Beer Karma owner, Dan Lamonaca is happy to serve you.
How to open a beer bar/shop in Brooklyn:
1. Have a good job. 2. Quit that good job. 3. Drink as much beer as possible. 4. Know a good landlord.
At least, that was the formula for Dan Lamonaca, owner of the brand new Beer Karma, a beer shop and bar located on the corner of Union Ave. and Conselyea St. in Williamsburg. Beer Karma is unusual not only in its goal to show great beer to a mixed crowd of beer geeks and athletes – it also happens to be in a building owned by Lamonaca’s grandmother, Molly, who lives upstairs. (more…)
Despite our city-wide affinity for drinking, many Brooklyn booze crusaders may not realize it can take years to open a beer or spirits business here in New York. For Jesse Ferguson and Laura Dierks, co-founders of East Williamsburg’s Interboro Spirits & Ales, it took nearly two —from early 2015 to late 2016 — to build their dream business.
Even though their valiant effort and success in opening a small alcohol-making business here was not unique, Interboro brought something special to Brooklyn — and to New York as a whole — last summer, when we were lucky enough to sit down with Ferguson to chat and make a video about what Brooklyn is in for now that Interboro has arrived.
Coney Island Brewery is always ready for a party. Photo via Coney Island Brewery
Brooklyn’s burgeoning beer scene is buzzing faster than we can get a buzz on an empty stomach. Keep up with the borough’s beer-centric happenings with this monthly installment of Brooklyn beer news, including can releases, beer festivals, brewery nights and other beer celebrations around the borough. (more…)
If you’re a craft beer drinker in New York, you’ve most likely picked up on the fact that it’s New York City Beer Week, an annual, 10-day long celebration of craft beer bars, breweries and community in the NYC area. If you’re like us, you’ve probably been overwhelmed by all the awesome events going on, from beer release parties to meet the brewer nights to educational talks about hop growing in New York State (shout out to Strong Rope Brewery on this one).
Tap into some new favorites at Kings Beer Hall, one of the bars featured in the 2017 Beer Books.
Extra! Extra! The 2017 Beer Books are on sale! We’re bringing you two tantalizing versions of the books you know and love, which bring you the unbeatable deal of 30 beers at 30 of Brooklyn’s finest bars for just $30.
Let’s face it: 2016 was rough, and if January is any indication, 2017 ain’t getting much better. But there is always a silver lining, and whether that’s solidarity in the form of resistance marches, opportunities to volunteer, or the god-given right to drink your pain away with 30 beers, Brokelyn is here to help.
In any event, today’s the day you can reserve a total of 60 beers on the house at dozens of great bars, breweries and beer-edified eateries that the borough has to offer. Snag one here now before they sell out! (more…)
If you live in Brooklyn and drink beer, then you’ll be psyched to know that the 2017 Brokelyn Beer Books are coming out soon! So we’re asking you now: what bars, breweries and restaurants you want to see in this year’s editions?
Both Brokelyn Beer Book editions for 2017 are going on sale at the end of this month and we want your help choosing the bars. We love all bars (and extra love bars who participate in the Beer Book), but we’re taking it to the e-streets, AKA this blog post, to get some intel on what YOU want to see more of.
What bars, breweries and restaurants were your favorite spots to hit in 2016? What new business do you think would make great fit for Beer Book 2017? We want names and reasons, too, whether it’s that you found yourself wanting more places with food, loved bars with sweet backyards, or hanker for brews in businesses that double as venues, movie theaters or coffee shops. (more…)
Now that you’re over your July 4th hangover and settled back into the dingy depths of back-to-work woes, it’s time to put the focus back on booze-related news: July Good Beer Month.
July Good Beer Month is a celebratory extension of the Good Beer Seal, a city-wide stamp of approval for beer bars. The Seal was founded in 2009 by craft beer restaurant owners, Jimmy Carbone (Jimmy’s No. 43), Ray Deter (formerly of d.b.a.), Ben and Mike Wiley (Bar Great Harry), Gary Gillis (Burp Castle, Standings), and Dave Brodrick (Blind Tiger), created for the purpose of pointing out the handful of good craft beer bars in the boroughs. After the Seal hit 40 bars in 2012, its founders and members decided to recognize the growth of craft beer in NYC with a month-long celebration each July, acknowledging good beer purveyors and the work they do serving and educating their patrons and communities on better-made alcoholic beverages.
As of 2016, 64 bars have been stamped with Good Beer Seal approval, with 24 right here in Brooklyn. Though they’re not all calling attention to their Good Beer Seal status, they’re hosting a variety of events, from tap takeovers to brewery nights to charitable beer tastings, all month long. So, before you reach for another Corona (I know, I know, you found your beach), consider visiting one of the great Brooklyn venues where every month is good beer month. (more…)
Coming soon in 2016: the 2nd annual Queens Beer Book.
If you’re reading this, you’ve probably heard of the Brooklyn Beer Book, our guide to all places craft beer, snacks and backyards in Brooklyn (which, by the way, we still have a few copies of on sale). But did you know that Brokelyn also publishes a Queens Beer Book? That’s right, we’ve gotten to know our way around the beer scene in Queens, and we’re seeking nominations for your favorite spots to be considered for the second annual edition. Tell us which bars you want to see included! (more…)
Kaitie Lynch and Sam Bernstein of Brooklyn Brewery. Photo by Patrick Phillips.
Beer drinkers of Brooklyn: Friday is the kickoff of NYC Beer Week 2016. This means 10 straight days of tap takeovers, beer discounts, meet-the-brewers, SMaSH beers (that’s State Malt and State Hop, in this case) and beer dinners highlighting the better beverage and its makers who are based right here in New York City. The celebration includes such extravagant affairs as an Opening Bash boat cruise (Feb. 20), Brewers Choice festival (Feb. 24) and beer dinners with steep ticket prices (various), but here at Brokelyn, we’re all about finding free-entry events where you can sample the best of the boroughs on whatever budget you choose. Here are 29 free Beer Week events happening right here in Brooklyn that should not be missed. (more…)
There are lots of things to get excited for in the New Year: fresh resolutions; health insurance enrollment; the sweet satisfaction of abandoning that fitness goal. But come February, there’s something much sweeter to swallow: 30 free beers at 30 bars for only 30 bucks in the county of Kings. Today’s the day: the 2016 Brooklyn Beer Books are on sale! (more…)