This is a review of a new beer arriving in Edinburgh, and I want to start by recommending drinkaware, which is actually a helpful site if you have questions about drinking.
I used to drink often, but as my health has become more important to me, I’ve cut back dramatically. It was not a slamdunk deal when I was offered a free sample of Brooklyn Pilsner and the news that the brewery would be projecting art on several buildings in Edinburgh. I’m glad I accepted because I enjoyed the beer!
- This review was made possible by a free and advanced sample of Brooklyn Brewery beer.
- Please be drinkaware.
Why is there is a projected B outside the pub?
The Brooklyn Pilsner Tour is coming to Edinburgh. It’ll get here on the 5th of May, and I’ve news of free parties you can go to celebrate.
We’re not quite the last stop of the tour; it started in Brighton on the 7th of April, will be in Birmingham next (on the 28th), and after Edinburgh, it finishes in Glasgow on the 6th.
There are four pubs on the event list already, and if you register to go to the event, and joining the guest list, you also get a chance to win free beer and merch. There’s also a chance to win a trip to Brooklyn in New York City.
On the 5th, Brooklyn Brewery will project its logo artwork on various buildings, and I’m told it will look a lot like this preview poster (featured) except modified for Edinburgh. There’s also a QR code on it for the competition.
So, if you’re wondering why a B or a can of beer is projected onto a building here in Edinburgh on the 5th of May, that might be why. I have to say might as, well, you know, this happens pretty often! Especially as we edge towards Festivals season.
Pubs in the Brooklyn Beer party
I see four venues lined up for the Brooklyn Pilsner Tour when it hits Edinburgh on the 5th of May, and that’s more than when I first looked, so the event is growing.
- Volcano Falls (130 Dundee Street), from 20:00 to 21:15
- Revolution (30c Chambers Street), from 20:00 to 21:15
- Foundry 39 (39A Queensferry Street), from 21:30 to 22:45
- The Voyage of Buck (29-3 William Street), from 21:30 to 22:45
A review of Brooklyn Beer
I tend to like pilsners and light European-style lagers, yep, stuff like Stella Artois. I checked on the Brooklyn website to see that this lager is described as crisp, and I can confirm it is and has lightly toasty spice and subtle citrus hop notes.
I’m not sure I’m clever enough to get to the official flavour notes. If my attempt does not sound too weird, I’ll confess it reminded me of cereal or even naked popcorn when you’ve sprinkled paprika over it.
You can see from the photo that I got the cans, and I started with just the one. I had two.
The website also said the beer would go well with pork, rotisserie chicken, hot dogs or as a way to cleanse your palate after a spicy meal. That makes me feel hungry.
I know the lager hasn’t been brewed to avoid too many bubbles the way Cobra has in that brand’s effort to go with a curry, but I still think Brooklyn Pils would be a good partner for Indian food. A contrast but a welcome one.
On review, Brooklyn is a beer that reminds me of both the stuff of a milky breakfast and spicy Indian food. A coherent point of view? No? Still a tasty lager? Yes.
Where can you get Brooklyn Pils in Edinburgh?
Our four bars; Volcano Falls, Revolution, Foundry 39 and The Voyage of the Buck, are a good bet.
Brooklyn Brewery is a large business with its own Wikipedia entry (which notes the company’s charity efforts) and nearly a quarter of a million barrels of beer produced yearly. If it’s not already there, I imagine it’ll get to supermarkets and online specialists.
I can see the bottles already available at Drinks Supermarket.