Bushwick residents craving cured meats and hoppy brews have a new option in the neighborhood to feed their yearnings. Hops & Hocks, a new shop run by the discerning folks behind Stinky Bklyn, JakeWalk and Smith & Vine, specializes in charcuterie and beers from around the globe, in addition to complementary products like cheese, mustard, bread and chocolate. They've taken over a 700 square foot storefront on Morgan Avenue at Flushing, not far from Bushwick's mascot Roberta's, selling all the delicious treats daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
On offer are over 200 beers, including everything from standard-sized cans up to large format brews and special "Top Shelf" varieties. Make-your-own 6-packs with brews like Kaiser Pils and Ithaca Flower Power (both in the $2 range) or offerings from Port Jeff Brewing Co. and German'ys Freigeist (in the $5 - $10 range). They're also doing 20 tap beers and sodas to fill up your growler or 16 or 32 ounce jars. They've got Brooklyn Defender—Brooklyn Brewery's latest Comic Con issue—currently on tap, as well as Six Point Atlantic Amber, Westbrook Gose and a smoked ale from Barrier.
The crown jewel of the charcuterie offerings is the "Barcelona-style" ham bar, where slices of delectable meats are shaved directly from the bone. For the opening, they're offering a Jamon Serrano, an American Iberico Spallacia and a Broadbent aged country ham. They've also got local (Salumeria Biellese, Charlito's) and more far-flung (Fra'Mani, Creminelli) cured meats, available between $20 and $34 per pound.
To make it a real party, pick up some Flory's Truckle clothbound cheddar or a sheep's milk cheese from Tomme Brulee and some fresh bread from Sullivan Street Bakery for decadent snacking. They'll also do "meat cups" and pre-prepared sandwiches for a meal on-the-go.