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Located in Williamsburg, the Brooklyn Brewery is one of the finest breweries in the country. Not only do they produce any impressive line of beers with enough taste variation to match anyone's preferences, they also throw great parties...

Every Friday for the duration of the summer (the last one planned right now is for the end of September, I think...) they hold block parties at the brewery from 7pm-9pm with live music and 2 Brooklyn pints for $5. They also hold an annual Oktoberfest (or Oktoberfiesta - they have a salsa band play...) and beer taste testings through the year...

You'll find the brewery at 79 North 11th Street (between Berry & Wythe). The closest subway station is the Bedford Avenue stop on the L Train.

To my knowledge these are the current Brooklyn Brewery selections:

The brewery also gives tours, sells merchandise with their rocking logo and is a miniature art gallery housing the work of local artists.

The history of the company is as unique as its beer and its "Support your Local Brewery" philosophy. The company was started in 1984 when Steve Hindy, a correspondent for the Associated Press returned from the Middle East with a penchant for homebrewing that he had acquired while living and working in Islamic countries where, of course, alcoholic beverages are illegal.

Together with his fellow Brooklynite and downstairs neighbor Tom Potter, Hindy formed what would eventually become the Brooklyn Brewery. With very little funding, the operation was very grassroots in the beginning. The two entrepreneurs brewed, bottled, labeled, and peddled their beer themselves around Brooklyn.

Being beer afficionados, the two friends had knowledge of Brooklyn's fantastic brewing history. A century ago, there were 48 functional and profitable breweries in Brooklyn. The breweries and pubs were civic centers and gathering places. Integral to the feel and pulse of the neighborhood. But slowly the juggernaut of big industry started to produce beer in mass quantities that was much cheaper (and of lower quality to say the least. The local breweries slowly died off. The last one closed its doors in 1976.

Back in Brooklyn a decade later, two lone brewers were finding it hard to break into the distribution market, which was mostly controlled by the much larger companies. Steve and Tom, whose product was quickly growing in popularity (due probably to the influx of bohemians from the East Village that settled in Williamsburg) decided to start their own distribution company.

Brooklyn Brewery is now also one of the major distributors for all of the best imported and local beers coming into the New York State area. Total Beer.com is a company of theirs that delivers any of a huge selection of beers directly to your doorstep in a number of quantities. And Brooklyn Brewery Beer is enjoyed around the world.

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