Thursday, September 16, 2010

Brooklyn Brewery Goes Big

Brooklyn used to be the epicenter of brewing beer in the United States. From the late 1800s through the mid 1950s, Brooklyn was home to dozens of major brewers, but from the 1950s through 1987, there wasn't a single successful commercial brewer located in the borough.

That all changed with Steve Hindy's Brooklyn Brewery.

The brewery has run a successful business expanding its operations to the point where much of its product is actually brewed in upstate New York because of a lack of capacity in Brooklyn.

Within the next few weeks, the acquisition and soon to be opened expanded brewery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn will add 16,000 sf of space to their operations.

It's amazing to see the gradual growth of the craft brewing industry in Brooklyn that reaches back into the borough's heritage and history. Moreover, it's good beer and has revitalized a moribund beer scene in the City.

In fact, the current recession may have played a role in enabling the brewery to expand. Businesses that are on solid fiscal ground can afford to expand because they can take advantage of lower real estate prices and other business costs.

Let's just hope that the expanded brewery doesn't compromise on the taste and quality of its products.

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