About The Brewery

FAQ

Do you have tours? Where can I find your beer in California? Are you hiring? How many calories are in Brooklyn Lager? Can I buy kegs direclty from you?

We receive many inquiries here at The Brooklyn Brewery, and we strongly encourage you to read our FAQ before contacting us, as the answers to virtually all the questions we get can be found right here. Of course, we love hearing from fans, and always want to know about any issues, so please do not hesitate to get in touch if the information below does not answer your question.

Brewery Visits

  • When are you open to the public? 

    We are open to the public:

    + Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm for reservation-only Small Batch Brewery Tours ($8)
    + Friday nights from 6-11pm for Happy Hour
    + Saturday from noon-8pm, with tours on the hour from 1-5pm (free- 40 tickets available)
    + Sunday from noon-6pm, with tours on the hour from 1-4pm (free- 40 tickets available)

    SMALL BATCH BREWERY TOURS
    + Monday-Thursday, 5-7pm
    + Reservation Only
    + $10
    + 30 people max
    + Guided tasting of 4 different Brooklyn beers
    + 30-45 minute tour of our facilities
    + Afterwards, one is welcome to get a couple of pints (beers are $5 each, or 5 for $20) or purchase dry goods and souvenirs at The Company Store
    + All participants leave with a complimentary souvenir Brooklyn Brewery stemware glass
    + Guests must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
    + Dogs are welcome (although our cat, Monster, has been known to get feisty)
    + One can order food delivered to The Brewery or can bring their own
    + Reservations are accepted 30 days prior to the requested date. Dates fill up very quickly! For reservations, click here
    +When you arrive at the Eventbrite Reservation link, use the drop down box "Please select a date to attend" to choose your date. If the date is not listed, either it is not available yet (the date is 30+ days prior to the requested tour) or the date is sold out with no additional availability. All guests must have a ticket to join the Small Batch Tour.  Due to the limited space in our brewhouse, we are not able to accept walk-ins and do not have a waitist available for the tours.
    +If you have a New York Pass, please make reservations as normal. Your discount will not apply until you arrive at the brewery on the date of the tour and present your New York Pass. Each guest that presents a valid New York Pass upon entrance to the Small Batch Tour, will be issued a $2 refund.

     

    FRIDAY HAPPY HOUR
    + 6-11pm every Friday
    + Free
    + There are no tours but you can have your pick of up to 10 draft beers and our growing number of Big Bottles
    + Beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20

    SATURDAY
    + Noon-8pm
    + Free Tours at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5pm - 40 guests per tour
    + Beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20
    + Outside food is allowed to be delivered or brought in
    + Children are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult

    SUNDAY
    + Noon-6pm
    + Free Tours at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4pm - 40 guests per tour
    + Beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20
    + Outside food is allowed to be delivered or brought in
    + Children are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult

  • Do you have tours? How much do they cost? 

    We offer tours Monday-Thursday from 5-7pm ($10, Advance Reservation Only), and Free Tours on Saturday (on the hour from 1-5pm) and Sunday (on the hour from 1-4pm).  The free tours on Saturday and Sunday are available via tickets offered at our Company Store. The tickets will be released 1 hour (or 1 ½hrs) prior to the scheduled tour time.  For example- the 1 and 1:30 tour tickets will be available at 12noon,  the 2 and 2:30 tickets will be available at 1pm and so on.  When the tickets are gone, that tour is then sold out.  A maximum of 2 tickets will be given out per person.  Large parties…That means if you are a party of say 10 guests, 1 person cannot get tickets for the entire group. Sorry! Guests must have tickets to join the tour. 


    SMALL BATCH BREWERY TOURS
    + Monday-Thursday, 5-7pm
    + Reservation Only
    + $10
    + 30 people max
    + Guided tasting of 4 different Brooklyn beers
    + 30-45 minute tour of our facilities
    + Afterwards, one is welcome to get a couple of pints (beers are $5 each, or 5 for $20) or purchase dry goods and souvenirs at The Company Store
    + All participants leave with a complimentary souvenir Brooklyn Brewery stemware glass
    + Guests must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian
    + Dogs are welcome (although our cat, Monster, has been known to get feisty)
    + One can order food delivered to The Brewery or can bring their own
    + Reservations are accepted 30 days prior to the requested tour date. Dates fill up very quickly! For reservations, click here
    +When you arrive at the Eventbrite Reservation link, use the drop down box "Please select a date to attend" to choose your date. If the date is not listed, either it is not available yet (the date is 30+ days prior to the requested tour) or the date is sold out with no additional availability.
    +If you have a New York Pass, please make reservations as normal. Your discount will not apply until you arrive at the brewery on the date of the tour and present your New York Pass. Each guest that presents a valid New York Pass upon entrance to the Small Batch Tour, will be issued a $2 refund.


