Brewery on Waverly!

Who knew Waverly Ave between Fulton and Atlantic was such a hotbed of intrigue! The filming of TV shows (Hammered for HGTV, Cover Shot for TLC), the Preemie Martini, etc. My latest discovery: A BREWERY!

Reader houseowax tipped me off to this place, and after a whole lot of Googling, I made contact with the brewers. A few Fridays ago during the ice storm, houseowax and I set off for a tour (and tasting). Their building on Waverly used to be a dairy:
beer gets brewed inside here

home of kelso of brooklyn

The brewery is called Greenpoint Beer Works, as Kelly Taylor (who built the facility and manages operations) makes Greenpoint his home. Inside, GPW brews all of Heartland Brewery’s beers (where Taylor got his start) as well as their own new brand, Kelso of Brooklyn.

kelso of brooklyn brewery

Right now, they’re only set up to brew kegs, but Kelly tells me bottling for Kelso is in the works. It’s the next step in the business plan.

Used barley is occasionally used for bread by the employees or given to local community gardens for compost, but most often is given to farmers to use as pig slop.
barley

beer tasting

We tried the Barlywine (10% alcohol = fast buzz!) and Scotch Ale- a smooth ale with very little hops and a nice roasted barley flavor. Both were delicious!

They also make natural sodas:
soda flavoring

Taylor does offer special tours here and there, but the brewery is not yet equipped for regular visitors. He mentioned potentially looking into opening some sort of summer beer garden situation, but was unsure if people would come. Houseowax and I were thrilled with the idea, so if you think you’d patronize, give a shout-out here so we can tell him how awesome business would be. I also mentioned having a CHB 1-year Anniversary party there, to which he seemed receptive (July-ish. Be There).

For now, you can enjoy Kelso’s brews on tap at 67 Burger in Ft. Greene and Soda in Prospect Hts, and at other semi-nearby bars and restaurants. For more info, check out their site.

(I am tagging this under “nightlife,” in the hopes that there will be a beer garden.)

60 thoughts on “Brewery on Waverly!

  1. Jimmy Legs

    i suspect the neighborhood could sustain a beer garden. do they still produce small amounts of Rheingold? that was the company’s angle a couple years ago, they were coming ‘back’ to brooklyn by having GBW brew a tiny batch (the bulk of it is brewed upstate or something). that way they could claim brooklyn residency without renting new brewery space, etc. pretty sneaky if you ask me!

  2. Wave

    A beer garden is a great idea– I often find myself wishing for a nice place to sit outside and enjoy a summertime drink in the neighborhood. I love the rooftop beer garden concept.

  3. houseowax

    Well, I know I’LL be there – glad to hear so many other people are behind the idea, too. Hope Kelly will go for it! And if there’s Scotch Ale to be had I’ll be there every day.

  4. T-Tone

    Bring back the beer garden in New York!!! Hopefully their beer garden plan is about Clinton Hill, I’d hate to see this put into action in another neighborhood now that I’ve been teased. The Czech beer garden happens to be one of the best summer spots in NYC and there will possibly be a Brooklyn Brewery beer garden someday soon on the east river but this would be a wonderful and exciting thing to happen to the neighborhood. And … we’re going to need lots of ice cold beer to weather through the global warming we’re soon to experience.

  5. evan

    How can it even be in question that a beer garden would be successful? Not to mention we really need a good bar down in this area. I live a block away from this place and I’m sick of walking so far to get my booze. So open it…and soon!

  6. Pikesville

    I will create a rut in the sidewalk between our apartment and the brewery with my feet. I will become a familiar sight to all of the residents on the strip of Waverly between Lafayette and Atlantic. I will never leave Kings County again. After careful consideration, I have decided that I am in favor of the proposed beer garden.

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  8. j.b.

    Say whaa…!?! A beer garden in Clinton Hill, and someone’s not sure anyone would come?!

    If this happens, I’m freaking movin’ in, and so will about 10 of my local friends.

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