By Bill Roundy It’s Brooklyn’s largest lager event!
The annual New York City
Beer Week, which officially
kicks off on Saturday with the
Opening Bash in Greenpoint, will
have Brooklyn overflowing with
craft beer events for the next 10
days. And for those looking for
something new, we have found
four brand new breweries based in
the borough that you should seek
out this week.
Tale of Talea
The Opening Bash on Feb.
22 is Beer Week’s biggest event,
featuring 40 breweries from New
York City, and just as many from
around the country. One local
brewer you should hunt down is the
Talea Beer Company, which plans
to open a taproom in Williamsburg
in the next few months.
Talea, co-founded by Tara
Hankinson and LeAnn Darland
in 2018, focuses on fruit-forward,
easy-drinking brews — and that
approach seems to be working,
because last week, the brewery
won the Best Brews of New York
competition with its Cherryberry
Tart Deco beer, beating out 14
other breweries in the city.
Seek out Talea at the New York
City Beer Week Opening Bash at
the Brooklyn Expo Center (72 Noble
St. at Franklin Street in Greenpoint,
nycbrewed.com). Feb. 22 at 12:30
pm and 6:30 pm. $75 ($115 VIP).
The 18th Ward Brewing
Company, which quietly opened
its taproom in Williamsburg last
fall, kicks things off early with
an “18th Ward Mug Giveaway”
on Feb. 21 at 5 pm. Until March 1
(the end of NYC Beer Week), you
can go to the taproom and fill the
14-ounce stein with any 18th Ward
brew for just $5.
The giveaway event is designed
to get people in the door of the
taproom, said the brewery’s owner.
“We figured, we’re still a young
brewery — what else can we do
to get the word out?” said Jordan
Beldner, who also owns the beer
bars Northern Bell and Jimbo
The Williamsburg spot makes
a wide variety of brews, including
IPAs, lagers, and stouts, although
its head brewer, Dailey Crafton,
has a special love for saisons, said
18th Ward will also hand
out mugs during the Opening
Bash, and will host several
bands during Beer Week,
including a New Orleans
musician on Fat Tuesday and the
Homebrewsicians, featuring its
head brewer, on Feb. 28.
Mug Giveaway at 18th
Ward Brewing Company (300
Richardson St. at Debevoise
Avenue in Williamsburg,
21, 5 pm–midnight. Free.
Eric Lindell Solo Concert at
18th Ward Brewing. Feb. 25; 6–10
Homebrewsicians at 18th Ward
Brewing. Feb. 28; 7–11 pm. Free.
Non the wiser
Non Sequitur Beer Project
brewed its first batch last October,
and has made a splash with its
colorful cans and offbeat brews. It
does not have a physical location,
instead pouring pints at temporary
pop-up taprooms around Brooklyn.
The travelling set-up allows each
event to be something special, said
“By taking over these places
where people aren’t consuming
beer ... we can have a new taproom
every month,” said Gage Siegel.
“We can change it as often as we
want, to have a more compelling
experience than just showing up
and drinking beer.”
In addition to pouring at the
Opening Bash, Non Sequitur
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will host an after-party down the
street, featuring an “emo dance
party” that goes late into the night,
pouring the whimsically named
brews I’ll Have the Uhh and It’s
a Good Idea, along with some
beers from Chicago brewery Hop
You can also sample Non
Sequitur’s brews the next afternoon,
at beer bar Covenhoven in Crown
Heights, and at Pete’s Candy Store
in Williamsburg on Feb. 29. So
far, the traveling brewery has only
made IPAs or double IPAs, but
Siegel plans to expand its styles
within the next two months.
Non Sequitur and Hop Butcher
Opening Bash After Party (97 West
St. between Greenpoint Avenue and
Milton Street in Greenpoint). Feb.
22; 9:30 pm–1 am. Free.
Brewer’s Brunch at Covenhoven
Covenhoven 730 Classon Ave.
between Prospect and Park places
in Crown Heights, (917) 449–6783,
www.covenhovennyc.com. Feb. 23;
noon–4 pm. Free.
