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  • Brooklyn Brew Shop Named Part of 2016 DUMBO Dozen

    Beer Events, Behind the Scenes - May 23, 2016

    Our DUMBO Dozen 2016 Award!

    In a rather awesome turn of events, Brooklyn Brew Shop was honored this past Thursday, May 19, as one of the members of the 2016 DUMBO Dozen! We're so excited to have been chosen, especially considering all the amazing companies in the area.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Modern Times Beer

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 20, 2016

    Modern Times Beer

    Founded in the early summer of 2013, Modern Times Beer is a San Diego-based brewery that, while definitely still growing, already has a sweet selection to offer. With a focus mainly on session-style IPAs, the Modern Times lineup also includes an array of hybrid styles from the brewers' experiments with mixing and matching hops, fruits, yeasts, and barrels. Their newest development is an innovative new line of sours, the result of a recent pilot batch.


  • Bar Profile: Cardiff Giant

    Bar Profile - May 16, 2016

    Cardiff Giant Storefront

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    Before even setting foot in Cardiff Giant, you're greeted by a sandwich board. Rather than feature daily specials or trending Internet humor, the Clinton Hill establishment has elected to quote F. Scott Fitzgerald: “Here’s to alcohol, the rose colored glasses of life.” Inside, simplistic, white-washed walls and a backyard with wire-frame furniture is balanced by a booming collection of liquors, beers, and ciders stacked on the wall behind the bar.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: From The Ground Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 13, 2016

    From The Ground's Farmhouse Ales

    From The Ground is a small brewery founded by Jakob Cirell on the grounds of Migliorelli Farm in Red Hook, New York, in 2012. After years of working as a mechanical engineer in the Big Apple, Cirell decided to return to the farming practices he was raised with in Maine in his youth and pursue a dream of brewing beer for a living. Committed to using ingredients only grown on New York soil, From The Ground’s beers are the epitome of local agriculture. The Migliorelli Farm contains a 100-acre orchard which grows apples, pears, cherries, and a variety of tree fruits used in the barrel-aging process.


  • Recipe: Peanut Butter Stout Cake

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - May 11, 2016

    Peanut Butter Stout Cake

    Peanut butter — sweet, creamy peanut butter. Whether you're eating it in a classic PB&J, peanut butter cup, or right out of the jar with a spoon, there's no denying how amazing and versatile it is. Elvis switched things up by introducing America to the peanut butter and banana sandwich. We thought, why not make our very own smooth concoction? After all, we always have peanut butter on hand.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Half Acre Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - May 6, 2016

    Half Acre's Lead Feather

    For many, Half Acre beer and Chicago are inextricably linked - it can actually be pretty tricky to find their products outside of Chicagoland. This, however, was not always the case: the brewery was founded by Goose Island alumnus Gabriel Magliaro in 2006, and they brewed their first beer, the Half Acre Lager, in 2007, when they were still out in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. Since then, though, they've moved to Chicago, opened two large breweries, and started their own local recycling team. It's probably safe to say that they have successfully worked their way into the Chicago beer community.


  • Recipe: Pitcher Beeritas

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - May 2, 2016

    Recipe: Pitcher Beeritas

    What’s the final addition to any real, decent, 11a.m. brunch? Booze. But you love beer and you love margaritas, so which to choose? We have a solution, friends! Enter Pitcher Beeritas, our latest creation in the world of alcoholic beverages. Refreshing and spicy, this delightful concoction will whisk you away in seconds to a sunny, tropical, beach-side meal with your best brunch buds.

    The best part about this drink (though honestly it is very hard to choose) is that it can be made in minutes, with just a few simple ingredients. We recommend the Brooklyn Brew Shop Jalapeño Saison, a crisp and juicy seasonal beer that will put a spicy kick in your sip. Armed with this, don't be afraid to bring the booze to your next potluck brunch - this one won’t disappoint.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Rahr & Sons Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 29, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Rahr & Sons Brewing CompanyNot every brewery relies on age-old family secrets to make their beers. Rahr & Sons Brewing Company, however, stands out as one of those fine gems in the brewing world that has managed to make great, modern craft beer out of a family tradition. The Rahr family first entered the brewing world in 1847 after immigrating from Rhineland, Germany to the United States and starting the Rahr Malting Company, today one of the largest brewing suppliers in the country. In 2004, though, one of the Rahr boys decided he wanted to craft his own brews and started his own operation in Fort Worth, Texas.

    This week we had the honor of trying some of these delightfully dark beers, which we could tell were steeped in the tradition of great brewing. From their most popular lager to newer, seasonal brews, we brought the full German/Texan/Rahr experience to our Brooklyn office to give their beers a swig.


