Last weekend we made a trip over to Interboro Spirits & Ales, Brooklyn’s only craft brewery and distillery. It’s located in East Williamsburg in an old building that formerly housed a naval anchor manufacturer and then a wood flooring company. It’s raw and industrial inside with exposed beams and brick, but somehow maintains a very cozy feel (perhaps it is the natural light that streams in through one of their many skylights).
The brewery’s taproom opened last September after successfully funding a Kickstarter campaign and currently offers nine beers on tap as well as house-distilled gin, apple brandy, and unaged whiskey. We sampled a flight of the Bring the Noise Double IPA, A NY Thing American Pale Ale, the Approved Stout, and the Dos Ojos, plus a taster of their New Jack Apple Brandy and Negative Space Unaged Whiskey. Every beer was very solid, however, our favorites were the Bring the Noise, which was surprisingly mildly hoppy for a double IPA and had flavors of citrus and bubble gum, and the Dos Ojos, which was similarly mild on the hops, but a bit more grassy. The apple brandy was smooth yet robust and flavorful and the un-aged whiskey had a nice bite.
While we were there the brewery’s own cat, Bingo, paid us a visit to make sure we were enjoying ourselves ;-)
Interboro plans to continue rolling out new beers throughout the year, as well as spirits such as bourbon, amaros, and liqueurs. We’re very excited to try them all and can’t wait to head back there soon!
Interboro Spirits & Ales is located at 942 Grand St. in Brooklyn. Their tasting room is open Thursday through Sunday and also offers food and cans of beer to-go.