Word Review – Brooklyn Brewery

The Brooklyn Brewery: New York's Largest Beer Maker People Thingie.

The Brooklyn Brewery: New York's Largest Beer Maker People Thingie.

The Brew Yorker can’t do a video review of every place in New York. A lot of bars charge money for such a thing (we’re cheap AND broke), some don’t want any film crew there (even our four-person groups), and others can’t get back to us because they’re too busy, too successful, and have bigger fish to fry.

Which is where the Brooklyn Brewery fits in.

But it’s okay that they didn’t get back to us, because the Williamsburg brewery (where BB does about 1/3 of their actual production, with the rest being contracted upstate) is a chill place to hang out with friends. It’s powered entirely by wind energy and has a large selection of their beers that are hard to find even in New York. Be prepared to fork over 4 bucks for a 12 ouncer, though if you buy 5, they give you the 6th free (you do this through tokens available at the modest gift shop).

In appearance, it’s like a cool oasis of zymurgy that meshes nicely with the industrial section in which it sits. The fermenters and brewing room look very bad-ass amongst the bags of grain and exposed brickwork (you can see it all with the tour, but that only encompasses two rooms: VERY short). Then, to the side, there is an indoor beer garden-esque hall, with picnic tables and a bar. They have TV in the corner, but it’s hard to see sitting down. You’re there for the beer, though, so let’s get to it…

Ah, Wonderland...

Ah, Wonderland...

SOME OF THE BEERS ON TAP…

Blunderbuss Old Ale

There aren’t a lot of Old Ales around to compare this to (unless you’re a beer snob and have travelled the world, which I’m not), but I have to say that I like this Ale a lot. It has a good amount of character and complexity to it without being overwhelming. Dark in color, strong in mouthfeel and alcohol, it’s flavors include dried fruit (slightly raisin-like) and brown sugar, finishing with a strong nip of bitterness that ends crisp rather than chipper. This is a kind of beer to be sipped and savored, NOT slammed. At 8.2% ABV, this’ll knock you flat on your ass if you’re not prepared. The taste is great and masks the alcoholic strength well, however. This is currently my second favorite beer brewed by Brooklyn.

ABV – 8.2%
Color – Rusty, Dark Brown
Head – Limited, Whispy
Aroma – Light Coffee, Molasses, Not Over-Powering
Flavors – Brown Sugar, Dried Fruit, Light Oak

Intensified Coffee Stout

As for my FAVORITE of their brews, this is it. I love me my stouts, and this is one of the best I’ve had. If you don’t like coffee, however, do NOT drink this. It’s like a cup of irished joe in the morning, sans milk and with only the very tiniest bit of sugar. It is a very aggressive drink, and should be approached with caution. The bitterness – NOT from the hops, which are negligible in character – could overwhelm those not prepared for it. Despite all of this, it has a smooth mouthfeel going down. For all you java-heads out there, THIS is your brew.

ABV – 8%
Color – Dark Black
Head – Tannish Colored, Light-Medium
Aroma – Coffee, Light Alcohol
Flavors – Coffee, Espresso, Dark Chocolate

Savoir Faire

I’m not a massive fan of the Savoir Faire style. It’s a personal taste; I just find a lot of them to be unbalanced. That is not the case with this brew, which is tasty and fine (though NOT one of my favorites from BB; once again, it’s personal). Cloudly, solidly golden-orange, and with an moderate, fluffy head. It is fruity without being overly sweet, with leafy hop notes at the very end. I found the syrupy texture appealing, as well. For those fond of the style (or are looking for something similar to a wheat beer), this beer would definitely work for you.

ABV – 8%
Color – Honey-colored
Head – White Colored, Moderate and Fluffy
Aroma – Honey, Spices, Fruit (Cherry and Orange)
Flavors – Fruits (Apricot and Pear, Light Banana), Light Clove, Crisply Malty

Overall, I love coming here. Members of the AHA get one free beer token a month, and the prices, though a little high considering there aren’t any shipping or bottling costs, aren’t bad when the other bars in the area are taken into consideration (a bar which shall go unnamed was charging $7.50 for Stellas). There’s no food, but pizza guys deliver at all times. Bring a few friends, check it out when you’re in the area, and split 20 bucks worth of beer, everybody sharing (except those with herpes). It’s a fun way to spend some time when your girlfriend is across the street, perusing faux-vintage clothing; I speak from experience.

This is definitely one thing that all New York beer lovers should check out at some time. If you haven’t, it’s worth the trip. It’s only one stop into Brooklyn from Manhattan and easily accessible. So no excuses. Drink one for me.

WHERE

Brooklyn Brewery’s Williamsburg Location.
79 North 11th Street (btwn Wythe and Berry)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

HOW

Take the L to Bedford Avenue, walk north to 11th Street, make a left, and then walk until you hit the Brewery. About a five-minute amble from the station.

WHEN

Fridays from 6-11 PM (Happy Hour)
Saturdays and Sundays 12-6 PM
Tours are on the Weekends at 1, 2, 3, and 4 PM

COST

($ or $$) out of ($$$$) (Depending on how much beer it takes you to get tanked).

WHY

It’s cool to support local. It’s cool to support green. It’s cool to support quality. It’s a little pricey considering that a lot of the stuff is brewed on premises and given to you in 12 oz. plastic cups, but the beer selection is fantastic. Plus, all those reasons above.

LINK

Brooklyn Brewery.

-Steele

Photo from Team Dustizeff, under Creative Commons License. Brooklyn Brewery logo used under Fair Use. Neither Brooklyn Brewery nor Team Dustizeff necessarily condones or endorses this page or the Brew Yorker.

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