  • Recipe: Sweet Potato Beer Hash

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - April 27, 2016

    Beer-Soaked Sweet Potato Hash

    You’ve got your biscuits, you’ve got your bacon, but might we suggest a new brunch staple: sweet potatoes! A solid substitute for over-greased hash browns, this recipe is soaked in beer but still super healthy. Imagine the crispy, carb-y goodness of a baked sweet potato dipped in the refreshing, lightly hoppy taste of your favorite pale ale and you’ve got the Beer Soaked Potato Hash. It's a perfect (and vegan!) addition to any boozy brunch.

    This modern take on a diner breakfast staple is not only delicious, but good for your gut. Using sweet potatoes instead of regular golden potatoes, coconut oil instead of vegetable oil, and beer flavor sans-alcohol (it cooks off in the skillet), the simple mix of ingredients won’t have you wondering what’s on your plate before you dig in.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Forbidden Root Brewery

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 22, 2016

    Forbidden Root

    Remember the good old days when every medicine was some sort of herb and alcohol was a cure-all for health ailments? There's one brewery that's taking the best of those tried-and-true principles and applying them today. Chicago-based Forbidden Root was founded when owner Robert Finkel decided he wanted to start making old-fashioned root beer. Like, with sarsaparilla. And alcohol. His philosophy was grounded in the idea that we need to go back to our roots, utilizing natural, botanical ingredients to craft our beers, reflecting the larger natural world around us.


  • Recipe: Buttermilk Biscuits & Beer Gravy

    Cooking with Beer, Recipes - April 20, 2016

    Buttermilk Biscuits & Beer Gravy

    In a lot of places today, breakfast is a relatively light meal - some in our native Brooklyn have reduced it to coffee and a scowl - but that wasn't always the case. When farm hands had to spend all day out in the fields, toiling under the hot sun, breakfast had to be a huge, hearty meal. It was this need that birthed one of mankind's greatest culinary inventions: the biscuit with gravy.

    Inspired by the classic southern biscuit recipes we so adore, Brooklyn Brew Shop did what we do best and made a beer-based gravy to pair with it. The biscuits are the simple, flaky perfection you remember, but we cooked the juicy slices of sausage in a skillet with some smooth Oatmeal Stout to make our own delicious, beer-fueled gravy. If your brunch guests are anything like ours, this will be the dish fought over for seconds, thirds, and fourths.


  • Bar Profile: St. Gambrinus, Brooklyn, New York

    Bar Profile - April 18, 2016

    St. Gambrinus

    While brewing at home is great fun, the Brooklyn Brew Shop team likes to get out and grab a beer every once and a while. Who doesn't? With that in mind, we would like to give our fellow beer drinkers the scoop on some of the best beer bars in our area. From Brooklyn to Manhattan to the occasional stop out of town, here's where you might find us drinking tonight.

    As soon as I walk into St. Gambrinus Beer Shoppe, its woodsy, cozy, dimly lit interior makes me want to stay for hours. With exposed brick, small, iridescent hanging lights on the right wall above a dark oak bar, and even a backyard (now open!), there's many a place to settle down for a night – or day – of drinking.

    An unexpected television hangs above the bar. "Do you put on many sports games?" I ask Ray Darmstadt, the owner, who is setting up shop. Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Barrier Brewing Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 15, 2016

    The Barrier Brewing Company is based in East Rockaway, just a short jaunt away from our native Brooklyn, and was only founded in 2009. They may not have a full website yet, but they certainly have great visual style. Their bottle labels are covered in evocative pop-art designs, equal parts funky, fresh, and tongue-in-cheek. From a raven-haired, gothic duchess named Morticia, to a row of gold teeth and Money bling, just looking at the bottles had us eager to try. Read More...

  • Recipe: Spent Grain Coffee Stout Coffee Cake

    Spent Grain Chef, Recipes - April 13, 2016

    Spent Grain Coffee CakeCoffee cake is thought to have originated in Germany but has evolved throughout the years across different continents to bring us the huge variety of coffee cakes we have today. Traditionally, coffee cake is flavored with - you guessed it - coffee. Here at Brooklyn Brew Shop, we know and love that liquid sunshine all too well, and so wanted to pay homage with our own recipe.

    We decided to put a twist on this classic breakfast treat by mixing Spent Grain Flour into the cake itself and its deliciously crumbly Streusel topping. The addition of the Spent Grain adds a comforting nutty flavor perfect for decadent pastries like coffee cake. With an extra beery boost from some rich coffee stout (in the glaze), this one's gonna have your brunch guests fighting for seconds and savoring every bite.


