive beanbag-throwing sport cherished by tipsy picnickers everywhere. Teams are drawn at random, meaning you may be paired with experts or rookies—hopefully the former, as prizes include beer (of course) and a cool $200 for first place. Player admission includes one brew; arrive half an hour early to sign up and practice your underhand, the best way to land your bag (overhand is a telltale newbie sign).
There seems to be a slicery on nearly every street corner in the city, but sometimes, you need a pizza with a bit more finesse. Petaluma has been dishing out Italian-American cuisine for more than 30 years on the Upper East Side. The restaurant’s popularity is thanks in part to its wood-fired thin-crust pizzas with toppings like spinach artichoke ($21) and fried eggplant, ricotta and tomato ($18). The pasta menu offers classics such as orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage ($20), shrimp scampi ($24) and spaghetti carbonara ($22). The carb-conscious might want to skip the heavy stuff and go straight for a protein-centric entree, like the veal marsala ($29) or the pan-seared Atlantic salmon ($28). Select a drink from a long wine list with vintages available both by the glass and the bottle, or order that non-alcoholic Italian classic, San Pellegrino Limonata ($5).
Venue says: “We have opened our large outdoor cafe! Join us on Wine Down Wednesday for half price bottles of wine to sip on outside.”