Bloody Mary’s, Beers & Brooklyn

Every so often I see something that I want to do or go to and I basically SCREAMY CAPS LOCK tell Dave that WE’RE GOING/I SIGNED US UP FOR THIS/WE NEED A BABYSITTER without giving him a choice in the matter. #Bestwifeever. This time the SCREAMY CAPS LOCK was for The Bloody Mary Festival in Brooklyn. I love Bloody Mary’s so much that when I was pregnant with Sadie I would drink Bloody Mary mix as a virgin drink. Gross I know but when you’re pregnant and desperate you’ll do what you need.

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

The festival was hosted by the The Bloody Mary Liberation Party (love that name) and was held in the beautiful Grand Prospect Hall. Well, the outside looks like its about to be hit with a demolition ball but the inside was old world gorgeous.

Grand Prospect Ballroom | Perks of Being a JAP |

There was a long line to get in when we first got there but it went by really fast and once inside I was surprised – I thought it would have been more packed than it was! Not that I’m complaining. We immediately grabbed our first bloody and off we went!

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

I think we maybe waited on one line for a drink the entire time? I was surprised considering the event was considered sold out for weeks and usually at beer festivals the place is PACKED but hey, not complaining! They also had different sections for the food samples and the food for sale, which broke up the crowd nicely.

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

My favorite bloody was the Hunter’s Saigon Mary from Hunter’s in Cobble Hill. BleuStorm vodka (lemongrass infused), charred tomato, house spice, black garlic, cucumber, lime and Sriracha and garnished with pickled shrimp and Thai basil. MMmmmmmm.

Bloody Mary Festival | Perks of Being a JAP |

My only complaint was that the drinks we so over-iced. I could barely get a good taste of some of them because the drink was 80% ice! Oh well. We got done with the festival pretty quickly and decided to take advantage of our time (and grandparent babysitters) by hitting up two local breweries we hadn’t been to yet.

First we went to Strong Rope Brewery. The space was bright and clean (and we found parking right down the block) and I loved all of the wood detailing – the wood you see behind the taps was mirrored all around and made up the bar too.

Strong Rope Brewery | Perks of Being a JAP |

Strong Rope doesn’t have a set tasting option (like $12 for a tasting of four beers) but you can get a 6 oz pour of anything on the menu for $3. We settled in at the bar and tried a few of the beers. We were really excited to see an ESB (Extra Special Bitter) on the menu – that’s one of our favorite styles and its not widely popular so not many breweries tend to carry it.

Strong Rope Brewery | Perks of Being a JAP |

After a few beers at Strong Rope we headed over to Other Half Brewing. I wish I would have gotten a picture of the exterior of the brewery because Dave and I definitely thought we were in the wrong place until we saw the sign on the door. It’s a little… rough.

Other Half Brewing | Perks of Being a JAP |

The inside mirrored the outside as well – no frills here! That sort of stuff doesn’t bother me – some of the best beers I’ve had are at very low key breweries that are stationed out of old garages or industrial areas. I was a little underwhelmed by Other Half. It was packed which was great for them, but made it difficult to be anywhere comfortably and when you went up to order your tastings it was like a line at Chipotle – no time to talk to the staff about any of the beers because they only wanted to get to the next people in line. People rave about Other Half on Yelp but I wasn’t that impressed.

Other Half Brewing | Perks of Being a JAP |

Strong Rope Strong Rope Brewery
574 A President St
Brooklyn, NY 11215






Other HalfOther Half Brewing
195 Centre St
Brooklyn, NY 11231


  1. I don’t like beer, but bloody marys are ok! The festival looked cool!

  2. Ya know, sometimes I wish I drank because it seems like it can be such a fun social experience. I mean, I am an EXPERT on the best gelato or cannoli or ice cream or whatever, generally from small-batch, local locations (kind of like a small-time brewery, right?), but this whole day just looks like it was lovely.

    Also, the pic with your sunglasses in it? Totally looks like there are googly eyes on your lenses. Ha!

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    • Hahah googly eyes! I didn’t see that until now!

      Also – you come to NY and we will go on a cannoli tour. Dave LOVES cannolis and we also discovered a bunch of bakeries that make different cannoli based/spinoff desserts. I decided he should blog about trying all of the different cannoli desserts and he came up with the name HAHAHAHA.

  3. When can I come visit you guys and go drinking with you?!!! So much fun!!

  4. This looks like such a fun day! I love the idea of a Bloody Mary festival – don’t like the idea of too much ice though. Totally takes away the point of having a bloody mary in the first place!

    xx, Caitlin

    • Right? It was hard to get a good taste on some of the drinks because there was so much ice. I get that they were trying to make their own product last longer but still. Beer festivals don’t ice down their beers! 😉 Thanks for the comment!

  5. I hate Bloody Marys, but this looks like such a cool event – & the inside of that building is gorgeous!
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