Brooklyn Brewery Finishes Huge Expansion
Fans of Brooklyn Brewery, whether in New York or elsewhere, will be happy to know that the brewery is about to wrap up the third and final phase of its expansion.
The Village Voice and The New York Times report that the brewery added nine extra fermenters, made just for its specialty beer lineup: 750-millileter beers and its draught-only beers. And that means beer will be brewing a full 24 hours per day, upping the brewery's game from a mere 12,000 barrels to 100,000 barrels.
The brewery also recently purchased a warehouse in Utica, N.Y., where most of its popular beers (like the Brooklyn Lager) are brewed.
The founders of Brooklyn Brewery told the NYT all about their start in Williamsburg, a neighborhood where they once use to get jumped (and have forklifts get stolen). "In early 1996, Williamsburg was still a sketchy, industrial area... It was stark. You’d open the doors for an event, and no one would come in," said general manager Eric Ottaway to the NYT. Now, we know (from personal experience) that the brewery hardly has trouble getting people in the door.