5 Boroughs Brewery Beer Tour by Andre Goines

When starting this assignment my intentions at first was to go to a winery or vineyard since we talk about wine all the time in class; hence writing about one would make things less difficult for me. Since we are in New York City vineyards are scarce so I decided to go to Five Boroughs Brewery with my classmate Nafiysa Chapman. Nafiysa works at a bar that Five boroughs also distributes canned beer to ” Captain Dan’s”; she was already going to Five Boroughs Brewery for her assignment and she said I could tag along . The Brewery is located at 215 47th St, Brooklyn NY which is in sunset park and also a few stops away from City Tech on the R train; finding the place was essentially easy.

We arrived roughly around 4pm and entered the tap room which is in front of the brew house; and was greeted by Brian who is Brooklyn sales representative for Five Boroughs Brewery, he sells and promotes the beers that don’t sell in the tap room. The tap room inside looked like a tavern,very spacious, and has a lot of setting options for guest , after making these observations Brian explained that the tap room is also open four days a week Thursday to Sunday and operates as a bar; although for our tour and tasting the tap room was closed which I appreciated. Brian then escorted us counter where the beer on tap was located and proceeded with giving us a tasting of the 16 different beers they had available on tap.

Brian began the tasting by asking what beer did we liked to drink?  I answered and said that I liked corona he then explained to us that Corona is a Adjunct lager which is a beer that is made of anything but wheat or barley for example Corona is brewed using corn and not wheat or barley. Barley is traditionally used for making most beers and is one of the main components; we were also  told that Beer is made using four essential ingredients Water, Barley, Hops, & Yeast.

We ended up tasting most of the beers available on tap, the Beer that i personally enjoyed tasting the most would have to be the Honey lager beer. Brian explained that the honey used to brew this beer comes from the apiary and bee colony located at Industry city. The aroma of the beer smelled very gingery with a hint of honey which wasn’t too overwhelming; the taste of the beer was very light and smooth coming down the back of the throat, the honey hits the back of the palate but its not as much of a prominent taste . this is a beer that I would definitely buy if offered at an establishment.

As the tasting concluded we started to go on our tour of the brewhouse which was a few feet beyond the tap room. Right before you go deep into the brewhouse there’s a walk in refrigerator where a lot of there bulk yeast and hops are stored as well as kegs and beer that has to reach curtain temperatures; on the floor above are the offices where the CTO and accountants work. to the left of the Walk in refrigerator is a large tank and pipes to filter out the waste water after Fermentation takes place in the larger industrial fermentation tanks. As we continued the tour Brian explain the beer making process by first escorting us to where the barley is grounded together into a fine smaller pieces and releases the sugar content  the machinery used to do this is called a Mill and we saw brewers adding barley as it was being mashed. Then we were escourted to the fermentation tanks and the tanks did range in size and were labeled by what beer was being made; these tanks were adjacent to the Mill on the left side of the brewery. Also there are pipes that the waste water comes out of the Fermentation tanks and is syphoned into the waste water tank I explained before; Brian explained that they pride themselves on managing the waste and making sure that nothing harmful is entering the environment due to the beer making process. on the right side of the brewhouse was the labeling, canning, and packaging station where there is a huge conveyer belt. I personally would of loved a demonstration of the labeling and packaging but at the time they were not labeling or packaging anything. The tour concluded with Brian showing us the rear of the brewhouse which was filled with wine barrels; when we asked what was the point of the barrels he explained that to make sour beers the beer could be fermented in the barrels for a more distinct taste; another observation we made was that they had a lot of cats and this is done to turn away any rodents or pest that will may enter the brewhouse through they’re garage opening which is also in the rear of the brewhouse.

The tour and tasted lasted about two and a half hours and overall my expectations of this tour was exceeded; I learned more than I expected and have a new appreciation for beer that I never thought I had; Me and Nafiysa both agreed that we would go again during the bar hours as customers.



Tasting 16 different beers at 5 Boroughs Brewery


Brewery Mill where Barley is mashed for Beer Fermentation


Barley used for Brewing Beers


5 Boroughs Brewery
Beer Fermentation Tanks
( Smaller )


5 Boroughs Brewery
Beer Fermentation Tanks (Large) &  wine barrels used for making sour beer


Me and Nafiysa 
@ 5 Boroughs Brewery
Sunset Park; Brooklyn


Retail Shop Visit: Quality House Wines & Spirits by Andre Goines

The Retail shop that I visited was the “Quality House Wines & Spirits” shop which is located at 2 Park Ave in Midtown Manhattan; This establishment has been selling wines to the public for over 80 years starting in 1934.

Upon my arrival I immediately noticed that they had a “featured wines” display rack for wines that were popular at the time and or sold way more appose to the others; the display rack was divided into rows by countries that the wines originated and segmented from top to bottom based on popularity. for example French and Italian wines are more popular so they were at the first row, the middle rows was Spanish wines, and last two rows were new world wines.

To the right side of the shop closest to the entrance was the racks for sparkling wines which was finite compared to rest of the catalogues of wines on the taller racks in the rear of the shop passed the display rack. on the left side of the shop closest to the entrance was a clerks desk where you made your purchase if you were to buy a bottle.

I was then greeted by the clerk when I approached the desk; then I introduced myself and requested a tour after explaining my objective. as I was guided through the shop I expressed my observations to the clerk while he explained to me the origins of the shop. He also gave me recommended  selection list of wines that other consumers enjoyed as I explained to him my wine preferences. The last thing that stood out to me the most was the overall cleanliness of the shop and how well maintained to wines looked on the racks for a over 80 year old shop; from the renovations and the attention to detailed by the employees you wouldn’t think that this shop isn’t new. Overall I enjoyed my visit as I was treated very nicely by the clerk and the other employees; before I exited I requested a business card and was informed that they didn’t have any at the moment and referred me to their website if I had any more questions.

Quality House Retail Shop

established 1934

Best Selling Italian White Wine of the shop

Best selling Italian White Wine of the shop
Italian Pinot Grigio
Lighter, Easy Drinking, not complex.
is Most Selling Italian White Wine

French Sauvignon Blanc

One Best Selling French White Wine of the shop
Sauvignon Blanc
Crisp tasting and less toasty than Chardonnay with a even smoother taste

American Pinot Nior

Best Selling American Produced wine of the shop
Pinot Nior
fruity flavors, medium acidity, low to medium tanning,

Malbec Wine From Argentina

Malbec Wine from Argentina made from sangiovese grapes
Very Popular among consumers
full body flavor with high volume of tanning
Most requested red wine after Pinot Nior