Beer gets classy: Greenpoint bar makes brew into cocktails

Beer gets classy: Greenpoint bar makes brew into cocktails
Photo by Elizabeth Graham

The age-old adage “beer before liquor, never been sicker,” may be true, but beer and liquor mixed together can make for a scrumptious cocktail.

Just ask Benjamin Roshia, who will be slinging 10 signature beer cocktails at his new Greenpoint bar and beer store, One Stop Beer Shop, slated to open on Dec. 28.

“We’re taking beer which, already within itself, is very complex with so many aromas and flavors,” Roshia said. “And we’re adding artisan spirits and liquors, and creating just a ridiculous amount of flavor.”

To craft the perfect beer elixir, Roshia uses booze as diverse as triple sec and clear corn moonshine. The result is colorful cocktails such as the Dark and Smokey, a moonshine beverage with rosemary, ginger liqueur, agave and a smoked porter; and the Clandestine Moon, which combines moonshine, Drambuie, blueberries, mint and Captain Lawrence Liquid Gold.

One Stop Beer Shop will boast a rotating roster of 16 local, seasonal and craft beers on tap — plus a spigot especially designated for Kombucha — for those less adventurous with their libations. One Stop will also fill half-gallon re-sealable glass growlers — with one of the 100 beer varieties Roshia will have on hand, using a state-of-the-art machine designed to maintain carbonation after the growler is opened.

But tricks of the trade aside, Roshia aims, above all, to create a place for locals to kick back, relax and enjoy a cold beer — in one form or another.

“We just wanted to create a space that encompasses the many facets of beer culture,” Roshia said. “Even for people who would rather have a cocktail.”

One Stop Beer Shop [134 Kingsland Ave. between Beadel and Lombardi streets in Greenpoint, (718) 599-0128]. Opening party on Dec. 28, 7 pm. Free. For info, visit www.1-sbs.com.

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

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