CITY SECRETS: THE BROOKLYN BREWERY TOUR

For a time Brooklyn was known as brewery central with brands like Schlitz, Schaefer, Piels, and Old Dutch operating at capacity. While some of the breweries have come and gone, Brooklyn Brewery has thrived and achieved status as one of the best in the borough. Why? Perhaps the proof is in the suds. Brooklyn Brewery makes good beer. Its award-winning selection of seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery acclaim as one of the top craft beer producers in the world, reputedly exporting more than any other American craft brewery. Brooklyn beers are distributed in 25 states and 20 countries. Esquire magazine recently chose the Brooklyn Lager 16 ounce as one of the “Best Canned Beers to Drink Now.”

For the past two decades, the borough of Brooklyn has undergone a cultural and gastronomical renaissance that has made it a go-to place for foodies and culture hounds of every stripe. Brooklyn Brewery has contributed to the scene by paying homage to Brooklyn’s hop-heavy days of yore, and producing an uncompromisingly flavorful product. Founded in Utica in 1988 and installed in Williamsburg in 1996, it offers tours each Saturday through its modest brick building’s brewhouse, and an informative talk about the brewery’s history.

Throughout 2011 The Brewery underwent an expansion that doubled overall capacity in 2012 and will quintuple it by 2013. The Brewery boasts some serious beer-folks on its roster. Brooklyn Brewery Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, acknowledged as the world’s foremost scholar on beer, wrote The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering The Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food in 2003, a must-have compendium of beer and food pairings. In 2005, Co-Founders Steve Hindy and Tom Potter wrote Beer School, inspiring stories about starting a brewery from scratch.

Of course, after all the talking, you’ll want to wet your whistle with a cold one. They’re no longer free—though its hard to imagine that they were, once. The Brewery provides picnic tables in the tasting room for your sipping comfort. The Brewery opens its doors to the public Monday to Thursday from 5-7 p.m. for reservation-only Small Batch tours, Friday evening for Happy Hour, and Saturdays and Sundays for Tours and Tastings. If you’re traveling to New York visit the brewery and take a walk through the vibrant surrounding Northside neighborhoods of Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211  (718) 486-7422

Only a short ride away from Manhattan.

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