  • Find us at the Brooklyn Flea!

    Beer News Mashup - April 8, 2016

    We'll be at the Brooklyn Flea in DUMBO every Sunday, 10am-5pm.

    We started at the Brooklyn Flea, and we're back at the Brooklyn Flea! Nothing kicks off spring like this awesome outdoor market, and we'll have a booth there every Sunday of the season. We'll have a wide selection of our Kits, Mixes, and accessories available, along with some cheese- and gardening-related products from our new brand, FarmSteady! Read More...

  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Bruery Terreux

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 8, 2016

    Bruery Terreux Tasting on The Mash

    Loosely translated as "Earthy Brewery," Bruery Terreux is the less tamed arm of The Bruery, operating as a separate limb in both brands' hometown of Orange County, Calif.

    As a brewery famous for its experimental ales, the company's history is just as wild. Founded in 2008 by Patrick Rue, the Bruery began when Rue, a recent law school graduate and homebrewer, figured out that he loved the hobby so much, he'd start a brewery instead of studying for the Bar. Later, in 2015, Rue launched Bruery Terreux as a dedicated space to provide the freedom (and bacteria) to get weird with wild and sour ales.

    Two of these creations, Tart of Darkness and Beret, recently made their way to our tasting table.


  • Hop of the Month: Target

    Hop of the Month - April 4, 2016

    Hop of the Month: Target

    Target hops are descendants of some impressive hops. Bred at the Hop Research Institute at Wye College in England from Northern Brewer and Eastwell Golding they are the cousin of Challenger Hops. Although this English hop has a noteworthy lineage they are not too widely used outside of England, and seem to be the undervalued cousin biding its time while its more widely used counterparts get their day in the Sun.

    Target is used for both its aromatic and bittering qualities, and its large alpha acid range allows it to impart a nice, clean bitterness. Oftentimes this hop is used for kettle additions in the brewing process, and has created a following amongst some breweries for its fantastically uncommon aroma produced by its oil composition.

    Although this hop is technically old enough to have a Bachelor's degree and an entry level job, the craft beer industry outside of the U.K. hasn't seen much of it. However, given its impressive background, high yield potential and versatility the Target hop may just be the next new thing. While the overlooked late bloomer still has much to prove when it comes to its ability to season, it has all the potential of its forefathers as well as an exploding industry to capitalize on.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Maine Beer Company

    2 O'Clock Tastings - April 1, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Maine Beer Company

    Maine Beer Company's motto is, "Do What's Right." It's simple and to the point which is exactly what their company is all about. From their simplistic bottle designs, to their dedication to the environment (they donate 1% of their annual sales to environmental causes) they embody all facets of doing "what's right" means, while simultaneously crafting some of the best beers in the United States.

    Started in 2009 by brothers, Daniel and David Kleban, Maine Beer Company was initially a pipe dream as both Daniel and David maintained their day jobs and brewed beer on the side. They had a straight forward, simple plan that we've seen in a lot of successful breweries. They brewed the beer that they wanted to drink and if it worked, great, if not that's fine too. Lucky for us it worked. They experienced almost overnight success as their Pepper won over audiences from near and far. Now they have a beautiful space in Freeport, Maine, a great line up of beers under their belt, distribution to 14 states and devout beer fans from all over the world.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Revolution Brewing

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 25, 2016

    2 O'Clock Tasting: Revolution Brewing

    The biggest craft brewery in Illinois is also one of the Land of Lincoln's best-kept-secrets. Producing roughly 70,000 barrels in 2015 (up from a mere 8,000 in 2012), Revolution Brewing is one of the fastest growing breweries in the nation. Nevertheless, the reach of its beer remains largely confined in-state. But don't expect the exclusivity to last; after all, once a revolution gains momentum, it's hard to suppress.


  • 2 O'Clock Tasting: Transmitter Brewing, Part 3

    2 O'Clock Tastings - March 18, 2016

    Transmitter Brewing on The Mash

    In the funky world of sours, wild ales, and farmhouse ales, you never quite know what you'll get once Brettanomyces, lactobacillus, and all their microscopic friends finish their wort buffet. Brewer and drinker alike could theoretically expect a different sensory experience from every bottle, perhaps even every sip. So it's only natural to re-revisit a brewery like Queens-based Transmitter, whose specialized, artisanal dedication to saisons brings out a broader spectrum of flavor from this single style than many breweries offer in their entire catalog.

    Transmitter's Community Supported Brewery Program again supplied us with the trio of bottles that grace our table today. In doing so, brewmaster duo Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb continue their dedication to local outreach and to the growth of the NYC craft beer community.


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