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What drives the beer world’s most important ambassadors? Hoptical met with Steve Hindy, president of Brooklyn Brewery, one of the best and most influential breweries in the world
Why did the time feel right to start Brooklyn Brewery back in 1988?
I had just come back from six years in the Middle East working for Associated Press and I didn't really want
to leave that world, but my wife got fed up with being the wife of someone covering wars and revolutions.
And I always had this conceit that I could succeed in business, even though I had no business background
whatever except winning contests selling things when I was a kid. I was home-brewing and watching what was
happening with these small breweries out west such as Sierra Nevada and Red Hook. There wasn't much going on
in the east and I knew that Brooklyn had a pretty amazing history of brewing. In 1898 there were 48
breweries, and the last two breweries closed in 1976, so the idea of bringing brewing back to Brooklyn
seemed to be a worthy theme for the whole thing. And so with my downstairs neighbour Tom Potter, who was a
banker with an MBA, eventually I persuaded him to quit his job and start a brewery. From the first moment,
there was the feeling that somebody's going to get this right in New York City and its going to be big.
Did you start Brooklyn Brewery with a particular ethos?
We wanted to tie into that history of brewing in Brooklyn. We met a guy, Bill Moeller, who had been a head
brewer at the Schmitt Brewery in Philadelphia. He's a 4th generation German American brewer and his
grandfather had brewed in Brooklyn. We worked with him to develop a beer based on his grandfather's
notebooks, so we were rooted in that lager-brewing tradition of Brooklyn, NYC. The lager beers in the early
20th century were much more flavoursome than the lager beers like Bud, Coors and Miller. They were much
darker and many of them were all malt - they had no rice or corn in them - and they were much hoppier.
Brooklyn Lager was our first beer.
How do you see craft beer developing in the US?
Craft beer is 11 per cent of the US market, if you count in the faux craft beers that the big guys are
making. Imports are growing too, so the whole market has moved toward the higher-end beers. The big guys are
losing a breathtaking volume of beer.
Is there room for more breweries in the UK?
We started selling beer here in the 1990s and I was struck by how few free houses there were, and that's
changed tremendously. The UK is not that far removed from the time when every town of any size had its own
brewery, so I can see that coming back strongly. I feel like you had that movement in the 1980s and 1990s
where the giant brewing concerns were kinda gobbling up the regional companies. I remember subscribing to
CAMRA's newspaper and every edition had screamer headlines - ‘such and such a brewery falls to giant
conglomerate' - it's kind of a sad story, but now the independent brewers are coming back. It's really
exciting what's happening in the UK.
5 ESSENTIAL BEERS
Brooklyn Lager / 5.2%
Full of flavours and aromas, thanks to a heavy hand with hops and a long maturation process.
Brown Ale / 5.6%
A brown ale combining aspects of an English brown ale with a firm American hop character.
Oktoberfest / 5.5%
This beer remains true to the style - a full-bodied malty Marzen lager, with a brisk hop bitterness.
Black Chocolate Stout / 10%
A modern classic, this imperial stout uses six malts and has been aged for months. One to keep.
Sorachi Ace / 7.6%
Brooklyn Sorachi Ace is a classic saison, a cracklingly dry, hoppy, unfiltered golden farmhouse ale,
featuring rare Sorachi Ace hops. It tastes like sunshine in a glass, and that suits us just fine. Great with
Pairing beer and food together isn’t all rules and science. That would make for a terribly boring dinner party! Instead, it’s the art of taking a good beer, some good food and partnering them together to make something even better. It’s the adventure of discovering what works, what doesn’t and what you like. It’s you taking a bite, taking a sip and then declaring your undying love for that imperial stout and chocolate cake.
Barrel-ageing beers is not a new thing, but it is getting more and more popular, and has probably never been as inventive. Adrian Tierney-Jones explores the new wave of ageing beer in wood
While some so-called off-flavours can be appropriate in certain styles others are not and may kill a little bit of your soul. Here's a quick guide to the most common off-flavours.
Father’s Day, 20th June 2021, is the special date in the calendar when we celebrate and give a nod to the Dads in our lives. It’s an excuse to spoil them with a little something to say thank you for being awesome. If you’re looking for inspiration for a craft beer-loving Dad, then check out our top 7 Father’s Day beer gifts.
Another can spins off the line at Stone Brewing’s new brewery in Berlin. The speed of the whole process is astonishing, a matter of seconds from empty can to filled and sealed. Those amazing hop aromas that Stone Brewing’s IPA is known for are locked in, only to escape as you release the swirling lemon, pine, grapefruit aromas in one of the world’s best IPAs. Cans are the perfect container for this beer. And here’s why.
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