For beer lovers it has become a must: Brooklyn Brewery, produced locally in an old factory in Williamsburg.
Brooklyn Brewery was the fruit of the abstinence of an Associated Press correspondent, Steve Hindy, following his return from a long period working in the Arab states, where alcohol is not allowed. Steve set up a partnership with his next-door neighbour, and asked Milton Glaser (who designed the famous I Love NY graphic) to create a logo for the company.
Maybe it's the old factory (which is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays), or maybe it's the vintage style of the brand, but it feels like Brooklyn Brewery has always been there.
It has certainly become an integral part of neighbourhood life, and every Friday, when the brewery closes, everybody meets here to enjoy the famous Monster Ale and Brooklyn Brown at special prices.
But this is just the best-known brand. Small craftsman breweries are springing up all over Brooklyn. Like Sixpoint Craft Ale, a brewery that only produces for local bars, but with a great workshop and excellent beers. Try Sweet Action, Brownstone Ale and Righteous Rye. Other breweries worth a visit are Greenpoint Beer Works in Clinton Hill and Kelso of Brooklyn.
79 N. 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Tel. +1 (718) 4867422, Website
Sixpoint Craft Ale
40 Van Dyke Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231
Photo courtesy Brooklynbrewery.com