The day started with a visit of the more recent revitalization of Brooklyn’s beer-making history: the visit of the Brooklyn Brewery. After a free tour (roughtly 30 minutes), one can taste the beer of course. It’s a popular spot and be prepared to wait in line to get in.
Brooklyn’s beer history
After Manhattan became more and more populated, Brooklyn became the borough of beer bewering – roughtly 10% of the american consumption was produced here – accumulation to 2,5 million gallons.*
Today, some old factory buildings can be found alongside with new and innovative craft brewerys, reviving Brooklyn’s beer-making history. I went out to find some of the historic landmarks or remains which I had found in Ilona Stölken’s book “Das Deutsche New York”. The first place to visit was the brewery founded by Otto Huber, which still can be found at the corner of Bushwick Pl and Meserole St. Closed for many years, it has been revived now – with the help of beer. I was surprised to find a bar called The Well in there with many craft beer on tab and and outside area in the back yard.
German Restaurants and Bars
One of the restaurants I have been looking forward to visit for a long time was the Blackforest Brooklyn, a restaurant opened by two Germans from southern Germany. My favourite part is that they actually import one of my favourite beers, the Rothaus Tannenzäpfle from back home – needles to say, I had to visit! We were not to be let down, the Käsespätzle (typical cheese noodels) were great and the Rothaus Tannenzäpfle tasted great! I hope to be back in September for a visit.
After dinner, we went to the “Nacht der Tracht”, a German party in the Paulaner restaurant. The party was organized by a German Meetup-Goup, and many people showed up in their Dirndl and Lederhosen dancing to very typical German music. It was great fun and I was able to meet a variety of Germans – most of them expats or first-generation immigrants.
*Source: “Ein Deutsches New York” by Illona Stölken
Links and more information:
NYV official Guide: www.nycgo.com/brooklyn
Brooklyn Brewery: www.brooklynbrewery.com
The Well Brooklyn: www.thewellbrooklyn.com
Blackforest Brooklyn: www.blackforestbrooklyn.com
Paulaner NYC: www.paulanernyc.com