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“Good Beer at Good Prices (for New York) in Rowdy Crowded (but Fun) Atmosphere”
Review of Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
Ranked #18 of 258 things to do in Brooklyn
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Commercial brewery, founded in 1987 and located in an 1860s-era former steel foundry, features a Tasting Room, warehouse and a 200-seat facility for community events.
Reviewed September 18, 2013

We did not do the tour as we have done enough brewery tours in the last year or two but I expect that some day we will go back and do the tour. We know how beer is made but every place offers some history or interesting nuggets about how their process is different.

The tastings work as follows: you buy tokens for $5 a piece or 5 for $20; each token gets you one beer; each beer is a full beer. At $5 in NYC that is certainly a good value but I didn't particularly like this set-up. I would prefer to have actually tasting sizes which would enable me to try more beers than try to drink full beers. The beer is good.

The tasting room is very large. There are a number of picnic tables set up. We were lucky to get there when a tour was still in session and there were seats available, however, 15 minutes after we got there a tour let out, more people came in off the streets and the place was PACKED. From what I understand, the place can get really crowded and rowdy. It wouldn't matter if you had a seat but it would probably be really annoying if you paid for a tour and couldn't easily get your beer tasters and enjoy them. When we were visiting the brewery had 2 food vendors selling pretzels and such which was nice.

I would definitely recommend a stop if you are into beer.

Thank HappyNewlywed08
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Reviewed September 8, 2013

Visited the brewery in August 2013.

Online reservations for the Monday-Friday 5-7pm tours open up 30 days in advance. Tours are capped at 30 and sell out fast, so it's best to go on and buy 30 days before the tour. Paying $9 for the intimate tour is way smarter than showing up on a crowded Saturday.

Tim, the tour guide, provided a neat historical account of the brewery. He was engaging and breaks beer down to its simplest forms. To a novel beer drinker, he explains the brewing process and different types of beer in a straightforward, easy to understand manner. It was a refreshing change from the common snobbishness that proliferates on many brewery tours! Gabe, the hostess and shop manager, was a blast, just full of life.

The first hour is mainly spent learning about the history in the large tasting room and sampling and analyzing 100ml of four different beers (if you are lucky, three being seasonals). This is followed by roughly fifteen minutes seeing the mashing tanks followed by the filtering/fermenting/packaging room from a sectioned-off area. The remaining 45 minutes are to purchase tokens to sample their ten available beers. Tokens were $5 each or 5 for $20.

They do kick you out promptly at 7:00pm, so make use of the limited time to sample their unique brews. Here's what I tried:
-25th Anniversary Lager (9.0%, two tokens) - A rich, complex lager with a deep auburn colour. Very smooth for a strong brew with caramel notes. Crisp finish. They sell a 750ml bottle in the gift shop for $10.
-Summer Ale (5.0%) - Dark auburn brown body. A refreshing and relatively light ale with a nice balance of hops. Really enjoyed this one.
Sorachi (7.6%) - Flavorful Japanese-style beer with a pale color and zesty lemon taste. This one also comes in a 750ml bottle in the gift shop for $10.
-I Wanna Rye It (7.4%) - Another complex offering. Pours a deep brown color with rich rye malt and bitter hops.

Overall, an awesome experience all around. It's a really friendly, welcoming place. As an added bonus, three of the tastiest pizzerias in Brooklyn (Fornino, Vinnie's and Best Pizza) are all within walking distance.

Thank stigs17
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Reviewed September 4, 2013

I have to agree with some other reviewers when they say the "tour" isn't that great. I, too, have been on several brewery tours and this is NOT the reason you should go to Brooklyn Brewery. The reason you should, darn good beers at really good prices. If you like their beer already then you will love their tasting room, they have so many varieties and things you won't get to taste outside of the brewery. Fun Fact: Milton Glaser designed their logo! If you don't know what that means, look it up, you'll be surprised that you know exactly who that is. Pretty iconic. The beer, like the bagels, in NYC benefit from the remarkable minerals in their water. It can get pretty loud in the tasting room on the weekends as there are hundreds of people gathered in a cement floor room drinking beer and yelling over each other. It really didn't bother me, though. One thing I wish, they didn't let dogs in. I am an animal lover but the open door policy that has been adopted for people's dogs has gotten out of control. I felt so sorry for this giant white dog some girl had brought inside the tasting room one Saturday, it was SO loud and crowded and he was obviously not having a good time. Why do I have to look at your miserable dog? Because there is an open door policy for dogs...
Anyway, over all, a fun way to spend a few hours and only a short ferry ride (or train trip) from lower Manhattan. And usually a food truck parked out front to sober you up a lil bit. Fun times!

1  Thank Krys P
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This tour is barely a real tour. We were taken into two areas at the very end of the session. However, saying that, it was a fun time because the guide was lively & kept us entertained with a good summary history of how the whole microbrewery movement started, with emphasis, of course, on Brooklyn Brewery & cute anecdotes about what makes it unique. The tasting samples are generous & you can buy tokens for even more. This is a nice stop when exploring what all the hype over Brooklyn these days is about.

Thank carolshodge
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

We love Brooklyn beer so we stopped by on our recent trip to test out the beer and see the brewery. The brewery is a bit of a walk from subway station. It should take you about 10 minutes or so to get there. We've been on several brewery tours so we decided to forgo the tour here and just visit the tasting room. However, we heard the tour was fabulous and that the people who do the tour are pretty funny. We are a bit bummed we didn't go on the tour. However, the tasting room is fun. It's first come, first serve seating. You buy tokens when you first get there -- 5 for $20. Beers are 12 ounces. There tends to be a long line at the bar, but there are several bartenders working an they move you through quickly. They don't serve food but you can order food in. Staff was really helpful and nice and of course, the beers were great! We were able to try several that are not sold where we leave. The Williamsburg area of Brooklyn that the brewery is really cute too. It's worth the trip over there for the brewery and to see area.

Thank keg198
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