After 10 years of business on Fulton St. we know that we’ve got a lot to be thankful for: delicious food, delightful coworkers, and of course what would we be without the incredible Fort Greene community! This year we have the unique opportunity to give back. We’ve teamed up with the Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership to donate turkeys to local families in need. We’ve set our goals high, but are confident in our ability, with the help of our community, to procure 854 lbs of turkey! While we can’t do it alone, The Greene Grape has committed to matching 50% of every dollar raised in this Great Gobble Giveaway.
Will you donate a pound or two to a local family’s Thanksgiving turkey?
Ask your cashier, or click here to donate a pound or two to a local family in need.
Cocktails For Turkeys!
To kick off the fundraising, we’re hosting a cocktail party at Annex on Tuesday November 13th from 6:00-9pm. All proceeds from our signature beer and cocktail sales will go to buying turkeys for 61 local families. Come out and mingle, and drink for a great cause! TOAST Ale and Ford’s Gin will be slinging beverages until we close. Mix and mingle with a spirited group of community members, local businesses and community organizers, this will be an evening to remember!
Who will be getting these turkeys?
TheMyrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership works with the Fort Greene & Farragut Fresh Pantry which gives about 10,000 pounds of fresh produce to the community each year. In addition, they work with local businesses and residents to provide the community with turkeys. This year, they have asked us to help extend their turkey donation with 61 turkeys to help provide for families living at the The Emerson Davis Family Center. This local organization offers housing, child care, medical, and mental health services. Emerson-Davis is a transitional family preservation and reunification program designed to serve parents with histories of homelessness and mental illness, and their families.
The holidays are our favorite time of year at the Greene Grape. We love playing a part in all of our customers’ celebrations, and doing what we do best: food. As you’re getting your ducks (and turkeys, chickens, etc.) in a row for Thanksgiving, please keep in mind our revised hours for the holiday:
Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/23
Annex: 8AM – 1PM
Scoops & Sweets: CLOSED
Wine & Spirits: 10AM – 3PM
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a first time turkey roaster, you may find yourself overwhelmed when planning your holiday menu. We’ll be open until the early afternoon on Thursday to help you cover any last minute bases. We’ll have pies, sides, and that one stick of butter or onion even the best of us can forget. If you find yourself struggling with any more questions, like “How do I select wines for my meal?” or “How do I even cook this turkey?”, our FAQ page can help you out! We hope you have a very happy holiday, Fort Greene!
Thanksgiving is a day for gluttony and there is nothing wrong with that! I am not trying to dissuade people from drinking wine with their turkey, but there is also a lot of football to stay awake for. Not to mention keeping on your toes for all of those questions from your family about your career/love life/etc. that you need to embellish just enough to make it out alive! Here are four beers that will compliment all of your favorite Thanksgiving dishes. Also all of these beers are brewed by fantastic American Microbreweries.
First up is the Pennichuck Brewing’s Feuerwehrmann Schwarbier. Pennichuck is a small brewery from Milford, NH and they have been receiving a lot of acclaim as well as winning a Gold Medal at the International Beer Festival. I had the pleasure of meeting their Brewmaster who explained to me that the goal of the brewery, other than making fantastic beers, is to eventually donate a portion of their earnings to various charities to benefit firemen in need. This is a dark lager that has a nice maltiness while still retaining the sweetness of a lager. Many people are frightened by the idea of “dark beers” but this brew could surely help the less adventurous beer drinker put down their “beechwood aged” security blanket and learn to enjoy beer! A good beer to enjoy earlier in the evening with hors d’oeuvres or a cheese plate.
Next on the list is Doc’s Draft Hard Pear Cider from Warwick, NY. This crisp and refreshing cider contains the perfect blend of pear and apple that comes through loud and clear when you take a sip. I would recommend drinking Doc’s with your over-filled dinner plate. The subtle sweetness is the perfect partner for your turkey and mash potatoes.
Lastly we have Butte Creek’s Organic Pilsner from Chico, CA. Now the word organic is thrown around a lot nowadays and doesn’t always translate to a great product, that is not a problem for Butte Creek. This pilsner is light with a spicy hop aroma and a refreshing grassiness which makes you feel like you just spent a long day harvesting crops, even though you were actually just looking for those pants with the elastic waist band you bought specifically for Thanksgiving dinner. This is just what you need to clear your palate before your move on to the pumpkin pie.
So pick up a couple of bottles and have an awesome Thanksgiving. I am going to pass on to you the best piece of advice I ever received, stock up on the yams!
Greene GrapeImpress Your Relatives, be a Beer Geek!
Our annual Thanksgiving All-American 6 Pack is back! Once again we have picked 6 stellar American wines that will pair with any and all of your Thanksgiving dinner concoctions. You get 6 wines normally valued at $106 for just $90. That means you’re saving more than 15%! And they come in a nifty, convenient carrying case! Now that’s something to be thankful for!
Gruet Brut Rose NV – A sparkling rose from New Mexico, made from Pinot Noir, with a floral nose and notes of raspberry and cherry. On the palate, it is rich and fruity in a dry style.
Anthony Road Riesling 2006 – Representing the Finger Lakes region in upstate New York, this riesling is dry, with racy acidity and notes of lime and pear.
O’Reilly’s Pinot Gris 2007 – Clarity of color, peach, apricot and apple fruit, mineral notes, fine acidity and smooth mouth feel are found in this Oregon wine.
Fleur Pinot Noir 2007 – Ripe cherries, cranberry, a dash of white pepper and nutmeg set the stage for this ruby colored wine from Carneros, California.
Sobon Estate Zinfandel 2007 – Hailing from Amador County, CA, this certified organic Zinfandel has dark cherry and cocoa flavors with a bit of spice and a smooth, medium body.
Winesmith Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 – From Lodi, California, this is a rich, generous Cabernet with soft round tannins and a core of cassis braced by spice and earth.