Brooklyn Brewery: What’s going on beyond the beer

Williamsburg’s premier craft brewery offers so much more than just suds.



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Brooklyn Brewery Photograph: Michael Kirby Smith

Since its construction in 1996, Brooklyn Brewery has become a Billyburg fixture and contributed to the neighborhood’s ascent as an artisanal foodie haven. Aside from creating delicious brews and running free regular tours of its facility, the craft-beer outlet also offers a full calendar of on- and off-site events ranging from book fairs to show-and-tell nights for geeky collectors—all of which can be enjoyed with a pint in hand. Pencil in these upcoming to-dos.

War Correspondents Speaker Series

  • Price band: 2/4

These monthly discussions welcome those who have covered conflict from the frontlines, with proceeds benefiting Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues (RISC), Sebastian Junger’s nonprofit that provides medical training to freelance journalists. The series kicks off with the best-selling author of The Perfect Storm himself, in conversation with Brooklyn Brewery cofounder and ex–Middle East war correspondent Steve Hindy. Other prominent media figures scheduled to share their experiences include Bob Woodruff of ABC News (June 12), freelance photojournalist Michael Kamber (July 10) and New York Times scribe C.J. Chivers (Sept 11). Stay for the postdiscussion reception, where you can toast the brave reporters with a cold one.

  1. Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Wed May 14
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Tom Shillue’s Funny Story

  • Price band: 1/4

Once a month, the brewery welcomes stand-up Tom Shillue (Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Daily Show) for a round of hilarious storytelling. The confident everyman comic brings in different guests including comedians, actors, Moth participants and generally wacky personalities; the April edition featured Baohaus chef Eddie Huang talking about fried chicken and drugs. Admission also gets you a beer, the better to help you enjoy the sets.

  1. Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Thu May 16
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Bags Away Brooklyn! Cornhole Tournament

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The last Tuesday of the month is “tossday,” meaning the joint is turned over to corn hole, the competitive beanbag-throwing sport cherished by tipsy picnickers everywhere. Teams are drawn at random, meaning you may be paired with experts or rookies—hopefully the former, as prizes include beer (of course) and a cool $200 for first place. Player admission includes one brew; arrive half an hour early to sign up and practice your underhand, the best way to land your bag (overhand is a telltale newbie sign).

  1. Brooklyn Brewery 79 North 11th St, between Berry St and Wythe Ave
  2. Tue Jun 3
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