If you’re a big supporter of the recent “Craft Beer Boom” happening over the last few years, Greenpoint, Brooklyn should be on your radar. There are a wealth of riches from top-rated beer bars like TØRST to numerous little distributors stocked with crafty selections from local breweries (Transmitter/Sixpoint), but one small storefront has become a beacon for beer lovers everywhere: Brouwerij Lane.
But what’s beer without pizza? Put your name down at Paulie Gee’s brick oven pizzeria next door, then pop into Brouwerij Lane for a quick drink or a few samplings (based on how busy Paulie’s is). What sounds better than one of the best pies in the city paired with any of twenty or so artfully selected craft delicacies hand-picked by drink lovers who have their finger on the pulse of local craft beer culture?
Of course, Brouwerij Lane doesn’t have to be just a quick pitstop. There are a few tables inside and a nice outdoor set-up for warmer nights. There’s not a ton of seating, as the establishment is meant more for taking your beers home, but Brouwerij Lane is perfect when mulling over night-starting options or recommendations for a quiet night out or a lazy movie night.
Inside the brick storefront, wide-opened windows showcase a 19-tap list featuring an assortment of ciders, IPAs, Belgians and lagers. Homey touches like recycled artwork and a mounted deer’s head bring a comfortable feeling to what some would call a “dive” atmosphere.
Bottles of famous past beers line bookshelves, fresh vegetation grows in the windows and an industrial feel highlights a distinct style (so Brooklyn), but it’s one that absolutely fits Brouwerij’s casual persona and knowledgeable staff. These people KNOW their craft beers, helping your selection process that might otherwise be as random as pulling names out of a hat. You won’t be getting any liter mugs here, so with smaller sizes you’ll never regret making a “wrong” selection. Smaller beers means more variation and less grimacing through an entire pint of something off-putting to your tastebuds.
As a distributor, Brouwerij runs earlier hours: noon to 10p.m. on weekends. Start your night off with a few glasses of something memorable before reverting to $3 cans of PBR. Have no fear, because this is where Brouwerij saves the day again by offering take-home Growlers (you can get half or full) from any of the taps, plus there’s a refrigerator stocked with even more bottled selections, so your home-drinking options are limitless.
From its exterior, one might assume Brouwerij is simply some leftover concrete showmanship from whatever the previous building used to be, but by reading some internet factoids, you can learn about how Belgian culture dictates however many steps sit atop your establishment like a crown, the better the rating – giving meaning to the signature look. Brouwerij Lane is the highest step when looking for a proper craft beer experience. An attentive and passionate staff ensure you’re drinking a beer perfectly suited to you, a low-key nature exudes maximum chillage, and the constantly rotating beer selection will introduce a slew of new breweries and flavors into your life.
If you’re in Greenpoint, I’d highly encourage a trip to Brouwerij Lane be worked into your agenda, even if it’s for a quick little sip just to say you’ve been there.