Berg’n

When we visited Ed last winter, we told you a bit about Brooklyn Flea, a huge, weekend flea market, with hundreds of vendors selling vintage clothes, antiques, and jewelry. Brooklyn Flea also operates Smorgasburg, an all-food market featuring both prepared and packaged foods. Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg are held under one Crown Heights roof during the winter, right next to the newest addition to the family, Berg’n! Berg’n is a beer hall that houses a permanent food court of Smorgasburg vendors. Ed and I went to Brooklyn Flea on Saturday to birthday shop for the youngest Chitwood, and decided to grab a beer at Berg’n afterward.

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Berg’n was just as crazy-crowded as Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg, and it took the two swamped bartenders a good 15 minutes to notice us. Shortly after we got our beers two seats opened up at the bar, though. #blessed

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Berg’n has a decent draft list with plenty of local options, and a nice selection of bottles and cans as well. I ordered the Peekskill Eastern Standard IPA, a beer I’d been wanting to try. Ed actually went to Peekskill Brewery when he was living with my aunt and uncle in Westchester, right after moving to NY. Peekskill is about ten minutes from their old house, and is a really nice little town. I want to make a trip to the brewery soon, especially after trying the Eastern Standard. It has a nice citrus aroma and is well-balanced, but has a bit of lingering bitterness.

Ed had the Allagash Saison, which neither of us had tried before. It was fruity and crisp, and seemed to pair well with the brisket he got from the Mighty Quinn’s kiosk. There’s a $20 card limit at the bar (come on), so we split a Founders Breakfast Stout for dessert. The FBS is to. die. for. I mean, there’s a reason it has a score of 100 on Beer Advocate. It’s incredibly smooth, with notes of coffee and chocolate, and just a hint of booze. Better than an afternoon ice cream, if you ask me. 😉
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Despite the crowd and not-so-great service, I’m already looking forward to my return to Berg’n. They have a huge projector screen (maybe I can get them to play the next UVA bball game??), happy hour from 4-7 on Tuesday-Friday, and trivia on Tuesday nights. Also, since I had already eaten lunch, I didn’t get to hit up the Pizza Moto. And that just won’t do…
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