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FAQ

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 5- 11 PM with reservation-only Small Batch Tours at 5, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:15 PM
    Friday 5 PM- 12 AM with reservation-only Small Batch Tours at 5, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:15 PM
    Saturday 12 PM- 12 AM with free tours on the half hour from 1-6 PM
    Sunday 12-8 PM with free tours on the half hour from 1-6 PM

    We highly recommend our Small Batch Tours for anyone visiting the brewery with an interest in brewing, our history, and trying some of our favorite beers. Click here to book yours now.

    Free weekend tours are on the shorter side and do not include beer tasting, but we encourage bringing your beer along to see our facility and learn about our history.

    You can also catch parties, concerts, food vendors and more in our Tasting Room depending on the night. Visit our Events page to see what's coming up, and use our Visit page to discover more about booking private events.

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

    We offer tours throughout the week:

    Monday- Friday at 5, 5:45, 6:30, and 7:15 PM: Small Batch Tours include information about brewing, our company, a tour of our facility, and tasting several of our favorite beers. Click here to book your spot.

    Saturday & Sunday: Free tours on the half hour from 1-6 PM. These tours are shorter and do not include a beer tasting, but are a fun way look inside our brewhouse and learn about brewing and our company history.

    Please note that all tours are conducted in English unless specifically noted on the Small Batch Tour you book. Tours tend to fill up quickly, so please plan ahead and arrive on time to be sure you see everything.

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

    Yes, you must be over 21 or accompanied by a parent or court appointed legal guardian.

  • I’m having a large group coming in for 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. If you'd like to reserve our Barrel Room for your party, please inquire through our Visit page. Otherwise, we recommend getting to the Tasting Room early so you can get spots together before our Tasting Room fills up. Good luck!

  • 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? Can I bring food with me? 

    We offer selection of chips and other small snacks. Keep an eye out for other food vendors in residence on weekends, or ask our bartenders for a recommendation for delivery options. You are more than welcome to order or bring in food of your own while you hang with us.

    In addition to beer, we serve sodas, water, and other non-alcoholic options, so we ask that you do not bring in outside drinks.

  • Do you serve liquor and/or wine? 

    No, just beer, cider, 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 tap water. You may even find a non-alcoholic beer on our tap list.

  • Do you have Wi-Fi? 

    Yes, though our bandwidth is limited and may be slow during public hours. Please ask your bartender for more information.

  • 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. There are also a handful of parking garages within walking distance of the Tasting Room, but they tend to fill up quickly on weekends.

  • 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 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 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 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, check out our Visit page for full details and to get in touch with our team.

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 Oregon, but I can’t find your beers anywhere! Do you distribute to the west coast? 

    While we're proud to distribute to as many drinkers as we already do, we do have some 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:

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

    Australia
    Baltic States
    Brazil
    Canada
    Denmark
    Dubai
    Finland
    El Salvador
    Finland
    France
    Germany
    Guatemala
    Hong  Kong
    Ireland
    Italy
    Japan
    Korea
    Netherlands
    Norway
    Puerto Rico
    Russia
    Serbia
    Spain
    Sweden
    Switzerland
    United Kingdom

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

    As part of our Brooklyn Limited releases, 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 vintage Brooklyn Limited release may pop up at an event, so keep an eye out near you.

  • 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.

  • 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 publicly, so it’s unfortunately not possible to purchase this beer.

  • How many calories are in your beer? 

    Per 12oz

    Brooklyn Summer Ale: 150
    Brooklyn Pilsner: 155
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale: 165
    Brooklyn Lager: 170
    Brooklyn Oktoberfest: 175
    Brooklyn Brown: 190
    Brooklyn East India Pale Ale: 200
    Brooklyn Black Chococlate Stout: 320

    For further calorie counts, please contact us here.

  • 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 Oktoberfest
    Brooklyn Local 1
    Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

    15-20 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn Lager
    Brooklyn Brown Ale
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale

    25-30 carbs (per 12oz)

    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    For more information, contact us here.

  • Are your beers vegan? 

    All of our beers are vegan friendly. 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 Black Chocolate Stout and Black Ops, which have levels of 5-7 ppm of sulfur dioxide.

  • Do you produce a gluten free beer? 

    None of our beers are gluten free. There are a growing number of breweries who offer tasty gluten free or reduced gluten options, but our current production does not include any such varieties.

  • 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:

    Brooklyn Monster Ale
    Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout

    Other Brooklyn Limited release beers may contain wheat. These will be noted on our Beers page.

  • 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 only exception in our current lineup is Post Road Pumpkin Ale. Because we cannot guarantee that the nutmeg in our Post Road Pumpkin Ale were not processed alongside nuts, we would recommend not drinking this two beers if you have a severe nut allergy. 

    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.)

  • 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) except for Sorachi Ace, Defender IPA, and Shackmeister. 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, we bought a small, struggling New England beer brand called Post Road. The most popular beer of their lineup lives on as Post Road Pumpkin Ale, and continues to welcome drinkers to the autumn months each year as one of our favorite seasonal releases.

  • 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°
    Post Road Pumpkin Ale 40-42°
    Brooklyn Lager 42-44°
    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? 

    For a complete rundown of our green practices, check our our Sustainability page.

  • 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? 

    Our beer is brewed in our Williamsburg home and under contract at several locations around the world, including FX Matt in Utica, NY, where we brewed our first batches of Brooklyn Lager in 1988. This network of breweries allows us to bring fresh beer to drinkers around the world while working to minimize our carbon footprint. For more information, click here.

  • Who designs your labels and packaging? 

    Our original packaging design was created by Milton Glaser and his illustrious graphic arts team. We now work with Milton, our friends at Doyle Partners, and our in-house graphic design team.

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Careers

  • I want to work for you. Do you have any job openings? 

    Thank you for your interest in working with us. All of our available opportunties are posted on our Jobs page.

  • I want to make beer for a living. Can you point me in the right direction? 

    Here is some information on professional brewing education in the United States:

    The World Brewing Academy and Siebel Institute of Technology: Based in Chicago and Munich, this institution combines the venerable Siebel Institute with the German brewing school Doemens to offer long and short courses on a wide variety of brewing topics.

    The UC Davis Extension: Growing out of its program in viticulture, the University of California at Davis offers a variety of professional brewing courses.

    The American Brewers Guild: Designed by British brewmaster Steve Parkes of Wolavers and Otter Creek Brewing, the American Brewers Guild courses are designed to give a very practical hands-on brewing education. Long-distance courses are available, and all full courses include brewery internships.

    From time to time, The Brooklyn Brewery takes on interns and apprentices, but only through recognized brewing studies programs.