Brooklyn Brewery was founded in 1988 by Steve Hindy, a former journalist who had recently returned from a six-year stint in the Middle East, and Tom Potter, a former lending agent at Chemical Bank. Hindy had become enamored with home brewing while in the Middle East, where illegal alcohol sales inspired foreign journalists to brew their own beer in hotel bathtubs.
Under the leadership of Brewmaster Garrett Oliver, Brooklyn Brewery has been crafting innovative and exceptional beers for over a decade. In 2003 Oliver wrote The Brewmaster’s Table: Discovering the Pleasures of Real Beer with Real Food, which went on to win the 2004 International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) Book Award and helped raise the profile of beer as a legitimate partner with food. In 2011, Oliver also acted as editor-in-chief for the Oxford Companion to Beer, which is now universally recognized as the most comprehensive book ever published on the subject.
Despite their local roots, Brooklyn beers are served in over 25 states across America as well as 20 additional countries across the globe. More recently, they have been taking their show on the road, literally, with their food and arts festival “The Mash.” Making stops in 12 different cities around the world this summer, from Miami to Austin to Stockholm to London, “The Mash” seeks to bring good beer, Slow Food, and engaging arts to patrons all over the world.