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PARTY: Dec. 15th, No Office

Like a number of our readers, the word “office” doesn’t hold a lot of meaning for us beyond a laptop and an iPhone, a couch and a few of our favorite coffices.

But just because we don’t have to shower before work doesn’t mean we don’t deserve to celebrate our achievements (and continued employment!) this year, and all the time we wasted on You Tube. We deserve an office party, and so do you.

Together with our blogger brethren—Fucked in Park Slopethe skint, and Brokelyn—we’re throwing the “No Office Holiday Party” Thursday, December 15 at Littlefield. If you work from home or don’t work at the moment, or your office can’t afford to party this year, this holiday shindig is for you.

Starting at 7:30, you’ll have time to unwind with spiked holiday punch ($3 for the first hour, $5 after), get a photo with a hot Santa in the Shootbooth photobooth, and exchange Secret Santa gifts. (Your old copy of Motherless Brooklyn, homemade cookies, a box of Entenmann’s–almost anything is fair game and guarantees you a gift in exchange.) And if you purge your worst work memory of 2011 on paper–specifically the worst thing a co-worker, client or boss has said to you this year–Kurt Braunohler may just use it as fodder for his short stand-up set before Bunnie England + The New Originals perform an hour of live band karaoke. (We’ll probably be too chicken to take the mic, but our fingers are crossed we hear Blister in the Sun and Stop Draggin My Heart Around.)

Once we’ve embarrassed ourselves enough, DJ Colleen Crumbcake of Popshop will bring on the soul, funk, new wave and hip hop.

The cover is $5–enough to cover copious amounts of mistletoe and all our good cheer. Hope to see you on the dance floor. RSVP here.

Venue: Littlefield
Address: 622 Degraw Street between 3rd and 4th Aves., Gowanus, Brooklyn
Date: Thursday, Dec. 15th, 2011
Details: The No Office Holiday Party presented by Brooklyn Based, the skintFucked in Park Slope, & Brokelyn. $5 cover. Doors 7:30pm, Kurt Braunohler 8:30pm, Bunnie England & The New Originals Live Band Karaoke 9pm, Colleen Crumbcake 10pm

BEER: Dec. 15th Brewery Bar-Mitzvah

The proprietor of Shmaltz Brewing Company shares his business memoir along with his delicious brews (Coney Island Lager, He’Brew). co-sponsors. 

About Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah:

In his small business memoir, Jeremy Cowan divulges how he took on the craft beer world and ultimately created one of the most respected niche brands in the country. Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah tracks Cowan’s evolution from the earliest days of hand squeezing pomegranates and delivering 100 cases of hand-bottled HE’BREW Beer® to winning awards 13 years later at top U.S. craft beer festivals. This meaningful, insightful and often hilarious memoir takes readers on a wild ride with the head of today’s most successful and decorated Jewish Celebration Freak Show Craft Brewery. 

To co-write and edit the tale of Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah, Cowan enlisted the help of longtime friend and professional journalist, James Sullivan. Sullivan worked as a staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle and contributor to the Boston Globe. He is the author of three books: 7 Dirty Words: The Life and Crimes of George Carlin, The Hardest Working Man: How James Brown Saved the Soul of America, and Jeans: A Cultural History of an American Icon. Cowan entrusted Sullivan to help capture the intimate, purposefully conversational style of his story and to transform his writing from beer labels and sell sheets into a 300 plus page narrative. 

On working with Cowan, James Sullivan assesses, “Jeremy puts all sorts of ingredients into his delicious beers, but the first one is always chutzpah. He sold the first cases of HE’BREW out of the trunk of his grandma’s Volvo, and now it’s available across the country. Same with Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah — he self-published, and now he’s got national distribution. Beer, perseverance and comedy: a very sessionable recipe.”

A standout success story in the beer world, Shmaltz Brewing features two lines, HE’BREW Beer® and Coney Island Craft Lagers®, that have gained a dedicated cult following. A renowned contract brewer, Jeremy Cowan has developed Shmaltz into a nearly $3 million a year business with more than 10 employees. The brand has been highlighted with many distinguished media outlets including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, CNN, NPR “Weekend Edition,” The Onion, and Beer Advocate Magazine. Craft Beer Bar Mitzvah captures the heart and soul of a visionary small business owner dedicated to producing exceptional handcrafted products, and turning on the average consumer to the delicious world of craft beer. 

About Shmaltz Brewing Company

Shmaltz Brewing Company was recently named “Best American Craft Brewer” and won the “Best In Show 2010” title by Beverage World Magazine, after being named “Breakout Brand” for 2009. Shmaltz was also included in the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Bay Area Companies” by San Francisco Business Times, and is a recipient of the “Distinguished Business Award” by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

Established in San Francisco in 1996 with the first batch of 100 cases of HE’BREW Beer® bottled, labeled, and delivered by hand, Shmaltz has sold more than 10 million bottles of beer to date. Along with their acclaimed line of HE’BREW Beers®, Shmaltz introduced its new line of sideshow-inspired Coney Island Craft Lagers®. Proceeds help Coney Island USA, a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit fulfill its mission to defend the honor of lost forms of American popular culture in Brooklyn’s historic Coney Island neighborhood.

CRAFT: Dec. 15th, Knitting

Thursday, December 15 Session 5: Increasing is used in garment shaping but it really struts its stuff when used in combination with decreasing in stitch patterns especially laces. Project: Texting Gloves Classes are $25 each or $100 for the entire series. There is also a $5 materials fee for each class if you would like the teacher to provide materials for you. To register or if you have questions, please contact or (718) 599-2718.

355 Bedford Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11211