On May 27th through the 29th, Brewskee Ball, the first-ever national Skee-Ball league, held its second annual national championship at Full Circle Bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. I’ve previously highlighted Full Circle Bar for their Coney Island Style Brunch, but a special occasion calls for a special brunch.
The top 64 players from across the country (“from skee to shining skee”) flew in, drove in and “rolled” in for the chance to win sweet prizes like $1500 cash, a brand new iPad 2, a bicycle and of course the title of #1 Skee-Ball player in the nation. The number one overall seed, Joey the Cat from San Francisco, dominated the field and was only really challenged in the championship match by New York City’s own C-Funk, aka The Bear.
While the good times rolled during the tournament, the highlight of the weekend came on Monday, May 30th when the BBNC Knockout Brunch was born.
Atop a funky Brooklyn roof with a clear shot of the Manhattan skyline, the Brewskee-Ball guys served up a glorious Memorial Day feast for their devoted rollers and fans. On one table, an awesome make-your-own Bloody Mary bar with over 25 possible ingredients, endless vodka (and tequila) and four types of tomato juice. It was beautifully presented and everyone had fun making their own bloodys.
Another table was bagel heaven. They were no doubt Brooklyn’s finest and you could smell them baking in the sun. Salt, poppy, pumpernickel, raisin, garlic, everything, egg-rything, you name it and it was there. To accompany the bagels there were eight flavors of homemade cream cheese, whitefish and egg salad, fresh cheeses, gorgeous smoked salmon, tuna fish with scallions and velvety hummus. It was quite a spread and the perfect way to cap off the long weekend.
Before heading home I spoke with Eric Pavony, one of Brewskee-Ball’s creators, about Knockout Brunches to come and he certainly has some big plans for it. “This will be an annual BBNC tradition and the Knockout Brunch must outdo itself every year,” said Pavony. “I want this thing to get way out of control, bagels and bloodies will seem like child’s play after next year. I see food trucks, bands and dunk tanks in the future.”
Dunk tanks? Count me in.
For more on Brewskee Ball and to keep tabs on the next Knockout Brunch, visit www.brewskeeball.com.