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Ex-pat Midwesterners have a home-away-from-home in Burnside, a new Williamsburg bar specializing in food, beers, and cocktails of the fly-over states.

Co-owners Tim Miller, John McWilliams and Amy Anstett founded the cozy bar on Grand Street after realizing their Badger and North Star state friends had woefully few options for fried cheese curds and Leinenkugel Honey Weiss.

“All of our friends are from the Midwest,” said Anstett. “They like to hang out with other Midwesterners. We thought it was weird that there’s no place to find cheese curd.”

It’s the first bar in Brooklyn that caters to a crowd known for its penchant for cheese curds and Cheeseheads.

The bar, which is between Union and Lorimer streets, stocks a variety of specialty cocktails and Midwestern beers, but its list favors micro-brews over Miller and Anheuser-Busch.

“We’re not a big fan of working with the big boys,” said Miller.

One specialty is the Special Lager from Steven’s Point Brewery in Wisconsin, a fairly straightforward beer with a slight hop aroma.

“It’s something that people from Wisconsin really identify with,” said Anstett. “It makes them feel at home.”

But Brooklyn Paper reporter and Chief Midwestern Affairs correspondent Kate Briquelet, an Oshkosh native, was most impressed with the bar’s stockpile of Milwaukee’s Best.

“Put aside all of your preconceived notions about ‘the Beast,’ and have two to four cans,” she said, using the local argot for the beer. “It’s delicious accompanied by the cheese curds. I felt at home. It brought out my Wisconsin accent.”

The aforementioned snack — a Wisconsin staple — is a cheddar cheese by-product dipped in a beer-and-egg batter, fried, and served unpretentiously in a paper boat. It is salty, fatty and, of course, amazing.

The burger — oddly called “The Jucy Lucy” — is also a real winner.

Your heart surgeon won’t appreciate your patronage at Burnside Brooklyn, but your soul will.

Burnside Brooklyn [506 Grand St. between Union and Lorimer streets in Williamsburg, (347) 889-7793].

Reach reporter Dan MacLeod at dmacleod@cnglocal.com or by calling him at (718) 260-4507. You can also follow his Tweets at twitter.com/dsmacleod
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Homey from Crooklyn says:
Like yah, cheese turds
Nov. 2, 2011, 7:55 am
Wisconsin native from Brooklyn. says:
For some reason this pisses me off. I will not be going to this place.
Nov. 2, 2011, 9:47 am
manhatposeur from manhatland says:
Like yah. This is so unauthentic "not hipster" cool.
Midwesterners and all those people from the pennlystucky-flyover states came to Brooklyn to become authentic urban.
Nov. 2, 2011, 10:57 am
Nuts from the Can says:
Go Home already. People come from there to get AWAY from this stuff
Nov. 2, 2011, 4:14 pm
aketarak from lower east side says:
that burger is so NOT Wisconsin
Nov. 2, 2011, 4:33 pm
the shooter from Kensington says:
Wisconsin native from Brooklyn: I am also from WI, and I totally agree with you. F@#!ing hipsters.
Nov. 3, 2011, 12:40 pm
Hung Dong Wang from Chnatown says:
No Chinese food? :-(
Nov. 4, 2011, 9:03 am
diehipster from Non-Gentrified Brooklyn says:
Love how the "Brooklyn Paper" has article after article about these attention-starved transplanted hipsters who want nothing to do with real Brooklyn or real Brooklyn residents. The reporters are even from the mid-West! What a joke.
Nov. 5, 2011, 4:59 am
Pat I from NOT Wisconsin says:
So let's see ...you move from Ass Clamp, Wisconsin to Brooklyn...for what? To pretend like you're still a social media wanna be living off daddy's dime?

Go home you worthless, beta male, lumberjack douche whistles. Mommy's called - your Rice krispie Treats are ready.
Nov. 5, 2011, 7:21 am
Pat I from NOT Wisconsin says:
One other thing - where did the money for this bar come from?

Second - you move all the way from Prostate Gulch, WI to the most diverse city in the world and you hang out with people from your own state? What's wrong with you? haven't found the one safe,black friend to blog about to your village idiot friends back home - to show justy how urban, real and "gritty" your life is?
Nov. 5, 2011, 7:25 am
RoddyPiper from flushing says:
“All of our friends are from the Midwest,” said Anstett. “They like to hang out with other Midwesterners. We thought it was weird that there’s no place to find cheese curd.”

