A large beer house that is missing the point. Tokens and plastic cups, no tasters just make this a miss off the bat. The hard part about this review is the incredible one off beers that were superb. I am truly torn.
August 2011. Made what turned out to be a 3-hour detour into the city just to visit Brooklyn on a Saturday afternoon. Although I have had all their beers, Iím glad I did. I really respect the venture, and the stop didnít disappoint. Big open tasting room with nearby food available. Glad to see a business like this resurrect a neighborhood. But ... not the best experience ... Not much different Brooklyn beers available here than in my local store in Virginia. Buy a $4 token for beers ... most are just 1 token, but others are 2 or 3!? I think they can work on that. Not the friendliest staff either ... seem bothered with you. But if they did much nicer than this, it would probably be even more crowded, just based on the quality beers. Brewery #534.
Brooklyn Brewery is located on N 11th in Brooklyn not too far from the river. The large brick building has multiple access points from outside.
The entrance for the brewery tours opens to a waiting area with a small merch booth and a view of pretty much the entire brewery. There is a large beer garden with picnic tables and bar adjacent to it. Interesting art installations in the beer garden, with a walk up bar that has a large chalkboard behind it listing all the beers. There is a cooler behind the bar as well with bottled offerings.
The brewery has 10 or 11 draught offerings, with a few standard Brooklyn beers like East IPA, Blast! and of course the Lager. Some more rare and seasonal stuff like Hammarby Syndrome, Sun Donít Shine, 1/2 Pils and 1/2 Ale during my visit. The beers were all above average.
Service at the merch booth, during the tour and at the bar was all good. These people are obviously passionate about the brand and everyone was friendly and answered questions. My colleague and I lucked out and got the last two openings for the tour we took, and I understand the place gets crazy during peak times but we didnít have to wait to use any of our tokens.
This place does not serve food to my knowledge.
All in all, brewery tours are pretty much the same everywhere but Brooklyn does a great job all around and I would definitely visit again on future visits to NYC.
theisti (797) Kansas | January 14, 2011| Updated September 8, 2014
Sunday midafternoon visit - mostly stopped in to warm up, but glad we did. Caught 10 minutes of the tour, and a few beers in the tasting room. Full beers served in plastic cups, biggish tasting room with loud music and tables for people to hang out. Had a couple of draft only offerings during the visit, fun lively place to hang out.
76 = ★★★ (Worth the visit, must for locals, and visitors with time)
I only use the total score, not the component parts.
8 taps (of which 2 not regulars). Some bottles. Open hall. No soundproofing of any kind. Incredibly loud. Friday night. Very popular but not over crowded. Very LOUD! Not necessarily cheap. Bottles are really expensive. Quite cold inside even if itís +30įC outside. Very relaxed atmosphere. Nice place to mingle. Sunday was a bit less chaotic experience.
Went on an off day, got a tour from a friend working there, and hung out a bit with a tour and tasting that was going on. Great space, lots of great beers available, people working there know their stuff, and the tour guide for the other group was very informative and funny. Great place.
Visited in March on a Saturday. Went on the tour, which was massively overcrowded and led by someone who had limited beer knowledge. Got bored and left before it was finished and hit the bar. The bar had a ok selection at decent prices, but like the tour it was massively busy. Atmosphere wasnít great, really loud and sweaty. Unsurprisingly we left promptly and went back to Barcade.
Iím not sure why the ratings for Brooklyn Brewery are so low (if you read the reviews they are mostly positive). I realize not everyone likes the atmosphere...but hey...this is a brewery...and youíre drinking "in" the brewery! I remember coming here many yearís ago...when they were only open for tastings on a Friday night...there were literally no amenities...and the closest thing to a table was a piece of plywood on 2 saw horses! Yes it gets crowded (plan ahead/come early)...but thatís because their beers are so freakin good...especially the special beers often only available here. Garrett Oliver is a pioneer and leader in the craftbeer movement...I respect what heís accomplished and a visit here is time well spent for the true craft beer fan...and a bit of a pilgrimage...
Pretty nice place in a neat neighborhood in Brooklyn. It was absolutely packed on the Saturday I went, brewery tour wasnít too exciting (basically an explanation of the history told to us in one main brewing room), but they had $4 beers, or 6 for $20, and a few Iíd never tried before. Tons of people filled the place up drinking and playing cards or board games and ordering pizzas and just hanging out at a brewery...
An original pit-stop. The main room is like a hangar/gymnasium with spread out picnic tables. You can drink fresh beers on tap by buying $4 tokens at a separate kiosk, certainly a way of doing things to avoid some kind of restrictive law. I will not forget the big cat laying on the token booth, seems to be some kind of mascot of the place. As for the beer they had 8 taps. Those are obviously ultra-fresh beers and a fresh Brooklyn Blast on tap is never a bad experience. They are however serving the beers in plastic glasses, that sucks. Then there is also the tour of the brewery. Note that THIS IS NOT Brooklyn brewery main installation. If Iím not mistaken this is the original brewery but nowadays, 95%+ of the production is done at a large out of town facility. This smaller set-up is still used to brew the more experimental and smaller batches. Tour guide was a brewer and even though his presentation didnít go into much details he was happily answering more geeky questions that the more knowledgeable people were asking. Overall a really worthwhile and original pit-stop, a fun change of pace while touring the beer places in Brooklyn. Really worth visiting once, but not a place I will go back to.