Brooklyn Summer Ale
It might be the obvious choice, but we'll take the clean, floral bite of Brooklyn's own summer ale. Slightly less carbonated than the other ales on this list, and with virtually no aftertaste, it balances the flavor of a good, strong ale with the crispness of a light lager. More, please.
Porkslap Summer Ale
One of the first canned craft beers to be widely distributed, this tangy summer ale from the Butternuts Beer and Ale brewery upstate gets extra points for the image of two fat pigs bumping bellies (though for some, points might be subtracted). It has rusty bite going down but finishes with a pleasantly refreshing, almost chocolate aftertaste.
Captain Lawrence's Saison
This special seasonal is nice and dry, but is just fruity enough to provide real lip-smacking satisfaction on a hot day. Not surprising, as the original style was created as refreshment for French laborers.
Blue Point Summer Ale
Not quite as light as its Brooklyn counterpart, this Long Island brewery's summer special has nice floral notes and has a fresh, clean aftertaste. Must be ice cold (and actually works well with a slice of lemon).
Sixpoint Crisp Lager
We've been searching for years for a truly light American craft beer that isn't heavy on the hops (because sometimes you just want a fresh, Kolsch-style cool down) so we had really high hopes for "The Crisp" lager from Sixpoint. Alas, it wasn't exactly to be with this flavorful lager in a stylish silver pint can. And yet somehow we were able to drink all four.
Just a few minutes walk from the brand new East River Ferry stop at India Street (seriously, have you taken the ferry yet?), this elegant Greek Revival-style guesthouse was built in the 1840s by a ship's captain, but has a nice, minimalist, modern vibe about its two rooms.
76 Green St, Greenpoint.
While this block of Sterling Place is perhaps not the most beautiful in all of Brooklyn, the spacious rooms at this affordable B&B, along with its proximity to Prospect Park and the Brooklyn Museum, are hard to resist. Oh, and did we mention the fully separate "Mexican cottage"? Yeah, we're thinking of moving in.
686 Sterling Pl, Prospect Heights.
A baby grand piano, a private garden with a sundeck and a hammock, A MOOG THEREMIN!? Seriously, the Escape Guesthouse—which, yes, actually has a practice space for visiting musicians—sounds like the clubhouse we've always wanted.
168 Bergen St, Boerum Hill.
The Sofia Inn
Ideally situated on a classic brownstone block just minutes north of Prospect Park, the Sofia Inn is a pretty classic labor-of-love B&B with warm, spacious rooms at a reasonable price. Bonus: they also organize historic NYC tours, if you're into that kind of thing...
288 Park Pl, Prospect Heights.
Fette Sau has reigned supreme over the Brooklyn BBQ scene since 2007 and there's no reason to take away its crown now. The meat, all smoked in house, is still as good as ever, from the Berkshire pork belly to the fatty house-cured pastrami. The burnt-end baked beans are still the best in all of New York City, a smoky, sweet treat that should be sold by the bucketful. The spicy Berkshire sausage links make for an excellent snack before heading across the street to owner Joe Carroll's other spot, Spuyten Duyvil.
354 Metropolitan Ave, Williamsburg
The Smoke Joint
No, you won't find any kitschy décor or roadhouse bric-a-brac at this Fort Greene restaurant. What you will find is some pretty damn good pulled pork prepared by owners Ben Grossman and Craig Samuel. Order it on a toasted Kaiser roll with pickles and coleslaw for only $7.50 and you have one the best, cheapest pre-BAM meals out there.
87 S Elliot Pl, Fort Greene
The country feel at this Oklahoma-style BBQ joint is blissfully un-ironic, as the plentiful bottles of Bud lined up on the bar can attest to. Sure, on Friday nights, hordes of drunken Brooklyn Brewery fans pour in after happy hour, but you just can't argue with the fatty brisket or the hot links brought in from Schwab's in Oklahoma. Just don't order the sides.
44 Berry St, Williamsburg
It's not the cheapest BBQ spot on the block, but the Southeast Asia-influenced ‘cue at Zak Pelaccio's South Williamsburg spot is definitely worth the cash. Make sure not to miss the coriander bacon or the Heritage pork ribs, cooked with smoked fish-palm syrup.
91 South 6th St, Williamsburg
On the other side of the spectrum, the Brooklyn Ice House's BBQ is pretty much as simple as it gets. Still, you can't beat getting two tasty pulled pork sandwiches for a measly $5. Add a Frito Pie and one of the 70-plus beers and you've got one of the cheapest and most satisfying meals in Brooklyn.
318 Van Brunt St, Red Hook