March Madness Tailgate Weekend

Where: MKNYC Taproom

When: Friday (3/22), Saturday (3/23) & Sunday (3/24)


All weekend we're having March Madness tailgates! Friday, Saturday, & Sunday we'll have all the top college basketball game playing all day erryday. We'll also be featuring $4 pints of house lagers, $7 steins, and $10 pitchers. That's not enough? Come try our $.75 house made buffalo wings and laded nachos!

1 Year Anniversary Party

Where: MKNYC Taproom

When: March 29th; 7 - close


It's crazy to think that at the end of this month we'll have been open for a year! A year full of accomplishments, growing pains, and almost 100 new beers, but for this occasion we're going to take it back to beer #1. On Friday March 29th, we're dropping a rebrew of Filthy Flow (MKNYC x Thin Man Brewery) and celebrating our 1-Year Anniversary. We'd love for our friends, family, and fans to come join us for a birthday celebration of filthy proportions.

Stay tuned! More info coming soon:
- More releases dropping
- Specialty draft & bottle menus
- MORE, MORE, MORE!

Monthly Mixology: Black Velvet

February sucks, no matter how you look at it. The main complaints are usually some version of the following three reasons.

1. Regardless of relationship status, the existence of Valentine's Day and all that it entails often has people feeling a certain type of way: annoyed.

2. The novelty of cold weather and snow has worn off by this point. What was once a welcome excuse to sport the trendy, layered look is now just a huge pain in the ass.

3. All the warm and cozy feelings everyone had at the beginning of November are long gone. No amount of time spent drinking hot tea while snuggled up reading an actual book is going to bring back The Hygge.

All of us in jail *cough* I mean in the middle of February.

While we may be smack in the middle of the worst part of the winter season, that doesn't mean you have to settle for a crappy drink to get yourself through it-- or that you even have to settle for one type of alcohol, for that matter.

Seasonally depressed person, I present to you your newest favorite beer cocktail-- the black velvet.

The traditional black velvet provides the grounding you need to get through February via a hearty stout while also keeping things light with equal parts bubbly to stout.

Things are looking up, my friend.

Black Velvet Cocktail

To make a black velvet, you will need:

  • a bottle of champagne
  • a bottle of stout

It could not be any simpler to prepare: starting with the stout, pour equal parts stout and champagne into the same glass.

Aaaand voila: you've got yourself a black velvet.

If you're feeling a little extra, you can serve it in a champagne flute as per tradition, but TBH it'll probably be just as good from a coffee mug or whatever else you've got that's clean... although it definitely won't be as Instagrammable.

Your call on that one.

Cheers, fellow February inmate/doggo!

Winter Shandy Recipes



The traditional shandy is a mixture of beer with a lemon or lime flavored beverage. Shandies are popular in many parts of the world with each region adding their own unique spin on the drink.

The Shandy Punch

Makes one bowl of shandy punch. Great for parties, get-togethers, or bad days.

  • 1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup (apple) brandy
  • 1 cup (strong) ginger beer
  • ~4 12-ounce pilsner beers
  • sliced lemon

Strain the lemon juice into a small saucepan, stir in the maple syrup, and bring just to a simmer over medium-low heat. Once the syrup is well incorporated into the lemon juice remove from heat, transfer to a medium bowl, and chill.

To assemble the punch, add the brandy and well-chilled ginger beer to the lemon-maple mixture. Stir well, then transfer to a punch bowl. If you have an ice block, place this (or equivalent ice cubes) in the bowl as well, along with some thinly sliced lemon. Now add the beer to taste - 4 bottles of pilsner seems about right, but you might go a bit more or less depending on how strong or sweet you like your punch.

Recipe from Quito Keeto.

The Single Shandy

A classic shandy with an orangey twist, this shandy is for those moments at home when a simple beer just won't cut it.

  • 5 ounces pumpkin-spiced or amber beer
  • 2 ounces lemonade
  • 1/4 warm orange marmelade
  • Orange slice

In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, stir first 3 ingredients until cold. Strain into a child highball or pint glass. Garnish with an orange slice.

Recipe from Rachel Ray Magazine.

The Immunity-Boosting Shandy

Featuring copious amounts of ginger and grapefruit, this shandy recipe packs a punch and is sure to leave you feeling better in more ways than one!

  • 4 cups grapefruit juice, preferably fresh
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pickled ginger
  • ¼ cup (or more) pickled ginger juice
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper Beer, preferably light lager (for serving)

Vigorously stir grapefruit juice, pickled ginger, pickled ginger juice, a small pinch of salt, and a good 20 cranks of pepper in a large pitcher. Taste and add more ginger juice, salt, and pepper if needed. Divide beer among ice-filled glasses and add a splash of grapefruit-ginger juice to taste.

