As I got older and time began passing, the more I approached the age of legal; drinking beer tended to interest me a tad bit more than wine, spirits, and whiskey. I always thought that beer was the staple entrance, so that drove my curiosity a lot more with the help of social media, entertainment, and movies always portraying it as the drink people use for get together gatherings.
Going into this tour I had really high hopes of learning the little itty-gritty details and questions that always hovers whenever I looked at beer, which was “How do you make it?.” The Brooklyn Brewery is taking all the right steps in introducing themselves as a serious company who take serving and crafting beer as a passionate task.
Before entering the brew house, you will be greeted and asked by two security guards for ID. As intimidating as they looked they greet you with warmth and hospitality, which to me is already a good sign if the security is greeting kindly. Stepping inside you feel that sensation of warmth and invitational vibes received from that of a family members home. There’s cozy armchairs and couches with tables to play board games, a bar that mimics that off a tavern back in medieval times, and a mingle section for people to just relax and enjoy a pint. I knew at this point, that this brewery knew and full grasped the concept of what it means to be hospitable.
My tour guide was this young gentlemen with a hat, who’s energy emitted the second he introduced himself. I was distracted by the ambiance of the place to hear his name, but what he informed about the brewery is something I made sure to listen on. The brewery began when two neighbors came together and decided to open a brewery together. The beginning was tough because they had to deal with the mafia running the area as well as the incoming rule of prohibition.
Before they acquired the brewery we were informed that the space were used to produce steel, then matzo and now beer starting 1995. When Prohibition began a lot of other brew houses closed down. However this one adapted making sodas and ice cream in order to stay above the water. The last bit of information the tour guide wanted everyone to know is that this brewery is actually the number 1 exporter within the states, and that they export more than what they currently have within the states. To top it all off, they mentioned that one of their secret ingredients also shares with that of bagels and breads here in New York; and that is our water.
Overall, my experience at this place simply was amazing! The only complaint is the machines are extremely loud; I’d recommend volume control.
- https://gyazo.com/a9dc0b9a17d9d3a1922c73a221cb5e56 – Here is a picture of me at the brewery. Behind me is the line for the tours as well as large containers for the beer
https://gyazo.com/b5231fa0c30d7ba6d047b5fdb7e1e9f2 – Here is a picture of my tour guide right before we began. He has been working with the Brooklyn Brewery for some time now, and with his speaking skills made for an excellent tour guide
- https://gyazo.com/1a86eaff44fac1b5d52c20e3996c1782 – Our guide explained that the tubes above we sending ready to use malt into a container that would then send them across these tubes to be ready to heat and stop germination.
- https://gyazo.com/e805d4f8d70826401c9408c77b14566c – Here is a look at their Bottling station. They claimed to be use modern techniques to help brew their beer, but the process of it all is still very traditional. They make sure that the original taste remain the same from bottling to the hands of the consumer.
- https://gyazo.com/1186b298e1a6ae67d98724d56b17b58e – Here is something that I found very interesting. They use class bottles that they’ve used in the past as decoration throughout the main pub area.
- https://gyazo.com/596b45e367c5dbb9f04659fabd26bb5e – The last picture that I wanted to show is the room where the bottling actually happens. It’s a fairly large room and the reason I wanted to include this is to explain how they bottle. When bottling is about to conclude, they will drop a little hot water to make the liquid bubble. In doing so they make sure to cap it, so no oxygen escapes.
(For some reason I can’t add Media so I also attached links as proof of me visit just in case the pictures do not show.)