Traveller stories: Sarah in Brooklyn

Traveller stories: Sarah in Brooklyn


BEER. As rich in history as it is in flavour.

The history of beer is overflowing; a word that can also be used to describe the beverage itself. I was practically giddy stepping into the legendary Brooklyn Brewery where the NYC Urban Adventures Brewed in Brooklyn tour began. Here they have been brewing beer since 1993 and reach more than 25 states and 30 countries.

Saison beer in NYC

Saison-style beer, Farmhouse by the Other Half Brewing Co at The Well | Photo by Sarah Funk

We headed straight to the bar area where the awesome staff at Brooklyn Brewery provided us with our choice of the delicious, and refreshing craft beer! I went with Neziah Bliss, a barrel aged strong ale with a medium mouthfeel, sweet aroma, and a hint of fruitiness. Nonetheless, at 9.7% ABV you probably don’t want to swig this one down regardless of its deliciousness.

Next up, I had the honour of having Steve Hindy (the founder of Brooklyn Brewery) pour me an Imperial Saison style, Lord Sorachi. Coming in at 9.5% ABV, Lord Sorachi is made with Sorachi Ace Hops, has hints of lemongrass, and a light verbena aroma (think citrus).

Brooklyn Brewery in NYC

Brewing equipment at Brooklyn Brewery | Photo by Sarah Funk

The next stop on our tour was The Well Public House, an establishment radiating with colour and a beer garden-like environment. Here, we had a great Saison-style beer, Farmhouse by the Other Half Brewing Co. With a great variety of subtle spices, and sweet flavours of fruit, it had a crisp feel and was great to have on a warm day.

Next, Danny’s Pizza, where we enjoyed a few slices of awesome pizza made in an authentic wood oven. To accompany this meal, we also had a Bushwick Pilsner, which had a grassy aroma and medium taste. We thought it paired well with our pizza as the light carbonation and flavour kept our palates clean and ready for more!

Danny's Pizza in NYC

Danny’s Pizza = Brooklyn deliciousness | Photo by Sarah Funk

The last stop was at Noorman’s Kil, which was founded in Brooklyn along a stream which flowed straight to where present-day Brooklyn Brewery is located. We enjoyed another pint of beer (although this place is known for their scotch selection) and casually stumbled to the train after the tour was concluded.

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