Back in NYC after a fairly epic cross-country trip, we celebrated the weekend by going for some beers with a friend visiting from the UK. She was interested in taking a tour of the Brooklyn brewery, and as we had never been there either it seemed like a good idea all round.
We arrived just before they opened the doors at noon, and received tickets for the 1pm tour. This gave us plenty of time to acquire some beer tokens and begin to sample the range of different beers on offer. (I say ‘we’ – as an unashamedly beer-focussed establishment, water is the only option available to those of us who can’t/don’t drink beer. Nevertheless I was happy to participate in the conversation and soak up the beer-scented atmosphere!)
The tour was led by an entertaining guide, who gave us a description of the process by which beer is made and an overview of the founding and history of the Brooklyn Brewery. Very briefly, it has been around since the mid-1980s, is one of the 10 largest craft breweries in the US, and brews a number of different beers which it sells in 25 states and 20 countries around the world. (You can read all about it on their website, if you so wish.)
We then returned to the bar to taste a few more of their offerings (it would have been rude not to), and a pleasant afternoon was had by all.
P.S. I’m in the middle of wrangling some 1500 photos which we took on our travels, and will be blogging all about the trip very soon – if you’re only interested in NY-related things you may wish to ignore the next few posts!