The Rock Stars of Brooklyn Brewery

Talk about true champions for a cause. Ever since its founding in 1988 on Brewer’s Row (in the infamous borough of the same name), Brooklyn Brewery has produced flavorful beers that enrich the communities it serves.

Across the board, expect to find an award-winning roster of year-round, seasonal and specialty beers have gained the Brewery notoriety as one of the top craft beer producers in the world.

And people are certainly getting the message: Brooklyn beers are currently distributed in 25 states and 20 countries. Throughout 2011 The Brewery underwent an expansion that doubled overall capacity in 2012 and quintupled by the end of 2013!

Brewmaster Garrett OliverThen, of course, there is the exceptional brewmaster in Garrett Oliver – widely acknowledged as the world’s foremost scholar on beer. Garrett wrote The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering The Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food; a book that firmly established itself as the first and final word on beer and food pairings, in addition to being an entertaining guide to the world’s best beers and breweries. More recently, Garrett acted as the editor-in-chief of the comprehensive Oxford Companion To Beer…very interesting stuff!

Brooklyn LagerHere’s a bit about one of their flagship perennials, the Brooklyn Lager. Esquire magazine selected it as one of the “Best Canned Beers to Drink Now”:

“In the late 1800’s Brooklyn was one of the largest brewing centers in the country, home to more than 45 breweries. Lager beer in the “Vienna” style was one of the local favorites. It is amber-gold in color and displays a firm malt center supported by a refreshing bitterness and floral hop aroma. Caramel malts show in the finish. The aromatic qualities of the beer are enhanced by “dry-hopping”, the centuries-old practice of steeping the beer with fresh hops as it undergoes a long, cold maturation. The result is a wonderfully flavorful beer, smooth, refreshing and very versatile with food.”

Try this recipe for Beer-Can Chicken featuring 1 (12-oz.) can Brooklyn Lager…

brooklyn-brewery-dry-irish-stoutAnd don’t forget to seek out this Dry Irish Stout for St. Patrick’s Day on March 17. The beer is neither filtered, nor fined and has a light, brisk carbonation.

The blend of grains gives the beer an espresso-like bite, followed by coffee and chocolate flavors. Yum!

The Brewery is open to the public Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm for reservation-only Small Batch tours, Friday evening for Happy Hour, and Saturdays and Sundays for Tours and Tastings.

For more mind-blowing Brooklyn Brewery fodder go to facebook.com/thebrooklynbrewery, follow @BrooklynBrewery on Twitter, and treat your eyes to their website.

 

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