3rd Annual Dachshund and Schnauzer Oktoberfest Party


Thank you to all who attended we raised $600 for BARC!



Our 3rd Annual Dachshund and Schnauzer Oktoberfest is on Saturday, October 3.  We're excited to have great sponsors joining us this year including Other Half Brewing, Fleisher's, Tom Cat Bakery, Tin Mustard and Waggin' Tails. Net proceeds from the event will be donated to BARC (Brooklyn Animal Rescue Coalition).


What: 3rd Annual Schnauzer and Dachshund Oktober Fest Party

Where: By Brooklyn, 261 Smith St. (btw Douglass and Degraw)

When:  Saturday, October 3, 3pm-5pm

Cost: $10 with a Schnauzer or Dachshund (or any dog) $15 without

Why: Cause we love dogs!  And support BARC


Artwork by Bill Roundy

Meet the Maker: Anya's Licorice

How did you decide to make fruit licorice?
I love fruit licorice. It's my favorite snack.  The Aussie licorice brands taste great but I wasn't a big fan of all the artificial ingredients or the huge sizes they're sold in. I'd buy a bag and eat the whole thing in an evening. That's like 900 calories and entirely way too much sugar. Then I'd feel guilty the next day. I thought there needed to be something for people like me who want great tasting fruit licorice made with better ingredients in reasonable serving sizes.

What’s the hardest part about starting your business?
It's definitely making the licorice, which sounds silly, but it cooks for 2 hours and needs to be stirred the entire time. By the end it's like stirring 25 pounds of paste. It's a fabulous upper body workout but I'm exhausted by the end. I'm really looking forward to getting this machine that stirs the licorice for me.
What’s your favorite beer/cocktail?
My new favorite is Descendant Cider. I was stationed next to Descendant's founders a few weeks ago at the Hester Street Fair. Not only are they really nice but their cider's the best I've had by far.

What’s something you never thought you’d be doing as part of your job?
I never thought I would become so proficient at fixing heat sealers. I have three of them now and they're temperamental little machines; always in need of TLC.  

What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?
The people are the best thing about living in Brooklyn. I moved to Brooklyn after college and I met my best friends living in a five-person share that I found on CraigsList. I don't think I would have ended up living with such a fun, interesting group any place else in the city.
The worst thing is the rising rents. I don't know if my experience of moving to Brooklyn is happening as frequently these days.  The interesting, creative types just moving to the city can't afford Brooklyn anymore, which is too bad.

What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood (what neighborhood)?
I recently moved to Manhattan (I know... I totally miss Brooklyn) and don't have a favorite spot there yet. I lived in the North Slope for a long time and my favorites were The Gate when the weather's nice and Union Hall when it's not.  I loved O'Connors before they renovated but it’s lost some of that dive bar charm.

What do you daydream about?
It's terrible but all I really think about these days is licorice. My daydreams are all about that machine that stirs the licorice instead of me.

What’s the last book you read?
American Wasteland, which is a book about food waste and how to reduce it. I volunteer with City Harvest and was raised to abhor wasting food so it was a natural for me. The book details just how much food is wasted in the U.S every day. It's depressing but slowly the situation's improving through the work of groups like City Harvest and Daily Table, a new nonprofit grocery store that sells surplus food that otherwise would go to the landfill.

As a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
Not a licorice maker. Oddly enough that career path never crossed my mind :) I was one of those kids who changed career plans every other week.

If I opened your fridge right now what would be inside?
Right now it's just condiments, milk, miso, Brazil nuts and green tea. I like to cook so usually there would be veggies and some fish or meat to make dinner with but I dropped a knife on my foot a few days ago, which severed some tendons. An operation re-attached them but I'm supposed to stay off my feet for the next week, so we're eating a lot of take out right now.

Meet the Maker: Bill Roundy

How did you decide to create the Bar Scrawls?

I made the first strip for a friend, who was editing the "Zinester's Travel Guide to New York City," and immediately realized that I should do this all the time. After all, they say to do what you love, and I love going to bars, I love drawing comics, and I loving passing judgment on places.

What’s the hardest part of reviewing a bar?

Making the review interesting when the bar itself is mediocre. If the bar is good or bad, you focus on the good stuff, or on how they screwed it up. But it's very difficult to make "it's okay, I guess" interesting. I usually do so by drawing the bar with some sort of a complicated perspective.

Has anyone tried to bribe you for a good review?

Maybe! I've occasionally gotten more buy-backs than I'd expect, but I'm not sure if they recognized me, or were just feeling generous.

What’s your favorite beer/cocktail?

Beer: Red Hook Double Black Stout (they don't make this anymore, sadly).

Cocktail: The Brooklyn Cocktail – it's a variation on the Manhattan, with dry vermouth instead of sweet, and Amer Picon instead of bitters.

What’s something you never thought you’d be doing as part of your job?

Going to Urban Outfitters! The one in Williamsburg installed one on the roof, because of course they did.

What are the best/worst things about living in Brooklyn?

The best part is that everything in the world is here in Brooklyn – we've got the best bars, the best food, the best bands. The worst part is choosing what to do, and trying to line up your friends at the same events

What restaurant/bar do you love most in your neighborhood (what neighborhood)?

I live in Kensington, and I'm a big fan of the beer bar/restaurant Hamilton's.

What do you daydream about?

Unicorns, mostly.

What’s the last book you read?

"Bryony and Roses" by T. Kingfisher – it's a retelling of Beauty & The Beast, with an extremely practical heroine, a sarcastic Beast, and clockwork bees.

Whats the longest you've gone without sleep, why?

About 50 hours, in college – I pulled an all-nighter finishing my final creative writing project, turned it in at the last possible moment, then started an "end-of-semester" celebration that lasted well into the next morning.  

If I opened your fridge right now what would be inside?

Many things, including all of the ingredients for a quesadilla, eggs, leftover jambalaya, a bottle of Smaug Stout, several limes, and half-empty bottle of dry vermouth.

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