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Carroll Gardens Gets a Brewery

Soon neighbors can cheer with a pint of hyper-local beer

Hold on to your Hefeweizens, Carroll Gardens. A new brewery is poised to open in our very own neighborhood, according to Ideal Properties Group.

A space located at 195 Centre Street between Smith Street and Hamilton Avenue was leased by Other Half Brewing for a five-year term with a five-year option to renew, stated a release Monday morning.

"Slated to open in December 2012, the 4,000 square-foot brewery is expected to delight both local residents and New Yorkers," said a rep from Ideal Properties, which credited Robert Caccomo with brokering the lease. 

Are you excited for a new local brewery to open? What ale would you like them to bring to the hood?

Louise September 04, 2012 at 03:17 PM
I just read the Brooklyn Courier. The Pavillion movie is getting a license to sell beer,wine and mixed drinks. What the heck? The movies to me was always some where you went with family not to go drinking. Book stores sell beer and wine too. I just don't understand what is going on. AND at one time you were would be a bootlegger making beer and wine but IT SEEMS A-OK these days? They are working on the old Accardi Hardware store here on Columbia St. Lord please don't open another bar, I think we have about enough of them.
Jenny September 04, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Aren'"t you saying this is a brewery and not a bar? or will it be both? if it's a brewery it would probaby be bringing jobs, no?
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 04, 2012 at 04:08 PM
The announcement is that a brewery is taking over the spot. No details have been confirmed yet as to whether there will be a tasting room or bar area inside the space. We will continue reporting on the story as we receive more information.
Louise September 04, 2012 at 04:10 PM
Good question. Will it be jobs for people in the area? Bar & Brewery? Hmmmm that needs to be seen.
Danielle September 04, 2012 at 04:16 PM
It's funny how some people are so negative about change - even potentially positive change. I guess some folks would rather see a blighted area of the neighborhood than businesses coming in because they don't like change (that includes the shuffleboard club, too). It's a free country - you don't have to buy the beer if you don't want to or go to the proposed shuffleboard club.
Jenny September 04, 2012 at 04:23 PM
i feel the same way as the comment that danielle just left. these feel like good things to me. change doesn't mean bad, just change.
Sara September 04, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Seems like the naysayers are just looking for a reason to complain. Sounds like a positive thing to me!
Anthony September 05, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Change is fine with me. It's been happening since the beginning of time. But does yet another bar feel like change? Actually that's pretty redundant and the exact opposite of change. Great to see a property like this transformed into something, but do we need another bar?
Danielle September 05, 2012 at 05:38 PM
What would you prefer other than a bar, Anthony? Is there something that you'd like to see open up in the neighborhood? If so, we're all ears.
Sharon Porter September 05, 2012 at 09:46 PM
Do you have any information on the actual brand itself? I couldn't find anything online about the brewers. Thanks!!
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Working on it. Stay tuned.
Anthony September 06, 2012 at 02:07 PM
How about a panini/sandwich shop, Danielle? Amici's used to make the best sandwiches in the neighborhood and ever since they went out of business I've been wanting a new one. But not just yuppie sandwiches, real heroes is what I'm looking for. Yes, Nick's on Columbia St. is still No. 1 in my heart, but I'm looking for a little something closer to home that I can walk to easily.
Anthony September 06, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Furthermore, Danielle, this is not in the best of areas. There's still a lot of crime near the Smith and 9th St. train station. Don't you think alcohol is only going to exacerbate the problem? And another thing, this is a little took close to Hamilton Ave. Drunk people coming stumbling out of the bar + Hamilton Ave. = Many accidents.
Danielle September 06, 2012 at 03:30 PM
People shouldn't have to stop living because there are criminals in the world who might take advantage of them. I certainly don't think it's the people who will be going to the brewery who are going to commit any crimes which might occur. Also, we haven't heard yet if they are going to have a bar attached. Just because there's a brewery, doesn't meant there will be a bar.
Danielle September 06, 2012 at 03:47 PM
Okay, I can get onboard with a panini shop. My fav sandwich shop was Latticini Barese - the caprese sandwiches were made with that great homemade mozz that they smoked. I went to Defonte's/Nick's once - I got the potato and egg which was huge but had no flavor. Never went back.
Anthony September 06, 2012 at 03:48 PM
