Brouwerij Lane Opens

Open for Business

Open for Business

I have never seen such excitement grip a community before.  There had been whispers around the neighborhood… Rumors of a new beer store opening in Greenpoint had been going on for weeks.  Last night was Brouwerij Lane’s (Corner of Franklin and Greenpoint Ave, Brooklyn) opening day party.  The place was thronged with mustachioed hipsters in tattered flannels and tight black jeans.  Despite this, my friends and I shrugged our way past these uber-dweebs to partake in imbibing free samples of ales and stouts. 

The owner is a man who knows his beers.  After a brief conversation with him, I was excited to learn that he plans to import unpasteurized English Ales “True Ales” which are really hard to come by in this country.  They really did have a large assortment of beers available both by the bottle and on draft.  If you would  like some draft beer they sell growlers for 10 dollars (plus a five dollar deposit).  My companions and I were thrilled about this, and scored a few bottles and growlers (1/2 gallon bottle).

march-08-4-0622The bottled beers were fantastic.  I recommend for lager lovers the Estrella Damm imported from Spain.  A really smooth and light beer.  I also tried out the Allagash Grand Cru (from Maine) and grabbed a bottle of Brigand Ale (Belgium), both winners.  To my utter dismay I discovered that my O’Hara Stout in the growler had gone flatter than a pancake in the matter of an hour.  This horrifying occurence even after I posed a direct question to the beer man working the taps if flatness would follow the bottling of this specific draft.  He blindly assured me that my beer would NOT go flat.  Was he lying, or was he merely a neophyte still learning the subtleties of his trade?  I’m leaning towards that latter. 
What is a fact is that now I have a half gallon of what amounts to beer flavored chocolate milk taking up precious fridge space.  Thanks. 
Guess what Brouwerij Lane?  You’ve earned for yourself a NEGATIVE PROOF!