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Brooklyn Lager Wins The Gold

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Lager medal social edit

Brooklyn Lager has always given us plenty to be proud of. We’ve been there while it grew from its scrappy days in the dawn of the craft beer revolution to become a mainstay of the industry. It has welcomed drinkers with open arms in craft bars, dives, music halls, and beyond, all across the world. And now, it’s got some brand new hardware: Brooklyn Lager won the Gold Medal for Amber Lager at this year’s World Beer Cup, and we couldn’t be more proud of our beer and our team.

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Brewer Ayad Qays provides a cameo. And no, that’s not the actual gold medal from the World Beer Cup; your author won it in a scavenger hunt.

When we talk about how proud we are of Brooklyn Lager (or any of our beers), the people who really deserve the thanks are our brewing and production team. Without the work of Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his brewing, cellaring, and packaging crew, along with the Operations folks in the office who keep things humming, there’s no beer at all, and no beer at all is no way to live. We raise our glass to them.

And they’re happy, too! Just look at Peter Steiner from our packaging team before we told him the news:

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And after:

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Our final thanks for Brooklyn Lager’s success goes to you, dear reader. Our amber lager would have stayed in the dreams of our co-founders Steve Hindy and Tom Potter if it hadn’t been for the past thirty years of support from you and your fellow beer drinkers around the world. Take this as our guarantee: keep drinking it, and we’ll keep it coming your way as fresh and delicious as ever.

Cheers to Brooklyn Lager, to us, and to you. We’ll see you at the bar.

Beeroscopes May 2018

Brooklyn Zodiac horoscope wheel

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During times like these the future can seem to be an inscrutable fog. Let Spiritual Guide Reverend Tim Rozmus and his mystical minions read the signs for you and cast your beery lots for the month.

Aries (March 21- April 20): Choose your theater beer wisely for blockbuster season, dear Aries. A light pale ale buzz can be fun during Rampage, but don’t disappoint Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson with your barleywine tears.

Taurus (April 21- May 20): Somewhere in the midst of a running bodyslam, you will realize you mixed up your tickets for the Met Gala with tickets for WWE Backlash. You will still enjoy the outfits.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): As the heavens move into Spring’s alignment and the Earth blooms, remember this ancient wisdom: put down your beer before you sneeze.

Cancer (June 21- July 20): Your long-awaited Memorial Day Weekend barbecue will go awry when everyone who promised to bring beer shows up with paper plates instead. Plan ahead and tuck some beer away for a dramatic reveal.

Leo (July 21- August 20): April showers bring May flowers, and May flowers bring a parade of proposals to your Facebook feed. Prepare a list of safe conversation topics for calling your parents– they’re on Facebook too, and they have questions about you.

Virgo (August 21- September 20): The stars have aligned to malign you this month. Tread with caution and avoid weisse glasses, flower crowns, and balloons.

Libra (September 21- October 20): Your lame friend’s beer-less barbecue will take an interesting turn when you discover a hidden stash of beer in their bathtub. You might as well drink it, since no one brought ice.

Scorpio (October 21- November 20): A chance encounter with a former lover at a baseball game brings about an interesting reaction. Unfortunately, that reaction is only between the several beers and stadium hot dogs swirling in your stomach.

Sagittarius (November 21- December 20): You will remember most of the keys to having fun at the trendy waterfront bar: know the bartender’s name, order clearly, and tip with a smile. Your will forget the most important one: sunscreen.

Capricorn (December 21- January 20): Despite the fact that your friend’s barbecue has too many plates and no beer, your significant other will suddenly lurch out of the bathroom in a surprisingly drunken state. Use this as an opportunity to both leave early and to contemplate why you trust your friend to plan barbecues every year.

Aquarius (January 21- February 20): Luck is upon you this month, but these things can never last. Enjoy the good vibrations and buy some scratch-off lotto tickets, but keep an eye out next month.

Pisces (February 21- March 20): If you have been waiting for spring to catch a moment’s peace, be warned: that moment passed on May 3 while you were on the subway. Better luck next year.

Beer Mansion Breaks New Ground In Dallas

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Gather your crew and practice your vogue, Dallas. Beer Mansion is heading your way for the first time ever on June 15 & 16, and we’re bringing along a veritable treasure trove of games, food, attractive lighting, and you guessed it, beer for all.

