About the Brewed in Brooklyn Tour - Urban Oyster
If beer is your bag, then Urban Oyster's Brewed in Brooklyn Tour is made for you. The borough of Brooklyn makes an ideal stop for exploring the craft as it was once home to 48 different breweries and is currently experiencing a brewing renaissance following the almost total disappearance of the trade in the 1970s. The Brewed in Brooklyn Tour kicks off on Saturday afternoons at Williamsburg's Brooklyn Brewery (founded in 1988, although its brews were made upstate until 1996), makers of Brooklyn Lager and a host of other nationally distributed perennial and seasonal brews. Here you'll receive a behind-the-scenes look at how beer is made and rev up your taste buds with a generous selection of what's on tap, often including limited edition brew batches.
Thus fortified and back on the streets of Brooklyn, you'll learn about the pre-prohibition era with stops at several 19th century buildings that were once part of Brooklyn's "Brewer's Row" and the Church of the Most Holy Trinity, spiritual home to some of the German immigrants who originally brought the brewing trade to Brooklyn.
Along the way, Urban Oyster's extremely knowledgeable tour guides will share stories of the history of the Williamsburg and Bushwick neighborhoods and residents past and present. Don't worry -- you'll be washing down your history lesson with lots more beer: The tour includes a pit-stop for lunch at Danny's Pizza and terminates at Barcade, a combination bar and arcade with a focus on classic video games and American craft beer.
The Brewed in Brooklyn Tour takes place rain or shine and involves between one and two miles of walking, so wear comfortable footwear and bring appropriate gear for the weather. Cameras are welcome and encouraged, as is shopping at local businesses along the tour route. No dogs are allowed. Tickets must be purchased in advance, and you need to bring a print-out of your ticket confirmation.
Urban Oyster was founded in 2008 and provides local, sustainable tours of some of New York City's most singular neighborhoods and food movements. With the goal of supporting local businesses and preserving neighborhood histories, Urban Oyster offers group walking tours and themed harbor sails, as well as private events and tours.
According to co-founder David Naczycz, Urban Oyster's name is "an analogy for our mission," which is to connect people to the local businesses that are unique to New York and help to make the city the special place that it is. Like the once plentiful oysters in New York Harbor, which were decimated by over-harvesting and pollution, small businesses in New York close every day, unable to compete with the influx of chain stores and national franchises. The folks at Urban Oyster see New York's small businesses as today's "oysters"; happily, the company's tours support local business while offering tourgoers an utterly incomparable journey through some of New York's most authentic locales.
Three and a half hours.
Did you know?
Twenty-three breweries remained operational in Brooklyn at the time Prohibition was declared, but just nine of them reopened after its repeal. In 1976, the last brewery in Brooklyn closed, and Brooklyn remained brewery-less for two decades.
Brooklyn once produced 10 percent of all the beer sold in the U.S.
Brooklyn is currently home to three operational breweries: Brooklyn Brewery, Sixpoint Brewery and Greenpoint Beerworks.
This tour is perfect for beer enthusiasts of all stripes, either those who are visiting New York City or locals who want to learn more about a piece of Brooklyn's history and experience their city in a new way. Even non-drinkers will appreciate this tour for its in-depth look at the history of this Brooklyn neighborhood through the lens of the German immigrants who brought the brewing industry to the borough in the mid-19th century.
Good for kids?
This tour is not appropriate for children. You must be 21 years or older to participate in this tour, which includes visits to bars and pubs as well as breweries. Older children are welcome on Urban Oyster's food tours.
Brooklyn Brewery Location Information:
79 N 11th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Begins: Brooklyn Brewery
79 N. 11th St.
Nearest Subway: L to Bedford Avenue
388 Union Ave. (between Ainslie St. & Powers St.)
Nearest Subway: L, G trains to Metropolitan/Lorimer