Bar Convent Brooklyn
In the first ever edition of the Bar Convent Brooklyn (the younger brother of the behemoth that is Bar Convent Berlin) Cocktails For You was ever present to report all the news from this upstart bar show held in one of the Meccas of bartending - New York City. Teaming up with Royal Dutch Distillers for this event we hosted a oyster pairing, bartended at Pouring Ribbons alongside Manhattan Bar from Singapore & generally crashed their stands all over the show!
Brooklyn Bar Convent in its first year was held at the Brooklyn Expo Centre where bartenders, brand ambassadors & international speakers gathered to share knowledge, passion & ideas from all over the world. The sun was out, some guns(read muscles) were out & everyone descended upon this tiny venue to soak in as much as they could during the event.
Our story begins though a few days prior to this event held on the 12th & 13th of June with a small tasting that we'd held in Bar Sardine in the Manhattan borough of New York City. Royal Dutch Distillers had invited us out to host an interesting new concept of Gin & The pairing with Oysters.
The premise is very simple - Empire Oysters would source single origin oysters from both the West & East coast of the United States to pair with the Rutte Celery Gin as well as the Rutte Old Simon Genever. Both spirits would be encased in a crystal clear pearl with either some wasabi or horseradish. When the oyster is eaten the pearl would explode in the mouth of the taster creating essentially a flavour bomb inside the mouth.
Friends came for brunch, we ate our body weight in oysters & lots of fun was had!