    SATURDAY
    + Noon-8pm
    + Free Tours at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30, 4, 4:30 and 5pm - 40 guests per tour
    + Beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20
    + Outside food is allowed to be delivered or brought in
    + Children are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult

    SUNDAY
    + Noon-6pm
    + Free Tours at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30, 3, 3:30 and 4pm - 40 guests per tour
    + Beer tokens are $5 each, or 5 for $20
    + Outside food is allowed to be delivered or brought in
    + Children are welcome with the accompaniment of an adult

  • Do you have to be 21 to take a tour? 

    Yes, to take a tour with us, you must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  • I’m having a large group coming on Saturday. It’s my birthday! Can I reserve a table? 

    Unfortunately due to space limitations, we do not reserve tables for parties and ask that you do not "hold" tables for friends.

  • Can I bring my child? 

    Yes, children are welcome accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

  • Can I bring my dog? 

    Yes, dogs are welcome accompanied by a leash in our Tasting Room, but unfortunately they are not able to accompany you on a tour of the brewery.

     

  • Do you serve food? 

    We serve beer, bottled and tap water, and a limited selection of soda, chips and snacks. We welcome our guests to order pizza and other delivery options, however. We even have a variety of menus.

  • Can I bring food with me? 

    Yes, outside food is allowed to be delivered or brought in. We have a number of menus available so that our visitors can order food to be delivered. In addition, the neighborhood is filled with great restaurants, a good number of which deliver. We have plenty of soft drinks and water for the non-drinkers amongst you so please, no outside beverages.

  • Do you serve liquor and/or wine? 

    No, just beer, soda and water.

  • Do you have any non-alcoholic beverage options? 

    Yes, we offer a variety of soft drinks from Saranac and Q, as well as bottled and tap water.

  • Do you have Wi-Fi? 

    No, we do not have a wireless internet connection available during our public hours.

  • Do you have parking? 

    We do not have a parking lot, but public street parking is generally available in the neighborhood. Be sure to beware of the alternate side parking rules, as indicated on the street signs.

  • How can I get to you by subway? 

    We are located at 79 North 11th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249 (click here for a map) within walking distance from both the L and G subway lines. View the NYC Subway Map here.

    From the L train
    Take the L to Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn. Exit the subway station towards the rear of the train, and you will emerge on the corner of Bedford Ave and North 7th Street. Walk up to North 11th and make a left. Pass Berry Street, and we are on the right hand side of the street towards the middle-end of the block.

    From the G train
    Take the G to Nassau Avenue in Brooklyn. Exit the subway station towards the rear of the train, and you will emerge on the corner of Nassau Ave and Manhattave Ave. Walk towards McCarren Park, and where the road forks keep right to stay on Nassau Ave. Walk along Nassau Ave until you come to North 11th Street, and make a right. We are on the right hand side of the street towards the middle-end of the block.

  • How can I get to you by car? 

    The Brooklyn Brewery is located at 79 North 11th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, 11249 bewtween Berry Street and Wythe Avenue. Here's a map.

    From Queens, Long Island, Points North

    From RFK Bridge, Grand Central Parkway or Long Island Expressway, take Brooklyn-Queens Expressway toward Verrazano Narrows Bridge, after passing over Kosciusko Bridge (over Newtown Creek) take second exit for Metropolitan Avenue, turn right onto North 8th Street, go seven blocks, turn right onto Kent Avenue, then right onto North 11th, go a block and a half to the brewery.

    From Manhattan

    Hard right turn onto Broadway from first exit on Williamsburg Bridge (you must stay in far right lane), follow Broadway past Peter Luger's to Kent Avenue, turn right onto Kent and travel about a mile, turn right onto North 11th Street, go one block, brewery on left.

    From Staten Island & Points South

    Take Brooklyn-Queens Expressway to Metropolitan Avenue/Williamsburg Bridge exit, go to second stoplight, turn left onto Union Avenue (under BQE), after second light turn left onto North 10th Street, go six blocks to Kent Avenue, turn right onto Kent, then turn right onto North 11th, go one block and a half to the brewery.

  • Do you host private parties and events at the brewery? 

    Yes, see our Private Events page for details, or email Erin McNair.

Community Support

Product and Distribution

  • Where can I find Brooklyn Brewery beers? 

