This past weekend while visiting friends and family in Brooklyn, Erick and I caught wind that Mast Brothers had just opened a brand new "brew bar" a few doors down from their original Williamsburg location. Despite only having a faint guess of what the brew bar entailed (artisanal chocolate milks? drinking chocolate? egg creams?!), we knew this was for us. Just for some context here, the two of us are Mast Brothers superfans. Not in the tried-it-before-and-really-liked-it way either, like serious fans. You see, admittedly we are food snobs for two things in this world: good coffee and craft chocolate. Given the choice between some soulless sous-vide modernist cooking and a plate of poached eggs and home fries at the local greasy spoon, we would undoubtably choose the ladder. However, when it comes to chocolate and coffee, there's no compromising--the good stuff has ruined us and we can't look back. Although we are equally fond of other craft chocolate brands like Woodblock Chocolate, Dandelion, and Patric, Mast Brothers was our first love in the craft chocolate world and remains our favorite today. For reference, Erick's birthday was also this weekend and he received 10 Mast Brothers chocolate bars and their 24oz Chocolate Chef's Tablet, sooooo yeah in that kind of fans.
Anyway, we digress! We headed to the new space with our friends Brandon and Jay not really sure of what to expect. Unsurprisingly, their new space is beautiful. It reminds us a lot of their chocolate store with big, airy windows, lovely white interiors, and minimalist decor.
Menu wise, this Eater article suggested they had items like chocolate soda, however when we got there the menu was pared down to offer just hot pour overs and cold brewed cacao beans. Basically, it's the same concept as pour over and cold brew coffee, except with roasted cacao nibs instead of beans. When ordering, you can get your drink "red" (their equivalent to black coffee) or slightly sweetened with syrup and milk. Since it was hot out, Erick and I both ordered cold brews--me, the Brooklyn Blend (my favorite!) and him, the Brew of The Day (Madagascar). At first, we were kind of thrown off by the consistency, which was really watery (duh, not sure what we expected?!) kind of like an iced tea. I think our brains were confused because it literally tasted like drinking the Brooklyn Blend bar, but without the satisfying creaminess of biting into a bar? It was strange and delicious. Erick's cold brew tasted really juicy and fruity, almost not like chocolate at all, but in a good way! ~PROFESSIONAL FOOD CRITIC REVIEW THAT WE'RE TOTALLY QUALIFIED TO GIVE~: Our drinks were really tasty, but slightly unsatisfying in a puzzling way. Maybe subconsciously we just really wanted some rich drinking chocolate, or was confused if this drink should be thirst quenching like iced tea, or amiss that it didn't give me a jolt like iced coffee. Either way, we're going to try this again (and maybe when I'm less hungry)!
Have a great weekend!
Emily + Erick