The BTBT craft beer entrepreneur series continues with a feature on the first lady of Beer Today Beer Tomorrow, my wife Rachael Spanos. Rachael also happens to be the co-owner of Absurd Conclave a 5,000 sq foot venue available for events, work shops, festivals, art galla’s and more in the heart of the trendy Bushwick scene located at 360 Jefferson St, Lower Level, Brooklyn, NY 11237.
Absurd Conclave, a new sibling owned Brooklyn enterprise is debuting their business with the Pop Up Sample Sale charity event for Puerto Rico hurricane relief on November 18 and 19 from 11 am to 6pm. The charity soiree fundraiser will include shopping, entertainment, art, food and drinks.
What was the inspiration behind this event?
The shocking devastation that occurred in Puerto Rico and the fact that aid was not getting to the island fast enough or in the demand that it was required. My siblings and I are compelled as not only latino Americans but as fellow human beings to do something to help those in need.
Tell us more about what people can expect from the event?
There will be a diverse group of vendors, delicious food, health and wellness drinks, wine, beer, live entertainment and all to support a really great cause. All ticket proceeds will go to the Hispanic Federations UNIDOS: Disaster Relief and Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico.
There will be an awesome podcast as well right?
Haha yes Beer Today Beer Tomorrow one of our event co-sponsors will be on site doing a podcast episode.
Haha shameless plugs are great so Where did the inspiration for Absurd Conclave come from?
My siblings Mario, Alex, Rebecca and I were fortunate enough to come across this amazing business opportunity here in Brooklyn and we want to utilize it in part to give back to the community. We would like to be recognized as a haven of art and culture and to become a platform for the development and growth of creativity. Our doors will be open to artists, vendors, poets, dancers, film makers, actors, teachers and the like. We want this place to be a location where people come to cultivate their passion in a friendly and inviting setting.
What’s it like working in a family run business?
Our parents ran their own business so this is kind of an evolution of that. We’ve all dabbled in other things but we grew up with that entrepreneurial spirit. Just like any family we have our ups and downs and sometimes we get on each others nerves but thats literally for like 5 minutes and then we’re over it. We are fortunate to be able to work together and I like to think we do it quite well. We compliment one another and what one lacks in another perseveres in and it all works out. Not a lot of people get an opportunity to work with their family and we’re delighted to able to do so.
So you guys are kind of like Voltron in a way?
Haha I guess so.
What is the long term goal of Absurd Conclave?
We want to be able to grow and have other locations through out New York so that we can support, encourage and foster art and creativity throughout all of the local communities in our great city.
You and your sister Rebecca are also involved in a related venture called Juice Garden BK, tell us about that?
We believe that creativity transcends into our food. We are huge foodies but health and wellness has always been a big part of our lives. We try to consume as much natural and organic fruits and vegetables as possible. A major motivation for this venture was seeing our grandfather diagnosed with prostate cancer. This was obviously a very difficult time for our family.
He immediately changed his diet to include all natural alkalized meals and began juicing daily. The diet coupled with his prescribed medication led to a tremendous turn around and I am very happy to say that he is now cancer free. We believe healthy eating and drinking played a major role in his recovery and we feel that everyone can benefit from this sort of life style change. Juice Garden BK will be located in Absurd Conclave and we will offer delicious juices and acai bowls, fruit bowls and yogurt parfait.
Are you open to hosting beer themed events and festivals?
Yes absolutely. We are totally open to beer events in fact we hope to stage our first beer fest some time in late 2018.
What is your favorite styles of beer?
Well I really enjoy hard ciders and I’m glad to see that they are becoming more popular as of late but I also do enjoy sours that are a little more mild and on the fruity side. I think that beer, especially craft beer is an art form all unto itself and it fosters and promotes community and togetherness. So we would love to include that type of element and vibe in all of our upcoming events.
Following the aftermath of the devastating near category 5 hurricane Maria Puerto Rico was left in disarray and chaos. Even now more then six weeks later, 70% of the island remains without power and sufficient supplies.
Tickets for the event can be purchased at eventbrite.com. Ticket proceeds will be donated directly to the Hispanic Federations UNIDOS: Disaster Relief and Recovery Program to Support Puerto Rico. Tickets are on a donation basis so its whatever you feel like contributing to this great cause. Get Your Tickets Today!
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