Coming from Manhattan it's a quick taxi or subway trip and nice walk through the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. Williamsburg is a fun place with some tasty restaurant stops, thrift stores and a cool industrialized feel to it. It’s known to have a few great music venues in this area as well and a fun overall environment. Throw in the Brooklyn Brewery and how could you go wrong?
How it all began
was started in 1988 by Steve Hindy and Tom Potter (Approaching their 25th Anniversary). Steve Hindy learned to brew while working as a war correspondent in the Middle East during the 1980s. Islamic Law forbids the purchasing of alcohol in Saudi Arabia, so when Hindy came upon some other Americans who brewed their own beer he learned to do so as well. He continued to home brew after his six year stay in the Middle East ended and with his Park Slope neighbor, Tom Potter, decided they were going to make a go at it and open a brewery. With their award-winning lineup of beers and their gained notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world, I’d say they made the right decision!
When you walk into the brewery you are immediately faced with a large, yet somehow cozy beer hall. Let’s get started! I grabbed my tokens and was ready to taste test. They have a great lineup of all of their beers and a few specialties on hand in the tasting room. I was able to try the Brewmasters Reserve - Cuvee La Boite (Belgian Pale Ale) and a pilot system beer made just for the tasting room, I Wanna Rye It! (Rye Beer with a punk rock name), both perfectly satisfying. With all the beer drinking, tour taking and of course some pizza eating (we are in Brooklyn!) it was a full day.
Giving back is their culture
Giving back to the community is a huge part of their agenda. They donate and provide discounted products to charitable and arts organizations. On a local scale they regularly take part in many fundraisers throughout our community. They recently brought their Greenmarket Wheat to Farm Aid at SPAC, where they joined the New York State Beer Tent during the show and were a sponsor of the official after party in Saratoga.
DEFENDERS OF BEER!
Now for you comic book kids out there I want to throw in a fun little tidbit: Brooklyn Brewery has actually created a beer for the New York City Comic Con. You can catch them at the Javits City Center in Manhattan and all month long promoting the new beer super heroes.
The tour was fun, informative and free! The beer hall environment was open and welcoming, they even let you order your favorite Brooklyn takeout while you hangout and drink their delicious beer! Now start making some plans, it’s an easy day trip!
Melissa Hildreth is a German fräulein and loves her beer and bratwurst. Melissa is an advocate for following your passions in life, no matter how ridiculous. She will dance the night away if the moment is right. Some have said she has an unhealthy relationship with chicken wings, but is there even really such a thing?! She also happens to be a Certified Cicerone/Mother of Dragons in case anyone’s asking.