News of the day: Delaware brewer Dogfish Head has announced that itll be involved in an 8,000-square-foot rooftop brewery and restaurant atop Mario Batali and Joe Bastianichs flatiron food center Eataly, which opens this summer. The concept: Food by Batali paired with beers from Italian and American craft brewers. Heres the part of the release that can be condensed to read Best Idea Ever.
The rooftop bar and restaurant will house a copper-clad brewing system. The idea is to create an artisanal, old world Italian craft brewery that just happens to be located on a rooftop in Manhattan, says Dogfish Heads Sam Calagione. The four brewers are working together on recipes for Eatalys house beers. Those beers will feature Italian and American ingredients. The beers will be unpasteurized, unfiltered, naturally carbonated, and hand-pulled through traditional beer engines for the most authentic and pure presentation. The four individual brewers will also occasionally brew beers under their own names on site. The rooftop restaurant project will pair artisanal rustic, homemade beers with the artisanal, rustic cooking of Chef Mario Batali. Additional Italian and American regional craft beers will be served both at the rooftop bar and within the downstairs restaurants.
And with this, the Shake Shack finally has some competition for the best outdoor eatery in and around Madison Square Park.