Brooklyn Brewing Company - East India Pale Ale
- ABV: 6.9%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 40
- Serving Temperature: 47-52° F
So, what did the young, resourceful journalist do? He learned how to brew his own beer of course. When he returned to New York in 1984, Steve quit his job and, along with his neighbor Tom Potter, a former lending officer at Chemical Bank, turned their passion for beer into a full time venture. Steve and Tom teamed up with fourth generation German brewer William Moeller to create the recipe for their first brew . Brooklyn Lager.
It was hard going at first for the two. They made a test batch of beer in their Brooklyn basement only to find that most distributors were controlled by the big breweries and uninterested in small, local brands. They bought a van and began distributing Brooklyn Lager on their own, however hard-boiled New York tavern owners were skeptical about a full-flavored beer that cost as much as the leading imports and was unadvertised.
Slowly but surely, the lager caught on and soon they were distributing more than a dozen microbrews. Their brewhouse is set in an 1860 .s steel foundry in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. The Brooklyn Brewery .s 50,000 square-foot brewing facility includes a tasting room, a 300-person party room, and a gallery for local artists.
In 1994, they hired the highly respected New York brewmaster, Garrett Oliver. A native New Yorker, Garrett is widely regarded as one of the leading brewmasters in America. An interesting lad himself, Garrett co-authored The Good Beer Book, published by Berkeley Press, was featured in an "Emeril Live!" segment, and is the American Dairy Association's spokesman on matching beer and cheese. Oliver developed other new Brooklyn beers as well such as Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale, Brooklyn Pennant Pale Ale '55 and a range of seasonal and special products.
For more information about the brewery and scheduled tours, call (718) 486-7422 or check out their web site at www.brooklynbrewery.com.
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