Gun Hill Brewing Co. opens in the Bronx
Hop head Chris Sheehan (Chelsea Brewing Co.) helms this Williamsbridge brewery, the borough's first in 50 years.
Mon Feb 10 2014
Photograph: Filip Wolak
Thunderdog Stout at Gun Hill Brewing Co.
For the first time in five decades, brewing returns to the Bronx. Since Rheingold closed shop in the late ’60s, beer has been produced outside of the borough—City Island brews upstate and Bronx Brewery trucks in kegs from Connecticut. At this 5,000-square-foot draft operation, Chris Sheehan (Chelsea Brewing Company) makes all beer on-site, turning out a 30-barrel lineup of German-style ales, hearty stouts and a Frosted Hops ale, made with frozen upstate wet hops. The dark-wood taproom functions as a 25-seat bar and retail shop—a perk of a farm brewery license, which also requires Sheehan use local ingredients—selling pints, flights and to-go growlers to the public on Tuesdays. 3227 Laconia Ave between Boston Rd and Duncan St, Williamsbridge, Bronx (no phone yet)