Forgot to book your ticket to Munich for Oktoberfest this year? You can still get your beer fix this Saturday at the Village Voice‘s Brooklyn Pour beer festival. Dozens of breweries will gather at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Greenpoint for one of the biggest beer tasting events of the fall. Represent the five boroughs by slugging beers from local favorites like Flagship, Big Alice, Rockaway Brewing Co., and Other Half, and compare New York’s best to the wares of national players like Allagash, Victory, and Sierra Nevada. Or get snickered at by the craft beer cognoscenti by sipping on macrobrews like Singha, Guinness, and Kronenbourg 1664.
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.
After reading this intriguing post about a Greenpoint-based brewery (well, in the sense that Braven Brewery is based in Bushwick, which is to say it’s operated right here in Brooklyn, but the actual brewing happens Upstate) we met up with the owner of War Flag Ales & Lagers, James McFillin, at Roebling Tea Room in Williamsburg over beers. We discussed what it takes to get a brewery operation running from hops all the way to bottled, fermented drank, his plans to build out a brewery in Brooklyn in the near future, and rumors that his company is tied to the Koch Brothers. (Hint: It’s not… and actually, James really likes Bernie Sanders.)