You know, there's plenty of cheese curd in Wisconsin. And no 'dark' people to have no concern over pricing out of their homes...just saying.
Nov. 5, 2011, 10:31 am
WHYAREHIPSTERSHERE from REALF'INBROOKLYN says:
Why are you idiots here? Go back to Wisconsin, raise your own ——ing rents sky high and take your piss in a can with you! Oh and take Bloomturd with you!
Nov. 5, 2011, 3:57 pm
hipstergohome from —— YOU says:
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Nov. 7, 2011, 2:52 am
verrazano girl from Brooklyn says:
This makes no sense...you have all midwestern friends and want to do midwestern things but moved to New York? I don't really get why you're here. And then the hipsters wonder why New Yorkers hate their guts. It's bad enough their money persuades the living of those who want and can barely afford to be here. But then they alienate the people who are from here and dismiss any cultural aspects that doesn't remind them of being a hillbilly back home.
Nov. 8, 2011, 11:15 am
True yooper from Chelsea says:
I think the idea is cute and charming. Wisconsin is known for it's delicious beers and warm spirits. I appreciate that people from different states have pride and I think they're adding culture to New York.
Nov. 8, 2011, 6:51 pm
7734 from the Other Brooklyn says:
“All of our friends are from the Midwest,” said Anstett. “They like to hang out with other Midwesterners." Why, then, don't you just call it an exclusive club for white Midwesterners who only want to hang out with other white Midwesterners, even though they live in Brooklyn. It sure sounds like that's what you want it to be. Why can't you just do this back in Wisconsotahio? Why come here at all if all you want to do is hang out only with people just like yourselves?
Nov. 9, 2011, 7:34 am
Crown Heights Born from downtown bklyn says:
The elite douche bag self righteous types that have invaded our borough. Watch them in the morning as they blast past that red light on their bicycles. Watch the women in those giant sunglasses holding their required cup of coffee looking down on the real working classes of this city.

