New York Gypsy Brewery Grimm Ales Finds Permanent Home

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Opening of the Williamsburg brewery will see Grimm expanding craft beer offerings.

Acclaimed Brooklyn brewers Grimm Artisanal Ales will open their highly anticipated first permanent brewery and taproom in East Williamsburg, New York, NY on Saturday, June 30th.

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Owned by Lauren and Joe Grimm, Grimm Ales has been brewing highly sought-after beers on an itinerant basis out of other existing breweries for the last 5 years — a practice known as “gypsy brewing.” In that time, the business received numerous recognitions, including first place awards at The Great American Beer Festival, the country’s premier blind-tasting competition, and being named New York City’s Best Local Brewery by The Village Voice, among other accolades. Lauren and Joe Grimm were also just celebrated by the Small Business Administration with their “2018 Young Entrepreneurs of the Year” award.

The opening of Grimm’s first permanent brewery and taproom makes their existing popular beers more readily available and allows them to debut new styles, with new beers released every Saturday.

New Brewery Offerings

Grimm’s new brewery allows them to expand production, experiment, and debut new styles of beers. In a beer scene obsessed with freshness, the new facility will allow the public to drink Grimm IPA at the absolute peak of brewery-fresh flavor, having been canned the previous day.

By dedicating one fourth of their brewery’s 7,500 square footage to the aging and conditioning of barrel-aged sour beers, Grimm will also expand their sour beer program to include these unique and elusive beers and will be the first New York City brewery to focus on long-term oak-aged sours as a regular menu offering, which is a style known for its difficult and involved process.

The taproom opens with 10+ draft beer lines, bottle-conditioned oak-aged sour beers, a selection of New York State wine and cider, as well as locally-made sodas.

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These beers will debut on opening day:

  • Flow State — Lauren and Joe have been working on this beer since they founded Grimm five years ago. It’s a Golden Sour aged in oak for one year and saison aged in orange bitters barrels for three years. It is fermented with a mixed culture and dry hopped with Galaxy hops.  (6% alc/vol). Only available in 750ml champagne-style bottles to-go and as pours in the taproom.
  • Today’s Special — American Pale Ale featuring Mosaic, Citra, Simcoe, and Ekuanot hops (5.5% alc/vol). Available on draft in the taproom and in 16 oz cans to-go (four packs)
  • Zero Anniversary — Double IPA featuring Mosaic, Galaxy, Bravo, Simcoe, and Sorachi Ace hops (8% alc/vol). Available on draft in the taproom and in 16 oz cans to-go (four packs)
  • Future Days — Golden Sour Beer fermented with a mixed culture, blended from select oak barrels six to eighteen months in age, and dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Only available in 750ml champagne-style bottles to-go and as pours in the taproom.
  • Lilt — Golden sour beer fermented with a mixed culture, blended from select oak barrels six to eighteen months in age, and refermented with four pounds per gallon of tart Montmorency cherries. (6% alc/vol). Only available as bottle pours in the taproom
  • Tracery — Saison de Coupage, a traditional Belgian farmhouse style in which barrel-aged sour beer is blended with fresh saison. Grimm’s coupage is a blend of 70% young saison and 30% barrel-aged golden sour. (6% alc/vol). Only available as bottle pours in the taproom

On Premise Menu

Grimm is partnering with Eli and Max Sussman of the Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant Samesa in Williamsburg to offer a menu that pairs well with Grimm beers. The menu features Samesa favorites such as Chicken Shawarma Melt (chicken, green zhug, shredded cheddar on a pita and grilled, served with purple slaw), the Samesa Board (pita chips, marinated feta, taramosalata, muhammara, olives, spicy salami), and Pumpernickel Pita and Dips, which will feature a rotating seasonal special dip made with Grimm beer.

About Grimm

Founded by partners Lauren and Joe Grimm in 2013, Grimm has captured the attention of craft beer fans with its limited-edition, award-winning beers and creative branding (all beer labels are also designed by Lauren, Joe and friends). Operating with no permanent address, Grimm has nevertheless been at the epicenter of beer’s current renaissance, achieving international renown as creative innovators of craft beer’s hottest new forms, such as dry-hopped sour ales and “juicy” Northeast-style IPA. The Grimms re-envisioned beer as an ongoing, ephemeral creative stream by brewing new, limited-edition recipes every month, accompanied by ever-changing label art by the Grimms and and their friends.

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