The shiny fermenters and clear tanks were unloaded at Greenpoint Beer & Ale Co.’s new location (1150 Manhattan Ave.) this morning as owner Ed Raven works with his crew to prepare the space for a potential spring 2019 opening. The original 7 N. 15 St. location is now closed to make way a future office building.
GPBA’s new location will have an increased brewing capacity with a 20 barrel system compared to the former 5 barrel system, and they plan to experiment with new brews like blonde lagers in addition to their classic IPA offerings. “Think in terms of a batch of beer, when your grandma made a big batch of spaghetti she made a gallon of sauce at a time, now we’re going to make four gallons of sauce at a time.,” owner Ed Raven said.
“We want to provide beer for the local community, to drink fresh beer, which was an issue for us before when we didn’t have enough beer to make to go around,” Raven said. “Now well be able to fulfill the demand of the local community, but we should be able to take this out regionally around New York state.”
The new space will have a smaller dining room on the ground floor however, there will be a 2,000-square-foot roof deck that can also be booked for private events. They’re also bringing back the original water tower that Tom Friun and Raven designed together, which will be right in the middle of the roof deck open for customers to drink inside of. Lookout for a potential spring 2019 opening. A skylight with wooden beams has already been installed along with white subway wall tiling, but much work remains along with the permitting process.
The new Greenpoint Beer location is in a rapidly developing stretch of Manhattan Avenue directly next door to Ashbox (1154 Manhattan Ave.), across the street from the Brooklyn Ice Cream Factory at (97 Commercial St.) and a brisk walk from the Greenpoint Landing mega-development bringing 5,500 new apartments to the nearby waterfront, which will bring more nighttime foot traffic to the area.