Recipe from Bon Appetit.

The 'Qué Onda Wey' Hard Shandy

Francisco Galarza

A shandy recipe for two featuring everyone's favorite friend— tequila! The only thing that could make this better would be some tacos.

  • 1 bottle of Mexican beer, preferably lager
  • 1 bottle hard lemonade
  • 2 shots of tequila
  • Lemons or limes to garnish

If you have time, put two glasses in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Pour half the bottle of beer, and half the bottle of hard lemonade into each glass. Add 1 shot of your favorite tequila to each glass. Squeeze a wedge of lemon or lime over the top. Kick back and enjoy.

Recipe from Recipe from Artful Dishes.

The Hipster Shandy

Luke Michael

Using in-season winter pomegranates, this is the shandy to serve any friends you may have with bougie-hipster palettes. No basic shandies here!

  • 4 ounces cold pomegranate juice
  • 4 ounces cold lemonade 8 to 12 ounces of your favorite wheat beer, cold
  • Lemon wedges for garnish
  • Pomegranate arils

Add the pomegranate and lemonade in a frosty glass and store. Pour the beer over top, squeeze in a lemon wedge, and garnish with another. Serve with a sprinkling of pomegranate arils inside.

Recipe from How Sweet Eats.

Keeping your edge in an ever more competitive beer pong environment.

What did you do last night? Beer pong.

Also not just regular beer. The high alcohol stuff, too. That 120 Minute IPA is no joke. But you got this. No headache, no nausea, no hangover. A miracle. But you still hurt somehow!

You check your phone. A message from your opponent. You read in his cheery voice: "Hey, man. Good game last night. Take care. -c." Chase signs his texts because of course he does.


Chase is basically Jean-Ralphio gfycat.com


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You won the game and don't have a hangover. But you feel like you got ran over by--not a truck--an aggressive bicycle delivery driver.

You have ibuprofen. A responsible adult approaching middle age. Of course you have them. Pop a few of those.

Plop on the couch and turn on the TV. You got John Wick in the Blu-ray. So you turn it on. You've seen it before. Dozens of times. What was the first movie you saw Keanu Reeves in? Bill and Ted, of course. Keanu's over 50 now and he can do that.
You wonder, Does he hurt in the morning?

You're 40. You're 40 years old and getting out of bed this morning _hurt_ for some reason. What did you do? Not just the back, but also shoulders

This, you know, is getting older. Your parents teased you about it. You teased your older friends.

And now it's you. You're not going be able to roll as hard as Chase. He kept telling you to use the fastball method. Throw it low and quick and yeah that, right there. Especially with the low ceilings in that apartment. It worked: but at what cost?

If you don't keep tabs on that body it's just going to get worse. So, here we are. You ready? Ready. Turn on that grunge playlist I know you got and get ready to do this.

Stretch!

All athletes know this. Stretch those muscles. Through decades of adulthood and the current political climate, your shoulders are tense. Hard. Unfeeling to the burdens you place on them all day running and working and haven't relaxed properly in a month of Sundays or some other saying your grandparents used to have.

Stand up and stretch a little. Gently! You don't want to throw out your back before you rematch Chase. Try these:

  • Put your arm across your chest, almost like you're going to do that dab thing that the kids did 4 months ago. Hold the elbow with your opposite hand, pull gently. Repeat with the other side.
  • If your apartment is like mine, you might not have that much space. Consider: place one hand over the other in front of you with straight elbows, then turn a little to each side.
  • Lace your fingers behind your back and lean forward gently. Try and make your arms point as straight upwards as you can.

Form Follows Function

Check your form. You're throwing a ping pong ball, not at the 3 pointer line or the pitcher's mound.


Don't fall for fastball. Via upload.wikimedia.org

Seriously? 30 Proof Beer?

You know your limits. Playing with high alcohol, though? Your liver isn't 20 anymore. Even if you can't feel it the next day, there is a long term cost to that. Consider...not beer.

Just water. Water is fine. You need to stay hydrated anyway. Chase will understand. Right? That guy must spend all day in the gym. Drinking Brawndo or something with electrolytes.

Chase wouldn't know real musicPhoto: Marcela Laskoski

To sum up: At 40, you are just learning now what it's like to be getting old. It's fine. It happens. Kind of the nature of time and the lack of the boomers actually providing basic health coverage. But there's no reason to be stubborn about it.