Keep all your fake "scene". Go back to three corners idaho where you belong.
Nov. 11, 2011, 7:48 pm
Hung Lo from Chinatown says:
This is NEW YORK CITY! and they "like hanging out authority midwesterners?" I mean it's fine that u miss home but this typical Williamsburg hipster ——
Nov. 13, 2011, 8:58 am
Will from Gravesend says:
Get the —— out of Brooklyn. You and your kind don't belong here. I'm talking to all you hipster trash wanna-be's. Get the —— out and stay out. Filthy vermin.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:31 am
Will from Gravesend says:
Get the —— out of Brooklyn. You and your kind don't belong here. I'm talking to all you hipster trash wanna-be's. Get the —— out and stay out. Filthy vermin.
Nov. 14, 2011, 12:31 am
Joe from Wisconsin from Queens says:
No brats? Fail ass hipsters.
Nov. 15, 2011, 8:02 am
P from Canarsie says:
Wow. A whole lot of anger. A little defensive? Over a bar? Slow down people. Your vitriol makes you ridiculous.
Nov. 22, 2011, 4:18 pm
Todd says:
Ha! I love this article, and especially the angry comments! They're all from the same pool of masturbatory douches that flood the diehipster blog. Get over it fellas, you never owned Brooklyn, and hipsters aren't going ANYWHERE! I want you to know this: I'm from Minneapolis, MN, I've never been to Brooklyn or New York for that matter, but your comments actually make me want to visit more than anything. Venting is one thing, but do you honestly think you're going to affect anything? It's laughable! Brooklyn, and specifically Williamsburg, is specifically referred to ALL THE TIME in tons of music/art/fashion media of every kind. I dislike phonies as much as anyone, but my guess is that there are plenty of genuinely creative standup citizens who live in Brooklyn that are also FROM New York. Nah, not possible. They must be Midwesterners. And it's very telling that you constantly refer to midwest cities with homophobic names. The REAL Brooklyn probably doesn't have any gay people at all. All the gays must be from Wisconsin. You guys rule.
Dec. 15, 2011, 1:01 pm
Todd says:
Also, I actually love reading diehipster.com. I've been addicted to it for day's now. It reads a lot like The Onion and Vice. Pretty clever stuff. I can't wait to buy the book at Urban Outfitters...on clearance.
Dec. 15, 2011, 1:08 pm
OSCAR V from UES says:
CAN WE ALL JUST RESPECT AND ENJOY EACH OTHER ,LEARN & APPECIATE FROM ONE ANOTHER 'S CULTURALS DIFFERENCES .
WE DON'T HAVE TO SHARE THE SAME BED.
I MYSELF AM FROM A SMALL LITTLE COUNTRY (COSTA RICA) CAME TO USA MANY YEARS AGO AND FOR THE MOST PART I DO ENJOY THE WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURES & COSTUMES FROM ALL OVER BEAUTIFUL AMERICA & THE REST OF THE WORLD.
DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE VIEWS AND COSTUMES OF ALL MY FELLOW MEN BUT I RESPECT THEM AS I EXPECT TO BE APPRECIATED & RESPECTED.I ALSO LEARNED TO BLEND PRETTY WELL WITH THE AMERICAN WAYS OF LIFE.
ALL THE DIFFERENCES IS WHAT MAKE NEW YORK, BROOKLYN, WILLIAMSBURG & AMERICA INTERESTING,FUN AND UNIQUE.IT IS DEFENITLY NOT A BORING PLACE.
I HAVE LIVE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND THERE IS NOT PLACE ON EARTH LIKE THE USA INCLUDING WILLIAMSBURG .
SO CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONE CHILDREN.
LOVE & PEACE
May 28, 2013, 4:17 pm
OSCAR V from UES says:
CAN WE ALL JUST RESPECT AND ENJOY EACH OTHER ,LEARN & APPECIATE FROM ONE ANOTHER 'S CULTURALS DIFFERENCES .
WE DON'T HAVE TO SHARE THE SAME BED.
I MYSELF AM FROM A SMALL LITTLE COUNTRY (COSTA RICA) CAME TO USA MANY YEARS AGO AND FOR THE MOST PART I DO ENJOY THE WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURES & COSTUMES FROM ALL OVER BEAUTIFUL AMERICA & THE REST OF THE WORLD.
DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE VIEWS AND COSTUMES OF ALL MY FELLOW MEN BUT I RESPECT THEM AS I EXPECT TO BE APPRECIATED & RESPECTED.I ALSO LEARNED TO BLEND PRETTY WELL WITH THE AMERICAN WAYS OF LIFE.
ALL THE DIFFERENCES IS WHAT MAKE NEW YORK, BROOKLYN, WILLIAMSBURG & AMERICA INTERESTING,FUN AND UNIQUE.IT IS DEFENITLY NOT A BORING PLACE.
I HAVE LIVE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND THERE IS NOT PLACE ON EARTH LIKE THE USA INCLUDING WILLIAMSBURG .
SO CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONE CHILDREN.
LOVE & PEACE
May 28, 2013, 4:17 pm
OSCAR V from UES says:
CAN WE ALL JUST RESPECT AND ENJOY EACH OTHER ,LEARN & APPECIATE FROM ONE ANOTHER 'S CULTURALS DIFFERENCES .
WE DON'T HAVE TO SHARE THE SAME BED.
I MYSELF AM FROM A SMALL LITTLE COUNTRY (COSTA RICA) CAME TO USA MANY YEARS AGO AND FOR THE MOST PART I DO ENJOY THE WIDE VARIETY OF CULTURES & COSTUMES FROM ALL OVER BEAUTIFUL AMERICA & THE REST OF THE WORLD.
DO NOT ALWAYS AGREE WITH THE VIEWS AND COSTUMES OF ALL MY FELLOW MEN BUT I RESPECT THEM AS I EXPECT TO BE APPRECIATED & RESPECTED.I ALSO LEARNED TO BLEND PRETTY WELL WITH THE AMERICAN WAYS OF LIFE.
ALL THE DIFFERENCES IS WHAT MAKE NEW YORK, BROOKLYN, WILLIAMSBURG & AMERICA INTERESTING,FUN AND UNIQUE.IT IS DEFENITLY NOT A BORING PLACE.
I HAVE LIVE IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND THERE IS NOT PLACE ON EARTH LIKE THE USA INCLUDING WILLIAMSBURG .
SO CAN WE ALL JUST GET ALONE CHILDREN.
LOVE & PEACE
May 28, 2013, 4:17 pm

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