There isn’t a better way to celebrate the first ever Bronx Restaurant Week then to pair up a well-known eatery with the borough’s brand-named beer.
For the first two weeks of November, Savor the Bronx, the borough’s first annual restaurant week, is being celebrated all over the Bronx at some of its finest eateries.
Tosca on 4308 E. Tremont Avenue paired with the owners of the Bronx Brewery on Wednesday, November 2 to mix some of Tosca’s best-tasting dishes with the newest addition to the borough, the Bronx Pale Ale.
The brew, which was finally released in early September after months of preparing the right combination of ingredients, was selling quickly as customers kicked back with great tasting food and beer on a chilly fall night.
Master brewer Damian Brown said it’s been a great ride since the brewery opened earlier this year, and he and the rest of the team are proud to be where they are now.
“To be honest, it’s been really fun selling a beer that’s named after the Bronx. People love when they see thing’s named after the great borough,” Brown said. “To be able to participate in the first ever Bronx Restaurant Week with the Bronx Pale Ale is a great experience, especially at a place like Tosca’s.”
Brown displayed a sampling table with more information about the ale, as well as the ingredients used to make the beer. He said the team has already purchased a second, larger fermentation tank that will be used at the Cottrell Brewery in Pawcatuck, Connecticut, where the beer is currently brewed.
Bronx Pale Ale is now being served at 17 locations in Manhattan and the Bronx and according to Brown, the team expects to make their way into Brooklyn and Queens starting in January. They are also collecting recipe ideas for a second Bronx Brewery beer.
“Right now, we’re targeting bars and restaurants and selling kegs so that the ale can be sold on tap. After we gain more accounts, we plan on bottling the beer as well,” Brown said. “We’re keeping our focus on the Bronx Pale Ale, but are already discussing a second beer to be introduced next spring.”
The ale was a hit at Tosca’s and restaurant manager Melissa Liebman was happy to pair up with the Bronx Brewery to bring together a great tasting beer, with great tasting food.
“We were excited about pairing up with a local brewery for this special event to show Bronxites that they don’t have to leave the borough to get the best pizza and beer,” Liebman said.
Savor the Bronx concludes on Tuesday, November 15, but Brown and the Bronx Brewery made another stop for Bronx Restaurant Week at the Bronx Ale House at 216 W. 238th Street on Tuesday, November 8, where the ale was first introduced at the end of the summer.Reach Vito Signorile via e-mail at vsignorile
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