We started the Brooklyn Brew Shop out of the Brooklyn Flea in the summer of 2009 to get space-strapped New Yorkers brewing. With the idea that making beer (real beer from real ingredients) can be simple, tasty, and most important, fun, we created stylish, easy-to-use Beer Making Kits designed especially for stove-top brewing and ingredient mixes for seasonally inspired beers. Our goal is to get everyone brewing by simplifying the beer making process without dumbing it down.
Erica Shea, 29, and Stephen Valand, 27, are the owners and founders of Brooklyn Brew Shop, which has been featured in The New York Times, Food & Wine, Real Simple, New York Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, and Live with Regis & Kelly. Erica and Stephen have also appeared on The Cooking Channel, Fox Business, and ABC News. As beer authorities, the couple has taught classes for Etsy, Stone Barns Center, Beer Bloggers Conference, South by Southwest Interactive, and the American Museum of Natural History and served as lecturers and judges for beer making contests.