Dutch explorer Adriaen Block, sailing on the Hudson River, builds some small log huts at the tip of Manhattan and starts brewing beer. The first European male to be born in New Amsterdamn, Jan Vigne, even became a brewer.
Peter Stuyvesant establishes Bushwick as a farming community.
New York Town and Philadelphia are established as colonial brewing centers.
William Johnson opens Brooklyn’s first major commercial brewery.
Williamsburg is annexed into the City of Brooklyn.
The Industrial Revolution has energized Bushwick. By this time, at least 35 breweries are running in Brooklyn producing 1.1 million barrels of beer generating an estimated $8 million revenue annually. More than 2 dozen just in today’s Bushwick.
The City of Brooklyn consolidates with the other boroughs to form New York City.
The 21st Amendment repeals Prohibition. Breweries can finally start up production again—if they made it this long. Before Prohibition, there were 23 breweries in Brooklyn but after repeal, just 9 reopened.
A brewer’s strike in New York opens the door to mid-western breweries entering the New York market.
Rheingold and Schaefer close. The end of an era.
Hope! There are a host of new breweries in the area bringing craft beer back to its rightful home. Here are a few: Braven Brewery, Kings County Brewers Collective, and Interboro Spirits and Ales.
For the full story, here’s all my research.