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BAM-boozle! Brooklyn Brewery releases a craft beer for Academy of Music

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Brooklyn’s about to get BAMboozled — and by BAMboozled, we mean boozed up at BAM.

On Nov. 9, in collaboration with the Brooklyn Brewery, Brooklyn Academy of Music will unveil its first signature beer — affectionately dubbed “BAMboozle” — at the world premiere of performance piece, “Brooklyn Babylon.”

“This isn’t your average tote bag celebration item,” said BAM President Karen Brooks Hopkins of the custom brew, which BAM will serve beginning in mid-November. “Brooklyn Brewery is cool and creative; it’s great when two Brooklyn institutions can work together like this.”

The light and hoppy BAMboozle brew is made of Belgian yeast, and features wildflower honey harvested from local family apiary Tremblay Farms. It is fermented in a champagne-like bottle, and boasts a colorful label by graphic design guru Milton Glaser.

“We’ve seen huge changes in Brooklyn, and in BAM itself,” said brewmaster Garrett Oliver, who has lived in Boerum Hill for 18 years. “I think of BAM as one of the symbols of the revival of Brooklyn. Now it has the polish on it that brings the entire world to our doorstep [so] I wanted the beer to be elegant.”

BAMboozle at the premiere of “Brooklyn Babylon” at BAM Harvey [651 Fulton St. between Rockwell and Ashland places in Fort Greene, (718) 636-4100], Nov. 9, 7:30 pm. Tickets, $20. For info, visit

Reach Arts Editor Juliet Linderman at or by calling (718) 260-8309.

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Doreen from Park Slope says:
That's Milton GLASER, you numbskulls!
Nov. 2, 2011, 5:09 pm

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