Enter, Brooklyn Brewery
In 1987 war correspondent Steve Hindy partnered with his Park Slope neighbor Tom Potter to launch the Brooklyn Brewery. Initially contract-brewing in Utica, they later expanded, opening the current Williamsburg location in a former matzo factory. Better yet, the pair hired dapper Brewmaster Garrett Oliver who’s now one of the country’s foremost beer authorities and whose love of sport coats is legendary in beer circles (we’re talking the classy and/or republican kind with the gold buttons). Gradually the brewery’s flagship Brooklyn Lager fought for tap space alongside Midwestern heavyweights to the point where finding an NYC bar that doesn’t carry it is now fairly difficult.