I’m a Bronx girl, which means I don’t make random treks to Brooklyn. While I’ve been forced by many a friend to make the trip out the Brooklyn, there are still swaths of the borough that I’m really unacquainted with. Like Williamsburg. I don’t go there. It’s off the L train, and I don’t like the L train. Because of that, I don’t know much of anything about how cool Williamsburg is, though I’ve always wanted to see for myself.
So this week, I found a legitimate reason to go to Williamsburg, to go on a tour of Brooklyn Breweries. The Brewery as a pretty cool history, and makes some pretty nice beers that you can find throughout the United States, Europe and even in South America. I bought tickets for a weekday tour and brought a friend, and had a really great time exploring this section of the city and learning more about beer.
Leaving from the Bronx, the trip only took about an hour. The L train was fine that day so I was happy. Getting off at Bedford Avenue, I arrived right at the heart of the action. The area has a lot of cute restaurants and snack shops, and a lot of young people milling about with cameras to take in the sights.
There was quite a bit of cool street art peppered through the neighborhood, which I loved.
Brooklyn Brewery itself is a short walk from the train stop, and right across the street from the famous Beacon’s Closet Thrift Shop. Since I’m broke as a joke, I didn’t make a stop in there, but it’s well known for having some pretty good clothes.
The tour itself started at 5, so we waited in front of the building for a short while until things began. Things started with a taste testing of four beers, which were all really good. My favorite was the Cuvee La Boite, which a belgian style beer than tasted like heaven. The tour itself, it was great. Good guide and fun group.
All in all, making the trip out to the Brewery was a fun excuse to get to know a little bit about Williamsburg. It was a fun day out, and I’d recommend making the trip to the area or the Brewery itself if you get the chance!