Roughly one year after Mikkeller NYC opened at Citi Field, Evil Twin Brewing is now serving beer at Nowadays in Ridgewood. In advance of the brewery taproom opening this Spring, you can drink your fill of beers at the Pop-Up Taproom. After spending the last 2 ½ years transforming an old ballroom into a brewery, previously nomadic head brewer Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergso now has bright tanks he can call his own.
Founded by by Eamon Harkin and Justin Carter in 2015, Nowadays is a stunning open-air space, with an amount of hanging plants that will please any millennial. Regularly scheduled programming includes the Planetarium listening series, DJ dance nights, and the Classic Album Sundays (Miles Davis, anyone?)
Fernelly Sarria, who acts as Culture Creator for Evil Twin, has been a huge part of this collaboration, helping to integrate the brewery with Nowadays and the community of Ridgewood. You may see him holding down the bar, modeling some fresh merch, or spinning his own set.
Alongside the 8 taps of fresh beer, you can help yourself to delicious grub like Spicy Cauliflower Tacos, enjoy a Pink Negroni off the cocktail menu, or some Vibamins for the substance-free dancers among us. Outdoors at Nowadays, guests can continue to imbibe in the winterized, outdoor beer garden, which includes a 20-person heated yurt and fire pits. Group reservations are available on the Nowadays website, as well as pre-sale tickets for all events.
What may be shocking to drink at Nowadays, given Evil Twin’s penchant for boozy dessert stouts and adventurous adjunct ingredients (re:togarishi), is a perfectly delicious and well-made Pilsner (ET Found Home) or sessionable Pale Ale (Simple Start).
Five blocks away at the brewery on George St., fans of Twin Peaks will rejoice. Behind a velvet rope in the barrel room is the actual sign from the Great Northern Hotel. Owner Jeppe won it on auction, and it has found its place alongside barrels of maturing beer, and the wealth of odd knick knacks that contribute to the Nordic ethos of Evil Twin. For now, until the grand opening, you can pick up 4-packs of 16oz cans. But so far we’ve seen brewing collabs with Bushwick’s own Sey Coffee, as well as Jester King (TX), using a wild yeast culture brought from down south. One can only conjure the future beery greatness we will enjoy on the dance floor at Nowadays in the months to come.
Pop-Up Taproom @ Nowadays details
56-06 Cooper Ave. #1 Ridgewood, 11385; www.nowadays.nyc/taproom; @nowadaysnyc
Pop-Up Hours: Fridays, 5pm-10pm. Saturdays, 12-10pm Sundays, 12-3pm
Evil Twin Brewing NYC details
1616 George St. Ridgewood 11385; www.eviltwin.nyc; @eviltwinbrewingnyc
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