    Click here to find out how to locate Brooklyn beer.

  • I live in California, but I can’t find your beers anywhere! Do you distribute to the west coast? 

    We unfortunately do not currently have any of our beers distributed on the west coast. At this time, Brooklyn Brewery products do not much exceed the Mississippi River. Although getting beer to the west coast is something we’d like to do, there are no concrete plans at the moment. We’d love to think that there will be enough demand that we can get to every market, eventually, but we have to be realistic about managing our growth. As it is, we have enough demand to fulfill in existing markets.

    Some places that might be able to ship our beer to you are Half Time Beverage and Bierkraft.

    Below is a list of the states and countries in which we are currently distributed:

    Connecticut
    Delaware
    Florida
    Georgia
    Illinois
    Indiana
    Kentucky
    Louisiana
    Maine
    Maryland
    Massachusetts
    Michigan
    Minnesota
    New Hampshire
    New Jersey
    New York
    North Carolina
    Ohio
    Pennsylvania
    Rhode Island
    South Carolina
    Tennessee
    Texas
    Vermont
    Virginia

    Australia
    Brazil
    Canada
    Denmark
    Finland
    Germany
    Hong  Kong
    Ireland
    Israel
    Italy
    Japan
    Norway
    Puerto Rico
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    Turkey
    United Kingdom

  • I really loved Cookie Jar Porter. Will you be making it again? Where can I find Dark Matter? How about Manhattan Project? 

    As part of our Brewmaster’s Reserve series, these beers were only made in small quantities, available draft-only for a few months at select bars and restaurants. They were never bottled. As such, you are unlikely to find this beer. From time to time, a past Brewmaster’s Reserve beer will be served at a special event so keep your ear to the ground, and your eye out for our current Brewmaster’s Reserve!

  • Will you be producing Black Ops again? When will it be released this year? 

    We have no idea what you're talking about, and if there was such a beer, we would certainly not be able to tell you it's released every November in exceedingly small quantities.

  • I’m having a hard time finding your Brooklyner Weisse in bottles. What’s up? 

    Sorry, we no longer bottle our wheat beer, Brooklyner Weisse. It is only available on draft.

  • Where can I purchase your Brooklyner-Schneider Hopfen-Weisse? 

    This beer was from a collaboration we did a few years back with the Schneider Brewery, but it is no longer being produced.

  • Where/how can I get a bottle of your bacon beer? 

    Our bacon beer, called Reinschweinsgebot, was really just an experiment, and was produced in very small quantities and not ever released publically, so it’s unfortunately not possible to purchase this beer.

  • I’m missing some beers from my variety pack. What gives? 

    The wording on our current* mixed 12-pack states that there are four each of Lager and Pennant Ale, and two each of our East India Pale Ale and Brown Ale, for a total of 12 beers.

    [*The way this breakdown is represented has caused some confusion, but our brand new variety pack makes the new mix more clear: 4x Lager, 2x EIPA, 2x Pilsner, 2x Brown Ale, 2x Pennant Ale]

  • How many calories are in your beer? 

    Per 12oz

    Brooklyn Summer Ale: 150
    Brooklyn Pilsner: 155
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale: 165
    Brooklyn Lager: 170
    Brooklyner Weisse: 175
    Brooklyn Oktoberfest: 175
    Brooklyn Pennant Ale ‘55: 180
    Brooklyn Brown: 190
    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale: 200
    Brooklyn Winter Ale: 205
    Brooklyn Monster Ale: 305
    Brooklyn Black Chococlate Stout: 320

  • How many carbs are in your beer? 

    5-10 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn Summer Ale

    10-15 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
    Brooklyn Pilsner
    Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55
    Brooklyn Oktoberfest
    Brooklyn Local 1
    Brooklyn Local 2
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

    15-20 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn Lager
    Brooklyn Brown Ale
    Brooklyn Winter Ale
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale
    Brooklyn BLAST! 

    25-30 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Brooklyn Monster Ale

  • Are your beers vegan? 

    All of our beers are vegan friendly, with just a few exceptions: Brooklyn Local 2, Brooklyn BAMboozle, our past Brewmaster’s Reserve beers Buzz Bomb and The Concoction, Highline Elevated Wheat, and AMA Bionda, all of which contain honey. Our cask beers are filtered with the vegan-friendly Biofine Clear.

  • Do your beers contain sulfites? 

