Thus, the buzz in beer circles that a pair of beers from New York City’s Bronx borough — where Rheingold, its last surviving brewery, closed in the ’60s — will be in select bars this summer has been growing.
Given the expansion in the number of small brewers around the state, the impending emergence of items from the Bronx Brewery and the Jonas Bronck’s Beer Company sounds fascinating. But, there is a catch the average beer drinker may not know about. Neither company is brewing its beer in the Bronx.
The Bronx Brewery, which has been operational less than 24 months, is making its beer at the Cottrell Brewing Company in Pawcatuck, CT. And, newcomer Jonas Bronck’s is brewing by contract with an undisclosed Upstate brewery. Both plan to eventually actually make their beer in the Bronx.
For those lacking a knowledge of the Bronx, the borough was named for Jonas Bronck (1600–1643), a Scandinavian immigrant to the Dutch colony of New Netherland. He sailed up the East River in June 1639 on a ship called De Brant Van Troyen (The Fire of Troy) and acquired a piece of land from the Weckquaesgeek Indians. That land was known as Bronck’s Land, then Broncksland, then Bronck’s and, finally, the spelling morphed into Bronx.
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