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Raise a Glass to Bushwick’s Pioneering Brewery KCBC as They Celebrate Their Launch Tonight

(Photo: Courtesy of The Well)

(Photo: Courtesy of The Well)

Way back in January, we met up with the three founders of the new Bushwick-based brewery Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC), who are aiming to restore the neighborhood’s former reputation as a brewery haven before it went bust in the late ’70s. While the founders are still finishing up construction on the 5,000-square-foot warehouse at 381 Troutman Street, which will serve as their brewery and taproom, they have finally begun production, which makes them Bushwick’s first brewery since the neighborhood’s fall from hoppy glory. In order to celebrate, KCBC will be hosting a launch party this evening at The Well, an East Williamsburg/Bushwick bar that will be the first place to serve their brews.

The beers on tap will be KCBC’s Robot Fish #1, which is described as a single malt and single hop IPA with “a smooth, slightly nutty malt backbone” and “flavors and aromas of orange, apricot, black tea, and pine,” and Sandcastles, a “perfect summer beer” with a malt base and Belgian-saison yeast that “lends a soft, silky mouthfeel,” as well as “fresh lemon zest added at whirlpool,” which gives an extra aromatic boost.

Starting at 7pm tonight, Tony Bellis, Pete Lengyel, and Zack Kinney, the founders of KCBC, will be present at The Well to celebrate their first drafts with other hops aficionados. “This is the first chance to taste their beer,” Ian Ljungquist, the bar manager at The Well said. “We are very friendly with those guys, and its a huge honor to pour their beer tonight.”

And if you happen to like the new brews so much you want to take some home, Ljungquist has you covered: “We are selling growlers of their beer, so you can take some with you if you want!”

The Well, 272 Meserole Street at Waterbury Street, East Williamsburg. 347-338-3612.

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Coconut Beer and Sunshine Will be Plentiful at This New Bushwick Brewery

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

(Photo: Nicole Disser)

If Bushwick is the first neighborhood that comes to mind when you think “party,” it might have something to do with the lingering beer ghosts of a brewery-boom past. In 1898, most of the borough’s 45 breweries (including Rheingold, now slated for residential development) were located in the Bushwick area. But by 1976, when Schaefer shut down its brewing operations, the local industry was basically bust, having been overshadowed by monsters like Anheuser-Busch. This spring, when Kings County Brewers Collective (KCBC) opens its doors on Troutman Street, it will be Bushwick’s first brewery since the decline of the neighborhood’s first Golden Age of beer.

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