    We do not add sulfites as a preservative to our beer. Any sulfur formation is a result of the fermentation. Therefore, all of our beers are low in sulfites. Brooklyn Lager would be a good example of low sulfites, which has less than 1 ppm (the average sulfite content for wine is 80 ppm). Typically, sulfur dioxide levels in our beer are less than 1 ppm. The exceptions are Winter Ale, Black Chocolate Stout, Black Ops and Monster Ale, which have levels of 5-7 ppm of sulfur dioxide.

  • Do you produce a gluten free beer? 

    None of our beers are gluten free. Unfortunately, we don’t routinely test for gluten content in our beers. We are only able to quantify up to 5 ppm of gluten and confirmed that Lager has less than 5 ppm of gluten. Unfortunately, our current production demands do not allow us to produce a gluten free beer.

  • Do your beers contain corn or milk? 

    None of our beers contain traces of corn or milk. However, there is some residual sugar: glucose, maltose, and maltotriose. These sugars are derived from malted barley.

  • Which of your beers contain wheat? 

    The following Brooklyn beers contain wheat:

    Brooklyner Weisse
    Brooklyn Monster Ale
    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout
    Brooklyn Brown Ale
    Brooklyn Elevated Wheat
    The Companion Ale
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale

  • Does your beer contain nuts? 

    None of our beers contain nuts, and we have no reason to believe that any of our beers contain ingredients which might have been processed along with nuts, as the facilities which process Malt and Hops are specific to the beer industry. The large majority of our beers are made with only the four basic ingredients: malted barley, hops, yeast and water, and sometimes also wheat. The exceptions are:

    Post Road Pumpkin Ale, contains nutmeg, pumpkin and wheat Local 2, contains honey and orange peel Cuvee de Cardoz (no longer in production), contains dried, toasted coconut Blanche de Brooklyn (no longer in production), contains coriander Buzz Bomb (no longer in production), contains honey.

    Because we cannot guarantee that the nutmeg in our Post Road Pumpkin Ale or the coconut in our Cuvee de Cardoz were not processed alongside nuts, we would recommend not drinking these two beers if you have a severe nut allergy. However, as mentioned above, the Cuvee de Cardoz is no longer being made so don't worry about it.

    Depending on how severe your allergy is, we would recommend consulting your doctor and making sure all the ingredients mentioned above are safe for you to ingest.

    [Some beers, i.e. “nut browns”, are named after a flavor, and do not actually contain nuts. For instance, our Black Chocolate Stout does not contain any chocolate, but rather the chocolate flavor comes from the manner in which the barley was malted. Still, it is important to verify the ingredients of each beer. There are some beers that do contain nuts such as the chestnut flavored Italian craft beers of which there are several.]

  • Is your beer certified kosher? 

    All of our 12 ounce bottled and canned beers are Kosher (look for the Kosher symbol on the label of our bottles). This includes our flagship, Brooklyn Lager, as well as many of our draft beers. For a complete listing of our Kosher beers you can email info@brooklynbrewery.com.

  • Why is your pumpkin beer called Post Road Pumpkin Ale? 

    Back in the 1990s, The Brooklyn Brewery bought a small New England beer brand called Post Road. Post Road produced several beers -- a pale ale, an IPA, a strong winter beer. The beers were milder than Brooklyn’s beers, and we felt that the New England beer scene, which was underdeveloped, might appreciate these beers more than the more flavorful Brooklyn beers. After we bought the brand, we developed only one new beer -- Post Road Pumpkin Ale. We were wrong about New Englanders; they liked Brooklyn beers better than Post Road beers and the Post Road venture eventually disappeared, except for one wildly popular beer -- Post Road Pumpkin Ale. This left a conundrum -- completely re-brand the beer as “Brooklyn”, probably confusing the consumer, or leave Post Road Pumpkin Ale as a stand-alone beer. The beer remains so popular that we’ve decided, for now, to leave it as is, even though the branding is vaguely confusing. It seems that no one minds but us.

  • What is the proper pressure and temperature to serve Brooklyn kegs? 

    We recommend 15-18 PSI for Brooklyn draft offerings (adjust as needed according to the length of the run) at the following temperatures:

    Brooklyn Pilsner 40-42°
    Brooklyn Summer Ale 40-42°
    Brooklyner Weisse 40-42°
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale 40-42°
    Brooklyn Lager 42-44°
    Brooklyn Pennant Ale ’55 42-45°
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace 42-46°
    Brooklyn Oktoberfest 42-46°
    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale 44-48°
    Brooklyn Winter Ale 46-52°
    Brooklyn Monster Ale 46-52°
    Brooklyn Dry Irish Stout 46-52°
    Brooklyn Brown Ale 46-52°
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout 48-52°

  • What does 100% bottle-conditioned mean? 

