Last week a group of our friends and coworkers from our sister brewery, E.C. Dahls in Trondheim, Norway, visited Brooklyn to swap beer recipes, dream up new barrel-aged wonders and have a few well-deserved nights out on the town with the brewery crew. A Brooklyn family reunion is always one to celebrate proper, and our Norwegian partners in crime were certainly up to the task.
We kicked off their visit at Building 77 at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. The cavernous shipbuilding hanger, built to fuel the war effort in 1941, now houses the more than 2,000 barrels that make up the bulk of our Barrel Aging Program. A few breakfast beers among Brooklyn Barrel Program Manager Eric Brown and E.C. Dahls Brewmaster Wolfgang Lindell set the day off right.
Later that week, we inducted the E.C. Dahls team into a two-wheeled tribe even more shrouded than the legendary Legion of Osiris – the Burger Bike Club, an illustrious crew of cycling fanatics forever in search of the borough’s best burger. This month’s journey went to the venerable Peter Luger’s, a neighborhood institution of dry-aged beef and beer that features the almighty burger lunch special.
Stomachs full and spirits lifted, we pedaled back the brewery to join Brewmaster Garrett Oliver and his brewing team for another long night together. We drank, we ate (more) and sang deep into the small hours over a few well-filled goblets of Brooklyn Lager at Rocka Rolla.
On our final day together we stretched our legs to visit a few neighboring breweries in Long Island City. Our first stop was the farmhouse-focused Transmitter Brewing nestled underneath the Pulaski Bridge, where we gathered around a few bottles of Biere de Garde, S4 Saison and H4, a stellar Italian Plum Sour.
Next, the party headed to local favorite Big Alice, a nanobrewery and New York State Farm Brewery that brews an ever-changing spectrum of unique, experimental beers with local hops and malt sourced from the region. A few tastes of Date Night, Bro? (it’s a long story), 1898 IPA and Lemongrass Kolsch made their way around the taproom, along with a few tales and many invitations to Norway.
Last but certainly not least, we made our way to Long Island City Beer Project. We started off with a fresh pint of Ardent Core, the brewery’s heralded farmhouse saison, finishing with a special taste of a barrel-aged sour that was spontaneously fermented in the brewery’s coolship.
After a whirlwind marathon of family celebration, we ended the week the only way we know how, over the time-tested combination of Vinnie’s Pizza and a round of Blast! in the Brooklyn Tasting Room. Farewell for now, E.C. Dahls – we’ll catch you in Trondheim for a nachspeil sometime soon.Back to all blog posts