Crossing the Brooklyn Bridge was a feat in itself - it must have been 100 degrees that day - so we were hot and thirsty once we got there. Situated in a very hipster part of Brooklyn called Williamsburg (coincidentally, the name of my hometown), the Brooklyn Brewery wasn't much more than a couple of brick warehouses - at least from the outside.
We were allowed to first wet our beaks on four of Brooklyn's beers. Our tour guide Justin led us through a sampling of their East India Pale Ale, Summer Ale, Local #2, and a Brewmaster's Reserve Concoction based on a cocktail called a Penicillin: scotch with lemon and ginger. They replicated those flavors by using British peat-smoked malt (to get the smokiness of Scotch) as well as lemon and ginger in the brewing of the beer. Prior to this tasting, I'd only had the Lager and Brown Ale, so I was glad to see that Brooklyn had some variety and the guts to push the boundaries a bit.
After the tour, we went back to the tasting room and had a few more beers, enjoying the Pilsner, Brown Ale, and another glass of the EIPA. I can't think of a better remedy for the New York City heat. Believe it or not, most Americans live within 10 miles of a brewery. So get out there and support your local economy. Check out this website to find a brewery near you.
|The Brooklyn Brewery tasting room.|
Beer from the Brooklyn Brewery can be found in the following states: Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, DC.
Internationally, Brooklyn Brewery distributes to Canada, Denmark, Finland, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.