Brewery aka alcohol. It's fine if you try and see the good in people, Danielle. On the other hand, I see people for what they truly are.
John Connor September 06, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Since when is the other side of Hamilton Ave part of Carroll Gardens. This location is in Red Hook. As a report repotring local news you should know this. I guess you must live in Manhattan or Park Slope and have never been in Red Hook.
Joanna Prisco (Editor) September 06, 2012 at 05:46 PM
John, Thanks for commenting but the brewery is not located past Hamilton. It's on Centre Street between Smith and Hamilton. http://www.brooklyncb6.org/maps/ For what it's worth, I happen to love Red Hook. Let's get a coffee sometime and trade favorite places.
Carter Billingsley September 06, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Other Half Brewery = Samuel Richardson who works/ed at Kelso, Matt Monahan and Andy Burman formerly of Court St. Grocers. They are a joke and talk smack about other brewers and screw people over right and left. Beware to anyone who deals with these idiots. They'll probably do a small brewery with a bar in order to pay industrial prices for retail use and make as much dough as possible.
Sharon Porter September 07, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Eeek thanks for the info. I hope it turns out better than that!
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 12:30 AM
Anthony, I see people for who they are but I certainly can't judge imaginary people who may or may not go to a proposed brewery that is not yet open. Also, a brewey is where they make beer. It does not necessarily include a bar and we haven't been told that it will.
Anthony September 07, 2012 at 01:47 PM
Hey John Connor, I never said it was in Carroll Gardens so what the hell are you flapping your gums about? Learn how to spell, it's "reporting" not "repotring." And for what it's worth, Red Hook, Carroll Gardens..... It's all South Brooklyn and that's what we locals still call it. Danielle, you need to stop trying to thread the needle. Beer is alcohol and more bars are not needed in this area.
Alex Hall September 07, 2012 at 05:35 PM
The negative comments about an exciting new craft brewery starting up here in Brooklyn are mind boggling. We all should be welcoming such an endeavour with open arms! I don't know the people involved, but would find it very surprising if the scathing comments prove accurate. There is a strong sense of camaraderie in the craft beer industry, to the extent that the state's small brewers have banded together to form a guild. The anti-alcohol & anti-bar comments are ill-informed & blinkered. Not once was a bar mentioned in the article. A brewery is a manufacturing facility (read: jobs). If they have a full time bar on the premises it would be a brewpub (read: jobs) rather than a brewery. I suggest the naysayers take a visit to Chelsea Brewery, to see people intoxicated on high-end craft beers meet their demise on the West Side Highway right outside the front door. There might be a bit of a wait. And take a visit to Brooklyn Brewery (which has created lots of jobs and is the local jewel in the crown) with their popular tasting room, and watch hordes of drunken hooligans stagger out of there looking for grannies to molest. There might be a bit of a wait. Craft breweries make high end products for sensible imbibing, akin to fine wine. Brooklyn used to have dozens of thriving local breweries. The trend is back, and should be welcomed. Finally, a 4,000 square foot sandwich shop?
Sharon Porter September 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
haha well said and an entertaining post, Alex! Cheers!
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 09:42 PM
A brewery does not necessarily mean a bar. It could just be where they brew the beer.
Danielle September 07, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Funny post. Also, thanks for helping me to clarify to Anthony that a brewery doesn't necessarily mean a bar!
Carter Billingsley September 09, 2012 at 02:13 PM
A bar/tasting room will be there. The article does not have to state that and is based on a leak from a real estate broker. These guys have been looking for a place hopping around from one place to another for over a year pushing a brewery with bar/retail. They are not respected and have burned many bridges within the industry. I'll welcome a start-up brewery with folks that respect the craft. All of their misdeeds will catch up with them and hopefully their unprofessional nature will be reflected when going for a booze license.
Anthony September 11, 2012 at 01:40 PM
That's interesting information, Carter. Where are you getting it from?
Seth Wright September 11, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Alex Hall, well said. We shall all see what the future holds for Other Half Brewing, but as of now I'm excited to see another small craft brewery produce quality product here in Brooklyn.
Smegma January 07, 2013 at 04:52 AM
why so butthurt, Carter Billingsley; you jelly?

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