05/20/16 1:40pm
The new beer garden brewing in the Navy Yard--Brooklyn Brewery's rooftop restaurant and pub, coming in 2018. Rendering: Davis Brody Bond

The new beer garden brewing in the Navy Yard–Brooklyn Brewery’s rooftop restaurant and pub, coming in 2018. Rendering: Davis Brody Bond

These days, it’s hard to navigate a New York City beer blog and not hear frequent mention of the many great craft breweries taking over the city. There’s Other Half, Grimm, Finback, Singlecut, Transmitter—the list, like the road, goes ever on and on. But before this city gave us $8 craft beers, there was a small brewery based out of Williamsburg, struggling to revitalize the city’s rich and storied history of beer brewing.

On Sunday, news broke that this “small” brewery would be expanding to the Navy Yard, and made plain just how successful Brooklyn Brewery has been at reviving the local craft beer scene, here and abroad. Since they opened their doors nearly 30 years ago, the brewery has not just expanded its reach locally—it’s gone well beyond Brooklyn. Roughly half of its beers, most of which are brewed upstate in Utica, are sold outside the city of New York. It’s what’s made Brooklyn Brewery the 12th largest craft beer brand in the country and number one exporter of craft beer in the U.S.

But over the next decade, Brooklyn Brewery hopes to cement its legacy and presence in the city of New York. The crown jewel of this plan is this week’s announcement that the 28-year-old company will open a new 75,000-square-foot brewery, complete with a rooftop brewpub and restaurant—in the 215-year-old Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building 77. Once the operation is up and running in 2018, Brooklyn Brewery will produce about 130,000 barrels of its beer within city limits (the Williamsburg location currently brews 80,000 barrels a year). (more…)

05/10/16 1:52pm
See that bill in her hand? We've got a ton of WAM (Walking Around Money) for you to throw around Cobble Hill on May 21. Photo: Brooklyn Brewery

See that bill in her hand? We’ve got a ton of WAM (Walking Around Money) for you to throw around Cobble Hill on May 21. Photo: Brooklyn Brewery

Our Immersion series with Brooklyn Brewery, where we line up four beers, lunch and a ton of neighborhood deals for $25, returns on May 21, and we’ve got quite the day planned for you in Cobble Hill.

But first, we’d like to clarify something. Angry Wade’s, the Smith St. bar that was widely reported to be closing its doors in January, is not shuttering anytime soon. In fact, the bar is one of our Brooklyn beer stops on the Total Cobble Hill Immersion.

Also new this year—we’re giving away door prizes to random Immersion goers who check in at 61 Local between noon and 1pm on Saturday. Yes, this is a coy way of getting your tushes to the Immersion on time. But you could also win some sweet prizes, like brunch for two at Veklsers or a travel gift set from Diptyque.

As you make your way from 61 Local, Angry Wade’s, Buschenschank and Fawkner for your Brooklyn brews, be prepared for some pitstops. This is one of Brooklyn’s best corridors for retail therapy, and we lined up a lot of deals to brighten your wardrobe, stock your fridge, and eat your heart out. Check out the full list below and get a ticket before the Immersion sells out. (more…)

01/15/15 1:31pm

Every month we co-produce a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with comic and storyteller, Tom Shillue. If you’re into the storytelling scene, then you know that most shows have some sort of rules–no notes, strict time limits and themes. Our only rule is that the stories have to be funny in some way. As Tom said at last month’s show, “We’re like the sloppy Moth.” (more…)

12/17/14 2:22pm

Here’s your best holiday gift so far–Funny Story is Thursday night at Brooklyn Brewery. This month we have a writer for Letterman, a badly behaved girl and an editor of Out Magazine telling hilarious true stories, and as always, our beloved host, Tom Shillue. We never set a theme, but a holiday menagerie of stories may well occur this time around. If you want more Shillue steeze, check him out in Jimmy Fallon’s barbershop quartet in the video above (Tom’s the one to the left of Steve Carell, no, not Jimmy Fallon, your other left). While we can’t promise he’ll break into song on Thursday, he did perform a barbershop snippet back in October, which you can listen to on Funny Story Live, episode two. Tickets are $10, and that includes a beer. Good times guaranteed.

11/13/14 12:06pm

Last month we introduced our first-ever podcast, a live version of Funny Story, the storytelling show we co-produce with comedian Tom Shillue and Brooklyn Brewery each month. We’re back with a new one, and while we never set a theme for Funny Story–all our guests are free to tell any story they like–sometimes one organically emerges. This time around most of our storytellers looked back a few decades and told stories starring their younger, more naive selves, with a particular focus on the horrifying experience of middle school. (more…)

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10/09/14 9:55am

As you may know, each month we co-curate a storytelling show at Brooklyn Brewery with Tom Shillue, a comedian, barbershop quartet enthusiast, and frequent performer on The Tonight Show. Some of our storytellers are comedians or regulars on the storytelling circuit, but others are just interesting people–chefs, journalists, filmmakers and all-purpose weirdos.

The show is such a good time that we decided to record it and produce a podcast, and this is the first one.


09/19/14 1:11pm


We’re excited, and a little sad, to announce the fourth and final Brooklyn Based-Brooklyn Brewery Immersion of 2014: Saturday, Oct. 11 in Prospect Heights.

It’s been an excellent Immersion season, drinking and eating our way through the South Slope, Greenpoint and Bushwick, and we can’t wait to spend the day hanging out on Vanderbilt Avenue. On this Immersion you’ll get four complimentary beers, one each at Plan B, Woodwork, Dean St. and Berg’n (for a quick detour over to Crown Heights), plus lunch at either Citrico or Dean St. Get your $20 ticket here.