    100% re-fermentation or bottle conditioning means that the beer is bottled flat and gets all of its carbonation from the re-fermentation in the bottle. Partial re-fermentation, which is frequently referred to as bottle-conditioned, involves taking what is often flat beer, and adding carbonation to it first before adding a small amount of yeast and sugar to complete the process. As such, most bottle-conditioned beers are only partially bottle-refermented. 100% bottle-conditioning is now rare, but results in far greater complexity and aging ability.

  • What is Brooklyn Brewery doing to be green? 

    Here at The Brewery in Brooklyn, we became the first New York City company to use 100% wind-generated electricity.

    We recycle all our paper, plastic, and bottles.

    We recycle our spent grain, sending it to a facility in NJ that turns it into pig feed. Our spent grain also goes to support the Queens Farm Museum that feeds it to their chickens and pigs and also uses it as compost.

    We recycle hot water from the brewhouse.

    We’ve installed: a new, more efficient brewhouse that recycles even more hot water and recovers heat from the vapors off the kettle; more efficient wort chillers; more efficient steam boilers; and a more efficient external wort boiler which uses less heat to get to the necessary temperature.

    All cold and hot pipes are insulated with high-tech foamglass insulation from Dow Corning.
    East Coast Warehouse hold our beer as it ships around the world. The building has solar panels on the roof that provide about 1/3 of their total power needs.

    Our tasting room uses compostable cups and environmentally friendly cleaning products.

  • Do you have windmills on the roof? 

    No, we purchase wind power from Consumer’s Energy who gets the energy from a wind farm in Upstate New York.

  • Is all of your beer brewed in Williamsburg? 

    The entirety of our Big Bottle series, Brewmaster’s Reserves and much of our draft beers are brewed here in Williamsburg. Our 12 oz bottles are produced at the F.X. Matt Brewery in Utica, the second oldest brewery in the U.S. from whose beautiful facility comes our most popular beer, Brooklyn Lager. Although 12 oz bottles will continue to be brewed upstate, our recent expansion allows us to produce even more draft and specialty beers in Brooklyn.

  • Who designs your labels and packaging? 

    All of our packaging is desgined by Milton Glaser and his illustrious graphic arts team.

Purchase

  • Can I buy kegs directly from you? 

    We unfortunately do not sell kegs directly to customers. In order to purchase a keg, you have to visit a home beverage center. Below are some of the best wholesalers in NYC:

    New Beer Distributors
    167 Chrystie Street: (212) 260-4360

    Beverage World
    408 Meeker Ave: (718) 383-2200

    American Beer
    256 Court St: (718) 875-0226

    Big Blue Beer
    223 Greenpoint Ave: (718) 387-4416

  • Can I buy cases of beer directly from you? 

    During our public hours, cases of beer can be purchased for $30. There are 24 bottles in each case. All of the core brands are generally available: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and Brooklyn Pennant Ale ‘55. If available, Black Chocolate Stout and Monster Ale can be purchased for $40. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular beer.

  • Can I order beer from you online and have it shipped to me? 

    Sorry, we do not have the ability to ship beer directly to customers. One place that might be able to ship our beer to you is Half Time Beverage. You can also click here to find out how to locate Brooklyn beer near you.

    Should you visit Brooklyn, during our public hours, cases of beer can be purchased for $30. There are 24 bottles in each case. All of the core brands are generally available: Brooklyn Lager, Brooklyn Brown Ale, Brooklyn Pilsner, Brooklyn East India Pale Ale and Brooklyn Pennant Ale ‘55. If available, Black Chocolate Stout and Monster Ale can be purchased for $40. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee the availability of any particular beer.

  • Do you sell growlers? 

    Sorry, we don’t sell or fill growlers. Some good places to pick up growlers would be the Whole Foods Beer Room in the East Village, Bierkraft in Park Slope, Brouwerij Lane in Greenpoint, American Beer in Cobble Hill, and Breukelen Bier Merchants in Williamsburg.

  • Can I purchase a gift certificate for someone? 

    We don’t currently have an option available to purchase gift certificates or gift cards, but you might consider purchasing a ticket to one of our upcoming events.

  • The wort chiller you sold me is missing a screw, can you please send a replacement? 

    Sorry, we don’t sell homebrewing equipment. We just make beer. The company you wish to contact is likely either Brooklyn Brew Shop or Brooklyn Homebrew.

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