Brooklyn was once a center of American brewing, thanks to an influx of German immigrants in the 1800s who would operate 45 breweries in the borough by the end of the century. Prohibition halted the flow of malted delights, forcing the closure of nearly all of the brewing plants. Even those that returned to glory after the repeal of the Volstead Act were shuttered or relocated by the end of the 1970s, leaving Brooklyn without a beer to call its own until the recent resurgence of craft brewing.
Our Beer of the Week feature will take a look at a different lost brewery each week. We open with the Piel Brother’s brewery of East New York.
For a more intimate look at the now-lost breweries of Brooklyn, grease up your bike chain and register for Brooklyn Public Library’s Bike the Branches event, coming this May 17th! The “Bottoms Up, Brooklyn” tour — curated by Brooklyn Collection staff — will take you past some of the borough’s most notorious breweries and distilleries, as well as some of the latest and greatest in cocktail culture. Register now: http://misc.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/btb/