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Other Half Brewery’s Line of Fans Faced a Beer-Hating Man Who Pulled a Gun on Friday

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Plus, Frenchette cooked at the Vanity Fair Oscar party — and more intel

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Man threatens Other Half Brewing customers with a gun

Carroll Gardens’s cult-favorite brewery Other Half Brewing’s famed beer line had some intense drama over the weekend: A man pulled a gun on customers, who were waiting around the block for the limited-edition beers that are usually released Saturday mornings at the beer destination, at 191 Center Street, near Hamilton Avenue. No shots were fired, and no one was injured, the New York Post reports, but police eventually took the man away in handcuffs.

For the most part, though, it sounds like the Other Half fans found the man’s seemingly senseless nagging to be funny: The disgruntled man, who was staying at a rental nearby, told them that they were “a bunch of idiots waiting on line for beer,” one customer told the Post. In another apparent taunt, the man also threw a can of White Claw at the line. The customers “talked some s–t back,” and the man reportedly went inside his Airbnb and came back out with a gun and pointed it at at the crowd, the Post writes. But customers were able to quickly de-escalate the situation; the man went back inside and was arrested a short while after.

Other Half has a developed a cult following for its IPAs, particularly among the Wall Street crowd, and is set to open a new location in South Williamsburg sometime this year. Fans regularly wait in line for limited-edition cans.

In other news

— Lee Hanson and Riad Nasr, the chef duo behind Tribeca hotspot Frenchette, created the menu for the swanky Vanity Fair Oscar party. Highlights included bass wrapped in parchment, a French-style roast chicken, and a cocoa pavlova.

— James Beard award-winning chef Galen Zamarra, who led the kitchen at West Village’s Mas (Farmhouse) for 14 years, is now cooking up a storm outside of Park City, Utah.

— The non-alcoholic craft cocktail movement is picking up steam in New York City, AM New York reports.

— A citywide crackdown on storefront signs is impacting mom-and-pop shops, including smaller restaurants, the most; many could face thousands of dollars in fines.

— Brooklyn Heights marina restaurant Estuary is now serving up family style Italian Sunday suppers with dishes like a large plate of spaghetti with meatballs, sausage, and red sauce.

— Lower East Side bar Las’ Lap, which counts actor Michael B. Jordan among its investors, is expanding its current location.

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Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article stated that Las’ Lap is opening a second location. It is in fact expanding its current location. Eater regrets the error.