As usual, you’ll get a stack of Walking Around Money in a nifty envelope featuring a map of the neighborhood and all the deals, beers and food specials we have in store for you. Meet us at Woodwork between noon and 2pm to pick up your WAM (consider it your ticket for the Immersion–you won’t get very far without it) and get started on a fantastic fall day in Prospect Heights.  (more…)

09/17/14 10:51am

After a brief summer hiatus, Funny Story is back at Brooklyn Brewery on Thursday, Sept. 18. If you’ve never been before–or haven’t been in awhile, it’s time to join us at Brooklyn Brewery for a night of hilarity. Usually we here at Brooklyn Based help fill the roster with journalists, food folks and Brooklyn personalities, but this time our intrepid host Tom Shillue has packed the evening with a bunch of funny weirdos he met over the summer.

To start, we’ve Turney Duff, a former professional Wall Street douchebag, who wrote a memoir called The Buy Side, outlining just how fucked up and entitled Wall Street culture is. Add to that Joe Randazzo, a former Onion editor, and generally hilarious dude who lived in Greenpoint forever, before decamping for the countryside with his brood.  (more…)

08/21/14 1:00pm
Scenes from past Immersions. Photos: Alison Brockhouse/Brooklyn Based

Scenes from past Immersions. Photos: Alison Brockhouse/Brooklyn Based

We didn’t want anyone to have to choose between their summer vacation and one of our Immersions with Brooklyn Brewery, so after fantastic days spent drinking, eating and exploring the South Slope and Greenpoint in June and July, we took August off and planned The Total Bushwick Immersion for Saturday, Sept. 13.

We’ve lined up a whole new crop of bars, restaurants, cafes and stores to check out, focusing on the area around the Jefferson stop on the L train (no, we’re not calling it Jefftown). Consider this your $20 ticket to an entire day of artsy, boozy, delicious fun.

You’ll start the day by picking up your envelope full of walking around money, or WAM, as we like to call it, at Radio Bushwick, any time between 1pm and 2:30pm. From there, Bushwick is basically your oyster. Your WAM is like Brooklyn Monopoly money, and each bill will score you a different deal around the neighborhood. What do you get? Brooklyn Brewery beers at The Rookery, Radio Bushwick, Three Diamond Door and Brooklyn Fire Proof, and lunch at either The Diggs—your choice of their ridiculously good poutine or Coney fries, which come covered with chili, cheese sauce, mustard and onions (leave off the chili if you like)—or Brooklyn Fire Proof (your choice of a wings basket or a burger and fries). What else? Discounts on everything from coffee, cookies and other baked goods to haircuts, books and handmade goods at spots like Little Skips, Sweet and Shiny and The Shops at The Loom. (See below for the full list—some last for a full year.)

bb_immersion-poster-bushwick-2014-printWe sold out well in advance of our two last Immersions, so round up your friends and get your tickets early so you don’t miss out.

Here are all our deals to date–RSVP on Facebook for updates as we add more deals and open galleries to the list.

Cobra Club: $3 can of Brooklyn Brewery beer. Valid day of immersion only.
Molasses Books: One or the other–10% off all books OR free coffee (iced or hot) with any book purchase. Valid day of Immersion only.
Sweet & Shiny: Buy one cookie, get one free. Valid through December 13, 2014.
Little Skips: Free coffee or tea with any sandwich order. Valid through December 13, 2014.
Tomahawk Salon: 20% off men or women’s cut. Valid through March 13, 2015.
Kave: Free small cold brew with any purchase of $4 or more. Valid through December 13, 2014.
Better than Jam Homemade: 20% off handmade products; 10% off supplies. Valid at Bushwick location only through November 13, 2014.
Amos Eno Gallery: Free walk through with director on Saturdays, every hour on the hour. Gallery open 12-6, Thursday-Sunday. Valid through March 13, 2015.
Chez Bushwick: $5.00 off year membership. Valid through December 31, 2014
RDNMKS: 25% off all reflection dynamiks apparel, 10% off all accessories and free iphone case with a purchase of any sprayground bookbag. Valid day of Immerison only.
Bushwick Community Darkroom: 20% off any services or rentals. Excludes classes.
Brooklyn Yarn Creative Studio: 20% off any merchandise or classes offered in studio. Valid through September 13, 2015
Bushwick Food Coop: $10 off a $50 purchase, for new members joining September 1st 2014 or later OR non-members. Valid through December 13, 2014.
Loom Yoga Center: $35 for 4 weeks of unlimited yoga, first time yogis at Loom Yoga Center.

06/24/14 12:49pm
Through the looking glass: a scene from our first-ever Immersion, in Greenpoint the summer of 2010. Photo: Hayden-Harnett

Through the looking glass: a scene from our first-ever Immersion, in Greenpoint the summer of 2010. Photo: Hayden-Harnett

Four years ago we started a summer tradition with Brooklyn Brewery of daylong pub crawls exploring a neighborhood’s coolest bars, shops, and places to eat. We kicked it off on Franklin Street and we can’t wait to head back to the place where we launched this series on Saturday, July 19 for The Total Greenpoint Immersion.

What you’ll experience on this Immersion, for a mere $20, is kind of insane. A Brooklyn beer awaits you at each of these four awesome bars: Beloved, The Diamond, Black Rabbit, and t.b.d., along with lunch at either t.b.d or Jimmy’s so you can stay on your feet, because you’ll have a lot more places to visit. When you arrive we’ll hand you an envelope stuffed with Monopoly-like bills to spend at more than a dozen spots, and some of these deals last a full year so you can come back and explore Greenpoint another day. You’ll save money when you pick up a summer read at Word, perk up your summer wardrobe at In God We Trust and Old Hollywood, treat yourself to the well-made goods at The One Well, get your caffeine fix at Champion Coffee, and more. (See the list of deals to date, below.)


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