We’re teaming up with our charity partner Art Of The Brew to unite some of our favorite parties under one roof. Whether you’re a dive bar devotee, a cocktail lounge regular, never miss a concert, or just like exploring the unexpected, Beer Mansion has plenty for you to discover.

Love a night out with live music and a good crowd? Check out The Show, featuring Not Half Bad, Upsetting, and Annabelle Chairlegs (Friday night), Mother Tongues, Loafers, and Go Fever (Saturday day), and Violent Squid, Duell, and Otis The Destroyer (Saturday night).

More into the dark-wood-and-fancy-sofas vibe? Stop by The Speakeasy and soak in the class, without changing your shoes.

Maybe you’re an exploring type and you love to poke around a neighborhood? Wander through The Bazaar and meet local vendors, ice cream makers, and more.

And if you’re more of a laid back, divey, arcade games and cold beer person, The Arcade is your place.

Wander through them all, and don’t be shy about trying all the beer and cider from us, Funkwerks, Lakewood Brewing Co., Real Ale Brewing Co., Deschutes Brewery, BrainDead Brewing, and Bishop Cider Co. We’re packing the corners and nooks with games, tech, surprises, and plenty more. Find your favorite and settle in, or spend all night in motion– Beer Mansion is here for you.

Early Bird tickets are on sale now until May 17 if you’re a planner, or snag Regular Bird tickets after that. Grab yours and come hang. We’ll see you inside.

Beeroscopes April 2018

Brooklyn Zodiac horoscope wheel

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During times like these the future can seem to be an inscrutable fog. Let Spiritual Guide Reverend Tim Rozmus and his mystical minions read the signs for you and cast your beery lots for the month.

Aries (March 21- April 20): You will wisely wait to open the beer can you dropped while loading the fridge. Somehow, you’ll still foolishly spill half of it on your shirt immediately after opening.

Taurus (April 21- May 20): You should certainly flaunt your early-season tan. You should not tell people that you got it through the window at work.

Gemini (May 21-June 20): It won’t be until the third or fourth smashed car that you realize that you have, once again, missed Coachella and ended up at a monster truck rally. Buy a hat.

Cancer (June 21- July 20): The stars will finally align and bring you and your soul mate to the same dive bar one magical night. Unfortunately, you will drive them away with your questionable jukebox choices.

Leo (July 21- August 20): Mercury may not be in retrograde, but it looks like you’re carrying over some serious bad luck. Avoid club sandwiches, stemless glassware, and wireless headphones.

Virgo (August 21- September 20): Yes, it’s going to snow again. No, it’s not specifically your fault, but the stars think you could still be trying a little harder.

Libra (September 21- October 20): You will be driven from an otherwise-cool dive bar by some jerk playing way too much obscure Krautrock. Save your quarters for a finer night.

Scorpio (October 21- November 20): Your patience in hoarding the last of last year’s summer beer will pay off when this year’s summer beer hits the shelves. Time to stock up again.

Sagittarius (November 21- December 20): Fortune smiles upon you this month, but it’s a sneaky sort of smile. Enjoy the good times, but watch your back.

Capricorn (December 21- January 20): A snide remark by your cool friend will make you truly ponder the ramifications of the wording behind your “hip” flask. Ditch them and keep the flask.

Aquarius (January 21- February 20): You will inexplicably receive a royalty check for a German-sounding song you don’t recall owning the rights to. Head to the bar and pay it forward in the jukebox.

Pisces (February 21- March 20): Saturn moves into the fifth house, which results in your roommate spilling stout on third and final clean couch cushion. Jupiter recommends a slipcover.

Change Is On Tap For Our Tasting Room

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Our Tasting Room has been an iconic part of Williamsburg since we first opened the big red doors back in 1996. Thousands of visitors pack the bar every weekend. More come during the week for Small Batch Tours, events, and parties. People from all over the world have visited us, made memories, met friends and future spouses, and made our Tasting Room into an institution.

We’ve partied alongside everyone, but we’ve also been listening to you. The time has come for some serious and exciting changes, but we’ll give you the most exciting one up front: NO MORE BEER TOKENS!

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While the beer tokens were once a key part of our Tasting Room, we’re excited to cut out the token line and offer a simpler experience at the bar. And for those of you who have a stash of old tokens, fear not. We’ll still accept them, but everything else at the bar will be cash or card. You know, like almost every other bar around.

