Posted on April 7th, 2011
If a little sign wasn’t hanging from the top of the building, you’d never even know Brooklyn Brewery was there. Since 1988, Brooklyn has distributed its beer from New York to Texas, and many states in between. On site, Brooklyn only brews about 20-30% of its product, concentrating mainly on their big bottle series (such as the Local 1 and Local 2), along with some more experimental brews. Our tour guide walked us through a quick educational lesson about the main ingredients in beer, the brewing process, and then walked us through the history of the brewery, highlighting the story behind their logo. The tour itself is very short, but everyone is encouraged to stick inside the brew house for 10-15 minutes, take a look at the equipment, and ask more questions as needed. You can even bring your beer from the pub to the tour!
Speaking of beer…no tasting? Unfortunately, Brooklyn does not do a traditional tasting at the end of the tour. However, there is a small “pub” inside the premises that carries a small selection of Brooklyn beers on tap. You can buy drink tokens (most beers are one token, specialty brews are two tokens) for $4 each, or 6 for $20. They do not serve food, but do allow visitors to bring their own goods or have food delivered (they’ll even supply local menus!).
My favorite part of the tour? A little (read: fat) cat named Monster (yes, named after the Monster Ale). Not all tour guides tell the story, but another employee was willing to answer our question as to why there was a cat at the merch/token booth judging us as we walked in. As the story goes, when the brewery was first setting up shop in its current location, the owners befriended a stray neighborhood cat. This cat eventually because “the brewery cat,” and has stuck around since. Don’t worry, she’s not hanging out around the bar, nor does it seem he’s interested in anything going on. Overall, Brooklyn Brewery is a great brewery to visit if you want a laid back experience that introduces you to what happens in larger scale beer production.