"I've had the idea to do a beer bar for ten years," Jeppe Jarnit-Bjergsø said. "I travel a lot with my brewery (Evil Twin) and I go to a lot of good beer bars, but I never go to places where I feel like it's perfect. I knew that if I were ever going to be involved in a beer bar, I would have to give it 100%." Jarnit-Bjergsø, a Denmark native, is what people have come to call a gypsy brewer. He doesn't have his own facility for brewing. Instead, he travels the world and collaborates with different breweries, putting his recipes in their tanks and creating limited-edition brews, many of which are featured at Tørst. There are currently over 120 bottled beers available as well as 21 tap lines.
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At Beloved in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, Rene Hidalgo swaps in St. Germain and Yellow Chartreuse in this refined riff on the classic Last Word cocktail. Here's how to make this easy (and delicious) drink at home.
Plenty of cocktail menus around town are the obvious work of a single person, with through-lines in spirits, themes, or philosophy. But Dan Sabo of Five Leaves in Brooklyn, who switched out almost his entire cocktail menu just last week, decided he'd prefer a collaboration. "There are four other bartenders here," Sabo told us, "and I got them all into it. They go and come up with ideas, we do tastings, we refine them. It makes for a much more varied and interesting list than I could've come up with myself." Come take a look at the 8 cocktails new to their menu.
It's less like a food establishment than a rustic salon in which to discuss and experience tea. And the teas themselves—from expectedly earthy pu-erhs to the woodsy custom blends to the selections of pure (unblended) teas—all lilt towards a particular profile of leathery, mushroomy, organic (in the truest meaning) flavors.