This is part of a much larger renovation of our beloved Tasting Room space, including a brand new bar, new windows onto N 11th Street, extended hours seven days a week, more seating, more tours and tour options, an expanded Company Store, and much, much more. We’re talking about a full-blown overhaul of our space to make it more welcoming, more comfortable, and able to serve our community to a higher standard than ever before.

Of course, work of this magnitude means we’re going to have to close for a little while. We will be shuttering our Tasting Room from Monday, April 30 until at least May 23: no public hours, no Small Batch Tours, and no events, just the sweet, merry sounds of construction. Feel free to press an ear to the door while we rebuild– we probably won’t whistle while we work, but we might throw on some old-school metal while we weld.

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Once we have everything tidy and the paint dries, we’ll announce some opening festivities. We’re already offering Small Batch Tour reservations for our new format, running at 5, 5:30, 6, and 6:30 PM every Monday-Friday starting May 23. Our free weekend tours will run every Saturday and Sunday on the half hour from 1-6 PM. Aside from those tours, our new hours will run:

Monday- Thursday 5-11 PM 
Friday 5 PM-12 AM
Saturday 12 PM-12 AM
Sunday 12-8 PM

We’re sure you’ll have plenty of questions, and we promise we’ll release more details– and yes, opening party dates– as we get closer to our renovation dates. For now, schedule your visits and get ready for your first glimpse of our new Tasting Room. The plans look incredible, and we can’t wait to share more with our fellow beer drinkers.

Tap That Glass: April 6

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Yes, it’s supposed to snow this weekend. Yes, again. No, we can’t believe it either. But! We still have beer, and that’s something. Come hunker down with us and we’ll talk about the warm weather plans we’re sure are just around the corner.

Our Beer Mansion tour is officially rolling and tickets for Brooklyn April 13 & 14 are on sale now. Get them while you can, as tickets are already selling quickly. And just for reading the tap list, take $5 off your ticket with code BB5OFF.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

  • Sorachi Ace (7.2% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (5.9% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • BB R&D: Pale Lager (4.5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, clean and refreshing unfiltered pale lager
  • BB R&D: Double IPA (9.1%) *Tasting Room-only release, powerful IPA brewed with hops from Kent, England and the Pacific Northwest.
  • BB R&D: Session IPA (3.5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, experimental session IPA with notes of pineapple, citrus, and orange peel
  • BB R&D: HK Yau New Kong Wheat (5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, lively wheat beer brewed with our Hong Kong-based sister brewery HK Yau
  • Dinginator (7.7% ABV) *Worshipful Company of Brewers release by Adam Young. Powerful, smooth and fruity traditional doppelbock

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Kiwi’s Playhouse (8.1% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Cloaking Device (10.5% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Black Ops (11.5% ABV)

Tap That Glass: March 30

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Look, we tried. We sat, and we thought, and we argued. We drew complicated graphs on windows and got in trouble with our office manager. We even played improv games, because hey, we are in Brooklyn. But we have to tell you there’s just no good way to wrap together a joke about the fact that it’s both Easter and April Fool’s Day on Sunday, and we’ll still be open for our regular hours. No fooling.

Wait, that might count.

Our Beer Mansion tour is officially rolling and tickets for Brooklyn April 13 & 14 are on sale now. Get them while you can, as tickets are already selling quickly.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

  • Sorachi Ace (7.2% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (5.9% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • BB R&D: Pale Lager (4.5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, clean and refreshing unfiltered pale lager
  • BB R&D: Double IPA (9.1%) *Tasting Room-only release, powerful IPA brewed with hops from Kent, England and the Pacific Northwest.
  • BB R&D: Session IPA (3.5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, experimental session IPA with notes of pineapple, citrus, and orange peel
  • BB R&D: HK Yau New Kong Wheat (5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, lively wheat beer brewed with our Hong Kong-based sister brewery HK Yau
  • Dinginator (7.7% ABV) *Worshipful Company of Brewers release by Adam Young. Powerful, smooth and fruity traditional doppelbock
  • BB R&D: Golden Ale (4.8% ABV) *Limited experimental release. Fruity, friendly golden ale with a soft, crisp finish

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Kiwi’s Playhouse (8.1% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Cloaking Device (10.5% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Black Ops (11.5% ABV)

Summer Ale Is Stepping Out For The Season

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Like our friend above, we’re just about made it through the cold and wet to another summer. Sure, we’re still wearing jackets to the Brewery, but more friends of ours than we’d like to admit are talking about warmer temperatures and posting pictures wearing– can it be?– shorts. Needless to say, we’re jealous.

