Considering NYC’s size and dynamism, the microbrew movement was relatively slow to catch on here. But catch on it did, and now New York is home to dozens of award-winning microbreweries. We’ve covered some of Brooklyn’s best breweries in the past.In this post, we shine the spotlight on five breweries that have started soaking, boiling, and fermenting grain to make beer in the borough during the past three years.
The newest arrival on the Brooklyn microbrewing scene, Circa opened on July 27, 2017. The brewery and pizzeria operates from 6,000 square feet of prime real estate in downtown Brooklyn, just seven minutes’ walk from the NU Hotel. The decorated brains behind this project bode well for its future.
Owner Gerry Rooney (Putnam’s Pub and Cooker) snagged Danny Bruckert of Sixpoint Brewery fame as Circa’s head brewer. Chef Luke Bruckert made the move from Portland, where the Little Oven Pizza he helped create is still wildly popular, for this venture. Bruckert is working closely with executive chef Bruce Dillon, who collaborated with Rooney at Putnam’s. Rounding out the Circa’s executive team is esteemed bartender Damon Boelte, known for his mastery at Boerum Hill’s Grand Army Bar. Circa’s introductory line of 12 brews includes three IPAs, two pale ales, a stout, a saison, a lager, a pilsner, and a wheat beer.
141 Lawrence Street; (718) 858-0055
Travis Kauffman’s Carroll Gardens brewery, open since 2015, strives to brew primarily well-balanced beers. Using hops grown on his family’s farm in Michigan and other carefully selected grain, Kauffman has cultivated 10 distinct brews under the Folksbier name. Several, including the Helles Simple, wheat Glow Up, and dark rye Echo Maker, are German-inspired. Folksbier’s Carroll Gardens tasting room, a mile from the NU Hotel, is open Thursdays through Mondays.
101 Luquer Street
Interboro quickly catapulted to the ranks of Brooklyn’s top brewers after making its debut on the Brooklyn brewing scene last fall. Jesse Ferguson and Laura Dierk’s craft brewery has released several collaborative brews with respected brewing companies like Transmitter, Threes, and Other Half in New York and Denmark’s Evil Twin. But Interboro also makes brews independently, perhaps most notably the Bass in Your Face double IPA. Interboro’s East Williamsburg tasting room is open to the public Thursdays through Sundays.
942 Grand Street
Summer and fall 2016 were big seasons for Brooklyn brewing. Kings County Brewers Collective, the first brewery to operate in Bushwick in more than four decades, also opened the doors to its tasting room during this time. Bushwick, home to dozens of brewing operations in the pre-Prohibition era, is steeped in brewing history. The return of the craft to the hip Brooklyn neighborhood has been welcome, as evident by KCBC’s success. KCBC’s dozen brews include a fruit-infused sour, two tropical IPAs, a crisp pilsner, and molasses-laden stout. Long, communal tables fill the collective’s 1,000-square-foot tasting room and spacious patio.
381 Troutman Street; (919) 234-6557
With three years of brewing under its belt, Other Half Brewing is the oldest brewery on this list. But Matt Monahan and Samuel Richardson’s brainchild is still young, especially for such an accomplished brewery. The Carroll Gardens brewery currently has 20 beers on tap, 15 of which are IPAs. The fiercest of these is the triple-hopped All Green Everything. In addition to hop-heavy brews, Other Half is known for its lustrous 16 oz. cans. Hopheads staying at NU Hotel Brooklyn are just a mile away from this hoppy paradise.
195 Centre Street; (917) 765-6107