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Queens, New York
July 22, 2007
From journal Bedford Avenue
New York, New York
February 27, 2007
Whether you are a local, a frequent visitor, or are just passing through the 5 boroughs, the nightlife is one of the biggest draws of the city. Of course, there are thousands of bars, pubs, clubs, and even speakeasies in The City, so which to choose?
Each and every native tippler will surely have a local favorite. However, if you are into a pub vibe or a more casual night out, the Brooklyn Brewery might be just what you are looking for. Easily accessible by subway, The Brewery is a relatively young brewhouse (just over a decade in its current location) and creates some of America's best reviewed beers. The doors are closed to the public except for special events (check their calendar at www.brooklynbrewery.com/events). Saturday afternoons are reserved for tours while Fridays welcome visitors for Happy Hour. It's really several hours (6pm - 11pm), but it's also really happy. The space is ample, though recently decreased as a result of some new bottling equipment. The main room is a large open space, furnished with an assortment of tables and chairs, including picnic-style tables. Exposed brick and large windows dominate the walls, and restrooms are nearby.
The main hall is accessed via one of the Brewery's storage rooms. Upon entry, visitors are greeted by large sacks of malt and barley stacked next to some of the functional kettles and pipes, hard at work fermenting the savory suds. Beers are all on tap, including some seasonal cask beers, and vary from week to week. Brooklyn's IPA's are sharply bitter and floral. The brown ale is sweet and roasty but not heavy , while the Light Dinner Ale and Pennant Ale '55 (a nod to the Brooklyn Dodgers) are easy-drinking, golden ales. The staff will also let you sample before you finally make your decision. Chances are, whatever you pick, you won't be disappointed.
Money is no good at the Brooklyn Brewery--sort of. Patrons must buy Brewery tokens, small wooden coins ($3 each), which are then exchanged for any of the beers available. This saves time at the tap, and adds to the familial feel of the place. Non-alcoholic drinks and snacks are available for cash purchase, as is Brewery paraphernalia. If pretzels won't cut it when you're imbibing, the Brewery allows all manner of food to be delivered to its doors, though the local pizza and subs are the most common arrivals.
All in all, the Brewery presents a friendly and affordable option to pub-goers on a Friday evening. While live music and even local art shows are common at Happy Hour, I'd recommend bringing some playing cards or a handful of quarters to help pass the time with friends. The Brooklyn Brewery wants you to enjoy its beer and gives you an easy way to do while also experiencing the rare opportunity to see the inside of a working Brewery.
From journal New York, Hopped Up