The air is crisp and chill, puffer-coated pooches are roaming the streets of Greenpoint and it’s dark by 5pm. It’s exactly the time of year to hole-up in a cozy drinking den and spend the evening getting intimate with an extensive menu of local craft beers and delicious bar snacks.
Which means that last week’s opening of The Brew Inn (924 Manhattan Ave) is spectacularly well-timed.
Entering the bar is like stepping into a snug log cabin, flickering with candle-light. The glowing interior has been fitted-out almost entirely using salvaged local materials, including the bar itself which is made from a hundred year-old door.
The Brew Inn is all about keeping it local. Parents of the owner, Martin Cyran, used to run a Polish restaurant (Happy End) on the same site, and even now that Martin has taken the helm in this new enterprise, his father still had a hand in installing the new decor.
The local vibe shines through in their array of drinks. They have thirty craft beers on tap, all from NYC and the surrounding area. You can drink these by the pint, or order a flight of 6 for $6. Brew Inn growlers are also available to purchase which can then be stored in a locker at the bar (or kept at home) in order to receive a discount on beer each time you visit. They also have cider and wine on tap for non-beer drinkers.
The food menu, designed by chef CJ Bivona, showcases both Polish and American dishes, giving a nod to neighborhood culinary traditions whilst providing a contemporary twist. Menu items such as grilled sardines, deviled eggs and po’boys sit happily alongside pierogis and kielbasy and all provide much comfort on a cold winter’s night. Not to mention helping to soak up the effects of all that craft beer.
There will be daily food specials to keep things interesting, and there are also plans for regular movie nights.
The Brew Inn is a delightful addition to the neighborhood and is the perfect place to snuggle up and hibernate until spring.