In 1987, Steve Hindy and his neighbor Tom Potter teamed up in hopes of resurrecting a once-thriving industry in Brooklyn — beer brewing. Shortly after their meeting, the duo created their first beer, the robust Brooklyn Lager. Potter has since retired, but he and Hindy teamed up again to publish “Beer School” (John Wiley & Sons) in 2005. The brewery, which produces more than 14 different kinds of lagers and ales, including five year-round standards and other seasonal beers, is still foaming over with success. Beer drinkers may tour the 12,000-square-foot brewing facility on Saturdays, as well as sample the hearty selection in the brewery’s 150-seat indoor tasting room on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. While the brewery does not serve food, it does encourage patrons to bring their own or order-in. Tours, including a free tasting, are available every Saturday at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm. The tasting room is open Fridays, from 6 pm to 11 pm, and Saturdays, from noon to 5 pm.
Updated May. 1, 2009