Wednesday, July 15, 2009

NYC Homebrewers Rejoice

It has baffled me for years: New York, the largest city in the United States and one of the biggest in the world, has had only one homebrew shop to it's name, and said shop is located in Queens (which isn't New York).

Luckily things are starting to change in the city and not one, but two establishments are setting up shop in Brooklyn. The first, Brooklyn Brew Shop, has already opened for business as a part of the Brooklyn Flea. They are in Fort Greene on Saturdays and under the Brooklyn Bridge on Sundays. Proprietors Stephen and Erica have set up an online shop for you to make your selections ahead of time and then simply pick up at the flea market. If what you are looking for isn't listed on their site, they seem willing and able to make the effort to find it for you.

The second of the two is Brooklyn Homebrew. Benjamin Stutz and Danielle Cefaro have been blogging about their progress for some time now and have also been selling certificates offering up to $20 in free hombrewing supplies if you purchase a $40 or $80 certificate now. All certificates are guaranteed for a full refund of the purchase price if they do not open up shop by June 1, 2010 (and they are making a strong push to open much sooner than that, I might add). They also have some supplies already for sale, so check their blog often for updates if you live in the area.

Cheers to the success of both businesses and hopefully this is a sign of other things to come for the homebrew community in NYC. Please support them both in any way that you can in order to ensure their success.

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