A Fundraiser for Slice, a Sneak Peek at 61 Local


Even if you haven’t picked up a copy of Slice magazine, we bet a few of you would attend their fundraiser this Saturday if you knew the goodies in store for you. At their $50 beer-pairing gala–which only has a few spots left for the Saturday seating–you’ll get a four-course meal paired with four Sixpoint homebrew-style beers, a copy of the magazine, and support emerging writers to boot.

Slice, if you’re not familiar with it, isn’t about pizza (as we thought when we first heard of it). The biannual magazine was launched in 2007 by two book editors at major publishing houses, Celia Johnson and Maria Gagliano, and has since become a very hot place to be published in. The work of, and interviews with best-selling authors like Salman Rushdie, Elizabeth Strout and Jonathan Lethem are published alongside up-and-comers, to bridge the emerging-established gap between writers. The fundraiser supports the publication of future issues, which you can find locally at BookCourt and WORD, and across the river at McNally Jackson and St. Mark’s. Or get it delivered for $15 or $28 here.

The gala’s venue is the not-yet-open 61 Local at 61 Bergen St. in Cobble Hill. At the helm is Dave Liatti, who previously worked with Sixpoint on an engineering level to perfect their output and production, but this is not a Sixpoint-only bar. Many local brews will be poured here, draft-style only, to minimize waste. Also on tap will be locally made soda and kombucha.

61 Local is a spacious 2,000-square-feet, rustic public house. (If you were at Farm City, you probably got a sneak peek.) It’s not a bar, not a pub, but a public house where all the seating will be communal, and its events, menu and beers will spotlight the creativity happening within the local food scene and community. Its hours will ultimately be from morning to midnight, but initially it will open with evening hours, and serve a simple menu designed by Chris Munsey, a Murray’s Cheese alum, featuring artisinal foods (think SCRATCHbread and Salvatore BKLYN Ricotta).

The Slice gala will be the last private event held in the space before it opens in late October or early November. Follow them or sign up for their mailing list to stay tuned.

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