Cold Comfort: Lagers in the Historic Nassau Brewery Lagering Caves
Brooklyn was once a borough of blue-collar industry. We made ships. We made Sweet'N Low. (We still do!) And, above all, we made beer. By the end of the 1970s, though, our brewing industry had vanished. Hulking, majestic brick structures fell into disrepair, equipment sold for scrap and the space repurposed for storage and whatnot.
Though the buildings may have been renovated, many of the lagering tunnels sat untouched and sealed. Until now. In Crown Heights, the old Nassau Brewery (once the Budweiser brewery, but that's another story) has taken on a new life. Industry sprouts above. The ice house is, well, now actual housing. And at long last, the 1860s-era lagering tunnels have been uncovered, stairs installed. It's like descending into the 19th century. It makes you want to drink beer, cold-fermented beer, which brings me to this event.
Today, we're heading down into the lagering tunnels, some of the first people to venture underground in a century. You'll learn the history of the brewery. You'll chomp on fat, chewy pretzels. And you'll drink lagers. I've enlisted Brooklyn Brewery, KelSo, SingleCut Beersmiths, Bitter & Esters, several homebrewers and Maine's Bunker Brewing--which will be making its NYC debut--to pour a range of lagers, from prickly pilsners to decadent doppelbocks and even a sour lager.
It's the future of lagers, set in the past. Space is very limited. The experience: one-of-a-kind.
Your host is Joshua M. Bernstein, the author of The Complete Beer Course and host of the NYC homebrew tours.
The historic Nassau Brewery (View)
Address to be disclosed upon ticket purchase.
Brooklyn, NY 11238
|Minimum Age: 21
|Kid Friendly: No
|Dog Friendly: No
|Wheelchair Accessible: No