Five Boroughs and Non Sequitur
Tap Takeover at Pete’s Candy
Store 709 Lorimer St. between
Frost and Richardson streets in
Williamsburg, (718) 302–3770,
29; 7–11 pm. Free.
Wild East Brewing, which
specializes in farmhouse beers,
is poised to open its taproom
Gowanus in just a few weeks. But
if you want an advance taste of
its fresh and hazy brews, you can
stop by the Opening Bash, or visit
its tap takeovers of the Double
Windsor on Feb. 25.
Wild East Tap Takeover at the
Double Windsor 210 Prospect
Park West at 16th Street in Windsor
Terrace, (347) 725–3479, www.
doublewindsorbklyn.com. Feb. 25
at 6 pm. Free.
TBy Ben Verde his brewery really takes
A Prospect Lefferts
Gardens brewmaster will
pull pints at Brooklyn’s
biggest beer festival for the
first time this Saturday. The
owner of Daleview Biscuits
and Beer will pour a pale ale
and a Belgian-inspired dark
ale at New York City Beer
Week’s Opening Bash on Feb.
22, showcasing some of his
Nostrand Avenue ales for a
brand new audience.
“It’s a good way to
meet other brewers in the
community, and a good way
to introduce my beer to people
outside the neighborhood, since
we are a small batch brewer,”
said Christopher Gandry, who
opened his brewery in late
The pint-sized taproom in
Prospect Lefferts Gardens is
also a restaurant, serving hearty
brews created in the basement
alongside plates of Southernstyle
grub. Gandry said that his
biscuits are a natural pairing for
“A good biscuit and a good
beer always go together — it’s
like marriage,” said Gandry,
a South Carolina native
who named his brewery and
restaurant after his hometown
of Dale View.
At the eatery, Gandry offers
a wide variety of toppings on
his flaky buttermilk biscuits,
including a fried chicken biscuit
for dinner, a breakfast biscuit
that incorporates house-made
turkey sausages, a pulled pork
biscuit dubbed the “Mama
Gandsy,” and “The Goat-To
Biscuit” with goat cheese and
Putting biscuits alongside
his brews is not only a natural
pairing, said Gandry, it is also
a compromise to accommodate
his gluten-allergic wife. All
of his biscuits are gluten-free,
although the beers are not, he
“Everything we cooked
at home was gluten-free, but
I couldn’t compromise on a
gluten-free beer,” said Gandry.
During New York City Beer
Week, Gandry will host several
events at Daleview, including a
“bottle share” on Feb. 24, where
home-brewers are invited to
bring and share their own sudsy
creations, a night of biscuitcentric
charcuterie on Feb. 25,
and a beer dinner that pairs a
different brew with each course
on Feb. 28
New York City Beer Week
Opening Bash at the Brooklyn
Expo Center (72 Noble St. at
Franklin Street in Greenpoint,
nycbrewed.com). Feb. 22 at
12:30 pm and 6:30 pm. $75 ($115
Daleview Biscuits and Beer
(1170 Nostrand Ave. between
Rutland Road and Fenimore
Street in Prospect Lefferts
Gardens, (347) 240–5110, www.
Mon-Fri, 7 am–8:30 pm; Sat,
9 am–8:30 pm; Sun, 9 am–5:30
THE NEW BREWS!
Tiny PLG brewery joins
the big Opening Bash
Four fresh breweries to sample during Beer Week
Ale view: Christopher Gandry stands in front of Daleview Biscuits and Beer,
his restaurant and brewery. Photo by Ben Verde
They are the champions: Talea
Beer Company, coming soon to
Williamsburg, won the Best Brews
of New York competition last week.
Photo courtesy of Brookfield Place
Brewmasters: Wild East Brewery
founders Lindsay Steen, Tyler March,
and Brett Taylor hope to open their
Gowanus taproom in the next few
weeks. Photo by Trey Pentecost
Write on! The cans of the Non Sequitur
Beer Project, which started brewing
in October, stand out from the crowd.
Photo by Gage Siegel