Adventures of a Trombonist

The ramblings of a brewing mad, sports nut & professional Trombonist



I get to go on some amazing trips and do some fantastic gigs as a trombonist. When my good friend Gav asked me to come back into the Finglas Concert Band fold ,after an absence of a couple of years, and join them in NYC for the St Patrick’s day parade I jumped at the chance. Marching down 5th Avenue celebrating with the diaspora, I didn’t need to be asked twice.

One thing I wanted to do when there was take a trip to TØRST.  TØRST is the bar of renowned brewery Evil Twin Brewing and is located on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. Not only is there a bar there but through a sliding door at the rear of the bar is restaurant called  Luksus. Luksus, I’m told, means luxury in Danish. The décor of bar and restaurant are of  flawless Scandinavian design. Sparse. Clean lines. Natural wood and warm lighting. The beer taps protrude from a wall. More taps than one could hope to get through in one day.

We arrived slightly late to meet a fellow beer Nerd and his wife for dinner. We had wanted to meet up with Tom and Meg and Torst/ Luksus seemed perfect as we all wanted to visit. We were shown to our seats through the sliding door. The  tiny  restaurant space, that seats only 26, was warm and cosy. A few metres from where we sat was the kitchen. We could see all the food being prepared and a busy team of chef’s, led by head chef Daniel Burns, went about their art.

We settled down for the tasting menu. This comes in at $95 per person. The first thing that you notice is that the only menu you are given is the beer menu. We were presented with the food menu at the end of the night. A nice touch.


The food was beautifully presented. Each dish was like a work of art and the ingredients were often disguised by colour, texture or shape. Each course could be paired with one of Evil Twins house beers in a variety of glass sizes. All draft beers were displayed behind the bar with enough regulators and shiny gear to make any homebrewer feel weak at the knees. Each beer was served at a certain pressure and temperature, yet another small element that shows the lengths they will go to to ensure quality at every turn.

If you are in that neck of the woods make your way to TØRST and if you are lucky enough to get a table at LUKSUS you won’t regret it at all. Take some advice and book ahead before you hop on a plane. This collaboration is only going to become busier as its fame increases.




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This entry was posted on June 25, 2014 by in International craft beers, Pubs and tagged , , , , , .

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