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“Nice experience, good beer”
Review of Brooklyn Brewery

Brooklyn Brewery
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$125.00*
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New York Beer and Brewery Tour
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$55.00*
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Sunday Funday: A Boozy Brooklyn Tour
Ranked #16 of 228 things to do in Brooklyn
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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 26, 2013 via mobile

The Brooklyn Lager has become fameous in Scandinavia - it sells more in Stockholm than anywhere else in the world excepts NYC.

Coming from Norway where we find tjis good beer a few places, - a visit to the source is mandatory.

For USD 8, having booked 30 days in advance, the tour was interesting and we got a tasting of 4 beers. I have a feeling of "been there, done that". Not sensational but OK.

Thank Freiro
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Reviewed September 26, 2013

Why not to go to one of the best beer makers on the world? Awesome bar, nice souvenirs and a beer tour! Hungry? Buy in one of the nearby kiosks and bring your food inside!

Thank Nootrac
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Reviewed September 22, 2013

Not the best brewery tour, but a great place to sample some unique brew and learn a bit about the history of one of America's more stored small breweries. The brewery offers free no-reservation tours on the hour between 1 and 5 on Saturdays and Sundays. Once a brewery with only a small following, the craft brew renaissance means the brewery gets super crowded on weekends now, so expect a line to get into the tasting room and a considerable wait to get your beer. You have to buy tokens for beer at the counter when entering, $5 a token, or 5 for $20 which is decent for NY beer, but pretty dear for a brewery. The line moves pretty slowly so my suggestion is to get 3 tokens per person (the limit for one serving) and grab 3 beers before grabbing a spot at a table. Take the opportunity to make some new friends as table space is at a premium. People seem to claim a spot early and stay all day here, so finding a spot can be difficult unless you arrive early. The beer selection is very good, with about 8 different styles plus a rotating cask ale and some specials that require 3 tokens for a single drink, but cannot be found elsewhere and come with a souvenir glass. Skip the lager and pils as you can get them at any bar and try some of the small batch ones. Be careful, some are upward of 8% abv. The tours met every hour back by the entrance, and weren't actually announced when we were there, so start standing there about 5 minutes before so you don't miss it. The tour itself is worth what you pay for, free. Essentially dozens of people, maybe 50 or so are crammed into a room of the brewery with machines, but nothing running. You can't see any operation of the factory and are very far from even the mash tuns or fermenting tanks. The tour guide was good, though a bit scattered with his information though he did have a good sense of humor. the tour lasted about 10 minutes and didn't really go into much detail. I stayed around at the end to ask a few questions with some others and we were basically rushed out quickly. The tour was pretty disappointing, but the beer was very good and changed my mind a bit about the brewery. I found the parts about operating under prohibition very interesting and gained an appreciation for my great grandfather who ran a speakeasy in NYC during that time. I still think Brooklyn Brewery's beer is a bit overpriced, but I have more of an appreciation for their history and the range of beer they produce now. The tour was skip-able, but the tasting room is nice, if not over crowded though it does have a bit of a frat party atmosphere. I wouldn't rank it as high as I've seen it listed on America's breweries, and especially not in the top 10 brewery tours like I recently saw, but it is a worthy excursion in New York and has an interesting history.

2  Thank Tyler L
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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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