Yesterday the Post reported the good news that North Williamsburg’s Brooklyn Brewery will be receiving some $800,000 in state funding to expand their facilities and increase their annual capacity from 8,000 to 50,000 barrels. The brewery was reportedly contemplating leaving the borough to find cheaper space, but with such a large chunk of their $6.5 million expansion now covered by the state, they’ll be staying on North 11th Street.
Even better, one of the conditions for getting money from New York State was that their expansion had to involve some environmental initiatives. So, they’ll be pre-heating their water for brewing with roof-mounted solar panels and installing a new grain system that will allow them to give spent grain to animal feed producers. Plus, you know, “a new brew house from Germany, along with 12 new fomenters,” 15 new full-time jobs and much, much more beer. Everyone wins!