Williamsburg institution Brooklyn Brewery is enlarging its New York City footprint. The venerable brew distributor has announced by way of a Wall Street Journal article that it will be expanding down to the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where it will co-anchor Building 77's food hall alongside other NYC favorite Russ & Daughters.
The brewery has signed a 40-year lease for 75,000 square feet of space in the revitalized industrial warehouse, with plans to open a rooftop beer garden, pub, and manufacturing hub in the location. Visitors to the brewery will be able to look onto the brewing process through glass walls surrounding the food hall. Tours of the facility will be available, as will a new rooftop beer garden with views onto Manhattan.
As for the brewery's longtime North 12th Street home, it will see its lease out through 2025 with the hope of maintaining a manufacturing hub or brewpub in the location. "But we’re realistic about how the neighborhood has changed," Brooklyn Brewery co-founder Steve Hindy told WSJ. "We don’t expect to maintain our manufacturing at that location unless we get really lucky and can have manufacturing in both places." The brewery's new long-term lease at the navy yard will help to assure minimal rent hikes, according to Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp. president David Ehrenberg. Ehrenberg declined to comment on the asking rent for Brooklyn Brewery's new home.
The Brooklyn Brewery began looking for a new space in 2013, and always favored the navy yard but worried about its lack of public access. "For generations, the Brooklyn Navy Yard was behind a wall," Ehrenberg told WSJ, "But the nature of the yard is really changing. We want to open it up to the public to show that things are still being made in Brooklyn."
In the navy yard, Brooklyn Brewery and Russ & Daughters will join Brooklyn Roasting Company, architecture and design firm Matter Practice, Kings County Distillery, chocolate purveyors Mast Brothers, suspender and tie manufacturer Sartorous, WeWork and the city's first Wegman's (along with a laundry list of other businesses.)