We could sulk, but we’re going to be productive instead. We’re hitting the gym, or at least thinking about it more often than usual. Our spring cleaning is done, partially thanks to the snow trapping us inside. Oh, and did we mention Summer Ale has a new look?

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Summer Ale is one of those beers that inspires more than a simple cheers for changing seasons. It invites stories, inspires party planning, and generally makes people’s eyes light up. We tried to capture that with a new pool-inspired bottle, and judging by the sheer number of labels that have “mysteriously” popped up on desks around the office, we think we nailed it.

And before you ask: the beer inside is the same sunny pale ale we all love. It isn’t broken, so we’re not fixing it.

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Believe it or not, Summer Ale is now shipping from our warehouses. “Now?!” You holler through three scarves. “New York City is getting hit with snow tonight!” Yes, it is. That’s why we’re shipping it to our warmer friends first, then bringing it closer to home. And besides, if you’ve been reading our blog for a little while then you know we care more about drinking beer we like than pointing and shouting “seasonal creep.”

It’s up to you now to find the newly garbed Summer Ale in your neighborhood. Whether you’re already sporting a tan or you’re still sleeping under heaps of blankets, we think you’re going to dig the fresh look. And even if summer itself isn’t here yet, Summer Ale means it’s close enough to celebrate. Go out and party.

Tap That Glass March 9

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Did you hear it’s going to snow again next week? If your reaction was, “yup,” well done– you’ve earned a beer. If your reaction was, “no, really?” and an incredulous look out the window, congratulations on also earning a beer. And if your reaction was grim indifference in the icy face of another winter blast, please report for a beer and a hug pronto. It sounds like you need it.

Our Beer Mansion tour is officially rolling and tickets for Brooklyn April 13 & 14 are on sale now. Get them while you can, as Early Bird tickets are already selling quickly.

While you’re wrapping your head around all that weather, come hang with us and snag some snacks from El Jefe Nachoria. If you get lucky, there just might be some mysterious new beers on hand to try while you’re at it.

Our tap list is below, but there’s always a chance it’ll change so be sure to check our board and ask your bartender to see what’s new. Beer tokens can be purchased for $5 or 5 for $20, which is one of the best deals in the city.

Draft | 1 token each (unless indicated)

  • Sorachi Ace (7.2% ABV)
  • Lager (5.2% ABV)
  • Pilsner (5.1% ABV)
  • East IPA (6.9% ABV)
  • Brown Ale (5.6% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • Blast! (8.4% ABV)
  • Defender IPA (5.9% ABV)
  • Bel Air Sour (5.8% ABV)
  • BB R&D: Powder IPA (7% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, juicy, piney experimental IPA brewed with lupulin powder
  • BB R&D: Session IPA (3.5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, experimental session IPA with notes of pineapple, citrus, and orange peel
  • BB R&D: HK Yau New Kong Wheat (5% ABV) *Tasting Room-only release, lively wheat beer brewed with our Hong Kong-based sister brewery HK Yau
  • Dinginator (7.7% ABV) *Worshipful Company of Brewers release by Adam Young. Powerful, smooth and fruity traditional doppelbock
  • BB R&D: Funkmeiser (5.6% ABV) *Limited experimental release. Dark, funky sour ale fermented with Lactobacillus and Brettanomyces on cherries
  • BB R&D: Golden Ale (4.8% ABV) *Limited experimental release. Fruity, friendly golden ale with a soft, crisp finish

Bottle Pours | 3 tokens each (4 tokens for Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment pours), includes a complimentary Souvenir Logo Glass.

Local 1 (9.0% ABV)
Local 2 (9.0% ABV)
Sorachi Ace (7.6% ABV)
Ama Bionda (6.0% ABV)- two tokens
Black Chocolate Stout (10% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Kiwi’s Playhouse (8.1% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Tripel Burner (10.6% ABV)
Brooklyn Quarterly Experiment: Quintaceratops (10.9% ABV)
Extremely Limited: Serpent (9.5%) *Four tokens with complimentary Souvenir Logo