04/06/17 4:13pm
Beer Karma owner, Dan Lamonaca is happy to serve you.

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…)

03/30/17 9:00am

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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.

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