The company is being helped along by a grant from the Empire State Development Corp.’s “Restore New York Communities Initiative.” The program is intended to help revitalize urban areas and stabilize neighborhoods as a means to attract residents and businesses. The brewery’s award of about $800,000 is to be used to help pay for the purchase and installation of new machinery.
The brewery leased an adjacent building earlier this year, a 10,500-square-foot former distribution center. Architectural and engineering improvements, a new concrete slab, new electrical, plumbing and solar panels, and the installation of tanks, silos and other equipment will increase the company’s production from 8,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels a year. Projected cost: $4.6 million.
Brooklyn Brewery was founded in 1984 by two Park Slope residents, journalist Steve Hindy and bank lending officer Tom Potter. Their initial brew, Brooklyn Lager, was made under contract upstate in Utica. They opened the current facility at 79 North 11th Street in 1996. You can get a look at the photo diary being done on the expansion project by going here.
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